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Not terribly impressed with this one for some reason, though I normally like puerh’s that come from Dayi.

It says “mellow taste” but I am finding the taste kind of boring and flat. There are a few fruity notes but it seems bland and chalky. I wonder if I am just in a weird tea mood after that horrible caramel nougat earlier so I will try this again another day. For now my verdict is “meh”

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Kirkoneill1988

maybe that’s why it tastes like that the mellow part

TeaBrat

you could be right!

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This is a sample I ordered from Dragon Tea House. I’ve heard some of the Tibetan flame teas can be really strong… I have a Flame tuo from 2007 that is really smoky.

The traditional way to make this tea is by boiling it and serving with yak butter and milk. I won’t be doing that but it’s actually really good plain. I am doing short steeps of it in my yixing and it’s nice and mellow. Maybe Xiaguans need to age 10 years before they are properly aged? I wonder…

It isn’t very smoky at all, I would describe the flavor as woodsy with some fruit notes like apricot. I detect a tiny bit of smoke but nothing like the tea I had the other day. Also there is no almost no bitterness whatsoever, even after steeping it for 45 – 60 seconds, pretty amazing. Mostly it is woodsy and sweet. Does anyone know if the teas made for the Tibetan market are different than other Xiaguan recipes? Because this sure seems different from the other ones I have tried.

I am adding this to my wishlist. I bet it will be even more tasty in another 10 years and the whole brick is only $19.99. I am not rating it for now but it is good.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Sil

how does this compare to the one from mandala you reviewed the other day?

TeaBrat

It is a lot different. The other tea was very smoky and still had some bitterness in the finish. This is sweeter and mellow.

whatshesaid

I gotta get me some yak butter

JC

LOL! I think Roughage might able to help you pin point a good approximation. I think he experimented with butter tea before.

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Not feeling so great today for some reason. Just woke up from a nap and it is raining, so I thought some puerh would be nice. These are mini coins about the size of a silver dollar and they have a divider down the middle, which makes them easy to split apart. I used 1/2 a coin in the yixing.

The original packaging looks like it comes in a bamboo tube, which is nice. I should have looked more carefully at the website as the 50g sample is $4.99 but the whole tube of 22 discs is only $7.99! A much better value.

I feel this is a pretty good shu for the price. It is chocolate-y and smooth and I am picking up some camphor notes. The only downside is what I feel is a slight musty smell, which isn’t readily apparent. I wonder if this is due to the bamboo? Overall it’s smooth and fairly tasty. Not the best shu I have had by a ling shot but a good every day type of tea.

I need to do something with my puerh samples soon since they are over running my kitchen!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Here’s a sheng I picked up with my latest Dragon Tea House order.

When I first sipped it, I thought it was a very light tea without a lot of bitterness but I was wrong! The bitterness definitely sneaks up on you so that by the time you’re finished with one cup it’s really strong. Very sour, makes your mouth pucker!

It doesn’t have many sweet, honey like notes to counteract the bitterness. I would say it has some lighter haylike flavors in the first couple of steeps. I am not detecting any smoke in this tea.

3/4 steeps – the tea is still so strong that I had to add some hot water to dilute it. When it’s diluted it’s a lot less strong and I am detecting some sweeter notes coming forth. This is a very potent tea however. Always the risk with young shengs.

5/6 steeps – I am getting the same result. The tea needs to be diluted to make it drinkable. Maybe by around 20 steeps this will start to mellow out more. It’s definitely a potent tea… needs to be aged for about 10 years probably. Not sure how to rate this one for now.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec
boychik

i can take bitter tea as long as sweet aftertaste is following. i also like sheng that is “juicy”, producing more saliva . Put it away. its too young to judge

TeaBrat

yep, it’s only a sample so I can put it in my tea storage warehouse, aka the closet ;)

mrmopar

2 years from now and it will be different. I have one stored we could do pics on Instagram to compare.

Indigobloom

Wow that sounds like a young one for sure. How much did you buy?

TeaBrat

I just got a sample, 50g. It was super energizing too, almost to the point of giving me an anxiety attack!

