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Let the show begin... How many teas will I taste today? Time will tell and everyone is brewing and pouring their best👍👍👍 Tea drunk here I come🍵🍵🍵 #thehappyteaman #worldteaexpo2017 #lasvegas #teadrunk

These tea pets are from the Phoenix Tea Shop collection @phoenixteashop. How would they look on your tea table?

#thehappyteaman #gongfucha #teaceremony #phoenixteashop #teapets

There are two legends that tell of the origin of Tieguanyin Tea, AKA, Ti Kuan Yin, Tit Kwun Yum, Ti Kwan Yin, Iron Buddha, Iron Goddess of Mercy, and Tea of the Iron Bodhisattva. But first we must explore Guanyin for whom it is named. Guanyin or Guan Yin is a Bodhisattva (a being who is able to reach nirvana yet stays in this world to save suffering beings), and is found in all manifestations of Buddhism throughout Asia. She is commonly known as the "Goddess of Mercy" in English. Guanyin is thought to be most the most beloved Buddhist Divinity with miraculous powers to assist all those who pray to her. She is the embodiment of compassion and sometimes compared with the Mystical Judeo/Christian Shekinah, an indwelling presence represented as light and interpreted symbolically as the divine feminine aspect. The two origin stories of the tea tell of the “discovery of Ti Kuan Yin; The Wei Legend and The Wang Legend. The first is about a poor old farmer who walks by a rundown shrine honoring Guanyin and each day burns incense, sweeps and cleans, and returns the shire to a lovely place of honor and peace. One night, Guanyin appears to him in a dream, telling him of a cave behind the temple where a treasure awaited. He was to take the treasure and share it with others. There the farmer found a tea shoot. He planted it in his field and nurtured it into a large bush, from which the finest tea was produced. He gave cuttings of this rare plant to his family and neighbors and all found happiness and prosperity from the tea, which they named Tieguanyin. The Tie does not stand for tea (cha) but rather iron because when the tightly rolled leaves were dropped into a teapot they “rang” as if made of iron. The Wang legend tells of a scholar who accidentally discovered the tea plant beneath the Guanyin rock in Xiping. He brought the plant back home and planted it in his garden. Later when he visited the Emperor he offered the tea as a gift from his native village. The emperor was so impressed that he inquired about its origin. Since the tea was discovered beneath the Guanyin Rock, he decided to call it the Guanyin tea.

#thehappyteaman #tiekuanyin #guanyin #xiping #bellevuewa

A little Puer Tic Tac Toe with two of tomorrow's Northwest Tea Festival, World of Tea: Explore the Teas of Southern China tasting event at The Rainier
Art Center. Explore the Teas of Southern China;
Day & Time is Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm.
Learn about the legend and history of teas from Southern China and their production and brewing. Excellent examples of Puer and Liu Bao will be prepared, discussed, and tasted.
Hosted by Andrew Goodman, The Happy Tea Man. $20/person. Pay in advance, or at the event.
Looks like Crimson Lotus's That's No Moon is a winner.

#thehappyteaman #northwestteafestival #rainierartscenter #puer #liubao #class #tasting #worldoftea #tictactoe #thatsnomoon #crimsonlotustea

At Motovotano today at The Georgetown, Thursday Tea Salon we sampled Bitterleaf Teas “Duck Poo” Phoenix Mountain Oolong Tea. The distinctive, sour-like aroma was followed with a soft sweet delicious combination of flavors and a long throat-filling finish. The photo shows light green leaves in the infused tea compared with dark brown tealeaves before hot water came into play. An interesting illumination about how its’ legend came to be can be found on their www.bitterleafteas.com website. The photo shows light green leaves in the infused tea compared with darker brown tealeaves before hot water came into play. Ya shi xiang (鸭屎香), or “duck shit fragrance” is likely the Dancong Oolong with the best name. There are several theories regarding the origin of this tea’s name, but one tale in particular prevails. The first origin tale says there was a farmer who had this tea bush with an especially unique fragrance. It was quite popular, and thus many outsiders wanted to steal the bush in order to grow their own. To throw the scent off, so to speak, the farmer started claiming that his ducks would spend a lot of time around this bush, doing duck things – like pooping. He then claimed the tea and soil it grows in was ruined and tainted. This clearly deterred no one, and has only since become a part of this tea’s identity. There are other simpler theories and tales, but in the end, they’re just that – stories. The important take-away is that this varietal has a very distinct, floral fragrance. In recent years, tea associations in China have tried to clean up the image of this tea by assigning a more sanitized name: “silver flower”, albeit with little to no real success. Verbiage from BLT website.

