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    The Persimmon Tree Bao Zhong

    Country of Origin: not listed Leaf Appearance: small, deep green Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Steeper Liquor: pale green Bao Zhong is usually produced in Taiwan but +The Persimmon Tree doesn’t specifically say where this tea is from. The leaves were small and somewhat broken, typical of this style of tea. From time to time you’ll see debate in the tea world as to whether Bao Zhong is a green tea or an oolong. There is some oxidation so it’s an oolong in my book. The taste if this one was grassy and vegetal yet mellow at first. After a few sips a comeback floral…


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    The Persimmon Tree Thai Chai

    Country of Origin: not listed Leaf Appearance: small, dark with lots of spices and lemongrass Ingredients: Black Tea, Cinnamon Bark, Ginger Root, Dried Coconut, Lemon Grass, Cardamon Pods, Natural Coconut Flavor Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Steeper Liquor: reddish brown This isn’t quite your traditional chai because it has the somewhat tropical flavors of lemongrass and coconut. Spicy yet sweet, it was much more smooth and mellow than I was expecting. The base tea was earthy but not overly robust. Cinnamon seemed to stand out the most among the spices but the ginger did add a pleasant zing to the finish. The ingredients all came together quite…

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    The Persimmon Tree Assam Gold

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: dark, twisted with lots of golden tips Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 4 minutes Water Temperature: 205 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: deep reddish brown There’s nothing quite like an Assam, especially first thing in the morning. I can see why this one was called Assam Gold because the leaves had a ton of golden tips. It’s debatable whether or not that affects the taste at all but I’m a sucker for pretty leaves. Aromatic, brisk and malty are all words that I would use to describe this tea. It was earthy and nutty with just a hint of floral sweetness. The mouth-feel…

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    The Persimmon Tree Compassion (Tie Guan Yin)

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark greenish brown, tightly rolled Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: amber The first thing that struck me about this tea was its strong roasted aroma. The taste was slightly floral and sweet with a pleasant nuttiness that echoed the toastiness I initially picked up on. It made for a very comforting cup, akin to what I might feel with a genmaicha. The finish was surprisingly crisp and almost cooling but there was no bitterness. My second infusion was just as delicious and I could tell that the leaves definitely had a lot more…

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    The Persimmon Tree Vintage Black Tea

    Country of Origin: India and China Leaf Appearance: small and dark with some golden tips Ingredients: Nilgiri black tea, Yunnan golden buds Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: deep reddish brown This was a bright, brisk and well balanced black tea that would be perfect for breakfast. It went perfectly with my meal of bacon and sunny side up eggs. The fruity aromas of Nilgiri worked incredibly well with the spicy and malty notes of the Yunnan golden buds. I don’t believe I’ve ever had those two teas together but they made a great pair. There was no bitterness but it had plenty…

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    The Persimmon Tree Silver Needle

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: varied green, covered in downy hairs Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 4 minutes Water Temperature: 180 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: gold This tea was a classic silver needle. I loved the fuzzy and fluffy leaves. They almost sprung out of the canister when I opened it. The steeped tea was delicate and sweet with vegetal and floral notes. There was also a nice biscuity quality that made this a very comforting cup. That taste is one of my favorite things about silver needle and I was happy to find it in this one. The finish was clean and there was no bitterness or astringency. A…