Indigobloom

Yikes. Maybe you can blend it with a different one

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21

Putting my morning frankly: I woke up and packed a bag ready for the gym, prepared a litre of iced Sencha for hydration, did some exercise, almost black out because I pushed myself too hard, did some food shopping, won £1 on a scratch card and am now watching last nights UFC fight. Not a great day so far but I am hoping it gets better.

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The raw leaves are a blend of dark brown, gold and red brown colours with some golden tips and sticks present. Scent is earthy, smoky and rather sour.

Steeping roughly 6g of cake
With 100c water
In a 200ml Yixing teapot

Rinse 1 – 10 seconds
Rinse 2 – 10 seconds

Steep 1 – 10 seconds
Once steeped the colour is orange/yellow in colour and bares a smoky and damp earth scent.
Flavour is fairly strong, astringent, smoky and rather dirty, musty. Stronger than anticipated and the astringency carried on in the after taste. Not a great steep.

Steep 2 – 5 seconds
Even stronger and more astringent. Heavily smoky and dry and rich, damp earth and must notes. I’m finding myself pulling a face when I sip.

Steep 3 – 5 seconds
I took a minute sip and screwed my face up. Far too strong and astringent, generally unpleasant and not something I wish to have more of.

I’m leaving it there, this tea was just horrible! Short steeping times didn’t even help with the harshness of this Puerh. Frankly, life is too short to drink bad tea.

Lala

Congrats on your determination to push yourself that hard at the gym :)

adagio breeze

…and through this tea :P

KittyLovesTea

It’s rare that I can’t finish a tea and would rather throw it away! Will probably just make jewellery with the rest of this Sheng. Then it will serve some purpose at least.

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98

All I have to say is YUM! this tea is super delicious. And thank goodness because I got 50g of it with my Dragon Tea House order.

I’ve had some yellow teas that seem bitter and fussy, but not this one. It is sweet and delicious, with notes of chestnuts and sweet corn. I would have to say it reminds me a bit of a long jing green tea but also has some of the same sweetness as a nice green oolong. The tea has a very mellow and soothing energy with a thickish mouthfeel that lingers. Heavenly! This is the only yellow tea I currently own and it’s definitely a good one.

Steeped in my big Lupicia cooler because I just wanted a lot of afternoon tea :D

http://instagram.com/p/yfh2ajoLdf

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
TheTeaFairy

Oh i need to remember this one, sounds awesome!

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88

Part of a beeng sample I got from Dragon tea house…

I happen to be quite fond of Xiaguan teas for raw puerh, though I don’t think they are for everyone. They can be quite smoky and bitter, but this tea is from 2006 so I was hoping it would not be too rough.

This has a wonderful exhilarating aroma that just reminds me of walking through a forest of pine trees. The tea liquor itself has a honey like sweetness with a definite bitter finish and lingering smoke flavor. I wonder what this would be like with another 15 years of aging! It is starting to mellow out nicely, but still kind of aggressive with a big energy kick. I do like these traditional shengs a lot but sometimes a more mellow tea is nice too, especially if bitter and smoky is not really your thing ;)

This rates pretty high on my personal enjoyment scale but after about the 6th steep i got sick of it.

At least I don’t have to worry about breaking the cake: http://instagram.com/p/yfTiEgoLWe

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Yang-chu

I own the whole cake, along with the commemorative box. Very fancy.

TeaBrat

@Yang-chu I would think about purchasing this one but I have a lot of tea already :))

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80

This is the first tea I tried from my Dragon Tea House order. The smell of the dry leaves is exactly like fresh real butter. Steeped it still smells the same just with a touch of tea mixed in.
I enjoyed this tea quite a bit. At first I was breathing in through my nose as I sipped it, and it tasted very similar to green beans with butter. Then I tried hard not to inhale when I sipped at the tea was quite pleasant this way. Much more tea tasting with a creamy mouth feel.
Not sure if I will repurchase, but will certainly enjoy what I have.

Flavors: Butter, Green Beans

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86

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.

yyz

I’mfinding tjhast custos is holding Chinese packages for quite a while recently. They held teavivre for close to a week and one of my Ali purchases for close to three weeks. I wonder if they’re back logged or it’s a work to rule thing going on? Neither would surprise me.

