This was my first class with Victoria and I enjoyed it very much. The class was informative and fun, it included a variety of delicious teas to taste and lots of conversation. I'm excited to attend the next one.
As a lifelong tea drinker who had done a little research into tea, I was excited to find Victoria's class - hoping to learn even more about tea. And I did! The class atmosphere was casual and friendly. Victoria's expertise and passion for tea were evident throughout the class. She explained about various teas, and graciously entertained questions which she answered knowledgeably. We had the opportunity to sample several teas - each of which was excellent - and understand more about what the differences between types of teas are. I found the entire experience thoroughly enjoyable and it exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend the class! I know I will be signing up for more of Victoria's classes.
This roasted green tea has very rich flavor without bitterness, an everyday must to kick off the day
The tea liquid has light color, but has very fresh aroma taste
Huo Shan Yellow Tea is one of the Ten most famous tea in China, has a history for 2000 years. The fragrance smell last a long time. The taste is very fresh. I am glad to find this tea at Meimei Fine tea. Price is great too!
I bought this tea because I wanted to try something new. I was not disappointed. The first time I made it, I let it steep a little longer than I should have. I liked it, but then I followed the steeping instructions exactly as it is written. The second attempt was definitely much better. The tea has a light flavor. I don't know how else to describe it, so you'll have to try it to see what you think.
Victoria's love of tea is evident and shines throughout her presentation. If you are already fascinated with tea you will leave further inspired. If you are new to tea this class will drive your curiosity. The experience of tea is certainly enhanced with details about its origin and processing and the taste is particularly good when shared with others (the quality to tea is also excellent!). This class is both informative and experiential. I highly recommend!
I love jasmine tea and have tried many different brands and varieties. This is the best, very smooth, fragrant, and never bitter.
A very nice tea that lends itself well to the Gong-Fu style of brewing. The liquor is full bodied, but less earthy than a Tie Guan Yin. It gives a very smooth, I'd say almost silky, sensation as you drink it with no bitterness, at all. The flavor notes, to me, are of chocolate; similar to a Ruby Oolong from Thailand. The presentation is quite even with flavor starting and finishing on much the same note. I use a steeping time of 30 seconds for the first two steepings and a minute for the next two with good results. Because the tea is not tightly rolled and leaf expansion is minimal, I fill my Gong-fu teapot half full of tea and get a very nice cup. This was my first purchase from Mei Mei and I'll certainly be back.
Has a sweet, floral flavor that I associate with quality unbaked oolongs, balanced by deeper tastes more like other wuyi rock teas. This has quickly become one of my favorite oolongs.
This is my new favorite white tea, wonderful flavor combination. When brewed properly it is perfect. Often I will reuse a few times and it is great each time.
I have made this almost every evening after dinner. It is very soothing and while I am unsure of caffeine content, it must not be much, as it doesn't keep me up.
This tea is of excellent quality. I wanted a tea that I could drink every day and I prefer Oolong teas. This one is a keeper! Not too oxidized, just right for drinking. The taste is complex, floral and fresh. I prepare a 16oz thermos of this tea in the morning and take it with me to work. It lasts me until noon or so. The price is not cheap, but it is worth it for the quality.
Exceptional ergonomics and form: perfect hold; beautiful lines... Currently infusing Fuding silver needle with great results - bowl is ideally shaped for hanging needles in cooler water, and Ying Qing clay seems to accentuate delicate notes in the tea (apricot and rose)... Highly recommend this gaiwan!
This tea is soft, smooth and mellow. It is a great young sheng puerh to introduce to somebody just getting into puerh. My 1st introduction into young raw puerh was a very harsh, astringent, bitter tea which turned me off to young puerhs. I wish I would have started exploring with this tea. I'm sure I wouldn't have waited so long to continue exploring more young puerhs.
I bought this tea after taking the Tea 101 Fundamentals class. It was one of the teas we tasted and I just loved it. With each steeping, the leaves unfurl revealing full, vibrant green leaves that look like they were just picked. It has become one of my everyday drinking teas!
I highly recommend this class for anyone who's even mildly interested in tea and even for those who are well acquainted with tea. Who knew tea could be so complicated and diverse? Victoria goes through all the varieties of teas and proper ways to brew them to bring out the full character of each type. In addition to going trough the do's and don'ts of brewing tea, she goes through the history behind some of the teas which adds further complexity and enriches the tasting experience. Victoria's depth of knowledge and passion shows in her enthusiasm and dedication to the art of tea. This is well worth the experience and I look forward to other classes being offered!
This is a nice, light tea with a sweeter flavor. I am happy to sip it as it is helping soothe my scratchy throat. Multiple steepings makes it worthwhile as it does not lose flavor! This is a nice tea for one who likes a lighter flavor that could really compliment anything you serve it alongside.
