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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

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Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea. . . . .

I haven’t had this tea in the longest time and while it used to be one of my favorites, I had moved on for a while and decided to try other black teas. I found this one while digging around in my collection and want to see if it still holds the same flavors I remember. The black tea leaves are incredibly pretty – silvery, a charcoal black. This scent is of cocoa and… possibly cardboard? While it doesn’t sound too appealing, this is definitely the scent I remember. Sipping… this is definitely bittersweet chocolate I’m tasting. The background offers Read More

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Black Ruby from Terroir Tea Merchant. . . .

Today is one of those days where I need all the caffeine to keep going.  I literally bring a tote bag full of tea wherever I go so I dug into my lovely portable tea stash and landed on this lovely option. Black Ruby from Terroir Tea Merchant is a black tea described as having a smooth, sweet, and cinnamon mint flavor. That description alone peaked my interest. I’ve tried a few offerings from Terroir Tea Merchant and I have to say, even though I typically reach for flavored teas, they’ve even turned my head and made me re-think my Read More