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    Tea Journeyman Amba Estate Hand-Rolled GF OP1 Ceylon Black Tea

    Country of Origin: Sri Lanka Leaf Appearance: long and wiry, dark brown Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Steeper Liquor: reddish amber Amba Estate has become one of my favorite sources for Ceylon tea. You might remember that I previously reviewed and enjoyed their OP1 with Tea Flowers from Tealet. The leaves were absolutely gorgeous after brewing. I have never seen a Ceylon tea that was this whole or with this many buds. All of the extra work of hand rolling definitely payed off. The taste was exactly what I was hoping for. It was clean and brisk with complex notes of honey, fruit…


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    Tea Journeyman Thea Kuan Imm Thai Oolong Tea

    Country of Origin: Thailand Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: amber I’ve had a handful of Thai teas with some mixed results. Their tea industry seems to still be in a transition period but there are some really exciting things happening. This Tie Guan Yin has a higher level of oxidation of around 70%. Although technically a darker oolong, I was reminded more of honey and brown sugar than roastiness like I might expect from a Chinese version of this tea. The taste was surprisingly sweet and fruity. There was also a floral aftertaste but it wasn’t…

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    Tea Journeyman Satemwa White Antlers

    Country of Origin: Malawi Leaf Appearance: dark, twiggy Ingredients: white tea stems Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 185 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: pale amber Every once in a while I hear about a tea that I am dying to try and this one has definitely been one of those. I met the folks from Satemwa at World Tea Expo and was really impressed by how much they care for their staff. Unfortunately I visited at the end of the last day of the show so the leaves of this tea had been spent. As luck would have it, +Tea Journeyman Shop carries it so I was overjoyed to receive a sample. It…