One of the really good teas I got to try at World Tea East was Rishi Tea's Earl Grey. The aroma was spectacular. It was perfume wafting on the wind, it was sweet, citrussy, everything you want an Earl Grey to be. The taste was the same, with just a hint of something like chamomile. This is easily the best Earl Grey I've ever had. And that is going some. So I tried their Earl Grey Green. Another winner. The aroma was the same, though underlaid with green-ness. The EG taste was not as strong, so that the green tea came through as well. Every bit as good, maybe even a bit better as it was all more subtle. Since I was on a roll, I tried some Long Jing Dragonwell. It was so good, I was almost speechless. I love Dragonwell and most of what I've had has been excellent, but I think this was in the "most excellent" category.
There are many awards for teas. The Grandaddy of them are the awards from the Tea Association of North America but our own Association ofTea Bloggers has begun to recognize the ones we particularly like.
TheTea Bloggers Choice Awards for 2012 :
Unblended/Unflavored Black : Teavivre Yunnan Dian Hong Golden Tip
Blended/Flavored Black: Harney and Sons Earl Grey Supreme
Unblended/Unflavored Green: Den's Tea Gyokuro Kin
Blended/Flavored Green: Aiya Tea Matcha Infused Sencha
Unblended/Unflavored Oolong: Teavivre Jin Xuan Milk Oolong
Blended/Flavored Oolong: Naivetea Lychee Oolong
Unblended/Unflavored White: Rishi-Silver Needle Premium
Blended/Flavored White: Art of Tea Coconut Creme White Tea
Unblended/Unflavored Puerh: Rishi Ancient Puerh Classic
Blended/Flavored Puerh: Stash Black Forest Cake Puerh
Herb Blend: David's Tea Chocolate Rocket
Single Herb: David's Tea Spearmint
Some of the Tea Bloggers will be at the Coffee and Tea Festival in Atlantic City Nov 3-4 and wil be judging teas and tea accessories there. Tickets are $20 and the first 1500 people will be getting goody bags. For more information, go to www.CoffeeandTeaFestival.com and www.teabloggers.com
It is a cold, sort of ugly day today, but I am warm and the woods are lovely - all peachy apricot from the sugar maples. The ground is golden from the Pine tree needle drop and lots of small birds are at the feeders. It is going to be abit of a race among the trees on the hills for the greenest ones to turn color before the others lose their leaves. A nice long colorful fall, just my cup of tea.