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this was a sample included in my dragon tea house order and one that i would totally pick up again, though it’s VERY similar to other teas that i love for the same reasons…malty, cocoa-y, dark and delicious. So price would factor in..also the shipping…DH took over a month to get to me, which makes me a sad panda.
Firstly, I cannot believe that I haven’t reviewed this one yet. It’s my ‘go to’ matcha and I have it most days. It’s only $2.49 for 50g for an organic matcha and that was what drew me in from the start, I didn’t expect it to be as good a matcha as it is. For a basic quality organic matcha I have found none better in terms of taste or price. I know it sounds like I’m selling it myself but it’s true, I highly recommend it.
The foam is wonderful though it’s initial colour is khaki which shows it’s not top quality. It smells of seaweed and sweet grass. Taste is fairly creamy and light, slightly astringent but in a pleasing way. Also is sweet and umami with some dryness. The initial flavours match the scent though, so seaweed and sweet grass tones that linger nicely.
As I said it’s not top quality but for an every day matcha that is organic and cheap it’s fantastic. A big hit too with my husband and a few guests that have never tried matcha before but have gone out and bought some afterwards due to this introduction.
Next time I will try the step up and have the Premium quality for comparison though that is $6.49 for 50g. Not expensive but at least over double the price of standard grade.
Flavors: Seaweed, Sweet, warm grass, Umami
YAY for tea from cookies this was a rather unusual tea from this morning.I’ve been busy organising things and um spending too much money on house things today. I enjoyed this one, though it’s different from other barley teas that i’ve had.
it’s roasty and sweet at the same time. closer to coffee than tea. it reminds me a little of some of the green teas that i’ve had when they’re a bit beany? kinda. overall just a really fun tea to try! thanks cookies!
dear god. I need to pick this tea up. It’s on my wishlist now. I’ve been sitting puttering on the computer and i kept smelling caramel…like the caramel that tea gschwewerjoe…makes…which was strange because i only brewed two straight teas this morning. Finally took a sip of this tea and it’s the tea! God. i’m in love with this. Another tea that cookies shared…it seriously reminds me of tea g’s caramel tea (which i love) but it’s not flavoured! the flavouring isn’t intensely caramel but this is for sure the only tea i’ve had where it’s this strong. usually i just get hints of it.
oh man…just got lost on the store…this might just push me in to my first aliexpress order…
This tea is strong with a slight bitterness and a strong roasted barley taste. I am guessing a Dan Cong oolong is related to a wuyi oolong. It reminds me strongly of a Da Hong Pao oolong but without as much complexity. It is definitely near a Da Hong Pao in flavor profile. I don’t know how an expensive Dan COng oolong would taste. This one was fairly inexpensive and tastes that way too.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 6.1g leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.
Flavors: Roasted Barley
This tea is good and I will have to find time to gongfu it. This morning it got steeped western style. It is just slightly bitter and it has a slight taste of roasted barley often found in a Da Hong Pao tea, not strong. There is also that classic oolong taste that I have never figured out how to describe, a slightly bitter vegetal taste perhaps. This tea is not quite as good as I expect a 2nd Prize Tea to be. I think the Three Plum Flower Tea I got from Berylleb was better and that did not do as well in the competition. This tea was purchased from Dragon Tea House and was somewhat expensive but not tremendously so.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 190 degree water and 6.9g leaf for 3 min.
Flavors: Bitter, Roasted Barley, Vegetal
This tea is fairly tasty. It is probably the first oriental beauty oolong I have drank so I don’t know how it rates in comparison. I would say the main note is baked bread if that is an accurate description. It flavor is somewhat zesty in character. At only $13.49 for 100g it is an excellent value.
I steeped this once in an 18oz teapot with 6.9g leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.
Flavors: Baked Bread
This is a very tasty, reasonably priced Oolong from Dragon Tea House. It has that characteristic, slightly bittersweet oolong flavor. I do not know how to describe the main note in other terms. I am not sure what it resembles otherwise. I think it is unique to rolled oolongs in general. I have only gotten that flavor from Tie Guan Yin, Shan Linxi, Dong Ding, etc. I have never gotten that flavor from a Da Hong Pao. Those always have a roasted barley flavor. No roasted barley flavor here. This is excellent tea.
I steeped this once, western style in an 18oz teapot with 6.7g leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.
