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HospitaliTea

Tea, Camellia sinensis, can take on many different shapes, colors and characters. It can be offered loose leaf, in small bags or as part of an herbal cocktail. From Morocco’s mint green tea to Britain’s black tea to the USA’s Lipton tea bags, tea can be found all over the world and is loved by […]

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World Tour Take 2: Asian Greens

For this world tour session I compared three green teas: one from Korea, one from Japan and one from China. For the Japanese tea I used a handpicked Kamairicha which is Japanese grown green tea processed the Chinese way by pan firing. I consider Sencha to be a whole other category in itself and wouldn’t […]

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The Tea That Chose Me

The past year I have been trying many samples of pu-erh. I’ve been trying to figure out what I do and don’t like and simply educate myself on what pu-erh can taste like. So far I have found that I do not like shu (cooked/ripe) pu-erh, despite my willingness to try many, I haven’t found […]

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World Tour- Black Tea Take One

Part of what Camellia’s Treaty is about, is exploring and experiencing teas from around the world. Although every tea lover knows that tea’s birth place is China, it has spread to many countries and people everywhere are sharing their take on this coveted infusion. It never ceases to amaze me how one plant can produce […]

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Cold Brew: Jade Oolong

This tea is nice and floral when brewed gong fu style. It’s got a light sweetness and tartness that kind of reminds me of a Tie Guan Yin but a bit different. Although I did enjoy this tea, I didn’t find it as complex as others that I have tried. HOWEVER, as a cold brew, […]

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Cold Brew: Hou Kui

Hou Kui is probably one of the most aesthetic teas available, its long flat leaves seem virtually intact and are a bright, translucent green. Upon opening the package, a strong seaweed smell wafted out and reminded me a lot of seaweed chips! The very marine smell kind of surprised me and I wasn’t sure what […]

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Cold Brew: Keemun

Black tea is the least favored in the “true tea” world because it tends to be associated with mundane teabag culture. When people think of black tea, they think of a run of the mill tea bag widly consumed in Europe, America and other non-Asian cultures. Yet, not all black tea is created equal, when […]

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Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus)

Raspberry leaf is the perfect herb to begin your exploration with “gong fu herbs” The taste is surprisingly similar to a black tea. I had read this before but was a bit skeptical since I’ve had raspberry leaf many other times, yet it was always in a blend with other things so I hadn’t really […]

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