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    Shan Valley Kokang Green Tea 2014

    Country of Origin: Myanmar Leaf Appearance: jade green, lots of buds Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 185 degrees Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Steeper Liquor: deep gold +Shanvalley is a family owned business that directly imports tea grown in Myanmar, also known as Burma. I’ve reviewed several of their teas and found them all very drinkable and economical. This one piqued my interest because it is one of their higher-end selections. The leaves were mostly whole and I was even able to spot a few silvery buds. It was vegetal and sweet with notes of asparagus and honey. There was also a mild roasted quality that stayed in the background.…

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    Tea Wisdom by Aaron Fisher

    Many of us in the tea community know Aaron Fisher as Wu De, organizer of Global Tea Hut. In this adorably small book he’s put together a collection of quotes about our favorite beverage. It was the perfect size to tuck into my purse each day without adding a ton of bulk. I recently had to trudge through two days of jury duty and this book helped me to keep my sanity. Some of them are from historical figures that we all know such as Lu Yu and Sen no Rikyū. Others are from movies, books and celebrities. Peppered throughout the chapters are beautiful pictures of tea scenes and Wu De’s calligraphy. There…

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    The Tea Spot Mile High Chai

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: small, dark with lots of spices Ingredients: black tea, ginger root, cardamom, cinnamon, allspice, peppercorns, cloves, natural chai flavoring Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: dark brown Somehow the word chai became synonymous with spiced tea here in the U.S. even though the word is actually Hindi for tea. Therefore when you are in line at Starbucks and order a chai tea, you’re really asking for tea tea. The correct term would really be masala chai, which indicates the typical spices used in this type of blend. This rendition from The Tea Spot was a fairly typical, plenty…