Sil

that could be…esp with the holidays

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81

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

Lala

That is so cheap!!!

KittyLovesTea

My point exactly. It was originally intended to be used in smoothies and juices to replace cooking grade which was more expensive than this. I tried it once in ceremonial way to taste it first and was thoroughly impressed, it went straight into my every day pile :D

Fjellrev

Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever come across a matcha that cheap. You win!

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76
drank Barley Black by Dragon Tea House
6396 tasting notes

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!

Kittenna

Similar to Lupicia’s plain Orzo?

Sil

nope not even kinda haha

Kittenna

Good to know!

Cameron B.

This is definitely a unique one. :P Not like anything else I’ve tried.

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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…

Marzipan

Easy when you break it down: Gsch wend ner

Sil

haha i can spell it if i think about it while typing – i took 3 yrs of german…but it’s like blergamot..why spell it right! haha

cookies

Yay, glad you like this one! Really an unbelievable tea for its price. I always order off their webpage so I can use Paypal.

Fjellrev

That’s impressive! Tea Gchejrwjre has some competition now, I see.

Sil

cookies – off their webpage??
my swedish chef – yes except that this is a STRAIGHT TEA! O.o

Fjellrev

That’s what makes the competition BRUTAL.

Sil

haha i’ve missed you darling

cookies

Yes, I didn’t even know they had an Ali store. http://dragonteahouse.biz

Sil

what’s funny is i looked before going to ali and couldn’t find it…then 10 mins after you posted they had a store i DID find it.. bah lol thanks! Going to need to look in to this.. i already built a cart for like 80$ lol

cookies Ugh, same. I have about $60 worth including teaware in my cart. Everything I’ve had from them has been delightful and very well priced.
yyz

Dragon Teahouse is one of those that sells on multiple platforms. They also have ‘stores’ on eBay and Amazon. This tea sounds really good.

Sil

YYZ – Let me send you some! when my order gets here…that’s right..i caved lol.

boychik

its December baby @ Sil

yyz

Thanks!

Sil

haha yes…yes it is..and i was bad for day 1 of december…and i’m not evn home from work yet!

yyz

Sympathise. So tempted by many things but so far I am in control.

Sil

i only placed 3 orders…and one was fairly small. I don’t anticipate buying anything else in december though, AND next year it’s stck to budget… so this is my last splurge

Indigobloom

I placed three orders! A record for me, but they were all relatively small except for one that had xmas gifts in it. Still it was not easy holding back from the others…

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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

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 6 g 18 OZ / 532 ML
Stephanie

I prefer Dan Cong that has some floral notes. Sounds like this one was just roasty. Boo.

AllanK

Pretty much describes it, just roasty.

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99

Dry leaves: smells like candied pineapple!

3 minutes at 180 degrees.

Tasting note: Very delicate with fruity, creamy notes. This is my first milk oolong, and I’m officially hooked!

Flavors: Cream, Milk, Pineapple

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87

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

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 6 g 18 OZ / 532 ML

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80

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

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 6 g 18 OZ / 532 ML

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88

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.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 6 g 18 OZ / 532 ML

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55

I fancied a slap in the face tonight and this delivers on that. Sharp and bitter screaming in my face, this gives that bite that only this tea can guarantee everytime.

It may not be the best tea, but it comes in handy when I want something a bit stronger.

Preparation
7 tsp 100 OZ / 2957 ML

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55

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

Preparation
3 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Another sample from Cameron! I have really wanted to try some teas from Dragon Tea House, so I was very happy to see this one.

I wish I had taken notes on the tea, I remember enjoying it but not a lot else about it. I think it might have even been awesome.

Cameron B.

Hah! Love you. :P

Wuyi-Wolf

it was goood!

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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

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
apt

IIRC potters in Yixing drink this type of tea every day.

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80

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

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
cookies

I was thinking the base is a Keemun, but I’m not so sure. I kind of want to get the plain roasted barley from DTH to see what it’s like on its own.

Cameron B.

I would try it too. I actually have a sample of mugicha from Den’s that Stephanie sent me, will have to see how it is. :)

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