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Enjoying A Liquid Proust Tea. . . . .

Pu’erh is a new-ish, mostly unexplored territory to me, so I don’t have a huge range of language to use to describe it, or a lot to compare this particular sample to. That said, ready or not, WE’RE GOING INTO THIS REVIEW. This is a really deep, wooded, hay-like, rustic taste, like an old barn that’s not in use. (No, like, gross animals. Just the structure and the hay and some age.) Which I really like, actually. It’s calming. There’s also a hint of cocoa here, but it’s not strong. The “candy bar” element, despite the tea’s name, isn’t the Read More

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Forest Song 2016 Sheng Puerh Maocha from Global Tea Hut

My inner (and outer) hippie absolutely adores Forest Song 2016 Sheng Puerh Maocha from Global Tea Hut for many reasons! To start things off – just LOOK at the name…Forest Song…I mean…how could you go wrong? Forest Song 2016 Sheng Puerh Maocha from Global Tea Hut was part of their August 2016 celebration. Well, I call it Global Tea Hut’s monthly Tea Celebration because – to me – that’s what it is! The way Global Tea Hut works is…Farmers contribute tea…You receive an envelope with love every month…Drink tea with people around the world…and Your subscriptions support our free tea Read More

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Mini Yunnan Toucha Mix from Teasenz – Reflection on Scent and Memory

I am far from an expert, but I’ve always been both intimidated and entranced by pu erh tea.  The tea comes packed in cakes and wrapped in decorative papers, and you might even have a tea pick especially for breaking up these tightly packed leaves. There’s a proper way to brew and taste pu erh, and all kinds of special teapots and accessories.  There’s something inherently magical about having the right tools for an ancient ritual.  With the Mini Yunnan Toucha mix sampler from Teasenz, I could give the whole thing a try at my kitchen table. I’ve brewed enough Read More

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Mini Yunnan Tuocha Tea – Blue Label from Teasenz

Recently I experimented with Mini Yunnan Tuocha Tea – Blue Label – from Teasenz. Here are a few of my findings and personal tasting notes on each infusion. Infusion 1: Mini Yunnan Tuocha Tea – Blue Label – from Teasenz infused to a darker brown and had a slight gloomy texture to it as well. The whiff was like a warmer autumn day…sunshine, leaves, dirt, dry wood, and a bit of malt. The flavor was a wink of dry wood, a whisper of malt, with a slight sign of cooked rice, and even inkling of soy sauce muted. I found Read More

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Mini Yunnan Tuocha Tea – Yellow Label from Teasenz

I’ve really enjoyed sampling the Mini Yunnan Tuocha Mix from Teasenz and next up on the review list is this Mini Yunnan Tuocha Tea – Yellow Label from Teasenz. Mini Yunnan Tuocha Tea – Yellow Label from Teasenz was lighter in color than the other mini tuo chas. It had varying shades of leaves within the tuo cha as well. It seemed to infuse to a much lighter color of infusion so I went a little longer with the steeps with this one. 1st Infusion: The first infusion of Mini Yunnan Tuocha Tea – Yellow Label from Teasenz was a Read More