<![CDATA[New Chinalife Products]]> http://chinalifeweb.com Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:28:15 GMT Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:28:15 GMT LemonStand <![CDATA[Green Cold Brew System]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/CL-GBREW/ http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/CL-GBREW/ Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:37:49 GMT <![CDATA[Lost Robe Wholesale Pouch]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/TEA-BEDP/ http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/TEA-BEDP/ Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:13:19 GMT <![CDATA[Jade Sword Wholesale Pouch]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/TEA-AJGP/ http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/TEA-AJGP/ Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:23:36 GMT <![CDATA[Gong Fu Tea Towel]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/CL-GFTT/ http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/CL-GFTT/ Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:57:36 GMT <![CDATA[Genmai Matcha (taster)]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/TEA-GMMT/ http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/TEA-GMMT/ Fri, 27 Jan 2017 17:30:39 GMT <![CDATA[Genmai Matcha]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/tea-gmmc/ http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/tea-gmmc/ Fri, 27 Jan 2017 17:30:21 GMT A blend of Yabukita Sencha, toasted brown rice and ceremonial grade matcha. This gives you a first cup of bright and vegetal matcha and then rebrews of  the classic and toasty Genmaicha. DO NOT RINSE this tea as you will throw away all of the matcha!

 
 
 
SCOPE ANALYSIS:

Season: Spring 2016

Cultivar: Yabukita

Origin: Shizuoka, Japan

Picking: Young leaves

Elevation: 650m

 

 
TASTING NOTES:

DRY LEAF APPEARANCE: Lime green dusted brown rice, puffed rice and young leaves.

DRY LEAF AROMA: Wasabi peas and dried seaweed snacks.

WET LEAF AROMA: BBQ burnt soy glazed sweetcorn.

LIQUOR: Kiwi flesh green on first infusion moving to starfruit green.

TEXTURE: Medium bodied moving to refreshing.

TASTE: Soy sauce covered rice crackers and fresh cut green grass with a rich umami savoury sweetness.

FINISH: Slightly drying with a sweet green apple skin sour sweetness.

BODY SENSATION: Mild and refreshing.

 

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<![CDATA[Houjicha (taster)]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/TEA-HJCT/ http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/TEA-HJCT/ Fri, 27 Jan 2017 17:29:40 GMT <![CDATA[Houjicha]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/tea-hjcc/ http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/tea-hjcc/ Fri, 27 Jan 2017 17:29:26 GMT A rich and satisfying green tea made from summer tea (Bancha) and roasted to a deep hazel brown. Pairs excellently with all kinds of cheese.

 
 
 
SCOPE ANALYSIS:

Season: Summer 2016

Cultivar: Yabukita

Origin: Shizuoka, Japan

Picking: Bancha young leaves

Elevation: 650m

 

 
TASTING NOTES:

DRY LEAF APPEARANCE: Hazel brown broken larger leaves and stems.

DRY LEAF AROMA: Sweet soy japanese rice crackers and roasted barley.

WET LEAF AROMA: Dark oven roast potato skins and a whisper of mangosteen sweetness

LIQUOR: Violin resin amber brown liquor.

TEXTURE: Medium bodied with catching dryness.

TASTE: Caramel soya sauce, hay and poached pears.

FINISH: Tingly and cooling with a dry finish.

BODY SENSATION: Warm and calming.



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<![CDATA[Monocle Boss Puerh (taster)]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/TEA-MONT/ http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/TEA-MONT/ Fri, 27 Jan 2017 15:33:23 GMT <![CDATA[Monocle Boss]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/tea-monc/ http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/tea-monc/ Tue, 24 Jan 2017 12:40:16 GMT A gorgeously schizophrenic tea combining zesty fruit and seasalt air brightnotes, a sweet floral and creamy toffee middle and deeper leather and library grounding flavours.

 

 

This tea is very bud heavy and even the leaves have a thick sheen of tea hairs. We recommend that you brew unfiltered to get the maximum syrupy texture of this Gushu PuErh.

 

WARNING: This is a very rushy tea and can get you tea drunk. Please drink responsibly :)

 
SCOPE ANALYSIS:

Season: Spring 2016

Cultivar: Da Ye Zhong Assamica

Origin: Pasha Mountain, Yunnan, China

Picking and Processing: Bud and up to three leaves. Picked, withered, low fired, rolled and sun dried before compressing into tea cakes

Elevation: 1700m

 

Gushu Pu Erh made from ancient arbor trees in Pasha with a circumference of between 80 and 115cm. This estimates the age of tea trees between 300 and 500 years old although there is no official certification for ageing these tea trees.

