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Nepali Oolong from The Tao of Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Oolong Where to Buy:  The Tao of Tea Tea Description: From a small tea garden and farmer cooperative in the Dhankuta district of the eastern Himalayan region of Nepal. The co-op actively encourages small farmers to not only grow tea, but to bring bio-diversity into their land. This leaf represents a new tradition and style of making tea in Nepal. The leaves are hand-rolled instead of large conventional mechanical rollers, then carefully roasted over low heat. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: I’m revisiting this Nepali Oolong from The Tao of Tea because when I Read More

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Organic Pu-er Tuocha from Tao of Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Pu-erh Where to Buy:  Tao of Tea Tea Description: Made from the large leaf ‘Da Ye’ tea plant varietal, better known as Camellia Sinensis ‘Assamica’. The Tuocha refers to a family of bowl shaped teas, commonly available as Green tea Tuocha, Black tea Tuocha and Puer Tuocha. Made at one of the few organic tea gardens in Yunnan, this tea is popular among strong, dark tea drinkers. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: Wow!  This Organic Pu-er Tuocha from Tao of Tea is seriously awesome.  It isn’t often that I’ll say that about a pu-er! Read More

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Royal Phoenix Oolong Tea from The Tao of Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Oolong Where to Buy:  The Tao of Tea Tea Description: The Phoenix Mountains (Fenghuang Shan) in Guangdong, China are home to famous varietals in oolong teas. In our last visit to this area, we studied at least seven different varietals. Notable and popular amongst them is the Mi Lan (Honey Orchid) varietal. Our name for it is Royal Phoenix.  Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: I spent my evening enjoying this Royal Phoenix Oolong Tea from The Tao of Tea.  It’s splendid, and what a wonderful tea with which to just sit back and relax. Read More

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Black Dragon Oolong Tea from The Tao of Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Oolong Where to Buy:  The Tao of Tea Tea Description: From the famous oolong producing area of Anxi in Fujian, China. Sometimes the anxi oolongs are also refered to as “se zhong,” meaning a blend of several oolongs. The processing of this tea is quite similar to the more popular Tieguanyin oolong tea. Oolong teas range in their flavor and color spectrum from light green to dark. Tea merchants will refer this color spectrum to the level of oxidization in the tea leaves. Low (5% to 25%) oxidized teas are more green. Black Dragon is a Read More

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Organic Tea Flowers from The Tao of Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Tea Flowers Where to Buy:  The Tao of Tea Tea Description: The tea plant (Camellia sinensis) flowers once a year in Fall. This is the time just before the plant produces seeds and goes into winter hibernation. Yunnan Tea Flowers These 100% organic tea flowers are from the southern Yunnan province of China and harvested from old growth tea trees indigenous to the area. The native peoples of this region are among the few tea-growing cultures with a history of tea flower harvesting.  Jing Mai Tea Forest  Jing Mai Mountain is home to one of the Read More