I decided to dedicate my new Xu De Jia teapot to Phoenix oolongs, and this was the first tea I brewed in it. This tea has notes of grapefruit, lychee, and the astringency reminds me of biting into a seed in a raspberry sauce. There is a definite spiciness too. The floral notes aren’t as strong as I prefer, and the finish isn’t lingering. Still one of my favorites.

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Tea means so many things to me, it is so deep and it is revealing new meaning to me all the time.

Tea is a mindfulness practice, and a doorway through which to explore different philosophies, cultures, and historical times. Tea is hospitality and a way of communion. Tea is an art, a ritual, and a tradition. Tea is a complement to the foods I eat (preferably vegan desserts) and is something I enjoy collecting and curating.

I love to swap, or even just send people samples, so if there’s anything in my cupboard you’d like to try, just send me a message!


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