Thoughts on Soothing with Chamomile / Balcony Tea. . . .

It is often said that you can steep anything that isn’t a true tea for much longer then regular.

For the most part it is true. I would suggest, however, to still taste every few minutes while you are steeping. I steeped this tea for the majority of the morning and now it is basically a chamomile punch in the mouth.

When steeped for 5 – 7 minutes it is a perfect harmony of herbal notes with the chamomile and rose nicely balanced. Like most tisane with rose petals this one also smells like a garden when you open the bag.

Truly a pleasant aroma.


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Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Balcony Teas
Description:

Feel transported to a beautiful evening in the Mediterranean. All is calm and you can smell wild flowers. Perfect for a moment to yourself or to wind down after a busy day.

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Wild Black Tea / Dian Hong / Teabook

Superb. When one thinks of wild tea trees the picture of an old tree with moss and lichen growing on it comes to mind but I had never thought of what it may taste of.

If you have a chance to try the tea of an old, wild tea tree do not pass it up. (And for all you funny bunnies if you send me a picture of yourself biting a tree I will laugh).

The woody characteristics are like nothing I’ve had before. Along with it’s woodsy notes it is also malty and has honey notes. It is incredibly smooth with a glorious mouth feel.

Currently on the third steeping of this tea. Using a gaiwan, hot water but not boiling,  for the first steep and let the water gradually cool.

When the liquid first enters my mouth I get a floral sensation but it always dissipates quickly into the woodsy flavors.

We are on four steepings now.


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Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy:  Teabook
Description

This tea is not available but click below for teas that are.

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Ruby 18 from American Gongfu. . .

This is one of those teas, like Darjeeling and Big Red Robe, that almost need their own classification.

They are simply marked as a certain type due to how they are processed but their elegant flavors deserve something more.

The best flavors, in my opinion come out when it is brewed at a lower temperature. Luke warm is the best. Sweet sensations of spices like clove and earthiness like wet wood.

The wet leaves have an amazing sweet aroma.

Some would say camphor and I would agree.


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Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  American Gongfu
Description

This instant crowd favorite has an interesting pedigree.  Ruby #18  – also know as Red Jade – is the name of a cultivar developed in Taiwan by pairing a wildTaiwanese tea tree Camellia formosensis with a Burmese Assam (C. sinensisvar. assamica.).  The best crafted Ruby 18 leaf usually comes from Nantou’s Sun Moon Lake region.

Brewed lightly or at lower temperature, the tea exhibits an aromatic sweetness with hints of gingerbread and other spice flavors.  Brewed deeply or at high heat, yields a strong spicy tea, with notes of camphor, allspice, and deep woodiness.

A little goes a long way with this leaf, making it economical as well as delicious. We recommend a lighter brew if you’re new to this tea.

Cold brewing this tea produces an excellent, complex brew that is irresistible.

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Yunnan Imperial / Tea and Tins . . . . .

Generally when someone says Yunnan I think Pu er.

So before I even looked at the leaf I figured that’s what this tea was. Even now while I write this and look at the leaves it looks like it could be. Tightly rolled leaves in various shades of brown.

When brewed the wet leaves have a musty, wet earth smell. It’s a relaxing smell in some ways.

Dark, clear amber liquor. An earthy brew with notes of cedar and wet forest floor.


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Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Tea and Tins
Description

The principal growing regions in Yunnan are located in altitudes of 4,000 to 6,500 feet. At annual average temperatures between 53 F and 73 F, high-grade, black and green qualities are produced.

The very large portion of large, golden leaf tips gives the full sweet-spicy taste and malty, soft aftertaste to the Yunnan Imperial. The large leaf is dark, matt green and contains many bronze-colored tips, the infusion is heavy and dark

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Sun Moon Lake Black Tea #18/ Great Tea Road Co. . . . .

Do people get excited over coffee beans like tea drinkers do over beautiful tea leaves?

When I saw the sample for this tea while strolling though the farmers market I knew I had to try it. Long, black leaves twisted and curled slightly; an aroma of honey and cedar.

This is not a machine tea. Leaf perfection like this needs to be worked by hand.

The wet leaves become a chocolaty brown color and gives off a rather strange scent. It’s not bad, I’m just not quite sure of what to make of it. The liquor is silky smooth.

Nothing bitter to it.

Hits the palette just right with essences of honey, cedar, and forest floor.


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Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Great Tea Road Co
Description:

Taiwan is an island near China. Although mountainous, its climate conditions make it ideal for farming. Many Taiwanese have either Chinese and/or original tribal heritage, and the countries main languages are Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese (Min). This tea is uniquely produced with a mixture of local Taiwanese tea cultivar and Burmese tea cultivar. The leaves were picked by hand. Its smell is like light lotus and cinnamon which is uniquely produced in Taiwan.

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