The West Lake Dragon Well is a tea that does not disappoint. Each day when I want my daily cup of tea, I do a "smell test" to see which my nose agrees with that day. A day never passes that Dragon Well doesn't make the running. It is fresh and pure with no need for any type of sugar or honey (and I was always a honey gal!) I think it is safe to say I found my forever tea!
This is the smoothest, richest Yunnan black that I have ever tasted. The dry leaves are 1" or more in length, along with some smaller, golden buds- and very fragrant. The brew is deep and chocolatey and has a lingering light, roasted flavour. It's just amazing!
purchased last december, very refreshing green tea, really enjoyed it ..
Since my boyfriend and I are new to drinking loose leaf tea, the sampler was a great buy. It allows us to try a variety of teas without buying the large portion.
Tried the sample size. As a beginner I feel that the value of this was a bit lost on me. Second and third steeping lost some of the first flush astringency.
The 2008 Lao Ban Zhang is a very lovely tea cake with floral aromas. Looks and tastes great. Expensive but worth trying.
Exceeded all expectations. I had searched for a fragrant, mellow green tea that had a great flavor.and in all the years nothing topped this one -- it is truly exceptional. Victoria recommended it and I loved it.
I received my cup within a few days of ordering, and it was exactly as advertised on the website: very high-quality craftsmanship, clean lines, and beautiful colors. Nothing was broken, which I was worried about since I have never ordered porcelain online. I started using it immediately and I am extremely satisfied with my purchase.
It is only 60mL, as advertised, so if you intend to drink a lot of tea at once you're better off getting a larger size. For a 60mL cup, though, it's definitely worth it, especially if you get it on sale.
Victoria never ceases to amaze me with what she is able to find on her tea-buying adventures. In this case, she discovered an expertly crafted, one-of-a-kind, charcoal-fired Jun Ci tea bowl. I am convinced that the artist, whose name is Zhao Zhanchao, crushed a handful of diamonds in order to make this bowl.
The one thing that static pictures often fail to illustrate is the "dynamism" of a piece, the movement or dance of a piece, how it changes from one moment to the next. Some of these pieces, such as this one, are truly works of art, and it is often clearest when you see them in person. They playfully dance in the light, engaging your eyes and your perspective.
With Zhanchao's bowl, close inspection under good lighting reveals a sparkle that is difficult to capture in words. When you look into the bowl, for example, it is almost as if you are watching a sea of diamonds. Every twist and turn of the bowl just shines, glitters, and sparkles. I've never seen another piece quite like this. In conjunction with its philosophical symbolism, it is the most thoughtful, striking piece in my collection.
I am creating a link to my Instagram video of the bowl so that you can see it for yourself here.
If MeiMei offers any other pieces made by Zhanchao, I would not hesitate to add it to your collection. If they are anything like this one, you will *not* be disappointed. Victoria, the owner, has excellent taste and discretion in picking out one-of-a-kind, amazing Chinese teaware.
I hope to cherish and care for this piece for the rest of my life.
When I mean perfect, I mean literally perfect. The porcelain is so delicate and the peacock is so detailed for being in miniature. This is the best quality I've ever seen. Can't wait to gift it to my best friend.
This tea is a wonderful experience. Brew it first thing in the morning and sip it quietly. It will give you peace.
The smell coming from the pouch is sweet florals and darker smells like cacao nibs and roasted nuts.After a 10 second rinse the smell opens with notes of light roast, moves onto rich cacao, and finishes with an explosion of sweet, heady gardenias.The first steep was for 10 seconds.I had to remind myself to actually taste the tea itself because the mouthfeel was so distracting!From the first steep, this tea is viscous and smooth, it coats the entire mouth and the aftertaste lingers for a very long time in the throat! Once I focused a bit more I could taste mellow notes of charcoal roast at the start, which quickly fade into a midsip dominated by a mixture of cacao nibs and sweet, sugary nutsThe finish is heavy gardenias and a floral after taste that lingers on the breath in between steeps.The second steep was for 15 seconds.Alright, it’s official: this tea stole my heart!The steep opens once again with wisps of smoky roast and fills out in the midsip, which is a mixture of an undercurrent of dark chocolate with what I swear is a caramel note on top!The dark chocolate notes balance out the sweeter, caramel-esque notes.I noticed an odd coppery tang toward the end of the sip.Perhaps the water was a little hot?Other than the coppery note, the finish is gentle, distant gardenias.The third steep was again for 15 seconds with slightly cooler water.The opening notes are less charcoal roast and more smelling a campfire on the breeze, with dark chocolate notes building around the edges.This dark chocolate note ramps up in the midsip where it is joined oddly by a nasally punch of gardenias, which until now have contained themselves to the end of the sip.It isn’t a bad mix of tastes at all, it’s actually surprisingly tasty! This is probably one of the sweetest dark oolong I’ve had!The finish is plain, simple gardenias that fade into a lingering aftertaste.I got six solid steeps out of this tea, it was a solid, sweet tea that I can see myself saving for special occasions.
