Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Teaology 101: The Official Tea Dictionary From A - Z!

Well, here it is!  The entire alphabet completed for our tea dictionary.  Of course, it will get revised as I come across new words and better definitions.  It was a good project and I learned some new meanings along the way.  Please enjoy!



























Monday, October 30, 2017

Tea Readings: A lesson by Kenny!


When I first learnt to
pour tea in Honicknowle

in those dark old days
before central heating

closed down open fireplaces
and lights went out in coal mines

and chimpanzees hadn’t yet
made their debuts on television

and two sugars
was the national average

and the teapot was the centre
of the known universe

and the sun was this yellow
thing that just warmed the air

and anthropology’s study
of domestic history hadn’t

quite reached the evolutionary
breakthrough of the tea-bag

and the kettle was on
in the kitchen of number

thirty two Chatsworth Gardens
where my father after slurping

another saucer dry would ask
in a smoke-frog voice for

another cup of microcosm
while outside the universe blazed

like a hundred towns
on a sky of smooth black lino

and my father with tobacco
stained fingers would dunk biscuits

and in the process spill tiny drops
of Ceylon and India

which I would wipe with a tea towel
from the corner shop

I read the tea leaves
as if they were words

left over from a conversation
between two cups.

~ Kenny Knight

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Latte Art Gallery!

I’ve always been impressed with the latte art created by baristas. They are lovely to look at, but very hard to drink because you’ll lose their creation with each sip! Lately, I’ve seen latte art that’s just over the top. Pictures of people, characters, flowers, landscapes etc... Now there are even 3D designs! There are some super talented baristas out there. Hopefully they are well paid for their amazing skills. Here are some designs I found that I think are pretty cool!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Teaology 101: Today’s post is brought to you by the letters ‘U’, ‘V’, ‘W’, ‘X’, ‘Y’, and ‘Z’!

Well, it looks like we’ve come to the end of the alphabets! Like in most cases, there aren’t a whole lot of words beginning with ‘X’ or ‘Z’, so, it’s best to just post one article with the final few letters. Don’t forget all the previous letters:

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T

Vintage:  These are teas from the same harvest at market.

Weak:  Liquor that is thin.

Weathery:   A soft, unpleasant characteristic, sometimes found in the liquors of teas that were made during rainy weather.

Weedy:  A grassy taste as a result of under-drying.

Well Made:  Refers to the make of the tea usually according to its grade, in that it is uniform in colour, size, and texture.

Well Twisted:  Well rolled whole leaf orthodox tea, usually thin and long leaves.

White Tea:  This is the least processed of all the teas and is referred to as "white tea" due to the presences of silver-grey coloured hairs on the buds.

White Tip:  These are tightly curled leaf buds plucked in in the spring.

Winey:  Teas described as aged and mellow. This is a characteristic found in some Keemun and Assam teas.

Wiry:  Tea leaves that are tightly twisted or rolled. Also referred to as well twisted.

Withering:  This is step manufacturing where the plucked leaves are spread evenly allowing them to naturally dry in the air in order reduce the moisture content, making the leaves more pliable.

Woody: A poor taste, described as grassy or that of hay, as a result of under drying.

Yin Zhen:  This is also known as White Hair Silver Needle, which is a highly prized and costly variety of white tea.

Yixing:  This is pronounced "yee shing", and it is a region in China known for the unglazed teapots made from a purple clay.

Young Hyson:  This is a type of green tea where the leaves are picked before the rainy season. They are made by hand-rolling or tightly twisted.

Yunnan:  A tea producing province in southwestern China.