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    The Puritea White Peony

    According to The Puritea this tea was grown in the Fujian, China. The dry leaves were a mix of fuzzy silver needles, brown and green leaves. I made this tea in my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker with 180 degree water for three minutes. The liquor was a pale gold color with a honey-like aroma. The flavor of this tea was incredibly complex. It was vegetal and woodsy with notes of fruit and cocoa that became more apparent with each sip. White peony is one of my favorite teas because it is light and refreshing while still having a lot to off in the taste department. My second steeping was just a delicious as…


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    The Puritea Gunpowder Green

    The appearance of the leaves was unusual in that they were rolled into larger rocks, rather the tiny pebbles that usual come to mind when I think of a gunpowder tea. I made this tea in my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker with 180 degree water for three minutes. The liquor was a pale yellow. This tea was surprisingly minty with some roasty notes in the background. It was vegetal with hardly any astringency. I found that it got progressively sweeter with each sip. So much so that I had hard time believing that it was unsweetened. My second steeping was a bit more full bodied and just as delicious. I would definitely recommend…

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    The Puritea Emerald Needle

    The Puritea decribes this selection as a Chinese green tea. The dry leaves of this tea were light green and shaped almost like a silver needle would be. I can see where the name comes from. I steeped this tea for three minutes in a kyusu using 180 degree water. The liquor was very pale, almost resembling a white tea. This tea was wonderfully delicate and full bodied at the same time. It was vegetal with hints of fruit and a bit of creaminess. There was a tiny bit of astringency but not so much to make it unpleasant. The second infusion was even better, with the fruity notes coming to the forefront.…

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    The Puritea Roasted Dong Ding

    According to The Puritea, this is a roasted oolong from Taiwan. The dry leaves were very dark green in color and had a tightly rolled appearance. They had a strong floral aroma. I made this tea in a porcelain gaiwan using 180 degree water and three consecutive 40 second infusions. The liquor was a pale yellow. The first infusion was sweet and delicately floral as one would expect from a dong ding. There were hints of vanilla and a toasty aftertaste as well. The second infusion was much more full flavored than the first. The floral aspect gave way to a nuttier and more vegetal flavor. The third infusion was a milder, smoother…

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    The Puritea Jasmine Golden Yunnan

    I am a complete and utter jasmine addict so I was really excited to try this blend. The leaves were beautiful to look at, with the occasional blossom peaking through the golden brown curls. The heady scent of jasmine quickly filled the room as they steeped. I made this tea in my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker with 212 degree water for five minutes. The peppery element of the yunnan and the floral sweetness of the jasmine perfectly compliment one another. Both aspects of this tea were able to shine through with muddying the individual flavors. It was slightly astringent but not in an unpleasant way. I actually like this combo even better than…

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    The Puritea Dan Cong

    Photo: The Puritea According to The Puritea this tea is from the the famous Dan Cong tea bushes of the Phoenix Mountain in Guangdong, China. It has been naturally infused with osmanthus flowers. The dry leaves were dark with a thin and twisted shape. I steeped this tea in a porcelain gaiwan using 180 degree water and three consecutive 40 second infusions. The liquor was a deep gold color. This tea was fruity, floral and sweet but not in the way that I would like it to be. The issue that I have with this tea is that I think most of it came from the osmanthus. Dan Cong is my favorite kind…