I wasn't exactly sure what to expect with this class because my friend asked me to accompany her, but I absolutely LOVED it! Not only did I learn so much about Chinese varieties of tea, but also how to properly brew tea and met some really remarkable/ sociable people! I felt well at home with our teacher Victoria and the tea tasting was a once in a lifetime experience! I highly recommend trying out this experience! It was well worth my money.
This is one of my first encounters with pure silver needles and I was pretty happy to get to set aside an empty day to fool around steeping these leaves different ways! The scent of the leaves is light and sweet, a blend of lettuce, pollen, soft green vegetation, and a touch of flowers.After a 20 second rinse with water at 190, the wet leaf smells incredibly green, fresh lettuce and honey dew melon dominating the smell.
The first steep was for 2:00 with water at 180-185. The taste starts out with notes of crisp cucumber and light sugarcane sweetness that transitions into a buttery, lettuce-y midsip. The taste finishes off with a soft fruit note that I had a difficult time placing. There are light honey notes alongside the fruit note that lingers into the aftertaste. I compared the mouthfeel to a “warm cloud” in my notes, it is smooth and light, it almost feels like the tea isn’t there!The second steep was for 4:00 with water at 180-185. The start of the sip is once again cucumber, but this time it is joined by the lettuce note, all sweet green crispness. The midsip carries over the lettuce note, adding a smooth buttery note, and a fruity note starts to build alongside it. I finally was able to place the fruit note: it is pear! Pear and honey linger from the end of the sip into the aftertaste.
The third steep was for 6:30 with water at 180-185. A fresh cut grass note opens the sip, mixing with lettuce and cucumber as well as a light wildflower honey note that sits on top of all the green tastes. The midsip is once again lettuce and a buttery note and the finish is crisp ripe pear. However, the aftertaste this time around is lingering vegetation. This steep is super smooth despite the potentially bitter veggie notes.
Package arrived within a few days of placing order. Tea is mild and pleasant does not have the earthy taste I associated with pu'erh teas. While this may heresy to many, I tend to start a pot in the morning and keep it going all day by warm water water through out the day. Even with this mistreatment of the tea it retains its pleasant taste all day.
I had been looking for this size and couldn't find it. Perfect for gongfu style brewing. Easy to clean and easy to use.
I am glad that I got this. It is very beautiful.
Having recently purchased one of these teacups, I can say that what pleases me is that this particular cup showcases all of the most important properties that one looks for in good Jianware. It has an incredible sparkle to it; it changes colors and patterns with every change in lighting and angle; it has some nice weight to it; and it has some important qualities that point to its having been handcrafted. You can see the attached photos to see how the colors change when you add tea to it, but like I said, they also change at every angle regardless. Jianware might be the pinnacle of Chinese teaware, and when you have a good piece in your hands, it's easy to see why. You can get lost gazing into it as you sip your tea, rotating the bowl between your fingers and watching something akin to the birth of the cosmos in your hands. I hate to sound redundant, but "divine" truly is the best word to describe it. It possesses a graceful majesty that is so difficult to put into accurate words. Perhaps poetry is the only available outlet to approximate its beauty? It is certainly inspiring enough in that regard.
Those familiar with Jianware claim that the tea tastes better out of a Jian Zhan cup. Some have even tried to scientifically ground the claims, noting the naturally occurring high iron content of the material used to produce it. This also gives Jianware a magnetic property, and some have hypothesized that maybe it somehow ionizes the tea. Obviously, there is an answer to this mystery, but sometimes, I prefer to let the mystery be. I do think the tea tastes better, and I like to revel in what feels like a mystical experience when using this cup, appreciating the ware for its aesthetic beauty in all of its aspects, visually, tactilely, and spiritually. This is one of the few things that I own that seems like a gift from the gods.
It's very rarely to find it in US........
Get product in timely manner
Not happy with the fact that you offer % off and it is not honored at check out. I've order 4 times and each time you send me a "discount" it's NEVER honered.. :-(
Upon opening this tea, I noticed that the leaves were kept long and in tact. MeiMei's took care to package the tea in a nice tin box so that the leaves preserve their shape and do not get damaged in shipping. That was a smart, nice touch. There are also many signs that it has been hand-processed, most notably the diamond-like pattern on the leaves from mesh screens used to flatten them. This is good, as hand-processed teas are best.
