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Shiuwen, the owner of Floating Leaves, invites guests to her tea table for good discussion and a pot of gongfu cha.

Floating Leaves Tea Floating Leaves Tea

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 15 Ratings

Shiuwen, the owner of Floating Leaves, invites guests to her tea table for good discussion and a pot of gongfu cha.

    Tea Class with Shiuwen | Techniques for Identifying Stale Tea Pt. 2

    Tea Class with Shiuwen | Techniques for Identifying Stale Tea Pt. 2

    Oolong tea does not go bad, but it does go stale if stored improperly, or for a very long time.

    In this episode, we taste the same Tie Guanyin oolong tea, one stored properly and one improperly. John and Shiuwen identify the staleness of tea through drinking.

     

    To join the class and learn from these episodes, please place an order and leave a comment to let us know you'd like some stale tea to practice with. Otherwise, if you have a bag of tea you've left open for quite some time you can also practice these techniques and answer Shiuwen's guiding questions.

     

    • 31 min
    Tea Class with Shiuwen | Techniques for Identifying Stale Tea Pt. 1

    Tea Class with Shiuwen | Techniques for Identifying Stale Tea Pt. 1

    Oolong tea does not go bad, but it does go stale if stored improperly or for a very long time. In this episode, Shiuwen offers John a few techniques to smell from the dry leaf if a tea is stale.

     

    To join the class and learn from these episodes, please place an order and leave a comment to let us know you'd like some stale tea to practice with. Otherwise, if you have a bag of tea you've left open for quite some time you can us that to practice these techniques and answer Shiuwen's guiding questions.

    • 11 min
    Tea Class with Shiuwen | Tracing Tea’s Scent Inside The Body

    Tea Class with Shiuwen | Tracing Tea’s Scent Inside The Body

    With higher grade teas, we are looking for more complexity in the scent. Not only how flavorful or how many notes it has, but also where the scent is felt in the body. This episode Shiuwen and John compare two oolongs to isolate the sensation of scent reaching deeper inside of the nostrils.

     

    To join the class and learn from these episodes, you can drink this exact tea and answer Shiuwen's guiding questions from your own experience. Find the teas on our website here => https://floatingleaves.us/cart/update?updates%5B39651321872591%5D=1&updates%5B40287149392079%5D=1


    The Tea : Nantou Four Seasons, Smooth Water Baozhong

    • 39 min
    Tea Class with Shiuwen | Brewing Basics : Timing #NoFear #MakeMistakes

    Tea Class with Shiuwen | Brewing Basics : Timing #NoFear #MakeMistakes

    This episode Shiuwen and John explore the third main parameter of tea brewing : timing. How long does the water need to sit on the leaves? #NoFear #MakeMistakes

     

    To join the class and learn from these episodes, you can drink this exact tea and answer Shiuwen's guiding questions from your own experience. Find the teas on our website here => https://floatingleaves.us/cart/update?updates%5B39651320299727%5D=1

    (Note : For this episode, any Taiwanese tea from our shop will get the point across.)


    The Tea : Ruby 18

    • 39 min
    Tea Class with Shiuwen | The Breaking Point

    Tea Class with Shiuwen | The Breaking Point

    This episode we soak four black teas to see if they 'break' or not. A good tea will still show a sense of structure and movement, even if it's brewed to the point of unpleasantness. We are using two of our own black teas and two tea bag teas.

     

    To join the class and learn from these videos, you can drink these exact teas and answer Shiuwen's guiding questions from your own experience. If you buy these two teas, leave us a message in your order notes and we'll send the teabags for free ;) Find the teas on our website here => https://floatingleaves.us/cart/update?updates%5B39651320201423%5D=1&updates%5B39651320299727%5D=1

     

    The Teas : Ruby 18, House Black, 2x Tea Bag from Grocery Store

    • 24 min
    Tea Class with Shiuwen | Brewing Basics : Finding Your ”Golden Ratio”

    Tea Class with Shiuwen | Brewing Basics : Finding Your ”Golden Ratio”

    This class we will be exploring different leaf-to-water ratios to see if there is really such a thing as proper recipes.

    To join the class and learn from these episodes, you can drink these exact teas and answer Shiuwen's guiding questions from your own experience. Find the tea on our website here => https://floatingleaves.us/cart/update?updates%5B39651321970895%5D=1

    The Tea :

    Charcoal Dong Ding

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

sam butar ,

Lighthearted, informative, easy to listen

Love love love this podcast. It’s engaging and informative yet easy to digest and fun. A lot of it is centered around oolong—tasting notes with a lot of interesting tea philosophy and journey.
Thank you for this wonderful podcast

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.

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