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#51 Post by Mike Grammer » January 26th, 2011, 4:08 pm

Quick update--I finally did manage to source some Da Hong Bao from Radiance in New York City...sooooo good flirtysmile

Both here in Toronto and at another of my primary stores west of the city, they've "discovered" Glenburn darjeeling at last. Including a silver needles white tea version---very yummy.

Another recent addition has been Tian Sau Yin Hao---incredibly aromatic though fairly light on taste. And picked up some Green Snow Buds (Luxue Ya) which I like.
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#52 Post by M.Kaplan » January 26th, 2011, 6:01 pm

My favorite morning teas are the expensive-but-worth-it Kensington blend (Assam and golden Yunnan) from American Tea Room and French Breakfast Tea from Mariage Freres. Both are full black tea blends. Neither should be confused with the crap that is often sold as 'breakfast' tea.

My favorite other time, any time tea is Milk Oolong from American Tea Room. I've tasted a host of Oolongs and am an Oolong lover, but this is by far the best I've tasted.

A little thread drift: Mariage Freres has a handful of tea rooms/shops in Paris. All are great for lunch or afternoon tea.
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#53 Post by Perry Norton » January 26th, 2011, 6:27 pm

Lapsang Souchong is like a campfire in a cup. I have a friend in NYC who based her whole tea shop around the fact that tea is similar to wine in terms of its subtleties, tannic qualities and sheer variety.

Am also a huge Irish Breakfast fan.
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#54 Post by Linda Baehr » January 26th, 2011, 6:46 pm

Perry Norton wrote:Lapsang Souchong is like a campfire in a cup. I have a friend in NYC who based her whole tea shop around the fact that tea is similar to wine in terms of its subtleties, tannic qualities and sheer variety.

Am also a huge Irish Breakfast fan.
Welcome another tea lover to the board! [cheers.gif]

Since I started this thread, my tea experimentation has blossomed into a full-on obsession.
I love Lapsang- to me it is almost like the single malt scotch of the tea world.
Whenever I go to San Francisco I stay a few blocks from Chinatown and have a couple of tea shops there I have been frequenting (Imperial Tea, too- thanks Mike!). It is like appreciation wine- there are so many subtleties, as you say Perry.
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#55 Post by Dick Krueger » January 27th, 2011, 12:08 pm

I drink a half-liter glass and Carollee drinks a 12oz glass of iced tea almost every day. We alternate amongst Republic of Tea Ginger-Peach, Passion Fruit-Papaya, and Mango Ceylon black teas and Jasmine Jazz Green Tea. They make a refreshing drink in the afternoon, even in Winter.
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#56 Post by Loi Nguyen » January 27th, 2011, 12:51 pm

Best to stick with Ten Ten tea:
1. king tea
2. oolong tea
3. green tea

or if u get to a local chinatown, ask for monkey tea (tea leafs picked by trained monkeys), or virgin tea.
My prefererence is to stay way from flavored tea or bag tea.

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#57 Post by Dick Krueger » January 28th, 2011, 12:22 pm

We use the flavored teas for only iced tea, not hot teas. They seem to work well as iced teas.

For example, we just had iced Mango Ceylon tea with Carollee's stuffed cucumbers for a snack this afternoon. It was a great combinaton.
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#58 Post by Mike Grammer » January 29th, 2011, 6:09 am

Linda Baehr wrote:
Since I started this thread, my tea experimentation has blossomed into a full-on obsession.
It was, perhaps, inevitable :) Glad you've been totally sucked in, Linda!

You'll let me know your favourite SF haunts when I get out that way again?

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#59 Post by Brent C l a y t o n » January 29th, 2011, 9:03 am

I've been back on the tea recently as well. Put in a big order with Upton a couple of weeks ago. 500g of Iced tea mix for work, which I brew multiple pots of daily and it goes into a pitcher in the fridge or to work in my thermoses.

For a casual cup around the house I picked up the Assam sampler, and for dual iced tea/brewed pot use I have some BOP Darjeeling and Java blend. I haven't really tried much of the more serious teas yet.
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#60 Post by Mark A » March 18th, 2013, 9:45 am

The http://www.brownteacup.com/ was mentioned in another thread on tea. Is the Brown Tea Cup still a good source? Also, earlier in this thread teavanna or something like that was mentioned. Is that still a good source?

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#61 Post by Russell Faulkner » March 18th, 2013, 10:48 am

I buy a big selection from Postcard Teas (great website, no affiliation) whenever I can, in particular the 'single estate' teas. They seem pricey, but per cup are still good value IMHO.

