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    Norbu Tea Imperial Dian Hong

    According to Norbu Tea this black tea was hand crafted from estate grown tea from the Feng Qing area to the south of Dali in Western Yunnan. The dry leaves were dark in color with a needle-like appearance. I made this tea in my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker with 212 degree water for three minutes. The liquor was a dark reddish brown. This tea was very sweet and mild with no bitterness. It had the expected Yunnan maltiness but in a quiet and refined way. There was a slight dryness that added a brisk quality that made this tea very refreshing. It would be a perfect daily drinker for someone who really loves…


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    Norbu Tea Black Gold Spring Harvest 09

    I have been impressed by every selection I have tried from Norbu thus far and this one is no different. The long and twisted dry leaves were a mix of blacks, browns and golden hues. They had the malty aroma typical of Yunnan teas. For my first try, I brewed it in a ceramic pot with an infuser basket using boiling water and steeped it for five minutes. The resulting liquor was a clear reddish color. Once steeped, the leaves took on a uniform chocolate brown color. This selection was a straight forward black tea. Nothing fancy or extraordinary but sometimes that is a good thing. I’m of the opinion that not every…

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    Norbu Tea Imperial Dian Hong Yunnan Black Tea – Spring 09

    Photo: Norbu Tea The leaves of this tea were long and needle shaped with various shades of brown. They had a sweet and malty aroma typical of yunnan teas. I prepared this tea gong fu style, with a gaiwan and boiling water. According to Norbu, the whole leaf and bud were hand picked, processed, and rolled by hand in the Spring Harvest period of 2009. The resulting tea maintained the same aroma and had a light mahogany color. I struggled to describe this tea because it had a depth that I have not often found in black teas. It had a thick and creamy mouth feeling but went down smoothly. The taste was…

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    Norbu Tea Diamond Grade Tie Guan Yin Oolong Spring Harvest 2009

    As my love affair with tea has evolved I’ve found myself favoring oolongs more and more. However, for a while I was convinced that I just did not like Tie Guan Yin. I always found them “fake” tasting but I figured I should give it another shot. My sample arrived in a vacuum sealed pack which was nice because I could immediately tell that the leaves were very fresh. They were mostly whole and bright green in color. They had an intensely floral fragrance that was apparent as soon as I opened the package. I made this tea in a gaiwan using boiling water. Brewing it in this way this selection was a…