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Genmaicha

Though often marketed as a pure green tea, Genmaicha is actually a blend made from Bancha green tea and rice. The name “Genmaicha” translates to “brown rice tea”, likely due to the color of the added dried rice. Relatively new by the history of tea, it was created in the 1920’s by a Kyoto merchant …

Ichiban Sencha

Ichiban Sencha, or as Lori and I lovingly call it “Icky-ban Sencha”, is a prime example of how easily you can mess up making a cup of tea. It’s refreshing to read even the most experienced tea connoisseurs and experts can incorrectly make a cup of tea the first time they brew a cup. The first time …

Reviews

How tea leaves are grown and processed determines greatly the variety of tea which one drinks.  For simplicity, teas are reviewed and sorted below by color. If you’re looking for a particular tea, please check out the alphabetical listing.

It is advised to always taste with a friend as each palate picks up different flavors and aromas. Plus it’s great fun to compare tasting notes. As a result many of the reviews reference the tongue of my tasting partner, Lori.

Best friends for over four years, we met at work (both of us are accountants by trade). I’ll be forever thankful that Lori is the beautiful lass that’s joined me on this journey to leave a Legacy of Tea. 

Lori, Contemplative Tea Tasting Partner, The Gold Dragon, Best Friend, Partner in Leaving a Legacy of Tea.

 

White Teas

Green Teas

Black Teas

Blends

Alphabetical Listing

 

 

Tea 101

Enjoyed for over thousands of years, today tea is the second most widely consumed beverage on the planet (with water being the first).
Click the links below to expand your knowledge our favorite drink.
Check back often as these pages are intended to grow and evolve with more information over time.

The Tea Plant

Learn about the beautiful plant that makes the world’s favorite brew.

Types of Tea

From the lightest whites, to earthy Puerhs, to tea that technically isn’t tea.

How to Brew the Best Cup of Tea

Yes, there is a “best” way to steep your tea.

Loose Leaf vs Tea Bags vs Sachets 

In the battle for the best cup, which contender will win?  Could it be the Illustrious Loose Leaf? The Time-Tested Tea Bag? Or the Seasoned Sachet?

Tea Storage 

Now that you’re hooked on the good stuff, you’ll want to store it properly so it won’t spoil.

How to Speak Tea

Tea has a language all it’s own. Grow in your tea terminology and feel confident as you speak the language of tea.

Tea News

Coming soon! Updates and thoughts from the tea industry.