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)

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)

Green Tea, Tea Tastings

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)