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My experience with the Boulder Dushanbe Tea House has been quite good over the past two weeks. The first time that I came here, I tried this tea. I hoped that it might be served yixing style, or at least in a gaiwan, but the bartender explained that there was not enough interest in that sort of tea experience. Oh well. Sad day for me.

I received a small pot of the competition grade monkey picked and steeped it for the recommended three minutes. The brew was a pale yellow green, with a delicate, yet complex, mushroomy aroma. The first sip sent my heart racing. It was the heaviest bodied tea that I have ever tried, yielding notes of buttered oat bread, roasted vegetables, and a hint of spring fruit flowers. The second steeping was by far better. The flavors balanced out even more, and the heaviness let up a bit. As was expected, the third steeping was the best. The floral and fruity notes were the star of this brew, but the umami flavors were still present. There was no hint of bitterness throughout this tea experience. My only complaint was the brewing method. The little strainer in the pot did not allow the leaves to open up properly. I am afraid that this might have robbed me of the fullest flavor. Because of this, I have taken home an ounce of this tea to brew in my 5oz yixing pot. I will add more notes as soon as I do this.

Bonnie

Oh mystery person is a neighbor! Have you been to Ku Cha in Boulder? They serve tea where you sit on cushions and they have tea classes …so does Tea Spot. A 1 hr.Oolong class from a certain area is $15.00 which is not bad!

teaenvy

waving from westminster…hi hi. thanks for the tip about ku cha. my teen son enjoys tea. iits a struggle to find things we bith enjoy doing. a tea class might be just the thing. :-)

chadao

Hi Bonnie, yes Ku Cha is my favorite tea shop in Colorado. I love their gongfu service. Do you know about gongfu cha? It is a highly ritualistic way of doing tea that allows the drinkers to appreciate every aspect of the tea on a more present level. I think you might enjoy it.

Hi, teaenvy. The tea classes are very helpful and entertaining for a tea lover. It would definitely be a great bonding experience for you and your son. I’ll keep checking with them and let them know when the next tea class is.

Bonnie

I received some info about the Tea Spot having tastings. The online info about Ku Cha classes is outdated so I suppose you have to call. I don’t have anyone to drink tea with very often but now and then I take tea samples to one of the guys at Happy Luckys in town. Got Andy there interested in Verdant. At least my local tea shop donates part of business proceeds to stop human trafficing and child labor and creates all their own blends of tea.

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Bonnie

Oh mystery person is a neighbor! Have you been to Ku Cha in Boulder? They serve tea where you sit on cushions and they have tea classes …so does Tea Spot. A 1 hr.Oolong class from a certain area is $15.00 which is not bad!

teaenvy

waving from westminster…hi hi. thanks for the tip about ku cha. my teen son enjoys tea. iits a struggle to find things we bith enjoy doing. a tea class might be just the thing. :-)

chadao

Hi Bonnie, yes Ku Cha is my favorite tea shop in Colorado. I love their gongfu service. Do you know about gongfu cha? It is a highly ritualistic way of doing tea that allows the drinkers to appreciate every aspect of the tea on a more present level. I think you might enjoy it.

Hi, teaenvy. The tea classes are very helpful and entertaining for a tea lover. It would definitely be a great bonding experience for you and your son. I’ll keep checking with them and let them know when the next tea class is.

Bonnie

I received some info about the Tea Spot having tastings. The online info about Ku Cha classes is outdated so I suppose you have to call. I don’t have anyone to drink tea with very often but now and then I take tea samples to one of the guys at Happy Luckys in town. Got Andy there interested in Verdant. At least my local tea shop donates part of business proceeds to stop human trafficing and child labor and creates all their own blends of tea.

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