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Trying my best to have a lazy day as I’m just not feeling tip top today. While packing some tea swaps today I got the craving for some puerh and chose one on my shelf at random. Dragon Tea House have a wide range of pu erh and I make it my mission to try them all.

This puerh cake is dark brown and golden brown in colour with a sweet earthy and floral scent.

Steeping with the following times in my Gongfu Teapot -
5 steeps:30s,1m,2m,3m,4m 100ºC/212ºF

Steep one – 30 seconds – Colour is yellow/green with a thick earthen clay aroma. Flavour is subtle and floral with a hint of sweetness and dryness. Also a little muddy and wooden.

Steep two – 1 minute – Sweeter in flavour and more floral. Also more honeyed and wooden. Lost some of it’s earthy clay taste and is smoothing out very nicely.

Steep three – 2 minutes – Even less earthy and more floral, almost perfumey and musky. Also sort of ricey and gluttonous but mildly.

Steep four – 3 minutes – Light red/brown now in colour. Quite astringent and musky with a dry, floral after taste. Still has some wooden sweetness but not as much in comparison to the first few steeps.

Steep five – 4 minutes – Smoother than the previous steep and once again very mellow overall. All that is really left is a wooden musk and sweet floral hue that become dry in the after taste.

Overall this tea is very pleasant and is suitable for multiple steeps without becoming too harsh and bitter. It’s a very musky puerh but I think it has real charm. Not one of my favourites but definitely something I would be happy to share with friends and family. Plus I have a warm glow after drinking this tea and a bit of a buzz :)

Preparation
Boiling

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84

3g / 200ml glaspot
2m @ 75C

Anna was kind enough to remind me i infact had a jasmine tea in my cupboard. Found it faaaar in the back.
Very seldom drink jasmine teas. To me it is a very comforting tea for a late night in front of the fireplace.
This tea uses my alltime favorite white teas. The flavour of the tea balances the jasmine perfectly.
Perfect before bedtime :)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Anna

I’ve infected you with jasmine fever! This tea sounds great though, totally envious of your bedtime cup.

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84

4g / 200ml glaspot
1m/2m @ 75C

Very mild pleasant taste. The jasmine doesn´t overpower the silver needle.
A pure comfort tea :)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

I’ve been loitering on dragon tea house’s website lately. :)

Dag Wedin

They do have a massive assortment of tea. :) But i prefer yunnan sourcing @ teavivre for chinese teas.

Terri HarpLady

Good to know! Thanks! That’s what I love about Steepster, everyone sharing their experience with tea companies & teas!

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85

10g / 360ml banko-yaki kyusu water from kunzan tetsubin
1m @ 75C

Decent green, very refreshing. Light and nutty, veggy. Been awhile since i´ve tried this one. The leaves smell fantastic. The flat shape is also very pleasing to the eyes.
Not to fond of greens, however Arya Emerald SF darjeeling is an exeption :)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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85

6g / 200ml glaspot.

Two infusions
1m/2m @ 80C

Nutty flavour. Full flavour, very greenish. :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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85

5g / 200ml glaspot.
1: 1m @ 75C
2: 2m @ 75C

Fresh and light. Relaxing tea, could probably be brewed cold with good result. Will try sometime.
But when it comes to roasted green tea, Bi lou chun is still king for me :)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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95

Sipdown!
120ml yixing, filled to 1/2 with leaf.

wash/25s added 15s for a couple of infusions.

This is what i call an oolong. Full of smokey burnt flavour. very powerful. Long aftertaste. To bad its all gone. :/
Luckily i have a bag of Gue zi jin wuyi oolong waitning for my pleasure! :)
I wonder what tea i will start my x-mas celebration with. :)

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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95

My first try with a wuyi oolong.
I must say, Im impressed!
A fair bit smoky, the smell of the dry leaves is heavy and so is the taste. Im looking forward to exploring this tea.

I used a 120ml yixingpot, filled it to 1/4 – 1/3 isch.
Quick wash followed by 25s steep.
Added 15s after that for a couple of more infusions.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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92
drank Hong Oolong by Dragon Tea House
234 tasting notes

Felt like brewing something special today.
Been out running in the rain and came home all soaked.

this tea warmed me up plenty! Brought out the gaiwan and filled it up with 5g leaf. A quick wash and it was good to go. what really impresses me about this the is the strong grapefruitflavour in the early steepings. I have read its suposedly good for ice tea. will have to try before sipdown! Hope i can restock this since its just about one of the best ooong ivé ever tried. the leaf is rolled like most high mountain oolongs but it is high oxidized. Splendid quality.

was/15/25/45/1/1:20 and so on to about 12 steepings :D not to bright before bed… ^^

