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Monthly Archives: April 2014

The next stop through the samples of first flush 2014 Darjeeling teas, sent by the always generous Lochan family or Lochan Tea Limited, is the package from my favorite Darjeeling estate, Margaret’s Hope Estate. Margaret’s Hope is located in the Kurseong North Valley of the Darjeeling district of India. This review will focus on the fresh first flush harvest of 2014. This is the Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe (FTGFOP) 1… Read More

Don’t worry, I have not grown tired of tea, not by any stretch of the imagination. However, I do occasionally come across other products while researching tea gardens that deserves some attention. This is definitely one of those products, not only because of the physical properties, but because of the story behind it that makes it such an interesting find. This is not an ordinary coffee bean. From what I understand, this… Read More

Here is a tea that has caught my eye on many occasions, but just always seemed to get unfairly passed over in the sea of samples awaiting review. Today’s review will focus on the Hwang Cha Amber wulong tea from Hankook tea, sourced from the Honam Tea Estates in South Korea. To learn more about Hankook Tea and Honam Tea Estates, visit Hankook Tea’s website here. This is the first tea that… Read More

The first stop I am making on my tea tasting journey through the Darjeeling 2014 first flush teas is at the Dooteriah Tea Estate. This sample was provided by Lochan Tea Limited, and thank you to the Lochan family for your generosity. The Dooteriah Tea Estate is located in the Darjeeling East Valley. Dooteriah was established in 1859, and ranges in altitude from 3,000 feet to 5,400 feet (1,000 to 1,800 meters)… Read More

Thanks to the generosity of the Lochan family and Lochan Tea Limited, I have before me numerous 2014 first flush teas from various tea estates in the Darjeeling district of India. I have said this on several occasions, but I am truly grateful for the Lochans and their passion for sharing Darjeeling teas with the world. The focus of today’s review is the Doke Black Fusion First Flush 2014 Tea from the… Read More

Recently, I received a large package of samples from many growing areas of Vietnam. This package included samples of various grades and versions of black, oolong, and green teas. I did not know Vietnam teas very well before this package arrived, but I will undoubtedly be much more experienced with their teas by the time I reach the bottom of this three kilogram package. The first Vietnam tea to get a full… Read More

Earlier this week, I was greeted by a surprise delivery with my usual mail: an envelope from Lochan Tea containing a sample of the FTGFOP 1 CL 1st Flush tea from Rohini Tea Estates, in the Darjeeling district of India. This is the first year of my tea experience where I am able to taste truly fresh first flush teas from Darjeeling. This sample was provided by Lochan Tea Limited. To read… Read More

UPDATE: The Indonesia Pouchong Black Tea is now available at The Tea Journeyman Shop! Click Here to view and purchase this unique black tea imported directly from Banten Province of Indonesia! Today’s review is focused on the Pouchong Red Tea from PT Harendong Green Farm, located in the Halimun Mountains of Indonesia. This will be the final review of a product from PT Harendong until future samples are received. I have truly… Read More

I admit it, I had to do some research on what “SDOF” stands for. It is “Severe Degree of Fermentation”, by the way. I developed all kinds of different phrases, like “Sun-Dried, Oxidized, Fired”. I was way off. Anyway, this review will focus on the SDOF Oolong tea from PT Harendong Green Farm, located in the Halimun Mountains area, Banten Province, Indonesia. The sample packet has been opened, and I am being… Read More

Admittedly, my wife and I are lovers of Jin Xuan (AKA Milk Wulong) teas. Our love for this style of tea began with the imposter milk wulongs, which are usually cheaper types of wulong tea with milk or a similar flavoring being added. As my knowledge of teas, specifically wulongs from Taiwan and China, increased, I learned the difference between a true Jin Xuan milk wulong and the flavored milk wulongs. When… Read More