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Episode 192: Royal Courtesan

Royal Courtesan — also known as dong ding gui fei or gui fei oolong — is a really lovely, limited edition tea from the good folks at Zhi Tea in Austin, TX. Despite the old-sounding name, this tea variety was created in 2000!

This tea is really floral with a strong taste of clover honey throughout each sip. It’s a very nice oolong with a great aroma of wildflowers and fresh grass. If you’re an oolong fan, then you want this tea in your collection.

Purchase Zhi Tea’s Royal Courtesan

Episode 264: Master Han’s Qianjiazhai Yunnan Green

It’s a green tea weekend over here, and next up is Master Han’s Qianjiazhai Yunnan Green (courtesy of Steepster). I’ve had Yunnan Gold before, but a Yunnan green? I’ve got to try this out!

This is a very herby tea with a crisp, fresh taste that reminds me a bit of yame gyokuro. It’s a good green tea, but it tastes a bit middle-of-the-road for me. I did find that more flavor came out on the second steeping, so give it another shot if you’re not feeling the first cup.

Episode 293: Lung Ching

Harney & Sons Lung Ching — also known as longjing or dragonwell — is one of the most well known Chinese green teas out there. The shape of the leaves in the blend while brewing are said to resemble a Chinese dragon.

Taste-wise, it’s a nice grassy brew with a bit of sweetness and a slightly nutty aftertaste (kind of like walnuts). This can be an expensive tea, but if you can grab a sample of this, I definitely recommend adding it to your green tea collection!

Purchase Harney & Sons’ Lung Ching