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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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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Cold Brew: Honey Orchid

I love this tea, it tastes as lovely as it sounds! When I first brewed up this tea hot, I was a little disappointed at first. The smell of the wet leaves was amazingness, like honey, peachy, molasses cookies but when I drank it, it wasn’t as nearly as over powering as the smell. Yet, […]

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