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#62 Post by Brent C l a y t o n » March 19th, 2013, 3:37 pm

Ha, funny too see this thread pop up, sad to say I still have a bunch of BOP tea from 2012 I'm working through from last year but the Assam sampler from Upton has been doing me well for finer sipping teas
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#63 Post by Mike Grammer » March 20th, 2013, 9:46 am

It's been a while, that's for sure. Teavana is OK, a lot of splash and some substance, I'd say. Upton remains a fine purveyor.

Brent, have you been to Radiance on 55th or thereabouts? That place is terrific, great ambience and some fine, fine teas, including top-grade Da Hong Pao. Found another tea on my last visit, Rain Flower, that I like a great deal. In fact, I think I'll go make some right now [drinks.gif]
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#64 Post by Perry Norton » May 13th, 2015, 4:21 pm

Still a Lapsang Souchong fan; but my day to day (including iced) is BARRY's Irish Breakfast. I buy it from Amazon by the bus load. There's also a good English tea called Workers' Tea or some such thing in a black and yellow box. Tea with Teeth for me!

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#65 Post by Jay Miller » May 14th, 2015, 6:16 am

Perry Norton wrote:Still a Lapsang Souchong fan; but my day to day (including iced) is BARRY's Irish Breakfast. I buy it from Amazon by the bus load. There's also a good English tea called Workers' Tea or some such thing in a black and yellow box. Tea with Teeth for me!
Builders Tea rather than Workers Tea. Not that I've ever tried it but I know that from watching Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
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#66 Post by M.Kaplan » May 14th, 2015, 7:52 am

Celtic Blend from the American Tea Room has been my daily wake up for the past couple of years.

http://www.americantearoom.com/products ... fast-tea#0
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#67 Post by Siun o'Connell » May 14th, 2015, 4:45 pm

Black tea drinker here as well with various Irish Breakfasts as my favorite - but when I want to get fancy, Kusmi teas are lovely, especially their Kashmir Tchai.

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#68 Post by D. Wirsig » May 15th, 2015, 1:25 pm

Can't go wrong buying from Red Blossom Tea... I have bought a bunch of aged Puerh and Oolong from them. Looks like their selection has slimmed down but I still see a 1980 Tung Ting and good looking Puerh (in addition to the current green/ black/ oolong).
http://www.redblossomtea.com/tea/rare-and-aged.html

Floating Leaves gets epic Oolongs in each year. Very fresh.
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#69 Post by ArtF » May 30th, 2015, 10:19 am

CWun wrote:
Linda Baehr wrote:Any favorite tea merchants online?
No affiliation. This is a reputable site for pu-erh and other Chinese teas.

http://jas-etea.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;[/quote

Thanks for the recommendation. Ordered an organic second flush darjeeling with all those FTOP... letters. Great web site with links to tasting reviews and in depth stories about the tea estates.
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#70 Post by ArtF » May 30th, 2015, 10:45 am

FTGFOP-1 (Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe of the first class). Easier to drink than to remember.
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#71 Post by Frank Deis » June 22nd, 2015, 8:58 pm

My favorite -- FTGFOP. "Far too good for ORDINARY people!"
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#72 Post by Mike Grammer » June 23rd, 2015, 7:42 am

Seven Cups out of Arizona is a new fave merchant for me---have their Sparrow's Tongue, Eight Immortals and Ba Xian (sp?) and I love them all.

Frank---that's *really* funny! :)
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#73 Post by Jason Hagen » June 23rd, 2015, 9:00 am

D. Wirsig wrote:
Floating Leaves gets epic Oolongs in each year. Very fresh.
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Just got the 2015 spring high mountain oolong samples. Haven't tried any yet.

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#74 Post by stevetimko » April 30th, 2016, 10:31 am

I'm curious if tea needs to breath like wine.
I bought a tin of Twining Lady Grey, a decaf Earl Grey. I opened it and my fist cup of tea was horrible.
Just had my second cup this morning, about a week after I opened it, and it's pretty good. The only thing I can think of is that it took in air for about a week.
By the way, I use a cup that's similar to a French press to make my tea and it works great. The only disadvantage is that it keeps my tea too hot to drink.
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#75 Post by Jason Hagen » February 4th, 2017, 4:16 pm

Jason Hagen wrote:
D. Wirsig wrote:
Floating Leaves gets epic Oolongs in each year. Very fresh.
http://www.floatingleavestea.com/index. ... 037b9ea133

Just got the 2015 spring high mountain oolong samples. Haven't tried any yet.

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Drinking Floating Leaves house green tea right now. A pungent tea. A bit like a NZ Sav Blanc.

