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    3 Leaf Tea Ceremonial Grade Matcha

    Country of Origin: Japan Leaf Appearance: fine powder, deep green Water Temperature: 160 degrees Preparation Method: bamboo whisk and bowl Liquor: frothy, deep green I receive more inquiries for reviews of matcha than any other type of tea. Unfortunately, I wind up turning most of them down. Nothing is a bigger turn off than “matcha” that is marketed with hype, filled with artificial sweeteners, or that isn’t even from Japan. My interest was piqued when Luciana from 3 Leaf Tea reached out to let me know that she’s rebranded to focus only on the green stuff. I am ever the skeptic but she had me at Uj. The first thing I look at when…


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    3 Leaf Tea Wild Pu’erh Buds

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: small, pine cone-like buds Ingredients: puerh tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: glass gaiwan Liquor: very pale yellow Ya Bao is a bit controversial in the tea world these days. There’s a raging debate as to whether it is puerh or white tea. Some say it’s not even tea at all. My vote is for white tea (due to the way the leaves are processed) but I’ve heard good evidence for each argument. In this case I’m listing it the way the vendor does, if only for the sake of consistancy. The leaves looked pretty similarly to other teas of this type…