Rinse, Wash, or First Steep?

The other day I tried a highly oxidized oolong (almost a black tea, really) and saw that the vendor’s instructions said to do a quick rinse first. That usually involves letting the leaves steep for a short period (they recommended 30 seconds) and then dumping out that liquid before doing a real first steep. Thankfully, …

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The Curious (Court) Case of He-No Tea

Tea sellers are probably not all that different from merchants seeking to push any other kind of product. There are the good, the bad and the ugly, though in the case of tea, I can safely say that the majority of those I've run across appear to fall into the former category. But not all …

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Tea and the Olympics: Triathlon

The triathlon is an event that requires both endurance and physical versatility. It consists of three sections where competitors must swim 1.5 km (0.93 mile), cycle 40 km (25 mile), and finally run 10 km (6.2 mile). The women's triathlon takes place on the 4th of August, beginning at 9:00am BST, or 4:00am EST (this might …

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Review — Ti Kuan Yin Slimming Oolong

Name: Ti Kuan Yin Slimming Oolong Brand: English Tea Store Type: Oolong Form: Loose leaf Review: Mmm. . .Ti Kuan Yin, my favorite tea! Also known as "Iron Goddess of Mercy", this Chinese oolong is a staple in the collections of many a tea lover. One of the things that I love most about this …

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My Favorite Oolong: Ti Kuan Yin

Mmm, oolongs! I love all types of tea, but oolongs have a special place in my heart. The art and craft of semi-oxidization creates some amazing flavors that other types of tea just don't have. While I love both dark and green oolongs, it is Ti Kuan Yin (Iron Goddess of Mercy) that is my …

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Delicious Ti Kuan Yin Recipe

I recently made up a batch of iced Tie Kuan Yin oolong. I chose a greener Tie Kuan Yin, as its lack of roasting has the lighter more delicate flavors often enjoyed during the warmer months of the year. Now the necessary items for this are a kettle and a brewing device. I chose a …

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