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76

This is a not a very special shou. In my opinion there are better options for this price.

I brew it western style with boiling water and I found it smooth, malty and perhaps with a little cocoa touch. Is not bitter but isn’t also sweet. I don’t know how to describe it well.

Flavors: Smooth

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

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90

I step it western style in my porcelain gaiwan. It has a floral and sweet taste with no bitterness and also not too grassy.

A really good choice.

Flavors: Floral, Grass, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 45 sec 4 g 110 OZ / 3253 ML

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90

One of my favourites black teas for every morning. Not expensive and it has a coca and malty flavour with no bitterness.

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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98

This is the best silver needle I have ever tasted. Is sweet, smooth and grassy/floral.

A really good tea.

PS: no bitter

Flavors: Floral, Grass, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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34

This is not really a winner in my opinion. I was suckered in by the cute packaging and thinking these loose leaf puerh packets would be good for travel. I have been done a few short steeps (of around 10 seconds) in my yixing teapot. I am finding the fermentation flavor to be too strong in this. Yes the dreaded fishy flavor that we all hate in puerh, it smells funky too. After the third steep I decided to water it down some and that made it sort of palatable but it also seems bitter to me. It’s sad but life is too short to be drinking yucky tea. I will contact Dragon Tea house to see about getting a refund.

ashmanra

I had some icky pu like that and set it out partially unwrapped for a couple of days, even though I read to only leave it a few hours. It helped! Might make it drinkable, or at least it might better prepare it for more aging if they won’t issue a refund.

TeaBrat

I might have to try that…

TeaBrat

update: they agreed to issue me a refund for this item

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78

Purchased this tea with my last Dragon Tea House order that came in a few weeks ago, but am just getting around to reviewing it now. I’ve tried steeping it Western style and also in the gaiwan (this morning).

The only other bohea tea I’ve had is Upton’s version. This is a lot lighter in body than I remember the UT version being. It does have flavor notes similar to a dark roasted oolong like a wuyi. I’m getting roasty grain notes, along with a fruity flavor like plums and yes, a citrus. I can see why they liken this to bergamot but thankfully it doesn’t have the overpowering obnoxious smell of bergamot ;) Finish is sweet on the palette without a loot of bitterness.

I can really see drinking this as a late morning or early afternoon tea. This would be a decent one for the office too as it needs no cream or sugar. (I like simple when I am at work).

Overall I think this is “ok” but I’m not really thrilled by it. I feel like I have a lot of teas already that fit this flavor profile. I know this isn’t a puerh but maybe it will develop a bit more complexity with some age behind it? hmmm.

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

I had one like this and later noticed that the package called for double leading. It was much better that way. My first Bohea was strong strong STRONG. And so good!

TeaBrat

Double leading? sorry to be dumb but I’ve never heard of that before!

Doug F

I’ve always liked Upton’s Boheas and I notice they have a new one on their site.

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60

Thank you Liquid Proust for this sample!

Tasting #1 – Steep Time 2 Minutes
Light in color and light in flavor. Hardly anything to get excited about.

Tasting #2 – Steep Time 4 Minutes
The flavors and and colors are slightly more noticeable. Light roasted qualities are lingering on my tongue.

Tasting #3 – Steep Time 6 Minutes
Roasted flavors are becoming more prominent, but it just doesn’t taste finished. Its not even or unique, its just generic. Its not bad tea, but at this point in my tea drinking life, I demand more from my tea drinking experience.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Compost, Roasted

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87

Bought this tea from Dragon Tea House a while ago and am just now getting around to trying it. It is pretty good. There was a fair amount of fermentation flavor in the early steeps. It was what you could describe as thick and creamy too. It was sweet in nature. I was not paying close enough attention to it to say there were chocolate notes but that is possible. It did develop a fruity flavor in later steeps. Unfortunately Dragon Tea House must have sold out of this, it is no longer on their site. In fact I had to take my own picture for the catalog on this one.

I steeped this ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with 8.5g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. If I wanted to continue I’m sure I could have gotten a few more steeps out of the tea.

Flavors: Earth, Fruity, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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72

Thank you Liquid Proust for this sample!

Tasting #1 – Steep Time 2 Minutes
Light in color, a distinct roasted aroma is noticeable right away. Very faint flavors, indistinguishable from aroma.

Tasting #2 – Steep Time 4 Minutes
Darker in colosr, stronger aroma, but nothing new to add. Flavors are more distinct, but still of a roasted quality. Not like the toasted rice in genmaicha.

Tasting #3 – Steep Time 6 Minutes
The flavors have deepends, less roasted and more savory. Very comforting once it has steeped for long enough to experience all the flavors.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Oats, Roasted nuts, Toast, Wheat

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I have determined that the samples I have been drinking the past few days must be from Cameron B. I had only tried one tea from this swap when a kitchen clean up resulted in someone putting these in a container on a shelf over my head, not hard to do since I am five inches shorter than my daughters and 13 inches shorter than my husband. So thank you, Cameron!

