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So, I was about to start writing this, then glanced down to see what Ubacat’s review was going to be like, since she sent me this in a swap.
She didn’t like it. In fact, she positively hated it. That makes me feel a bit better, because when I had this tea this morning, I was unimpressed by it, even though I had 2 steeps. (ETA: Ubacat wrote her review just 7 hours ago! Imagine us having the same tea for the first time on the same day! Uba, we have such synchronicity!)
This is smoky, but it’s a very straightforward, bleh sort of smoke. Not nuanced or subtle. I detected notes of camphor in the brew, too, but otherwise it was a really dry and woody flavour.
Perhaps I’m spoiled because the first Lapsang Souchong tea I ever tried was Teavivre’s blend, and that’s still my favourite. Tell me, folks: did I ruin myself for all other LS teas by trying the Teavivre one first?
Sil expressed some interest in this, so I’m saving the rest to give her at the Toronto Tea Festival next week.
This tea was horrible. Over smoked and even though I could smell chocolate in the dry leaf I couldn’t pick it up in the brewed. I did a second brewing just to see if the chocolate notes would come out more and the smoked taste would die down. The smoked taste was lighter but still no chocolate.
I threw both cups out. I got plenty of tea in my cupboard without wasting time on a tea I don’t like.
I was intrigued by the thought of ground black tea, so I ordered it. I’ve been making it for lattes only and I love it. It’s quite easy to add something else for flavouring like rose water, but I like it just as well without. When I make a latte it has a nice smooth taste. I expected it to taste unusually strong, but it didn’t. I will order this tea again.
Playing catch-up in LP’s 2015 Aged Oolong Group Buy.
These were supposed to be mini tuo made out of Oolong. LP did mention that it was actually a black tea pressed. I noticed sharper malty flavours, like dian hong. I dont drink a lot of black, and certainly not gongfu. It wasnt up my street to be honest! I’m probably making it wrong or something – I treated it like I would gongfu Pu or gongfu Oo – flash steeps etc. I dont think its that kind of tea.
The aroma from the gaiwan was really nice though, and having something fun to get our teeth into is always a welcome addition.
I need to review it deeper but at the moment this is not worth buying more of it.
With 5gr and 90ºC water steeped for 15sec the brew is too weak, not much flavour. For 95ºC and 30sec it’s a bit bitter. Maybe a small sweet afetertaste.
What I don’t like about it is that I found 2 small green plastic threads.
I will let it age a bit before brewing it again.
I’m going to review it fast & dirty.
The sample that I get (50gr) smells smoky (not too much).
Boiling water 5sec — it’s smooth, sweet, with no bitterness and no smoky favour.
20sec with boiling water — there’s some sweetness, mid body, no smoke, no bitterness, really smooth.
I need to review it deeper with a long session, but at the moment I like it because of the lack of bitterness and smoke. A its price ($24 for 400gr) I think that’s a good deal for a daily drinker. ($0.06 per session).
I bought this cake a while ago but I haven’t taste it since till now.
The cake smells like grapes liquour. It has a dark brown colour and it’s not too pressed (I broke it with my hands)
The first brew was at 90-95ºC, 45sec — it has a really weak flavour, amber colour, really weak sweet flavour, mid body, mellow, smooth and not too sweet.
The second brew with lower temp (80ºC aprox and 1min) has the same flavour but maybe a little more sweet.
I don’t know if I have burned the leaves with more than 90ºC for the first brew or that bai mu dan is like this when ages…
I’m not going to buy it again. This 65 rating it’s due to the lack of ugly flavours, but in my opinion it’s too weak in flavour.
This is my first da hong pao. The cake is not hard to break down.
The wet leaves has a strong mix smell of tobacco, fruit and smoke.
The brew is quite dark for 4.35gr of leaves and 110ml with boiling water.
Now let’s go with the taste:
1- boiling water, 30sec: tobacco, fruit and sweet.
2- the same as the first brew, the only change is that the taste is not as strong as the first one.
3- 85ºC, 2min lighter flavour, the stronger flavour is the tobacco one.
I don’t like it much but because it seems that I don’t like dark oolongs like da hong pao, I prefer greener oolongs such as Nilgiri ones. So this is personal taste, not saying that this da hong pao is bad.
