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2011 Mansai Puerh Tea from The Essence of Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Pu-erh Where to Buy:  The Essence of Tea Tea Description: The flavour is thick and pure, with a hint of bitterness transforming into a long sweetness in the mouth.  The tea is balanced throughout the mouth and throat, with the strong qi immediately present upon drinking. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: I’m finding this pu-erh to be quite unusual from the pu-erh I’ve tasted in the past.  Not that I would consider myself to be a connoisseur of tea by any means … I’m more of a novice when it comes to pu-erh.  Read More

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Xiping Anxi Tie Guan Yin from The Essence of Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Oolong Where to Buy:  The Essence of Tea Tea Description: This Tie Guan Yin comes from an old plantation on Lao Cha Shan, YaoYang village, Xiping, Anxi. We’ve struggled for a while to find a traditional, authentic Xiping, Tie Guan Yin that is grown without chemicals. So many Tie Guan Yin’s are grown intensively and need large quantities of chemical fertilisers. This is grown naturally, without any chemical fertilisers and pesticides and has been processed in a more traditional style than the modern super green oolongs, being very lightly oxidised then rolled and very lightly roasted. Read More