Name: Bai Mudan
Region: Fujian Province, China
Bought At: Samovar
Price: $19 for 1.5oz
First Impressions: Large brittle leaves, sweet grassy smell
A very delicate but flavorful white tea, this tea has a really smooth sweet aftertaste. Not nearly as grassy as I would have guessed based on the smell of the dry leaves. This would be a good first white tea to try if you are used to something a little darker. It shows of white tea’s high points without suffering from the lack of flavor they sometimes can have.
3.5 / 5
Name: Wuyi Dark Roast
Region: Wuyi mountains in Fujian, China
Bought At: Samovar
Price: $21 for 2oz
First Impressions: Dark Leaves, Roasted, Earthy Smell
Has it ever been a while since I have tried to review tea! This is part of a large tea order I bought from Samovar a while ago, so look for some more reviews coming soon. Wuyi Dark Roast is a different kind of oolong tea than any I have had before. It is dark and has a roasted scent and flavor that is usually found in black teas. Along with that it has a sweetness that is more similar to a greener oolong. It makes for a nice combination, a light tea that still has a full flavor. Definitely worth a try.
4 / 5
Recently I went out to San Francisco for a mini-vacation with a bunch of friends. It was a good time, we had a lot of fun and saw pretty much all of the major stuff in the city. Another thing I did was drag my friends to the Samovar Tea Lounge. My girlfriend is the only one out of the group who like tea besides me, but the rest were relatively supportive. I’m pretty sure it was just because they saw an opportunity to make fun of my tea-geekery later (a favored past time), but I thought it would be worth it.
All in all, it was great, we went to the Zen Valley location. The atmosphere was very relaxed, and the tea was amazing. It was fun to watch them make the tea and serve it, and the tea ware was very cool and really added to the experience. I had the Nishi Sencha 1st Flush , my friend had the Lychee Black, and my girlfriend had Jasmine lemon aid . I also grabbed a Masala Chai to go as we left. All in all I had a lot of fun, and even my friend admitted the Lychee black was “The best dirt-water he had ever tried” I would definitely recommend visiting Samovar if you are in the city, it really is a fun experience.
Also, if you do visit, try the Masala Chai, it was amazing!