Welcome Taiwan Sourcing!

taiwansourcingScott Wilson is known in tea circles as the tea head’s friend/enabler.  Yunnan Sourcing has been an invaluable resource for me.  The depth and breadth of YS’s selection is really stunning.  I have learned I can rely on Scott, not only to provide great tea but to provide it at a fair price with outstanding customer service.  But I’m not writing about YS today.  Scott, along with two other Teamen (We’ll get to that later) has just launched Taiwan Sourcing.  While I think of it as the “oolong site” there is more on offer at TS than just oolong.  There are a few blacks and a few greens and some carefully curated teaware as well.   Continue reading

2015 Spring Bangdong Hong Black Tea – White2 Tea

IMG_1075This baby black tea was one of the offerings from White2 Tea’s monthly subscription.  The description provided with it says, “This tea was freshly made at the end of March using Puer leaf from Bangdong…They made a black tea in the traditional Yunnan style from their local puer material.  This is the first production of its kind.”

I was excited to try it as I’ve never had black tea quite this fresh before.  Opening the bag and sticking my nose in was a pure pleasure.  I found the  deep, malty, sweet-potatoey aroma that I look for in Yunnan blacks.  Continue reading

Spring 2015 Bai Ying Shan “Hidden Song” Sheng Puerh – Crimson Lotus Tea

songThis little slice of heaven was included as a sample in my recent Crimson Lotus order.  Thank you Glen!  This one is a for-real cuplicker.  So good in fact, that I just ordered a cake, along with a Whispering Sunshine cake.  My keepers will be relieved that I managed to NOT buy another jianshui pot.

This was Lefty’s inaugural sheng session.  Lefty is happy because this one was so delicious and so much fun.  Continue reading

New teapot SQUEE (yes, again.) – Crimson Lotus Tea

IMG_1067Bless my heart.  I have yet another new jianshui tea pot.  Like my most recent teapot purchase, this one came from Crimson Lotus Tea.  The smooth black clay and little dome shape are 100 milliliters worth of happiness.  I love these pots so much – the quality is impressive and I am pretty sure this one will be become my default shou pot while the red one I got before will be my my go-to sheng pot.  I believe I’m going to name this one Pancho and the red one Lefty.  So here is the obvious song.

These pots feel so smooth and elegant in the hand and the pour is amazing.  The beauty and utility of these pots make my already near-spiritual tea sessions even more special.

I also ordered some tea.  I discussed the Gushu shou in my most recent post.  I’m looking forward to trying the sheng samples I got too.  My only suggestion for Glen is more samples please.  I want to try everything!

2012 Bulang Gushu “Ancient Tree” Shou / Ripe Puerh – Crimson Lotus Tea

CLbulangI am rapidly becoming a Crimson Lotus fangirl y’all.  I have two of their fabulous jianshui pots and I love them sinfully.  In need of some delicious Friday afternoon shou, I chose this 2012 Bulang Gushu from a recent Crimson Lotus spree.  This is the second of their puerhs I’ve tried and it continues the Crimson Lotus trend of awesome.  It comes in giant honking bricks which the Crimson Lotus folks break down into 250 gram portions or 25 gram samples. Continue reading

Help Kerbey Lane Help! (And say Happy Birthday)

photo-3Two of my favorite words (as long as they are combined) are Kerbey Queso.   I dine at the South Lamar Kerbey pretty much once a week.  I was tickled when the Austin Food Blogger Alliance had Happy Hour was hosted there and Build Your Own Queso was featured.  On Monday, May 4 Kerbey Lane will be celebrating their 35th Anniversary!  Continue reading

2012 Year of the Dragon Ripe Pu’er – Mandala Tea

dragonI have a fairly brutal work schedule at the moment.  I actually got off work on time and had a little shou session along with the Tea Fairy and The Hobbit (yes, my world is full of magical creatures).  The Lovely Fairy suggested this shou.  I had not tried it yet, but as it come from Mandala I was happy to oblige.  What a sweet little shou pu.  Continue reading

2006 XiGui Gushu Sheng Puer – Crimson Lotus Tea

2006-Xigui-Wrapped-800x_1024x1024*Raises hand* I am Mz P and I am a tea drunk.  I got the opportunity to try this excellent sheng in a group buy through the rare tea buying club C. Sinensis.  They gather folks to split the cost of great tea, make the buy, then split it up and send on to the tea addicts among us.  I recently participated in a buy of this 2006 XiGui Sheng from Crimson Lotus Tea.  I’m so glad I did.   Continue reading