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Teaku Tuesday!!!: Oolong on the Rocks

Last of the oolong.

Taiwanese roasted treasure.

A pint over ice.

The tea used: Temple Road Tea’s Tiger Monk

Teaku Tuesday!!!: Returning to the Ali Shan Well

An end-of-day steep

Of large leaf Ali Shan in

A Chewie chalice.

Teaku Tuesday!!!: J-TEA Bourbon Barrel Oolong

O’ bourbon barrel,

Adding further flavorful

Bite to this bouquet.

For more information on this tea, go HERE.

Jul 8

Teaku Tuesday!!!: Experimental Un-Roasted, Mid-Oxidized Large Leaf Ali Shan Oolong (courtesy of Norbu Tea)

Fruit-smelling large leaves, 

Unlike oolongs of brews past,

Steep with quite a fight. 

Jul 5

TeaCuplets: Tealet Golden Feather Tea Co. Paw’s Tips Green Tea

I met this unique man at WTE this year,

And he brandished a grin from ear to ear.

A new tea grower from the ol’ Golden State,

I wondered how well his teas would rate.

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The leaves were long, twisty, and varied green.

Their aroma possessed a strange smoky lean.

I didn’t complain as I prepped a brew or three.

Smoked was a way I preferred a lot of my tea.

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The tea brewed pale green with a roasty smell -

There was also a bit of fruit from what I could tell.

It reminded me of a Darjeeling or Taiwanese green,

Only with that mandatory North American glean.

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This actually happened after I finished the brew,

There were leaves left for another steep or two.

Alas, they got wet amidst all my finagling.

So, I brewed up more for further caffeinating.

For more information, go HERE.

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Jul 4

TeaCuplets (FREEDOM EDITION!!!): Tealet Onomea Tea Company KoKo Ki 2010 Black Tea

I could think of no other way to celebrate

The birth of this nation in a way, first-rate.

A Hawaiian black tea that was aged four years

Was awaiting cupping amidst silent cheers.

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The leaves were dark and smelled of hot cocoa

With a toasty presence to make my mind loco.

It reminded me of a black from Li Shan, Taiwan,

Deceptive, curly leaves with a lot going on.

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To the taste it was tropical, burly yet mild,

With a faint coffee kiss that quite beguiled.

There was a medicinal edge along for the ride,

Lending credence its to earned and aged pride.

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As the morning of the 4th of July rolls along

No freedom in my cup would feel rather wrong.

Here’s to tea I would never throw off a harbor…uh…

I can’t think of more to say…so, God bless ‘Merica.

For more information, go HERE

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TeaCuplets: Lochan Tea Jungpana Estate FTGFOP 1 CL - 1st Flush Darjeeling 2014

I revisited Jungpana by way of a cup

Almost as giddily as a hyperactive pup.

2014 Darjeelings were proving their worth,

Making me happy and full of requisite mirth.

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The Jungpana estate is easily in my Top 5

For delicious leaves and the way they thrive.

I hoped - this year - the same would hold true

As I went about yet another Darjeeling brew.

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The leaf smell was all spice and mystery fruit,

Coupled with the faintest hint of ginger root.

When brewed, the liquor darkened only a touch -

Fair green like a sencha, a Long Jing…or some such.

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The taste was as transcendent as I pictured,

Leaving me with a face like somebody liquored.

Hearing of the drought in Darjeeling was tragic,

But from such travails, the teas have been magic.

For more information on this tea, go HERE.

Teaku Tuesday!!!: Lochan Tea Longview Estate FTGFOP 1 - 1st Flush Darjeeling 2014

First flush Darjeeling - 

My first thought in the morning,

And my final sip. 

For more information, go HERE


Teaku Tuesday!: Hankook Tea Gamnong Matcha

A Korean tea

Powdered to perfection by

A battle-scarred chasen.

For more information, go HERE.

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TeaCuplets: Happy Earth Tea Singbulli, Darjeeling Black Tea, First Flush 2014

I confess, I hadn’t slept very well the night before.

A whiny Saint Bernard kept whimpering at my door.

I averaged nine hours of sleep…in two hour clumps.

This dogsitting thing is for other big-hearted chumps.

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I only had two black teas that I’d taken with me,

Two Darjeelings from friendly Happy Earth Tea.

One was from Puttabong, the other from Singbulli;

Making a solid decision occupied my mind fully.

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In the end, Singbulli won out by sheer aroma,

A floral/grapy scent - like a sweet-smelling coma.

On first taste, I gasped then settled on vowels

To express my approval amidst loosening jowls.

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I chanced a second infusion later in the day,

The taste was a straight grape-‘n-floral bouquet.

At the end of a long walk with the large dog,

I iced a third infusion and let memories fog.

For more information, go HERE.