Tea Art, Tea Extras, Uncategorized

April Tea Art

April is almost over and I've not kept up with posting my tea art except on Instagram. It would take me all day to post everything I've worked on this month, but here is a recap of my favorites: Hagiricha Mafuji Sencha Series Goji Tan San Shou Series Jian Cang Puer Series Mi Lan Xiang… Continue reading April Tea Art

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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)

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 Culture, Tips & Tricks

Going Gong-Fu: The Evolution of a Tea Addict

For anyone who knows me, change is not something I gravitate towards. I like tradition, continuity, and the familiarity of well-worn habits. When I started Tea Gong-Go my goals were to share what I'd learned about flash fusion brewing coupled with more modern infusers. However, cost factors have come into play and if there is… Continue reading Going Gong-Fu: The Evolution of a Tea Addict

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

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)

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