My trip to Foodex in Japan this year was extra special! I want to share that with you here. Continue reading Lochan Tea at Foodex 2017
My humans love Assam CTC style black tea. They keep me and the Tea Gang, especially Betty Blue Teapot in her lovely cozy from Tafferty Designs (one of our site sponsors), very busy steeping up potfuls. A couple of weeks ago they saw a post on social media about a new CTC style black tea called “Lochan Gold” from another site sponsor: Lochan Tea Ltd. in Siliguri, West Bengal, India. They asked if they could try the tea, and the good folks there sent over a package. It was tea party time at our house that day for sure! Continue reading Little Yellow Teapot Reports: Lochan Gold a True Revelation
That time of year is at hand when those spiced teas, often simply called “chai” here in the U.S., appear in tea shops – both the brick-and-mortar and the online kind. We totally understand. There is something about these teas that appeals to us tea drinkers especially as the weather starts to turn cooler. At our house we have a favorite version of the many out there. We find it typifies the real appeal of this style of tea and so wanted to share our views with you here. Continue reading Our Favorite Version of Spiced Chai
O-cha festival is probably the biggest tea event in the world ceremonies under Mt. Fuji every three years and opened by Royal family member with a three day celebration in Shizuoka, Japan. Chitose Shasida of Tokyo, who had visited our India Tea Forum organized by Confederation of Indian Industries in Siliguri every two years under Mt. Kanchenjunga, represented her newly floated company Lochan Tea Japan, and we were very lucky to get a Gold Prize for Doke Silver Needle white tea. Continue reading Lochan Tea at the O-cha Festival in Japan!
In the world of tea, as in other areas of human endeavor, awards are given out for various reasons, and quality is not always a factor, so when I, your fave little teapot, heard that Doke Tea’s Silver Needle (2nd flush of 2016) had won a gold medal in Japan, I and my humans were skeptical. Were they just about a fancy gold presentation bag? Or did the Japanese palate detect something special here? This little teapot and my humans wanted to find out and were excited when a package arrived with some of this tea included. The taste test was delayed a bit due to other commitments (another package of samples had arrived from another tea vendor), but we soon got one of the gaiwans in our Tea Gang busy on the infusing. Was Doke Silver Needle worth that award? Well… Continue reading Little Yellow Teapot Reports: Doke Silver Needle Worth the Award?
The folks at Lochan Tea Ltd. in West Bengal, India, is having an “Argentine adventure.” They are hosting a group of tea lovers from Argentina for about a month to help them learn more about tea (the kind made from Camellia sinensis leaves). This is such a wonderful occurrence that we wanted to repost our article here about tea traditions in South America. First, a look at that adventure and those eager students of “the leaf” … Continue reading Tea in South America and an Argentinean Group Tours Tea in India
Correction on ownership 17 Sep 2016: Rungneet (Kanchaan View) is owned by Ajit Agarwala as Proprietor and is part of Terai Group.
The Rungneet (Kanchaan View) Darjeeling Tea Estate is part of the history of India in more ways than one. Rajiv Lochan tells their story here. [Editor’s note: Rungneet is the former name of Kanchaan View; for the sake of making that known to you, we have used both names here. “Kanchaan” is sometimes spelled “Kanchan” but we used the more common spelling.]
by Little Yellow Teapot (a tea steeping marvel and occasional contributing author)
It’s always tea party time at our house. That’s why this little teapot had to form a Tea Gang – quite frankly, I was getting worn to a frazzle. TOOOT! But it’s even a better day when a package of teas arrives. I was scooting around the table so much with joy that my humans had to grab me at one point so I didn’t scoot off the edge. Then we settled down to a nice blue and white tea time, giving some of the blue and white pieces my humans have collected over the years a chance to be the stars. Time to steep that 2nd Flush 2015 Black tea from Doke Tea.