Bohea perplexes me. The first one I ever had was smokey and strong, or so I thought at the time. I liked it, though. Then I got one that was so weak I didn’t like it, until I looked up the instructions on the company website and it called for double the amount of leaf. Using those parameters the tea was good.

So I made this in my Kamjove so it would be easy to make adjustments as I saw how this one behaved.

At 5 grams of leaf per 200 milliliters this is about like the Pluff Bohea instructions I have. After two minutes steeping, the liquor is pale for a black tea but typical of a Bohea. The taste is very nice, reminiscent of a rock oolong, with toasty toasty bread flavor, and little to no smoke. It leans toward heavily toasted bread.

With the assistance of Alexa, my trusty Amazon Echo, I am resteeping at the dining table. If you are not familiar with the Echo, get off Steepster right now and just go buy one on Amazon. My husband was ambivalent about my purchase but now he is talking about getting another one for our room. We love her.

Steep two – as good as the first and now the toasted bread flavor lingers and expands with every breath. It definitely reminds me of some of the Rock oolongs I have tried. Very nice!

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65

Thank you again, Liquid Proust!

I was kinda disappointed with this one. Great mouth feel like a buttery milk or any other mountain oolong I’ve had, but a little bland. All I got was roasted, butter, and salt notes with every steep, with only a little bit of variation. I tried to do it Gongfu, 15 second rinse, then 50 seconds, then nearly two minutes, then three. It might be better western, it might not be. I admit that I’ve gotten pickier with every cup, but I was wanting something more.

Flavors: Butter, Roasted, Salt

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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65

Nice jasmine tea with sublte taste of jasmine.

Flavors: Jasmine

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86

I got this in the mail yesterday from an Ebay seller and tried it right away on opening. :D It was only around $5 with shipping so I just had to buy it as I was looking for some more Wild Tree teas. I was hoping it would be a lot like Teavivre’s Nonpareil Yunnan Dian Hong Ancient Wild Tree and it is slightly, but the Teavivre has a little bit of extra specialness that I love – maybe that tangy quality which is why I was looking for a Wild Tree tea in the first place. At least this tea is something that I can really enjoy and I’m not disappointed in it. The leaves are large and dusty black resulting in a light brew. The taste has that flavor that I’ve only found in Fujian teas, though it is tough to describe (like a volcanic/charcoal flavor). Otherwise, it’s like burnt sugar or caramel with tobacco and a little of that tangy flavor I’m looking for. On first taking a sip, it has a tanginess and tobacco but then like a wave on the sea shore, an incredible sweetness washes in. Very unique!
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // 10 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep

ETA: Today I tried the Teavivre Ancient Wild Tree steeped the same way and it is actually a LOT different. The Teavivre is much more like plums. So both teas are delicious but very different.

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85

This tea brews up darker than any other white tea I’ve had. It is good. While it may be partially because I added sugar, this tea has a honey sweetness to it and sweet notes of what I would call nectarines. This tea is better than expected. Can’t say whether I will feel an effect from the GABA, none so far but I’m not finished drinking.

Brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 185 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Honey

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Tealizzy

Do you ever Gongfu your GABA teas? That’s when I feel the effect. Totally felt it after three steepings on the Mandala black one.

AllanK

This morning I brewed this western style and usually I have my GABA teas in a hurry before work so I have no time to gongfu them. I have thought that perhaps I would feel more effect if I gongfu it.

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80

It should be noted that I didn’t gongfu this, just brewed it western style before work. It is a fairly tasty puerh with very little fermentation flavor, although it has some. It has a nice sweetness to it. I’m not really picking up on the complex notes this morning although it also has some. I have no way to know that this is actually from the 1990s as claimed by Dragon Tea House. My assumption is it’s more recent. I can’t even be sure it’s royal grade. It’s not bad tea and it wasn’t expensive.

Steeped this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 30 seconds after giving it a 10 second rinse.

Preparation
3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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79

This tea is very malty. There are some subdued chocolate notes behind the malt. It’s a little too malty for my tastes. So far no effect from the GABA but I haven’t finished my cup yet.

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

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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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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47

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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83

Finishing off the last of this one before i split the last little bit across a few tea friends. I’ve enjoyed drinking this one, but not sure if i’d restock. it’s got a juicier profile versus the malty blacks that i like but it’s smooth . it’s on the lighter side so maybe a better afternoon tea. still, i’ve enjoyed it a bunch.

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83

still drinking this one. Lots left. It’s not my favourite, but i haven’t yet figured out how i enjoy it best so i’m having fun trying out different parameters. Some days it’s meh. other days its really tasty and juicy haha

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