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Catherine Darrow   

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  • Floating Leaves Tea


    This is a tiny storefront tea shop -- be alert when you drive past, as it's easy to miss. It's best to park nearby and seek out the store on foot. 1704 NW Market -- trust me, it's really there. The owner has fantastic taste. Many tea shops offer a wide variety in quality, but you'll find none of that here: no blended or flavored teas, no overpriced so-so teas. It's just a well-honed selection of what the owner considers genuinely good teas, and at VERY reasonable prices! The oolongs are the best--don't miss the house blend--but you can find other Taiwanese, Chinese, and Japanese teas here as well; looking over the shelves is like looking over the high points of those tea landscapes. The owner is incredibly passionate about tea, and very friendly. I walked in off the street and was treated to a tasting of several teas, and an hour of fun conversation about tea things. There are apparently regular, scheduled tea tastings as well, but I was asked to call ahead--the space is tiny, and can only handle four or five people. The shop also has a good selection of teaware. There's no food, though, so don't come expecting that. Highly recommended if you're in the neighborhood! I know I'll be back.