For the first try of this tea I broke of 10 grams and brewed it for 5 seconds. This is one strong tea! Later I found that 3 grams is more than enough. There is a flavour in this tea that reminds me of some White2Tea teas I have previously drank. It is that concentrated herbyness.
Well this tea certainly does not lack raw strength. It has a lot of smoke (peppery smoke) and a lot of bite. The tea itself looks highly compressed, but it actually breaks apart very easily. I decided not to take specific notes on this tea because I don’t think it is ready to drink yet, and instead decided to say how strong it was. I will continue to drink it until I get round to making my first order from Yunnan Sourcing, where I hope to get some more interesting teas.
Flavors: Pepper, Smoke
This tea is not bad, and not incredible either. It has the strong taste of malt and a second note of baked bread. There is a slight bitterness. At least that is how I can best describe it. I bought this tea out of curiosity because of the name Yixing Black Tea. It is not as good as the famoust teapots but I was hoping. I have already decided that I would not buy this again. This is an excellent tea for someone who likes malt in tea (by this I do not mean chocolate malt).
I brewed this once in an 18 oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt
Another one from cookies! I know she was anxious to be the first person to review this one, and it’s such an unusual tea and not what she expected. So I’m going to try it too and see how it tastes to me! The tea leaves themselves are rather small (I looked on DTH’s website to see what kind of tea it is, but all it said was “Chinese”) and they’re very dark, almost jet black in color. There are little shiny brown barley grains mixed in throughout, and they’re quite cute. Dry scent is rich and roasty and reminds me of coffee, with a surprising sweetness.
Wow, it smells even sweeter when it’s steeped up! There are also roasty and woody aromas here, and perhaps even vanilla? Such an interesting and unusual tea… There’s definitely a strong roasted grains flavor combined with a sweet woodiness that reminds me of bourbon vanilla. In the beginning on the sip, there’s something that tastes like green beans with bacon to me. There’s a little touch of roasty bitterness that’s very reminiscent of coffee, which I’ve found in the flavored barley teas I’ve tried as well. I wonder what the base tea tastes like by itself, as all the flavors here are rather unusual!
Flavors: Coffee, Grain, Green Beans, Oak wood, Peanut, Roasted, Sweet, Vanilla
This sample is from cookies. She was very impressed with it and offered to send samples, which of course I took her up on. Hooray swaps! The leaves of this tea are somewhat long and quite twisty, and they’re mostly black with some medium brown places. The package smells a bit like lychee from the lychee tea that was also in the swap, but I’m not complaining. Smells yummy! :P
Steeped, this tea smells quite rich. It definitely has wheat bread notes, but there are also smoked meat and dark caramel scents. Hm, this is a very savory tea for me. It’s quite malty with strong bread and smoked meats flavors, as well as some sort of roasty presence. It has that thick mouthfeel that I find to be fairly typical of Yunnan teas, and just the smallest hint of stonefruits and honey. There’s a little touch of some sort of savory spice or herb that I can’t quite identify, but it seems to be somewhere between dill and something else. Overall, tasty, thanks cookies!
Flavors: Apricot, Baked Bread, Herbs, Honey, Meat, Roasted, Smoked, Thick
While I only brewed this western style, it is 9 am after all. This tea is quite tasty for the price. After all I only paid $8.99 for 100g including shipping. You really can’t beat a good tea for that price. Its not an incredible tea but it is enjoyable. It is fairly vegetal in nature, I don’t think it is roasted. There is no charcoal or roasted barley taste.
The leaves of this tea are rolled, ball style like a Tie Guan Yin tea. They have a nice aroma to them, floral. The tea has a floral, vegetal taste to it.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 2.5 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min. I might go back for a second steeping later having left the leaves in the pot.
Flavors: Floral, Vegetal
I hate being the first one to review a tea. It always makes me so nervous that I’m going to describe something wrong or… I don’t even know. But here goes.
This tea is certainly interesting. I really can’t decide whether or not I like it. But I think that mostly comes from the fact that this doesn’t taste at all like I thought it would. In my mind I have this idea of a genmaicha but with black tea. This isn’t really the case. It does have that roasty quality to it, especially smelling the dry leaf which smells like peanut butter or sunflower butter. Roasted nutty, seedy goodness.
But, surprisingly it tastes like pu-erh to me rather than black tea. Really earthy is the only way I can describe it. There’s also some thick raw sugar or sugarcane noticeable. It’s not bad at all. I just can’t wrap my head around the disparity between what I think I’m going to taste, and what I’m actually tasting. Hm, the more I sip, the more I think I actually like it.
