REVIEW: Min River Tea – Two oolong teas by Su Wei Bo

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Today I’m reviewing two teas – a 2014 autumn oolong and a 2007 aged oolong – made by Su Wei Bo that are available for purchase at Min River Tea. Su Wei Bo’s tea farm is a small-hold (300mu/49.5 acres) that is approximately 1000 above sea level in the mountains outside Gan De in Anxi county. You can read more about Su Wei Bo and his family-run farm, as well as Min River Tea’s collaboration with the Su Wei Bo farm here.

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REVIEW: What-Cha – Vietnam ‘Wild Boar’ Black Tea

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Tea and origin: Black tea from Nui Giang, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam
Twitter: @What_Cha_Tea
Facebook: What-Cha
Link to ‘Wild Boar’

This tea is picked from wild trees that are between 200 and 800 years old. The tea has been named ‘Wild Boar’ because of the boars that roam the area.

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REVIEW: Tea Masters – 2011 Spring Big Arbor Dian Hong from Yunnan

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Tea and origin: Red tea from Mojiang, Yunnan, China. Harvested in April 2011
Twitter: Tea Masters
Blog: Tea Masters
Link to Spring Big Arbor Dian Hong

Tasting notes

Dry leaf: The golden tips mixed in with the black twisted leaves makes this a beautiful dry leaf. It has a crisp, sour berry aroma

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REVIEW: What-Cha – Two oolong teas from Vietnam

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I have tried very few teas from Vietnam. My inexperience doesn’t come from lack of interest, but I haven’t seen many for sale. It does seem more and more people I follow on Twitter or through their blogs are regularly reviewing Vietnamese teas, but I would like to learn more about the teas coming out of this country.

Today I am pleased to be reviewing two oolong teas from Vietnam that are available at What-Cha. Recently What-Cha started stocking eight teas from Vietnam. All of What-Cha’s Vietnamese teas have been sourced by Geoff Hopkins of Hatvala. If you are interested in trying a good spread of Vietnamese teas – everything from oolong to green to black to white – What-Cha has a ‘Discover Vietnam’ taster pack that contains all of their new Vietnamese teas. I have all eight teas, but I will start today with the two oolongs in the pack.

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REVIEW: Min River Tea – 2014 Phoenix Dan Cong by Mr Huang

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Tea and origin: Oolong tea from Da Zhi Mountain, Feng Huang (凤凰), Guangdong. The farmer is Huang Xian Sheng, and the tea was harvested on 11 May 2014
Twitter: Min River Tea
Facebook:  Min River Tea
Link to Phoenix Dan Cong

Min River Tea is a western company based in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China. Founded in 2010, Min River Tea only buys tea directly from farmers – not middlepeople, wholesalers or trading companies. Min River Tea also only purchases teas that are manually picked and meet EU/US standards for chemical safety and pesticides. By directly buying from farmers, they feel they can better control quality.

This is the first time I’ve tried a tea from Min River Teas, so I thought I’d start things off with their November tea of the month, Phoenix Dan Cong.

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REVIEW: Tea Masters: 2014 Spring Xue Li

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Tea and origin: Hand-harvested green tea from Gankou, southern Taiwan (March 2014)
Twitter: Tea Masters
Blog: Tea Masters
Link to Xue Li

I recently heard from Stéphane Erler at Tea Masters about reviewing some tea. Stéphane not only writes a brilliant blog (primarily in English and French), but he has an online tea shop with a great selection of teas. This is my first time to try one of Tea Masters teas, and I’m going to kick things off with a green tea from Taiwan.

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REVIEW: Ten Ren Tea: New Spring Oolong (2014)

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Tea and origin: Oolong tea from Taiwan
Purchased at: Ten Ren Tea (Chinatown, New York City)

Last month I wrote about my visit to a Ten Ren shop in New York. I was impressed by the selection of teas in the shop, but their New Spring Oolong grab my attention because upon entering I was given a cup of it, and the fresh aroma of the dry leaf was too much to resist. The shop stocks two grades of New Spring Oolong – one everyday and one premium. Today I’m reviewing the everyday grade.

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