Queen Catherine Tea from Harney & Sons

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Harney & Sons

Product Description:

We created this blend of three Chinese black teas in honor of Queen Catherine, who introduced her love of tea to the British. We are privledged to have this tea featured in the Museum of Tea in Hangzhou, China. Harney & Sons is the only Western tea company to receive this honor.

Tasters Review:

Thus far – Queen Catherine – is one of my favorites from Harney & Sons!  I think it’s a great tea for mornings and afternoons as well as hot or cold.  It’s just one of those black teas that is good to have on hand at all times!

My first impressions of this tea?

Once I first started infusing this tea I could smell a very faint hint of smoke. It’s a deep burgundy brown.

The taste isn’t what I expected and that’s not a bad thing…it’s certainly your typical black tea taste but then I found a semi-bitter/semi-sweet berry type taste at the end of the sip!   It was a surprise but I  liked it! YUP! The tea description that I read didn’t mention that it had berries in it but I can certainly taste hints on the tongue.  And they are subtle, beautiful hints!

Triple Cup Green Tea from Mark T. Wendell

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: Mark T. Wendell

Product Description: This rich, green tea is grown in the mountains of China’s famous Zhejiang tea region. The small and tender curled leaves brew a golden colored cup that is full of classic green tea flavor. Due to its unique character, our Triple Cup green tea can be infused several times before the flavor fades.

Tasters Review:

It’s often that I ‘think’ I know what a tea is going to taste like and it ends up tasting completely different than I thought it would.  Believe it or not…I LIKE it when this happens!  I like being wrong!  I enjoy being surprised.  I think it’s wonderful when teas aren’t stereotypical.  This is one of those teas.

Triple Cup Green Tea from Mark T. Wendell tastes much like a ‘precious eyebrow’ type but MUCH better!  It has a slight vegetal aftertaste.  What I was thinking it was going to taste like was a very strong grassy-green but it has a very unique and pleasant taste.  One that I have never encountered in another green tea.

This smells almost slightly chewy for a green.

Another neat thing about this tea is that it’s a grey-green leaf when dry but when infused it brightens up to a REALLY vibrant green color…much like when you blanch a green vegetable…like Broccoli for example…and it comes out EXTREMELY bright green…VERY neat leaf color!

This is a very good, solid green and I like it!

Ancient Forest Black from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy:

Shanti Tea

Product Description:

Biodynamically grown black tea from China’s ancient forests.

Cultivated from the ancient protected tea tree forests of Yunan Province, China, this rare and exquisite black tea makes a full-bodied and earthy infusion with a rich and penetrating aroma heavy with age and collective wisdom. The flavor of this deep amber infusion is unlike any other black tea available. Truly exceptional.

Tasters Review:

The Dry Leaves didn’t really smell like much more than an average black tea!  But once infused the aroma becomes much more bold but has almost a creamy finish.   I totally agree with the product description that it is UNLIKE any black tea I have tried!  This is really good…so good that I ended up following it up with a 2nd infusion!

Both infusions were very comforting and tasty!   That’s all I kept thinking while sipping on this!  It’s bold and fairly malty yet smooth.

The 2nd Infusion was just as good as the first and just as dark and bold!   I found it to be even more malty and even a creamier finish…there is a slight roasted aftertaste once the creaminess passes.

This is a great tasting and memorable cup!

Pearl of Fruits Tea from ESP Emporium

Tea Type: Black/Green Tea Blend

Where to Buy: ESP Emporium

Product Description:

This fruity creation will impress you with its unusual spicy influences. Notes of exotic fruits, berries and creamy soft almond endow this black and green tea blend from China and Ceylon with an exotic, oriental taste experience, and orange peels and various blossoms reflect this in its appearance.

Ingredients: black tea (55 %), green tea (30 %), orange peels, flavoring, rose petals, safflowers, marigold petals. Serving Size: 1 level tsp./6oz serving, Brew Temp: 203 to 212 degree F, Brew Time: 4 to 5 Minutes

Tasters Review:

Pearl of Fruits Tea from ESP Emporium is highly scented and very nice – to the eye, nose, and mouth!

Post infusion…everything seems to come together to create it’s-own aroma which is much different from before infusing but still VERY nice! I can smell the orange and floral tones a bit more than the others but not by much and I can smell a little something that reminds me of candy, too!

