Monthly Archives: December 2010

Tea in literature

Tea tempers the spirits and harmonizes the mind, dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens thought and prevents drowsiness, lightens or refreshes the body, and clears the perceptive faculties. [Confucius]

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How Bi Luo Chun tea is made

As promised in my last post when I wrote about Bi Luo Chun tea, this time I will write a bit about how that tea is actually made. The tea leaves are plucked in the early morning hours each spring … Continue reading

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First pitiful zisha teapot [update]

A few days ago I shared the result of my first attempt at making a zisha teapot. The pot has now been burnt and it did survive. Yay! It is of course still ugly and also not 100% watertight but … Continue reading

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Tea recommendation: Bi Luo Chun

The name Bi Luo Chun was given by Emperor Kangxi and means “Green Snail Spring”. Of course this is a purely descriptive term for the spiral form of the tea which resembles cooked snail meat. This variety is often described … Continue reading

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First pitiful zisha teapot

As promised, the result of my first attempt at making a Yixing zisha teapot. I made this pot together with my wife, and although the result is rather unsophisticated and ugly, making it was loads of fun. As you can … Continue reading

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How zisha clay teapots are made [part 3]

After having given the pot some rest we are now ready to continue where we left off. Since our pot is still completely closed and has neither nozzle nor handle it is now time to attach them. Holes are punched … Continue reading

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How zisha clay teapots are made [part 2]

In the last post I showed you the tools used to make zisha teapots, now I’d like to give some impressions how that is actually done. It of course all starts with a piece of zisha clay, also known as … Continue reading

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