Tea Review: Arya Black Tea by Happy Earth Tea

Arya Black Tea by Happy Earth Tea

Region : Darjeeling
Estate and Year: Arya, First Flush 2013
Leaf Appearance: Small, wiry and mostly green leaves.
Steeping: 3 gr of tea with 200 ml water at 95-100 Celsius degrees about 3 minutes.
Liquor: Between yellow and green

I’ve been longing to try Darjeeling Teas from Happy Earth Tea for some time. Happy Earth Tea which was founded by Niraj Lama and his wife Mary Boland in 2011 is located in Rochester, New York. Niraj is originally from Darjeeling and making most of his background to source great teas from Darjeeling, India. Continue reading “Tea Review: Arya Black Tea by Happy Earth Tea”

Six Things You Should Know About Lapsang Souchong

Lapsang Souchong - Photo is courtesy of Poppet with a Camera
Lapsang Souchong – Photo is courtesy of Poppet with a Camera

1) It’s love it or hate it tea. I’ve not seen too many tea drinkers in-between. Either they get strong positive thoughts about Lapsang Souchong or hate it at first sight. I can guarantee you that if you fall on the positive side of this scale, your love will go on for a life. Continue reading “Six Things You Should Know About Lapsang Souchong”

Hatialli Golden Paw by Lochan Tea

Hatialli Golden Paw Black Tea by Lochan Tea

Country : Assam, India
Estate: Hatialli
Leaf Appearance: Golden and black  needle like leaves.
Steeping: 3 gr of tea with 200 ml water at 95-100 Celsius degrees about 4 minutes.
Liquor: Between red and brown

This is my first tea review and I’m glad to start with this great black tea from Lochan Tea. They are located in India and they are already very well known for their high quality teas.  Dry tea leaves are mostly yellow and somewhat black which is reminiscent of Yunnan black teas. Truthfully, had I not known it’s from India I’d have easily mistaken it for Yunnan red teas. Continue reading “Hatialli Golden Paw by Lochan Tea”

Red Tea of South Africa: Rooibos

Twinings Rooibos Tea - Photo courtesy of Mr. TinDC
Twinings Rooibos Tea – Photo courtesy of Mr. TinDC

To tell you the truth I’m not big fan of tisanes or herbal teas. For those who do not know the difference between real tea and tisanes, it’s simple: Real tea comes from Camellia Sinensis Plant. And there are six types of teas that come from Camellia Sinensis which are green, yellow, white, oolong, black and dark teas.  Even though we call tisanes ‘tea’, they do not come from Camellia Sinensis. The only reason that comes to my mind regarding why tisanes are called tea is similar brewing method with tea. Continue reading “Red Tea of South Africa: Rooibos”

Taiwan: treasure for oolong tea lovers

It’s believed that Taiwan produces the best oolong teas in the world. I do not agree with that statement hundred percent, simply because wuyi oolongs such as Da Hong Pao come to mind. That’s said there is no argument that Taiwanese oolong teas are treasure for tea lovers.Taiwan owes this fame to the immigrants arrived from Fujian, China in the mid-nineteenth century. Continue reading “Taiwan: treasure for oolong tea lovers”