Sunday, June 21, 2015

A Cup of Tea For Father's Day - Lahaha's Aged Rose Pu-erh

My favorite grocery store (Central Market) has a great bulk goods selection, selling gourmet chocolate, nuts, grains, coffee, candy, and of course tea. I spent a long time in front of the wall of Lahaha Tea, a new (ish) brand of tea, ultimately deciding to buy a little of each.

Lahaha means "Happy Tasting" and was founded by Angie Lin in 2009. They are committed to providing high quality, organic teas. I trust the brand, because I trust Central Market to carefully curate a selection of gourmet foods. Today, I drank Aged Rose Pu-erh, because I was curious about how rose would be incorporated into the puerh.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Tea for Indominus Rex - Silver Buds Yabao

To say I was excited for Jurassic World would be a bit of an understatement. Right before going to the movies, I decided to brew some tea, something light to tide me over and prepare for the onslaught of movie theater popcorn. I rooted around my overflowing tea shelf and found Silver Buds Yabao from Verdant Tea.
A brontosaurus looks on as I enjoy my tea. I still have my tiered dinosaur display from my Dinosaur Tea Party.
Silver Buds Yabao is not a traditional tea. It is harvested from the large ancient tea trees of Xishuangbanna in Yunnan. The tea has this interesting look because it is actually compact buds of the tea trees. Although this particular batch was plucked in the winter of 2008, the taste is quite fresh. Although some refer to these buds as "white puerh" or "raw puerh," the appearance and taste are quite unlike traditional puerh.