• Reviews

    J-Tea International Bourbon Barrel Oolong

    Country of Origin: Taiwan Leaf Appearance: dark, tightly rolled Ingredients: bourbon scented oolong Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: amber My dear blogger friend +Geoffrey Norman was kind enough to give me a bit of this tea when we met up at the World Tea Expo. He knew I was a big fan of the Bourbon Barrel Puerh and I could not wait to dive into this one. The taste was more mellow than I was expecting but it definitely hit the spot. It was nutty, earthy and sweet with a touch of fruity creaminess. I haven’t a tea that was quite this complex in…


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    J-Tea International Minto Oregon Grown

    Country of Origin: United States Leaf Appearance: small, dark and somewhat broken Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: bright reddish brown Tea grown in the U.S. is a fairly new development (Charleston Tea Plantation aside) but it has been an exciting time to be in the tea world because of it. This particular one is yet another tea that +Geoffrey Norman piqued my curiosity about as it is often mentioned in his tweets and blog posts. It was produced by Minto Island Growers on their farm in Salem, Oregon. The leaves had a rather rough appearance but the taste was actually surprisingly…

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    J-Tea International Bourbon Barrel Puerh

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: small, dark Ingredients: puerh tea Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: very dark brown Thanks to +Geoffrey Norman and the evil geniuses at +J-TEA I have been obsessed with the very idea of this tea. It was stored in a bourbon barrel from Buffalo Trace Distillery. Being a dark liquor and beer kind of girl and a puerh lover, I just knew that it would be right up my alley. The aroma when I first opened my packet of leaves was incredible. Given the name you might expect that this would taste just like a sip of bourbon. The taste was…