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)

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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, Uncategorized

Gyokuro Moonlight Sour Series

Guokuro Moonlight Sour has turned out to be one of my best blends for iced tea. I'm going to stock up ASAP on both Nio Tea's Gyokuro Cha Mesumeย and Yunnan Sourcing Wild Tree Purple Moonlight (Scott said 2019 would be available sometime in the next 30 days). Here's where my art went with this blend.… Continue reading Gyokuro Moonlight Sour Series

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, Uncategorized

Gyokuro Cha Musume Series

Sometimes you just need to slow down and take a fresh look at the world around you. I did a lot of that this week. Nio Tea's Gyokuro Cha Musume was a thoughtful tea that inspired me to stop and smell the roses or in this case the poppies. Spring comes early to the desert… Continue reading Gyokuro Cha Musume Series

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)

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

Green Tea, Tea Tastings

Premium Dragon Well Long Jing (Teavivre)

Gong-Go Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Results:ย A velvety green tea with the rich notes of butter beans. I drank two samples in one day and wished I had more. An excellent choice for both the experienced & new green tea enthusiast. Vendor: Teavivre Tea:ย Premium Dragon Well Long Jing Type: Green Origin: Xihu District, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China… Continue reading Premium Dragon Well Long Jing (Teavivre)

Tea Art, Tea Extras

Liu An Gua Pian Series

Spent a few days in San Diego last week visiting an old friend from England I've not seen in 28 years. It's amazing how time flies but you can just pick up where you left off. This green tea from Teavivre was an amazing experience. The notes of bok choy turned me into a fan… Continue reading Liu An Gua Pian Series

Green Tea, Tea Tastings

Liu An Gua Pian (Teavivre)

Gong-Go Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Results:ย A surprising note of bok choy had me drinking back to back cups. Nothing bitter or biting about this green tea, I'll be adding it to my keep in stock list. Vendor: Teavivire Tea:ย Liu An Gua Pian Type: Green Origin: Qiyun Mountain, Liu'an City, Anhui province, China Tasting:ย 3.4 / tempยฐ/ 150ml /… Continue reading Liu An Gua Pian (Teavivre)