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buttery – The Year of Tea

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Episode 105: Yame Gyokuro

While I was in Austin for SXSW last month, I picked up this bag of Yame Gyokuro from The Steeping Room. Yame Gyokuro is from the town of Yame in the Fukuoka prefecture of Japan, and is only harvested two weeks out of the year.

This is definitely what I would call a “special occasion” kind of tea! The leaves have a naturally sweet, salty, grassy aroma, with a smooth and full-bodied mouth feel. I actually get a light pear taste from this tea!

Gyokuro is the best of the best when it comes to green tea, so most reputable tea vendors sell gyokuro. If you’re in Austin, pick it up at The Steeping Room!

Episode 152: Ti Kuan Yin

I love a really good quality oolong, and this Ti Kuan Yin from Ocean of Tea is right up my alley. This is one of China’s most prized oolong teas! You can also find it under the names iron Buddha, iron goddess or tieguanyin.

There’s a lot of history and complex process behind ti kuan yin, but the end result is definitely worth it! The flavor is buttery and grassy (actually, a bit like collard greens), and there are a lot of health benefits. You can also get multiple infusions from this, so you really get a lot for the cost. What’s not to love about any of that?

Purchase Ocean of Tea’s Ti Kuan Yin

Episode 263: Zomba Green Velvet

Yum! M&K’s Tea Company’s Zomba Green Velvet really captures what’s great about green tea. Also called Malawian Zomba Green Velvet Tea, this particular cultivar has a nice fruity undertone reminiscent of white peaches.

The resulting brew is equally spectacular. It’s got a nice smooth mouthfeel with a buttery, fruity aftertaste. It’s a bit mellow overall, but the nuances of this versus a Japanese green tea can’t be ignored. If you’re a green tea fan, grab some of this and add it to your collection!

Purchase M&K’s Tea Company’s Zomba Green Velvet