1333 Tasting Notes
I asked my husband what type of tea he wanted tonight, he said 0olong, so I asked gongfu?or gaiwan? He said Gongfu. My next question was green oolong? Or dark oolong? He went for green. And without the blink of an eye I went to my tea shelves and pulled this one down. I wise choice, I believe.
The oolong balls are small/medium in size with some stray leaves amongst them. They are a dark/medium green colours and have a toasted grass and sweet hay scent.
I can taste grass, toasted nuts (chestnut if I had to pick), sweet flowers (lily) and cream. All before a mineral (kale) after taste with some dryness.
Further steeps bring out a more floral side than previously and with more cream. Now there is a bouquet of floral flavours: lily, violet, gladiola, honeysuckle. It’s as though it’s turned into a different tea part way through. Not better, nor worse…just different.
A rather complex Tie Guan Yin that became more complex and flavourful with each steep. As nice as it was I did note some holes and mild discolouration on the leaves once they had opened up post-steep.
Flavors: Chestnut, Flowers, Grass, Toasted
I’m a little late reviewing this one from the club but I’ve been in a green tea mood today and finally pulled this one from the shelf.
Opening the bag I am met with the strong scent sweet honey suckle and dry grass.
The leaves are thin, curly and consistently dark green.
Flavour is light and fresh, the super sweet honeysuckle coming through and lingering in the after taste. Also subtle hints of toasted grass and butter. Leaves mild dryness in the mouth.
This was delicious! A sweet and gentle green tea that though became dry, has freshness that makes up for it. Perhaps the sweetest Bi Luo Chun I have ever tried.
Flavors: Dry Grass, Honeysuckle, Toasted
The leaves smell sweet and floral, almost creamy.
In appearance they have a high shine and contain a mixture of green colours. Mostly with leaves being whole, dry and crisp.
Flavour is sweet and grassy with a dry almost perfumed after taste. Also has strong broccoli and savoy cabbage vegetal tones. The sweetness is rather buttery.
Now I’m drooling over the thought of purple sprouted broccoli cooked on a griddle with butter.
The dryness increases, if it wasn’t for that this would be a very nice Long Jing. The quality was nice though and so are the flavours. This is the lowest grade of Long Jing that the store sells, I will definitely try their better grades. Would say it’s perfect for everyday Long Jing.
Flavors: Broccoli, Butter, Drying, Flowers, Grass, Perfume
Oriental Beauty served with pumpkin and pecan pie while I watch Gothum. Basically everything is simply perfect!
Raw leaf smells of musty maple.
Leaf – 5g
Water – 90C
Method – Gaiwan 200ml
In flavour this is light, sweet, wooden and nutty. Also getting a hint of spice and plum. Very clean tasting and the sweetness is wonderful. Has a light dry and nutty after taste.
I think this has been the best Oriental Beauty I have tried. :)
Flavors: Maple, Plums, Spices, Wood
I tried this warm and found it be ‘nice’ but nothing special, so this morning I decided to cold brew some to have with dinner. It’s amazing! The cold steep has brought out the lemongrass but also some floral and cream tones. It’s refreshing, light and crisp. Everything I was hoping it would be in warm form.
I have another steep or two worth of leaves left and I will definitely be cold steeping it.
Flavors: Cream, Flowers, Lemongrass
I found this tea in my cupboard from the last Tea Moments order I placed. Mixing Pu Erh into a blend was what attracted me, I’ve only liked a few others and they tended to be spicy blends (like chai). This one mixed Pu Erh and Rooibos…that I had not tried before. On top of that it contained fruits and flowers. My curiosity peaked again for this one so I pulled it out of the cupboard and cold steeped it in my bottle. Coincidentally I wrote a review for my cold steeping bottle from Whittard of Chelsea.
I steeped this for a couple of days which is longer than I usually would, honestly I got carried away with things in the mean time. My nephew in law is down again for four days and I’m being kept busy with that. Anyway I poured the tea into a large mason jar mug this morning and noted it was a golden honey colour. A little thick I thought by looking at it but I thought I should try it before deciding.
