Last Saturday, before the Typhoon, we had wonderful blue sky. The coming typhoon had blown all the clouds away, like usual. So I made a few shots with my yixing teapot, my old, wild, raw YiWu Tuo Cha of 1985 and a 60 year old tea cup.
The hole you see in my tuo cha is proof that I am drinking it! I do have to hurry up taking pictures, because it's so good I may not let it age much longer. I shall post more precise tasting notes soon, but today I will post more of the beautiful pictures I took.
The typhoon Taitang has weakened into a depression. This means normal rain now the whole day over Taipei. We've had a rough night from Sunday to Monday. A few trees fell in our neighborhood, but the damage seems much less compared to previous typhoons of this strength. Thanks to you who have e-mailed me or thought about Taiwan when you heard about the news.
My name is Stéphane Erler. I live in Taiwan since 1996 and have been studying tea with Teaparker. He's a worldwide tea expert and author of over 30 tea books. The study of tea isn't just theoretical, but it's also rooted in daily practice. It's a path of continuous improvement. As my brewing technique improves I get access to better teas and better accessories. These things go hand in hand. My blog documents my learning since 2004. And I have set up an online tea boutique with my selection of top quality teas, accessories and tea culture.