April is almost over and I've not kept up with posting my tea art except on Instagram. It would take me all day to post everything I've worked on this month, but here is a recap of my favorites: Hagiricha Mafuji Sencha Series Goji Tan San Shou Series Jian Cang Puer Series Mi Lan Xiang… Continue reading April Tea Art
Gong-Go Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Results: Can't get much better than this. Straight-up its tingly sweet cinnamon maple or you can hit it with cream/sugar for malty and cocoa goodness. Either way the perfect everyday tea. Vendor: Upton Tea Imports Tea: Lumbini Estate OP1 Type: Black Origin: Sri Lanka Tasting: Grandpa Style 5 grams / 212°/ 16 oz / 4… Continue reading Lumbini Estat OP (Upton Tea Imports)
The key to Gong-Fu style tea is based on two factors: water/leaf ratio and time. In the traditional Western style, you have small amounts of tea with large quantities of water and steeped over minutes. This tradition arose from the monopoly China had on tea when first discovered by the West. Being hard to acquire… Continue reading Going Gong-Fu: It’s All About The Pour!
Gong-Go Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Results: A delicious journey from floral to peach then woodsy, I loved the way this tea evolved through steepings. The 1st, 4th & 5th infusions highlighted the fruity quality of this tea and made it shine. Vendor: Seven Cups Fine Teas Tea: Bia Mu Dan (White Peony) Type: White Origin: 2017 Harvest - Shui… Continue reading Bia Mu Dan (Seven Cups)
Gong-Go Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Results: A mouthwatering addictive flood of honey, malt, maple & molasses burst from these amazingly beautiful black-gold twisted spirals. Red tea lovers will fall head over heels for this tea treasure from Yunnan. Excellent both hot or iced, you'll always want to keep some around. Vendor: Yunnan Sourcing (use this link for $5… Continue reading Black Gold Bi Luo Chun (Yunnan Sourcing)
Gong-Go Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Results: I loved the balance between savory and sweet - this is what a good oolong is all about. Greeting your palate with honey & roasted nuts, the liquor is thick and syrupy. As it hits the back of your throat there is a burst of woodland flowers that are just heavenly &… Continue reading Mi Lan Xiang (Seven Cups)
It all starts with the tea Teapots are proving to be an art and science all their own. I set out a couple of months ago to lean a more traditional gong-fu style and purchased two pots then ordered five more. What I’ve learned since then could fill a book, but since I’m writing a… Continue reading Going Gong-Fu: Teapots for beginners.
Gong-Go Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Results: The perfect introduction to Pu'erh teas, I enjoyed this Jia Cang immensely. Without a touch of astringency or bitterness, the finish was sweet and juicy, complimenting the deep dank upfront peat notes of its body. Vendor: Seven Cups Fine Teas Tea: Jian Cang Puer (Home Store Puer) Type: Pu'erh Origin: 2012 - Xishuangbanna,… Continue reading Jian Cang Puer (Seven Cups)
Hello dear reader, I hope this update finds you enjoying your favorite cup of tea and all its well in your world. Over the last few months, I've learned lots, made a few mistakes, and met some amazing new tea buddies. Always on the lookout for what works and what can be improved, today I'm… Continue reading Introducing Monthly Tea Hauls
This winter I was introduced to Shou Mei and Moonlight white teas that became instant favorites! I adore the play between the sweet stone fruits and woody notes. With my first seep of each, I immediately knew once things warmed up here in Arizona I was in for some good times working on new ice… Continue reading Goji Tan San Shou Iced Tea Recipe