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Assam English Breakfast (2014) from Steepster

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Steepster Select Tea Description: Assam is home to big, full bodied black teas and this is a classic from the region – a perfect cup right out of bed or for an afternoon pick me up. Our Assam Breakfast is sturdy enough to take milk but is wonderful on its own as well. Taster’s Review: This Assam English Breakfast from Steepster – another from their “first flush” Steepster Select box – impresses me as a remarkably smooth Assam tea.  Typically, I find Assam teas to be a very rich and hearty tea, but Read More

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2014 High Mountain Ali Shan Oolong from Tearroir

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Oolong Tea Description:   This tea was grown high in the famed Ali Shan mountain range of Taiwan.  Teas from high elevations grow slower, concentrating the flavor into the leaves and making for a rich, sophisticated brew:  some of the finest Oolong available.   To subscribe to Steepster Select, click here. Taster’s Review: There are very few teas that I regard higher than an Ali Shan Oolong.  The only tea that immediately comes to mind is a yellow tea, and really, I think that my adoration for Ali Shan is right up there with a yellow Read More

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Castleton Estate First Flush Darjeeling 2014 from Steepster

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Steepster Select Tea Description: A new first flush black tea from one of the most respected gardens in Darjeeling.  Grown from the China varietal of Camellia Sinensis, the flavors are bright and tangy with a notable balance.  Castleton teas are revered for their low astringency. Taster’s Review: One of the things that I love about the arrival of spring is that all the first flush teas are arriving too!  I’ve often mentioned my preference for a second flush Darjeeling over a first flush, but, this Castleton Estate First Flush Darjeeling 2014 from Steepster Read More

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Yame Shincha #3 Green Tea from Tea Wing

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Where to Buy:  Tea Wing Tea Description: Sourced specially for Steepster, this fresh, first flush shincha is the “beaujolais nouveau” of tea. An intoxicating, dry leaf aroma and deep emerald color leads to a grassy, sweet, and heady liquor. This is the taste of real tea. Subscribe to Steepster Select here. Taster’s Review: The theme of this month’s Steepster Select box is “First Flush” – a celebration of this year’s first harvest of tea leaves!  Sounds like a good theme to me.  And this Yame Shincha #3 Green Tea from Tea Wing is the first that Read More

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Genmai-Matcha Matsujirushi Green Tea from Steepster

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Where to Buy:  Steepster Select Tea Description: Sencha leaves are expertly mixed with popped brown rice and milled matcha powder. A most comforting and delicious afternoon tea. You won’t find a greener tea anywhere! Taster’s Review: During my years as a tea reviewer, I’ve tried several different Genmaicha with Matcha type blends like this Genmai-Matcha Matsujirushi Green Tea from Steepster.  It’s essentially a Genmaicha blend that has been dusted with Matcha powder.  As the tea brews, the Matcha mixes into the hot tea and it becomes part Genmaicha and part Matcha. And, it surprises me Read More