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    Peony Tea Shop Golden Cassia

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark green, tightly rolled Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: gold I love when I find a tea that is so amazing that I have to struggle to describe it. That is exactly what happened with this tea. The dry leaves had a fantastic smell to them and I found myself nose deep in the sample bag. Even after steeping it was incredibly aromatic with strong and sweet floral notes. The mouth-feel was smooth and buttery. With each infusion, a pleasant vegetal aspect became more pronounced. It almost reminded me of fresh baby spinach. The leaves unfurled…


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    Peony Tea Shop Anxi Iron Goddess (Traditional)

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark green, tightly curled Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: pale gold The first infusion of this tea was somewhat more delicate than other Tie Guan Yins that I have tried. However, it wasn’t weak or lacking in flavor. There were floral notes of orchid and a hint citrus. This tea was charcoal roasted and that comes through in a subtle toastiness. The finish was sweet and lingered long after each sip. Those flavors evolved and became more pronounced with each subsequent infusion. The mouthfeel was smooth and the leaves unfurled to be quite large. I brewed…

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    Peony Tea Shop Phoenix Dan Cong – Honey Orchid Fragrance

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark, long and twisted Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 185 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: pale amber This tea was an interesting contrast with the Heavenly Fragrance Dan Cong from this company that I reviewed previously. It started off very delicate and wasn’t nearly as aromatic. At first I found that a little disappointing. Following Peony Tea Shop’s brewing instructions, I increased the steep time by 10 seconds with each infusion. I was happy to find that notes of honey and apricot began to emerge along with a floral sweetness in the finish. It had a rather thick mouth-feel but was not very astringent. There…

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    Peony Tea Shop Golden Oolong

    Country of Origin: Taiwan Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 45 seconds Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: bright gold Peony Tea Shop describes this tea as marrying the aftertaste of dong ding and the floral aroma of jade oolong. I don’t think I could have summed it up more perfectly myself. It was delicate but incredibly aromatic. Floral and vegetal notes led into a honey-like aftertaste. There was a slight creaminess, not exactly like a milk oolong, but smooth and sweet nonetheless. These flavors became more pronounced as the tea cooled so I think this would be excellent iced. Some Taiwanese oolongs are too…

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    Peony Tea Shop Phoenix Dancong – Heavenly Fragrance

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: long, dark and twisted Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 185 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: gold This tea was everything that I could ever ask for in a dancong. The first things I noticed about this tea were the size and aroma of the dry leaves. I could not believe how large they were and the smell was absolutely intoxicating. I could see where the name “heavenly fragrance” came from because it was the kind of smell that I’d like to bottle up for a rainy day. The taste was bright and floral with a buttery finish. A light mineral sweetness lingered…

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    Peony Tea Shop Jade Oolong

    Country of Origin: Nantu, Taiwan Leaf Appearance: dark green, tightly rolled Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 45 seconds Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: pale gold This tea was delicate and floral with a lingering sweet but clean aftertaste. There was also some very faint vegetal notes, almost like fresh baby spinach. It had a buttery mouthfeel and there was no astringency to speak of. I was able to get five fairly uniform infusions before becoming utterly tealogged. I tend to shy away from green oolongs (they upset my stomach sometimes) but this one had a nice balance to it. Once unfurled, the leaves were very large in size. They were…