Tea For Me Please

Non Fiction for Tea Lovers

Some of my favorite tea themed reads

White2Tea Old Arbor vs Plantation

A comparatiive tasting of two raw puerhs

The Trouble with Dr. Oz

A rant about why I wish Dr. Oz would be more responsible

Interview with Misty Peaks Tea

Nicholas tells me about how he discovered the Bin family

Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Round Up - October 26th through November 1st

Gaba in Tea
+Ricardo Caicedo explains all about GABA, a substance found in some teas with a lot of purported health benefits. I have yet to try one myself but I'm looking forward to his upcoming review.

Learning to Understand Hong Cha
We all have a certain type of tea that we struggle with but eventually begin to understand. The Dragon's Well talks about their struggles with Chinese red tea.

Orientalism in Tea Marketing Language
+Alex Zorach shared his thoughts on one of my biggest pet peeves. With the possible exception of Bai Hao being called Oriental Beauty, companies really should know better than to use these antiquated terms.

Digital Table: Global Tea Hut October
I'm a big fan of Global Tea Hut and I love reading about others experiences with these teas. +katherine bellman shares her thoughts on each month's shipment in her Digital Table series.

Boba Thai Tea Shooters
Thirsy for Tea is one of my favorite blogs because Bonnie always comes up with the most amazing recipes. These festive tea shooters would be perfect for a Halloween party.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tea People Makaibari First Flush Vintage

Country of Origin: India
Leaf Appearance: small, mottled greens and browns
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 200 degrees
Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Steeper
Liquor: amber

You all know that I absolutely love Darjeeling. +Tea People was kind enough to send me a batch of samples that included several different selections from the Makaibari Estate. I've already reviewed their Darjoolong and Bai Mu Dan so it was high time that I dove into a 1st flush. The dry leaves and liquor were quite a bit darker than I was expecting. Most 1st flush teas that I come across these days look more like a green tea. The taste was floral and sweet with a mildly woody finish. There was a small amount of astringency but that aspect was very mellow. Overall I would say this was a really nice cup of tea and a great choice for those that prefer a second flush. There was a nice amount of complexity and although it is bolder than expected, I wouldn't recommend adding milk or sugar. This is a tea that should be appreciated on its own.

Did you vote in the Darjeeling poll in the +Tea for Me Please Google+ Community? Check it out now!

Makaibari First Flush Vintage sample provided by Tea People.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Seven Cups Huang Guan Yin Wulong 2012

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: small, dark brown
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: dark amber

A few weeks ago I posted that Seven Cups chose me as their customer of the month for October. After I was done fan girling, I was faced with a major dilemma. Which tea out of their extensive catalog would I choose for my reward? Ultimately I went with Huang Guan Yin and it's lucky that I did. it was their very last bag. This tea a fairly new tea variety that is a hybrid of Huang Jin Gui and Tie Guan Yin. Being from the Wu Yi Mountains, it's prepared in style typical to most other yancha. I've only ever had it one other time but what I liked most about it is that it wasn't as cliff-y as something like Shui Xian or Tie Luo Han. The mineral aspect that I expected was definitely there was it was balanced by a pleasant floral note and a hint of fruity sweetness. As it cooled, it almost became a bit creamy. I don't have an yixing teapot dedicated to cliff teas but this tea made me wish that I did. I think it would really shine if brewed that way.

Huang Guan Yin Wulong 2012 received as prize from Seven Cups.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Teas to Celebrate Halloween

It's almost time for trick or treating already. Here are some tasty teas that bring the season to mind. Of course pumpkin teas are a must but nothing says fall like cinnamon and chai spices. These are some of my favorites. What will you be drinking this Halloween? Let me know about it in the comments!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Ippodo Tea Co. Unro Sencha - Take Two

Country of Origin: Japan
Leaf Appearance: small, deep green
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: kyusu
Liquor: bright green

When I'm craving a really good Japanese green tea, Ippodo's NY shop is always my go to place. I was super psyched when they recently sent me samples of two of their senchas. I reviewed this tea previously back in March but I thought that it would be interesting to do a second take, using different parameters, as this is most likely a different year's harvest. Part of a set of two, the Unro stood out to me again because the brewing directions called for boiling water. That's never something I expect of a Japanese green tea since they tend to be finicky. The resulting brew this time around was different but just as enjoyable. This tea really packed a punch! It was a incredibly bright and astringent with umami for days. There were heavy vegetal notes but a lot natural sweetness to. Dare I say it, I actually prefer this method to my usual standard sencha treatment. After three kyusu's full, I was fairly tea drunk. I really want to try this in my cold drip brewer as I think it should make a fantastic iced tea.

Unro Sencha sample provided by Ippodo Tea Co.

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