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The Guide to Green and Yellow Teas of China Is Here!

Guide to Green & Yellow Teas of China is here!

Green and yellow teas are very similar, so we grouped them into one guide. The variety is somewhat overwhelming, so we focused on the main ones as well as a few special fairly rare ones. Yellow teas all seem to be rare, so we included them all. Happy reading, humans. TOOOT!

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See also: Why Many Tea Drinkers Hate Green Tea (but shouldn’t)

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Flavors Compared: Chinese Green Tea vs. from Japanese Green Tea

When it comes to green tea, the two big contenders are China and Japan. And the flavor profiles couldn’t be more different. Or are they? Your fave little teapot and my humans dive into a few ways that they are. Your impressions are also welcome. Continue reading Flavors Compared: Chinese Green Tea vs. from Japanese Green Tea

Tea and the Cherry Blossom Festival

There are cherry trees in Washington, DC, and one of my humans was lucky enough years ago to have been there when cherry blossoms were in bloom. Now, she toasts them from afar with a nice cuppa tea!

About the D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival

The cherry trees growing in Washington, D.C., date back to 1912. They were a gift to the United States from Japan, a symbol of friendship. The presenter of this gift was the Mayor of Tokyo, Yukio Ozaki, with wishes for continued close relations between us. These trees are actually the second batch that was sent. The first batch of 2,000 was shipped in 1910 but arrived diseased. A new batch of 3,000 trees was sent and arrived in 1912. President William Howard Taft’s wife, First Lady Helen Herron Taft joined with Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, in planting the first two trees on the north bank of the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park (the area is ringed now with these beautiful trees).

The Cherry Blossom Festival has grown over the years, as such things do, starting in 1927 when school children held a re-enactment of that first tree planting. In 1935, civic groups added activities. In 1994, two weeks were added, making it a total of 16 days long, to cover more of the blooming period of the trees. In 2012, the festival was again lengthened, this time to a total of 5 weeks (35 days – so almost double), to hold a grand tribute on the 100th anniversary of the planting of those first trees. And it is now the greatest Springtime celebration in the U.S. with over 1.5 million visitors each year enjoying the gorgeous site of those blooms, especially when seen reflected in the waters of the Tidal Basin.

The Perfect Tea for “Blossom Gazing”

What could be more appropriate than Sencha Kyoto Cherry Rose Festival Green Tea. There isn’t actually such a festival (blossom gazing). But Kyoto has various other festivals, including Aoi Matsuri (“Hollyhock Festival”), Gion Matsuri (“Gion Festival”) named after the Gion district of the city, Bon Festival (a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one’s ancestors), and  Jidai Matsuri (“Festival of the Ages”) to celebrates Kyoto’s past.

This tea gives you that sense of something a-bloom, of Spring approaching. The base tea is a high quality green tea (usually Japanese sencha). It’s flavored with natural cherry flavoring and rose petals that combine in a wonderfully exotic manner. Having been at the festival in DC, my she human says that a sip of this tea is almost like being there. Just be sure to steep in water heated only to 160°F and only for about 2 minutes. Too hot of water and too long of steep will draw out some of the bitter elements from the tea leaves.

ets-jskc-b003If you’re visiting that Cherry Blossom Festival this year, carry along your travel mug filled with this tea and combine tea enjoyment with the beauty of nature. For those of us enjoying from afar, a toast of the teacups will suffice. *CLINK!*

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Doke Tea’s Green Diamond Sparkles! – A Little Yellow Teapot Report

Growing tea is a tough business and often one that gets little attention from tea lovers. But your little teapot buddy (me!) is here to fill you in on what is behind many of those tasty teas you love. This is another tea from Doke Tea Garden, which has been around for a number of years and seems to be getting better all the time. This is their Second Flush Green Diamond tea from 2016. Continue reading Doke Tea’s Green Diamond Sparkles! – A Little Yellow Teapot Report

How Doke Tea’s Green Diamond Measures Up to Other Green Teas – A Little Yellow Teapot Report

The Doke Tea Garden in Bihar, a state in northern India, has been around for a few years now. And while the tea plants have been growing and maturing, so has the staff. A recent sample of their second flush Green Diamond certainly is a testament to how they have improved over the years. And their Silver Needle, having won a gold medal in Japan, is further proof that this tea garden and staff are working hard, learning fast, and making true progress (see article here). Time for this little teapot to show you how they measure up to some Chinese and Japanese green teas, generally speaking. Continue reading How Doke Tea’s Green Diamond Measures Up to Other Green Teas – A Little Yellow Teapot Report

Recipe for Green Tea Citrus Cranberry Scones

[Note: most of the photos here are from other sources and are for illustrative purposes only.]

