• Amoda Tea Order Arrived From Canada

    My Amoda tea order arrived Monday! If you are not familiar with Amoda, they are a delightful Canadian company focused on teas crafted by independent tea makers. Included in this order: Austrian Orange Brambleberry Rain Royal Irish Creme de Menthe Mandarin Spice

  • Mandala Tea Order

    My Mandala Tea order arrived on Friday. Included in this order: Golden Strand Golden Needle Premium A sample of Pure Bud Black A sample of GABA Black I previously reviewed Golden Needle Premium on August 18, 2014. I’m looking forward to trying this batch.

  • Red Blossom Tea Company Order

    It is no secret that one of my favorite tea vendors is Red Blossom Tea Company. Late last week I placed my first order of the year (and surprisingly came away with only 2 teas). The package arrived today – talk about fast shipping! Included in this order: Gold Thread Reserve – Spring 2016 Organic […]

  • Yunnan Sourcing Order

    Spring is in the air so I’ve decided to refresh my tea stash. Last night I placed an order from Yunnan Sourcing. Included in this order: Feng Qing Premium “Black Gold Pearls” Yunnan Black Tea * Spring 2016 Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong of Wu Yi Fujian Black tea * Spring 2016 Imperial Grade Laoshan Black […]

  • 11 of the World’s Best Tea Houses – from CNN

    A lovely article by CNN covering some of the best tea houses around the world. It is so nice to see tea in the news! 11 of the world’s best tea houses

  • Steeping Temperature and Time May Affect Antioxidants In Tea – ScienceDaily

    ScienceDaily posted an interesting study by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) regarding how steeping temperature and time might affect antioxidants in tea. While the results might not surprise some of you, the short article is still worth a full read: Steeping Temperature and Time May Affect Antioxidants In Tea

  • Red Lily by Tea From Vietnam

    Dry leaf aroma: Cacao nibs, malt, and faint suggestions of spiciness. Wet leaf aroma: Carob, pepper, and subtle vegetal undertones. Preparation: 1 tsp in 10 ounces of water, brewed western style in a ceramic infuser mug. First/only steeping: 3 minutes 30 seconds at 200 degrees. While hot, Red Lily has a chocolate and malt aroma. […]

  • Tea From Vietnam Has Arrived!

    Oh happy mail day, my order from Tea From Vietnam has arrived! They were generous to include 5 extra samples for me to review. The teas I received (including my purchases) are: Dragoncloud Green Fish Hook Green Four Seasons Oolong GABA Oolong Golden Lily (Jin Xuan) Milk Oolong Green Mist Mountain Gui Fei Oolong Red […]

  • Eco-Cha Gift Set

    Today I received a beautiful Eco-Cha gift set that I purchased over the Black Friday weekend. It is quite lovely and contains: * Alishan High Mountain Black Tea (50 grams). * Aged Gongfu Teapot (Made with local clay, in Yingge, Taiwan, in 1989) * Re-usable wooden box I’m looking foward to seasoning the pot and […]

  • Lichee Congou by Silk Road Teas

    Dry leaf aroma: Lychee, dusky grape, slight floral undertone. Wet leaf aroma: Slightly musty with suggestions of lychee. Preparation: 2 tsp in 16 ounces of water, brewed western style in a ceramic infuser mug. First/only steeping: 3 minutes at 212 degrees. The hot infusion smells wonderfully of lychee with a delicate undertone of grapes and […]

  • Golden Lion Assam 1st Flush by Tealyra

    Dry leaf aroma: Malty sweet with a hint of pipe tobacco. Wet leaf aroma: Alfalfa. Preparation: 1.5 tsp in 10 ounces of water, brewed western style in a ceramic infuser mug. First/only steeping: 3 minutes at 200 degrees. Pleasant malty molasses aroma with a beautiful sable liquor. While hot, the undertones are pure malt and […]

  • 2015 Fujian Mao Feng Supreme by Tealyra

    Dry leaf aroma: Sweet and grassy. Wet leaf aroma: Vegetal with hints of spinach and sweetness. Preparation: 1.5 tsp in 10 ounces of water, brewed western style in a ceramic infuser mug. First steeping: 2 minutes at 175 degrees. This Mao Feng is delightfully mellow with a buttery and delicate vegetal taste. I detect undertones […]


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