Eating Rat and Modeling for Fashion: Two Firsts in One Day

Dyl travels to an organic tea farm to collect soil samples and ends up eating rat. Mere hours later, he partakes in a tea-themed fashion show. He does not know which made him feel more uncomfortable.

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1st Place in a City-Wide Photo Competition. My Views on Tea Culture. Also, Wasps.

Traveling across Guangdong province, reflecting on a recent photo competition won, and on trials and errors in recent attempts to document tea culture. Also, Wasps.

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Green Tea Chemistry 101: Key Compounds for Flavor Quality

Discussing what makes a green tea exceptional. Key players are L-theanine, EGCG, soluble sugars, non-gallated catechin compounds, and more

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Why Hot? Why Not? 5 Reasons for Brewing Your Tea Hot (Part 2)

Part two of the high-heat tea infusion series. How warm beverages effect emotions, mood and cognition. The effect of heat on flavor profile. How drinking hot tea can actually cool you down.

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Why Hot? Why Not? 5 Reasons for Brewing Your Tea Hot (Part 1)

The benefits of brewing your tea HOT. A look at antioxidants, polyphenol extraction, caffeine content, and how they all vary depending on water temperature.

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Why is Nannuo Shan a Top Tea Terroir? Ecology, Culture, History (Part 2)

The second of two pieces on Nannuo Shan. Ancient tea trees, the vibes of Nannuo, local history, processing tea with the locals, overall impressions.

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Why is Nannuo Shan a Top Tea Terroir? Ecology, Culture, History (Part 1)

My thoughts regarding the Nannuo Shan terroir following my initial trip there in 2017. Local culture, recent history and ecological protection efforts. How they effect tea tree growth and more.

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White Tea: Black and White Facts, Plus the Grey Area (Part 3)

The final episode in the white tea trilogy. Taste profile formation. Sweet and savory compounds. White tea varietals. Conclusions and Works Cited.

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White Tea: Black and White Facts, Plus the Grey Area (Part 2)

Breaking down the science of white tea processing. What are the steps, how do tea compounds transform, and what are the health benefits.

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White Tea: Black and White Facts, Plus the Grey Area (Part 1)

Exploring the key concepts and lesser known details of White Tea

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