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Tried this one yesterday, and didn’t feel up to logging. Tried this one for the first time…I got it because it sounded just different, and maybe like something I’d like. I got it super cheap for one, so figured it wouldn’t hurt. Plus I also thought it might be a bit floral-y. Glad I didn’t waste my money too much…
Never had this kind of oolong before.
But it was super super sweet. Like it tasted like someone dumped a bunch of sugar in it. And like there were orchid hints in the background of the tea…but mostly it just tasted like sugar. It was so so weird. I don’t really know what to make of it, so I’m not gonna rate it…I’m gonna try it one more time before I decide its fate…it came in two bags, and I’ll probbaly put one of the bags up for sale because I don’t think I can deal with that kind of overly sweet tea…But I’m definitely gonna try it again…it is just so different. And I’ve never seen it on any other tea website….I don’t know. It’s just odd to me!

Flavors: Sugar, Sweet

TeaBrat

definitely sounds weird to me!

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Last one from Dexter today, though not the last tea i’ve had. Dry this smelled like absolutely nothing to me. wet, there was a horses sort of smell to me. Initial sips of this one had a strange sour taste to them….then it was more like hay…and then there was a slight bitterness to it. Overall, this was a weird sort of taste. Some echos of honey were in there as well… interesting. thanks again dexter!

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Soo I don’t know exactly what I expected this tea to be…but I had really wanted to try it when i put in my order.
This tea was kinda flowery and grassy-it reminds me more of a green tea rather than an oolong to be honest. It’s definitely not a heavy or overwhelming tea. It’s very very light. And the dry leaf aroma is hardly even there.
Probably one of the lightest oolongs I’ve ever had. Well, least I got to try it. xD
But I won’t drink it again. It’s an interesting tea, but not for me.
Going on the “to sell” list. xD

Flavors: Flowers, Grass

Skysamurai

Do you want to do a swap?

Ost

Normally, I’d probably say yes, but I have a crap load of samples from swaps or just from orders that I’ve been needing to try…sooo I am just gonna sell this one. I’ll sell it cheap though, if you’re that interested in it, well I’ll sell it cheap either way. But it’s 50g minus 1tsp, just opened it today, and put it in a ziplock bag to help keep it fresh since those bags don’t have a seal on them, Skysamurai.

Kirkoneill1988

ill have to try it and be a judge on it too

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I’ve had this a couple times now, though apparently not written a note about it. I had this yesterday and it was a really plesant cup. Jin Jun Mei’s have typically not been a preferred type for me – they’re often hit or miss, but this one isn’t bad. Middle of the road though, so nothing spectacular. Smooth brew, sort of a slight chocolate note going on…not really malty or anything like that. Better note next time i have it – will write while drinking :)

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I had tried this earlier using my prefered moonlight 80C water temp. It was nice a little sweet, a little hay like, maybe some honey. Of the moonlight cakes I bought, this was my favorite.
conversation was happening today regarding the best way to steep moonlight and OMGsrsly said….. boiling water, flash steeps. Really? OK I never use boiling water and certainly not on a white tea, but I respect her opinion so I tried this tonight using her method. Wow, I was wrong. This method takes this tea to another level. It really brings out the honey notes, there is some subtle fruit notes in the earlier steeps. Later steeps and this is becoming more like a black. The changes in the steeps is more pronounced. I need to revisit some of the other moonlights in my collection.
Tea friends are the best, thank you so much for making me try this. :)

Ubacat

This got me thinking. I remember how much I loved my first moonlight and then some of the others paled in comparison. That’s because I first brewed it with boiling water! Then I was told to use lighter temperatures which I did when trying all the rest.

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Morning brew let down…
This was like an oolong oiled up in a bit of salt and then given to me in a warm cup.

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someday i’ll try this gonfu style..for now, i’ve been drinking this as of late – western style and the brew has been exactly what i want. Smooth, malty, delicious.

Dexter

I need to remember to get some of this next time I order from DTH. :)

Sil

i can send you some to try!

