How Premium Tea is Made

5 09 2010

Jason C.S. Chen at the birthplace of Tie Kuan Yin Oolong

Coming soon to a bookstore near you, or a webstore near everyone: A Tea Lover’s Travel Diary by Tea Master Jason C.S. Chen (English by yours truly). This is a magnificent book that offers a never-before-seen behind the scenes look at the making of two world-famous teas. These being Phoenix Single-Tree Oolong and Tie Kuan Yin Oolong. Tea Master Chen’s travel diary is a photographic essay on the two teas.

The book will be available on or before November 1, 2010 at all major online bookstores and in selected brick and mortar joints. Starbuck’s D. Major Cohen wrote the foreword, and World-renown tea enthusiast, expert, and author, James Norwood Pratt wrote the introduction.

October 2nd and 3rd, the three above-mentioned gentlemen, and yours truly will be signing the book at the Northwest Tea Festival in Seattle, at Seattle Center. A swell time will be had by all.

From the book:

Tea Brothers one old, one young

At Barnes & Noble


At Books-a-Million

At Chapters/Indigo/Coles


Give me a pot of Big Mouth, please.

18 01 2009
Bai Hao--two leaves one bud

Bai Hao--two leaves one bud Photo by Craig Gibson

I just acquired some very fresh Bai Hao Oolong tea from the Fujian gardens of my Tea Master, Jason C.S. Chen. Very fresh! Bai Hao is usually known in the west as Oriental Beauty, although its original name was Big Mouth tea. Bai Hao is one of the most oxidized of the oolongs giving it that western comfort feel of a black tea whilst retaining the honey sweetness of an oolong. This is one great tea, especially when it is so fresh. Bai Hao means “white hair.” The finest camellia sinensis has white hair on the buds. This is an oolong so it is picked two leaves, one bud. Oh, and the sweetest thing about it, literally, is when bugs chew on the plant, it produces sugars as a defense. Sweet, indeed. [Photo by Craig Gibson]

 Coming Soon…Bai Hao Silver Needle
















In the meantime, have a cuppa on me: