We’re going back into the archives to revisit these classic posts by James Norwood Pratt. This post includes “Pu-Er”, “Scented Teas – Part 1”, and “Scented Teas – Part 2”. We have added a link to the end of each one to take you to the next if you would like to read them as a sequence, or you can choose which you want to peruse below. Enjoy!


Technically classified not as black but dark black tea, Pu-Er is China’s mystery tea.  It was already ancient when…(Read more)

Scented Teas – Part 1

Few periods in history have equaled the Ming in their obsession with flowers: most floral porcelain patterns trace their descent to this time, for instance, and flower paintings, embroidery, and even epics written on a single blossom illustrate the fascination.  It is not surprising that the Ming Cult of the Flower produced…(Read more)

Scented Teas – Part 2

The Chinese scent green, oolong and even black teas sometimes, often with flowers unknown to the rest of us with exotic names like: bailan (magnolia), chulan (chloranthus), daidaiyoutzemilan and—my favorite…(Read more)

Photo “Pu erh amb taronja a casa” is copyright under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License to the photographer Lali Masriera and is being posted unaltered (source)