Flavors: Cinnamon, Grapefruit

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 90 ML
Golden Tips Teas India

Hi Dag, Is there a way we can get in touch with you? :)

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92
drank Hong Oolong by Dragon Tea House
234 tasting notes

5g / 90ml celadon gaiwan. water from kunzan tetsubin.
wash/25s/15s/25s/30s/40s/1m/+20s per following steeping. Water @ 90C

Oh this tea is just magnificent. first infsuions is shockful of grapefruit and lots of cinnamon. It is as if someone squeezed frsh grapefruit into my cup! Later steepings tasted less of grapefruit and more cinnamon.
The tea is rolled into tiny pearls but unfolds really nice. My gaiwan was filled to the brim with leaf.
will try and find more of this when i get a chance. Very expensive thou. But it can handle a #"¤"load of infusions.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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92
drank Hong Oolong by Dragon Tea House
234 tasting notes

7g / 90ml celadon gaiwan.

Gongfu style.
wash / first 25s then add 10-15s per infusion. When it starts to thin i add some more time.

Thick, creamy with heavy notes of cinnamon. Refreshing with perhaps a hint of astringeny.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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80

A few years ago I had dinner at a very reputable chinese restaurant where I ordered “a green tea” and had my first Dragon Well tea. Ever since I’ve been wanting to revisit this tea, but I was always hesitant about how/where to get a good quality.

When I stumbeled on Dragon Tea House I decided to give it a try and I must say I’m not disappointed. This tea is exactly as I remember it. IMO this is the epitome of a green tea: somewhat grassy, fresh, light and with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

Will definitely be restocking this!

EDIT: In the 2nd steep – which is even better – the sweetness increases and becomes more nutty in character.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
cteresa

I love dragonwell as well and it does often survive so well multiple steeps (don´t quit at 2, force it :)

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34

I thought to revisite this one a second time. I figured that my palette might have changed or that I might be able to brew this one better the second time around.

On second try I liked the tea even less!! I’ve crashed my rating to the yellow “mweh” smiley and tossed the remaining bag of this tea with the trash.

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34

I don’t know what to make of this tea. Has flavour been added or not? I tend to agree with twinofmunin: how could it not be flavoured with such a strong scent and taste?

I ordered this tea in the hope that it could be an alternative for my much more expensive milky oolong from Theodor. Unfortunatly this is not it.

What I don’t like about this oolong is the very caramelized scent. It reminds me of hard/kristalized caramel candy. You know the type you nearly break your teeth on when trying to chew it and when you’ve finally crunched it, makes your teeth stick seriously together. Theodore’s version has a more vegetal note, which makes it more balanced and natural to the palette.

Although it certainly isn’t bad, I won’t be buying it again. It just doesn’t hold up to the Theodor Milky Oolong.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
cteresa

Theodor´s milky oolong tastes natural for me – I do not know if it is or not, but as they say “si non è vero, è ben trovato”, if not true then it is well made up! The taste is very oolongy but I love how it seems to develop with the water, and it tastes slightly different, different notes whenever I brew it!

Pity this is not an adequate replacement, I was checking the official price and indeed it is expensive. Funnily it is the only one of their tea where the tin cames practically free!

Barbara

Yeah that one and the Yin Zhen Silver Needle.

cteresa

I love Theodor tins, they are stackable and they seal so well, it is a craving. But I used to avoid the brand because I thought they were being outrageous by charging 20 euros per tin of fruit infusions! I thought ripoff and avoided it. Buying by the weight I changed my mind because the teas are so good, but I still think outrageous that all tins are the same price! Though it is a good justification to indulge on some pricey single origins!

Barbara

Yes it is outrageous and I often tell myself that I probably could get the same quality tea for a lower prices elseware, where they don’t put so much effort in style/packaging. Esp. the plain teas.

But on the other hand I tell myself some day soon (I hope) I’ll have enough tins and start buying by the weight again.

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95

That’s 4 fish dead and another 1 on the way in the last 3 days :( Everything was going so well and then old age kicks in. Damn you reaper leave my fish alone!

I’m sat here with a large pot of this tea and a large slice of orange cake that was made this morning. I’m trying to calm myself and have a break from singing to my ill fish and try to make her as comfortable as possible. There are some things that you never get used to.

KittyLovesTea

My second fish died. :(

Azzrian

:( NOoooooooo I am so sorry

Lala

Sorry about your fishies. Send you good vibes.

Alphakitty

so sorry to hear about your fishes :( I used to have some, their short lifespans make it very difficult because you get so attached!

CharlotteZero

:-( Poor fish.

