On the Importance of Teachers

By Nissan|September 20, 2015|Musings|0 comments

When I first began making tea, I bought a travel gaiwan and practiced everyday. I would sit and exhaust the tea but I stood up unsatisfied every time. Eventually, my stock of vietnamese Dong Ding shrank to a quarter of what I started but I had grasped what I liked and disliked. It took over half a kilo to understand […]

Stone Tea

By Nissan|September 19, 2015|Poetry|0 comments

Out of rock grows an ardent tree. Smooth stones are wet with dew. Rivers rush upwards inside me And my words become few.

Wise Old Tea: A 1960s Aged Oolong

By Nissan|September 17, 2015|Aged TeaAged Tea,Tastings|0 comments

A chill in the air deafened the heat in NY the last three days. Thank goodness. My room was getting pretty muggy at night. It’s the signaling of the changing seasons and is a wonderful opportunity to try new teas or rediscover old ones. So when Theresa Wong phoned me asking to join her for a tasting of an aged […]

First Cup

By Nissan|September 16, 2015|Musings|0 comments

Each day, my journal gives me a deep, blank stare. More and more, I find myself giving it an equally blank stare back before I close it shut. The most difficult part of anything is beginning. So in this new digital, open-book, bare-skinned version of my daily musings, I humbly offer tea advice to you, my Inquisitive Reader. This is […]