Last night we had the 2016 Winter Baozhong Farmers Choice. That tea had an interesting meaty quality.

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#76 Post by Betty C » February 5th, 2017, 1:00 am

My in-laws go back to Taiwan frequently and bring back high mountain oolong each time. Then they generously give us a bunch and luckily it's one of my favorites.

My other relatives give me lots of Chinese teas as well. I never know their names but I'm putting them to good use making kombucha.

If ever there was a tea swap I would gladly send a bunch.
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#77 Post by Stan Y. » February 5th, 2017, 8:29 am

Thanks for earlier posts recommending Floating Leaves Tea, just put in an order for a sampler. A coworker from Taiwan several years ago would bring in fantastic oolong tea and there's no local source here I'm aware of.
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#78 Post by alan weinberg » February 5th, 2017, 10:12 am

any love for Mariage Freres? I don't usually like flavored tea but their Vanille des Îles is great.

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#79 Post by Mike Grammer » February 5th, 2017, 8:13 pm

Hah--odd that I hadn't mentioned them in any of my posts. Yes indeed, I especially love the Marco Polo blend of theirs, but also (I think) Blue Himalaya and something-Lune of theirs.

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#80 Post by Betty C » February 5th, 2017, 10:41 pm

Thanks Mike!

I've had Mariage teas in the past, but I find that nowadays I prefer teas without any flavoring added. I recall that they have a nice Darjeeling.
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#81 Post by Jay Miller » February 6th, 2017, 6:15 am

At the moment I'm enjoying some Darjeeling FTGFOP1 Phuguri Second Flush that I got from TeaGschwendner. One of my favorites.
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#82 Post by Mark Golodetz » February 6th, 2017, 6:29 am

Another lover of plebeian teas. I drink 2-3 cups of PG tips every day, the best of the English, Irish teas. I buy the stuff in cases from Yokers, NY, and when I go, always treat myself to the Irish butcher there, who makes the most phenomenal Irish bangers (sausages to you) and black pudding.
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#83 Post by Russell Faulkner » February 6th, 2017, 9:25 am

Postcard teas in London for me. I order delivered here three times a year.

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#84 Post by p@ulbortin » February 7th, 2017, 10:25 pm

Currently love me some Dan Cong Oolong from Phoenix Mountain - Mi Lan Xiang, Duck Shit etc.. sourced from Red Blossom SF and Puer cakes from Tea Urchin and Fang Tea in Flushing.

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#85 Post by Glen Gold » February 7th, 2017, 11:10 pm

+1 for Mariage Freres Marco Polo. And their Earl Grey. Also, Tolstoy's Sip from Samovar.
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#86 Post by Mike Grammer » February 8th, 2017, 8:32 am

Jay Miller wrote:At the moment I'm enjoying some Darjeeling FTGFOP1 Phuguri Second Flush that I got from TeaGschwendner. One of my favorites.
They're an excellent purveyor. Can you source their stuff in NYC/NJ Jay? If so, from where?

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#87 Post by Jay Miller » February 8th, 2017, 10:23 am

Mike Grammer wrote:
Jay Miller wrote:At the moment I'm enjoying some Darjeeling FTGFOP1 Phuguri Second Flush that I got from TeaGschwendner. One of my favorites.
They're an excellent purveyor. Can you source their stuff in NYC/NJ Jay? If so, from where?

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They used to have a store in NYC but that closed a few years ago. I just do mail order now.
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#88 Post by p@ulbortin » February 8th, 2017, 12:11 pm

Jay Miller wrote:
Mike Grammer wrote:
Jay Miller wrote:At the moment I'm enjoying some Darjeeling FTGFOP1 Phuguri Second Flush that I got from TeaGschwendner. One of my favorites.
They're an excellent purveyor. Can you source their stuff in NYC/NJ Jay? If so, from where?

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They used to have a store in NYC but that closed a few years ago. I just do mail order now.
They are in Chicago. I'm in here now checking out
the Phuguri second flush.

Nice find Jay.

Possibly my favorite from TeaGschwender is thier Oriental Moon which is a spicy blend that's terrific hot or iced.

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#89 Post by Jay Miller » February 8th, 2017, 6:23 pm

paul bortin wrote:
Jay Miller wrote:
Mike Grammer wrote:
They're an excellent purveyor. Can you source their stuff in NYC/NJ Jay? If so, from where?

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They used to have a store in NYC but that closed a few years ago. I just do mail order now.
They are in Chicago. I'm in here now checking out
the Phuguri second flush.

Nice find Jay.

