The key to Gong-Fu style tea is based on two factors: water/leaf ratio and time. In the traditional Western style, you have small amounts of tea with large quantities of water and steeped over minutes. This tradition arose from the monopoly China had on tea when first discovered by the West. Being hard to acquire … Continue reading Going Gong-Fu: It’s All About The Pour!
Gong-Go Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Results: A delicious journey from floral to peach then woodsy, I loved the way this tea evolved through steepings. The 1st, 4th & 5th infusions highlighted the fruity quality of this tea and made it shine. Vendor: Seven Cups Fine Teas Tea: Bia Mu Dan (White Peony) Type: White Origin: 2017 Harvest – Shui … Continue reading Bia Mu Dan (Seven Cups)
Gong-Go Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Results: A mouthwatering addictive flood of honey, malt, maple & molasses burst from these amazingly beautiful black-gold twisted spirals. Red tea lovers will fall head over heels for this tea treasure from Yunnan. Excellent both hot or iced, you’ll always want to keep some around. Vendor: Yunnan Sourcing (use this link for $5 … Continue reading Black Gold Bi Luo Chun (Yunnan Sourcing)
Gong-Go Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Results: I loved the balance between savory and sweet – this is what a good oolong is all about. Greeting your palate with honey & roasted nuts, the liquor is thick and syrupy. As it hits the back of your throat there is a burst of woodland flowers that are just heavenly & … Continue reading Mi Lan Xiang (Seven Cups)
It all starts with the tea Teapots are proving to be an art and science all their own. I set out a couple of months ago to lean a more traditional gong-fu style and purchased two pots then ordered five more. What I’ve learned since then could fill a book, but since I’m writing a … Continue reading Going Gong-Fu: Teapots for beginners.
Gong-Go Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Results: The perfect introduction to Pu’erh teas, I enjoyed this Jia Cang immensely. Without a touch of astringency or bitterness, the finish was sweet and juicy, complimenting the deep dank upfront peat notes of its body. Vendor: Seven Cups Fine Teas Tea: Jian Cang Puer (Home Store Puer) Type: Pu’erh Origin: 2012 – Xishuangbanna, … Continue reading Jian Cang Puer (Seven Cups)
Gong-Go Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 Results: A creamy rich head and body with notes of lima beans made for a delightful first infusion. All further cups were much too astringent for my palate and could have been caused by poor packaging that resulted in crushed & broken tea leaves during shipment. Vendor: Nio Teas Tea: Hagiricha Mafuji Sencha Type: … Continue reading Hagiricha Mafuji Sencha (Nio Teas)
I was inspired to do this post by a recent tweet from one of my fellow bloggers Kimberly from Tea Is A Wish Your Heart Makes. Turns out she had a great find at one of her local charity shop: a beautiful Japanese Kyusu for only £2.50. That’s about $3.25 in the US. With that … Continue reading Going Gong-Fu: Getting started on a budget (part 2)
Gong-Go Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Results: A progression of flavors, this is one of those teas that is all about the experience. Transitioning from peaty floral to mineral oaky all with a touch of smoke, YS Da Hong Poa is excellent any time of the day, but I really enjoy it as a digestif. Vendor:Yunnan Sourcing (use this link … Continue reading Da Hong Pao (Yunnan Sourcing)
For anyone who knows me, change is not something I gravitate towards. I like tradition, continuity, and the familiarity of well-worn habits. When I started Tea Gong-Go my goals were to share what I’d learned about flash fusion brewing coupled with more modern infusers. However, cost factors have come into play and if there is … Continue reading Going Gong-Fu: The Evolution of a Tea Addict