Month in Pictures (November ’16)Bitterleaf
An action shot from the Fenghuang tea mountains.
Playing with new #tea toys and learning all about Chaozhou zhu ni clay teapots. Though it shares a similar name to Yixing zhuni, that and appearance are the biggest similarities. Porosity and construction make these pots much different beasts than their Jiangsu cousins. We were extremely fortunate to connect with a skilled potter during our short trip to Chaozhou, and are now eager to bring some of these bad boys home to compare against our vastly different Jianshui zitao pots.
A small assortment of Chaozhou clay teapots.
Chairman inspecting the pour of our 3 wishes Jianshui teapot.
Chewie inspecting the pours on several of our mini white Jianshui teapots (Chairman had the day off).
The smallest functional teapots ever? Perhaps. These Chaozhou clay teapots have removable lids and holds several drops of water. They’re not necessarily practical for brewing, but they make a cute addition on the tea table.
Testing out one of our new 100ml Chaozhou clay "swallow" shaped teapots with some dancong, naturally. The design was created by an artist we've just started working with. After spending many years learning and working in Yixing, he's moved back to Chaozhou and has been developing new pot styles, of which this was our favourite. #tea
Brewing with our “swaller” Chaozhou teapot, while a cat yet again decides to insert himself into the photo.
Many of our nights are spent packing orders, so some shou puer and light reading makes for a nice change of pace.
Even more small teaware, this time in the form of a tea set.
Brought a piece of Chaozhou home with us – several pieces, actually. We're now hooked on Chaozhou style brewing for our Dancong Oolongs. This little #tea set has all you need – a 50ml gaiwan, 3 cups, a tray and even a cha jia. You can expect to see these in the shop next week, along with more teaware from Chaozhou and some of the best Dancong Oolongs we've tasted.
This is a bare bones example of a typical Chaozhou tea set. Every house and store has one of these somewhere in sight. Each set (usually) consists of a small tray with reservoir, small gaiwan (~50-60ml), 3 small cups (which represent the character 品, as in “品茶/drink tea”) and some tongs for handling the cups.
Our Drum Chaozhou clay teapots have proved to be one of the most popular teapots we have. Their extra large lid opening makes it easy to fit any tea inside, while the price is on the affordable side.
This is one of 3 customs designed panda teapots we had made by a studio in Jianshui. These are the only panda teapots we’ve seen to date.
You’ve got to protect your teaware! Each of these teaware bags is custom made from vintage fabrics, just for us. The sides are well padded, with the larges size accomodating a brewing vessel and up to 4 cups in the smaller inner pockets.
This was another teapot we had custom made in Jianshui, however, this is for personal use only. I don’t think Disney would be happy with us selling these.
This is probably one of the authentic behind the scenes shots inside the Bitterleaf house. Tea and Photoshopping go together as well as anything else you can imagine.
All teas are now officially on sale! At 10-40% off, these are our deepest discounts of the year – the perfect time to stock up! Took some time to celebrate our 1 year anniversar-tea outside with the first tea we decided to sell – Hummingbird 2013 Jing Mai. Needles to say, this #tea will always have a special place in our hearts.
Amidst our big 1 year sale, we decided to take the party outside. It’s hard to believe that a year has already passed us by, and we thank everyone who has supported us!
One of our wood fired de hua clay teapots.
For the teaware obsessed, there’s now teapot stickers of our own design. Each teapot is overlaid with a classic Chinese pattern.
Moody lighting on one of our mini Jianshui teapots and a new wood fired frog teapet.
Pomelos might be one of the most delicious fruits, although freshness is key. We’re lucky to have access to great pomelos grown in Xishuangbanna and Thailand. Always a great snack with tea.
Our Iris teacups are one of our most popular. The thing with restocking teaware is that glazes and results can change from batch to another – in this case it was for the best!