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)

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)

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)

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)

“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)

Gyokuro Cha Musume (Nio Teas)

Gong-Go Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Updated 3/7/19 – the previous post cited Gykuro Cha Meijin in error I had some problems with Nio’s labeling. It wasn’t the same between website, invoice, & packaging =( Results:ย One of those special teas that are all about the experience. Giving a rich tea soup full of umami, Nio’s Organic Gyokuro was Continue reading Gyokuro Cha Musume (Nio Teas)

Anxi Hairy Crab Mao Xie Fujian Oolong (Yunnan Sourcing)

Gong-Go Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Results: The tenth cup was just as good as the first.ย Quintessential for floral fans; or anyone turned off by an overpowering jasmine – Yunnan Sourcing’s Hairy Crab is the tea you’ve been looking for. Vendor: Yunnan Sourcingย (use this link for $5 off orders of $50 or more) Tea: Anxi Hairy Crab Mao Continue reading Anxi Hairy Crab Mao Xie Fujian Oolong (Yunnan Sourcing)

Cacao Kisses Naturally Flavored Colombian Black Tea (Upton Tea Imports)

Gong-Go Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Results:ย A delectable treat! The balance between the chocolate notes of the cacao along with maple, brown sugar, & molasses of the tea made it something special I’m going to want to keep around. Worthy of everyone’s tea collection. Vendor: Upton Tea Imports Tea: Cacao Kisses Naturally Flavored Columbian Black Tea Type:ย BLACK (FLAVORED) Continue reading Cacao Kisses Naturally Flavored Colombian Black Tea (Upton Tea Imports)

Season’s Pick Halmari Estate BP Assam (Upton Tea Imports)

Gong-Go Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Results:ย A strange artificial note had me wondering if this sample had been contaminated by some other flavored tea. If looking for a good Assam, you can pass this one up. Vendor: Upton Tea Imports Tea:ย Season’s Pick Halmari Estate BP Assam Type: BLACK Origin: Halmari Estate, Assam, India Tasting:ย 2 rounded tsp / 12oz Continue reading Season’s Pick Halmari Estate BP Assam (Upton Tea Imports)