This place was interesting. I never would have found it if it was not for a friend who knew about it and where it was and for another friend who works there who told us about it.
Very much a holistic place, with herbs, medicinal herbs and spices, teas, some natural cooking seasonings.
I tried their Apple Berry Herbal blend there, and while it reminded me of a few Bigelow bagged herbal “teas”, it wasn’t too bad, and definitely had a taste of quality about it.
I purchased some of their Se Chung Oolong, in which I must say I am very disappointed. You can read my short review here: http://steepster.com/teas/the-secret-garden-organic-herb-shop/15719-oolong-organic-se-chung-tea
I also purchase their only pu’erh, but have yet to try it, so it might be an interesting experience.
Overall, this was a very good experience, and a very friendly place, but the quality of what I tried has disappointed me a bit.
-Long bench, taste as long as you like, communal tastings, selection chosen by sommelier.
-Friendly & Open
Angel tea – sweet, green, non-vegetal
Apple Ginseng Oolong – Very sweet, sugary more than it smelled like, coats tongue.
“Popcorn Tea” – Very buttery smooth oolong
Lychee Black – Extreme sweetness…like lychee
Blue People Oolong – Ginseng, bit sweet, smooth
25 Year Pu’erh – Amazing, excellently smooth, extra woody
Sticky Rice Pu’erh – Smells of fresh cooked rice, and fishy pu’erh.
Very friendly, very knowledgeable, very helpful. A bit pricey to buy tea, but tasting prices are fair, and the wine bar style is a fun and enjoyable atmosphere.
-Very relaxed, zen atmosphere.
-Good prices for food
-Fair tea service prices and excellent/professional tea serving
-Clean, quiet, friendly
-Service is not exceptional, but is good
Drank the Phoenix Oolong
-Very fruity, evolving to floral