#thehappyteaman #bitterleafteas #motovotano #dancong #duckpoo #thursdayteasalon #georgetown #brewedtea #tealeaves #

Here is where my passion for tea began almost 45 years ago. I worked at McNutley's in Greenwich Village while I was in college. There I first learned about and tasted Tie Kwan Yin, Darjeeling, Gunpowder, and Lapsang Souchong. Bill and Connie aren't around anymore but new owner David has increased their tea selection nicely. I visited the 100+ year old NYC landmark this week. I could definitely work there again.

#thehappyteaman #mcnutley's #greenwichvillage #tiekwanyin #gunpowdergreentea #lapsangsouchong #huntercollege

Brewing Da Hong Pao in a gaiwan. Since we are serving eight, people two infusions are needed. We are sitting in a combination tea processing facility, antiquities museum, tasting room, office, and hostel. And each aspect was first class, including this lovely tea preparation and sampling session. We returned the next day too; more infusions were needed.

#thehappyteaman #dahongpao #wuyishan #gaiwan #teaprocessing #firstclass #allaspects #clifftea #rocktea #oolong #gungfucha #multiply #delicious #chá #chả #chã #chă #châ

This is the Shi Piao shape. It is also called the water kettle due to it likeness to a shape of a water ladle. This teapot is from Yixing, China and is hand-made using the unique Zisha clay found only there. The special qualities of this clay enhances and softens tea made in these teapots. With time and careful use they can become family heirlooms.
#smacha #thehappyteaman #goodtea #teamaster #teamakesahappyday #yixing #unique #special #specialclay #cha #tea #tealover #teaaddict #teaparty #treasure #family #familyheirloom #zisha #shipiao #shipiaoteapot

The Happy Tea Man spent the morning cupping several teas from Bitaco Tea and found the selections very clean, complex, and interesting. Included was their "Cacao Kisses," which has Cocoa Husks and Cacao Nibs added to this unique tea blend. From their website, Bitaco Unique Colombian Tea, AKA Agrícola Himalaya S.A., is a company with 55 years of experience in the tea industry that has established itself as a leader in the Colombian market and is now importing their teas into the United States as well as Panama, Guatemala, Bolivia, and Paraguay. Their teas are "High Mountain Grown,” produced between 1,800 and 2,050 meters above sea level on the west Andes Mountains at La Cumbre, Colombia. They are located in a region of bio-geographic Choco that extends from Panama through Colombia that has a high level of rainfall and biodiversity. Tea lovers going to The World Tea Expo in Las Vegas in June will have an opportunity to try all of Bitaco's fine teas.
#thehappyteaman #bitacotea #colombia #andes #cacaokisses #cocoahusks #choco #biodiversty #worldteaexpo #queenanne

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A little Puer Tic Tac Toe with two of tomorrow's Northwest Tea Festival, World of Tea: Explore the Teas of Southern China tasting event at The Rainier
Art Center. Explore the Teas of Southern China;
Day & Time is Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm.
Learn about the legend and history of teas from Southern China and their production and brewing. Excellent examples of Puer and Liu Bao will be prepared, discussed, and tasted.
Hosted by Andrew Goodman, The Happy Tea Man. $20/person. Pay in advance, or at the event.
Looks like Crimson Lotus's That's No Moon is a winner.

#thehappyteaman #northwestteafestival #rainierartscenter #puer #liubao #class #tasting #worldoftea #tictactoe #thatsnomoon #crimsonlotustea

Here is where my passion for tea began almost 45 years ago. I worked at McNutley's in Greenwich Village while I was in college. There I first learned about and tasted Tie Kwan Yin, Darjeeling, Gunpowder, and Lapsang Souchong. Bill and Connie aren't around anymore but new owner David has increased their tea selection nicely. I visited the 100+ year old NYC landmark this week. I could definitely work there again.

