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    Wild Tea Qi Artisan Yunnan Black Needle

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: needle shaped, lots of golden tips Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: deep reddish brown My biggest soft spot is probably Yunnan black teas, especially pretty ones with lots of gold. They’re the teas that make me relax and say “Ahhh…” as soon as I take my first sip. That’s exactly what happened with this handmade selection from +Wildteaqi. Notes of burnt sugar (a la crème brûlée) and cacao accompanied a really nice malty element. I did at least six infusions before the flavor started to fade. Even then, it was still pretty darned tasty. The mouth-feel was…

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    Wild Tea Qi Artisan Golden Tips

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: wiry, covered in golden hair Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: amber What can I say, I’m a sucker for tippy golden teas from Yunnan. They’re so fluffy! This particular tea was comprised completely of golden fleecy buds. The taste was mellow yet complex with sweet notes of cacao, honey and a hint of fruitiness. This is definitely a tea that deserves to be gongfu’d. It yielded at least six consecutive brews and probably could have gone on further. The taste was slightly different but I was reminded very much Verdant Tea’s Golden Fleece. The two teas…

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    Wild Tea Qi Wild Purple Bud Puer Tea

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: large buds, varied shades of green and purple Ingredients: puerh tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: pale gold I’ve been wanting to try this offering from +Wildteaqi for some time. When I shared a picture of the unusual leaves on Instagram and Twitter, several people asked me if it was the same as Silver Buds Yabao from Verdant Tea. My photography skills and lighting were poor but I can confirm that this is definitely a different tea. The taste was sweet, mild and just vaguely reminiscent of what I would expect from a raw puerh. Although mellow, it was not lacking…