REVIEW: Tip Top Tea – Hong Shui Oolong (2013)

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Tea: A 40% oxidised oolong from Lugu village, Nantou County, Taiwan
Sample provided by: Whittington’s Tea Emporium
Twitter: @WTEmporium
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Link to Hong Shui on Whittington’s Tea Emporium website

Dry leaf:

- The dry leaf consists of large rolled leaves that are a chocolate brown colour

- It has a sweet, roasted aroma. However, when the dry leaf is added to a pre-warmed gaiwan or teapot, it gives off a distinct peach aroma Continue reading

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REVIEW: Green Terrace Teas – Li Shan High Mountain Oolong (2014)

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Tea: Lightly oxidised oolong tea from Lishan, Heping District, Taichong City, Taiwan (spring harvest 2014)
Sample provided by: Green Terrace Teas
Twitter: @greenterracetea
Facebook: Green Terrace Teas
Link to Li Shan Oolong on Green Terrace website

Over the past couple of months I have reviewed five teas from Green Terrace Teas. While I’ve enjoyed all of their teas, I have thoroughly enjoyed the lightly oxidised oolongs that they sent me.  This Li Shan High Mountain Oolong really got my curiosity going when it arrived because I tried their Li Shan Black Tea last month and found it a unique and special tea that has a remarkable sweet flavour. I was eager to compare the two Li Shan teas, as well as to see how Li Shan High Mountain stacked up against their other oolongs.  Continue reading

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REVIEW: Tip Top Tea – Simao Gao Shan (2013)

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Tea: Green tea from Simao, Yunnan Province, China
Sample provided by: Tip Top Tea
Twitter: @tiptoptea
Link to Simao Gao Shan on Tip Top Tea website

Simao Gao Shan is one of Tip Top Tea’s newest additions. I am very pleased to be reviewing this tea, as Yunnan green teas are some of my favourite Chinese green teas. Compared to a Chun Mee or a gunpowder, I think Yunnan green teas are lighter and sweeter, although they are unforgiving during the infusion process, so using proper water temperature and steeping time is vital. Read on to see what I thought of this Simao Gao Shan. Continue reading

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REVIEW: Tip Top Tea – Menghai tuo-cha – RIPE pu-erh (2007)

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Tea: Ripe (Shu) pu-erh tea from Menghai County, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China
Sample provided by: Tip Top Tea
Twitter: @tiptoptea
Link to Menghai tuo-cha on Tip Top Tea website

Pu-erh is an extremely complex tea that, if stored and aged properly, develops complex, refined flavours. While pu-erh is not for everyone because of its strong earthy notes, it can be a bizarrely addictive tea that is a great substitute for coffee or strong black teas. Once you find a pu-erh that you like, investing in a cake, nest or brick could provide you with years of brilliant tea.

So, how does Tip Top Tea’s Menghai tuo-cha stack up? Has it aged well? Is it a tea to invest in? Read on to see what I think.

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REVIEW: Kedoçay – Dragon Well (2014)

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Tea: Green tea from the Hangzhou region of Zhejiang province, China
Sample provided by: Kedoçay
Twitter: @kedocay
Link to Dragon Well on Kedoçay website

Dry leaf:

- The dry leaf consists of large, flat leaves Continue reading

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REVIEW: Tip Top Tea – Yunnan Black (2013)

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Tea: Black tea from Feng Qing County, Lincang, Yunnan, China
Sample provided by: Tip Top Tea
Twitter: @tiptoptea
Link to Yunnan Black on Tip Top Tea website

Dry leaf:

- The dry leaf is large, twisted leaves with golden tips scattered throughout Continue reading

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TEA TRAVELS: Morocco

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I had my first taste of authentic Moroccan tea (known as ‘atai’ in Morocco) about four years ago on a trip to Rabat. I was instantly taken by the country’s most well-known drink, and I was equally fascinated by the rich tea culture. This July I was back in Morocco visiting Marrakesh, and I was extremely happy to down numerous glasses of tea and learn a bit more about the country’s thriving tea culture.

Moroccan-style tea

Moroccan-style tea is well known around the world. It seems like every tea company carries a blend of green tea and mint that they’ve labelled ‘Moroccan tea’. Continue reading

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