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Monday, November 14, 2005

Here's To A Cup of Tea!

We love tea. Mostly Chinese tea, and usually the Tie Kuan Yin variety of oolong tea which originates from the Fujian province (which is also where Lois' family hails from). Here's a little blip on this variety of tea:
Grown in the An-xi region of China’s Fujian province, Tie Kuan Yin is the world’s most renowned oolong tea. 40% oxidation results in a tightly wound, uniform tea that is very dense, sage green in color and with what appears to be a light glazing of frost. The art of making Tie Kuan Yin is quite complicated, particularly as the tea nears completion. It is refired one final time at a very low temperature; at this point the most distinguishing feature of the tea (the light glazing of frost) appears on the outside of the tea as the remaining moisture is slowly steamed out.
So when we heard of an online tea company—Portsmouth Tea Company—offering a free canister for bloggers who link to them, we couldn't resist (HT: TulipGirl). Here's to a cup of delicious tea.

We'll let you know how our Jade Ti-Kuan-Yin tastes when we get it!