It’s not just a French café chain, bud-dies.

You want caffeine with your caffeine? Yuangyang (roughly pronounced yunyang) is a Chinese drink that takes li cha, or milk tea, to a whole ‘nother level.

The milk actually comes in handy here. It softens the 2-hit smokestack of coffee/black tea, allowing fruitier tea notes come through. How’s that for wicked flavor action?

If you don’t have a Chinatown within Batmobile-ing distance, here’s a recipe on Hello Teacup.

But let’s kick tradition to the curb–imagine the possibili-teas! The POW of Gunpowder Green in a blonde roast. A dry Rooibus gone sultry with espresso.

(‘Scuse me, I’m saliva-tea-ng.)


Snooty SuperReview: Adagio, Round 39430298429308…

All the teas in this SuperReview can be found here:

Masters Formosa Pouchong.
Sencha Premier.
Sleeping Dragon.

Not vidded was a sample of Blood Orange iced tea, which came out less bloody and more hibiscus hitting you in the face. It really tastes like fruit juice, if that’s your bag. Of tea.


Real Life Cup-date

Speaking of books, this Oolong was like Tea Source wrote the book on seamless flavor delivery. (Pun, of course intended.) How dare a good flavored tea exist. My single-origin snooty tea cred is dropping down the ‘Tubes.

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Review: Big Island Tea, Round 2

Big, leafy heart for Big Island Tea. Check out the Kilinoe Green in action on the ‘Tubes:

Final ver-tea-ct: Like the ocean wandered into my mouth and set up a Kumbaya circle. Very chill, very aloha.

(Hey YouTube, when are you going to get a tag for tags?)


The Cup-fessional: When “You”-sful is Useless


The 2nd person: ego-less and faceless, therefore inoffensive and objec-tea-ve. Great for useful information and tutorials, but what about real life?

Real life is not objective.

Every cup has a taglist of sip-‘speriences that came before.

For crying out loud, how can anyone take a cup and not feel something? (If this is you, go back home and do it over again.) My last cup: getting re-acquainted with a Pu-Erh for 4 infusions of raspberry tiger awesome.

Tea-feelings happen.

No point in tea-nying it anymore.


Linguis-tea-cs: Handy Mandarin.

English speakers like to complain that Mandarin Chinese is the most difficult language in the world. (Then other Asian Studies students tell you no, Japanese is the hardest. This annoys the declining Latin and Russian majors. Meanwhile, everyone else in the world wants to find the poor soul who invented English and punch ‘em in the face.)

However, no one can argue that Mandarin is un-tea-niably useful–especially for our bud-dies and sip-lings who like to get down with a cup of Bai Mu Dan or Long Jing.

Thus, here are words commonly associa-tea-d with tea, and their variations: (Because heaven forbid a transliteration system actually makes sense.): Continue reading

Snooty Tea Review: The Lazy Leaf Tea Company

lazyleafsetI’ve had these samples from the kind folks at the Lazy Leaf Tea Company since June, and finally had the chance to review them properly. Their Facebook page also operates as their retail website, so no worries about getting through a bog of social media and Pinterests to track them down. (If only the rest of life were that simple!) And the prices aren’t half bad, even when you convert pounds to whichever currency is sitting in your pocket. (Unless it’s empty–the glamorous life of a tea blogger.)

It’s been ages since our last UK tea. Could it have been as far back as the Tea Co Cha-llenge?

Luckily this is only two teas, so we can leisurely sip along. They even included tea filters! As a tea-monstration of their “signature” teas, Lazy Leaf has chosen to feature an Earl Grey and a flavored Chun Mee green–“Jasmine Lychee” should make an interesting bundle of flavors… Continue reading