April 9, 2014

Long Time No See

Well hows everybody been? I cant believe its been so long since I last blogged about anything really. Seems to me the whole world of Tea Blogging has gone pretty much dead except for the handful of the old reliable blogs that have been around for forever. Me? I still drink tea but don't feel the need to tell everybody about it any longer. And to me........that's the way it should be. Enjoying good tea doesn't require words, photos or blogs to find its way to the appreciative.

Im going to be moving soon and have no intentions of packing all this stuff and taking it with me. So......this is a sale of just a few things that I know some of you would really appreciate. I hope they find happy homes and enjoy some good teas.

First up....an entire Korean tea set. Most of these pieces Ive has for anywhere from 2 to 4 years but I want to sell them as a set. All in used but pristine condition. Set includes hand made tea tray, handmade teapot and cups, total of six cups in all. Funnel that goes with the teapot and 2 wood coasters. All made in Korea by master crafstmen (except for the coasters, probably not so master craftsman) The teapot and cups are all made by Park Jong Il. Asking $250.00 for the entire set, which is a pretty good deal. U pay shipping (wont be cheap) Payment through PayPal.   bret_wiley@yahoo.com

If interested email me and I can send better pics showing exactly what is included.

Oh yeah tea strainer and scoop thrown in for good measure. 3 small brown cups not shown, ill see if I can find a pic later.

2 of this style of cups

3 of these small brown cups

August 22, 2013

Yi Ho Yeong - Brother Anthony,s 2013 Ujeon? Sejak?

I am very lucky to have the opportunity to try this tea. I,m guessing that the making of this tea was a joint effort between Brother Anthony and Yi Ho Yong. I really don,t know anything else about it, and maybe that,s for the better.

In the opening pages of The Korean Way Of Tea by Brother Anthony and Hong Kyeong-Hee  ask the reader to imagine what it would be like to arrive at a home in the early morning hours. The host has brought water from a mountain spring and made tea for you with leaves harvested from her own tea bushes, made with her own two hands. Nothing but the sounds of a bubbling mountain spring and fresh, crisp, spring air. Well, evidently, this tea was made by the very same person they are referring to in the book. I am honored!

Brother Anthony

A few weeks ago I received a package from Arthur and he kindly included this tea along with the others I had ordered. Thank you Arthur! He couldn't remember which he had sent, hence the title of this post. If I had to guess I would say this is Sejak, the dry leaves are a little thicker and chunkier than I would expect from an Ujeon. I have only had Ujeon once before so it,s not as though I really know what I,m talking about here.

The aroma from the dry leaf is pristine, clean and sweet. Notes of pine, grain and florals. Very pungent but not heavy. Why can,t all my green teas smell so gorgeous? I wonder how much this tea costs?

The sweet smell of toasted grain and pine wafts from the pot as I pour out the first infusion. Very rich but delicate and balanced. A tad too yellow for a Ujeon, don,t ya think?

The second infusions color is much more yellow and not quite as clear as the first, it,s also sweeter. What I find interesting about this tea is that it has a very full and rich mouth feel but the flavors are never heavy and dull. When the tea starts to fade in later infusions it,s flavor and aroma stays very clean and pure. As opposed to heavy dull and chalky.

Tiny, tiny little baby leaves, what a pain this must have been to harvest. A labor of love I guess. God Bless Em!