So sip, sip sip and many tastings later I an thankfully say it’s not too strong though it is on the strong side. It’s not bitter nor sour and the long steep tastes intentional. It has a Rooibos thickness though it’s clean tasting from the cold steep, and before it becomes too much it fills out with a highly floral affair in the after taste. A little sweet and I think I can taste generic fruitiness though it’s not a major part of it.
So to sum up this blend cold steep tastes: Thick but fresh Rooibos with a high floral after taste and some fruity sweetness.
It may not be a new favourite but I like it, though I’m not sure how well it would translate to being steeped normally with boiling water. Thinking about it now it tastes like a floral Chinese iced tea I had before from my local Chinese supermarket…just less sweet than that was. Got 50g of the blend so another 4 or so cold steeps :)
Flavors: Flowers, Rooibos, Sweet
This tea boasted being a “woman hairdressing tea” and “a beauty to raise color outique” purchased from the now famous Jerry Tea Trade on AliExpress. My purchase of this tea was for purely comical translation reasons, though that being said I actually do like rose based teas.
Well this arrived a few days ago and I have just found the time to try it. The teabags are square and made of rather thick paper, with a lot of herbal blend in them.
Flavour is thickly herbal with light rose sweetness. Not a huge fan of herbal teas, particularly dried herbal blends, though this one is easily drinkable. I think it’s the rose that makes it less dry and more appealing. It’s only soft but it’s enough.
Other than general mixed herbs and the rose I can’t taste much of anything else. While it might not be a new favourite I’m just happy I can drink it and should have no problem finishing the other 44 tea bags.
Flavors: Herbs, Rose
The second tea I have to try from Teatoxy. I’ve been out for a lovely three course Italian meal with family and my day has gone very well (so far), now it’s time to relax and play Pokemon before bedtime.
This blend is sweet and very minty in it’s raw state. Large leaves and fruit pieces all of which look and smell natural make up this amazing sounding blend. It’s a nice refreshing peppermint scent, nothing too strong nor dry.
It suggests leaving the tea to steep for 10 minutes to receive the full benefits and I will give it a go, I don’t mind strong tea :)
Colour is red/purple and it smells softly of mint and flowers.
Flavour is also fairly light and fresh. Light mint and hibiscus (though honestly it is minimum hibiscus ie non thick, nor super sour) with a herby after taste. A little sour but also with a touch of sweetness.
It’s a nice mint tea, nothing is too strong despite the long steep and after such a large meal my stomach has been settled. The mint is fresh and has no bits nor dryness. I love mint teas but have had some tragic blends over the years…happily this is not one of them. It’s lovely!
Flavors: Herbs, Hibiscus, Peppermint
I found a sealed 25g pack of this in my cupboard so I decided to finish it off. My rating was disappointed taken from the last time I tried it, some 2 years ago. I previously made this iced via standard method ie warming and then cooling. This time I cold steeped it to see if it tasted any better than previously.
Well it’s somewhat perfumed and dry with a mild sweetness and mixed tropical fruity after taste. Cleaner tasting than I remember though it’s still only a little improvement overall. At least that was the last of it! After 2 years you have been eliminated.
Quick review as I’m playing Pokemon Sapphire while I try this tea. This was a random tea purchase from AliExpress, I don’t remember trying this tea before as white is not a favourite of mine, but it was cheap enough for me to give it a go. £2.34 for 50g – roughly 10 balls.
I used 2 balls which are large and made of dark brown and silver tipped leaves. They have a sweet yet wooden scent. I used 2 balls as the instructions says to try 3 or 4 in a gaiwan, that would fill my gaiwan with no room to expand so 2 balls roughly 10g should suffice.
Flavour has mild sweetness with a touch of malt and wood. The balls are not breaking down easy, even after a two minute steep. But the flavour does get a little stronger over time. It’s like a black tea, it’s super sweet and malty…I didn’t think this was possible for a white tea.
It’s pretty nice but I just wish the balls would break down a bit…perhaps a few steeps should sort this out. Otherwise the flavour is very pleasant and to my taste. So far, so good.
Flavors: Honey, Malt, Sweet, Wood