 

TASTING NOTES:

DRY LEAF APPEARANCE: Glistening antique silver buds and shiny tortoise shell leaves. Rich in tea downy hairs.

DRY LEAF AROMA: Salt water, dark toffee and leather.

WET LEAF AROMA: Wet laundry, musk cologne and passionfruit jam.

LIQUOR: Pale and cloudy peach nectar.

TASTE: Sweet grapefruit zest, leather bound library books and brown butter. The tiniest hint of bitterness transforms to a lily flower sweetness.

WET LEAF APPEARANCE: Thick and and lustrous pale olive green leaves and golden apple green buds.

TEXTURE: Thick, syrupy, sticky and coating.

MOUTH FINISH: Sticky with mineral stimulation all over the tongue and sheeks and a gently gripping dryness in the throat. Sweet minty coolness.

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<![CDATA[Miscellaneous]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/AM-MISCV/ http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/AM-MISCV/ Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:38:34 GMT <![CDATA[Lost Robe]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/tea-bedc/ http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/tea-bedc/ Thu, 22 Dec 2016 18:21:27 GMT Season: Spring 2016

Cultivar: Bei Dou Yi Hao

Origin: Zhengyan, Fujian, China

Picking and Processing: Up to third or fourth leaves with medium baking

Elevation: 630m

 

DRY LEAF: Large, whole, twisted prune brown leaves with aroma of hazelnut chocolate and plum wine.

WET LEAF: Lustrous and metallic mud green leaves with aroma of butterscotch and cooked apple.

LIQUOR: Verjus orange liquor. Dark fudge in kraft paper wrappers, charcoal, fresh cut pinewood.

FINISH: Very mineral dry and clean with a slight juiciness on the sides of tongue.

SENSATION: Warm and satisfying.

 

 

There is much controversy over the lineage of Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe). The original six mother plants (over 300 years old) still grow in Wuyi but they are protected by the Chinese Government and almost never picked but dutifully cared for. In the 1980's cuttings of these bushes were made for genetically identical asexual propagation and since then they have spread around Wuyi mountain. So there are 1st generation bushes, 2nd generation bushes and so on.

 

So it is common knowledge that in order to drink pure Da Hong Pao you should be seeking tea grown from these bushes. Of course factors such as the area, soil, microclimate will all play their part in the quality of the tea but pure Da Hong Pao should supposedly be from these 'Qi Dan' bushes.

 

Enter the marketeers. Knowing that the original Da Hong Pao bushes were commanding huge prices (around $1m per kg) and that there was a limited quantity of the Qi Dan clones, many sellers began blending other Wuyi varieties together to create an approximation of the pure Da Hong Pao. It is thought that around 80% of the Da Hong Pao being sold is blended tea usually with a combination of widely available Shui Xian and Rou Gui (sometimes mixed with a little Qi Dan). Therefore Da Hong Pao became a name associated with a style of tea rather than a strict variety. Depending on the producer and the leaves used in their blends you can find delicious Da Hong Pao and a lot of pretty ordinary Da Hong Pao.

 

So that's all clear right? Apparently not!

 

In the 1950's a scientist called Yao Yue Ming was instructed to analyse the Da Hong Pao mother bushes. He, along with other scientists took cuttings of  the mother bushes and spent many years cultivating these plants. During the cultural revolution his work was destroyed but he kept working in secret and in the 1980's he cultivated his plants in Bei Dou Peak. This was the pinnacle of his achievements and since then plants have been propagated from these bushes.

 

This tea has become known as Bei Dou and we call it Lost Robe (original Da Hong Pao is called Big Red Robe). So, is this tea basically a Qi Dan which has been hybridised and changed by Yao Yue Ming or is the Bei Dou variety part of the six original Da Hong Pao mother plants? The answer is unclear but probably a bit of both. It is worth remembering that these ancient mother plants were grown from seed and therefore are not genetically identical so perhaps the 'pure' Da Hong Pao made hundreds of years ago are actually a blend after all!

 

Whatever the details, this tea is a direct descendent from the original Da Hong Pao mother plants.

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<![CDATA[Iron Monk]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/tea-thhc/ http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/tea-thhc/ Thu, 22 Dec 2016 18:15:48 GMT One of the famous 'Si Da Mincong Yancha' teas from Wuyi mountain. Produced in the Zhengyan mountainous region famed for its exemplary rock oolongs.

