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Pinglin Bao Chung from Terroir Tea Merchant. . .

Terroir Tea’s claim to fame is telling you about the terroir (origin of the tea, including environment, location, soil, climate, etc). Which is totally one of those things I love to know. Where did this come from? Who grew it? Can I go meet them? This particular tea comes from a place that allegedly smells like tea all the time because said tea is drying outside. I dare you to find a better location, except for maybe Disney World or something. What I like about this tea (aside from knowing about the enchanted town from whence it came) is how Read More

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Chocolate Cherry Latte Oolong by A Quarter to Tea

Steeping at 190 degrees for 4.5 minutes as recommended, I prepared this tea with one tablespoon of leaves and around 10 ounces of water. The high-quality oolong leaves swell and uncurl while steeping–something I always find fascinating (in addition to comforting because I know it means I’m about to drink some excellent tea!) Once the steeping gets going it smells strongly of chocolate and cherry, which I take as a good sign! Actually it smells almost overwhelmingly of cherry while steeping, but after steeping that abates somewhat. The cherry flavor still hits your nose first but as you keep inhaling you Read More

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Huang Jin Bolero from Adagio Teas. . . .

This Anxi oolong isn’t currently available on Adagio’s site, but I’m reviewing it so you know what to look for if it returns or if something like it pops back up! Here we have a lovely oolong with a nectar/nut flavor that’s closer to green than black. It’s a very light flavor that stays with you after you swallow it. This tastes like that point in the late afternoon when you’ve stopped paying attention to time. Dinner will come eventually, you guess. This feeling is, more accurately, the feeling of long summers at summer camp. This tea is summer camp Read More

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Giddapahar Oolong 2nd Flush 2016 Darjeeling Exclusive from Lochan Tea Limited

There are 3 things I’m liking of this Giddapahar Oolong 2nd Flush 2016 Darjeeling Exclusive from Lochan Tea Limited before I even try a sip…that it’s a 2nd Flush Darjeeling, that it’s an Oolong, and that it’s from the Giddapahar Plantation. Giddapahar Oolong 2nd Flush 2016 Darjeeling Exclusive from Lochan Tea Limited is like Autumn in a cup! It smells like sweet damp sticks that have been out on the forest floor. As I continue to sniff the infused tea I notice an additional aroma – perhaps stone fruit – such as apricot, maybe. Regardless it’s crisp and clean! The Read More

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Nepal Pearl Oolong Tea from Wha-Cha

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Oolong Where to Buy: Wha-Cha Tea Description: An incredibly rare and unusual oolong with a great taste of apricots and nectarine combined with a brilliant aroma. . Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: Alright. . .for anybody that has this tea in your stash and don’t want it. . .let me know! This tea is amazing! Amazing pearls of tea loving goodness! If you can’t tell, I’m quite smitten with this tea. This gorgeous tea is a lovely pearl of oolong tea that gives you a satisfying sense of what good tea is supposed to be like. Read More