Flavors: Astringent, Fruity, Sweet, Tobacco
i hope this is the right tea, the label was a tad damaged
a great tea!
when i smell the leaves dry, they smell musty and fruity.
when i smell the leaves wet, they smell fruity.
when i smell the brewed tea, i smell fruityness, honey and no spices.
when i taste the brewed tea, i taste honey and fruityness and a small amount of spice..
the color of the brewed tea is a golden color.
i rate this a 90 because it is similar to the other tea i recieved from kittylovestea
many thanks to my friend from “across the pond” you the British would say. ;)
Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Musty, Spices
Opened new bag and had beautiful experience. I was so disappointed with a previous brand, so this was very pleasant. I used my cute Yixing frog on lotus pot and brewed gong fu style. Leaves unfurled beautifully. Lovely sweet finish. I did four steeps but could probably done more.
Flavors: Anise, Flan
This is a really good (in my opinion) sheng.
I use to drink shou because I hate bitterness and strong smokey flavour, but this one is the opposite to all this.
It’s smooth, with no bitterness (5sec and rinse, 15sec with 3.8gr of leaves).
I can find a floral taste and something like peaches in the first brew. I’ll keep you updated to see how it develop in following brews.
What I don’t like about this tea is the price, 7.50€ for 50gr is quite expensive.
Flavors: Floral, Peach
As I have read that the best way to brew this kind of tea is boiling water and flash steps that’s what i’ve done.
The color is quite dark, like many black teas.
It tastes sweet, smooth. I can’t find that famous honey taste but i like this tea more than bai mu dan (and I really like bai mu dan). I only find a really soft astringent aftertaste after 4 steps.
Is a good deal for the price.
This is a very tasty tea for a bargain price, around $10 for 100g or so. It has notes of malt and chocolate and has a nice sweetness to it. This may be the best of my three black teas from Dragon Tea House. This is a highly enjoyable tea.
I brewed this one time in a Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.
Flavors: Chocolate, Malt
This tea is fairly tasty but not by any means incredible. It’s got a note of malt and a sweet note behind the malt that I have failed to identify. It is getting better as it cools a bit. The price for this tea was right, under $15 for 100g. It was neither incredibly cheap or overly expensive. As usual, Dragon Tea House has sold a good quality product but not something incredible. I had hoped for something even better than this.
I steeped this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 min.
Flavors: Malt, Sweet
This tea is good but not as good as some of the Yunnan Teas I recently got from Yunnan Sourcing. It has strong notes of malt and chocolate and a lesser note of spice. That one surprised me. I bought this and two other black teas from Dragon Tea House just recently. We will see how they are. I expect a certain level of quality from Dragon Tea House and this one meets it, but just barely. It is good I don’t dislike this tea because I went out on a limb and bought 250g.
I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 min. I think this tea might be better with 190 degree water and a 2 minute steep and I shall try that next time.
Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Spicy
Trying this tea I got from Dragon Tea House a few weeks ago. It’s been ages since I had a sheng, but I’m in that kind of mood this morning. :) I know these are not top of the line teas in terms of sheng but I usually like them anyway.
This smelled very smoky after I took the wrapper off. I decided to do some steeps in my xiying teapot. After a quick rinse, I found steep #1 was very strong and aggressive. A typical Xiaguan young sheng. Definitely has a lot of smoke and a bitter finish.
Steep #2 – I did for 5 seconds at the most. I think less is definitely more for this one. Also I am using water that is below the boiling point, at about 180 degrees. The shorter steeping time did help a bit on the aggression but this is still strong, smoky and somewhat brothlike.
Steep #3 – smokiness is subsiding somewhat. Still a bittersweet finish with bitter fading a bit
Steep #4 – this is finally being a little more palatable, ha. Getting less bitter and some apricot and floral notes are starting to emerge. Still a hint of smoke in the finish.
Verdict: this seems to me a typical Xiaguan. I wouldn’t say the purple tea has made much of a difference to my palette. OK to drink now but will really benefit from a few more years of aging to balance this sucker out. I am not sure how to rate this but I have enjoyed it. Not recommended if you have a dislike for smoky teas.