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    Tribute Tea Company Wen Mountain Baozhong Oolong

    Country of Origin: Taiwan Leaf Appearance: deep green, twisted Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 190 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: pale gold This tea had a fairly light oxidation level, even for a Bao Zhong. Some might even confuse it for a green tea. The taste was incredibly floral and sweet with a lingering aftertaste. A touch of fruitiness came through in the background but the orchid aspect definitely dominated. The mouth feel was buttery smooth and there was no astringency to speak of. This tea stayed strong through four or five consecutive infusions. They probably could have gone on for a few more rounds beyond that. Pouchongs can…


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    Tribute Tea Company Frozen Summit Oolong

    Country of Origin: Taiwan Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 190 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: deep gold I adore a good Dong Ding, particular when they are on the roasty side. This one isn’t heavily oxidized but it still really hit the spot. Rolled oolongs like this tend to do well with a quick rinse. I also think they open up better in a gaiwan than they would in an infuser basket. The taste was wonderfully complex with notes of stone fruit and a hit of nuttiness with a lingering floral aroma. I did eight or ten consecutive infusions and each one…

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    Tribute Tea Company Cassia Bark Oolong

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: small, dark and twisted Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: very dark amber Cassisa bark oolong, also known as Rou Gui has become one of my favorite types of tea lately. Wu Yi oolongs have become more and more expensive every year so I really appreciate that +Tribute Tea Company‘s is priced so well. The taste of this one was smokey and earthy with a ton of natural sweetness. I was almost reminded of the delicious burnt sugar used to top crème brûlée. The spicy undertone was subtle in the flavor profile but very present in the aroma.…

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    Tribute Tea Company Yunnan Moonlight Buds

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: large, plump needles covered in silver hairs Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 2 minutes Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: pale amber Out of all of the samples that I received from +Tribute Tea Company, this is probably the one that I was the most excited about. Nearly all Chinese white teas are produced in Fujian but this one hails for Yunnan, land of puerh. The dry leaves looked like a super sized version of silver needle. They were very soft to the touch as well. This is one of those strange teas that really doesn’t quite fit into a single category. The product description…

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    Tribute Tea Company 2012 Bulang Village Ancient Tree Raw Puerh

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: mottled, lots of silver tips Ingredients: puerh tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: pale gold This tea started out very much on the mellow side. There were mild notes of hay and a hint of mushroom-like umami lingering in the aftertaste. I found that it had a pleasant earthy quality without coming across as musty. An interesting floral aroma also popped up from time to time. It took three or four infusions to really open up. This wasn’t a loud tea by any means but it did pack a bit of an astringent punch. It didn’t have as much…

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    Tribute Tea Company 2004 Yiwu Mountain Raw Puerh

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: small, dark Ingredients: puerh tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: deep orangish gold In case you couldn’t tell by the amount of puerh reviews that I’m doing, my obsession with this category of tea is steadily growing. I was really excited to try this offering from +Tribute Tea Company because Yiwu was heavily discussed in a book I reviewed last week, Puer Tea: Ancient Caravans and Urban Chic. I was also jazzed to get to try some slightly older stuff than my usual. The leaves were fairly dark in color and brewed up a gorgeous orangish gold. The taste was mellow…