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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.
My second Pu Erh of the day. This was bought around a year ago and I completely went off Pu Erh so I didn’t get around to trying it sooner. I did send a sample to someone though several months ago, though I can’t remember whom exactly, but they didn’t review it either.
This Pu Erh is made of consistently medium-dark leaves with only a few sticks present and quite a few golden tips. It smells strong, perhaps a little fishy, but mostly damp and musky. Almost like a cheap male aftershave that’s sat on the shelf for a decade. Also getting hints of wood and smoke though albeit behind the strong musk aroma.
Flavour is rich and dark with musk, wood, damp earth and smoke elements. No fishy taste (thankfully). A bit sour in the after taste which cuts through the richness. Not unpleasant but not as nice as the previous Pu Erh I had this morning.
Further steeps mellow a little but also increase in bitterness. Also the soil flavour becomes stronger, more so than the musk.
This Pu Erh just isn’t for me, it’s nice but not special and I prefer my ripe Pu Erh less damp soil like. Still it was only $5.99 for 50g so I can’t really complain, though I will not re order this one.
Flavors: Musty, Wet Earth
This tea was tasty in some ways but not what I expected. It still had a lot of fermentation flavor left and was quite strong. I used slightly more tea leaf than usual which could account for it being very strong but that does not account for the heavy fermentation flavor in a 2006 tea. Either it was misrepresented and not a 2006 tea or it was a matter of being very heavily fermented in the first place. I am guessing the latter as I don’t think Dragon Tea House would sell a 2012 tea as a 2006 tea. They would know that they would be found out. In any case I will put the two I bought away for a year and see if they improve. It is also possible that the storage of these was not conducive to their aging properly, who knows. I will neither recommend or not recommend this one as it wasn’t bad, just heavily fermented. This being said there was just a little bitterness in the early infusions and just a touch of sourness in the later infusions.
I steeped this 8 times in a 130ml Yixing Teapot with 6.2g of leaf and boiling water for 10 sec, 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 15 sec, 30 sec, 30 sec, and 1 min. It did not get appreciably weaker even in the eighth steep.
Bumping the rating a bit. This tea is so rich I really can’t get enough of it. It leaves a beautiful heavy caramel aftertaste in your mouth that borders on decadent. I’ve been re-steeping at 4 minutes and it’s holding up really well. Less heavy but the fruit notes come out more. I may or may not already be ordering more even though I’ve only had 3 pots…
Oh, wow, this is good. Super caramely sweet, a little plummy, entirely yummy. And this is with a slightly stuffed-up nose. I imagine it’ll be even better when I can smell properly.
I’m beyond impressed with this tea, especially for the price. Less than $5 for 50g including shipping is an absolute steal. This is the lowest grade Dian Hong they offer, I can only imagine how transcendent their Premium, Supreme and Nonpareil versions are. Can’t wait until my second order from DTH comes in, hopefully this is an indicator of all their teas.
Flavors: Butterscotch, Caramel, Fruity, Plums
What can I say, these little tuocha are cute, and on top of that they have so many pretty flower pieces in. I can see pinks, reds and blues going on.
I’m finding this one lightly sweet and less floral than I was expecting. Though there is an after taste of something floral and herby. The Pu Erh is mildly earthy which is perfect against the subtlety of the flowers. It is sweet though, nicely so. Also has a mild refreshing after taste…reminds me of chrysanthemum.
Further steeps remain consistent. It’s not fishy nor too damp tasting (yay) so it’s easy to drink. My only fault is that it’s not floral enough for my tastes, I expected something perfume like from this tea…instead it’s more like a light floral mist.
Perhaps not quite what I was looking for but it’s nice non the less. Happy enough with this for now but I don’t think I would re order.
This tea is good but not great. It has a strong roasted barley flavor in the foreground and a sweet flavor in the background. The sweet flavor is hard to notice at first. I don’t notice any other flavors. It is not as good as the Da Hong Pao from Yunnan Sourcing but is good. Is is better than the other Da Hong Pao from Dragon Tea House that I reviewed the other day. The leaves of this tea are nice looking, large, curly, and wiry looking. It has a nice aroma.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 190 degree water and 3 tsp leaf for 3 min.
Flavors: Roasted Barley, Sweet
This tea is not bad and not great. It falls into the category of teas I am not unhappy I bought, considering what I paid, but would probably not buy again. That being said there are several competing notes of flavor. One is sweet, not sure what to call it. Another is more of a savory note, I am also not sure what to call it. Its the third note I don’t like. It is also mildly sour. This is not prevalent but it is distracting. It is not a strong flavor. Next time I will brew this at 175 degrees and see what I get.
