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    The Tea Spot Clouds & Mist Sachets

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: deep green Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup Liquor: brassy gold The Tea Spot puts out a very decent line of loose leaf teas and they have just recently released sachet versions. Like most of you, I prefer loose leaf but when traveling or on the go the convenience factor of a tea bag often wins out. I couldn’t help but be impressed by this one. They were filled with a generous amount of deep green leaves that were mostly whole. The taste was fresh, light and vegetal. Notes of citrus and a bit of nuttiness added a…


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    Chambre De Sucre Kyushu

    Country of Origin: Japan Leaf Appearance: deep green with bright petals Ingredients: organic green tea, organic safflower, organic coconut, organic banana pieces, organic flavor Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: yellowish green Sencha and banana sounds like a really odd flavor combo. That of course made this blend instantly appeal to me. The only teas that I could ever recall having banana in them were rooibos based. The taste was vegetal, fruity and sweet. The unusual pairing worked well and I was so glad that it didn’t taste artificial at all. They have an excellent line of teas but Chambre de Sucre is probably best…

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    Shanghai Cha Anji Mountain White Tea

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: jade green, needle-like Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 1 minute Water Temperature: 170 degrees Preparation Method: glass tube steeper Liquor: very pale Every once in a while I across a tea that makes me say wow before I even brew it. This Anji Bai Cha was one of those elusive teas. Despite the name, it’s actually a green tea whose leaves are almost white when they are unprocessed. The aroma that filled my senses as soon as I opened the tin was incredible. It was something of a cross between alfalfa hay and fresh cut apples. It lingered in the bag within my tin and I couldn’t…

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    Hankook Tea Brown Rice Green Tea

    Country of Origin: Korea Leaf Appearance: deep green, lots of roasted rice Ingredients: green tea, roasted brown rice Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: mesh infuser and testubin Liquor: pale green I have been wanting to try this tea ever since I saw Bonnie write about it on Thirsty for Tea. I have a weakness for genmaicha but this isn’t just any brown rice tea. It’s South Korean! There is a higher ration of leaves to rice than you will usually see in a genmaicha and the rice is roasted rather than popped. I rarely make an entire pot of tea but this one called for it on an…

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    Teavivre Nonpareil Te Gong Huang Shan Mao Feng

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: bright green with a lot of buds Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 185 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: very pale, greenish +TeaVivre is one my go to’s for Chinese teas and whenever I see nonpareil in the tea name, I know that it’s going to be a really good one. This term designates a tea that was once used as a tribute to the emperor. This Mao Feng is also what is known as pre-Qing Ming, which means that it was harvested before April 5th. The taste was refreshingly mellow and sweet but by no means simple. There were hints of toasted rice,…

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    Shan Valley First Flush Green Tea 2014

    Country of Origin: Mynamar Leaf Appearance: deep green, somewhat broken Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Tea Maker Liquor: deep gold Mynamar, also known as Burma, is not widely known for producing tea but they are the second largest country in Southeast Asia. Some of you might remember that I reviewed a selection of +Shanvalley‘s teas last year, including the First Flush Green Tea. The sample I tried previously was a pyramid bag so I was excited to dig into the loose leaf. The taste was deeply vegetal with a pleasant sweetness. I was reminded very much of homemade spinach. The finish had a refreshing…