Tea Information: Leaf Type: Oolong Where to Buy: Verdant Tea Tea Description: Traditional Earl Grey is a classic, great for every season. With the Earl of Anxi, we start not with a black tea, but with our Master Zhang’s Hand-Picked Tieguanyin to give the bergamot a sweet, bright base and reinforce the floral citrus notes. We draw out the citrus sweetness with a uniquely creamy and rich orange peel, and crystallize the florals into a prominent position with jasmine blossoms. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: This is really a unique take on Earl Grey – unique but very enjoyable! Read More
Tea Information: Leaf Type: Pu-erh Where to Buy: Verdant Tea Tea Description: Master Han is excited to share his fresh, just picked 2014 harvest pu’er. This gorgeous wild-picked, loose leaf sheng pu’er is a unique opportunity to taste the pure, bright flavor notes of a young tea that is full of energy, smooth and absolutely ready to drink. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: Back in March, I reviewed the Master Han’s 2013 Wild-Picked Sheng Pu’er Tea which was included in the February Amoda Tea box. I really enjoyed that Pu’er, so I was only too happy to sample and review the 2014 Read More
Tea Information: Leaf Type: Black Where to Buy: Verdant Tea Tea Description: Master Han is a remarkably talented crafter of wild picked pu’ers and black teas whose workshop and ancient plot of tea forest is an hour’s walk to the nearest gravel road in a national forest preserve. We were lucky enough to meet him at his first tea conference. Tucked away in a hidden corner behind slick modern displays with uniformed reps from Xiaguan and Menghai, Master Han and his young apprentice seemed apprehensive about the operation. We were on our way to a panel on gongfu brewing when the sheer beauty of Read More
Tea Information: Leaf Type: Oolong Where to Buy: Teavivre Tea Description: Using Taiwan autumn tea as material, this Monkey Picked Tie Guanyin carefully selected by TeaVivre is baked slowly by soft fire (the baking process falls into three steps and every step lasts two minutes). The degree of fermentation is 100 percent so that the dried tea can keep a long-lasting fragrance. After brewing, the smell of honey peach and the baked flavor can be perfectly appreciated and the beverage tastes gorgeously smooth. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: Have I mentioned how much I love Teavivre lately? Read More
This is one of the very best – if not THE best – second flush Darjeeling teas I’ve encountered. It is so incredible!