• Reviews

    Teance Burnt Sugar Red

    Country of Origin: Taiwan Leaf Appearance: long, dark, slightly twisted Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: dark amber I have a funny habit of saving the tea that I think I would like the most for last. I previously reviewed and really enjoyed Teance’s Tiegunyin Dark Stone Fruit but something about the name Burnt Sugar Red told me that it would be a special one. The red part of the name might seem confusing but what we call black tea in the west is usually called red tea (or hong cha) in countries like China and Taiwan. Not to mention the fact that rooibos is often labeled as…


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    Teance Tieguanyin Dark Stone Fruit

    Country of Origin: ChinaLeaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolledIngredients: oolong teaSteep time: 30 secondsWater Temperature: 205 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain gaiwanLiquor: deep gold Teance is a tea shop in Berkeley, CA. Although I’ve never been there I have been a fan of what they do for a long time. Their co-owner, Winnie Wu, writes a Tumblr blog called Tea Adventures that I highly recommend checking out during tea sourcing season. Her honesty and insights into the tea world are truly valuable for an avid tea-head like me. Let me start this review by saying that I have a love/hate relationship with Tie Guan Yin. It can be so wonderful, truly the prime example of…

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    Free Leaf Green Tea Rosebud

    In the convenience store by work I had a neat tea find. It is basically a flowering tea on a string. So you get the benefits of the beauty  these teas have with the convenience of a tea bag. It didn’t exactly bloom, it just sort of puffed up. Flowering teas are how I started my own tea journey so I have a special soft spot for me. That being said, they are never made out of very good quality tea since that would sort of be a waste. While not super great tasting (way more rose than green tea), it was worth it just for the sake of my co-workers’ reactions. I…