KittyLovesTea

Thank you all for your kind words. I know that these things happen and anyone with pets have to accept the possibility of well..the end. I just have a big heart when it comes to animals and I just hope that they enjoyed their time with me as much as I did with them. :)

MissLena

:( sending hugs too!

Tealizzy

Poor fishes! It’s so hard when pets go. :(

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Steep 1 – 15 seconds

Golden red brown in colour with a rich, sweet, malty scent. The first thing that strikes me is the smoothness that comes packed with a sweet malty mist of flavour. It’s mellow yet rich and very clean tasting. A touch of sweetness lay amongst the malt.

Steep 2 – 25 seconds

Maltier in flavour with a much richer and velvety after taste. The sweetness is better blended and does not stand out as much as the previous steep. It also remains fresh, misty and mellow.

Steep 3 – 40 seconds

There is a slight roasted flavour that mixed with the sweet and fruity malt not only makes it smell like malt loaf but also taste like it. Still remains rich, smooth and consistent to the previous steeps. When I say fruity I mean fermented like currants and raisins.

Steep 4 – 1 minute 10 seconds

Toning down now in it’s rich flavour. The sweetness is once again in front of the malt rather than being paired with it equally in the previous steep. Very light, a little smoky and still very smooth.

Steep 5 – 1 minute 30 seconds

Golden brown in colour. Not much left now beyond a dark fruity sweetness with only a slight malt touch. Perhaps also a slight floral touch is present now too mixed in with the fruit. Even though it’s very subtle it’s still a nice steep and very worth drinking.

For more information and pictures please view my blog.
http://kittylovestea.teatra.de/2013/02/07/premium-dian-hong-a-true-birthday-treat/

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C
canadianadia

I hope you had a nice birthday :D

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85

This is a brand new experience for me as I have never had the pleasure of drinking Lan Gui Ren before. I really don’t know what to expect at all but thought it would be fun to find out.

Upon opening this vacuum sealed package I pulled a face as I was asking myself “What the hell is this?”. The tea itself looks like my cats catnip biscuits. They are dark green, small and rolled into odd ball shapes. They really do look like a cross between a cat biscuit and some sort of health snack. These strange little tea pieces smell floral but also astringent and sharp. It’s an interesting smell, it must be the ginseng.

By look and smell I would never guess this was an Oolong. I’m brewing this gongfu style starting with 1 minute for first two steeps (as recommended) and by an additional minute each subsequent steep.

Steep 1 – 1 minute
The tea is yellow in colour with a roasted scent much associated with Oolong. Yum, it tastes like roasted rice cakes with spinach which sounds like an odd combination but it’s very nice. It has that slight sweetness and after taste similar to watermelon but not as fruity or fresh.

SIDE NOTE – Amazing sweet after taste that lingers in my mouth beautifully.

Steep 2 – 1 minute
A second steep has increased the toastedness but it seems to dissolve quickly until all you can taste is a floral sweetness that starts to taste like hard boiled sweets. My mind is completely blown by this tea … it’s amazing and I’m only two steeps in! Sweet rice cakey goodness.

Steep 3 – 2 minutes
Golden brown now in colour. The sweetness is blending in a little bit more now and it tastes more like your average sweet Oolong.

I think this is amazing. I love it. Finishing my review early because my Chinese food is here (beancurd in black bean sauce). Double yum!

Preparation
Boiling

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71

I did not have a good night last night, in fact it was one of the worst in a long time, not meaning to start drama but it consisted of no sleep, a spouse argument, broken tea drawers and me applying for a residential Visa to China. Why China? I imagined I would have little trouble finding a job there in the tea industry, even if it’s just production or warehouse storage. Though chances are I won’t get my Visa. I would have applied to America but I need the job before applying, much stricter regulations. Same goes for Canada.

So as a little pick me up I’m having this Jasmine green along with a bag of vanilla fudge for breakfast, perhaps not the most nutritious but right now I don’t much care. Not sure if it’s the fudge but the jasmine is not as strong as I remember it being. Oh well, it’s still nice and refreshing.

Anna

Aw, sweetheart. I hope you feel better soon.

MzPriss

:( Kitty. I hope your day improves.

KittyLovesTea

Thank you both. My day has just gotten weirder….I just found someone in my garden knocking down my fence with a hammer, upon asking what the hell he’s doing he answered “Don’t worry, I’m putting up a new fence for you”. WTF??? He does have a new fence outside but both me and my husband didn’t arrange this….is this the fence fairy?

MzPriss

Fence fairies are GOOD?!? I wish someone would come put one up that I can’t see through between me and my trashy neighbor. The fence fairy is sign that things will improve.

