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    Peony Tea Shop Wuyi Zhengyan Rougui

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark, somewhat twisted Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method:  porcelain gaiwan Liquor: amber I’ve never been into Yancha but ever since working at +Tea Drunk I’ve developed a penchant for Rou Gui. +Peony Tea S. has yet to steer me wrong so I dove into this one readily. I usually do a quick rinse with cliff teas and it was definitely helpful with this one. I tasted the rinse and it had an interesting floral component that I was not expecting. The first round after the rinse was much darker and roasty with subtle hints of spice. It had a bit of the “cliff…


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    Peony Tea Shop Xing Ren Xiang

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark, long and somewhat twisted Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 15 seconds Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: golden amber Dan Cong is definitely one of my favorite types of oolong. I love that there are so many varied tastes and aromas, even just within this family of teas. If you’d like to learn more about the different varieties, Derek from +Peony Tea S. wrote an excellent article. This particular one is known as almond fragrance. It can be a hard concept to understand because this tea did not necessarily taste like a mouth full of almonds. Tea is much more subtle than that. Try to…

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    Peony Tea Shop Pre Qing Ming Dafo Longjing

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: jade green, flat and thin Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: very pale greenish gold Did you know that there are different types of Dragonwell? I wasn’t very familiar with them until until I read an article posted by +Peony Tea S.. This particular one is a Dafo Longjing which means that it is from Xichang county. Although not from the traditional West Lake, this region still produces a very high quality tea. The taste was smooth and sweet with heavy notes of chestnut. There was also a very slight floral aspect that I’ve not often experienced with this…

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    Peony Tea Shop Big Red Robe

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark, long and twisted Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: dark amber I always look forward to teas from +Peony Tea S., especially Chinese oolongs. The taste of this particular tea was full bodied and complex with strong floral notes. This one wasn’t quite as a fruity as other Da Hong Pao that I have tried but it still had the classic taste that I had expected. There was a pleasant roasted quality to the finish and just a touch of astringency. Sadly I only had enough time for three steeps when I wrote this review but there…

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    Peony Tea Shop Pre-Qing Ming Huangshan Maofeng

    Photo: Peony Tea Shop Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: small, deep green, needle-like Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: pale greenish gold This green tea was exquisitely delicate. The taste was smooth, sweet and almost floral. It wasn’t vegetal in the way that you would usually expect from a green tea. There was no bitterness or astringency. I was reminded of fresh sugar snap peas. This a tea that you really have to take your time with. Put your nose in the gaiwan and inhale deeply, play with the leaves and let it linger in your palate between sips. You’ll miss out on…

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    Peony Tea Shop Pre-Qing Ming Dongting Bilouchun

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: sage green, very small, mostly buds Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: very pale, greenish The name of this tea comes from the Dongting mountain where it is grown and it is one of China’s top ten famous teas. I could not believe how positively tiny the leaves of this tea were. It consisted almost entirely of buds and many of them were covered in silver hairs. They felt almost soft to the touch. It was delicate and sweetly vegetal with mild fruity and floral notes. There was just a touch of astringency but only enough to…