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    Peony Tea Shop Taiping Houkui

    Photo: Peony Tea Shop Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: deep green, large and flat Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 2 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: very pale greenish gold There are some teas that just capture my imagination and Taiping Houkui is one of them. I adore the large, texture leaves and the way they float in the water reminds me of a Leafy Seadragon (coolest looking seahorse ever, Google it!). This particular tea was incredibly aromatic and refreshing. Although it could be described as light, the taste was also incredibly complex. There were vegetal and floral notes alternating throughout each sip. I can’t think of a…


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    Peony Tea Shop Osmanthus Oolong

    Photo: Peony Tea Shop Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: deep green tightly rolled, lots of tiny blossoms Ingredients: Tie Guan Yin, osmanthus blossoms Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: gold I will admit that this was the very last sample that I tried from a recent batch of +Peony Tea S. teas because osmanthus is not one my favorite things. That bias is based on bad experiences in the past but I trust +Derek Chew and his tea selections so I gave it a go anyway. The bright yellow petals were very pretty floating in my gaiwan. After the recommended thirty second infusion I was relieved to find that…

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    Peony Tea Shop Jasmine Pearls

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: mottled green, tightly rolled Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 2 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: pale gold I don’t often have scented teas but when I do they are a bit of a decadent indulgence. This version from Peony Tea Shop was exactly that. The base green tea was delicately vegetal. There was just a touch of refreshing astringency but it was not bitter at all. According to their website, these pearls were made by rolling the leaves with freshly bloomed jasmine petals up to seven times. The jasmine added a sweet and almost creamy floral note that lingered in my palate after…

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    Peony Tea Shop Qimen Black

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: small, dark and twisted Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: amber This tea goes by many names but Keemun, otherwise known as Qimen, is one of my favorite black teas. The taste of this particular rendition was fruity with a lingering honey-like aftertaste. An interesting floral note sprung up in the middle of each sip but it was very subtle. It wasn’t at all the same type of floral that you might expect from a Darjeeling. There was hardly any astringency and the mouth-feel was very smooth. This would be an excellent tea for those who do…

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    Peony Tea Shop Shan Li Xi

    Country of Origin: Taiwan Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: gold This tea was full of floral taste. It wasn’t quite the perfumy orchid quality that you would find in an Alishan but it was still very powerful. The finish was sweet and lingered long after each sip. It was bolder and richer than most Taiwanese oolongs that I have tried. There was no bitterness or astringency and the mouth-feel was very smooth. Once unfurled, the leaves were large and mostly whole. There was many complete bud sets with leaves still attached to the stems. I did…

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    Peony Tea Shop Alishan Jin Xuan

    Country of Origin: Taiwan Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: pale gold Milk oolongs are a tricky thing. There are a lot of fakes out there and it is important to buy from a retailer that you trust. Having already tried several of Peony Tea Shop’s teas, I did not hesitate to give this one a whirl. This tea was full of orchid-like floral sweetness. The creaminess and milky flavor were there but they were not as in your face as you might expect. I consider this a good thing because any tea I have had that…