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Red Blossom Tea, Chinatown, SF

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Red Blossom Tea, Chinatown, SF

limster | Aug 11, 2008 01:25 PM

Great selection of teas from China, very knowledgeable, enthusiastic but unintimidating staff. A place to buy teas, rather than a tea house, but they let you taste (with proper and graceful brewing technique) before you buy.

I particularly loved the Song Zhong Phoenix Oolong, from the Phoenix mountains in Canton. A perfect balance of roasty oolong woods and the enduring but delicate tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, passionfruit), harmonious but subtle in every aspect.

Also sipped some very pleasant scarlet robe, the characteristic richness and roast of oolong first, followed by a bitter-sweet (almost ginseng-ish to me) lasting finish in the throat. They get theirs from a direct descendant of the original bushes in the Wuyi mountains.

A buttery Iron Goddness of Mercy from Anxi, a very subtle floral lilt, a balanced buttery aroma, and a sweet roasty finish.

Superior to my experience at Imperial Tea Court.

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