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    Global Tea Hut: March 2015 – Golden Lily

    Spring finally arrived and with it came a delicious oolong from +Global Tea Hut. Jing Shuan is often called milk oolong because it has a subtle, natural creaminess. I drank it three different ways; using a gaiwan, yixing and bowling brewing. There isn’t always enough leaf to experiment in this way but I found the results really interesting. The gaiwan brew was enjoyable but this tea really shined in my yixing and while bowl brewing. It had an incredible fruity sweetness. The one taste that kept coming to mind was cotton candy. That aspect intensified even further when I munched on some leftover Peeps from Easter. Global Tea Hut is not a tea selling…


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    Global Tea Hut – February 2014: Inner Path

    February is a time of celebration in China and Taiwan because of Chinese New Year. The tea “gift” included in my envelope was a trinket that is supposed to bring good fortune. I hope it works because I could sure use some of that. I put off drinking this one for a bit because I just have to be in the mood for shou in order to enjoy it properly. That being said, their description intrigued me. The mao cha was aged for five years prior to piling and it was fermented to a lesser degree than most modern shou tea. This type of tea usually makes me sleepy but I felt an…

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    Global Tea Hut – December 2014: Old Man Camphor

    I so look forward to my Global Tea Hut every month. It often seems like I’m always drinking teas for reviews but this is the one tea that I set aside just for me to enjoy. I usually do a write up with pictures here but its nice to take a break from the usual formalities. December’s shipment included a very nice Christmas card and a group photo of +Wu De and the gang. I’ve become quite a puerh obsessive the last few years but I’m definitely much more of a sheng person. That being said, I really enjoyed this seasonally appropriate selection. Old Man Camphor certainly lived up to its name. It was dark and…

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    Jalam Teas Yi Bang Raw Puerh

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: varied shades of green, loosely compressed Ingredients: puerh tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: gold Jalam Teas was and still is a huge part of my discovery of puerh. Getting to taste around each of the mountains and different harvest seasons has really helped me to grasp the terroir and culture of Yunnan. Each month’s mini cake is accompanied by a postcard featuring beautiful photography. The back of each card includes detailed information about the tea, where it came from and the ethnic minority tribe that produces it. This tea wasn’t as sweet as the Yiwu that preceded it…

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    Global Tea Hut: November 2014 – Peaceful Slumber

    GABA teas are one bandwagon that I had yet to jump onto until I receive my November shipment from Global Tea Hut. The USPS lost my package in their usual ineptitude but the kind folks at Global Tea Hut were quick to address the issue and send out a new package. For those of you who are not familiar with GABA, it stands for Gamma Amino Butyric Acid. It is a neurotransmitter that prevents over-excitement of the nervous system. All teas contain this substance but GABA teas are withered in vacuum. This causes an increase in the levels of GABA in the finished tea. Teas like this can always be tricky. Is what I…

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    Tea Box Express

    Tea Box Express is a new monthly subscription service that recently caught my attention. Each month they send a themed box that includes tea and accessories. They recently sent me a sample of their first box. The theme was “Bee Happy”. It included a fun bee sugar cookie, yellow teabag rest, honey from Savannah Bee Co., a honey dipper and Teatulia Black Tea. Everything arrived packaged perfectly. The inside lid of the shipping box had a detailed explanation of all of the components and why they were included. A little note card was included with the following quote, a nice reminder to be happy: Most people are about as happy as they make…