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Eco-Cha Artisan Teas

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Oolong week (again) at Oolong Owl! Today – Jin Xuan, a milk oolong that is heavy on the buttery, orchid floral flavor. So much butter flavor in the early steepings, pleasing my diet killing cravings for butter. There is also a green bean vegetal note in this oolong. The 5th to 8th infusions were the best steepings as the balance of floral and vegetal was awesome, along with a clean and fresh flavor.

What is interesting is the cold steeping of Jin Xuan – the floral really tames down and is light. The cold steep tastes like milk and butter.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/jin-xuan-oolong-eco-cha-oolong-owl-tea-review/

The leaves in this oolong expand like crazy in the later steepings, trying to jail break out of my gaiwan.

Preparation
Boiling 7 g

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75
drank Red Jade by Eco-Cha Artisan Teas
43 tasting notes

There is a warm aroma to this tea. I can’t quite say if it is cinnamon or clove, but it is similar in the heat that is detected. There is a lot of the cinnamon and clove flavor in the tea as well as a slight spiciness. There is a pleasant earthiness to this tea. There is a distinct mint, like spearmint, undertone which gives the impression of cooling the spiciness. There is less tannin than I would expect from a black tea which helps round out the complexity of this tea. I could see this tea paired with a coffee cake or alone as an evening night cap with a touch of honey.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Earth

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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89
drank Red Jade by Eco-Cha Artisan Teas
52 tasting notes

I’m back again! I didn’t abandon tea or anything, I just found myself in the inevitable part of the “liking tea whilst not rich” experience where I ran out of most of what I had and needed my money for other things.

This is a really interesting black tea. I love teas with spices in them (weirdly enough, since I’m not a huge fan of chai), and this has just enough different tastes in there not to taste like basically every other straight black tea I’ve ever had.

I’m really blown away by the number of smells and flavors I’ve gotten from different stages in its preparation! Like, I’m really bad at distinguishing interplaying flavors in tea, but they’re all both really obvious and not overpowering. The leaves smelled mostly like mint and clove (a LOT of clove, but not too much) in the packet. The prepared tea basically just smells like delicious honey with some cinnamon and maybe a little mint. And the taste is kind of earthy with a mint kick and every once in a while there’s a little cinnamon at the end.

It’s just such a cool tea! I wish I had more than a sample. I’ll probably get more come fall.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Earth, Honey

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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66
drank Shan Lin Xi by Eco-Cha Artisan Teas
30 tasting notes

This is the second tea I’ve tried from my recent Steepster Select box.

My first few sips, I felt taste-blind, couldn’t really pick anything out. It does have a slightly pine smell to it. After letting it cool a few moments and sipping again, there is a slight sweetness or fruity quality to it. The description on the card says ‘pear-like fruitiness’.

It’s a very nice oolong, but, perhaps my tastes just swing differently as I’m a teensy bit underwhelmed by it.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79
drank Red Jade by Eco-Cha Artisan Teas
30 tasting notes

So, it’s been a long while and I’m a bit out of practice of writing these. I signed up for steepster select, and this being the first one listed when I opened my package gets to serve double duty containing my impressions of the package. I got a tiny little box in the mail, packaged inside was this really plain but cute steepster labeled bag packaged in cardboard shavings. Inside the bag were 10 little brown packages of tea and a postcard telling me a little about each of the teas. Also included were a number of simple tea-bags. Very nice in my opinion, first impressions and all!

Red Jade from Echo-Cha is from Nantou, Taiwan and the blurb about it reads

A hybrid of the assame cultivae and a wild growing cultivae, this black tea is the product of the Tea Research Extension Station and is naturally immune to local pest, requiring little to no pesticide.

Well, interesting facts, but, makes me think I’m drinking some mutant off-shoot of tea and tells me little about the expected flavor.