#thehappyteaman #mcnutley's #greenwichvillage #tiekwanyin #gunpowdergreentea #lapsangsouchong #huntercollege

I find cupping an essential tool for learning about teas. Comparing and contrasting aroma, taste, and finish ultimately adds to my enjoyment, understanding, and passion for Camellia Sinensis. It also adds consistency and focus, both of which are important to the experience. Here, at Motovotano in Georgetown we are cupping three Taiwan High Mountain Oolong Teas; Li Shan, Shan Lin Xi, and Dayuling, all prime examples of this type of Oolong. Taiwan High Mountain Oolong Tea, AKA "Gaoshan", refers to several varieties of oolong tea grown in the mountains of central Taiwan. It is grown at altitudes higher than 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) above sea level. The high humidity and natural precipitation in the mountain ranges of Nantou and Chiayi Counties make the region a suitable environment for growing quality Oolongs which are processed very close to the gardens where the tea is grown. Most varieties of Gaoshan take the name of the mountain on which it is grown and produced. So Alishan is tea from Ali Mountain. Dong Ding is a delicious exception to the naming convention.

#thehappyteaman #motovotano #cupping #tasting #lishan #shanlinxi #dayuling #alishan #dongding #thursdaygeorgetownteasalon #gaoshan

The Happy Tea Man received 15gm. of Limited Yiwu Spring 2017 Sheng Cha from Bitterleaf Teas recently and did a little experiment. We could not account for all variables but here is the protocol. The tea was divided in half, and using two wood fired clay teapots, one from Jianshui and one from Yixing, infused the first with 190 F water for short infusions (about 20 seconds) and the second with 175 F water and with longer (about 90 second) infusions. Both were rinsed once, and both smelled and tasted delicious, smooth, sweet, and very enjoyable. The pot brewed with 190 F water had a very pleasant, mouth-filing astringency as one would expect. An herbaceous semi-sweetness changed subtly through each successive infusion. The pot brewed with the cooler water was sweeter and hardly astringent at all. The colors of both were similar, with the hotter one a little more golden as can be seen in the second picture. A fun experiment with a very nice young tea. The tea was made more beautiful by using this #crimsonlotustea silver cup. Hurray for camaraderie, hurray for Yunnan.
#thehappyteaman #bitterleafteas #sheng #2017spring #springharvest #woodfired #teapot #clayteapot #jianshui #yixing #175F #190F #delicious

Sweet little tea cup coaster. We use this during our Thursday cupping with @thehappyteaman Andrew. This week we tasted oolongs from Taiwan. #teatime #oolongtea #thehappyteaman #motovotano #looseleaftea #teasofinstagram #teaoftaiwan

Fridays at Phoenix Tea Salon with The Happy Tea Man, June30th.
Join us for an exploration of fine teas from around the world featuring Crimson Lotus Puer teas.
Tasting is Friday, June 30 from 12:30 to 5:00 PM. Free admission, all welcome.

#thehappyteaman #teatasting #chinesetea #cameliataliensis #aroundtheworld #puer #crimsonlotustea #phoenixteashop #free #allarewelcome #learn #enjoy #camelliasinensis

Cupping, cupping, cupping, this time three Phoenix Dancong Oolong, all delicious. Mo Li Zhang, Yu Lan Zhang, and Mi Lan Zhang, in the same order are flavors of Chinese Medicine, Magnolia, and Honey Orchid. All real Phoenix Mountain Tea comes from Wudong Mountain near Chouzho, Quandong Province, China. The term Dancong originally meant Phoenix Teas all picked from one tree. In recent times though it has become a generic term for all Phoenix Mountain Oolongs. True Dancongs are still being produced, but they are extremely high price. One of three widely accepted explanations of the origin of the Chinese name Oolong came directly from Dragon-Phoenix Tea Cake tribute tea. The term Oolong replaced the old term when loose tea came into fashion. Since it was dark, long, and curly, it was called Black Dragon (Oolong) Tea.

#thehappyteaman #dancong #wudongmountain #quandong #chozhou #magnolia #delicious #oolong #blackdragon #zhang #phoenixtea #singlebush

We cupped three different Heicha teas today. Left to right a 2002 Menghai Shou Pu Erh from Yunnan Province, a 2,002 Liu Bao from Guangxi Province, and a 2006 Liu An from Anhui Province. Heicha means Dark Tea, is post-fermented, and has been made in six different Chinese provinces for centuries. All Heicha, when made correctly, benefits from locally occurring bacteria and yeast that over time slowing mellows and increases the complexity of the tea. In order for the post-fermentation to successfully change the tea it must be stored properly so there is just enough moisture present for the microbes to live and reproduce. This process takes years or even decades. The Pu Erh was pressed into a Bingcha cake, as are many of the teas from Yunnan. Both the Liu Bao and the Liu An were finished loose and packed in bamboo baskets. Guangxi is located just east of Yunnan on China’s southern border while Anhui can be found northesast of both. The Pu Erh and Liu Bao shared some simmilarities in color, aroma, and taste with some distinct differences. The Liu An was lighter in color with a hazel nut like quality with a slight bitterness. Tasting and comparing teas is a great way to learn about them and to train one’s pallet.

