keemun time

next up a 2013 keemun-

a #chinesetea classic…a quite broken dark leaf, deep and warm in tone, fresh taste and clean finish…hmmm

(hey fine folk @ThreeDRadio listeners down south, send me yr deets, i will send of a sample and you can tell me if it’s up to chop…..?)

2013 Keemun sample

2013 Keemun sample


anyway, that’s said so off to the 6th? steep of 2013 yunnan yue guang bai (moonlight) #tea ..it’s not white not oolong..each pour a little change in tone and taste….small pots, many cups…(and only about 15 more samples to try yet…tough job this tea catching…!)

enjoy….!

have a sniff around or head to the new facebook shop !

for more information on teas, preparation, prices etc

contact stu- theteacatcher@gmail.com

Chinese #Tea tasting…first cab off the ranks..

…is a 2013 Yunnan Hong Mao Jian..

a Chinese red tea (what we would usually call black but i s’pose you can see it in the leaf and brew i reckon..

an April (spring) harvest red tea from the Fengqing area of Lincang, Yunnan, China

enjoy….!

have a sniff around or head to the new facebook shop !

for more information on teas, preparation, prices etc

contact stu- theteacatcher@gmail.com

goofy foot gaiwan

sneaky pre meeting backhanded brew…

a little too much tea maybe but who needs a short black…!

Mountain Dew Handrolled 2013 Nepali #Tea reversed from fairness cup as steeping vessel to gaiwan as cup…handy lid…

2013 mountain dew special handrolled nepali tea

2013 mountain dew special handrolled nepali tea

a tasty, fruity kaBAM…!!

 

enjoy….!

have a sniff around or head to the new facebook shop !

for more information on teas, preparation, prices etc

contact stu- theteacatcher@gmail.com

tea leaf post brew

a few photos showing off the beauty and diversity of the Camellia sinensis after sharing its delights with water for us…

different locales and processing lead to the wonderful range of colours....

different locales and processing lead to the wonderful range of colours….

most of these teas are high mountain grown Nepali and harvested this year...

most of these teas are high mountain grown Nepali and harvested this year…

while the beautiful glistening of the most recent brews shows the freshness and quality of the leaf...drunk all in a day or so...and tasty...!

while the beautiful glistening of the most recent brews shows the freshness and quality of the leaf…drunk all in a day or so…and tasty…!

enjoy….!

have a sniff around or head to the new facebook shop !

for more information on teas, preparation, prices etc

contact stu- theteacatcher@gmail.com

early morning door knock….

late night Friday tea drinking finished wondering when the Chinese teaware and tea samples would arrive…

then 8am Saturday morning the rousing sound of Mr. Postman at the door…..

another surprise pack from China..worth rising early for...

another surprise pack from China..worth rising early for…

no hand stitched muslin cloth here…well packed, modern Chinese efficiency as every item is gently disentangled from its protective cocoon…what have we got….?

what have we got....?

what’s hiding in here….?

Et voilà

Et voilà, accoutrements…!

tea pots (glass, white, painted), cups, strainers (glass, stainless) gaiwan (painted, plain) tea preparation tools AND a great bag of Chinese tea samples….! (oolongs, greens, lapsang, pu-erh, red teas and more….)
More info and reviews of #Teawares and #tea coming in the next days (and probably weeks) stay tuned to hear the news and feedback on what YOU would like to taste….

more cups hiding....

more cups hiding….

 

don’t forget to have a sniff around or head to the new facebook shop !

for more information on teas, preparation, prices etc

contact stu- theteacatcher@gmail.com

random tea diary day

a quick run through a busy day with a tea nut…

breakfast-a coupla cups of new guranse handrolled first flush-beautiful leaf, fresh, alive brew..

slowly tasting my way through the latest samples from Nepal…today the Guranse Organic hand-rolled first flush…tasty and alive…and a quick bash at the Orgainic Oolong…pretty and delicate….yum both

off to jobs nudge-small gaiwan packed w nepali organic oolong taster…

green gaiwan 6


some of the new gaiwan toys…l-r- gaiwan, lid, cup, ‘fainess-cup’ and filter..

morning tea and after lunch– tasters of puttabong darjeeling muscatel-full flavour, chunky and tasty help to move cement and loam..


Darjeeling Puttabong- a robust, full malty tasting tea…great as a ‘short black’ in a taster like this…a tasty nudge and on with the action…

tasting set, tail up draining the tea....

tasting set, tail up draining the tea….

chooks fed, home and relax w new gaiwan toys and many brews of The Tea Catcher organic guranse green- herby, refreshing and smoothly energising…


4 steeps of approx 80 deg C through the Guranse Organic green …quite a lot of tea, water not too hot, shortish steeps around 1 min….lid off to stop stewing the leaves and…..

and after dinner….? tapping the fingers maybe, no not from too much caffeine but, wondering when the chinese samples are arriving and clay potting my way through a few pots of pu-erh as a substitution…


caffeine molecule….gently extracted with the assistance of water from its natural storage system…


tuo-cha pu-erh compressed birdsnest….when do the chinese oolongs, greens, lapsangs and pu-erh arrive…?and the tea toys….?

(ps- most of the above teas are available in the shop if you wish to play around yourself and am happy to answer any questions possible re. teas, brewing methods etc…have fun-….!)