Light and floral. Definitely sense the hint of natural citrus and honey like qualities.
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A model breakfast blend style keemun. A tad floral with a lingering citrus aftertaste. Nothing too special. Pretty typical stuff.
Picked this tea up yesterday at Special-Teas Etc in Volant, PA. Great little store. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. They also had a quite an extensive selection of their own blends, Rishi, and Octavia. This particular Ti Kuan Yin is very light and floral.
Interesting stuff. I’m a huge fan of Kukicha, so when Samovar sent me this free sample of Kuki Yerba Mate I couldn’t wait to brew some up. It has quite an interesting flavor profile. Very earthy and deep. Hints of sweetness stand out occasionally.
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Received this tea with my Perfect Steeper gift set. Beautifully rolled and very aromatic, this teat yields a very light liquor that is very refreshing and mild. Great stuff.
Drinking this out of my Eight Cranes Perfect Steeper. Great tea in the morning. Never lets me down.
Ah Wuyi Dark Roast…. a staple in my collection. My go-to afternoon oolong. This stuff is the bees knees. Smokey, sweet, earthy. All the flavors that a tea should have. Fantastic once again. Multiple infusions with steep times between 35 seconds to a full minute.
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Free sample from Adagio. Being a huge fan of jasmine, I am very impressed with this blend. I have had some other’s that are just pure in your face jasmine that I really dislike. This blend is a little smoother and more subtle. Probably due to the oolong that kind of tames it down a bit.
Received this as a free sample with my Adagio order. Nothing real special. I’m a big fan of chamomile, but this blend didn’t really wow me. Rooibos is very prominent, which I am generally a fan of, but the orange takes over a little bit too much. Not the worst tisane around, but definitely not a must have.
Beautiful looking tea. After 2 infusions, the leaves really open up. Wonderful sweet taste matched with an almost buttery mouthfeel. Light yellow liquor. Definitely, one of the more sweeter oolongs I’ve brewed.
Just got this in from Adagio. It reminds me of a less smooth and wholesome version of Samovars Ryokucha. It’s definitely got that chestnut aftertaste coupled with a very earthy and grassy undertone. I do sense just a touch of sweetness but it’s not that powerful.
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A very complex and fascinating blend. I’ve never been a huge fan of lavender, so my expectations for this tea were quite low. At first glance/smell, this tea seems to be pure lavender, with the little flowers dotting the tea. However, after a 5 min steep, the lavender is there but not as strong as I had expected. The flavors are very complex and rich. A very high quality Earl Grey with just a hint of lavender for a rich floral aftertaste.
This tea is definitely a shocker. As mentioned by other reviews, the initial outlook on this tea is that of your typical black or breakfast tea. The smell is similar to others, yet it does give off that earthy/sweet profile that makes this tea a true winner. The initial flavor profile is a bit like a breakfast blend but more earthy and pu-erh like. As it cools the sweetness and balanced flavors remind me of a more reserved version of Maiden’s Ecstasy pu-erh. Very interesting, a well rounded tea.
Just got this in, along with their Earl Lavender and Ancient Gold blends. This tea is reminiscent of Earl Grey blends I have had in the past, yet a little less floral/citrusy and much more smokey and woody. The rooibos is a very nice touch and add’s a nice character to the tea that really completes the whole package.
Interesting tea. Quite malty with hints of roasted nuts. For me it has a similar flavor profile with Ryokucha, with little less punch.
Great herbal blend. The hints of licorice linger on the palette long after you’ve taken a sip. The rooibos does have that warm-tingly feeling that makes it a great pre-bedtime blend. Unlike most herbals, this blend is not an “In your face” kind of deal. The flavors meld well together and don’t overpower each other.
Alright. After a little bit of advice from Takgoti, I decided to steep this stuff much longer. After about 5 minutes, the depth and character of this tea is much more accessible. The smooth and lingering sweet profile is definitely there now.
My first true pu-erh experience. So far I’m fairly satisfied. I just received a small tin of this along with Samovar’s small Yixing clay pot. Right off the bat, the smell is out of this world. Very earthy and sweet. However, I’m a bit concerned that I brewed this pu-erh incorrectly. I can’t seem to get much of a taste out of this so far. I’ve been through about 6-7 resteeps and I only get a miniscule amount of taste/mouthfeel and just a tiny bit of sweetness. I used about a tablespoon of leaves with boiling water each time, including the quick rinse at the beginning. Steep for about 30-45 seconds each time, about 60 seconds on the last steep. Any recommendations on how to nail down the preparation on this? Maybe I’m just used to the full on flavors of their black/oolong blends. Or am I missing something?
This tea has been sitting around in my collection for awhile now in it’s airtight bag from Ito En. I decided to open some of it up this morning and try it out. The leaves are beautiful, consistent, and very floral. They brew up a nice light yellow liquor that is mildly sweet and interestingly, less floral than I had expected. The other silver needle I have on hand, Octavia, is definitely more floral/earthy than this. No complaints here…