TEA TRAVELS: United States

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Matcha latte at Harney & Sons

On a recent work trip, I had some free time to explore a bit of the US tea scene in Los Angeles and New York City. Although I grew up in the US, I haven’t lived there for a decade, but I’ve been watching this growing interest in tea over the past five years or so. It is clearly more popular, and demand for better tea is up. Below are a few thoughts and observations about the US tea industry, as well as a sampling (not a complete list) of some of the tea places I visited in New York City.

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REVIEW: DAVIDsTEA – David’s Breakfast Tea

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Tea and origin: A blend of black teas from India (Nilgiri) and Nepal
Purchased at: DAVIDsTEA (Bleecker St, New York City)
Twitter: @DAVIDsTEA
Facebook: DAVIDsTEA
Link to David’s Breakfast Tea

When trying to decide what tea to review at DAVIDsTEA, I noticed that their website stated that their David’s Breakfast Tea will ‘change your life’. Always looking for a little life change and a good tea, I just couldn’t resist. Read on to see what I made of this tea.

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REVIEW: Harney & Sons – Assam Golden Tips

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Tea and origin: Black Assam tea from Dikom Tea Estate, India
Purchased at: Harney & Sons (Soho shop in New York City)
Twitter: @HarneyTea
Facebook: Harney & Sons
Link to Golden Tips

The dry leaf appearance and aroma of this Assam instantly caught my attention on a recent trip to Harney & Sons’ Soho shop. I am definitely excited about this tea, so please read on to see what I thought.

Within the next week, I will also be posting a text about my tea adventures in New York City, where I will talk more about Harney & Sons.  Continue reading

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REVIEW: What-Cha – Nepal First Flush 2014 White Tea

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Tea and origin: White tea from Greenland Organic Farm, East Nepal
Sample provided by: What-Cha
Twitter: @What_Cha_Tea
Facebook: What-Cha
Link to Nepal First Flush White Tea

Tasting notes:

Dry leaf: The dry leaf largely consists of full-sized, withered green leaves and a few full leaves covered in white hair. It has a crispy, lemony aroma that is comparable to a first flush Darjeeling  Continue reading

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REVIEW: What-Cha – Darjeeling 2nd Flush 2014 Jungpana AV2 Yellow Tea

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Tea and origin: Yellow tea from the Jungpana Tea Estate, Darjeeling, India
Sample provided by: What-Cha
Twitter: @What_Cha_Tea
Facebook: What-Cha
Link to Darjeeling 2nd Flush 2014 Jungpana AV2 Yellow Tea

Tasting notes:

Dry leaf: The dry leaf consists of medium to full-sized, curly leaves that range in colour from light green to brown to black. The dry leaf doesn’t present much aroma until added to warmed crockery, when a sweet, floral aroma is exposed

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REVIEW: Nothing But Tea: Da Hong Pao Oolong (2014)

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Tea and origin: Roasted oolong tea from China
Sample provided by: Nothing But Tea
Twitter: @Nothingbuttea
Link to Da Hong Pao

Da Hong Pao, probably better known to most people in the west as ‘Big Red Robe’, is one of the most sought-after Chinese oolong teas. Its aroma and flavour is definitely special, so I’m pleased to be trying Nothing But Tea’s 2014 stock. Read on to find out more about this tea.

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REVIEW: What-Cha – Kenya Silver Needle Purple Varietal White Tea

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Tea and origin: Purple varietal white tea from Mount Kenya Region
Sample provided by: What-Cha
Twitter: @What_Cha_Tea
Facebook: What-Cha
Link to Kenya Silver Needle Purple Varietal White Tea

Wow, another rare and interesting tea out of Kenya available at What-Cha! The aroma of the tea when I opened the sample pouch is powerful and extremely enticing, so I best get to tasting. Read on to find out more about this tea.

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