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Exploring the Mi Xiang 'Honey Aroma' 蜜香 of Hualien County, Taiwan

Jordan Scherer

Tags black tea, education, hualien tea, mi xiang

Exploring the Mi Xiang 'Honey Aroma' 蜜香 of Hualien County, Taiwan
The Mi Xiang teas of Hualien are notoriously difficult to source as the region has an incredibly limited amount of finished product.  Over the past five decades of production the style has become very popular domestically.  

Web Comic: Talkin' Tea and Coffee with Tricia

Taylor Cowan

Tags education, origin

Web Comic: Talkin' Tea and Coffee with Tricia

Tea or coffee? Endlessly debated and sometimes, unfairly, pitted against each other. We love both! But to get a closer look at some of the key differences between the two beverages, here to help is our very own Tricia Lu in an original web comic series by Stacy Redhead.  


Brewing Guide: Introduction to Gaiwans

Taylor Cowan

Tags education, how to

Brewing Guide: Introduction to Gaiwans
It is at once for beginners and not for beginners. Every tea drinker should have one. Maybe it’s an alluring rite of passage that we so eagerly seek it as tea people. It is the quintessential vessel of “the artless art.” Compared to collectors’ tea bowls and unglazed clay teapots, the gaiwan is a pedestrian and everyman implement. It relies neither on rarefied clays, nor a venerable kiln—it is, simply and strikingly, itself.

The Wen Family's Song Zhong

Taylor Cowan

Tags education, origin

The Wen Family's Song Zhong
Our latest special lot, Song Zhong Black, comes from an esteemed family of the Wudong region, the Wen Family, who have a special connection to the very legend its named for.

The Road to Tencha

Nicole Wong

Tags education, green tea, japan, matcha

The Road to Tencha
Translating to “mortar/grind tea,” the later steps its destined for, tencha is the finished-unfinished product of growing, cultivating, and harvesting. If you’re keen on your high-end Japanese teas, its cultivation is the same as gyokuro, the forest green, shade-grown tea, and shincha, the hand-picked first flush harvest.
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