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drank Snow Buds by Dr. Tea's Tea Garden
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White teas seem to vary a lot in quality. Some of them are n’importe quoi harvested from n’importe où. That’s clearly the case for my dr. tea’s Snow Buds, which look nothing like the beautiful fuzzy and delicate tips in the illustration!

Instead, the leaves are of all shapes and sizes, mainly brown and brittle, and there are a fair amount of twigs thrown in as well. This tea looks like the same one used in a variety of “white tea” flavored blends, so I am assuming that it is quite inexpensive. It tastes okay. The liquor is predictably brownish (given the color of the dried leaves), and it tastes like the base of an average white tea blend.

I found this tea at Amazon for a pittance, and though it has not expired quite yet, my factfinding mission about dr. tea’s led to a dead end. Apparently the company is now defunct.

(Blazing New Rating #42)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Angrboda

they’re what harvested from what?

sherapop

Whatever from wherever!

Angrboda

Oh I see! Thanks.

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Thank you DJ Booth! This is really tasty! Of course I added rock sugar and bailey’s to this for dessert and it was decadent! My husband was pining for ice cream but this seemed to quell his cravings. :)

The rooibos seems to be really good quality. It’s smooth and rich without that yucky sour wood flavor some rooiboses get. And the flavor! Yum! Well done! It was like a melted sticky caramel. I have to try it tonight without additions. I’ll be needing to get more somehow. Great dessert tea!

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This (and the caramel one) came today so I’m having it for dessert.

The aroma of the dry leaf unfortunately has little chocolate scent. It’s primarily the roastyness of the oolong and the creme.

I pretty much ignored the steeping suggestion as always- or at least the generic ones on the tin. Luckily there was a card giving more a more appropriate suggestion. Up to 10 min? Wow. I’ll start w/ 5.

1 heaping tsp (about 3g)/6oz water.

Wow… the liquor is so light compared to the regular coffee oolong- almost like a dark cider. And unfortunately the flavor matches. It has neither a coffee or strong mocha flavor… just a roasty, but smooth, oolong. I’ll wait til I try a 10 min steep to rate it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Left over BBQ tea spice rub chicken breast.

Christeana

Nice idea. I like to make stir fry sauce with mine….add some orange juice and it rounds it all out nicely.

Cofftea

Oh yum! You should post the recipe in the Cooking w/ Tea thread. I like the idea, but I think Adagio’s sesame black may be a better tea for that recipe,

Christeana

I would, but there is no recipe. Good idea on Adagio’s sesame black. I’ll try that next!

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Used in Dr. Tea’s BBQ spice rub on chicken breast.

Heyes

And, how did it come out?!?

Cofftea

Very good!

jennlea

I keep meaning to try Lapsang in a rub! Glad this reminded me to do so.

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I really wanted to add this to the data base this the way I had it, in their Chicken Spice Rub… but I don’t want to get in trouble. Had tea crusted chicken tonite (make sure you put the spice in a spice mill before applying it). There was something very spicy, but as I don’t normally drink it, and when I do only drink it w/ whiskey added, I couldn’t tell if it was the tea, a spice that’s in the rub, or just because my mom put too much on (it was completely black on both sides of the breast). It was VERY good though. I give the rub a 100, but I’ll wait to rate it til I can rate it as the actual rub.

Peggie Bennett

Did I read that right? You drink LS with whiskey?

Cofftea

Yep. Southern Comfort to be exact.

Peggie Bennett

Wow, that’s certainly some creative tea blending! lol
That’s very interesting! I have never heard of someone mixing tea with alcohol. I couldn’t do that, I’m allergic.

Cofftea

Oh I do it all the time! Even if in responsible moderation, why not add good stuff to alcohol? My favorites are rum in chai and a mojito made w/ chilled green tea instead of lemon lime soda. Tea and white wine also good together suprisingly. There are also tea flavored liquors like green tea vodka and a chai creme liquor.

Cofftea

Ok wait… I shouldn’t say all the time. When I make myself a drink at home (which is rare) it almost always involves tea. As soon as I pressed “post comment” I realized that sounded very different than I intended lol.

Peggie Bennett

As long as you’re not doing it all the time, why not? :-) For me, it would be such a waste of the tea, since I can only have a few sips of alcohol before I have to stop drinking. I know it’s more of a waste of alcohol, but since I know I can’t drink and I do it anyway, then I buy drinks knowing that I’m paying for a full drink to be thrown out.
But the LS, ooh, I could never throw that out!

