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Here it is, the last sample I have of the Dancong oolongs from Chaozhou Tea Grower. I saved this sample for last, since it a style of Dancong oolong that I have heard about repeatedly, yet never had an opportunity to try. The English translation of the name “Ya Shi Xiang” is a cause for most peoples’ curiosity, and even some caution. That translation is “duck shit fragrance”. However, the story behind… Read More

As my readers may have figured out, I have been extremely busy at work, which is a good thing, but has kept me from being able to post regular reviews. To be honest, I do start to get restless when I see a pile of great tea samples just begging to be opened and experienced. I also get a touch of guilt, knowing that the people and companies that sent me the… Read More

Today, I will be focusing on an Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea from a vendor that I have had the pleasure of talking to recently, Taiwan M’s Tea. Michelle and her family have been in the tea business for fifteen years. Up until the past three years, their business focused on catering to the domestic Taiwanese market, but recently they have had their eyes set on supplying foreign markets. Michelle also has an… Read More

I received a package yesterday that had sparked my excitement from the moment I was informed that it was on the way. The package contained sixteen different types of oolong, black, green, and white teas from Taiwan, and even a porcelain tasting cup (photo below). So let me start this post by extending a warm thank you to the generous people at Fong Mong Tea. Zhu Lu tea was initially introduced in… Read More

Circling back around to another Dancong wulong sample from Chaozhou Tea Grower, today I will be reviewing the Spring 2017 Da Wu Ye Dancong Wulong Tea. The name “Da Wu Ye” translates into English as “Big Dark Leaf”. The photo below of the largest leaf in the sample certainly lives up to this name, measuring about 3 inches long (7.6 cm) and 1.25 inches wide (3.2 cm). Considering that the leaf is… Read More

If you have not yet had an opportunity to taste South Korean teas, I highly recommend that you do so as soon as possible. Whether your preference for green teas lies in the Chinese styles or Japanese styles, the South Korean green teas fit somewhere in between its two neighboring styles. It may just be the perfect bridge between the Chinese and Japanese styles, offering both a touch of the savory, umami-like… 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 Organic Miyazaki Kuchinashi Oolong Tea from Yuuki-Cha. You may view this product on the Yuuki-Cha website by clicking here. This Kuchinashi Oolong comes from the same JAS certified organic tea farm as the Koubi Shiage Oolong that I reviewed yesterday. There are some distinct differences between the two oolongs. First, the leaves used for the Kuchinashi Oolong are harvested from Takachiho and Minami Sayaka cultivar tea… Read More

Today’s review will focus on the Organic Miyazaki Koubi Shiage Oolong Tea from Yuuki-Cha. You may view this product at the Yuuki-Cha website by clicking here. Japan is not yet known for the oolong styles of tea produced there, but that may change in the coming years. I ordered two organic oolong teas from Yuuki-Cha, one on the lighter side of oxidation and roasting, and the other on the heavier side of… Read More