235 Tasting Notes

I had this tea early this morning and a few days ago. I’ve been brewing with boiling water, 8oz water , for 2 min. It’s been good with caramel notes but I think the higher temperatures are just not doing this tea any justice so I’m not rating it yet. The smell of the tea in the bag is heavenly , very similar to green Bi Luo Chun. However, when I brew it, it’s just not living up to the way it smells dry. I plan on trying this with lower temperatures but was wondering how others out there have brewed this tea successfully? BTW, love the colour of the dry leaves! So pretty!

Cameron B.

I generally use 200 degree water for blacks, but I’ll sometimes go down to 190 if it’s a pure bud tea. They just seem more delicate to me. :P

Ubacat

Thanks! I’ll try that. I haven’t had a lot of black teas in the last few years. I never would have thought to try them at temperatures as low as oolong.

Cameron B.

I have a weird paranoia about boiling water, I’m always afraid it will ruin everything! I generally only use it for herbals and rooibos. :P

Dexter

I agree with Cameron – I don’t normally use boiling water on blacks. I general uses 90 or 95C depending on the tea. (Red rooibos is less woody if steeped at a lower temp too….)

Ubacat

I always thought most black teas can take boiling water but will definitely try it at the lower temperatures.

Terri HarpLady

with this one I usually go gongfu, 5G x 4oz 15/30/45sec/1/2/3/4/min

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Having this one this morning. Brewed accorking to Yunomi. First brewing : 1 tsp, , 1/3 cup water at 110F, 2 minutes. It was rich and sweet like heavy seaweed. No astringency at all. Second brewing: 1/3 cup , 185F, 20sec. This one had a stronger astringency due to the higher temperature but the sweetness was still coming through. Good but very different than the first brewing. My little teapot was not filtering out all the tiny leaves so with both the first and second brewing, I was getting those tiny leaves at the bottom of my cup. That’s what was giving it a strong strong seaweed taste at the bottom of the cup. So far, very delicious and very different. Will update further with more steepings! I would classify this tea as a very special occasion tea or special treat. The special steepings are a little tricky to follow and the tea is amazing. Definitely worth keeping in small quantities for that special treat.

Flavors: Seaweed, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 3 OZ / 79 ML

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90

It’s strange but Yunnan Sourcing has this tea up as Autumn 2014 but in the detailed description it has Spring 2014 at the top. My package has Spring 2014 on it so I’m assuming it’s spring but couldn’t find the spring one on their website so using the picture and details for Autumn 2014.

This is a lovely mild sweet green tea with nutty notes. I pick up a very mild roasted taste in it too which I really like.

Flavors: Nutty

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I am enjoying this buckwheat tea. It’s roasty toasty buckwheat that’s got a nice sweetness too. A wonderful cup of non-caffeinated tea for late afternoon. It does kind of give you that warm cosy feeling on a cool day.

Flavors: Roasted, Toasty

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92

Dry the little black needles smell almost like a green tea (They don’t look quite like the picture. They are very tiny and very black.). I’d say a Bi Luo Chun but with a hint of molasses scent to it. I brewed Gong Fu. 195F -15 sec and added 15 sec to the second. For the third I kept it at 30 sec because the 2nd cup seemed a bit strong to me.

This is a yummy malty tea. I’m picking up molasses sweet taste in it and also cocoa notes (which was more pronounced in the first two infusions). There’s something about this black tea that reminds me of a green- again I think of Bi Luo Chun. Perhaps it’s something in the aroma of it brewed. It works for me anyway since I love greens. This black tea is an excellent tea!

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt, Molasses

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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96

OMG this tea is so good. Chocolate & sweet. Smooth not bitter or astringent. Yum! Been brewing this gongfu this morning and on my 3rd tiny cup. I would put this on my list to reorder but I have plenty for now. What more can I say? Big slurp Mmmmmmm

Flavors: Chocolate, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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drank White Spicy Pear by Tealux
235 tasting notes

I had the herbal tea Spicy Pear ages ago. I left a review on here commenting that I really liked the fruity mixture but it was missing something, and thought a white tea would be good. Tealux must have been listening because when I went to order last time this tea was there. I’m just now getting around to trying it and I have to give it the thumbs up. It’s still more of a herbal tea since there’s not much white tea in there but the white tea give it a body that was missing before. There’s popcorn in this too. There was a big piece of popcorn when I put in in my infusier. I am getting that white tea base along with the apple/pear juicy flavour. Just a hint of cinnamon. Not sure if the popcorn adds anything to it but it certainly is good. Light on caffeine too.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Pear

Preparation
2 tsp

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I’m having Tealux – Imperial Gyokuro Genmaicha this morning. I’ve left a review on it already and it’s very good tea. I haven’t been having too many new teas lately. Just already tried teas from my cupboard.

Yesterday I had:

Imperial Dark – Mandala Tea – a good morning cup

White Sands Tea -Royal Tea Bay – A pleasant green

Mandarin Silk Oolong -Tealux – I’ve moved away from a lot of flavoured teas. I still love this though. I haven’t had it in a long time and it was so nice having a cup. Mmmmm

China Moon Palace TeaFrog This one fell short for the day. I can’t remember my initial review on it and I don’t have much left of it (1 tsp); but it wasn’t the best. I shared this one with Hubby but it was a bit of a let down after some of the amazing greens I’m used to.

Well, considering, should I check out the Coffee/Tea show today? A great chance to try some more teas but I’m definitely gonna have to post on here with teas I want to swap. I know I’ve got some David’s Tea -Coconut Oolong I can’t have anymore because the artificial flavour give me a headache and breathing problems. It smells delicious though.

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77

I thought I already had this tea but the package was sealed so it was a nice surprise. I brewed a couple of cups this morning and I seem to get a spicey edge from this one. There’s a bit of that apricot taste . Smooth, not bitter, a light sweetness. This seems to be a pretty good young sheng.

Flavors: Apricot, Smooth

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I’m not a really big fan of chai tea but that’s not to say I don’t like them. This one seemed intriguing, Bi-Luo Chun Black with vanilla beans and chai spices? I love green bi-luo chun and love vanilla and was curious to try this out. As everyone has said the spices in this tea are done perfectly. A wonderful chai spice mixed with the creaminess an sweetness of the tea. Then there’s the vanilla adding a sweetness too. Yummy! However, this has now got me curious. I wonder how plain bi-luo chun black tastes?

Flavors: Butter, Cardamon, Ginger, Vanilla

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

The answer is: amazing! ;)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

^agreed. The base of this (Golden Snail) is one of my favorite blacks ever. :-)

Cheri

I’m not big on chai, but I quite liked golden snaily yums. Maybe I’ll see if I can try this one.

Cameron B.

I’ve tried two or three different black biluochuns and liked them all. :D

Ubacat

I’ll have to put that on my wish list to try!

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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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