Cofftea

Yeah, if you’re allergic I would not suggest doing it.

Peggie Bennett

Oh, I still drink. I just can’t drink that much before I have an allergic reaction.

Cynthia Carter

Good heavens, why would you ever make a mojito with lemon lime soda?

Peggie Bennett

I was thinking the same thing because mojito is my favorite and I didn’t think there was lemon lime soda, but I’m no bartender, so I could be wrong.

Cofftea

Sorry, I guess it’s club soda. But I can see lemon lime since you put lemon in it. Some people do use lemon lime soda I think. Anyway it’s in place of the soda.

The DJBooth

How is the chicken rub?? I had the BBQ and general rub and they are wonderful.

Cofftea

Amazing, I like the BBQ best though.

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Strong black tea with the banana and the bitter cocoa I’s just not dessert like at all to me sadly.

Cofftea

just so you know, the brand does not belong in the title.

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I have had this a few times this semester and it compliments the dreary weather here quite well.

The heavy smoke smell of this lingers in my dorm for hours afterwards. Which isn’t a bad smell or thing but it is probably a good thing that I do not have a roommate to complain about the “campfire”. I really enjoy how smokey and piney this tea is and it reminds me of the summer when we have campfires on the site of an abandoned Christmas tree farm. The smoke is rich, thick, and cloying with the drying pine peaking out every few sips.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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66

Steepster is acting crazy tonight. Anyway i’ll try this again. I added an oolong to this one tonight to see how it would taste and i pretty much tasted just that oolong cuz it overpowered this one, it was a no name oolong(in a glass container marked Oolong) from my local heath food store, very good heavy roasted, rich oolong taste with nice sized dark twisted leaves, i’m not sure but i think it maybe a wuyi oolong there is no way of knowing the people at the store don’t know anything about their teas at all.

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66

I really like this one, not sure what else to say about it other than its just really good.

Bonnie

I don’t know what to say either…except…why? (I’m messing with you!)

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Very good Tea! I thought at first from looking at this tea that it was a green tea but I see it’s called a yellow tea. I didn’t follow steeping instructions on this one and I just used the gaiwan with steeps less than one minute and it is wonderful and not weak at all from such a short steep, reminds me of some of the oolongs I’ve had and feels great in the mouth makes ya just want to swish it around a little. Maybe I’ll try following the directions to see what happens :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Thomas Edward(Toad)

Steeping it using the direction was also great, the flavor is of course a little stronger and it has a nice after taste.

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DJ Booth threw this in as a bonus sample in our swap (Black Dragon for Wild Yunnan Black).

I went with a two minute steep as I’ve found that even my beloved black dragon doesn’t hold up so well to gongfu style short steeps (they quickly become sharp and acerbic).

I like the particular smoke flavor this tea has, but the tea itself is a bit thin. That may simply be because I only have a small amount to work with and I ought to have gone with a smaller mug, I dunno.

Certainly a marvelous lapsang. Not bacon-y or pork rind-y as some of them can be and not all smoke either. I think with a steady supply I could dial in parameters to make this provide an excellent cup, but I’ll stick with my black dragon, I think :-)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
The DJBooth

Yeah this was my first Lapsang and love it.

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Steeped this is my new gaiwan, with a quick flush and then a 2 minute brew at 185. The aroma is very smokey, much like a campfire that everyone is describing. The infusion is thankfully less intense with a bodied smokey taste with a bit of pine at the end. The second infusion was more to my liking as the flavors are toned down enough to drink rather than sip. I must say sticking my nose into the bag of this tea isn’t exactly the most pleasant experience due to the strength of the armoa of the tea leaves.
However, I am convinced I need to roast a duck or hen and add this tea as part of a rub, perhaps even added to a pork tenderloin schweinebraten, that would be some very awesome eats.
I usually very thoroughly enjoy a good oak/wood aged stout or ale, and wanted to equate this tea to those tastes, but it was not the similar experience I was expecting.

If only it snowed in Texas, I’d like to sit out and sip a small cup of this.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I don’t know what to make of this tea… it’s not really my cup of tea :p (see what I did there?) anyways… it’s too smokey for me.. reminded me for a second of smokey bacon haha… I might swap this on.

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Thanks to TheDJBooth for a sample of this one.

I wasn’t sure about this because my one other experience with Ginseng Oolong (Rishi’s) was not such a positive one.

