I have no idea what I was thinking having this wild ass sheng first thing in the morning. I succumbed to peer pressure (consisting of no actual pressure) and joined Sarsy in morning sheng. I usually prefer to ease more gently into my mornings with a nice black or some Special Dark. But there you are. I shenged.
I’ve nicknamed this raw pu-erh Wild Child. It is a wild hollering baby and I love it. It’s punchy for sure. Very very punchy. Read More
I spent the last couple of days drinking sheng (aka “raw” puer tea) from White Two Tea. Along with a friend from Steepster, one of my “Teaplets” – Sarsonator, I ordered several samples, she ordered others and we traded to fill in the gaps and allow us both to enjoy a nice selection of White 2’s shengs. From the “About” section of their website: “We conduct business with a simple philosophy: If we would not drink it, we will not sell it.” I appreciate that straightforward and to the point statement. I will be equally straightforward and direct: I LOVE their tea, I do not love their website. It is arranged by tea companies and by year, making it hard to explore and find something wonderful if you don’t already know what you’re looking for. But make no mistake, there are something wonderfuls aplenty to be found there. Read More
I ended up in the cowboy boot store on my lunch hour today. I came home to this shoo. The dry leaf had a very slight shoo aroma. I gave it a quick rinse @ 205, let it sit for a bit and started with a 1 minute steep. WHOA – it’s as black as Jerry Jones’ heart. Read More
Li Shan Black is the first of three samples I received from Green Terrace Teas to review. I am out of town visiting my sisters this weekend and while I had tea, I didn’t have the hardware to brew gong fu style as recommended by Green Terrace. So I improvised. Read More
The very first what I call “real” (not grocery store tea bags) teas that I fell passionately in love with were Mandala teas. Garret was my first tea-pusher. I realize “tea-pusher” sounds a bit questionable and unromantic for the ever so charming and graceful Garret. But I mean it in the most affectionate way possible. Good tea is like the very best kind of addictive drug and dealing with Garret is an addicting experience: beautiful tea made possible by a soulful, ethical company. I will be a lifelong Mandala customer. Read More
Somewhere out in the Wild Piney Woods dwells a Tea Hobbit, Brendenol PinePeaker. He spends his days in his wild piney woods collecting pine needles to roast, picking mushrooms and dreaming up dreamy teas.
One recent morning, he chortled to himself as he mixed:
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Read More