Possibly my favorite from TeaGschwender is thier Oriental Moon which is a spicy blend that's terrific hot or iced.
I can't really take credit for it. Someone in the Squires board recommended it many years ago. I don't remember who.
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#90 Post by Joe Webb » February 11th, 2017, 10:53 am

We did loose leaf for a couple years and enjoyed it. Lost some time with the new addition to the family 2 years ago and now buy mighty leaf. Basically loose leaf in a bag, organic, earl grey, breakfast, and a couple different greens are what we like from them. We keep the green at work for a mid day pick me up and use the others in the AM.
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#91 Post by Jason Hagen » February 27th, 2017, 4:45 pm

I am loving the Red Peony white tea from Floating Leaves.

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#92 Post by D@ve D y r 0 f f » February 27th, 2017, 8:22 pm

Can't add much to what's already been said, but here's another vote for Upton Tea Imports - easy online ordering, great selection, prices, etc. I barely know what I'm ordering but find their user reviews helpful as I haven't had a bad one yet if I ordered it based on those reviews.

I'm pretty easy to please and love a wide variety. Black blends such as Russian Caravan and their "Baker Street" (which has some Lapsang in it), flavored such as Earl Grey, Japan greens, China greens, various non-blended blacks (Assam, Darjeeling, Nepal), Oolongs, Jasmines, "exotics" such as Lapsang and Pu Erh, etc. It's all good. I generally keep around 15 and rotate. One green or oolong every morning, one black every afternoon. Beats the heck out of coffee!

Among non-tea "teas" I have Yerba Mate in my regular "green" rotation and of course the occasional chamomile before bed.

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#93 Post by p@ulbortin » April 6th, 2017, 11:43 am

Tea Drunk has a pop up shop on balcony level at the Met.
Had Puer Pa Sha gong fu service and the tea was terrific

Tea Drunk is a tiny tea house in the lower east side that specializes in owner sourced Chinese teas. I've had many fantastic Puer and oolongs there so it's nice to see them doing well at the Met.
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#95 Post by Mike Grammer » April 10th, 2017, 2:30 pm

My friend Dave served me some Pu-Erh last night, a 20 yr old. It was astounding--changed everything I've ever thought about this variety. Just an amazing and utterly unique experience.
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#96 Post by jmckinley » April 13th, 2017, 2:25 am

Mike Grammer wrote:My friend Dave served me some Pu-Erh last night, a 20 yr old. It was astounding--changed everything I've ever thought abouth this variety. Just an amazing and utterly unique experience.
After studying/working/living in china, it is all about the pu'er. By far my favorite. Dirty and earthy goodness!!......and supposedly slimming....guess I am not drinking enough.
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#97 Post by p@ulbortin » May 29th, 2017, 12:48 pm

Great session at Tea Drunk Recently:

2015 Hou Kui Monkey King, Lu Xi Keng, Green Tea. Elegant light bodied, touch of grass, floral minerality and marzipan.

2015 Long Jing Dragon Well, Shi Feng Xi Hu, Green Tea. Medium body, nutty grasses with a touch of oatmeal mineral.

2015 Wu Liang Shan Jing Dong, Sheng Pu Raw Puer.
Medium Full body, Bitter, sweet, molasses suggestion of plum. More astringent with further steeps. Strong perfume in the empty cup, 挂杯香 杯底留香

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#98 Post by Jason Hagen » May 29th, 2017, 3:42 pm

paul bortin wrote:Great session at Tea Drunk Recently:

2015 Hou Kui Monkey King, Lu Xi Keng, Green Tea. Elegant light bodied, touch of grass, floral minerality and marzipan.

2015 Long Jing Dragon Well, Shi Feng Xi Hu, Green Tea. Medium body, nutty grasses with a touch of oatmeal mineral.

2015 Wu Liang Shan Jing Dong, Sheng Pu Raw Puer.
Medium Full body, Bitter, sweet, molasses suggestion of plum. More astringent with further steeps. Strong perfume in the empty cup, 挂杯香 杯底留香
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#99 Post by Mike Grammer » May 30th, 2017, 2:25 pm

Just got back from my London + France trip, pillaged the Mariage Freres store for Himalaya Ivory and Assam Golden Janguri which was not cheap but also checks in as the best Assam I've ever had.
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#100 Post by alan weinberg » May 30th, 2017, 7:27 pm

Mike Grammer wrote:Just got back from my London + France trip, pillaged the Mariage Freres store for Himalaya Ivory and Assam Golden Janguri which was not cheap but also checks in as the best Assam I've ever had.
that Jamguri is priced like grand cru Burgundy. Any US source for the M. Frères teas?

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