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One of the occupational (recreational?) hazards of being a Steepster junkie is that you read about so many kinds of tea, you’re armed with preconceptions when you try something new.
Had the rare treat of trying this one blind this morning. Never heard of it, never tasted it, got to figure out the flavors from my first taste test. I’m still figuring. We’ve got a floral thing happening—that was when it was fresh and hot. Now it’s about half cool, and there’s brown sugar and caramel. Then I peeked and the description mentions nutmeg … yeah. A lot going on here for oolong-lovers.
This is really too light for a morning tea; fortunately, I am blessed with a rare don’t-gotta-get-up-and-start-running-first-thing morning, so something gentle and tasty is OK. But I do gotta-start-running-soon … three writing deadlines before October 1, which is looking scarily close … so (deep breath) off I go!
I had really high hopes for this one, after being dragged in by the mention of lilacs (my favourite flower). I enjoyed it but it fell short and I’m not going to rate it till I have another go at it, probably with longer steeping times. It was light and crisp and floral (though I got more lily or orchid or something than lilac) but for some reason I expected more. The tiny, tightly-rolled balls were a pleasure to watch, though. And it did hold up well to several infusions; it wasn’t very flavourful but the flavour was consistent.
This is a really good every day green tea. It is sweet and light perfect for a hot day but has a hint of astringency at the end that is really pleasant. It supported easily 4 steeps. I prepared it with a gaiwan full of tea with a slightly warmer water than I use to for green teas. it is also a good quality/price tea.
This is a wonderful, delicate pu-erh suitable for the pu-erh novice. It has a lovely, lightly earthy aroma, with hints of the forest and the sea, that I’ve found to be quite intoxicating. The flavor is smooth and light. There’s a touch of sweetness as well. I’m definitely interested in trying some stronger pu-erhs someday, but this is a nice one suitable for drinking any time.
Yum! I think I have a soft spot for dong ding oolongs. The first infusion (travel mugged) was a bit light, but the second could have been that of a milk oolong. I don’t get the floral notes like I do with TGYs (which can be overpowering) – it’s just nuttiness, creaminess, and “oolong” flavour. So smooth and delicious.
Thanks for letting me try this Sil!
This is my fist time trying a yellow tea. So going into this purchase I didn’t know what to expect. Due to amount that came with my order (10g), I decided to prepare it with short steeps.
Initially when going through the rinse stage, I sniffed the gaiwan lid and picked up on a unique aroma. It’s really hard to describe, but from my tastings it’s like a butter and honey combo.
Then, throughout the steeps I got a nice crisp, heavy butter, sweet, creamy, and vegetal flavour (similar to sugar snap peas). With the third steep having a lovely honey and butter flavour.
Overall I’m very impressed. Even though this is my first chance trying yellow tea, it seems very different from the other usual types. I don’t have the budget to indulgence on Jun Shan Yin Zhen, but very happy I had a chance to try it.
100ml gaiwan, 5g tea, 3 steeps and rinse (45s, 30s, 30s)
(I tried past 3 steeps but I didn’t enjoy it as much)
Since December 2012 when this was purchased and sipped, I’ve gone through about 2/3’s of the bag. The website description is pretty spot on; spices (cinnamon) and a sweetness are very present in each sip.
Observations from my steeping today, brought up a lot of old memories I’ve had drinking this. It’s a very flavourful cup, but it doesn’t perform so well with short steeps (kinda stretching if I go past 6 short infusions). The spices notes are wonderful, and they give off a nice “warmth”, but I still prefer their Jin Die tea over this for that particular quality.
Overall it’s a good tea and my expectations were met, but there are other teas from Camellia Sinensis I’d order again over Luku Hong Cha.
500ml water, 5g tea leaves, 1 steep (4min)
I bought this tea because I was looking for a light Chinese green. Something smooth, not fruity and definitely not bitter. When I brought it home, I read the online description and immediately regretted choosing it, because of the bitter aftertaste that they described.
I steeped the tea as they recommended and poured one cup after 3.5 minutes and then one at 4.5 minutes.
The first cup (3.5 mins) starts off very subtle almost sweet, but when you swallow you are left with a delightful vegetable after taste. It’s a perfect green tea for mid afternoon.
The second cup (4.5 mins) was slightly stronger, but still smooth. A slight more present after-taste that I would maybe try to eliminate next time.
Verdict: Delicious, worth trying at different strengths, but I would go for less than 4 minutes next time.
I’m still trying to wrap my head around all the different kinds of Long Jing. This is my frist time (knowingly) trying Shi Feng. The leaves are very very flat and consistant dry. Beautiful to look at wet. They are very whole with minimal torn or broken pieces.
I’d say it’s lighter and crisper tasting with a milder aroma then other Long Jings I’ve had, such as Peet’s. The color is pale gold.
It’s very refreshing and really satisfies my Long Jing craving. I’d go as far as saying it’s the best Long Jing I’ve had, although I’d like to do a side-by-side tasting someday to prove that.