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

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This post is inspired by a number of conversations I’ve had with people about Brits and tea habits, new stories, blog posts and advertising I have seen about what factors influence tea drinkers’ decisions to buy certain teas and what price they are willing/want to pay for an everyday tea.

I have two polls below that I would kindly ask you to answer.

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REVIEW: Grey’s Teas – Grand Yunnan FOP

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Tea and origin: Black tea from Yunnan province, China
Twitter: @greysteas
Facebook: Grey’s Tea
Link to Grand Yunnan

I’m pleased to be reviewing a tea for the first time available at Grey’s Teas. Based in Warwick, UK, Grey’s Teas is an online retailer that carries an extensive range of teas, herbal infusions and teaware.

Today, I’m reviewing Grey’s Teas’ Yunnan Gold, a black Chinese that is typically packed with complex flavours and a lot of aroma. Read on to see what I think of this Yunnan Gold.

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REVIEW: Tea Masters – 1999 Spring Menghai ‘7542’ Qizi Bing

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Tea and origin: Old arbor puerh from Menghai Tea Factory, China
Twitter: Tea Masters
Blog: Tea Masters
Link to 1999 ‘7542’ Qizi Bing

I’ve been saving this 7542 puerh for just the right moment, when I had a massive puerh craving. This weekend was just the time. 7542 puerh from the Menghai factory is precious and much sought-after, so I wanted to make sure the timing was right for tasting.

For more about this puerh, Tea Masters’ blog post is packed with excellent information.

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REVIEW: In Nature Teas – Red Mountain Tea

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Tea and origin: Black tea from the An Hui region of China
Twitter: @innatureteas
Link to Red Mountain

In Nature Teas recently contacted me about reviewing some of their teas. I will start with a black Chinese tea that they stock. This mountain tea has a beautiful dry leaf, so let’s get to tasting.

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REVIEW: What-Cha – Taiwan Oriental Beauty Oolong

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Tea and origin: Oolong tea from Wushe Garden, Nantou, Taiwan
Roast: 0%
Oxidation: 60%
Twitter: @What_Cha_Tea
Facebook: What-Cha
Link to Oriental Beauty

Today I’m reviewing a very special oolong available at What-Cha. What makes this oolong so unique is that the leaves are bitten by leafhopper insects before picking. This biting, as well as it being highly oxidised and unroasted, gives the tea a distinct taste from many oolongs. Read on to see what I think of this tea.

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REVIEW: Golden Tips Tea – Reviews of two Autumn Darjeeling teas

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Today I’m reviewing two Autumn Darjeelings available at Golden Tips Tea. Both have a lovely fresh aroma, and I can’t wait to dig in.

If you are interested in trying some Darjeeling teas stocked by Golden Tips, you can try their sampler pack for $15, which includes free shipping. You can also use coupon code TEAXP10 to get $10 off your first order above $49.

Read on to see what I think of Golden Tips’ Gopaldhara Gold and Jungpana Premium.

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REVIEW: What-Cha – Indonesia Dark Roast Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea

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Tea and origin: Roasted oolong from Kepahiang Garden, Bengkulu, Sumatra, Indonesia
Roast: 80%
Oxidation: 40%
Twitter: @What_Cha_Tea
Facebook: What-Cha
Link to Indonesia Dark Roast Tie Guan Yin

What-Cha recently got in a number of roasted and unroasted oolongs. Most of the oolongs are from Taiwan, but this highly roasted and oxidised oolong from Indonesia really intrigued me. Read on to see what I think of this oolong.

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