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    T7 Tea Golden Monkey Black Tea

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: very small, golden tips Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: coppery reddish brown I have a soft spot for tippy, golden black teas from China and this one definitely fit the bill. Golden Monkey’s name refers to the supposed resemblance of the leaves to monkey claws. I don’t quite see it but then again, I’m not that familiar with monkeys. The taste was malty and winy with just hint of chocolaty sweetness. It was tannic and full bodied without being bitter. I did six consecutive infusions in a gaiwan and probably could have squeezed out a few…


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    T7 Tea Golden Spring

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: small, curled and covered in golden hairs Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain infuser mug Liquor: deep reddish brown This tea was quite interesting in appearance. The tiny leaves were curled and covered in golden hairs. The resemblance to Bi Luo Chun, a similarly curled green tea, was uncanny. Their aroma was surprisingly chocolatey, even before brewing. I decided to try brewing it the same way that I would a Bi Luo Chun so the leaves were added to the water rather than the other way around. This worked well as it kept them from slipping through the rather…

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    T7 Tea Pi Lo Chun

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: jade green with some downy tips, curly shape Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 2 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: gold A sure sign of a good quality Pi Lo Chun is if the leaves fall to the bottom when added to the water. These leaves all sunk like rocks. It was even too quick for me to snap a good picture of it. I loved their curly shape and downy appearance. There was quite a large amount of buds. The taste was light, sweet and vegetal with some mellow fruity notes. There was no bitterness and just the slightest hint of astringency,…

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    T7 Tea Jade Oolong

    Country of Origin: Taiwanese Leaf Appearance: dark green, tightly rolled Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: pale gold Although +T7 TEA provides western style brewing directions, I always prefer to use a gaiwan for oolongs. The taste was light and clean with alternating vegetal and floral notes. Its color and intensity increased with each infusion but it never developed any bitterness. Their product description states that it is similar to Tung Ting (also called Dong Ding) and I would say that is pretty accurate. The leaves took their time unfurling but eventually revealed jagged edges and very little oxidation. Being one to play with…