When smelling the dry leaves, I was greeted with a predominant vegetal aroma and a very subtle and gentle "smokiness," which veteran tasters will recognize as orchid. Orchid is one of the main tasting characteristics of a Tai Ping, and so smelling it up front is always a good sign. Also, surprisingly, there was a tropical note in the background as well that was very faint, like pineapple. It complemented the aroma profile rather nicely.
To brew, I chose to use 4g with 200 mL of water at 180°F. I know that Tai Ping can withstand warmer temperatures though. Tai Ping leaves are pressed flat and kept close to the stem, which means they can expand quite a bit), but I like to experiment a little with my teas. I'll try brewing it another day at 190°, and I suspect that this can even be brewed at 160-170° if one chooses to do it grandfather style in one of the tall glasses, never straining the leaves and just sipping it from the glass.
I loved everything about this tea when tasting it. It was very relaxing and calming, boasting a velvety smooth texture. The vegetal and orchid aromas I had smelled with the dry leaves swapped places in the tasting with the orchid note becoming more dominant (without being strong) and the vegetal one more subtle. There's a really nice sweetness to this tea, and it's most noticeable in the aftertaste where it lingers for a long time, rivaling the length of an oolong aftertaste. It's definitely a tea that you want to taste last if having it with a meal or dessert so that you can enjoy the lingering flavor.
It is really a beautiful piece of Porcelain Gaiwan. I loved it very much.
Outstanding, loved the Dragon Well and Jasmine green teas. Delicious alone any time of the day or with a cookie for an afternoon break.
easy to purchase, delivery time great delivery time, delicious
This gaiwan was an additional purchase to the Buddhas Belly Gaiwan which I also love. It is made to the same impeccable standard. I use this gaiwan for oolong - it is smaller and has a high, narrow bowl to accommodate rolled and twisted oolongs. I like to steep oolong many times and in smaller quantities than other types of tea. This gaiwan works very well for that purpose and its size makes it ideal for steeping strong tea liquor or more delicate liquor. It allows me to really savor and enjoy the different aromas that's emerge in each steeping of a tea. The neutrality of this pot makes it suitable for everyday use and also for trying out new teas. The relief pattern is subtle and very pretty - there is a tiny snail carved into the saucer of the gaiwan!
I purchased this gaiwan for black teas and puer and it is perfect. The wide shallow belly of the pot allows the teas to unfurl as they steep. The high quality porcelain does a wonderful job of extracting fragrance neutrally without giving anything additional to the tea. I always try out new teas in a gaiwan and rely on this one as being the most neutral. Usually I use a yixing for favorite teas but find myself choosing this gaiwan often instead because it is such a pleasure to make tea with. This pot is very light and really fascinating. The landscape relief is subtle and delicate but when observed up close it is amazing in its detail. My little nieces and nephews were in awe watching the pattern emerge fully and crisply when I shone a light inside the gaiwan!
This tea is very refreshing with a little sweet at the finish. I didn’t taste much of the grassy taste that I expected from some other green teas. This tea holds well for the first and second steeping, a little weak on the third steeping. Watching the leaves opening up in the water is pleasant and the wet leaves in the glass tea pot is beautiful! Certainly my favorite green tea.
This tea has an incredible aroma! It has a stronger jasmine fragrance than any other jasmine tea I had before; however, the jasmine fragrance does not overpower the taste of the green tea. It has a undertone of sweetness from the green tea with a lasting aftertaste.
I received this tea in the red small packs. When I opened it, it smells wonderful; I immediately liked this tea. I felt it is a bit of everything. It has that roasted flavor, a little smokiness, a little sweet at finish, and it tastes full and no bitterness to it. It goes well with breakfast or all by itself. I would say among other black teas in my tea vault, this is my go to tea, and competes well with my most favorite teas.
I purchased 100 grams (20 mini cakes) of 2003 Vintage Gong Ting Cooked Puer Mini Cake (Palace Shu Puer), because I wanted a fermented tea. This dark tea arrived two days after my order was placed. It was placed in a labeled, re-sealable, black, aluminum foil bag; thus, eliminating the need for separate storage. Following MeiMei’s steeping instructions (one cake, 12 ounces of bottled spring water at 210F, steeped for 3 minutes), I found the tea to be mellow, flavorful, and fresh tasting, without any trace of bitterness. I was especially pleased to see that one cake served three, 12 ounce steepings; for me, one cake sufficed for three days.
I purchased the silver needles tea and didn't know what to expect. What I got was a perfect cup of tea. The delicate flavor is wonderful and the way it cheers me up for the rest of the day is wonderful.