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Colombian Black Tea from Simpson and Vail. . . . .

Simpson & Vail has announced a few new Colombian Teas and I thought I would share with you their Colombian Black Tea today! Their Colombian Black Tea is from the mountainous region of Colombia, in an area steeped in biodiversity, along the western slope of the Andes, called the Bitaco tea estate. The gentle mist from the mountains, rich soil, and ample rainfall stimulates the growth of the tea bushes and produces this tea shouting its unique characteristics. The large, black wiry, slightly tippy leaves have a light malty aroma and brew to an amber cup with a smooth taste Read More

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Red Pearls (Hong Zhen Zhu) from Silk Road Teas. . . .

I recently finished up my sample of Red Pearls (Hong Zhen Zhu) from Silk Road Teas. I’m not going to lie…a single, small, dramatic tear ran down the side of my face as I consumed the last sips of this wonderful infusion! The color of the liquor itself was VERY dark laying there in my cuppa. It paired perfectly with the rainy days we have been having lately. Not that this is a gloom and doom cup but more like a comforting cuppa, instead! This is a high-grade Mao Feng leaf that has been rolled into shiny small pearls and Read More

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Aso Black from Mellow Monk. . . . .

This tea is “a black tea made with leaves from the same green-tea cultivars used to make traditional sencha,” which gives it a distinct flavor. I’d compare its flavor to oolong teas, which typically straddle the black-green divide. It does have that mossy, nutty flavor that I associate with green tea, but a base like an evergreen forest in the spring. It’s vegetal, yet rich at the same time. It’s the tea equivalent of Loki’s outfit. *Smolder*, am I right? And that’s how I feel about this tea. It’s kind of subversive, like Loki. “I took a green tea and Read More

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Jin Jun Mei from Verdant Tea aka Super Starling enjoys steamed buns!

I have a confession to make. I purchased this tea because Verdant told me it tasted like “steamed buns.” I laughed at the phrase “steamed buns,” and then I laughed some more. Steamed. Buns. It hasn’t gotten any less funny. It’s still really, really good. And yeah, this tea totally tastes like bread! It’s smoky and malty and a bit sweet. I detect maybe some butter/vanilla in there, around the edges. It’s so heavy and thick it’s almost broth-like. Even before I drink it down, it just SMELLS really good. It feels like it should have calories. It’s not the Read More

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What’s in a name? Diksam TGFOP 1 2nd Flush 2013 Assam

Today I tried a tea from Lochan Tea Limited, Diksam TGFOP 1 2nd Flush 2013 Assam.  Let’s start with breaking down that name! “Diksam” is the estate where these leaves are grown, part of the “Assam” tea region in India.  “TGFOP 1” is the designation or grade of the tea, in this case it stands for: Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe One.  “2nd Flush” indicates when this tea was collected.  In the case of Indian teas like this Assam, the 2nd harvest is more prized for its higher content of “golden tip” tea leaves. This particular batch was harvested in Read More