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Exploring the Uniquely Flavored Schizandra Berry

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Exploring the Uniquely Flavored Schizandra Berry

The schizandra berry has been used in Chinese medicine for hundreds of years. It is often referred to as "five flavor berry" due to it being simultaneously sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and pungent in flavor. This combination in conjunction with juniper notes make this one of the most intriguing beverage ingredients that I have ever come across.

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2017 Early Spring Snow Sprout

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2017 Early Spring Snow Sprout

Drinking freshly harvested tea is a completely different experience than drinking tea even 6 months later.   Fresh tea is sweeter, less astringent, and has a subtle complexity.  Our commitment to offering a rare glimpse into the flavors of fresh tea is best exemplified by our Early Spring Collection.  Each year we select small lots of tea from the very first harvest of the year.  We often choose a variety of small-production green teas from China and Japan or the occasional high-elevation black tea, but the style of tea that benefits most from an early harvest is white tea. Our first...

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Tokoname Ware

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Tokoname Ware

Tokoname is a town located in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. It has been a hub for pottery and stoneware production since the 12th century. Kiln innovations in the 1800s resulted in the earthenware that Tokoname is famous for. The thermodynamic property of iron-rich Tokoname clay is perfect for steeping Japan green teas, but also works well for white tea. Kyusu simply translates to teapot. Typically, they come in two different styles: yokode and ushirode. Most people associate kyusu with the yokode style, which is recognizable by its side-mounted handle. Ushirode look more like Chinese or European teapots, with the standard handle....

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Making Iced Matcha

Doug Palas green tea Japan matcha recipes

Making Iced Matcha

Adding matcha to cold water is a simple way to make a refreshing summer beverage. The trick is to get the matcha to integrate completely with the water. Our preferred method uses a cocktail shaker. Since matcha is powdered green tea it doesn't actually dissolve, so over time it will come out of solution. Sifting the tea will insure that there are no clumps of powder in your beverage.

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