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    What-Cha Georgia Natela’s Gold Standard Black Tea

    Country of Origin: Georgia Leaf Appearance: dark, long and twisted Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 205 degrees Preparation Method: stainless steel infuser basket and ceramic teacup Liquor: reddish brown It’s hard to believe but this is the first Georgia (the country, not the state) grown tea that I have ever reviewed here. The taste was malty and slightly sweet without any astringency or bitterness. I was very much reminded of Assam but there were subtle differences. There was an indistinct fruity undertone, not quite peach but something close to it. My second cup was just a hair lighter in body but just as enjoyable as the first. There was…


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    What-Cha Darjeeling 2nd Flush Jungpana Yellow Tea

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: twisted, mottled greens and browns Ingredients: yellow tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: deep gold What-Cha is definitely one of my go to sources for unusual teas and selections from hard to find growing regions. Yellow tea from Darjeeling is definitely not something that you see every day. The leaves looked much like what you’d expect from a typical 2nd flush. There was a subtly greener tint to them and a few scattered downy buds. The taste was quite unlike anything that I had experience from Darjeeling or yellow tea before. There were floral notes with just a hint…

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    What-Cha Kenyan Hand Rolled Purple Oolong

    Country of Origin: Kenya Leaf Appearance: dark, long and twisted Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Tea Maker Liquor: amber What-Cha seems to have a knack for finding unusual teas from unusual places. Some of you might remember my review of their purple Kenyan green tea from earlier this year. Having enjoyed that selection I was excited to dig into this oolong. The leaves were fairly dark in appearance but took on a greenish purple hue after brewing. Hand rolling produces a much prettier end result than machines ever could and the effort put in was obvious here. The taste was floral and somewhat sweet…

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    What-Cha Nepal 1st Flush 2014 Spring Buds White Tea

    Country of Origin: Nepal Leaf Appearance: varied greens, buds scattered throughout Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: pale gold Nepal is quickly becoming one of my favorite growing regions. In the last year I’ve had a number of really high quality teas from there that would stand out even against some of China’s best. This tea completes a trifecta of white teas produced by Greenland Organic Farm. Their 2nd flush silver needle and 1st flush white tea were both very enjoyable. The leaves of the spring buds white tea were somewhere in between the other two, not quite as whole as the silver needle but…

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    What-Cha Nepal 1st Flush 2014 White Tea

    Country of Origin: Nepal Leaf Appearance: varied greens, some interspersed needles Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: very pale gold This white tea is from Greenland Organic Farm in Nepal. The dry leaves were quite beautiful, closely resembling Bai Mu Dan. There were visibly broken leaves as well as some interspersed silver needles. The taste was mellow and sweet with a pleasant peachy aroma. There was no bitterness or astringency, even after letting the leaves sit in water for a bit. That makes it a good candidate for drinking “grandpa style”. The taste stayed constant through my second infusion but the leaves were…

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    What-Cha Yunnan Graceful Purple ‘Zi Juan’ Purple Varietal Green Tea

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark greenish, needle-like Ingredients: green Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: pale gold I’ve tried a few different purple teas over the years but never a green one from Yunnan. The look of these leaves drew me to them immediately. They were comprised of mostly whole buds and had the most unusual color. I wouldn’t quite call it purple but they were very dark for a green tea. I wasn’t able to snap a picture but they were really beautiful while brewing. Many of the buds floated vertically and danced about in the pot. The taste was a bit unique…