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Tea in London III

Still snowing outside, the last out of three serious teaplaces I visited, was ‘The Chinese Tea Company’ on Portobello Road. Entering this beautiful place, it was as entering a whole other world. And also as coming home. The only other customer and me where asked if we wanted to drink some tea, and soon after that we were in tea heaven: The female owner, Juyan, chose a dark and warming ‘Phoenix Oolong’, and filled the tiny yixing teapot with leaves to the brim. “Just right size for three people”, she said. And soon we were smelling, tasting from small white cups, and asking questions about gong fu cha, amount of leaves, brewing times, and talking and listening to tea stories and traditions from China.

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I bought a lighter version of a Phoenix Oolong, with the very poetic name ‘Duck Poo’ ; ) and also found an oxen teapet, you will see on future tea brewing pictures… Having an oxen as my chinese zodiac animal, I had been looking for one for some time! Thank you, Juyan, for a wonderful tea experience!!

‘The Chinese Tea Company’, ‘Purveyors of Premium Loose-Leaf Tea and Teaware’, 14 Portobello Green, 281 Portobello Road, London W1S 5TZ, http://www.the-chinese-tea-company.com

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