On the brown package of tea it includes the name of the Tea, what store it came from, the type of tea, region it’s from, a small tasing note blurb, and brewing temperature and time which I followed. The tasting notes on the brown package read

A complex combination of cinnamon, clove, and mint.

Interesting to say the least! After brewing and having a sip, I’m not so certain I detect those flavors myself, but, my taste buds have had a long vacation from tea. The aroma of the tea is absolutely delicious though; I had to fight with myself to actually drink the tea instead of just sniffing it all evening like some possessed tea-fiend. After a few sips, I did suspect I could taste hints of cinnamon and mint flavors mentioned on the package, but a little unsure of if that’s simply the power of suggestion or not. A lot of the taste is very similar to one of the english breakfast teas I’ve tried, I suspect because they’re both Assam teas.

I like it a lot and it’s definitely gonna go missing from my tea stash quickly!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79
drank Red Jade by Eco-Cha Artisan Teas
30 tasting notes

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84

I got this with my first Steepster Select box, and I like it. The flavor is lighter than a straight Assam, but the texture is very pleasant…not thin, but not too thick either. It’s got a slight bite on the back end, which is indeed reminiscent of cinnamon, and a somewhat mint/menthol-like “feel” (not “flavor”, per se) on the front, making it very intriguing.

I’m enjoying this cup very much…and now that I’ve read other reviews, I think when I try the second packet I’ll do a gong-fu style brew, as it sounds like that brings out more of the spicy flavors. Still, good stuff even brewed just normal cup style, IMO.

Flavors: Earth

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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77
drank Shan Lin Xi by Eco-Cha Artisan Teas
56 tasting notes

There are many steeps from this tea. I’m probably on the 5th or 6th steep now which is on the down side from its prime steep. It started off light and mild and increased to a filling flavor yet still keeping its lightness. Now off the cliff side it’s coming back around to the lightness yet still keeping the aromas but not as full a flavor. This tea came from the steepster select box from jan. 2014. A very yummy oolong that can be drunk in large quantities throughout the morning. It’s not too strong and it keeps up with the promises of fruit and pine qualities.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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95

Backlog (and correction):

When I previously wrote this tasting note, I wrote it for the Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Concubine Oolong tea and not for this tea … and that was a mistake. So, I’m moving the tasting note to the correct Oolong!

I absolutely LOVE Eco Cha! This is a fantastic company, and their packaging is gorgeous – very classy! It’s the kind of tea package that you’ll feel good about giving to a tea loving friend (even if that friend is YOU!)

So I was happy to see that Steepster included in last month’s select box some choice teas from Eco Cha … and this was one of them. I had already tried the tea from samples that I had received from Eco Cha, but this one is so good that I was certainly happy to get the tea again! (You can read my first review of this tea here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/12/15/shan-lin-xi-high-mountain-oolong-tea-eco-cha/ )

A really good Oolong, sweet, floral and a slight woodsy note. The texture is light and refreshing. Later infusions revealed the woodsy tone to be more of a pine-like note, and later I tasted notes of apple.

An excellent Oolong!

Jiāng Luo

+1 for Eco Cha love can not wait for spring flush

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I followed the instructions and used one packet in 8 ounces of water, poured boiling water on and steeped for three minutes.

The dominant smell is molasses, with a honey undertone. It also smells like an Assam. Very earthy and comforting on this unseasonably chilly April day. The first sip is surprisingly mellow for the way it smells, and a bit bitter when it first hits the tongue. As it’s swallowed, it becomes kind of malty. I expected a bolder flavor, but it’s really good in spite of being so laid back.

Flavors: Earth, Honey, Malt, Molasses

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I had high hopes for “milk oolong” after reading about it but I was let down after trying a scented one. By chance I made an recent purchase of darker oxidized teas given the time of year but decided to throw this in for the hell of it.

