This is by far my favorite teahouse and I drive just over 50 miles to get there! I'm somewhat of a regular with the added bonus for myself that Tracy (the owner) started the business as her opening day on my birthday so I have a special affinity for this particular location. The variety of teas offered are quite excellent as is the knowledge and preparation of the teas by the staff. One of my favorite times I was in the shop I'm always looking for her 'new' items so I asked the counter attendant what he'd suggest. He asked if I was into puehr and I jumped at the chance to try one different from my own collection. Ii had a gaiwan of I believe a 1998 raw that offered at least 15 infusions with a chance to just sit back, relax and really savor the subtle nuances of this tea. While that's special it's pretty common for this shop to offer things you may not find elsewhere whether that's the latest tisane seasonal flavor (currently a dried fruit melange called pumpkin spice), an exceptional cup of a fine varietal such as a muscatel darjeeling from a particular plantation in India or just your favorite everyday brew (and even those wonderful white needle teas and a wide selection of greens from various regions) I don't think you'll be disapointed in the knowledge, quality of product and the service. I'm not much of an eater at Essencha but those things I have tried (mostly the dessert range) are quite good. You won't find a HUGE menu but what is there is always nicely presented and of course has a wide variety of tea possibilities to choose with it. I'd suggest going to the website and check out what's on the current menu or call and ask. If this were a movie review I'd give it two thumbs up! ENJOY, you won't be disappointed and it's easy to see why they consistently are listed in the top 500 teahouses.
Thanks so much, Patrick! It's always a pleasure to see that we're accomplishing what we set out to do, and interested, enthusiastic, warm tea lovers are why we're here. Hope to see you soon!