Small pleasures are one of life’s great gifts. Holiday shopping, parties and extra work; there are so many things this time of year that can keep you from life’s simple pleasures. Take a few minutes to make this recipe and then steep up a nice cup of tea. Now just sit back let your worries fade and indulge in this simple pleasure. Continue reading Recipe for Green Tea Citrus Cranberry Scones

How to Add a Japanese Flair to Your Tea Time

Tea is enjoyed around the world and is the most popular beverage after plain water. The ways to enjoy tea are as varied as there are countries. Japan, a key tea producing and consuming nation, is of particular interest and produces some of the most unique teas on the market. Enjoying them properly doesn’t require traveling to Japan, though. You can add a Japanese flair to your tea time that will make those teas taste just like they do in the finest tea houses in that island nation. Continue reading How to Add a Japanese Flair to Your Tea Time

Going Genmaicha!

I wrote this article several years ago when I had started writing about tea and had wanted to help others learn about one of my favorites.

One of the best known Japanese green teas is actually a blend of tea and rice. Toasty tea taste goodness. From the first time I tasted it I was hooked and am now totally going Genmaicha! Well, maybe not totally. But I am drinking quite a bit of it these days.

A wonderful version of Genmaicha from Tea Licious that I steeped for my humans some time ago.
A wonderful version of Genmaicha from Tea Licious that I steeped for my humans some time ago.

Continue reading Going Genmaicha!

Getting Our Irish On!!

From green tea to little green shamrocks sprinkled on our cupcakes (with green frosting), we’re getting our Irish on here today for St. Patty’s Day!

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How better to celebrate a day of green than with a nice, fresh green tea? St. Patrick himself would have approved most heartily. Centuries ago, when he went to the various kings of Ireland to convert them from their “heathen ways,” he didn’t have this wonderful beverage to serve. Too bad. It would have been hospitable as well as improving the dispositions and general health of those fierce monarchs of the “Emerald Isle.”

The word “shamrock” is derived from the Irish Gaelic seamrog which means “little clover.” Around 1893, botanist Nathaniel Colgan collected samples from people all over Ireland and discovered that there were about four different plants (Trifolium repens, Trifolium minus, Trifolium pretense, and Medicago lepulina) that qualified as shamrocks. The main feature is the three-leaves-on-a-stem shape we have all come to recognize. (There is a mutation that occurs rather often where a fourth leaf is on the stem – the proverbial four-leaf-clover – that is a symbol of good luck.) Officially, the symbol of Ireland is the Celtic Harp. However, to many people, the shamrock is equally important. It is more of an emblem of Irish culture and is used in the official logos of Fáilte Ireland (the Irish Tourist Board) and other Irish organizations and companies such as Aer Lingus, the official airline of Ireland.

Time for that Irish tea party! Teapots, mugs, plates, sugar and creamer, cups and saucers, and so on, will set the stage here. A nice Irish lace tablecloth would be good, too. You might want to go with an Irish favorite instead such as one of their top brands (Lyon’s, Barry’s, or Bewley’s) or a nice Irish Breakfast blend steeped strong so it can stand up to some milk and sweetener if you care to venture that far here.

Got your Irish on yet? If not, just have another cuppa tea and one of those cupcakes. That should do the trick!

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Valentine Delight with “Sky Between the Branches”

Another teapot member of our Tea Gang here is Little Cast Iron Teapot. He’s sturdy, reliable, and easy to handle, but my humans have been going for the gaiwans and smaller members of the teapot section of the gang for steeping their green teas. However, this is a very special “tea date” tea time with him treating one of the pewter teacups that my humans’ friends sent them as a housewarming gift a year or so ago. The cup is inscribed with a very important word: “Liberty.” A liberating tea was therefore needed. “Sky Between the Branches” seemed the right choice here. On with the steeping…TOOOOT! Continue reading Valentine Delight with “Sky Between the Branches”