2012 Wild Tea Orchid Fairy Twig from Life In Teacup

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Life in Teacup

Tea Description:

Production Year – 2012         
Production Season – Spring
Production Region:  Jiangxi Province, Wuyuan

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This tastes so crisp and light!  It’s such a refreshing tea.

It’s very reminiscent of spring, the season in which it’s produced.  It has that light, fresh taste that reminds me of new plant growth in the spring, the tiny leaf buds as they begin to open and turn everything green again after the cold of winter.  So sweet and pure.

The vegetative notes fall somewhere between grassy and steamed baby spinach.  The grassy tones are very mellow and slight, not quite tasting as grassy as some other green teas that I’ve tasted but, it’s something a bit more than just your average, everyday steamed spinach too.  It is mild and smooth, with a moderate astringency toward the tail.  It has a creamy delivery – smooth from the start and then toward the end the astringency leaves the palate feeling clean and refreshed.

Quite a lovely tea!  I was sad to see that all that remains of this year’s harvest of this tea are a few samples … it’s a delicious tea, one that is definitely worth trying.  Keep an eye out and watch Life in Teacup’s website for an announcement, as they are planning on taking pre-orders for this tea just before next year’s harvest!  This tea is definitely worth the effort.


Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of "Gramma" and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

4 thoughts on “2012 Wild Tea Orchid Fairy Twig from Life In Teacup

  1. Such awesome timing! I’m drinking this exact same tea this morning! I got my sample as part of a trade with Israel (of “tea sleuth” blog)… he got it direct from Gingko this spring. Her green teas are always delicious and special in my opinion.

    • Indeed: I completely agree with you, Brett. In fact, I find this to be true of all Gingko’s (aka Life in Teacup) teas. She definitely has a gift for locating some of the best teas.

  2. happygaiwan says:

    The name is what made me order this tea way back in 2011, and the taste is what brought me back in 2012. The review doesn’t seem to mention any fruity notes, though, which I picked up in spades when I tasted it back in the spring (think peaches)

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