This week, I paid a visit to a tea seed & nursery field in Mingjiang. The owner, Mr. Kang, has many years experiences in nurturing tea cultivars. He is also the person who owns the right of two newly developed cultivars from TRES (Tea Research and Extension Station) : Biyu/ TTES#19 (碧玉/台茶19號) and Yingxiang/ TTES#20 (迎香/台茶20號) Any transaction of these tea plants needs Mr. Kang’s approval. Continue reading →
It is definitely the most luxury tasting I’ve ever made!!!
2013 Nantou Global TeaExpo from 5th, Oct., 2013 ~27th, Oct., 2013 is holding a “Golden Tasting” event, offering 17 different exquisite Taiwanese teas to taste, 10 teas per time, only cost NTD100. It makes a pretty good deal…
A friend in LinkedIn, Thomas Kasper, asked me if I sell Lapsang Souchong (正山小種)?
I said “Sorry, I only sell Taiwanese tea. As far as my knowledge, Lapsang Souchong is from China.”
It should be the end of the story. But, there was something weird which arouse my curiosity. In Chinese, we call Lapsang Souchong as 正山小種, pronounced like ” Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong” I can relate Souchong to XiaoZhong, but Lapsang is nothing like ZhengShan.
Then, there are two questions following
What is the meaning of the Chinese name “Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong” /正山小種?
Where did the translation “Lapsang Souchong” come from? and what is its meaning?Continue reading →