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Gongfu!

Nibbled on some freshly sliced apple alongside an apple infused Wensleydale cheese while I steeped up this Tiger Box selection. This dry leaf of this hong cha smelled intensely of waxy overripe red fruits, which is why I decided this tea pairing of apples and sweet cheese would be the perfect compliment!

Steeped up this tea has a lovely body with saturated flavours of pomegranate molasses, malt, leather, honey, and chocolate with hints of black cherry and smoke in the undertones. It’s a little less fruity than I had initially expected but the robust and heavy flavours are plenty rich enough to stand up to this pairing, and I’m finding the brightness of the crisp apple is even drawing out more of the wine-y red fruit notes of the tea while making the notes of leather and malt seem all the more deep!

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CZ40s3lura4/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjPbzEcklP0&ab_channel=JeffreyLewis-Topic

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drank Red Tea Coin by Yao Cha Tea
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Grandpa style!

Steeped up this gorgeous coin for the tenth day of the Tiger Box!! Though pu’erh tends to be most go to tea to steep using this method, hong cha is really not all that far behind – and this is a very lovely and complex one with deep syrupy notes of dark chocolate, raspberry jam, malt, leather, oak, molasses, and black cherry! Mostly just so fudgey, though! Definitely makes me think of decadent truffles.

Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CZzpCDDOeky/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPa08P7e_e0

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Grandpa Style!

Broke out one of my bigger yunomi cups to steep up this Tiger box sample.Though the name may notoriously make you think otherwise, this tea has a pleasant fresh taste and thick syrupy liquor. As I sip, notes of sweet grass, lilac, white grapes, floral lychee, and just a hint of willow bark spring to mind. Although I tend to reach more for darker oolongs, this aromatic floral and playfully fruity profile is definitely something I enjoy very, very much.

Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CZus8JhlWe6/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taB96Tognf4&ab_channel=michaelseyer

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drank Mi Lan Xiang by Yao Cha Tea
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Gongfu!

This was today’s Tiger Box selection! This is a pretty lovely oolong – I’m getting a lot of the heady floral “Orchid” half of its “Honey Orchid” namesake in the latter session, though for the most part it was the very distinct mineral and petrified wood notes combined with the roasty and grilled nuttiness of the first steeps that commanded my attention. I don’t drink as much dancong as other oolong types, and my go to Mi Lan Xiang actually leans very, very heavily on the syrupy lychee and fruity plum side so this nuttier and more charred mineral flavours caught me off guard in a very nice way – it’s more inline with the oolong types I reach for most often!

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CZpZY04O0t3/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvBf-ey-y4&abchannel=ChrisThile-Topic

Leafhopper

I’m curious what your “go-to” Mi Lan Xiang is if you don’t mind sharing.

Roswell Strange

The one I drink the most regularly is the Phoenix Oolong from DT; it’s quite lovely and very accessible for me.

Leafhopper

I didn’t realize that was a Mi Lan Xiang! I have an old bag of it from 2016 or thereabouts that I should try.

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drank An Ji Bai Cha by Yao Cha Tea
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Tiger Box Day Four!

Steeped this one Grandpa style over the course of the afternoon! It felt very appropriate in this Lunar New Year themed DT Nordic Mug from a few years back. The tea is very fresh, light and crisp with notes of bamboo, snow pea, and bean sprouts. A nice mellow break up from some other more decadent tea blends I had sipped throughout the day…

Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CZkUvtku0ed/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsiOTH3MXXU&ab_channel=ANTI-Records

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Gongfu!

This was day two of the Tiger Box from Volition/Yao Cha. I wasn’t expecting to see a yellow tea in the box, so it was pretty exciting! I think I ended up selecting a #teapot that was a little large for the tea sample provided, but I still enjoyed the session overall. There was a pleasant fresh green bean and edamame note that immediately caught my attention from the first infusion, complimented by a gentle peanut flavour that is one of the notes I appreciate the most in yellow tea – just slightly warm and toasty! While I would have loved a deeper and more pronounced nuttiness, I think the larger teapot I brewed in ended up creating a fair trade off; I don’t really typically favour bean-y notes in teas and brewed more mildly like this I believe the vegetal notes I got ended up being much more pleasant for me than they would have been otherwise!

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CZfMuNgus3z/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFVWhOd8H3E&ab_channel=TeddyGeigerVEVO

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