 



Season: Spring 2016

Cultivar: Tie Luo Han

Origin: Zhengyan, Fujian, China

Picking & Processing: Up to third or fourth leaf. Medium roasted for hours over charcoal

Elevation: 500m

 

DRY LEAF: Delicate, medium to large raisin brown leaves. Aroma of dark chocolate covered brandy soaked cherries.

WET LEAF: Toad skin textured, shiny, moss earth brown. Burnt chocolate, marachino cherry, slight menthol freshness and antique wood.

LIQUOR: Sherry brown and medium body. Taste of butterscotch, dark chocolate, charcoal, sage and cherries.

 

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<![CDATA[Teaheads T-shirt (womens Large)]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/tee-thwl/ http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/tee-thwl/ Thu, 22 Dec 2016 14:03:32 GMT Illustration and screen printing by Celine from Mei Leaf. A London artist and tea lover.

 

Extremely high quality t-shirt. This is not some cheap merchandising t-shirt! This T-Shirt comes in a charcoal blue colour and is made from 100% Organic cotton.

 

Size Guide:  Medium has a chest size of 46cm (18 inches). Large has a chest size of 49cm (19 1/2 inches).

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<![CDATA[Teaheads T-shirt (Women)]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/tee-thwm/ http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/tee-thwm/ Thu, 22 Dec 2016 14:03:09 GMT Illustration and screen printing by Celine from Mei Leaf. A London artist and tea lover.

 

Extremely high quality t-shirt. This is not some cheap merchandising t-shirt! This T-Shirt comes in a charcoal blue colour and is made from 100% Organic cotton.

 

Size Guide:  Medium has a chest size of 46cm (18 inches). Large has a chest size of 49cm (19 1/2 inches).

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<![CDATA[Tiger Spirit T-shirt (womens Large)]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/tee-tgwl/ http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/tee-tgwl/ Thu, 22 Dec 2016 14:02:57 GMT Illustration and screen printing by Celine from Mei Leaf. A London artist and tea lover.

 

Extremely high quality t-shirt. This is not some cheap merchandising t-shirt! This T-Shirt comes in a charcoal blue colour and is made from 100% Organic cotton.

 

Size Guide:  Medium has a chest size of 46cm (18 inches). Large has a chest size of 49cm (19 1/2 inches).

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<![CDATA[Tiger Spirit T-shirt (Women)]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/tee-tgwm/ http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/tee-tgwm/ Thu, 22 Dec 2016 14:02:44 GMT Illustration and screen printing by Celine from Mei Leaf. A London artist and tea lover.

 

Extremely high quality t-shirt. This is not some cheap merchandising t-shirt! This T-Shirt comes in a charcoal blue colour and is made from 100% Organic cotton.

 

Size Guide:  Medium has a chest size of 46cm (18 inches). Large has a chest size of 49cm (19 1/2 inches).

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<![CDATA[Teaheads T-shirt (mens Large)]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/tee-thml/ http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/tee-thml/ Thu, 22 Dec 2016 14:02:33 GMT Illustration and screen printing by Celine from Mei Leaf. A London artist and tea lover.

 

This T-Shirt comes in a charcoal blue colour and is made from 50% Organic Cotton and 50% Organic Tencel which is a natural cellulose fiber from wood. It is super soft and offers optimum moisture transportation for your skin.

 

Size Guide: Medium has a chest size of 51cm (20 inches). Large has a chest size of 53.5cm (21 inches).

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<![CDATA[Teaheads T-shirt (Men)]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/tee-thmm/ http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/tee-thmm/ Thu, 22 Dec 2016 14:02:23 GMT Illustration and screen printing by Celine from Mei Leaf. A London artist and tea lover.

 

This T-Shirt comes in a charcoal blue colour and is made from 50% Organic Cotton and 50% Organic Tencel which is a natural cellulose fiber from wood. It is super soft and offers optimum moisture transportation for your skin.

 

Size Guide: Medium has a chest size of 51cm (20 inches). Large has a chest size of 53.5cm (21 inches).

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<![CDATA[Tiger Spirit T-shirt (mens Large)]]> http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/tee-tgml/ http://chinalifeweb.com/shop/product/tee-tgml/ Thu, 22 Dec 2016 14:02:11 GMT Illustration and screen printing by Celine from Mei Leaf. A London artist and tea lover.

 

This T-Shirt comes in a charcoal blue colour and is made from 50% Organic Cotton and 50% Organic Tencel which is a natural cellulose fiber from wood. It is super soft and offers optimum moisture transportation for your skin.

 

Size Guide: Medium has a chest size of 51cm (20 inches). Large has a chest size of 53.5cm (21 inches).

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