Rare Tea Cellar

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this tea is so delicious—buttery, fragrant, aromatic.

Flavors: Butter, Popcorn

200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This is the first Quanzhou milk oolong I’ve had in awhile. I’ve always been fascinated by all the care that goes into making an oolong that reminds me of buttered popcorn. Seriously, that’s what it tastes like – well, minus that feeling of artery-hardening failure afterwards…and greasy hands. Great way to start the mornin’.

TeaCuplets: Forthcoming

Flavors: Butter

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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This is a very enjoyable herbal tea. It is also amazing as an Ice Tea, that my family can’t get enough of.

190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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Just picked up this tea and made it in my Affinitea tea machine. What a complex taste and great morning tea.

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There are certain words that will instantly trigger my interest. Five of them are “whiskey”, “barrel-aged”, and “Lapsang Souchong”. When combined…my head explodes. No, not literally, that’d be messy.

I had mused on what a whiskey’d Lapsang would taste like. There was no doubt that I’d enjoy it…but I didn’t know how much. It seemed perfect. Well, the first time I tried it, it almost was. Almost. Something was missing. Then I decided to steep the heck out of it for five minutes. Holy wow…flavor country dialed up to eleven.

Oddly enough, in and around the time I tried it the perfect way, I was gearing up to see The Great Gatsby. Naturally, I had to draw parallels between that flavorful experience and the movie I just watched because…well…science.

You can read that tangent here: http://steepstories.com/2013/05/16/carried-away-by-whiskey-tea/

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Hello, I share your interest in Rare Tea Cellar’s barrel-aged tea, SST’s No. 01 Rogue Whiskey Barrel, and TeaVivre’s Premium Keemun Hao Ya to name a few. Have you also tried Vintage TeaWorks? Recently, I contacted you on your website: http://www.lazyliteratus.com seeking a recommendation. Thank you.

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As if I hadn’t had enough caffeine today, I decided to rip into a bag I received from Rare Tea Cellar – an oak-aged Keemun. I’m a sucker for anything that says “cask-conditioned” or “oak-aged” in the title. Although, that usually applies to beer, not tea.

This is very much a Keemun through-and-though, only a lot bolder. Like Assam bold, only with a bit more seniority. It’s hard to pick up on what the oak barrel contributes, but it is easy to see that this has all the trappings of a semi-aged hong cha. The flavor has a sense of “experienced” to it. Funny thing, too, the wood-sweet aspects of the Keemun are there, but there’s a wildernessy presence as well – usually a trait found in Yunnan blacks.

All said, I’m sold on the oak-aging thing.

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Ooohhh this sounds delicious!

Geoffrey Norman

And I just realized I had the information in reverse.

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Had this after dinner at Acadia restaurant in Chicago. Bold amazing coco flavors. This is my first encounter with Rare Tea Cellar and I looked to purchase online. This an incredible tea for a high-end restaurant offering but $60 for 1/4 lb is a bit much for me to keep it at home.

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