I did steep this one up and noticed the leaves smelling very roasted which of course is an intriguing sign. I know some king’s tea is charcoal roasted but the Dr. Tea website does not any information about it whatsoever, why I have no idea. That seems kind of strange!

I think perhaps the ginseng is throwing me off a bit here but it isn’t as prominent in the Rishi tea, you can hardly taste it at all, which is a good thing. This isn’t a very flowery or buttery tea at all. It’s more nutty and roasty with a slight ginseng aftertaste.

I think the third steep was my favorite here which often seems to be the case with oolongs. I also let my water cool down a bit which is helping to bring out a bit more sweetness.

I’m not really sure if I need ginseng in my oolong tea, aside from the supposed health properties it has. This is fairly stimulating as well, would be good for when you need an energy boost so I think I’ll save the rest of my sample for a day when I need a kick in the pants. Glad I got to try it, definitely better than I thought it would be.

Dinah Saur

I have a couple of very nice ginseng oolongs my brother gave me. If you’d like to try some, I’d be happy to send some along! It adds a new layer and mild sweetness in the ones I’ve had. I have never ordered a ginseng oolong from any tea vendors, so I’m not sure how they compare (I see you note Rishi’s is not particularly exciting).

TeaBrat

The one from Rishi just tastes like a smelly old root.

ScottTeaMan

If you’ve read my review of my Ginseng Oolong my friend brought me from China, the tea is coated with licorice, which I like. The ginseng is never bitter, but I did taste less of the oolong tea itself. My experience with my Gin Oolong was quite positive. :))

Dinah Saur

Yes, Amy, you should read his review. It’s very nice and has an interesting story in it, too!

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What an interesting tea! I didn’t expect it to be brown when brewed because the unbrewed leaves were so green! I love the little bits of shaved white chocolate. I’m very tempted to just eat one. Matcha covered white chocolate…mmmmm… My wedding cake was white chocolate covered matcha. Is this wedding cake tea? If it tasted like almond, it would be, but it tastes like hazelnuts instead.
I love the toasty nutty flavor. The matcha is in the background, but it adds a smooth rich flavor to an otherwise, one dimensional flavor. The white chocolate gives it a sweetness. It’s very tasty even though I totally over steeped it.
Thanks DJBooth!

Is this review kinda discombobulated? I’m sleepy. :)

The DJBooth

Glad you enjoy it.

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I have been a fan of lapsang souchong for many years now. The first time I made Dr. Tea’s lapsang souchong, I was at my office working through some difficult code that was giving me trouble. The smoky aroma and flavor put me in the zone, and this tea has become my go to for tough days at the office. This tea presents a very strong smoky aroma, but the tea is not so smoky that it is overpowering.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Thank you The DJBooth for swapping this with me!

When I first looked at the dry leaves, I couldn’t tell what it was. Was it oolong? black? pu-erh? The leaves were wavy and dark brown/black. I couldn’t smell anything… perhaps my nose wasn’t working this morning ?? Anyhow, I wasn’t sure how to brew it up either, so I steeped it for 2 minutes Western style.

Upon sniffing the murky dark brown/black liquor, I knew there was Pu Erh in there! It was earthy, sweet, malty, and roasty. It was a dark tea! Delicious! I took a sip, and there was no bitterness! I was happy. This is a good tea. I read the description after and saw that it is a blended tea. I don’t know which Black Tea this is mixed with, but it is good. There was a tiny hint of smokiness. I added some sugar and milk just to try it out that way, and it was delicious! Lovely tea.

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

Glad you like it. The other black is ancient tea tree.

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Thanks DJ Booth for sharing this one with me! I’m sitting here on this particularly gloomy day trying to get a whole slew of homework done! (when am I not doing homework?) I’m trying to relax a bit and have a mid-day snack of this and pumpkin spice trail mix from Target; that stuff is magical (woot for clearance food! LOL) I have to say that I think I should have had this when it was warmer.
From the dry leaf I was expecting this to be a bit more like the 4 Red Fruits from Kusmi. Although that pit fruit flavor is there on the end of the sip there is something a bit more distracting on the start. It’s very fruity without being overtly sweet or tart; a welcome change to the Teavana blends I’ve been downing.
I think that the only downside to this is I don’t really “get” the rooibos in this blend. It seems like the oolong leaves are nice and big; flavorful to boot. I say ditch the rooibos!

The DJBooth

Yeah I couldn’t find rooibos in this either.

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