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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…