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
We saw this posted on the Facebook page of Keiko Suzuki, a dear lady who is starting her exploration into tea, and wanted to share it here as well as on our Facebook group.
I joined the workshop to study new sencha tea cultivars, “Shizukaori” and “Kirari31”.
I learned the background of cultivar, hybrid parent and more.
I review teas of the workshop.
From right, Yabukita, Saemidori, Kirari31 and Okuhikari.
Yabukita is the standard cultivar of Japanese sencha tea.
Saemidori is the cultivar parent of Kirari.
Okuhikari is the cultivar parent of Shizukaori.
I learned these characters
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Our guides to Japanese teas and tea plants were posted on the Guides section of this site after many months of work (on and off while we dealt with other things, such as trying tea samples received from various vendors). Since they were posted we have gotten comments on social media like “Gee, you’re not Japanese, so how can you dare to post something like this?” or “There are so many sites already about Japanese teas, so why do this?” and the occasional “Good work!” To you all, we say this… Continue reading How Our Japanese Tea Guide Came to Be
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
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
Time to go exploring a special kind of tea called GABA.
Health claims being made about a special kind called GABA tea. And that tea, very popular and Japan and other Asian countries, is becoming increasingly known in other parts of the world, partly due to various health claims and partly due to its devotees who swear that the flavor is very different and more pleasant. Continue reading 5 Facts About GABA Tea
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.
This tea garden near the city of Kyoto in Japan was unaffected by the recent issues associated with the severe earthquake and tsunami a few months ago. Four samples arrived recently and are so special that they deserve an equally special steeping method. After some thought, hubby and I have decided to let the steeping glass do the honors, with Little Yellow Teapot supervising. Continue reading Four Samples of Japanese Teas for the Steeping Glass to Try