Anhui Maojian from Tea Runners. . . . .

This is a green with a bite. It has a pleasant, slightly sweet vegetal tartness that’s surprising and unexpected. The description on the tea’s site describes this exciting sensation as “a lively and vibrant piquancy,” a phrase that I am bitter about not having created myself. The person who wrote it is a scholar.

This isn’t a neutral, pleasant green that fades into the background. It has a distinct personality. It won’t take no for an answer. It’s in charge of your attention. Every time I sip it here at my desk, I glance over at my mug in surprise. Aha! Yes! THIS GUY! STILL DELIGHTING THE SENSES.

When Jewel Staite (Space Cases/Firefly actress) started up Tea Runners, I wanted to be hype about it. I loved this actress — but did I love her taste in tea? Obviously, she probably has advisors and experts that help her with the company. But still. I wasn’t sure. My brother got me a month to be nice (his personality is a good one), and I’ve loved both of the teas I’ve tried so far. (There are 4 in each subscription). GOOD ON HER. So I’m happy to endorse what I’ve tried of Tea Runners.

I’m ALSO happy to endorse Space Cases and Firefly. They are late 90s/early 2000s science fiction. If you get nothing else from this post, just know: television in the pre-HBO era was a SIMPLER TIME. A delightful, innocent time. Pure, like this tea. Get on board.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  Tea Runners
Description

This lovely green tea from the Anhui province in China is not only pleasant to look at– its young leaves are touched with mao jian or “downy tips”– but it also brews to a lively and vibrant piquancy. We love the fresh green grass scent and the slightly sweet umami finish in its taste, a welcome combination that makes this green one to savour.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Notes about Pearls of Jade – Bi Luo from Silk Road Teas. . . .

Glorious. . .

The mouth feel this tea gives you is so nice. . . .

Smooth from the tip of your tongue to the back of your throat. Then there is the wet smell.

Oh what a heavenly aroma!

Grassy, nutty, vegetal and slight hints of earth.

One can tell that these leaves have been carefully cared for. Clear, golden amber liquid color.

Flavors range from vegetal and the beginning to slightly sweet and mineral.

 


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Silk Road Teas
Description

Harvest date Spring 2017. A sweet & vegetal flavor green tea that comes out early in the harvest. This lot is pre-Qing Ming – picked as the weather warmed in late March into first days of April. The leaf is a crisp green color, lightly curled and sprinkled with white buds.    This is our harvest or select grade Bi Luo Chun.  It offers a greener leaf appearance and a wonderful herbaceous taste. An excellent value tea that captures a taste of spring in a sweet, relaxing cup.

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This Is My Boomstick from Geeky Teas. . . . .

I feel like This Is My Boomstick is the kind of tea that Confucius drank while he was doing all that writing. Boomstick strikes the balance of meditative and action. Boomstick is the flavor of Chinese calligraphy, fireworks, and wall-building. (FACT: it’s not possible to see the Great Wall from space. How disappointing is reality?) Boomstick tastes like intellectual conversations and long travels.

The tea itself shows up in cute little rolled-up balls. When I showed them to a coworker, she said “that must be a tedious job.” I like to imagine that the workers are watching Netflix while hand-crafting, like I crochet on my couch during Handmaid’s Tale or what-have-you. It seems like a job one can do somewhat automatically after a little practice. Or, at least, I hope it is.

As the tea steeped, the balls at the top of my gravity steeper unfurled downward. The balls at the bottom puffed upward. They were like stalactites and stalagmites reaching for each other.

It’s a flavorful, robust green, but not too tart or overwhelming. I’d say this falls into the “just right” category, a quintessential straight green. Definitely worth a try, even if just to watch the unfurling. It’s a lovely moment to just enjoy in the present.

I couldn’t find any Confucius quotes about tea to wrap up this post, so we’re going to end on this:

“Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea. The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle. Let us dream of evanescence and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things.” ― Kakuzō Okakura, The Book of Tea


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  Geeky Teas
Description

Gunpowder tea from china is crafted from hand-rolled green tea leaves. The oxidation gives it a smoky flavor.

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Green Twirl Green Tea from The Kettlery

Today is one of those days I was wanting some more palate cleansing than a flavored tea. I wanted a straight tea. So I went to our SororiTea Sisters inventory and pulled out a tea from a company that is newer to me, The Kettlery.

The Kettlery, based in India, is on a mission to develop a healthier loose leaf regime for tea enthusiasts in India and across the world. You have to enjoy a company that is dedicated to their craft. They do source their tea and keep a strict eye on quality, which you can taste in their tea.

At least I can in their Green Twirl Green Tea. This lovely tea is as delicious as it is gorgeous. Twisting leaves that produce a lovely amber brew that has a smooth and rich flavor with a hint of a vegetal side.  Each sip commands another and another. This is one of those teas where you find yourself having trouble putting your tea cup down.

I did a second infusion of these lovely leaves and I have to say, this tea is incredibly solid. Well balanced with that slight twinge of astringency and a vegetal finish-this tea is just delicious and a wonderful way to change  the pace.

Later this month, we will be giving away an absolutely amazing gift set from The Kettlery- An Earl Grey Tea set, valued at $45 (USD).    Keep an eye out. The giveaway will start soon!

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Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green Tea
Where to Buy: The Kettlery
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Green Twirl as the name suggests is a green tea from the majestic Nilgiris. The eye pleasing green colored tea leaves unfurl to bestow upon you the love of nature. It calms your your body and mind to create a magical atmosphere of serenity. The mild green colored liquor can be enhanced with honey and lemon

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Pascoe’s Woodlands Special Winter Nilgiri Frost Green from Teabox

When I hear “green tea”, I immediately think of Chinese and Japanese greens. Especially Japanese greens… ahhh~! So when I was presented with an opportunity to review a Teabox green tea that hailed from Nilgiri, India, I was intrigued and not really sure what to expec

The dried leaves are very finely ground, one can see a few leaf pieces but it is mostly pretty dusty- this could also simply be because of the package hitting a few bumps during shipping. The leaves smell a little fishy, but mostly vegetal and earthy. As it brews, it smells sweeter with a few familiar notes of grassiness.

The finished brew is a lovely cross between lime and amber colors, with a strong vegetal flavor- almost like smokey asparagus or spinach. This is a very savory and filling tea, with a hint of astringency at the finish. It honestly reminds me of eating a bunch of hearty autumn vegetables as a Thanksgiving side dish. Woohoo I feel so healthy!

As I said, I’ve never had a tea from Nilgiri before, and have enjoyed the complex and unique flavors of this brew. Experiencing a “different take” on green teas is quite refreshing! I don’t know if I would go for this tea in particular a second time as strong savory vegetal teas aren’t really my thing, but I’m certainly grateful for the introduction to Indian green teas!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green Tea
Where to Buy: Teabox

logoDescription

Unusually complex and sharp tasting, this green tea is not for an unseasoned palate. Because the tea leaves are pan fired, there is a strong, charred vegetal flavor to this tea that imposes itself on your senses. Its flavors can get jarring if the leaves over steep, but made right, it’s a cup that refreshes. Perfect for someone who enjoys a bold tasting tea.

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