266 Tasting Notes

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I love this tea! I didn’t really leave a proper review last time so I’m doing it now. Just finished my kickboxing workout this morning so it’s nice to relax with a wonderful cup of tea.

Dry the leaves are tiny twisted dark green and I could smell spinach from the dry a bit.

Brewed at 185 , 8 oz, 2 min, 1 tsp. Mmmmm. Sweet, buttery and spinach. I can smell the spinach in the aroma. This tea to me seems like it borders between some Japanese teas and the Chinese teas. The spinach seems to give it that umani that the Japanese greens have. Then there’s the rich nutty, butter flavour. I only have one little package left of this which is 2 cups so this is one tea that I will definitely have to order more of. It’s like a cup of heaven.

Flavors: Butter, Nutty, Spinach, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’ve had this tea twice but have held off leaving a review. That’s because I think it’s strange I get chocolate notes off of a white tea. Yet I do.

Dry, the leaves are a bit fuzzy with white green to light green colour. It brews up a honey yellow and has a good body for a white tea. I picked up hay, honey and of course the chocolate notes. I really quite like it but I’m curious if anyone else gets chocolate notes.

Flavors: Chocolate, Hay, Honey

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Yummy! :)

The Finest Brew Co.

This sounds tasteful, thanks! There is indeed a frail note of chocolate that I too pick up.

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drank Creamy Lemon Drop by My Tea Brew
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I had this tea a few years ago and loved it. The lady who sells it has here own website but I always buy from here when she comes to the craft shows in Dec. I remember loving this soooooo much. I picked some up this time wondering how I would feel about since I drink mostly straight tea now.

It’s still a good tea but the flavouring does cause some tongue tingling. I don’t know if this batch is different from ones she did in the past or it’s just me. I remember it smelling just like the name “creamy lemon drop” from the bag. This time I don’t get that. It is lemony and some cream but it doesn’t smell sweet along with it.

Brewed it was okay. Citrusy with that creamy note added to the green tea.

Sadly it’s just not my “Cup of tea” anymore. I’m trying to get that same feel, flavour I felt a few years ago when I had it but it’s not there anymore. It’s probably just me that’s changed and not the tea.

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drank 2014 Jingmai Raw by Mandala Tea
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Had this tea awhile ago and I remember it being really rough with bitterness in the first few steeps. It did not appeal to me at all. Around steep #5 it mellowed out. The bitterness was gone and it was a strong apricot taste. I didn’t try too many steeps after that. Next time I have this I think I will start drinking it at Steep 5 and see where it goes from there. It just kept getting better!

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drank Mandarin Silk by Tea Lux
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Ah, here is an old favourite which I rated 100 before. Unfortunately , I am VERY sensitive to so many flavourings now. This was one that didn’t bother me before. I’m still okay with it but now just a bit sensitive to the flavouring. It’s still good but I wouldn’t rate it 100 anymore. My tastes have changed a lot over the last year.

Enjoying this while listening to Terri’s Christmas album I downloaded off ITunes. Such beautiful music.

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What an unusual green tea. The little leaves are rolled so tight in straight little sticks that look almost black when dry but turn green when infused. Those little leaves still did not unroll even after the first infusion and only barely on the 2nd!!!

I was really wondering what this tea would be like. As much as I love green teas, I’ve been becoming a little bored always with the similar profile of chestnut, smooth & sweet. First infusion was for 2 min , 185F, about 4 oz water, 2 g . It was pretty light. I’m not really good at describing notes or flavours but it seemed to taste a bit like hay with chestnut notes that sometimes would be light and other times strong. It was a bit astringent as well.

2nd brew : 3 min, 185F, 4 oz. This was a slightly stronger brew. Still hay like. Chestnut notes a bit more pronounced and definitely more astringent. At the bottom of the cup, a bit bitter.

I really don’t know how to rate this tea because I’m not sure how I feel about it right now. I don’t love it but did enjoy this tea. It’s so different! It was certainly fun to try it.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
Cheri

Sounds really different.

