Martin Kupodivu

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The soprano

Several days of blue skies and temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius have uplifted my mood! Spring is coming early this year, it seems. Since the …

Tea with 2 masters of the positive

Sometimes, tea is just a good excuse to meet very interesting people! Yesterday, I met not 1, but 2 such persons. From what I understood, both are …

Storage Lessons Comparing 1997 & 1999 Teamasters’ Menghai Factory 7542

Out of any tea from the 90s, I have consumed the 7542 more than all others combined (here and here and here). This classic recipe from Menghai …

Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum - Asian Art and Culture Museum

When I first visited the National Palace Museum in Taipei 20 years ago, I remember that there was a saying that the museum had so many treasures that …

Buy less, buy better

These days I’m not doing much buying – there’s just no good reason to. Part of it, of course, is the slow realization that I no longer need anything. …

Tea

Drinking Aged Puerh, Drinking Memories

When we drink aged puerh we are imbibing not only the teabut all the memories associated with it. Puerh tea is an aged tea. Our experience with it …

Chinese New Year vacation starting now

A quick post to inform you that I've started my Chinese New Year vacation. The online tea boutique is still open, but I won't be able to make any …

Winter 2017 Oriental Beauty from Hsin Chu county

The cradle of Oriental Beauty Oolong is located in the small adjacent towns of Beipu and Emei in Hsin Chu county. That's where I visited one of my …

2017 Yunnan Sourcing Blinded Puerh Tasting Event Epsilon & Zeta

Epsilon<p>The loose hairy small dry leaves smell of an almost metallic pungent odour with a touch of creamy sweetness.<p>The first infusion has a very …

Focus, attention and feedback

Before I started to study Chado, I was a flighty person with a very small attention span. So much so that my Sensei called me ‘the flying girl’ …

2018 Dong Pian

The first Oolong of 2018 is here already thanks to a warm January in central Taiwan!<p>Cultivar: Si Ji Chun<p>Origin: Mingjian in Nantou county<p>Harvested by …

The Question Mark Chaxi

For this week's tea class, Ms. Zhang came up with this Chaxi for a high mountain Oolong from Qilai. Since she doesn't have a dedicated Chabu, she …

2017 Yunnan Sourcing Blinded Puerh Tasting Event Alpha & Beta

This is classic, old-style, puerh blogger fun and games! It was a bit of a puerh blogging tradition back in the day to sample the latest Yunnan …

Dong Ding finesse

Winter 2017 Top Hung Shui Oolong from Dong Ding<p>It's difficult to brew tea perfectly. I confess that it doesn't happen as often as I'd like. It's a …

Dark Oolong for a dark hour

Despite the title of this article, this isn't a Chaxi devoted to the movie about Winston Churchill. In my previous article I found inspiration in a …

2017 Yunnan Sourcing Blinded Puerh Tasting Event Gamma & Delta

This is the second of three posts on a blind sampling event comprised of 2017 Yunnan Sourcing Brand Puerh (the first was here). Things are …

Tea photography clues to select an online tea seller

Spring 2017 High Mountain Oolong from Bi Lu Xi<p>Obviously, tea photography is very important for online tea selling, since customers can only see the …

40 years old Anxi Tie Guan Yin

For this Christmas Chaxi, we were in for a special treat: a 40 years old Anxi Tie Guan Yin.<p>These dry leaves tell us several things:<br>- the color isn't …

Jinxuan Oolong

In 1981, Dr. Wu Zhen Duo (1918-2000) created the Jinxuan cultivar, also known officially as Taiwan Tea Experiment Station (TTES) No 12 or, …

Strong December Brews

Last week, we had perfect tea brewing conditions in Taipei: it was so cold and rainy that I felt like home in the Northeast of France again! Since …

2017 Teamasters’ Wild

This wild tea was a free sample sent with a recent order from Teamasters. It currently sells for $388.00 for 200g cake ($1.94/g) or 10g at $25.00. At …

Objectively good tea

A friend of mine had a grandma who loved drinking wine. However, she didn’t drink wine the normal way. She had nice red wines with ice. Yes, literal …

Tea

Excellent Everyday Drinker Puerh: 2003 Teamasters “Private Label Spring Puerh From Private Factory”

This tea came in a free unsolicited package of samples from Stephane of Teamasters’ Blog. I did something I rarely do and, on a whim, in my office I …

This tea is insane

That's what came to my mind with the first sip of my aged Top Oriental Beauty. It's insane how crystal clear the aromas shine on the palate. A heavy …

2017 Essence of Tea Yiwu GuoYouLin and Trusting Gushu Claims

These days are quite different that when I first started drinking puerh. Back then nobody really understood what “ancient” “old tree” “gushu” really …

2017 Essence of Tea Nancai Ancient And Finding Other Obscure Puerh Producing Villages

Has anybody ever heard of Nancai? Certainly not me. Since my return to puerh there seem to be about a billion more puerh producing villages in our …

Taiwan tea house

When there's good weather, I often take my visitors to a wonderful spot in the mountains of Tucheng, half an hour drive from my place in Banciao. …

Hung Shui Oolong class

Yesterday I gave another tea class to Antonio. Thanks to the cooler weather, we felt like brewing roasting Oolong! So, I set up 2 dark Chaxi for him …

3 Top Western Vendors of Korean Tea

I have been meaning to update my large list of all places big and small that sell Korean tea to the Western world but have been putting it off. Since …

Wenshan tea in November

I recommend you check the article on my photography blog where the resolution is better. (The text is in French.)<p>Posted by<p>TeaMasters at<p>11:27 PM