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honey – The Year of Tea

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Episode 051: Bai Hao Wu Long

Bai Hao Wu Long is a Taiwanese tea that goes by many different names — oriental beauty, eastern beauty, dong fang mei ren, white tip oolong, champagne oolong, formosa bai hao, fancy formosa silver tip, formosa fancy, etc. Whatever you call it, it’s still a great cup of tea.

The champagne-colored liquor smells and tastes a lot like honey, with some subtle orange and peach flavors. (It’s complex like a darjeeling in that way.) These leaves can be steeped multiple times, so savor the flavor all day long! This would also make a really posh iced tea. Make sure to check out the health benefits too!

Purchase Tea Geek’s Bai Hao Wu Long (2010 Summer Harvest)

Episode 088: Camomile, Honey and Vanilla

If you’ve been following this podcast for any length of time, you know I usually prefer loose leaf tea. But I also know that not everyone has the time to fool with filters and water temperatures and such when they just want a warm cup of tea. So to that end, I’m also going to review more bagged teas on the show. Today, it’s Twinings’ Camomile, Honey and Vanilla.

It’s a nice fragrant tea, but honestly, all the flavor is in the aroma (which reminds me of fresh baked biscuits with butter and honey). The resulting brew itself is extremely bland — light chamomile flavor punctuated with honey, but overall, it’s pretty forgettable.

Purchase Twinings’ Camomile, Honey and Vanilla

Episode 134: Nepalese Afternoon Tea

The last darjeeling I reviewed was kinda blah, but this one? THIS ONE? Let me tell you…transcendentally good. This Nepalese Afternoon Tea is really something special. As far as tea grades go, it’s the best of the best — SFTGFOP-1.

I’ve got nothing but good things to say about this tea — super smooth, bright in flavor, and great for an afternoon pick-me-up. Initially, I bought this as part of a sample pack from Golden Moon Tea. They don’t sell it anymore, but this Himalayan Quest from Art of Tea is a great affordable substitute.

Episode 165: Bvumbwe White Tea

On a recent samples binge at M&K’s Tea Company, I picked up a sample of their Bvumbwe White Tea. This tea comes straight from Malawi (tea is one of their biggest exports), and reminds me a lot of the oothu bai mu dan I reviewed a while ago.

The brewing directions were a bit finicky (158° at 30 seconds to two minutes?), but I was rewarded well for my efforts. The taste is nice and smooth with a hint of apricot aftertaste. It’s definitely not your typical white tea. Try it today!

Purchase M&K’s Tea Company’s Bvumbwe White Tea