Tea Review: English Tea Store Golden Heaven Yunnan

I consider myself to be a rather avid fan of Assam tea, a black variety that hails from the Assam region of India. Although I'm always careful to note that Assam teas are definitely not all created equal and some of them are rather yucky, to be quite honest. But I'm such a fan of …

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Tea Review: English Tea Store’s Spring Pouchong

This is the second of the two Taiwan oolongs I recently sampled via English Tea Store. The first tea, Formosa Oolong Estate, which I reviewed on October 16, was a darker, more roasted type of oolong. Spring Pouchong is from the other end of the spectrum; namely, a greenish, flowery oolong. And while I enjoyed …

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On “Bad” Tea Reviews

A couple months ago my own tea site moved into its eighth year of publication. Because it's always been a one-man show, I obviously can't hope to match the output of some of those big tea review sites, and quite honestly I don't even try. I've only written about 150 reviews at my site over …

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Tea Review: English Tea Store’s Formosa Oolong

I usually prefer to start my day with an oolong tea. Yes, I know that lots of tea drinkers need the “kick” of a strong black tea in the morning. But I like to ease into the day with a gentler cup. Generally my tastes run to the lighter end of the oolong spectrum, to …

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The Good and Bad of Steamed Darjeeling Green Tea

Recently, I had a most interesting tea experience with a steamed green Darjeeling tea. Now, I don’t usually think of Darjeeling teas when I think of green teas. Chinese and Japanese green teas come to mind most readily. Hubby and I dove into the taste test with vigor anyway, ready for a new tea adventure. …

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Gyokuro Face-off

Gyokuro is a tea that appeals to those tea drinkers who want high quality but also to those who want to go beyond the basics. It is considered the finest of the green teas grown and processed in Japan. Small wonder, then, when a tea gourmand orders a vendor’s version and is very particular about …

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Angel’s Dream Tea — Heavenly Sweetness in a Cup

Looking for that heavenly taste in a teacup? I may have just found it: Angel’s Dream Tea. It’s a flavored tea that evokes thoughts of pancakes and fruit sundaes all at the same time. Flavoring and scenting teas has been a tradition for centuries, in fact, about as long as tea has been consumed by …

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Review ― Golden Heaven Yunnan from The English Tea Store

Tea Name: Golden Heaven Yunnan Tea Type: Black tea from Yunnan Province of China One whiff from the package, and hubby and I were in love. A deliciously jammy fragrance greeted us. As expected, the leaves had that mottled brown and gold appearance. We followed the vendor’s recommendation to steep in boiling water and did …

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Review ― Pomegranate Rosehip Black Tea from The English Tea Store

Tea Name: Pomegranate Rosehip Black Tea Tea Type: Black tea from Sri Lanka with pieces of pomegranate and real rosehips Awhile back I swore off of flavored teas. For the most part, they were disappointing. Many used low-grade tea and then heavily flavored them. The tea was usually second or even third consideration, leading me …

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Review ― Chocolate Mint Tea from The English Tea Store

Tea Name: Chocolate Mint Flavored Black Tea Tea Type: Flavored black tea This flavored tea is a classic. The vendor does not specify which black tea is used, but it is most likely Ceylon which pops up in many blended teas. It makes an excellent base for two flavors that most of the civilized world …

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