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    Wild Tea Qi Jin Jun Mei

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: small, dark and twisted with lots of golden tips Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: dark amber Jin Jun Mei has become quite a trendy (and expensive) black tea in recent years. It is made from the same tea varieties in the Wuyi region of China as the traditional Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong. You might also know it as Lapsang Souchong. The major difference is that the tea is not smoked and there is an emphasis on golden tips being present in the dry leaf. Except for the fact that this one from +Wild Tea Qi is smoked…tea is…

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    Wild Tea Qi Black Needle Pagoda Tea

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark with gold tips Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: deep reddish brown I have to admit to being a bit obsessed with this tea long before actually having the opportunity to drink it. That pagoda shape is just too cool! Being a Yunnan black tea, I knew that it would be right up my alley. Each individual pagoda was about 1.5g so I used two in my gaiwan. The taste was complex yet surprisingly light at the same time. Up front there were notes of chocolate that transitioned into a fruity sweetness that brought to mind…

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    Wild Tea Qi Moonlight Buds

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: large, jade green Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: glass gaiwan Liquor: very pale I’m a huge fan of +Wildteaqi‘s “moonlight” white teas so it surprised me when I found that I hadn’t drank this sample yet. Their Ancient Moonlight White and Ancient White Bud Bar are among some of my all time favorites. The large buds of this tea were so beautiful that I just had to brew them in a glass gaiwan. The taste started out extremely light but left an incredibly aromatic after effect. If you aren’t used to drinking subtle teas, you might not pick up much at…