#thehappyteaman #heicha #darktea #yunnan #puerh #puer #liubao #guanxi #liuan #anhui #china #chinesetea #phoenixteashop #cupping #menghai #shou

Join us for "The Friday at Phoenix Tea Salon."
12:30 PM to 5 PM, all welcome, free admission.

We will be tasting and comparing Crimson Lotus and Phoenix Tea Shop teas.

#thehappyteaman #phoenixteashop #crimsonlotustea #puer #puerh #sheng #shou #teatasting #free

This picture shows brewed Mao Cha atop a white porcelain gaiwan. Mao Cha is Pu Erh that has been processed, but not yet pressed into cakes, bricks, or other shapes. It can be Sheng or Shou but is most often Sheng. Because the tea has not been pressed, most of the leaves are unbroken with uniform color and size. Pressing Pu Erh is an ancient practice which most likely came from the need to ship the tea effectively on a mule or carried by "tea porters" over large distances for trade and commerce. This was common on The Ancient Tea Horse Road where tea was traded for Tibetan horses which were used for military purposes. The pressing into various shapes created a product which could be stored efficiently, sometimes for very long periods. Naturally occurring microbes and yeasts are present in the tea which has been dried, but not completely. These microorganisms are essential for the post-fermentation that improves the complexity, flavors, and aromas of the tea. Each Mountain has its own unique collection of these microorganisms, so along with the "terroir" and the skill of the tea master determine the ultimate quality as well as the price of the tea. The microorganisms are in the Mao Cha so even if the tea is not pressed the post-fermentation still takes place. Farmers throughout Yunnan often sent their finished tea to the city of Puer through which the Tea Horse Road passed for consolidation. The city gave its name to Yunnan's most famous tea.

#thehappyteaman #yunnan # #teahorseroad #mule #teaporters #sheng #shou #gaiwan #porcelain #tibetian #tibetianhorses #postfermentation #yeast #microbes #teamaster #maocha

Among the most useful and beautiful tea wares produced in and around Yixing, China that are not their world famous tea pots are its tea cups. This beauty is about a large one at just over 80 ml and has a depiction of a tea shoot engraved on it with a bud and leaves. In addition, it has been wood fired and the effect can easily be seen in the color variation on the cup's surfaces. What cannot be seen, but must be experienced, is how the cup smooths and softens the tea consumed when using it.

#thehappyteaman #unglazed #teapots #yixingclay #teacups #woodfired #smoothed #softened #colorvariation #budandleaves #engraving

New Yixing goodies on the way. I love the "un-boxing" experience.

Yixing clay is a type of clay from the region near the city of Yixing in Jiangsu Province, China, used in Chinese pottery since the Song dynasty (960–1279) when Yixing clay was first mined around China's Lake Tai. From the 17th century on, Yixing wares were commonly exported to Europe. The finished stoneware, which is used for teaware and other small items, is usually red or brown in color. Also known as zisha ware, they are typically left unglazed and use clays that are very cohesive and can form coils, slabs and most commonly slip casts. These clays can also be formed by throwing. The best known wares made from Yixing clay are Yixing clay teapots, tea pets, and other teaware. Tnx Wiki... #thehappyteaman #yixing #yixingclay #unboxing #teapots #unglazed #zisha #teapets #coils #slab #laketai #teaware #stoneware #jiangshui #jianshuipottery #chinese

What we have here is the remains of a very pleasant afternoon at "The Fridays at Phoenix Tea Salon" in Burien. We tasted side by side two Crimson Lotus sheng puerh "Planets", Bangwei and Baiyang, followed by two Crimson Lotus shou puers, "That's No Moon" and "Cloudy Days". Sampling this way provides a good learning experience and helps reveal both similarities and differences in aroma, color, taste, and finish. Our good friend and fellow avid tea lover Anton of @Tea Drunk in Seattle arrived with his own handmade Qi Hong filled Japanese yuzu lemons, WOW!!! After about ten infusions the delicious, primarily Keemun Tea aromas and tastes had transformed into a warm lemony tea. Join us next Friday at 12:30PM for another exploration of Crimson Lotus and Phoenix Teashop teas and a few surprises from this weeks World Tea Expo. Maryellen and Alexis were in the house as well as Joan.

