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A cup of gold

Goodness, these tips are made for splurging! Coated in 24K gold that infuses into the brew. Pret-tea fancy. I wonder if my tea obsession will ever lead me to cough up the $480 for 50g. Never say never I say.

See TWG’s Yellow Gold Tea Buds here. 

TWG is my favourite brand for high end Indian black teas, like their first flush Darjeelings in April/May. The exquisite tea rooms are a close copy of Mariage Frères but their teas are superior in my view. 

  

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Today brings a good article from the BBC about how the French are renewing their tea drinking habits. While Lipton Yellow served in a coffee cup remains the norm, it’s becoming easier to find a good cast-iron pot of loose leaf tea to accompany your millefeuille.

Read France’s silent tea revolution on the BBC website.

Le thé à l’anglaise, Michel-Barthélémy Ollivier (1712–1784)

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I didn’t, until last week at Singapore’s Conrad Hotel. It’s as easy as one, two, three.

1. The teapot asleep.

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2. Wake the teapot and the water drains downwards, leaving the tea bag high and dry.

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3. Pour and enjoy!

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Clever! Now I need to find the same design for loose leaf tea, because, really ….. tea bags? Honestly!

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Darjeeling Nouveau 2013 from TWG

Darjeeling Nouveau 2013 from TWG

Spring on the Equator is a bit of a non-event, so when the Darjeelings arrive, it’s like spotting the first blossoms on bare trees.

TWG in Singapore has just received the new first flush 2013 harvest of Darjeeling teas, air-flown from India. There are 12 single estate teas plus this “Darjeeling Nouveau” blend to taste and compare. I hope to try them all…

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Ippodo order

My delivery from Ippodo Online Shop

After two weeks impatience, I just received my shipment from the Ippodo Online Shop. Straight from Kyoto:
1 2012 Uji Shincha freshly harvested
1 Tancho-no-mukashi (matcha) + 1 matcha sieve
1 Hosen (sencha)
1 Shoike-no-o (sencha)

Wish I could share the delicious, fresh grassy aroma of the 2012 sencha through cyberspace!

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A mouthwatering article from Time magazine… Tea and croquet at London’s Goring Hotel…

http://www.time.com/time/travel/article/0,31542,2003992,00.html

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Un article sur enjeux économiques du thé sur lacroix.com
Article (in French) about why global tea prices are rising
Lire l’article / Read in French

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