REVIEW: Teasenz – Lapsang Souchong

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Tea and origin: Black tea (smoked with pine wood) from the Wuyi region of Fujian province, China
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Link to Lapsang Souchong

Recently I was contacted by Teasenz – an online tea company based in China – about reviewing some of their teas. Always keen to try new companies, regardless of where they are based, I snapped at the opportunity. Teasenz sent me a box of samples that arrived in week, which is quicker service than some UK shops! Today I’m reviewing a Lapsang Souchong, a tea that I have a love-hate relationship with because overly smoked or artificially-tasting smoke is a major turn off. Read on to see what I think of this tea.

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REVIEW: What-Cha – Azores ‘Encosta de Bruma’ Premium Green Tea

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Tea and origin: Green tea from the Gorreana Tea Estate, Sao Miguel Island, The Azores
Twitter: @What_Cha_Tea
Facebook: What-Cha
Link to Azores ‘Encosta de Bruma’ Premium Green Tea

In September I reviewed a black Azores tea from the Gorreana Tea Estate, Europe’s oldest tea estate. It was my first Azores tea, and I was quiet impressed. Today I’m reviewing a green tea from the same estate.

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REVIEW: Harney & Sons – Supreme Breakfast Tea

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Tea and origin: A blend of black teas from Assam and Anhui Province, China (Hao Ya B)
Purchased at: Harney & Sons (Soho shop in New York City)
Twitter: @HarneyTea
Facebook: Harney & Sons
Link to Supreme Breakfast

Tasting notes

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REVIEW: Rare Tea Company – Lost Malawi

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Tea and origin: Black tea from the Satemwa Estate on Thyolo Mountain in Malawi
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Link to Lost Malawi

There are some wonderful developments going on in the African tea industry right now, and from what I can tell, the Satemwa Estate is one of the leading innovators. This is the first time I’ve tried one of their teas that is not part of blend. Read on to see what I think.

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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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