Tea Journeyman's Tea Reviews and Blog


I found myself today yearning for a Chinese green tea. That is a rather broad term for such a diverse category of teas. Unfortunately, I must admit that at the moment my selection of Chinese green teas is rather limited. Fortunately, those few green teas I do have come from a reputable source, TeaVivre. This particular sample today is one I have been holding on to, and looking forward to the day… Read More

Time to get back to that packet of Dancong wulong samples I received a week or so ago. Are you as excited as I am?! I thought so! Today, I will be experiencing the Ba Xian Dancong Wulong Tea from Chaozhou Tea Grower. More about Chaozhou Tea Grower can be seen in my earlier review of their Man Lou Xiang Dancong Wulong Tea. The term “Ba Xian” translates into English as “Eight… Read More

Yes! Six samples of high quality Dancong wulongs from Wudang village in China! What package can possibly be more exciting to a tea reviewer to receive? Dancong wulongs are (most unfortunately) not a style of tea that I get to enjoy often. High quality Dancongs can get quite pricey, and samples can be hard to come by. I was fortunate enough to be contacted by a family who owns a farm in… Read More

Today’s review will focus on the Nonpareil Cha Wang Tai Ping Hou Kui Green Tea from TeaVivre. TeaVivre does many things well, like offering many varieties and grades of Chinese teas (and some Taiwan oolongs), being generous with offering samples, having competitive pricing, and reasonable shipping times. However, I think the best thing about TeaVivre is how much information on every single tea is provided on the website. Every tea that I… Read More

My friend DongQin in Quanzhou City, Anxi County, China was very generous in sending me fresh samples of her family’s TieGuanYin from the recent Autumn harvest at Xin Yuan Tea Garden. For those of you who have been following me for a while, the TieGuanYin from this specific garden is the only TieGuanYin that I keep stocked in my personal supply. I usually purchase a kilogram of the spring harvest and a… Read More

Today, I am comparing three different jasmine green tea products. Two are Jasmine pearls, and one is Jasmine Huo Qing. I will not necessarily get as detailed on the aromas and tastes, as I do not want to use the description of jasmine hundreds of times in one post. What I will focus on are the differences in appearance, strength of the aroma and taste, and any other factors that may indicate… 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

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

When blending teas with fruits and herbs, or intending to add flavor, it is imperative to know the subtle differences from one style of tea to another. These subtle differences are the determining factors between having a tea with acceptable flavor and having a tea with exceptional flavor and balance. For this reason, I decided to do a side-by-side-by-side comparison of three popular Chinese green teas used in blending, Chunmee (9371), Gunpowder… Read More

I find that the best way to enhance one’s ability to differentiate between and learn to identify teas from various regions is to do a side-by-side comparison. Today, I am comparing two black teas from very different regions. Therefore, the teas should have significantly different characteristics. The first tea is an Orange Pekoe (OP) black tea from Poabs Organic Estates. This estate is located in the Nelliyampathy Hills in Chittur Taluk, Palakkad… Read More