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Tea Tasting No. 7

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Tea Type: green tea
Tea name: Long Jing
Origin: China, Shi Feng, Xi Hu
Harvest: early spring 2016

Bought at: Tea Drunk, New York City

First impressions: As I mostly do not like Chinese green teas too strong, I prefer to infuse them for only about 1-2 minutes. This way, the tea has a mild and slightly sweet flavor with a hint of a roasty note. I can recommend up to three infusions. 

Overall, I would say it is a nice everyday tea. However, for the price I paid for it, I really expected something a bit more extraodinary. Although Long Jing tea is a very common tea in China, they can still be big difference in quality.

Price: 11 USD for one sample which is enough for one serving only and 43 USD for 28 grams. Also available through their online shop.

Tea Tasting No. 6

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Tea type: herbal tea

Tea name: Mulberry Leaf Tea (organic)

Origin: Kagoshima/ Japan

Bought at: The Bellocq Atelier (their tea no. 28)

Impression: Athough this is a herbal tea, you could almost believe it to be some kind of green tea. The flavor and aroma is floral and very light with a hint of a grassy note. Water for infusion should not be hotter than 80 degrees Celsius. This is a great green tea alternative for your evenings in case you are sensitive to caffeine.

Also read the article by T. Ching on mulberry leaf tea on his blog.

first infusion

Tea Tasting No. 4

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Tea type: green tea
Tea name: Sencha Shoike-no-o
Origin: Japan
Bought at: the Ippodo tea shop in NYC. You can also purchase their tea through their website and they do ship international.

first Infusion

First Impression: very nice weedy smell and sweet in flavor. I can recommend three steepings, but not more as the tea then gets astringent even with low water temperatures. 

Compared to the sencha tea I mentioned in my post Tea Tasting No. 2 from the Bellocq Atelier, I prefer this one from Ippodo. To me it seems a little stronger in aroma. However, both teas are of really good quality and fine taste.

Tea Tasting No. 3

Tea type: green tea
Tea name: Sencha with Matcha (premium grade)
Origin: Japan
Bought at: McNulty’s Tea & Coffee Co. in New York City, USA.

First impression: the first infusion is very light in flavor without any astringency to it, but with this typical matcha tea note. I can recommend at least three infusions without any astringency coming through which was pleasantly surprising to me, as I honestly did not expect such good value for the money I paid for the tea. For sure I can highly recommend this tea if you want something stronger than your regular sencha tea.

Tea shops NYC

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One week in New York City and for me the opportunity to check out some of the tea shops in this great city. It is really difficult to say which tea shop I liked the most, als they all had their special styles. Therefore, I just would like to give you a short overview of the tea shops I visited and my personal view on them.

Ippodo Tea – Kyoto-based tea company. Located in an area a little off the main streets and sights. You have to look carefully for the signs. The atmosphere was really quiet and calm and the whole shop is kept in wooden colored tones. I bought a sencha tea and a sincha tea from the new cut 2016 and will give you my review on those in another post. Overall, I really liked the shop, but don’t expect a big selection of teas. I believe, however, that the ones offered are precisely good selected ones. They also ship international through their website.


Tea Drunk – located in a nice area in the East Village in a road with a few other individual small stores. This shop offers a nice atmosphere to sit down and have some tea. The ir bar in the center of the shop is great to sit down and watch the tea ceremony. They only offer Chinese teas. Therefore, I only bought a sample of one of their teas. Furthermore, I thought their prices to be quite expensive compared to others. However, I did not test the quality of their teas yet. Positive that the owner of the shop is regularly going to China to select the best teas for her shop.


Sullivan Street Tea & Spice Company – such a cute little shop which offers different teas, spices and herbs. What I really liked was the fact that they offer tea to go (just as a coffee Shop) and you can choose between a broad selection of different teas. I bought a Genmaicha tea to go and really liked that.


McNulty’s Tea & Coffee of the oldest tea and coffee shops in New York City. Once you enter the shop, you immediately get the feeling how it was like in the old days. The staff is really friendly and the atmosphere great. I bought a Sencha tea combined with Matcha which I will review in one of my next posts.

The Bellocq Atelier
– one of the cutest tea shops I have ever seen, I have to say. The interior is chosen so very well that you feel home and welcomed immediately. The shop itself is located in the less touristy area in Brooklyn/Greenpoint which is nevertheless really worth a visit. It’s located in a cool industrial area where you would not necessarily expect a tea shop. However, after ringing the door bell, you’ll be surprised. The teas are on the pricier side, but seem to be carefully selected.

For further NYC tea shop reviews and recommendations, also have a look at the helpful and informative blog post „Where to by tea in New York City“ from the Serious Eats Team.