Dexter

Thanks, is ok – I’m pretty sure I would like this and always looking for free shipping sources of good black tea. I just never look from DTH and I should. :)

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82

malty and delicious. need i say more? yum

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82

this is delicious this morning. Malty, rich and just what i needed! :)

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I had this again today and it was MUCH more delicious and exactly what i was looking for. The right balance of malt and strength in a tea. Will it replace other favourites in my cupboard long term? no….but i will enjoy drinking this one as long as i have it

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Finally getting around to having space in my cupboard to open a few more teas that i haven’t tried. This is one of those sorts of teas. I need to have this one again, to really reflect on it. I remember enjoying it, but i can’t recall why or to what extent. overall a positive tea drinking experience but i’ll have to write a more proper note when i get to having it again.

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GCTTB

I think this tea has been in the box for awhile. I didn’t try it last time so gave it try this time.

I didn’t like this tea at all. I’ve had chrysanthemum tea before but this one was a syrupy sweet drink. I just couldn’t finish it.

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From the last round of the Great Canadian Traveling Teabox.

Ugh, I don’t know what it is about this tea but I’m really not liking it at all. I’ve had chrysanthemum in teas before but never by itself and the I’m finding the flavour to be rather off-putting. It has a musty, slightly bitter-herb flavour that reminds me very much of how the mums I plant in the garden smell. Bleh, I don’t know if I can finish the cup to be honest.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Took me a while to get around to trying this tea. Bought it quite a while ago. Didn’t gongfu it. Brewed it western style. It is a fairly pleasant tasting tea with light roasted notes, very light. The leaves are green and do not look roasted but that is what I taste.

I brewed this once in an 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Mmmm, big thank you to Anlina for giving me a sample of this to try. :) I admit, I remembered the “omg chocolate-covered raisins!” description while steeping this, so I was probably a bit primed to taste that, but yeah, this is a very raisin-y tea! It’s also smooth, rich, malty, full-bodied, with some of that classic yunnan black earthiness and a lingering sweetness. Tasty. :)

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Raisins, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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This tea is one that I don’t properly know how to describe. It tastes nothing like a raw puerh, and nothing like a ripe puerh. It is not bitter but the main flavor is not one I would describe as sweet or for that matter sour. It is closer to a salty flavor if anything. Is this what they call umami? I don’t know. I stored this tea in my pumidor with my sheng as Dragon Tea House calls it raw puerh. It does not seem to have taken on the flavor of the sheng in my pumidor. I don’t love or hate this tea but I don’t think I would buy it again if I ever ran out.

I steeped this six times in a 170ml teapot with 11g leaf and 200 degree water. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, and 20 sec. I should also mention that this tea developed the color of a black tea if anything by the second infusion. I think you would get at least ten or twelve infusions out of this tea but I didn’t like it enough to continue after six infusions.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 11 tsp 6 OZ / 170 ML
Ubacat

This is one of those mystery moonlight teas again. I’ve been trying to adjust my steep time with these teas to see what works best. The puerh steeping method doesn’t seem to bring out the best in them.

AllanK

This one might be better brewed western style.

Ubacat

I just brewed a moonlight today (see my recent review). It was better on the steep that brewed longer. I definitely thing western brew might be the way to go with this type of tea.

Dexter

The one that I really liked was also in cake form I did about 5g 150ml 90C for about 30 sec to start and added time from there. There might be a learning curve here. I ordered a cake of this so will have lots to play with. I agree that Western might be the way to go….

OMGsrsly

I do 5g in ~70-100ml, shorter steeps. We’re all different. :)

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It has the honeyed barley taste I’ve come to think of when I hear Da Hong Pao .For the price this tea makes me very happy , $6.99 for 50g and free shipping so its a good deal. You do wait awhile for shipping though.

Flavors: Honey, Roasted Barley

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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91

Yesterday my partner and I decided to go on a mini road trip, to see how the landscape is melting and to try out the new truck on some dirt roads. We drove the loop in Nopoming Provincial Park, which is north of the Whiteshell, along the Manitoba-Ontario border. It’s a lot more rugged and less developed than the Whiteshell, and much quieter at all times of year, which, in my opinion, makes it far superior. When I’m camping or in the wilderness, people are the last thing I want around.

