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Tea drunk..post again because WordPress is drunk?

The next day I had arranged to meet Scott, whom I met briefly in Hong Kong. Little did I know an Australian would lead me around Taipei to witness the most amazing tea discoveries and prove that there is still life in the old (TEA) lady! In fact she is healthy and still breathing life into the young people of Taiwan.

Scott was a wonderful host. I admire his deep knowledge not just of tea and Taiwan but everything! He jokingly said he was close to genius! I can’t deny that claim for he knows a hell of a lot about a lot and it was a delight to hear his idioms of knowledge.

Scott led me through back streets, nooks and crannies to show me all these tea gems. We met several people from his tea academy talked and drank tea. Went into numerous other tea shops talked and drank more and more tea.

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At this point I need to apologize that we drank so much tea that it all became a blur. I had heard of being tea drunk and this was the first time I had experienced it! Burrp!

What I do remember through photo evidence was that young people were still into tea and tea ware. In one shop I admired the tea plate the shop owner had. It is common in Taiwan for people to have these plates to look, smell and admire the tea before they sweep it into their teapot.

Tea Palate

I later found out that the young man sitting next to us was actually the craftsman who made it! I was so happy to see his passion for tea ware and hopefully more people like him can keep these traditions going. It’s like a family recipe of your favourite dish. If the knowledge is not passed on then it will sadly be forever lost.

tea designer

Long live tea and tea culture!

ps MASSIVE thanks to my pal Scott too!

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Mighty bag not so mighty mint tea

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I revisited a favourite place of mine for lunch and re-ordered a Mighty Leaf mint tea. The lunch was great but sadly the tea was so-so.

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Before I move on I need to comment on the name of this tea, “organic mint melange.” So melange means mixture in French but from what I gather this company is American and based in the US. It drives me potty to see tea companies try to add prestige or elegance by simply adding French. Don’t get me wrong I love the French and I often visit France, infact a very close friend is French, but why do companies do this. The French can be elegant and certain brands have prestige, however these are earned through years and years of handcrafting finely made goods.

If Mighty Leaf want to be posh and French why not  go the full hog? Thanks to google, because mon francais est tres mauvais, “mélange menthe organique” should be the direct French translation. Since I’m ranting, TWG attaches a French air to themselves too, but falsely they are a Singaporean company! My opinion is that brands should be true to themselves and try not to be something they are not.

Disappointingly, I think generally Asian consumers are not aware of this and go for what is printed on the surface. Maybe western consumers are more savvy or maybe note? Whatever the case, more brands are using marketing falsely and fooling people, which is not on!

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Oops that was a long rant. So back to the positives. I like the tea bag of mighty Leaf. It won a best product for packaging award in 2006 for its design and its also combustible too.

http://www.mightyleaf.com/the-magic-of-our-tea-pouch

Other than that the mint tea was nothing to shout home about. So you might as well save some money go to the supermarket and get a simple Twinning’s mint tea instead, for it is exactly what its says on the packet – a peppermint tea.