395 Tasting Notes
Directions on this tea said to brew 6-8 grams. I think I went conservative and only brewed 5 grams with about 4 oz water. I used boiling water initially but then tried a lower temperature.
This tea brewed up so extremely light—only a pale yellow. It was also very light on taste. I could pick up a little sweetness, hay & pine and some faint peppery notes. I could smell citrus but could not pick out anything citrus in the flavour. I did many infusions but this tea was just way too light for any flavour to come through. I’ve checked reviews from other people on this kind of tea (from other companies ) and I’m seeing many different ways of brewing (iced sounded interesting). I think I’m going to try some different things before rating this tea. I liked the flavour but it was just too faint. I plan on going up to 8 g the next time. I really need to play around with something that works for this tea.
Flavors: Hay, Pine
Got to try this one the other day. I followed their brewing instructions using water temperature of 185F. This was the first time I’ve used a temperature that low for pu’erh. I had good results with it and while it might just be because this tea is so good, I’d still like to try that out with some of my other shengs.
This tea was ready to drink after only one rinse. Some shengs are a bit rough and lots of time I do a few rinses/steeps before I even start drinking. Already after one rinse this tea was smooth and silky on the tongue with no bitterness or smokiness at all. There was a bit of sweetness in the first infusion.
I did quite a few infusions and didn’t keep track of them all but I enjoyed this tea a lot. The apricot notes were stronger in later infusions when the leaves opened up. I noticed peppery notes on the 4th infusion and later.
I had quite a few infusions (each one being only 2 oz approx.) . However, even with all that tea I did not feel a caffeine rush or get a bit jittery. I felt calm and relaxed.
Overall, an excellent tea!
Flavors: Apricot, Pepper
I was expecting this tea to look and taste something like chamomile (which I’m okay with but don’t love). I was surprised to find the little orange/black flowers. They look like little bubble bees in the bag. :-)
It brews up really dark – about the colour of black tea, but kind of reddish. There is kind of an earthiness to this tea which would explain why they always pair it with the ripe pu’erh tea. There’s also a herbal quality to the tea. I can’t say it’s a taste I really love but at the same time it went down pretty easy.
I’ve googled and checked out the health benefits of this tea which are numerous. It relieves head congestion , has antiviral properties, It lowers body temperature when running a fever. Helps unclog blocked arteries and varicose veins. Helps with all respiratory problems. Has Vitamin C. Relieves sore throat. Wow! There’s more but it is definitely a good one to keep on hand during cold and flu season. I could have used this a few weeks ago.
Got this one as a Christmas gift. It’s a dark roasted oolong. I got two dark oolong’s for Christmas and usually the light oolongs are my favourites.
Anyway, I brewed it up this morning according to the directions from Rishi. It’s a pretty strong tea with rich roasted graininess and a bit of sweetness. Shared it with Hubby this morning. It was pleasant enough but even on the 2nd infusion I couldn’t detect any orchid notes that they claim is there. Maybe as it becomes weaker with each infusion , orchid notes might come out. There definitely was raisin notes.
Even though this tea is good, I don’t think this is the type of tea I will reach for very often.
Flavors: Raisins, Roasted
I think this if my first tea ever tried from 52 Teas. I’m not really into too many flavoured teas and they do have a lot of flavoured teas. This one surprised me though. It was a lovely licorice spice. A bit of the delicate taste of the white tea came through and it was a pretty good blend…if you like licorice/anise , which I do. I don’t get any brandy from this tea. I think it should be called Licorice Spice.
This certainly is an unusual green tea! If someone had made this tea for me without me seeing the package, I would say it was a sheng. Even the dry leaves look like sheng. Very dark and grey.
Brewed up it’s a bit smokey & earthy. There’s a bit of nutty in the notes along with black pepper that hits the tongue on the finish.
There’s only one tsp left of this so I’m putting it back in the box to let someone else try it out. Definitely an unusual tea!
This tea is all sheng to me.
This tea has such fantastic reviews but for me it’s just not working. I had this tea this morning and did a 2nd infusion; but each time all I got was a dark roast. I couldn’t pick up much of anything else. So back in the box this goes for someone who will appreciate it more than me. It’s just personal tastes but I’m really glad I got to try it out.