I brewed this once in a 18oz teapot with 190 degree water and 4 tsp leaf for 3 min.
I decided to try this again at 175 degrees with slightly less tea leaf. It has been a success. Gone is the incredible strong barley taste and gone is the bitterness. Now there is a mild roasted barley taste and a sweet aftertaste. Ironically, I think the directions on the package said to brew it with boiling water. I decided to try this one tonight also because I believe it to have less caffeine for two reasons. First, when I drank it last time I didn’t feel any caffeine kick. Second it has huge leaves, the biggest I have ever seen. I have read the large leafed tea has less caffeine then smaller leafed tea.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 3 min.
Flavors: Roasted Barley, Sweet
This tea is very slightly bitter with a strong roasted barley flavor. It is a good basic Da Hong Pao tea. For the price I paid I was not expecting much, this is better than I expected.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 190 degree water and 4 tsp leaf for 3 min.
Flavors: Roasted Barley
Thanks again for your sale, Ost! Eventually I’ll get a chance to try everything. :D I had this one RIGHT before the Lewis & Clark teabox arrived… otherwise I’ll be sampling from that until I mail it out!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 tsp // 10 min after boiling // rinse // 2 min
This is a super dark green oolong… I haven’t seen many oolongs this dark! However, the color of the steeped tea is still very light, the mellowest yellow. The flavor isn’t dark or light. Neither sweet nor tough. It’s difficult to describe! I would say it is more savory, with hints of butter and salt. Not my favorite type of oolong but this is a good one of this type.
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
I thought this one might be oversteeped but not at all, just a stronger flavor than the first steep without being astringent. More butter! I like this steep even more and the leaves could definitely keep going! I’ve been thinking about which type of oolongs are my favorite and I’d have to say the Wen Shan Bao Zhong and the Ti Kuan Yin.
I’m very picky about my jasmine teas and I find that most of them are overly perfumed for my tastes. This one however is nice and subtle and it’s quite natural. There’s a bit of sweetness underneath which might be from the green tea itself or from the jasmine, but whichever it is, it compliments the floral notes well.
Method: 6g, 6 oz, 200 degrees, rinse-rest-10-15, yixing gaiwan and Goldie
Aroma: More pronounced smoke, but not unpleasant. Stone fruits.
Flavor: I did my usual 10 second rinse and few minutes of rest, but the first two steeps are very weak. I’m going back in…
There’s the flavor! Maybe this one was just more compact and needed a longer rest or longer steeps to start! This is quite good, especially for $10 with shipping included. It’s not the world’s best pu’erh, but it has a nice smoothness with a little bite. Definitely not TOO bitter or astringent.
The beginning of the sip is a light smoke, then there’s some fruit. Then it fades off nicely, but it does have a lingering pleasant aftertaste and a nice scratch at the back of the throat.
Like I said, perhaps not the greatest, but I sure wouldn’t kick it out of bed!
Queued post, written May 25th 2014
Here’s another ancient thing that Fleurdelily shared with me. I’ve kept it for so long, partly because I was scared of it but mostly because I didn’t have the faintest clue what to do with it. It just had ‘yak butter’ written on it. I didn’t even know if it was actually freeze dried butter that I was supposed to use as an additive or if it was some kind of instant tea deal.
Luckily KittyLovesTea posted about this one recently, and looking at the picture I can see the pouches are identical to mine, so that’s what I’ve decided it must be. I asked her what I was supposed to do with it, and her reply has been sitting in my email for a while while I’ve been gathering courage and waiting for a good time to try it. I’m home alone this weekend, so here goes.
I’m still scared of it though, but it has to be tried. Otherwise I can’t empty the box. And if I can’t empty the box, I can’t get new stuff. Ever. This is the rule. New orders/swaps/whathaveyou require an empty box.
So I’ve made it up with Kitty’s instructions and am now staring sceptically at the cup.
It smells like puerh with butter in it. Which, I suppose, is what it is. The butter smells a bit… different from cow butter. A bit sort of wild. I can’t tell if that’s because of the puerh and its farm animal smell or if it’s something to do with yaks. Perhaps a combination? I find it quite off-putting to be honest. Cloying.
Okay, I’m doing it. I’m taking a sip (fully expecting something vile).
Oh! It’s salty! And buttery. LOTS of butter. FAR TOO MUCH butter! Oh ack! All I can taste is salt and butter. Flipping heck, but this is foul. I had to spit it out. At least I’m rid of it now.