63 Tasting Notes

95

I am one of those people who routinely oversteep my tea, especially the first steeping in the morning. I put the leaves into my travel mug and then add hot water. I sip a little during breakfast and then throughout the morning. So, the first steeping of this, made in this style, was a bit strong and astringent for me. But, the second and third steepings were awesome! I could really taste the pineapple in this tea! Not a lot of milk flavor, but still really nice.
This morning I had this tea in a small tea pot and was able to drink the first brewing more quickly, and it was really smooth and not at all astringent. I added just a tiny bit of sugar to bring out the sweetness of the tea.
The only negative is that some of the leaves are broken. I prefer completely intact leaves.

arichard

Shared this one with my mom this morning. She is not a green or oolong drinker, but she really enjoyed it. I brought out the sweetness for us by adding a tsp of sugar to our 32 oz pot. It tasted smooth and quite a bit like pineapple. This is really becoming my favorite tea!

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60

I steeped this in a regular teapot and it was really yummy! I could definitely smell and taste the orange and the ginger. When resteeping (which I did 3 or 4 times) the orange and especially the ginger taste faded, but the oolong base is lovely and continued to taste good. I might re-buy.

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67

The first steeping of this tea was very strong and astringent. But, the second and third were very nice. It had a deep elemental taste with a hint of flowers. Next time I try it, I’ll try to remember to do a wash steeping.

Update – I tried this again, gongfu style. It was much more pleasant that way and not at all astringent. The first steeping is still a little bitter, but it was a pleasant bitter. The subsequent steepings had a nice floral taste to them. I’ve updated the rating.

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100

Everyday I take a travel mug of oolong with me to work. I usually drink a light oolong, often Alishan. I received a large container of it from a taiwanese student. Each morning, I put 1-2 tsp of tea in my mug and then fill it with hot water. I drink it throughout the morning, putting in more hot water at lunch and then some more during the afternoon. So, I look for teas that I can resteep in such a fashion and do not get overly bitter as they stew in the water. This one is a perfect example of this! It stayed nice tasting through three steepings.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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97

Just had a lovely tea time with my husband! We used a gaiwan to brew this very flavorful tea. I washed the tea to begin with, but regretted it. Last night I had a small pot of it and didn’t wash it and its first brew was sweeter. We ended up getting 6 brews out of it, not counting the wash. Some were better than others, the second and third being my favorite. The predominant flavor is orchid, but there are notes of milky sweetness, especially in the first two steepings. We did add a little tiny bit (less than 1/8 tsp) of sugar to the third, fourth, and fifth steepings to bring out the sweetness. A very satisfying tea and one I will buy again and again. This is the best tea I have ever tasted.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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67

Bright fruity flavor on top of a smooth black tea. Lovely! Not good if you over-brew it, though. This is a great fruity tea blend.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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64

Yum! I love this brewed hot like chai, with honey and almond milk. Also good chilled. Sometimes I add a bland flavored black tea bag to this to create “chai”. A very nice, spicy, comforting tisane. Great for days when I don’t want to have caffeine, but still want to drink an herbal that actually tastes like tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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60

I was diagnosed with acid reflux and had to give up coffee and black tea. Then, I had to give up green tea. I was stuck with herbals. But, there are many easy to drink ones out there, and I added this to my list. Thankfully, my stomach is healing and my world of tea is opening back up. I am loving oolong currently, but this herbal is one of my go-to tisanes for an evening cup (I’m sensitive to caffeine in the evening). Easy to drink, not super interesting, but not bitter. Pleasant.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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50

Tart and wonderful! I often brew this and serve it iced and sweetened. It’s almost like Kool-aid! Tastes a bit like childhood to me.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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63

Just had a relaxing cup of this lovely bagged tea. It was very pleasant with about a teaspoon of honey. Tart but balanced. Not perfumy as I feared it might be. I tasted mostly hibiscus and rose hips. It was similar to red zinger, another of my favorite herbal tisanes.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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