Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Black Tea with Milk/Cream–re-blog

Ceylon – Darjeeling black tea….
My granny (maternal grandmother) Goddess of all things tea!

There is NO debate, there is only “The” way to have milk in tea. Milk in LAST!
All must be made ready:  
Milk in Last! Milk or cream must be added in a specific manner.
Infused tea is poured into the cup.
A tea spoon is placed into the infused tea, this draws some of the heat. The spoon is pulled out with only 1/4 of the spoon-bowl immersed, back facing up. DSC03049
The milk is then slowly pored over the spoon bowl and allowed to fuse with the tea. DSC03050
This method introduces the cold milk to the hot tea with no ill effects (on the milk/cream).
Adding sugar, well we won’t even go there!

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Private Packaging

In Huang Jang town an enterprising business man funneled a lot of cash into a personal passion .. Tea Shops .. Empereur Tea Company see my Dec 2013 posting: http://chawu.blogspot.com/2013/12/new-tea-shop-opens-in-huang-jiang.html  and March 2014: http://chawu.blogspot.com/2014/03/a-quick-look-around-new-tea-shops-rooms.html

This custom cake / brick tea production site: Menghai Zhenmanluanhui

Company Name:  Spring Sea Meng Hai tea factory .. Packaged on May 16th. 2012

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The subsequent brew proved to be first rate. A clean dark brew, deep smooth taste covering the gambit. No sour notes, pleasing after-taste.  These two cakes were a truly welcome gift, from the local “business man” back in December 2013.

Friday, August 08, 2014

August – Death of a Tea-Cake

Manufacturer: Guang Feng Ning-er Tea … Tea source info: “Yunnan Menghai tea trees, selection of raw materials, Yunnan big leaves drying green Maocha, contributed to a modest artificial fermentation system ripe cake! Soup red, bright yellow, mellow taste sweet, Chen Yue Xiang of features, its wonderful creation of nature, to have a charm”

Packaging manufacturer details:  NAME: High long-fiber products Weifang Jie Technology Co., Ltd.  LOCATION: Weifang City, Shandong Province Linqu Dongcheng Subdistrict cow mountain.  DESCRIPTION: 1 food paper packaging food packaging (Ⅲ type common food packaging)

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This is a new tea for me, a gift from a friend in Chang Ping back in 2013.   A pristine “inner ticket” .. not imbedded into the cake surface .. the ticket, a little large, is a reduced pictorial representation of the outer wrapper .. both of these plus the “machine / pressing” of cake are a little off.  The cake has the edge shape of a stone mould, not the usual machine mould vertical edge.  So far, I get the feeling this cake of Shu Pu is not what it should be.aug tea2 (1024x614) (2)aug tea3   I opened and separated some tea to make an infusion.  Again a few items did not ring true when inspecting the cake composition.  A few too many inconsistences in the layering.  On to the “Proof of the pudding” .. Everything about this brew missed the mark: colour too dark, flavor more Sheng than Shu, sour aftertaste.  Just too many negative points so I’m going to vote this off the stack.