• Reviews

    Seven Cups Da Hong Pao 2017

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark, somewhat twisted Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: deep reddish brown As many of you know, I’m a bit of a Seven Cups fangirl. Their videos on YouTube and iTunes were a huge part of my early tea education. I’m still obsessed with their Huang Zhi Xiang, one of the first teas that I really fell in love with. When I had the opportunity to try some of their newest Da Hong Pao from Mr. Liu, I just had to jump on it. Da Hong Pao, otherwise known as Big Red Robe, is an oolong tea from the Wuyi Mountain region of Fujian, China. It is…

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    Tandem Tea Tasting: A Series of Seven Cups

    I can hardly believe it but its been more than a year since the last time that I blogged about a Tandem Tea Tasting. For those of you that are new to the blog, a bunch of fellow tea blogger friends and I hold tastings via Google+ Hangouts since we are scattered across the country in some cases across the globe. There’s always lots of laughs as well as plenty of nerding out and comparing notes. These are truly some of my favorite people in the whole world! It was a packed house this time around with +Robert Godden (and Lady Devotea), +Jo J, +Rachana Rachel Carter, +Geoffrey Norman, +Nicole Schwartz, +Jen Piccotti, +Linda Gaylard, +Darlene Meyers-Perry and +sara shacket all in attendance.We had…

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    Seven Cups Huang Guan Yin Wulong 2012

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: small, dark brown Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: dark amber A few weeks ago I posted that Seven Cups chose me as their customer of the month for October. After I was done fan girling, I was faced with a major dilemma. Which tea out of their extensive catalog would I choose for my reward? Ultimately I went with Huang Guan Yin and it’s lucky that I did. it was their very last bag. This tea a fairly new tea variety that is a hybrid of Huang Jin Gui and Tie Guan Yin. Being from the Wu…

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    Seven Cups Dian Hong Gong Fu 2012

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: small, dark with scattered golden tips Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: deep reddish brown I couldn’t resist picking up a bag of this tea when I ordered my annual indulgence of Huang Xi Zhang from Seven Cups. Chinese red tea is an interesting category because there are so many different kinds. At +Tea Drunk we have a fairly large leafed Dian Hong. They look giant compared to these tiny “gong fu” type leaves. The taste was bold and sweet with fruity notes and an almost brown sugar-like finish. On a cold and rainy day, this exactly what I…