Katrin Rougeventre: Immersed in Asia
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by Anne-Frédérique Dayraut
2w ago
Katrin Rougeventre’s journey is a singular one. She is France’s leading expert on Chinese tea and Chinese culture and has contributed to its diffusion in Europe. Among all the great French tea experts, what distinguishes Katrin is undoubtedly her roots in Asia, where her entire gustatory and sensory training took place ..read more
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Taster Stefan Gieschke On Doing Justice to Good Teas
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by Marten Verch
1M ago
It is demanding to do justice to the "good teas" in their characterization and description, to capture and describe the nuances accurately and all the work that goes into these teas. It is also crucial to find a price that does justice to the work that the tea pickers, the tea makers, and the garden management put in. - Stephen Gieschke ..read more
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Honing Oolong Cha Qi Through Fire
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by Diana Jendoubi
2M ago
Before the advent of electricity, all oolong tea was charcoal roasted to reduce moisture in the leaf. It’s only natural that many producers choose the gentle, stable heat of electric burners and ovens. It makes tea roasting easier and more consistent. The tea makers who remain loyal to the charcoal fire often learned by tending the coals at a young age as part of a long-standing family tradition. Others find that they simply cannot resist its captivating call ..read more
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A Tale of Two Kathmandu Tea Shops
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by Prawash Gautam
3M ago
Bhairab Risal, a veteran journalist with a sharp memory at 94, speaks with ease and zeal of his memories of the early days of Kathmandu’s tea culture. In 1948, at the age of 20, he recalled his first cup of tea at Tilauri Mailako Pasal, one of Kathmandu’s earliest and best-known tea shops. In this article, Kathmandu journalist Prawash Gautam shares tales of two storied tea houses ..read more
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Kazakh Culture is Centered on Tea
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by Mainbayar Badarch
4M ago
Tea plays an essential role in Kazakhistan culture, as no celebration or family feasts are held without drinking the tea. Sharing tea is a ritual of unity. When someone visits a Kazakh family, tea is served first. The tea is ladled into a ceramic drinking bowl called Piyala (Piala). The head of the family (husband) is the first to be served; the guests thereafter. Tradition holds that everyone remains seated until the last person has finished drinking their tea, then everyone leaves together ..read more
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Camellia Sinensis: The Evolution of Experiential Retail
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by Kevin Gascoyne
5M ago
"Our stores have always offered the option to smell the tea, and clients really appreciate the opportunity to select their tea sensorially. We are done with the impracticalities of the sit-down visit, but we wanted to capture that special tasting moment and offer the possibility to take it further." - Kevin Gascoyne, partner Camellia Sinensis, Montreal ..read more
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Taster Profile: Carine Baudry
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by Anne-Frédérique Dayraut
6M ago
The world of smells is closely linked to our experience. We work on memory, and so everyone describes tea with different terms. My role as a tea taster is to understand each one and say, “you are actually talking about the same compound ..read more
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Hengzhou is Jasmine’s Promised Land
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by Sia Yu
6M ago
Spring begins a romance as jasmine flowers meet the newly plucked tea. Spring green tea and summer jasmine flowers are mixed at a strictly-calculated ratio.  Hundreds of processes exist to make the miracle tea. The bitterness of tea and the sweetness of flowers are a perfect compliment. Jasmine grown in Hengzhou meets the high expectations of famous brands at home and abroad ..read more
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Taster and Pioneer Tea Sommelier Lydia Gautier
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by Anne-Frédérique Dayraut
7M ago
Pionnière dans le domaine de la sommellerie du thé et auteure de plusieurs ouvrages de référence sur le thé, Lydia Gautier a été consultante pour des marques internationales. Ses 25 années d’expérience et de proximité avec des producteurs l’ont conduite à devenir une des figures majeures de l’expertise du thé dans le monde, et à créer en 2107 sa propre marque, Lydia Gautier Thés et Tisanes ..read more
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China’s Gou Gu Nao “Dog’s Head” Mountain Tea
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by Sia Yu
8M ago
Mountainous Suichuan county in Jiangxi Province offers an incomparable microclimate for local cultivars, producing an exceptionally tender leaf. Gou Gu Nao Green Tea is highly prized. The processing method is quite complicated. It is refined through eight processes. The shape of Gou Gu Nao Tea is tight and rolled to a slight curl. The color is bright green, the aroma is fresh and elegant, and the taste is fresh and thick with a sweet and long aftertaste.  ..read more
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