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Taiwanese Tea Jedi, Shiuwen Tai, Shares Tea with a Rotating Cast of Friends

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    • 4.7 • 9 Ratings

Taiwanese Tea Jedi, Shiuwen Tai, Shares Tea with a Rotating Cast of Friends

    Dong Ding A1 Sauce

    Dong Ding A1 Sauce

    Dong Ding! AGAIN!!! This week we are comparing a fresh, new batch of Dong Ding A with the previous batch that we described as Dong Ding A Deluxe. We brewed them bowl style and drank with a ceramic soup spoon. The teas both showed up really clearly, which helped us easily pinpoint their differences and enjoy them! It's a really fun practice to get to know teas as they change over the seasons.

    • 27 min
    Babbling Brook

    Babbling Brook

    This episode we revisited an excellent batch of Charcoal Dong Ding just before it's sold out. The combination of roasting and aging over time have produced a wonderfully complex Dong Ding tea!

    • 28 min
    House Oolong!

    House Oolong!

    This episode we compared three different batches of our only tea we roast ourselves, House Oolong!
    We got into the topic of roasting a lot more than I thought we would. There's some good information in here if you want to try your hand at tea roasting at home, which I highly encourage you to try!

    • 24 min
    O.B. One and Honey Beauty

    O.B. One and Honey Beauty

    We had a light session with two easygoing tea, Oriental Beauty (or OB One) and Honey Beauty. The comparison was really fun, and we ended up getting onto the topic of cold brew... just, by chance ;) Both of these teas are new arrivals, and we wanted to feature them because they are sweet, yummy and refreshing!

    • 24 min
    Relaxin with Taiji Hongshui

    Relaxin with Taiji Hongshui

    This session we drank Taiji Hongshui (AKA Gongfu Hongshui) from Shi Ding. This is a really fun tea, and we enjoyed its relaxing effect. Especially after a long couple of weeks!
     
    We dug into some of the 'fundamental structures' as they show up in this tea. We'll keep revisiting these over and over because they build the foundation for clear observation of a good tea. Check out those original 'fundamental structures of tea' episodes from earlier this year if you haven't yet!

    • 32 min
    Grandpa Style Flow

    Grandpa Style Flow

    We're back!! We've been so busy packing tea, that we've mostly been drinking grandpa style in the shop. So to honor that, we recorded a light session of us drinking grandpa style tea. Enjoy! And if you're really busy, drink some grandpa style yourself. It's a great way to let the tea brew itself.

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Zenthropologist ,

Finally

I’ve been looking for an Oolong centered active tea podcast that is enjoyable to listen to and gets into deep tea culture with hints of philosophy. This is truly a gem of a podcast

GALinReston ,

If you're serious about tea, this is a must listen

Love this podcast. So much fun. So much information. And I learn about teas I might not have understood or ordered without the podcast. Win, win, win.

puerhbear ,

A must for tea drinkers!

This is a fun laid back tea podcast recorded in a little tea shop in Seattle. The owner Shiuwen and her guests discuss a particular tea she has sourced in each episode (with a focus on Taiwanese oolongs. The shop’s speciality). The conversations also touch on aspects of East Asian tea culture more generally at times. Overall this is a fantastic tea podcast right up there with Ken Cohen’s Talking Tea and others. More then just a business podcast about the offerings Floating Leaves Tea sells this podcast has something to offer to those curious to learn about more about mindful tea drinking. Each episode serves as a great resource for seasoned and new tea drinkers. Shiuwen’s enthusiasm really conveys what makes the teas of Taiwan so remarkable. The processing of the tea(s), the environment, aspects of the tea makers craft, brewing considerations, thoughts on flavor / texture, and more are discussed in a free flowing format. Whether you simply enjoy a good cuppa or are already a oolong fanatic definitely consider giving this podcast a listen and maybe pick up a delicious Ali Shan, Dong Ding, Shan Lin Xi, Pouchong or another tea discussed here.

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