TEA REVIEWS: Two 2015 teas available at What-Cha

What-Cha - Rohini 2015
What-Cha just got these two 2015 teas in, and I feel very honoured to taste these teas just weeks after their picking!

First off, I’m going with a Ceylon tea that was harvested on 18 February at the Amba Tea Estate. Second, I’ll be trying a Darjeeling from the Rohini Tea Estate that was harvested during the first week of February. Both smell unbelievably fresh and look beautiful – let’s get to tasting.

Continue reading

Posted in Black tea, Ceylon, Darjeeling, Darjeeling First Flush, What-Cha | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

TEA REVIEW: White 2 Tea – Duck Shhh Oolong – Yashi Xiang Dancong

IMG_5726

Tea and origin: Dan cong oolong tea from Guangdong province, China
Twitter: @TwoDogTeaBlog
Facebook: White 2 Tea
Blog: White 2 Tea Blog
Link to Duck Shhh

Don’t let the name fool you, this tea tastes nothing like duck sh*t or resembles it.

Continue reading

Posted in Dan Cong | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

TEA REVIEW: Grey’s Teas – Da Hong Pao (Royal Red Robe)

IMG_5414

Tea and origin: Roasted oolong tea from Fujian Province, China
Twitter: @greysteas
Facebook: Grey’s Tea
Link to Da Hong Pao (Red Robe)

Red Robe, which is one of the most well-known Chinese teas, has recently received much media coverage for being sold at auction or in restaurants for mind-blowing sums of money. Originally the tea was produced from six mother trees in the Wuyishan National Park that are over 300 years old. These trees produced approximately a kilo of tea each year and were reserved for emperors. Cuttings were eventually taken from these original mother trees and planted. Tea from these cuttings can also fetch astronomical sums, depending how similar they are to the tea of one of the mother trees.

Many teashops now carry a Red Robe tea. How they relate to the mother trees, however, is usually a mystery to me. Prices vary widely depending on quality, but I usually find them to be all very drinkable. Today I’m trying Grey’s Teas’ Red Robe. It is priced well and the leaves are nice and full. Let’s see how it cups out.

Continue reading

Posted in Chinese oolong, Grey's Teas, Roasted oolong | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

TEA REVIEW: Baraka Teas – Sikkim Black (2014 Autumnal Flush)

IMG_5616
Tea and origin: FTGFOP Autumnal flush black tea from Temi Tea Garden, Sikkim, India
Harvest: October 2014
Twitter: @BarakaTeas
Facebook: Baraka Teas
Link to Sikkim Black

I have tasted so few Sikkim teas that I’m walking into this review a bit blind. From what I remember of the last one I tried years ago, they are a bit like a Darjeeling. The aroma of the dry leaf is very characteristic of a Darjeeling, so I’m looking forward to this review.

Baraka Teas sourced this tea from the Temi Tea Garden, a garden located in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim. The tea is grown at an altitude between 3,500 and 6,000 feet.
Continue reading

Posted in Baraka Teas, Black tea, Sikkim | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

TEA REVIEW: White 2 Tea – 2006 Old Bear Fangcha

IMG_5716

Tea and origin: Raw puerh. Dry storage in southern China since 2006
Twitter: @TwoDogTeaBlog
Facebook: White 2 Tea
Blog: White 2 Tea Blog
Link to Old Bear

I was recently in contact with Paul at White 2 Tea about reviewing some tea. One of the first things that struck me about White 2 Tea is their relaxed and nonpretentious approach to tea – especially when it comes to puerh. Their philosophy and attitude towards tea is basic and straight forward: they sell what they drink, can’t stand flowery tea stories and shun BS. White 2 Tea also has an excellent blog. It is particularly loaded with great information about puerh.

Being that White 2 Tea is dedicated to puerh, I felt compelled to try a puerh for my first review of one of their teas. I went with this raw 2006 puerh not only because I love the name and description, but I like that it has a little story: White 2 Tea found the square bricks unwrapped in storage in southern China and packaged and branded it ‘Old Bear’.

Continue reading

Posted in Chinese Puerh, Raw Puerh (Sheng), White 2 Tea | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

POLL RESULTS: What’s important to you when buying tea?

Picture2
Today I’m posting the results of the poll I started two weeks. I would like to thank everyone for their participation, and I hope the results are of interest to my readers. I found the results fascinating – especially to the second poll.

Click here to see the post with the original poll.

Continue reading

Posted in Tea bags, Tea cultures, Tea marketing | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

TEA REVIEW: Baraka Teas – Indonesian Pearls and Malawi Green

Baraka - Greens

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Anna Petts, co-founder of Baraka Teas. Started in 2014, Baraka Teas is a London-based online tea shop that sources and sells handmade single estate teas grown without pesticides and by sustainable farming methods. Baraka Teas buys their teas directly from farmers. You can read more about Baraka Teas’ philosophy and sourcing here.

I am reviewing two green teas carried by Baraka Teas. Anna told me that their focus is to carry a small line of teas, but to offer customers access to high-quality teas that come from lesser-known tea-growing regions. I think the Indonesian Green Pearls and Malawi Green greatly exemplify this approach.

Continue reading

Posted in Baraka Teas, Green tea, Indonesia tea, Malawi | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments