Archive for May, 2013

Out and About

out and about

out and about

It’s always so lovely to hear about the parties & celebrations we get to be a (very small) part of in hiring out our beautiful collection.

Recently we were apart of a 90th birthday, which even took our cups out of Sydney & on the road! Thanks for the photos, we’re glad to hear it went well

Posted by cupsandsaucers on the 31st of May 2013

Spotlight on: Long Jing, also known as “Dragonwell Tea”.

This has often been referred to as “China’s favourite tea.” Don’t hold me to that as a secure mantel, I’m sure there are competitors, but this is a cultural beauty and true contender for such a title.

Of the eighteen tea growing regions and provinces in China, this tea must be created in the Zhejiang province in a place called Hang zhou. The tea is actually region protected, a new development as of this decade. It enjoys such a prestigious reputation that many faux Long Jing teas – NOT from the dragonwell village – had begun to enter the arena, hence making origin denomination necessary. This can be likened to an Appellation, used in Europe to protect the reputation of regionally produced food products such as cheeses. Holographic seals are often used to identify your Long Jing as the real deal on many packagings. In other cases, the best idea is to get your Long Jing from a source you trust.

The particular processing method is what gives the tea its shape. The shape of the leaf is an elegant long and flat, nutty-green scenario. The tea is tended by hand during its heat-sealing in large woks, to prevent further oxidisation (i.e. it turning into a black tea!). The pressing of the leaves by hand, against the side of the pan, will cause the desired shape in the leaf.

Tasting the tea will yield nutty, roasty, toasty and smooth flavours. Buttery, grassy aromas impress and enchant. Delicious. Lingering, with a not un-notable pungency to finish. People searching for a savoury tea will be pleased with a Long Jing.

It takes true mastery of method to create a Long Jing. Find some immediately, and enjoy.

Extra trivia: the Zhejiang provincial government have actually banned construction and development in the tea-growing areas to protect the future of this famous tea.

Coming soon – the legend of dragonwell.

knave of cups x

Posted by cupsandsaucers on the 21st of May 2013

High Tea Hen’s Party

orla montage

It’s taken us a while to get this online, but we were so excited to help our lovely friend Elle host a gorgeous High Tea Hen’s for the bride to be Orla! From Cups and Saucers, our congratulations goes out to Tom & Orla!

Posted by cupsandsaucers on the 14th of May 2013