#thehappyteaman #crimsonlotustea, #phoenixteashop "teadrunkinseattle #worldteaexpo2017 #learning #lasvegas #sheng #shou #puer #yuzu #yuzulemons #fridaysatphoenix #fridayteasalon #qihong #keemun #planetbaiyang #planetbangwei #thatsnomoon #cloudydays #burien #alexisstjohn

#365grateful for tea time with #thehappyteaman Andrew Goodman.
#tea #puerh #teaaddict #teatime

Fast Master Herbal Blending Skill Building Workshop with Rob McCaleb...
Buckle up. In three hours you will learn more about the use and blending of herbals – spices, herbs, fruits - than 99% of your fellow citizens know. We’ll explore the range of herbs available, then zero in on the top herbs for use in herbal teas. You’ll learn some basic flavor profiling to see how experts use their senses as scientific instruments to assess and adjust blends. And we’ll create our own herbal teas during the workshop. Add in a dash of regulatory distinction between teas that are foods vs dietary supplement teas, so you will know which ingredients are legally OK for each. Top off with a peek into the herbal supply chain and you’ll know where and how to buy herbs for your own custom blends.

Learning Objective
Explore the range of herbs available Identify the top herbs used in blends Basic Flavor profiling.
ROB MCCALEB
PRESIDENT
HERB RESEARCH FOUNDATION
It was fast, educational, fun👍👍👍 #thehappyteaman #herbal #natural #skillbuilding #worldteaexpo2017 #lasvegas #herbresearch

Let the show begin... How many teas will I taste today? Time will tell and everyone is brewing and pouring their best👍👍👍 Tea drunk here I come🍵🍵🍵 #thehappyteaman #worldteaexpo2017 #lasvegas #teadrunk

Recent visit with @thehappyteaman Andrew Goodman at our facility for a cupping of 4 tea varieties from Yunnan province of China. If you don't know Andrew, follow him stat for a trip around the world in a teacup! #oolongtea #yunnantea #bitterleafteas #looseleafteas #brewedteas #thehappyteaman

At Motovotano today at The Georgetown, Thursday Tea Salon we sampled Bitterleaf Teas “Duck Poo” Phoenix Mountain Oolong Tea. The distinctive, sour-like aroma was followed with a soft sweet delicious combination of flavors and a long throat-filling finish. The photo shows light green leaves in the infused tea compared with dark brown tealeaves before hot water came into play. An interesting illumination about how its’ legend came to be can be found on their www.bitterleafteas.com website. The photo shows light green leaves in the infused tea compared with darker brown tealeaves before hot water came into play. Ya shi xiang (鸭屎香), or “duck shit fragrance” is likely the Dancong Oolong with the best name. There are several theories regarding the origin of this tea’s name, but one tale in particular prevails. The first origin tale says there was a farmer who had this tea bush with an especially unique fragrance. It was quite popular, and thus many outsiders wanted to steal the bush in order to grow their own. To throw the scent off, so to speak, the farmer started claiming that his ducks would spend a lot of time around this bush, doing duck things – like pooping. He then claimed the tea and soil it grows in was ruined and tainted. This clearly deterred no one, and has only since become a part of this tea’s identity. There are other simpler theories and tales, but in the end, they’re just that – stories. The important take-away is that this varietal has a very distinct, floral fragrance. In recent years, tea associations in China have tried to clean up the image of this tea by assigning a more sanitized name: “silver flower”, albeit with little to no real success. Verbiage from BLT website.

#thehappyteaman #bitterleafteas #motovotano #dancong #duckpoo #thursdayteasalon #georgetown #brewedtea #tealeaves #

Cupping @crimsonlotustea shou puerh at @phoenixteashop this afternoon. "Lucky Cloud" on the left and "Dark Planet" on the right are two of a four tea flight for evaluation and enjoyment. The name "Lucky Cloud" ( xiang-yun / 祥云 ) holds special meaning in Yunnan, which is known for billowing white clouds. Yunnan, in fact, actually means "Southern Clouds". Shou puerh is dark and mysterious, yet full of familiar aromas. Commonly described as earthy, savory, woodsy, musty, or sometimes even smoky. Learn more about puerh at the Crimson Lotus website, www.crimsonlotuetea.com.

#thehappyteaman #fridaysatphoenix #crimsonlotustea #phoenixteashop #puerh #shou #camelliasinensis #evaluation #enjoyment #earthy #musty #savory #smoky #woodsy #burien

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