REVIEW: Tea People – Darjeeling Queen (2014)

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Tea: First flush Darjeeling tea from the Gopaldhara tea estate
Sample provided by: Tea People
Twitter: @TeaPeopleLtd
Facebook: Tea People
Link to Darjeeling Queen

Although Tea People sells teas from all around the world, I see the company as synonymous with Darjeeling tea and the Darjeeling region. Not only does the Tea People carry some great Darjeeling teas, but their company is a social enterprise that is deeply involved in the region. Tea People sends 50% of their profits to help fund educational needs of children in the region. You can read more about their social commitments here. Continue reading

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REVIEW: Tea People – Ceylon Green

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Tea: Green tea from the Radella tea estate in Sri Lanka
Sample provided by: Tea People
Twitter: @TeaPeopleLtd
Facebook: Tea People
Link to Ceylon Green

Dry leaf:

- It is an attractive dry leaf with whole, twisted leaves Continue reading

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REVIEW: Canton Tea Co – Zealong Pure Oolong (2014)

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Tea: Unroasted oolong tea from the Zealong Tea Estate in Hamilton, New Zealand
Available for purchase at: Canton Tea Co and Zealong

A tea grown in New Zealand? No way. Yes, believe it. I don’t want to write much here because Jane Pettigrew wrote an excellent blog post about the history of the Zealong Tea Estate and its founders and owners, Vincent Chen and his father, Tsu. But for a quick summary, the Chens imported tea plants from Taiwan into New Zealand and planted them on the Zealong Tea Estate in Hamilton in 2000. In 2004, they built a tea factory to process tea. By 2009, they were selling their oolong tea. Today, the Zealong plantation is 40ha and can produce 100 tonnes of fresh leaves. Zealong currently sells four oolong teas. Continue reading

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REVIEW: Tea People – Russian Caravan

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Tea: Blend of Chinese Keemun, Lapsang Souchong and Formosa Oolong
Sample provided by: Tea People
Twitter: @TeaPeopleLtd
Facebook: Tea People
Link to Russian Caravan

For those of us in the London area, summer has been cut short by the arrival of much cooler days and nights. But not all is bad news, as this is ideal weather for drinking even more tea. One tea that I crave when the air turns autumnal is Russian Caravan, so I was extremely pleased when a sample pouch of this tea showed up in the post. There is something about the smoky flavour of this tea that goes well with rainy, dark, cool mornings and afternoons. Continue reading

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REVIEW: Canton Tea Co – Canton English Breakfast (spring 2014)

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Tea: A blend of Assam (Mokhroy and Siajuli estates), Yunnan (Feng Qing), Ceylon (Doomgastawala estate) and Rwandan (Rukeri estate) teas
Purchased at: Canton Tea Co
Twitter: @cantontea
Facebook: Canton Tea Co
Link to Canton English Breakfast

Canton English Breakfast is the second blend refreshed by master blender Phil Mumby, the Rare Tea Hunter. Compared to Canton Traditional English Breakfast,  Canton English Breakfast has larger leaves and contains two Assam teas, not one, and a Ceylon tea. It does not have any Kenyan teas, which form the heart of the Traditional English Breakfast blend. While I really enjoyed the refreshed Traditional English Breakfast, my first impression of Canton English Breakfast (i.e. its leaf appearance and aroma) is very positive, as it looks like the type of black tea that I’m typically drawn to. Only taste will tell, so read on to see what I think. Continue reading

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REVIEW: The Kent & Sussex Tea and Coffee Company – Korean FOP Woojeon

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Tea: Green tea from Jejudo Island, Korea
Twitter: @kentteacoffee
Facebook: The Kent & Sussex Tea and Coffee Company
Link to Korean FOP Woojeon

Dry leaf:

- The dry leaf consists of dark green, curly leaves Continue reading

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REVIEW: Canton Tea Co – Cha Nang Ngam Cing Xin Oolong (2013)

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Tea: Lightly oxidised oolong from Dol Mae Salong, North Thailand (spring 2013 harvest)
Purchased at: Canton Tea Co
Link to Cha Nang Ngam Oolong

Canton is selling leftover stock from their Tea Club Archive. Currently the club sends members a new tea each week (although the format of the club is set to change around Christmas time, so stay tuned). Many of the teas featured in the club are extremely rare or from parts of the world that are less well known for tea production. I couldn’t resist trying some of these leftover teas, so I ordered oolongs from Thailand and New Zealand. Continue reading

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