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    Chicago Tea Garden David’s Green Tea Private Reserve

    This tea is a private reserve tea from David Lee Hoffman’s Phoenix Collection. According to Chicago Tea Garden, it is comprised entirely of buds that have been pan fired in Fujian province. The dry leaves had a crisp, clean aroma. I brewed them in a gaiwan using four consecutive one minute steepings with 170 degree water. Once steeped the leaves plumped up really well, they appeared fresh and green as though they had just been picked. There were very few broken pieces visible. The resulting liquor was a pale yellow-green color. This tea was surprisingly mellow. The taste was unique in that it leaned more towards the sweet end of the spectrum than…


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    Chicago Tea Garden Golden Bi Luo

    Chicago Tea Garden is one of my new favorite tea vendors. I recently ordered a couple of tea cups and a whole bunch of samples from them. I love that they package their samples with a card for writing tasting notes. It certainly came in handy when trying this unusual tea. I prepared it using a gaiwan and successive one minute steepings. The dry leaves were varied shades of brown with silvery white hairs visible. Each leaf was rolled into a snail shell-like curl. According to their website, this unique shape is created by using three different hand movements in a heated wok. They did not have a noticeable aroma to them prior…

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    Wild Orange Pu-erh – Chicago Tea Garden

    Orange you glad I found this tea? OK, enough with the bad puns. I debated trying this tea for some time and in the end decided to order just a sample (a long with several other goodies). It is a clementine that has been hollowed out, filled with tea and then aged. According to Chicago Tea Garden , these were obtained in Guandong, China in 2005 and since then have been aged in man-made pu-erh caves in the United States. I brewed this tea in a gaiwan, steeping for 45 seconds on the first infusion and gradually increasing for each subsequent steeping. The liquor was lighter than I expected, with a definite orange…