Monday, July 17, 2006

Happy nose.

Truth be told, I love sniffing my cakes of pu-erh before going to sleep more than drinking them. The better Xiaguans are the perfect lullaby to my sleepy nose.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Vessels of Tea

As it is wiser to spend money on tea than on tea wares, I have not gone crazy with yixing follies and have vowed to make do with what was already in my china cabinet.

I never liked the gaiwan- white porcelain is too clinical for me. I feel too burdened by using a yixing pot as my style is too much wrongfu. I love my rustic Korean teapots best.

This little wee teapot on the left from Insadong is perfect for brewing tiny amounts so I can have several sessions of pu-erh. The giant teapot on the right is made in the traditional Korean way with firewood and potter's wheel.

Monday, July 10, 2006

M&J's a dud vendor?

If you remember M&J(now Royal Tea Garden) sent me a Canger tuocha with a bite taken out of it, I was upset but Peter e-mailed me an apology and said they would give me a new next time I ordered.

I also see on that Mike doesn't do business with them anymore due to bad experiences.