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Seasonal Tea — gaiwan

2017 Day Lily Traditional Roast

Doug Palas 2017 gaiwan Jin Xuan oolong tea Taiwan

2017 Day Lily Traditional Roast

Tea production in Taiwan began after a mass migration of millions of people from China during the middle of the 19th Century. The migrants brought tea cultivars and oolong processing knowledge from Southern Fujian to Nantou, Taiwan. The style of tea produced was a medium-oxidized, medium-roasted, globe-shaped oolong that mimicked the Iron Goddess styles of tea of Southern Fujian. These teas are the roots of Taiwanese oolong production. Despite the evolving tea oolong industry, some producers make oolong tea the old way, even though it is no longer fashionable. I I however love the flavors that come from the mix...

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The Gaiwan

Doug Palas brew guide gaiwan porcelain teaware

The Gaiwan

One of the most elegant ways to steep tea is also one of the simplest. The gaiwan (lidded bowl) consists of three separate pieces, a bowl, a lid, and a saucer. It is the perfect tool for any Chinese or Taiwanese tea. The bowl holds the tea leaves. The lid retains heat, and acts a strainer. The saucer makes it easy to handle the hot bowl and lid.  Gaiwan are typically pretty small, but the intention is to steep the tea multiple times. This is done by steeping the tea and pouring it off, and then adding fresh water to...

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