Berylleb King Tea
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this is quite nice, although different. it’s a rather run of the mill oolong (not amazing, but pretty good) with the most unusual aftertaste of ginseng! takes a bit to get used to it, but i bet this will end up being something i crave every now and then. it was a free sample from the company with another order, so i’m going to steep this puppy ‘til it’s dry, so to speak in mixed metaphors, that ginseng kick is really rockin’ this sleepy rainy afternoon!
sooo milk oolongs. they’re a thing. sometimes i like them..sometimes i don’t…and i never ever ever ever like the resteep. This one isn’t half bad. What’s strange to me is that i got no buttery sort of flavour that i get from most milk oolongs. instead this was almost more like a peach oolong. but a natural peach, not that weird tim horton’s peach flavoured drink (that of course i loved when i was younger!). on the whole…not to shabby! thanks awkward soul!
I’ve decided to review this sheng as I am definitely a supporter of organic tea. The bing is rather medium-tightly compressed.. a little tighter than a Mengku tea factory compression. Initially, the wet leaves have a slightly smoky aroma. However, this quickly transforms into what I can only describe as a fruity smokiness. The resulting tea liquor has a golden amber colour with some cloudiness to it. I, personally, do not find this tea smooth. It is bitter (I dont find this bitterness very pleasant) with some sweetness in the background. The smokiness is there as well. There is a slight huigan, which is nice. After a couple of infusions, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a decent everyday tea. However, not something I personally enjoy very much.
I received this as a free sample after ordering some Wuyi Star samples from Berylleb. I was curious to try what they were like (I still haven’t tried them). I’m not sure what quality they are, but from what I read about the Wuyi Star brand I liken it to the Lipton of Wuyi.
This Tie Guan Yin wasn’t sweet or floral enough for me, and it didn’t have a strong aftertaste, but it wasn’t too vegetal either, and I do really appreciate free samples!
Thanks so much, CharlotteZero, for a sample of this one. This is a nice switch from the charcoal-like oolong I had earlier today. I don’t think I’ve ever had two oolongs in a day before! This one is nice, but it doesn’t really have a full flavor. I tastetested before the three minute steep was over, and that is when the most milky sweet flavor was present. But steeping for three minutes turns it into a typical but mild tasting oolong. The second steep had even less flavor… maybe it has just been stored in a sandwich bag for too long or something. (I still prefer this to the charcoal oolong.) I really hate the idea that I’m not giving teas a fair review because of something not for the fault of the tea.. like not being stored in the best way possible or it not being a brand new tea. I guess that’s the reason for tasting notes and Steepster in general though!
I would like to say first that Berylleb is an excellent eBay seller- both their products (in my case, teaware) and their customer service have been wonderful. I highly recommend that you check out their store on eBay.
That being said, I was not a big fan of this free sample they sent me with my most recent purchase. I do like milk oolongs, but this one left a too sweet taste in my mouth after I drank it, almost like an artificial sweetener would.
Oh well, I gifted it to another Steepsterer(?), and hopefully they will enjoy it.
Buttery? Yes. Light? Yes. Tasty? Yes. I also thought it smelt and tasted of peaches. I found it light and refreshing and very pleasant to drink. Definitely a good tea and one that I shall happily drink again. It has lasted well through half a dozen infusions and its taste is only improved by it being a free sample I received from Berylleb. Bonus!