Houston Travels & Tea from What-Cha

This weekend I visited my father in Houston to celebrate his retirement from Shell Oil after 34 years. One of the many ways his job has impacted his life is it introduced him to tea, due to having in international workforce. My father shared two teas that coworkers had given to him after visiting their families in China.

First up is Hanzhong Xianhao from Shanuxi Province. Usually you see this tea as a green tea. Funny enough the coworker that gave my Dad this tea has never had it before even though it's from his home town!

First up is Hanzhong Xianhao from Shanuxi Province. Usually you see this tea as a green tea. Funny enough the coworker that gave my Dad this tea has never had it before even though it's from his home town!

The tea looks similar to Golden Monkey or other tippy black tea, but with flatter leaves. It tasted great and produced a tea that was dark and thick.

The tea looks similar to Golden Monkey or other tippy black tea, but with flatter leaves. It tasted great and produced a tea that was dark and thick.

Meng Ding Gan Lu or "Sweet Dew" is a very famous green tea from Sichuan Province.

Meng Ding Gan Lu or "Sweet Dew" is a very famous green tea from Sichuan Province.

This tea was of excellant quality and made a golden tea color. 

This tea was of excellant quality and made a golden tea color. 

We also visited the tea house The Path of Tea. I was a little disapppointed by the selection. It seemed that they focused more on providing organic teas, mainly ones flavored or with added herbs, than with even basic "pure" tea. The atmosphere is peaceful and it is a great place if you're interested on learning more about tea or testing the waters. We did pick up their Dragonwell and a black currant tea for later.

When I got home I had  package waiting for me from What-Cha! I've heard rave reviews about their tea, and I really liked the selection on their website. Be prepared for reviews on these teas soon!

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