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Anxi Tie Guan Yin from Teasenz

I can’t remember the last time I drank a Tie Guan Yin, which is something of a surprise as it’s become one of my favourite oolong varieties. I was more than pleased when I came across this one, not least because it’s a good opportunity to reacquaint myself. This particular Tie Guan Yin is from the Anxi Nature Reserve in Fujian Province, a major Chinese tea growing region (although one I seem to associate more with black tea than with oolong, strangely enough!) I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 3 minutes in water slightly Read More

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Organic Dragon Well Green Tea from Canton Tea Co.

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Where to Buy: Canton Tea Co. Tea Description: This delicious organic Dragon Well is grown in the hills of Zhejiang Province near Long Jing, the village where this famous tea originated. The green tea leaves are picked young and taken back to the village where the skilled tea masters use their bare hands to press them flat in a hot, dry wok in the traditional way. This arrests the oxidation process and ensures the liquor carries the notes of freshly cut grass, rounded off by a soft, nutty flavour. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Read More

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Ancient Forest Black Tea from Art of Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy: Art of Tea Tea Description: A specialty of the southwest province of Yunnan, this unique tea is harvested from ancient trees on the protected land of Jingmai Mangjing’s Blue Mountains. 100% organic, hand picked and sorted, this black tea steeps a rich, earthy infusion with notes of cedar and honey. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: The description of the “creamy texture and notes of amber and honey” this tea purports to provide made me particularly eager to try it. It certainly sounds divine, after all. I was even more Read More

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Thailand Sticky Rice ‘Khao Hom’ Oolong from What-Cha

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Oolong Where to Buy: What-Cha Tea Description: Has a creamy texture and sticky rice aroma, imparted unto the tea during processing by heating the sticky rice plant’s leaves along with the tea leaves. Sticky rice scented tea is a specialty of northern Thailand, although traditionally green tea is used, Jin Xuan Oolong produces just as good if not better results. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: I’ve been wanting to try a sticky rice scented tea for a while now; and when I made my most recent What-Cha order I noticed this one offered on their Read More

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Silky Silver Needle from Teasenz

Tea Type: White Tea Where To Buy: Teasenz Product Description: Enjoyed exclusively by the imperial family in China for centuries, the Silky Silver Needle is a top-grade white tea with a soft, smooth, and silky-sweet taste experience. An ethereal cup with a lingering fragrance and refreshing aftertaste. Pure and refreshing. How is Pekoe Silver Needle produced? The tea leaves for making Pekoe Silver Needle are gathered only for a few days in early spring. Teas cannot be picked on rainy days or early morning when there is still dew on the leaves; leaves which have experienced any kind of damage Read More