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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Getting back to the samples provided by Teaneer Teas and Vijayalakshmi Natural Farms, the Panfired green tea looks most interesting to me today. Although Teaneer and Vijayalakshmi Natural Farms do not have an official website, or at least one that I can find, they are present on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter as Teaneer. Vijayalakshmi Natural Farms is located in the Nilgiri district of south India. The sample pack has been opened, and… Read More

It seems like it has been a long time since I reviewed a sheng (raw) puer tea. It also seems like it has been a while since I had an opportunity to review a product from TeaVivre. Time to put an end to both of those time periods. I was very excited to see not just one, but two sheng puers in the most recent package of samples I received from TeaVivre…. Read More

This morning I needed a strong, full bodied tea to give me a boost after a night of minimal sleep. Looking through my current selection of samples, the Kangaita FOP Black Tea from the southern slopes of Mount Kenya certainly has the reputation of providing a rich, powerful taste. Let the journey begin… The dry leaves have a uniform dark brown to black color, with some copper color in the stems and… Read More

Also known as Yong Xi Jade Fire, Yong Xi Huo Qing originated in the Yong Xi town in Anhui Province, China. Although similar in appearance to Gunpowder styles of Chinese green tea, Yong Xi Huo Qing typically uses higher quality leaves than gunpowder teas. Traditionally, the leaves of the Yong Xi Huo Qing are charcoal fired during processing, giving a slightly smokey character to the aroma. Thank you to Yanfei at Anhui… Read More

I have been holding on to this sample for a time when I felt the need to sip on a flavorful, rich black tea. This is the Le Gourmand Grand Amour from Nina’s Paris. This is a blend of black tea, flavored with vanilla, caramel, raspberries, and red currant essential oils. Click here to see a list of all of the teas available from Nina’s Paris, and be sure to explore their… Read More

Continuing through the samples from Satemwa Tea Estates, today I will be reviewing the Satemwa OP1 black tea. For more information on Satemwa Tea Estates, please visit their homepage by clicking here. Let the journey begin… The dry leaves have a light brown to dark brown color, with a few silver tips in the mix. The leaves are mostly medium to large fragments, with a few leaves appearing to be whole and… Read More

UPDATE: This product is now available for purchase at The Tea Journeyman Shop! Click here to purchase! Here’s a tea who’s name has been catching my attention as I flip through my sample list, the Satemwa Antlers white tea. Satemwa Tea Estates has already surprised me with the high quality of the Zomba Pearls white tea, so I am interested to see how this Satemwa Antlers will compare. To read more about… Read More

A short time ago, I reviewed the Fermented Purple Tea, considered more of a wulong style of tea due to partial oxidation. The Steamed Purple Tea is considered to be a green tea in terms of processing. This Steamed Purple Tea is also from the Kangaita Factory in Kirinyaga, on the southern slopes of Mount Kenya. Let the journey begin… The dry leaves have a very dark purple to black color. The… Read More

Today’s review is a first in two aspects. This Hand-Rolled Fermented Purple Tea is the first “purple” tea that I have tasted. Technically, this tea is a wulong tea according to processing technique classification (semi-oxidized). Secondly, this will be the first tea infused in my new Kuro Sendan Tokoname teapot. This purple tea was produced in the Kangaita Factory in the southern slopes of Mount Kenya. Many people have not heard of… Read More

The 100th Post to the Tea Journeyman Blog Focuses on the Beautiful Kuro Sendan Tokoname Teapot by Japanese Artist Houryu, purchased from Yuuki-Cha.