move oolong, nothing to tea here

Tea is always a good idea. Never underestimate the power of tea; it can drastically change your day and your outlook on your list of to-dos.

For a long time, I’ve always preferred tea to coffee. I still do, although I really cannot deny a good cup of Chemex or a perfected latte nowadays. But there’s something about tea that’s so familiar and comforting I just can’t say no to. I think at the end of the day, my heart will always belong to tea.

My grandmother was a tea farmer, so I guess you can say that an affinity for tea runs in the family genes. My parents only drink tea and so I was brought up only drinking tea. The house was always filled with tins of green, black, and red teas.

Personally, my favorite teas are:

  • Tieguanyin (铁观音) or Iron Goddess of Mercy: This Fujian oolong tea has a complex profile. It’s almost “baked” to a certain degree and has a nice roasted, nutty flavor.
  • Pu-erh (普洱茶): This is the wine of teas. The more aged it is, the better. The complexity of Yunnan pu-erh is so unique.
  • Longjing (龙井茶) or Dragon Well: A renowned green tea for its high quality, I love the freshness of this tea from Zhejiang.
  • Da Hong Pao (大红袍) or Big Red Robe: This oolong tea from the Wuyi Mountains has a nice floral scent and are very costly.
  • Genmaicha: A Japanese green tea combined with roasted brown rice, genmaicha is fresh and easy to drink. The aroma of the roasted brown rice is particularly soothing.
  • Tencha: Super smooth, very complex Japanese green tea.
  • Matcha: I love everything about matcha. How it’s prepared, how it looks, how it tastes. Anytime I see something with matcha in it, I have to order it.
Iced matcha latte made by yours truly
One of my favorite tea shops in NYC, Ippodo Tea Company!
Afternoon tea, one of my idyllic pastimes
English afternoon tea

What are some of your favorite kinds of teas?


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