Gu Yu

This week ushers in谷雨 (Gu Yu), literally “grain rain” , one of the twenty four seasons of the lunar calendar.


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Traditional Iron Buddha Supreme (Jing)

What with my December tea tasting talk and the pre-Christmas bustle, I thought I’d save my review of this lovely chop from Jing until January.


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2014: A Recapitulation

As we head into 2015, I’m taking a moment to recapture what a great year 2014 has been.


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The Way of Tea

The tea plant, Camellia Sinensis, is an ever-green of the Camellia family native to the south of China. The tradition of tea drinking began in the time of Shen Nong. Initially, tea was deemed to be a medicinal herb. During the western Han Dynasty, tea became a drink in its own right.


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Bo Lang

When I first came across the restaurant Bo Lang, I knew I’d be reviewing it, and after meeting with a rather prestigious tea merchant in Belgravia, I had the chance to visit.


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2014 Dragon Well Gold From Jing Tea

A review of this year’s premium chop of Xi Hu Long Jing, Mingqian, picked from Mei Jia Wu, courtesy of Jing Tea.


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Chinese Tea at the Heart of Bloomsbury

Being both a bookworm and a tea connoisseur, I’ve wanted to go to the LRB tearoom ever since I heard of it. What could be better than a tearoom, in a bookshop! In July, we finally found time in our hectic schedule, between filming, and the convention period, to pay it a visit.


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Fangcun Tea Market (part 2)

Previously on Tea Brewers: Prime…or last time I wrote about the Fancun Tea market, I talked about buying a variety of quality tea from Messieurs Tian Bao Xiang, but the place is about so much more than just tea itself, and I was about to delve into the labyrinthine depths of the market.


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Fangcun Tea Market (part 1)

When I was a little girl, I was told that if I misbehaved, I’d be sent to Fangcun, the then still largely rural area on the edge of Guangzhou, synonymous with its mental institute. Despite its charming name, 芳村, meaning fragrant village, it was seen as a remote and rather forbidding place. In the past few decades however, economic growth and urban development have made good use of the space on this islet, and the extended metro system has made it a perfect site for furniture and decoration hypermarkets, whilst the greenery and calm of the area has attracted those whose pleasure boats line the canals.


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