Ruby 18: What Is This Sorcery?

I don't know what kind of wizardry went into making this cultivar, but it's a super interesting tea for sure. Ruby 18 was developed at the Taiwan Research and Extension Station that is run by the government of Taiwan. This tea has a very distinct flavor profile which is unlike any other tea I have … Continue reading Ruby 18: What Is This Sorcery?

Comparing Two Silver Needle Teas: Fujian and Ceylon

A few months ago I made an order for tea samples directly from a farmer in China. He sent me samples of almost every kind of tea that is grown in Zhenghe County Fujian Province including Silver Needle or Bai Hao Yin Zhen. I recently made an order with Harney and Sons and when I … Continue reading Comparing Two Silver Needle Teas: Fujian and Ceylon

Tasting Three Kinds of Gyokuro

I recently had my first experience with Gyokuro. So naturally, the next step is to do a comparison tasting. I have three different Gyokuros on hand, so I decided to try all three in a horizontal tasting session. Those teas are: Gyokuro Hoshino from Path of Cha, Gyokuro ChaMusume from Nio Teas, and Gyokuro from … Continue reading Tasting Three Kinds of Gyokuro

Wakocha – Tasting Two Japanese Black Teas

The dive into Japan continues, this time with a lesser known style of tea. Today I am drinking two kinds of Wakocha, which is Japanese black tea. I have posted previously about a smoked Japanese black tea, but these two teas are unsmoked. The teas are Sakura Midori and Benifuki Black, both from UNYtea. While … Continue reading Wakocha – Tasting Two Japanese Black Teas