Blissful Buds from Mellow Monk . . . .

Tea has become more of a mindfulness exercise for me lately, rather than simply a means to caffeination. I reverently begin this tasting by getting on the level with the loose, green grinds. Dry leaves are sweet-smelling like a japanese tea.  They tease me with something that almost smells of raspberry, though I know there is none in this blend. After brewing the tea leaves got much lighter in color and presented a cloudy olive-green infusion with lots of tiny stowaways from the gravity brewer into my cup. I cannot stress enough, as with all green and white teas, watch Read More


Canton Mini Tuo Cha Cooked Pu-erh from Canton Tea Co.

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Pu-Erh Where to Buy: Canton Tea Co. Tea Description: Our own brand mini tuo cha (nests) are made from authentic chopped puerh leaves from Yunnan, not from the fannings or tea dust as most tuo cha are. We chose a maocha (unprocessed leaf) that has been aged for 4 years, giving the tea a smooth, mellow quality. The leaves are pure Te Ji (aka Tippy Grade), which give a sweeter taste. Brew quickly with hot water in a small pot for up to eight infusions. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: There aren’t many days Read More


Floral Herb Tisane from Chi Whole Leaf

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Herbal Tisane Where to Buy:  Chi Whole Leaf Tea Description: A beautiful blend of Indian Rose Petals, Egyptian Hibiscus and Jasmine.  Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: I keep wanting to call this matcha… Honestly; I was a tiny bit scared to try this one. Hibiscus is one of three ingredients in this one, but frankly the entire thing looks like ground up, powdered hibiscus and unless you’re really into hibiscus in the first place that sounds pretty horrible. That said, after the hot water hit the powder in the bottom of the mug and I Read More


Kuma Green 1228™ Sencha Green Tea from Mellow Monk

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Where to Buy:  Mellow Monk Tea Description: A brightly herbaceous guricha-style sencha, with a gentle sweetness with fruity highlights — apples, melon, and white wine grapes — as well as citrus notes and a hint of jasmine. [Note that this is not jasmine green tea; the hint of jasmine is naturally present in the tea.] Made from yabukita tea plants grown in the rolling hills of Kuma County, tended and crafted into tea by artisan Kazuo Watanabe. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: The dry leaf of this tea looks and smells like a Read More


Prince Vladimir from Kusmi Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type: Black Where to Buy: Kusmi Tea Tea Description: Blend of black teas from China flavored with citrus fruit, vanilla, and spices. A Kusmi tea that is simply too good to miss out on! Prince Vladimir is a unique blend that was created by Pavel Kusmichoff in 1888 to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the Christianization of Russia by Vladimir the Great. We suggest to enjoy this tea during the whole day. Main flavor: Smooth citrus and spice Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: I received some of this Prince Vladimir from Kusmi Tea from a tea Read More