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    Shan Valley Black Tea

    Photo: Shan Valley Country of Origin: Mynamar Leaf Appearance: dark, very small Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain teacup Liquor: bright reddish brown This tea was earthy and sweet with nutty notes and a mild fruitiness. Smoky notes in the background rounded out the flavor profile, adding a nice balance. It had a bold astringency but did not become bitter when left to steep for too long the first time around (oops!). The dry tea was small and CTC style and there was quite a bit of leaf dust inside of the tin. That is not necessarily indicative of the quality because it tasted more…

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    Shan Valley Valley Green Tea

    Photo: Shan Valley Country of Origin: Mynamar Leaf Appearance: small, very dark green Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain teacup Liquor: gold I was really excited to try this tea because it was grown in Mynamar, otherwise known as Burma. What can I say, I’m a sucker for unusual terroirs. Packaged in the standard silky pyramid tea bag, the leaves were fairly dark in color for a green tea. The taste was vegetal yet with mellow with faint fruity notes and just a hint of smoke. Although it was fairly astringent I did not find it unpleasant at all. Sometimes life calls for an easy…