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White Peony – Bai Mu Dan from Teasenz

I usually stick to the “accepted parameters” for white tea – 180 degrees Fahrenheit for three minutes, but Teasenz says to be brave and go with 195 degrees on this one. So I did! And on top of that, I was busy and couldn’t get the leaves out of the pot right away when the timer went off so it went a few seconds longer. And you know what? There was not even a hint of bitterness to the tea. As is the case with white peony tea, we have a light/medium yellow tea when it is steeped and a Read More

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Mini Yunnan Toucha Mix from Teasenz – Reflection on Scent and Memory

I am far from an expert, but I’ve always been both intimidated and entranced by pu erh tea.  The tea comes packed in cakes and wrapped in decorative papers, and you might even have a tea pick especially for breaking up these tightly packed leaves. There’s a proper way to brew and taste pu erh, and all kinds of special teapots and accessories.  There’s something inherently magical about having the right tools for an ancient ritual.  With the Mini Yunnan Toucha mix sampler from Teasenz, I could give the whole thing a try at my kitchen table. I’ve brewed enough Read More

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Red Dragon Pearls (Black Dragon Pearl Tea) from Teasenz

I LOVE a good, solid Dragon Pearl so when I saw Red Dragon Pearls (Black Dragon Pearl Tea) from Teasenz was VERY eager to try it! The company says it’s an unusual black tea that is hand-rolled but I am certainly familiar with it as it’s one of those black teas I tend to look for! I found that the aroma of this Red Dragon Pearls (Black Dragon Pearl Tea) from Teasenz – DRY – was that of a wine and/or berry scent and it was marvelous! Wet – the aroma is a different story! It smells like a genuine Read More

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Mini Yunnan Tuocha Tea – Blue Label from Teasenz

Recently I experimented with Mini Yunnan Tuocha Tea – Blue Label – from Teasenz. Here are a few of my findings and personal tasting notes on each infusion. Infusion 1: Mini Yunnan Tuocha Tea – Blue Label – from Teasenz infused to a darker brown and had a slight gloomy texture to it as well. The whiff was like a warmer autumn day…sunshine, leaves, dirt, dry wood, and a bit of malt. The flavor was a wink of dry wood, a whisper of malt, with a slight sign of cooked rice, and even inkling of soy sauce muted. I found Read More

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Wild Jujube from Teasenz

I have a special treat for you today – well I think it’s a special treat, anyways – it’s Wild Jujube from Teasenz! Wild Jujube from Teasenz is a fruit tea – an herbal fruit tisane – if you will. China’s most popular herbal tea is made from wild Jujube. Jujubes are sometimes referred to as Chinese Dates and are small, reddish-brown fruits that has the appearance of berries. My first encounter with dried Jujube’s was ordering them from The Raw Food World. So I was very excited to try Wild Jujube from Teasenz. I have a herbal tea/tisane steeping Read More