• Reviews

    Norbu Tea Diamond Grade Tie Guan Yin Oolong Spring Harvest 2009

    As my love affair with tea has evolved I’ve found myself favoring oolongs more and more. However, for a while I was convinced that I just did not like Tie Guan Yin. I always found them “fake” tasting but I figured I should give it another shot. My sample arrived in a vacuum sealed pack which was nice because I could immediately tell that the leaves were very fresh. They were mostly whole and bright green in color. They had an intensely floral fragrance that was apparent as soon as I opened the package. I made this tea in a gaiwan using boiling water. Brewing it in this way this selection was a…


  • Reviews

    Teas Etc White Rose

    Despite my delving deeper in the world of serious teas, I still have a secret love for floral teas. For that reason I was excited to get a generously sized sample of this selection. Upon first opening the bag the floral scent was very powerful, predominated by the rose petals. The dry tea had a scattering of white tea leaves but consisted mostly of bright pink rose petals and white blobs of chrysanthemum blooms. I like the fact that this tea is organic since flowers are often treated with chemical fertilizers and pesticides. I first brewed it according the manufacturers directions, with water close to boiling and steeped for 4 minutes. The second…

  • Teaware and Gadgets

    CDN Digital Tea Timer

     I finally killed my much treasured Taylor Tea Thermometer. Since it didn’t last me very long (due to overuse I am sure), I decided to try something new. A quick search on Amazon turned up the CDN Digital Tea Timer. The first thing that struck me when I got it was, WTF? Brozh? There were a whole bunch of tea abbreviations that I wasn’t familiar with at all. This was troubling since I drink an awful lot of tea and am familiar with most terms, even obscure Chinese ones. So I called CDN and the girl I spoke to was very helpful, except she didn’t know what they meant either. The one thing…

  • Reviews

    Tavalon NYC Breakfast

    I drink many different kinds of tea but tend to heavily favor oolong and green teas. Every once in a while a black tea comes along that changes all that, at least for one cup. Tavalon’s NYC Breakfast is one of those teas. My sample was a funky, do –it–yourself tea bag with a fair amount of dry leaves in it. They had a pleasant sweet and nutty aroma. It’s funny but after writing so many reviews, I can usually tell if I will like a tea by the way the leaves smell. I steeped it using 212 degree water for five minutes. The resulting tea was robust without being overpowering. Their website…

  • Reviews

    Boulder Tea Jeong Seon

    I’ve tried several selections from Boulder Tea, some I have loved and some I haven’t. I love that they offer some Korean teas, which are not common with most tea makers we get here in the US. This one was a bit of a toss up. The leaves looked mostly whole and fairly fresh. There wasn’t much of a detectable fragrance though. It was packaged in a silky satchet, very typical of higher end tea bags. I steeped this tea using 170 degree water. On finding the taste to be very mellow, I decided to keep the bag in the cup to see if it would strengthen the brew a bit. This tea…

  • Teaware and Gadgets

    Teacarina, the Musical Tea Cup

    Every once in a while, I allow myself to splurge on something tea related that isn’t practical but just simply fun and I’ve been coveting one of these for quite some time. It’s a Teacarina, part tea cup and part ocarina. It is surprisingly functional and pretty to look at but with the added benefit of being able to annoy everyone within hearing range. It is double walled and features four variably sized holes on one side and a single large hole on the other. Even though I don’t own one, it is nice to know that they are dishwasher safe. It’s nice to not have to worry about ruining some sensitive piece…