Tea Reviews

I love tea. These are my “tasting notes”, organized by type. Some have pictures (usually of tea… :D).
tea = alternative/original/westernized name
VAR = varieties of that tea (tea) = additional varieties ^ = link to info
Thank you for visiting, enjoy…
B l a c k T e a
Just Black Tea/ unblended, unflavored, etc:
China black tea “hong cha, red tea, congou
> Qimen “Keemun^ VAR: Qimen Hao Ya (A, B), Qi men Mao Feng “Hair Peak”
> Yunnan “Dian Hong^ VAR: Yunnan Black, Yunnan Gold, Yunnan Gold Tips
> China ‘true black’ tea “hei cha” VAR: Fu bricks, Liu an, Liu bao
India
> Assam^, Darjeeling^, Ceylon^, Nilgiri^, Sikkim
Black, Blends:
> English Breakfast tea^, Irish Breakfast tea^
> Chai Masala^
Black, Scented/ Flavored:
> Earl Grey^
> Souchong, Lapsang Souchong^, Smokey Souchong, Russian Caravan^
> Jagertee^ = black tea + rum
oolongs, wulongs
O o l o n g ” W u l o n g” T e a
Green/ partially oxidized/ fermented wu-longs “jade oolong”
> High Mountain Oolong “Gaoshan Oolong”
> Tie Guan Yin “TGY, Iron Goddess of Mercy, Iron Buddha, Ti Kwan/Kuan Yin”
> Fo Shou “Buddha’s Palm”, “Monkey Picked
> Bao Zhong “Pouchong, Wenshan Baozhong
> Dong Ding “Tung Ting , Frozen Peak/Summit”
> Alishan “alisan wu long”
oolongs, wulongs dark, fermented
Dark/ oxidized/ fermented wu-longs “amber = baked, champagne = fermented”
> Champagne Oolong, Fujian oolong, Formosa Oolong
> Bai hao Oolong “Oriental Beauty, Dongfang Mei Ren
> Dancong “Phoenix oolong, Feng huang dan cong”
> WuYi Oolong “wu yi yan cha, rock oolong” (the WuYi & YiWu Master: MarshalN)
> Qi Lan “Rare Orchid”
> Xiao Hong Pao “Small Red Robe”, Da Hong Pao “Big Red Robe”, Rougui “Chinese Cassia”
> Shui xian “Shui Hsien, Water Sprite”
> Shui Jin Gui “Golden Turtle”
> Bai Ji Guan “White cock/rooster crest”, “White Cockscomb”
green tea
G r e e n T e a
Just Green Tea
Japan ^classification
> Sencha VAR: Shincha (1st harvest), Asamushi, Chumushi, Fukamushi (long steamed)
> Gyokuro (shade grown), Matcha (shade grown, powdered), Guricha
> Hojicha “Houjicha” (baked), Kukicha (stems), Bancha
China “lu cha”
> Longjing “Lung Ching, Long Jing, Dragon Well” VAR: ming, yu qian “1st, 2nd plucking”
> Bi Luo Chun “BLC, Pi luo chun, green snail spring”. Gunpowder
> Mao Feng “huang shan mao feng, yellow mountain fur tip”
scented mixed green tea flavored
Green Scented/Flavored/Mixed
> Jasmine
> Genmaicha^
> Touareg =green + mint + alot of sugar
> Kashmiri pink chai^ =green+baking soda+sugar/salt+sprinkled nuts …sounds good!
everyone’s favorite: pu erh tea
Pu-erh “pu’er, pu’erh, pu-er cha, pooer, po-lay, pu-lay, pooh-erh”
> looseleaf pu’er, Maocha = raw pu’er loose leaf
Shaped: tuo cha “bowl”, bing cha “cake, beeng cha”, brick
> Sheng pu “raw, green” // Shu pu “ripe, cooked, black”
here comes white teas
White Tea
> Chinese white tea “bai cha”, Indian white teas, Darjeeling.
otd tea
Ready to drink Tea “RTD, Bottled Tea, iced tea”
herbal teas
Herbal ‘tea’ Tissanes
of leaf: rooibos, mint, Kuding cha Ku Ting, Wu Tang, Bitter stalk tea, Qing Shan Lu Shui, Yerba Mate^
of flower: chamomile, rosebud, linden “lime, tilia”
of grain: barley^ “JP: mugicha, KO: boricha”
not my thing
Display teas, flower tea etc don’t like those, some have glue (i don’t eat glue, i don’t sniff glue, so …no).

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  1. now, here’s a great cookie recipe to go with a good tea: http://dailygluttony.blogspot.com/2006/06/who-wants-some-dirty-sugar-cookies.html

  2. this is great, i myself like the earl greys alot with alot of sugar and milk.

  3. Super blog! Am definitely going to be keeping up with you!

    Tess

  4. Hello! Good Site! Thanks you!

  5. I received a “instant ginger tea (honeyed)” as a gift from family in NC. Generally, I don’t enjoy teas or coffees but this product is sensational for me. Where can I buy this tea in Ontario, Canada (near Niagara Falls)? Please advise. Thank you.

  6. mmm… you might try some chinese/asian markets and stores,
    other than that, i’m in NY…

    you can also try the internets, examples:

    http://www.asiachi.com/gingertea1.html

  7. This is a great site. Glad I stumbled upon this site.

    My radio is about connecting – Glad I connected to this site.

    Thank you
    Jeanne

  8. Great site! I’m just getting into tea and I came across a few amazing sites including this one. Here’s another one that I found informative for tea newbies: ****tavalon**** keep up the good work.

    Hye Won

  9. Thanks Hye, but i’ve been to Tavalon (and noted the exp in a post). I wasnt that pleased with the experience, prices. also i’m more into unmixed, unsweetened, un-adulterated loose leaf tea

  10. Wonderful – I’m hoping to open a tea shop in small NV town soon – your reviews will be of great assistance when I begin buying my inventory, etc. Please do keep with the blog! Thank You – tj

  11. Well thank you, i am always glad people find my babbles useful,
    .
    however,
    .
    i’m not sure i represent the population/customers you should focus on – sweetened, mixed, flavored, herbal have much more business than those like me who prefer plain looseleaf tea.
    ,
    (as i wrote on the ‘about’ page) these “reviews” represent one person’s taste, flavor & opinion – from which one can’t extrapolate to represent a greater population.

  12. Awesome info on this site, I hope to try and review as many teas as you do! Keep up the great work and let me know how it goes!


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