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    Chicago Tea Garden Large Leaf from Old Trees Pu-erh

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: large, very dark. somewhat leathery Ingredients: puerh tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: deep reddish brown This tea was earthy with a sweet finish. The mouthfeel was very smooth and there was very little astringency. Notes of dark chocolate replaced the “forest floor” taste that is normally associated with aged tea. I’m always amazed at how many infusions can be had from a good quality puerh such as this one. After doing five, I was very tea logged but felt like I had just barely scratched the surface. The leaves weren’t even close to unfurling completely. Overall, I’ve been very pleased…

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    Chicago Tea Garden Ceramic Pot Pu-erh

    Country of Origin: China, Yunnan Province, Kunming Leaf Appearance: very small and dark with some golden tips Ingredients: pu-erh tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: amber According to Chicago Tea Garden, this tea is aged in ceramic pots for ten years in a man-made cave. The earthy element of this tea was softer and more refined than most pu-erhs but there was a definite mossy quality to it. This was especially true of the leaves post-steeping. It was sweet with very little astringency. I did four sequential steepings but quite a few more could definitely have been squeezed out. This tea would be great for a beginner…

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    Chicago Tea Garden Keemun Hao Ya A Grade

    According to Chicago Tea Garden this tea was grown in the Anhui Province of China. The dry leaves were small and very dark in color with a slightly curled appearance. I prepared this tea in a porcelain gaiwan using 212 degree water and three consecutive one minute steepings. The liquor was coppery red in color. This tea was light and smooth with a very complex flavor profile. It was at once fruity, floral, smoky and malty. At times it reminded me of freshly baked bread as well. I love a tea like this because without realizing it you automatically slow down and focus your attention to catch all of the little changes in…