Black Tea, Blog Meta, Tea Tastings

Lumbini Estat OP (Upton Tea Imports)

Gong-Go Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Results:ย 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:ย Lumbini Estate OP1 Type: Black Origin: Sri Lankaย  Tasting: Grandpa Styleย ย 5 grams / 212ยฐ/ 16 oz / 4… Continue reading Lumbini Estat OP (Upton Tea Imports)

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Tea Tastings, White Tea

Bia Mu Dan (Seven Cups)

Gong-Go Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Results:ย 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:ย Bia Mu Dan (White Peony) Type: White Origin: 2017 Harvest - Shui… Continue reading Bia Mu Dan (Seven Cups)

Black Tea, Tea Tastings

Black Gold Bi Luo Chun (Yunnan Sourcing)

Gong-Go Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ 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. ย Excellent both hot or iced, you'll always want to keep some around. Vendor: Yunnan Sourcingย (use this link for $5… Continue reading Black Gold Bi Luo Chun (Yunnan Sourcing)

Oolong Tea, Tea Tastings

Mi Lan Xiang (Seven Cups)

Gong-Go Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Results: I loved the balance between savory and sweet - this is what a good oolong is all about.ย 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)

Pu'erh Tea, Tea Tastings

Jian Cang Puer (Seven Cups)

Gong-Go Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Results:ย 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:ย Jian Cang Puer (Home Store Puer) Type: Pu'erh Origin: 2012 - Xishuangbanna,… Continue reading Jian Cang Puer (Seven Cups)

Tea Extras, Tea Tastings

Introducing Monthly Tea Hauls

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

Green Tea, Tea Tastings

Hagiricha Mafuji Sencha (Nio Teas)

Gong-Go Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Results:ย A creamy rich head and body with notes of lima beans made for a delightful first infusion. All further cups were much too astringent for my palate and could have been caused by poor packaging that resulted in crushed & broken tea leaves during shipment. Vendor: Nio Teas Tea:ย Hagiricha Mafuji Sencha Type:… Continue reading Hagiricha Mafuji Sencha (Nio Teas)

Oolong Tea, Tea Tastings

Da Hong Pao (Yunnan Sourcing)

Gong-Go Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Results: Aย progression of flavors, this is one of those teas that is all about the experience. Transitioning from peaty floral to mineral oaky all with a touch of smoke, YS Da Hong Poa is excellent any time of the day, but I really enjoy it as a digestif. Vendor:Yunnan Sourcingย (use this link… Continue reading Da Hong Pao (Yunnan Sourcing)

Black Tea, Tea Tastings

Idulgashinna Estate Op Organic (Upton Tea Imports)

Gong-Go Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Results:ย A lightly oxidized black tea that stands best on its own. Vague citrus notes made for an okay cup. Due to the low oxidation best-enjoyed grandpa style with a nice long steep, but in the end, lacked the depth of flavor expected of a black tea. Vendor: Upton Tea Imports Tea: Idulgashinna… Continue reading Idulgashinna Estate Op Organic (Upton Tea Imports)

Black Tea, Tea Tastings

“Zi Cha” Purple Black Tea(Yunnan Sourcing)

Gong-Go Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Results:ย A unique tea with all the flavors of a Yunnan red tea and something special added to the mix. Notes of dark chocolate had me drinking the hell out of it. If you've not tried a "purple" tea yet, this is the one to get! Vendor: Yunnan Sourcingย (use this link for $5.00… Continue reading “Zi Cha” Purple Black Tea(Yunnan Sourcing)