This is a good time to look back at the 10 most read articles on my blog in 2011. I hope you'll enjoy this retrospective before I select the 12 pictures of the year:
10 : The tea jar 'magic trick' - Oolongs can improve with age under the right conditions. But did you also know that the transformation can be almost immediate if you use a good porcelain jar?
9 : Taiwan Tea at Penn State's Robeson Gallery - Tea Masters in the USA! 18 years after graduating from university in Pennsylvania, I had the chance to brew tea with serious tea students at Penn State!
8 : 2011 Spring Jade Oolong from Yi Guang Shan - Cui Yu, Tsui Yu or jade Oolong. This very green and fragrant Oolong cultivar has been developed in Taiwan.
7: Oolong Concubine 'sauvage' de Feng Huang de l'hiver 2010 - Récolté dans une plantation abandonnée de la région de Dong Ding et torréfié traditionnellement. Le plus 'Wu Yi' des Oolongs de Taiwan.
6 : Qi Lai High Mountain Oolong (2200 m) - Da Yu Ling and Li Shan have been hit by a rainy season twice this year (spring and winter). Luckily, I could get my hands on an early and dry harvest of this Qi Lai mountain Oolong.
5 : Wu Yi Tea Documentary - CCTV introduces Wu Yi with 5 documentaries translated in English and French!
4 : Gao Shan Ali Shan Oolong from Spring 2011 - A mountain Cha Xi with 2 American visitors for one of my best spring Oolongs!
3 : 'Subtropical forest' Wenshan Baozhong - A tasting of my classic Wenshan Baozhong.
2 : A new, finer 'lotus' qingbai porcelain by David Louveau de la Guigneraye - The Sung and Yuan dynasty inspire me and David Louveau to design an elegant tea set.
1 : 3 Yixing Xishi teapots are back! - The name of a Chinese Beauty for the most feminine teapot. This article overwhelmed all the others. The zhuni Xishi version is now gone, but luckily the zisha Cha Ren Ya Xin version is still available!