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)

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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)

Recipes & Blends

Sencha Citrus Punch Iced Tea

Winter is finally over and Spring is popping up with color all over the place. We've had some serious wildflower blooms here in the desert along with our first 80ยฐ day, and the forecast is suggesting we might be hitting 90ยฐ next week. All this means its now iced tea weather. Since I also just… Continue reading Sencha Citrus Punch Iced Tea

Tea Art, Tea Extras

Zi Cha Purple Black Tea Series

Well, I'm back again with my latest series I just wrapped up this morning. I really enjoyed drinking this Zi Cha from Yunnan Sourcing. I've had a few "purple teas" that were downright awful, but this was not the case. The unique flavors of the anthocyaninย were perfectly balanced for a pleasing and unique cup. Here's… Continue reading Zi Cha Purple Black Tea Series

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)

Recipes & Blends

Gyokuro Moonlight Sour Iced Tea

Staying on budget is always a challenge. On my last two tea orders, I've had to settle for some smaller samples and delay my restock. As a result, I've been doing a lot of gong-fu size sessions and saving the leaves. In addition to blending my own teas, I also like to save spent leaves… Continue reading Gyokuro Moonlight Sour Iced Tea

Tea Art, Tea Extras

Tea Art 2fer – Cacao Kisses & Hairy Crab Series

Wow - this year is really flying by and I'm finding myself busier than ever. Gladly I've had a bit more time to work on my art the last few days while breaking in two new teapots. This is a two for one post starting with Cacao Kisses - I didn't have much time for… Continue reading Tea Art 2fer – Cacao Kisses & Hairy Crab Series

Oolong Tea, Tea Tastings

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)

Tea Art, Tea Extras, Uncategorized

Premium Dragon Well Long Jing Series

I really loved this Long Jing from Teavivire and found it very meditative. Wanting to expand my skills, I attempted to bring in some additional elements to my art this time. The piece of Lu Yu I think came out well, but the two of Quan Yin I'm on the fence with ~ as they… Continue reading Premium Dragon Well Long Jing Series