The prairies at this time of year are fairly dull. While I generally see them with an artist’s eye, and appreciate the nuances of all the different colours and textures, even those subtle differences are flattened in the post melt, pre bloom of spring. The fields, trees and ditches blend together into a fairly uniform grey-brown, contrasted with the uniform blue and deep green of the sky and evergreens. Add to that the road and the clouds, and you have five colours for this season.

Once you hit Canadian shield, the landscape gets more interesting – shield is always a less subtle beauty than the stark flatness of the prairies (and so utterly flat, in a way that I haven’t experienced anywhere outside of Manitoba.) The rock, interspersed with mixed forest of fir, spruce, poplar and the occasional birch, creates a macro texture, while the lichens covering the surface of the rock, and striations of broken sedimentary rock that protrude along the side of the road add a more subtle and delicate texture. Lakes, rivers and streams frequently abut or cross the winding road that undulates over granite that the road builders chose not to remove.

I sipped a travel mug of this as we drove, prepared earlier. Two pagodas, steeped for five minutes in 14oz of water yielded a rich, deep tasting brew, full of cocoa, malt and sweet potato. A good choice, whose flavour held up well in the travel mug, which seems to inevitably carry some trace of other flavours, no matter what I do.

I got a second excellent steep out of the two pagodas later in the evening, still rich and deep tasting.

The directions on the package recommend three pagodas per cup, but that is without a doubt overkill. Each one is at least the equivalent of a teaspoon of tea, possibly closer to two.

Between sharing these and drinking them often, they’ll be gone soon, and this will be a definite restock. They taste wonderful and the shape is also wonderfully suited to steeping without a strainer, and so, quite convenient.

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt, Smooth, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Oh man these are good! I wasn’t expecting too much – I mostly picked them up because they looked cute and I like Dian Hong, but I’m impressed.

I steeped two pagodas in my 50ml gaiwan in 96C water. I didn’t time any of the steeps, just watched the colour of the tea. The tea soup is a deep mahogany red.

Both the dry leaf and the tea smell rich and malty.

The flavour of this is great – really strong, rich notes of dark chocolate, malt and sweet potatoes. It has that richness that’s edging into bitterness that dark chocolate has, but no unpleasant bitterness like oversteeped or poor quality tea. Super smooth. The first few steeps are quite sweet, and the sweetness fades a bit and the flavour takes on a slight woody edge in later steeps.

After a few steeps the pagodas fully open and fill my gaiwan. They’re not as pretty as blooming teas – the pagodas don’t stay oriented upwards, but it’s still lovely to watch.

I didn’t keep track, but I think I got somewhere between 7 and 9 steeps out of these before I gave up, though I could probably get a couple of more if I was inclined.

I’m so pleased I picked these up!

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Malt, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 OZ / 50 ML

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drank Barley Black by Dragon Tea House
1772 tasting notes

OMG. This is AMAZE.

The barley makes it taste like coffee, or like something amazingly earthy & sweet .

Thank you Sil I might have to get more. (154)

Sil

wait for me to get through/open the teas i bought from DTH….that way we can check those ones out too

Cavocorax

I’ll wait, don’t worry. :P I shouldn’t be buying tea for a few months anyway… But I have this on my spreadsheet with notes to remind me to look for it again!

Sil

oh good. :) i’m trying to hold off until at least april/may ince that’s vacation to vancouver. i think

Cavocorax

Yeah no worries. :) I don’t foresee any impulse purchases any time soooon? (Partially bc I’m waiting to see if I’m going to be working after next month or not!)

Sil

summer break?

Cavocorax

Yeah. We’ll be done Hannibal in April – but it’ll slow down before that bc we might not have to built much more. And we don’t have anything schedule for after. Boss is thinking he might want a break. Whether that’s a few weeks or a few months, IDK yet. :P When things are calmer I’ll find out.

Cavocorax

Ugh. UGHHHH. UGHGHGHGHGH – typos.

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Yesterday’s morning cup. I love how reliable and delicious this is. Pure raisin and milk chocolate. Smooth and sweet. Just perfect.

Flavors: Chocolate, Raisins

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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