KittyLovesTea

Well it’s certainly a start, and interesting at that. In my friendly nature I have offered him tea or coffee should he work up a thirst. The wind broke my fence a few months ago when we had them gale force. The one he is putting up is twice as thick and tall as the previous one.

Angrboda

Perhaps it’s some sort of Pay It Forward thing he’s doing? As for the drama, I do hope things will get better.

Veronica

I hope things continue to improve for you (the fence is a good place to start!). My sister lived in China for years and loved it. Best wishes wherever life takes you.

adagio breeze

Really sorry you had such an awful night :( Hope things get better soon.

caile

Hoping things all work out well!

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71

I’m in the mood for something light and floral and I couldn’t think of anything more perfect than jasmine pearls. I usually go for Teavivre’s ‘Superfine Jasmine Downy Dragon Pearls Green Tea’ but today I thought I would try this brand.

What surprised me first of all was that this brands ‘pearl jasmine’ came seal packed like many Oolongs do to ensure freshness. When I opened the sealed pack I could see small dark green with silver striped balls with a beautiful sweet jasmine scent. One thing I did notice is that there is no fuzziness at all which I have noted comes with the fresher and higher quality pearls.

I am brewing with three steeps: 1 minute, 2 minutes, 3 minutes. I used 7g of pearls in my gongfu with 80°C water.

The tea once steeped for 1 minute is light yellow and remains fresh, mellow, floral and sweet. Just as jasmine pearl tea should be. It’s very light with only a hint of jasmine and it’s a very pleasant first steep. It’s the sort of tea I could drink every day. :)

My second steep now. The pearls have now unravelled. The tea is still yellow in colour but the jasmine scent is stronger. It’s a little stronger, sweeter and more floral now. Much more preferable to the first steep. It’s still light but now it’s more like a green tea as it has some depth instead of very little.

My third steep. Everything (colour, scent and taste) has weakened slightly and resembles the first steep again.

Overall it’s a nice jasmine pearl tea but at the best steep it was the same quality as what you would expect. Meaning it’s suitable for every day drinking but not for those special occasions. Still it is what it’s called and nothing more and I do love jasmine pearls … if this is the lesser grade then I cannot wait to try their higher grades. :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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100

So I wanted to post this just so that anyone looking for a nice tea table would check out Dragon Tea House!
They have a HUGE selection and I am IN LOVE with mine – I got this one here.
Here is a full detailed review on it with my personal photos
http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/12/29/large-grape-sandalwood-tea-table/

darby

I DO NOT need you helping my tea addiction! LOL I’ve already found one to put on my 2013 XMAS list! Now, can I wait that long?

TeaBrat

How pretty!

Azzrian

I couldn’t Darby.
Thank you Amy oh
:)

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75

Re-visit from 2 years ago.

Still not overly impressed with this Sheng, it tastes musty and old. Compared to my knowledge 2 years ago I now see why, though the leaves are mostly whole they are rather dark too. I tend to prefer silver tipped, large leaf Sheng. This type I consider to be part way between Sheng and Shue which I’m not always a fan of.

Oh well, one or two more servings after this pot and I will know not to re-order.

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75

It’s been a good day so far today. I managed to have a decent nights sleep for a change, I got my ninth tattoo (http://twitter.yfrog.com/obtdwcvj) and my ill fish seems to be feeling a little better.

While I’m playing Resonance Of Fate with my husband tonight after such a good day I decided to make a gongfu of this pu erh.

The pu erh is mostly loose leaf with the occasional chunk that has been broken from the original cake. It’s a medley of browns and smells a little floral and earthy. Once rinsed it picks up sweet floral tones.

Once brewed the liquid is cloudy burnt orange in colour and it smells a little astringent and perfumey.

So the tea is in my gongfu starting with a 1 minute steep and increasing each steep by an additional minute. Here we go.

It’s very earthy and deep with a bitter floral perfume effect. I’m actually thinking that I may have brewed this one a little too strong (though I used the same amount as I would with any other pu erh which is a rough estimate weight of two tiny sample cakes so what…about 7-10g).

Tea halved now for the second steep, lets see if that reduces the bitterness. The colour is now a cloudy yellow colour which to be frank looks like very unhealthy urine. Does anyone know why some pu erh is cloudy?

Much better strength now, it’s floral and earthy still but with a sweet fruity note and while being astringent has no bitterness. It’s still perfumey though which is a little hit or miss at times and honestly I’m not digging it at the moment. I was hoping it would be a little more floral or earthy and less perfumey.

Overall it’s not what I was quite looking for in a raw pu erh but it has it’s charm and I’m thankful to have tried it. Don’t think I would buy it again though.

Preparation
Boiling
Azzrian

Nice Tat! :) Unique! Like you :)

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