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    Min River Tea Jasmine White

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: large downy buds Ingredients: scented white tea Steep time: 2 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: pale gold I don’t drink nearly as much jasmine as I used to but I still find a pot now and then very enjoyable. The base tea for this was a visually appealing silver needle, full of large downy buds. Their floral aroma when dry was faint but very pleasant. The taste was sweet, vegetal and floral with notes of hay and a somewhat dry finish. I loved that the tea was able to shine through, even with the jasmine scenting. It did not come across as artificial…


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    Min River Tea Jasmine Red Tea

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: small, dark Ingredients: scented black tea Steep time: 2 minutes Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: small clay teapot (glazed) Liquor: reddish brown It’s unusual to see a scented black tea, especially a jasmine one with leaves that are this level of quality. The base black tea was earthy with fruity notes that went really well with the sweet floral aroma. I loved that it did not come across as artificial or perfumy at all. I also noticed a interesting creaminess in the finish but I’m not sure if that was a byproduct of the jasmine. There was just enough astringency to be refreshing without bitterness, even…

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    Min River Tea Old Iron

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark brownish green, twisted shape Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 40 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: pale gold This tea is a green Tie Guan Yin oolong that has been charcoal roasted. It was incredibly aromatic and I just had to use my aroma cups so that I could really take it in. The taste was woodsy and mildly smokey with a floral sweetness in the finish. This tea was really interesting because despite the roasting, it had many of the qualities of a green oolong. I did three consecutive steepings but the leaves definitely had a lot more to give. I’ve been very impressed with…

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    Min River Tea Lapsang Souchong

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: twisted and very dark with some golden tips Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 40 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: reddish amber I know many tea drinkers who do not enjoy Lapsang Souchong. While I agree that it can be an acquired taste, I think that a lot of this stems from the fact that many Lapsangs are overly smoked to mask a lower quality leaf. This tea was smokey, but in a much more mild way than most examples that I have tried. It was woodsy with notes of hazelnut and a lingering sweet aftertaste. There was none of the burnt rubber tire taste…

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    Min River Tea Iron Buddha

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: large but tightly rolled, bright green in color Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 1 minute Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: pale gold This tea was fragrant and floral without being perfumy. It had the classic orchid aroma that one would expect from Tie Guan Yin oolong but it also had a slight vegetal aspect that kept the sweetness in check. While very green, it had a noticeably crisp and clean aftertaste. I did three steepings but I think it definitely would have lasted for quite a few more infusions. Once they unfurled the leaves were very large with tattered, brown tinged edges. They’re…