Anyone want a sample of this one? Let me know I’m not crazy!
Flavors: Earth, Roasted, Sugarcane
So I ordered 100g of this one from Dragon Tea House because it looked good and was ridiculously cheap (it’s still on sale as I write this) with free shipping! The leaves are about an inch long and twisty, and they’re a dull brown/black in color. Dry scent is dark cocoa and raisin, with something that reminds me of roasted potatoes.
Once steeped, this smells similar to what I would consider a typical Fujian tea. I find that these teas tend to have roasty rye bread and/or caraway and dill seed notes. I am surprised by the amount of sweetness this tea has. It’s actually a pure, clear sweetness that reminds me of fresh water from a stream. There is a strong rye/caraway presence with heavy roasted notes, and underneath that is a deep, bitter cocoa flavor. I can also taste a touch of caramelized sugar richness (but not sweetness). There’s something here that’s reminding me of soft, cooked green beans.
Overall, this is a good one if you enjoy Fujian teas. They’re definitely not my favorite, but I still enjoy this tea.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Cocoa, Dill, Green Beans, Roasted, Roasted nuts, Rye, Sweet
I dug out my expensive ceremonial set for today, my husband is at home all day (which is a rarity) and it would be nice to have a Pu Erh session. To drink Pu Erh I need to give it time and the love it deserves, if I can’t steep a Pu Erh over at least a 3 hour period it seems wasted.
Today’s Pu Erh is this Yang Pin from 2010. It’s only from a sample pack but I am looking forward to trying it.
The raw Pu Erh consists of dark green, brown, dark brown and gold leaf pieces. The brick contains broken and whole leaves though from a quick look I cannot note any discolouration. It has a musty yet sweet scent, with wood smoke and damp earth.
Steeped it has a subtle yet sweet almost herby scent.
Flavour is mellow, sweet and creamy with elements of damp wood, bitter earth and wood fog. It lingers in the after taste.
Further steeps reveal some sourness and an increase on the smoke and damp wood flavours. It’s not unpleasant but there is a roughness to it now, a contrast to it’s sweet and creamy beginnings.
This was a nice tea though it became harsh too quickly for my liking. I don’t think this would be one I would buy more of, though it’s going to be easy enough to finish off the 50g sample.
Flavors: Clay, Cream, Honey, Smoke, Wet Earth, Wood
Wow this is really good! Thank you cookies for the sample!!!
There is a sweet/savory thing going on here that brings to mind salted caramels. Not quite like anything I’ve ever tasted before! It is rich and malty like a good Yunnan black should be. Very nice, I would definitely drink more of this, and the fact that it is organic is icing on the delicious cake :)
While it is impossible to know if the description of this tea is accurate, it is excellent. There is no bitterness to this tea and a slight sweetness. I ordered only 100g of this tea and wish I had ordered 500g. It is that good. I added a small amount of sugar to this tea and it brought out a nice dates or plums flavor to it. This is an excellent ripe puerh from Dragon Tea House.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 30 sec.
This one is nice to me,I like it a lot :)
I kinda didn’t want to review it or anything because i already have a fav Fujian black tea that to Me just can’t be beat(a few favs actually), but this one comes really close and could give My Fav a run for its money.
This one has very nice malty and chocolatey notes like my fav with some subtle roasty notes and some caramel and a touch of something that i dunno makes it taste almost like a pastry cake or something. Delicious!!!
I’ve had this little 50g bag for a long while and I’ve been just pinching out of it here and there for a while Unfortunately this was my last bit of it But thats ok I’ll surely get some more. I really really loved this one a lot.
It is similar in enough ways to my favorite fujian black to be extremely comforting and pleasing to me and at the same time has it’s differences that make it stand apart from others.
So Effin Good!!!!!!!
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Malt, Sweet, Toasty
This is a sweet and tasty loose ripe puerh with a distinctive fruity flavor, I would say plums or dates. There is no bitterness to it and no astringency. There is no off flavor to it. It does have a fair amount of fermentation flavor to it but it is not overpowering. It was clearly well fermented by whomever made it. I bought 500g of this and I am not unhappy about it. I seem to have good luck with 3rd grade puerh in general.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 9g leaf and boiling water for 30 sec.