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The quiet but steady resurgence of Chinese tea culture and appreciation

In a world where food fads and trends swiftly come and go, Chinese tea has been seeing a slow but quiet resurgence as it finds its way into the buzzy halls of restaurants as well as the hands of those who seek a moment of solace and tranquillity. Kenny Leong reports on its rise. A pithy Chinese adage asserts that there are seven basic items for daily sustenance: firewood, rice, oil, salt, sauces, vinegar and tea. Of these, tea exclusively has captivated the imagination of countless writers, poets, painters, and even nobles and emperors, serving as a source of inspiration behind innumerable...

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Kindred Spirits: A profile of whisky’s many personalities

Today’s world of whisky is a complex one, with the spirit’s explosion in popularity bringing to light several different characters, from the simple drinker to the collector, the investor and the dreaded “whisky flipper”. Wind the clock back 10 to 15 years, when things were less complicated. Sure, people collected whisky, drank whisky and invested in whisky, but these were simpler pursuits, and the hobby was significantly less mainstream. Japanese whiskies were still relatively unknown, new whisky releases didn’t cause websites to crash due to excessive traffic (or road blockages due to actual...

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