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Matcha Milkshake Recipe

Doug Palas Green Tea Japan Matcha Milkshake Recipe

Matcha Milkshake Recipe

You will need: 5 grams Kilogram Organic Matcha fine mesh wire strainer, to be used as a sifter 120 grams of 180°F water small wire whisk small mixing bowl 375 grams of vanilla, or sweet cream iced cream, or shake base milkshake maker or blender stainless steel malt cup Sift the matcha into a small mixing bowl, and add the 180°F water. Whisk for 10 seconds. In a malt cup or blender jar, add ice cream, and gently compress. After the matcha has cooled slightly, pour it over the ice cream. Try not to melt the ice cream too much!...

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2018 Red Jade

Doug Palas 2018 Black Tea Taiwan

2018 Red Jade

Red Jade, Sun Moon Lake Tea, Hong Yue, and Variety # 18 are all different names for one the most unusual teas that I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. Developed before the Second World War during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan, Red Jade was created when a large leaf tea bush from Burma was bred with a native Taiwan variety.  After the war, when quality of black tea declined due to mechanization and the popularity of the tea bag, Red Jade was mostly forgotten. In 2002, one of the gardens that I purchase oolong tea from planted the trees...

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2018 Winter Li Shan

Doug Palas 2018 High Mountain Oolong Tea Qin Xing Taiwan

2018 Winter Li Shan

The quality of a tea is determined by three primary factors: the cultivar or the specific type of tea plant, the processing steps used, and the terroir, a French term used to describe the different aspects of the environment from which it was grown. With Taiwan oolong teas it is just one aspect of terroir that garners lots of attention: The elevation at which the tea was grown. The highest grown teas are labeled goa shan cha or high mountain tea with a growing elevation of over 1000 masl. Taiwan has more mountains that produce high mountain oolongs than any...

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2018 Organic Snow Buds

Doug Palas 2018 China Early Spring Green Tea Yunnan

2018 Organic Snow Buds

The majority of China green tea undergoes a pan-firing process to de-enzyme the tea so that the leaves and flavor can remain green. An older, more traditional, method is to use convective heat to gently bake the leaves. Baking preserves delicate floral flavors, and doesn’t impart as much flavor from the process as pan-firing. Our latest offering, Snow Buds, is a baked green tea from Yunnan, China. Currently, we offer a rather large selection of tea made from slightly different varieties the da yeh cultivar. Its versatility is quite amazing, whether it’s a white, green, yellow or black tea, da...

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2018 Organic Yunnan Golden Lily

Doug Palas 2018 Black Tea China Dian Hong Early Spring Jin Xuan Yunnan

2018 Organic Yunnan Golden Lily

In 2008, the most popular style of tea in China was fermented tea called Pu-erh. Yunnan, China, the birthplace of Pu-erh, was seeing unprecedented growth in their tea industry. Farmers increased production in an effort to keep up with demand while entrepreneurs tried to capitalize on the craze by buying land and growing tea. Two years later, when the craze passed, there was a surplus of tea on the market and the demand for Pu-erh disappeared seemingly overnight. Some tea gardens were abandoned, but in an effort to cut losses, some growers started to produce black, green, white, and oolong...

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