It has a very pleasant yet slightly juicy and floral taste to it but it’s certainly GOOD. I am very happy with this tea and so VERY glad I got to try it!

Jackee Muntz from Andrews and Dunham Damn Fine Tea

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Andrews and Dunham Damn Fine Tea

Product Description:

The middleweight dynamo, The English Wonder of West Midlands, has yet to be defeated in a morning bout. While it is known that he prefers to maintain a strict diet of milk and raw honey for up to three days before each contest, it may also be of interest to know that he has startled all manner of audience with his feats of manly engagement. Only last week he delighted onlookers in Wollaston and Great Wyrley with his repeated submersing of both fists in boiling hot water, emerging entirely unscathed and without remark.

Andrews & Dunham insist that you soak an ample quantity of these black tea leaves from China in boiling water for no fewer than four minutes. Repeating this effort will result in further satisfaction.

Tasters Review:

Jackee Muntz – you are another Slightly Smoky Tea I find enjoyable! Jackee smells a bit smoky and tastes a little bit more smoky.

I do not smoke.  I am one of just two people where I work who do NOT smoke.  Therefore – when they take their ‘smoke-breaks’ I declare a “smoky-tea-break’ and from now on Jackee Muntz is one of the ones on my list to share a ‘smoky-tea-break’ with.

I did try a 2nd infusion on this one and found that the smokiness isn’t really there as much the 2nd time around but it’s a bit more sweet and caramel-like.

At the very least no one can say that Jackee isn’t unique!

Purple Bamboo from Rishi

Tea Type: Oolong

Where To Buy: Rishi

Product Description:

This tea is an experimental oolong from an organic-in-conversion farm from Fujian, China. It is harvested from a white tea bush varietal and processed similar to Taiwanese Bai Hao Oolong and Fuding Gong Mei White tea. The dry leaf shows a unique and colorful style with a silvery, white, dark green and tippy appearance. One serving of Purple Bamboo can be infused many times and offers deep, complex fruity flavors and floral aromas. The rich mouth feel and upfront and lingering aroma suggests Darjeeling Muscatel, Lilac, Gardenia, Pit Fruit, Grape and Hops.

Use a porcelain guywan, or a Ho-hin. Add 2-3 tablespoons per 5-6 ounces of water. Infuse with 185°F-190°F water. First infusion is 2-3 minutes, second infusion 2-3 minutes, 3rd thru 5th infusions should be 4-5 minutes. Depending on the amount of tea and the water temperature, you may infuse this tea many more times.

Tasters Review:

This one certainly intrigued me.  And let me tell you…the curiosity didn’t end with my cup!

The dry smell of this before infusion was a floral yet earthy-sweet smell. The post infusion was more of a manly grape or maybe a drier wine type scent for description purposes.  It’s very light brown in color.

The taste is woodsy yet fruity and floral!   To describe the fruit like tastes I would probably say a combination of grape, apricot, maybe a hint of plum.   It’s also floral like Lilac or even lily – if you can imagine that.  And let’s not forget the woodsiness of the taste!  Towards the end of the sip I get a surprisingly semi-chewy taste, too!

This tea is very memorable and made me think. I like that.  And I like this tea  a great deal!

Orchid Tea from Lahloo

Tea Type: Oolong

Where To Buy: Lahloo

Product Description:

OOLONG TEA » ORCHID

PHOENIX MOUNTAIN, GUANDONG, CHINA

The story:
This spectacular fragrant Mi Lan Xiang oolong tea is the work of a true tea master! The beautifully twisted leaves make a fragrant and delicious afternoon tea.

♥ Sensationally sophisticated rejuvenation!
♥ Orange blossom honey, apricot, grapefruit

Tasters Review:

This is my first time trying Lahloo and I am pretty excited.  I never take for granted a new tea…whether it’s new to the market or just new to me!

The smells of this is a little nutty and a little blossomy.

I didn’t really pick up on the apricot notes hinted at in the description but I did the grapefruit and it was an awesome natural flavor.  I also picked up on the honey hints, too, and they were lovely!

All-in-All I like this Oolong!  Looking forward to trying more offerings from Lahloo!

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