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    Zhen Tea Lu’An Gua Pian

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: deep green, twisted Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 1 minute Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: glass gong dao bei Liquor: greenish gold Gua Pian is an unusual kind of green tea because it is made solely using mature leaves. Buds are usually the more prized type of leaf but the tea producers in Anhui purposely make the tea this way. I’ve realized that green tea (with the possible exception of yellow tea) is probably the one category that I drink and write about the least. I hope you guys don’t get the idea that I don’t enjoy green tea because nothing could be farther than the truth.…

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    Zhen Tea Rou Gui – Ma Tou Yan

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: long, dark and twisted Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: dark amber I was introduced to the kind folks at +ZhenTea when they exhibited at the New York Coffee & Tea Festival. When I ran into them again at World Tea Expo I was amazed that they had remembered my love of Rou Gui. They brought a sample for me all the way from Ottawa. How sweet is that? Fall is here and this tea was exactly what I needed. The roasting was on the subtle side, allowing the complexity of the tea to shine through. Dark chocolate was…

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    Zhen Tea Shui Jin Gui

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark, twisted Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: amber I must confess to neglecting my Wuyi oolongs lately. I really do love them so but I don’t get as much opportunity to drink them. The kind folks at +ZhenTea gifted me a bit of this tea when I saw them at the New York Coffee and Tea Festival. Shui Jin Gui is often translated as Golden Water Turtle. There’s a few different legends on how this tea got it’s name so I’ll be writing a Legends of the Leaf post on it soon. The first thing that I noticed…