Life updates, yancha and losing one year of blog posts…

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aged yancha Tea Adventures Xin An Chu

It has been a while since I have written anything here, but I have been busy. I know it’s not a valid excuse as one should always make time for tea. I did make time for tea, however, writing about it has not been my priority for almost a year now.

This article is about an aged yancha, things that are happening in my life right now and why many blog articles have disappeared from my website.

2016 Lao Cong Shui Xian

I had two days off work so I decided to make this an easy morning with a nice tea. Xin an Chu is my go-to tea shop in Europe and I still have so many samples left… One of the samples is the 2016 Lao Cong Shui Xian.

What better way to enjoy tea while listening to some guqin music… This is the video I listened to during the tea session.

Even though I’m not an experienced yancha drinker, I do enjoy it occasionally. He has an impressive collection and I believe he is among the best if you’re looking to buy in Europe.

The 2016 Shui Xian is pretty sweet with notes of burnt bread and caramelized sugar. Smelling the leaves takes me to a theme park where you can buy cotton candy. There is also something floral going on when smelling the leaves between infusions.

It has been aged for 8 years and has only been roasted during production. From what I’ve read, some yancha teas are roasted again during the aging process, but that is not the case for this tea.

If you’re interested in trying this tea, it”s available here.

Losing one year of updates

Unfortunately, I also have bad news. I lost one year of updates/blog articles because of some issues with the hosting provider. My website was hosted somewhere but suddenly went offline so I had to migrate to another hosting company.

With that, I lost the latest version of my blog with all the updates, articles, pictures,… I know it’s stupid not to have automatic backups, but I still had this backup from more than a year ago.

It’s not ideal, but it’s still better than losing everything. It might have been a sign to start using a different approach on the blog.

Writing about life in general and how tea fits in might be a good idea…

Coding journey

Some of you might know, but in addition to my job, I’m following a coding “bootcamp”. It’s not a bootcamp in the literal sense, but more like a curriculum of projects I have to do.

I’m always drinking tea while coding, but it’s not practical to also write about it. Doing two things simultaneously is doable, but more than two is too much.

I want to give more frequent updates on what I’m doing and which tea I’m drinking. Even though I don’t have as much free time anymore, tea still plays an important role in my daily life.

Feel free to reach out and share your thoughts and recommendations on teas and tea shops you like.

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