The Finest Brew Co.

It certainly is very unusual, the leaves are indeed big and handrolled so tightly it is a mystery. Glad you enjoyed and had a bit of fun with it, and this review is very helpful, thanks!

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Got this as a sample with my first Aliexpress order. I was mostly interested in a black tea that yyz had reviewed but the most amazing teas to me have been this white and a green.

This tea tastes pretty much like a green. It’s sweet , nutty, slightly astringent. It brews up a medium amber colour which is quite dark for a white. I think I read somewhere that this tea is really a green but called a white in it’s name. I have no idea but it is very “green” tasting. It’s very good and I would consider buying more of this. Delicious!

Flavors: Astringent, Nutty, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
yyz

I’ve liked his greens too!

Anji bai cha is called a white tea not because of it’s processing but because of it’s appearance. As a result of genetics it produces less chlorophyll and therefore appears whitish next to other cultivars. As well the tea has been said to help suppress cortisol and help you relax due to it’s unique biochemistry. Http://www.teaspring.com/An-Ji-Bai-Cha.asp

Ubacat

Thanks for the info yyz! That’s good to know. I think I had too much caffeine to notice if this was reducing cortisol but it would be good to put it to the test one afternoon when I’m working and stressed.

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drank White Earl Grey Cream by Tealux
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This tea must be about a year old in my cupboard. I’ve moved away from so many flavoured teas but I do have a few exceptions. This tea is still good. Earl grey flavouring is light with a hint of cream allowing the white tea to come through. Although I’m enjoying it , I wouldn’t give this a 95 like I did a long time ago! An 80 is good.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I love Bi Luo Chun but am surprised to find this is a very different Bi Luo Chun! This tea is not delicate! I brewed at 185 , 1 tsp , 2 min, 8 oz. That’s pretty much my standard for most greens but this one seemed quite strong at 2 min. It brews a golden colour. It’s strong , nutty & vegetal . I occasionally pick up pine sap notes.

It definitely does have good Cha qi. This tea has really given me good energy this morning. Because this is a strong green it kind of reminds me somewhat of some of the young shengs. A very strange Bi Luo Chun! I enjoy this tea but can’t say I love it like my Bi Luo Chun from Royal Tea Bay or Teavivre. It certainly is different. I plan on brewing this with a shorter steep time next time.

I think this is a good tea for those who love shengs or dark tea drinkers that want to try out some greens.

Flavors: Nutty, Pine, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I was really curious about this tea after yyz reviewed it. So much that I placed my very first Aliexpress order. I should have known better. I tend to like lighter teas and this tea is for those that love dark full bodied teas.

I was afraid of it being too strong for me so I brewed at 200F for 1 1/2 min. That was very strange because all the elements that made this tea what it was still came through but were weak. So on the 2nd brewing I brewed it longer. It didn’t matter weak or strong it still was toooo strong for me.. I could pick up stewed fruit. It was very sweet like honey & molasses & malty. There was also a spicy note in there which was very faint. Kinda like the chilli note yyz got.

Strange , but I have loved some blacks that do have a malty, molasses, flavour. This one had something about it that made it stronger. Anyway, glad I didn’t buy a full size of this, only sample size.

Flavors: Malt, Molasses, Spicy, Stewed Fruits

Terri HarpLady

Sounds like my kind of tea :)

Ubacat

It could be! Definitely for those that love the ripe pu’erh or strong black teas.

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I’ve loved tea since I’ve been a kid. Back then it was Old King Cole black tea with milk in it. As the years went by I added in all kinds of teas and moved away from the blacks to more green, white,pu-erh rooibos,& herbal. Just recently I’ve started to enjoy a few blacks again along with oolong. Mostly I would just get my teas from the grocery store, Whole Foods, craft shows with small tea vendors, or when travelling. I did order online from a company years ago but only did the once. It was just in 2013 I joined Steepster and have started some online orders. Love love love Tealux but am hoping to try some different places.

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