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2011 Phatty Cake Pu-erh from Mandala Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Pu-erh Where to Buy: Mandala Tea Tea Description: The material we chose is grade one leaf picked in 2006 and ripened in 2007.  The raw material is from the most remote area in Lincang and is far from cities, roads.  This makes for a very pure tea with no worries about pollution from cities. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: Confession time:  I have been putting off trying this 2011 Phatty Cake Pu-erh from Mandala Tea for a long time.  Why?  Because it’s pu-erh.  It’s all about that seemingly ingrained attitude toward pu-erh. Fortunately, since it Read More

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2011 Mahei Sheng Ancient Tree Pu-erh from Wymm Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Pu-erh Where to Buy:  Wymm Tea Tea Description: This is a sheng pu-erh that brews bright yellow liquor with a delicate taste and silky texture. The tea is full-bodied with minimal astringency, and brings back a prolonged honey-like aftertaste. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: This 2011 Mahei Sheng Ancient Tree Pu-erh from Wymm Tea is quite a wonderful tea!  It has a really lovely honey note to it that I don’t usually expect when I drink pu-erh.  It’s not often that the first thing I really notice about a pu-erh is the strong honey tones! Read More

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2011 Douji “Nuan Jiang Shan” Ripe Puerh Tea from China Cha Dao

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Pu-erh Where to Buy:  China Cha Dao Tea Description: Douji’s Riped Puerh Series. 2011 Douji “Nuan Jiang Shan” (Warm River Mountain) Ripe Puerh Loose Leaf Tea 200g Recommend Douji Product, good for collecting, limited product due to its low production! Aroma – Mellow, unique. Flavor – Thick, Smooth and Sweet. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: With my first sip of this 2011 Douji “Nuan Jiang Shan” Ripe Puerh Tea from China Cha Dao my first reaction was one of surprise!  I couldn’t believe I was sipping a Pu-erh!  This tastes so sweet and fruity!  Where’s Read More

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Yunnan Golden Strand (Spring 2011) from Stone Leaf Teahouse

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Stone Leaf Teahouse Tea Description: The most delicate combined with the robust; a skilled harvest of just the tips of the tea plant, exposed to the outside world for one day, then processed as black tea. Features characteristic earthy tones of Dian Hong, yet yields an incredibly soft, sweet cup. Notes of grape, slight pepper, and olive. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: Impressive! I do love a good Yunnan, and when its a golden Yunnan, I love it even more.  This is really very good – surprisingly sweet!  Yes, Read More

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2011 Sun Moon Lake Red Tea from The Essence of Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  The Essence of Tea Tea Description: This exquisite hongcha comes from Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan where it is grown on old trees (>100 years old). The leaves are hand picked. The quantities of this are very limited in each production. The flavour is excellent with enough character to prevent it falling into that bland sweetness often found in hongcha. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: I have tried maybe a handful of the “Sun Moon Lake” type black teas and each time I try them, the more impressed I Read More