WOW smelling taiwan teas just after opening the air tight bag is quickly becoming my favorite thing. This smelled just like I had imagined when I learned about “milk oolong” unfortunately I was conned and bought some of Mandala’s milk which was heavy scented/flavored/etc, that one is something I would expect at David’s tea or Teavana tisk tisk. This is whole other league it smells of creamed spinach with the smoothest of jade oolong amplified and the nice vegetal after taste of a quality unroasted TGY. Not to mention this is a winter harvest, and after the harsh winter we had, the spring crop must be ethereal.

Bottom line buy Eco Cha and if you can try their spring harvest you will thank me

Flavors: Butter, Cream

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
BigDaddy

I have had many trepidations in buying milk oolong online because of the flavorings slant. Good to know that Enoch a has real tea for sale. Adding to my wishlist now can’t wait, I love all things oolong especially green. Thank You for the review

Jiāng Luo

Honestly I did not do the tea justice, this was more of rant than a review if you look at some of the other reviews I think they better describe the flavor, but for my money my favorite green oolong and I have not even tried my da yu lings yet so I am excited.

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75
drank Red Jade by Eco-Cha Artisan Teas
496 tasting notes

Strangely, my second envelope of Eco-Cha Red Jade contains about twice as much tea as the first one did. So there must be some quality control issues in the preparation of the Steepster Select envelopes. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that this tea is much better today, in all likelihood because of the greater leafage. I also reduced the volume of water, so together these measures definitely improved the brew.

The liquor is coppery amber, and the smell of the dried leaves is, oddly enough, somewhat barbeque-esque. I decided to drink this glass without cream (I never add sugar or honey to tea—except chai) because I wanted to give Red Jade a fair chance to reveal its complex flavors. What did I find?

Red Jade has a decidedly Assam demeanor, but it is not at all malty. I suppose that this could be compared to an Assam-Darjeeling blend, but there is no denying the Assam-like density of the brew. While enjoyable to drink, I have to say that I do not detect any of the acclaimed tasting notes: cinnamon, clove, or mint.

I brewed according to the prescribed parameters, so I do believe that I’ve given this tea fair trial. I’ll prepare a second infusion later today, though I am skeptical, as I never, ever reinfuse black teas…


second infusion: so it’s true! This tea is better in the second infusion. Perhaps this is a case where an initial quick hot rinsing would help? I suggest this because by the end of the second infusion the leaves had only just completely unfurled. They are huge! The brew is much better now.


third infusion: all good things must come to an end. I tossed this round. Red Jade definitely peaked for me in the second infusion.


Conclusion: I am very glad that I tried these follow-ups because from my first pot and the first infusion of the second pot, I would have thought that this was just another Assam-esque tea, when it’s really not. The full leaf size is quite impressive. They must have been very tightly wrapped!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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This was a sale item I threw into my giant stock up on their Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Concubine oolong (which is really something to stock up on), and I was excited about the idea of Eco-Cha quality oolong in a travel-friendly tea bag. So, two different reviews.

As a travel tea: Pretty good. I’ll definitely take this with me on my next trip, and it’ll give me something pleasant, hot, and resteepable to have easily available. And I’ll really enjoy that. Despite it’s delicacy, it does have a touch of that oolong creaminess that I’ve never found in a tea bag before.

When I’m at home and have other choices: This wouldn’t really ever make the menu. It’s too delicate, and I’m not sure whether that is attributable to the tea itself or to the leaves struggling to expand in the tea bag (which really puffed up!). And there is a little flavor of the bag itself (when did I get to be so sensitive? Did I just write that?).

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I have grown weary of floral Oolongs so this is one of my last few that I have left to review. I’ll be back to you flowery ones someday, just exploring others for now lol.
That being said,,,,,this is a very good one!!!!!!!
The rolled green dry leaf is very toasty-smelling and it really entices you.
The liquor is golden colored and has a lovely floral scent.
The flavor has a lot going on!! There are flowers, cream, astringent notes, parsnip, a touch of roasted nut maybe a brazil nut? The floral and astringent notes are prominent though making this a nice, cleansing tea.
Very nice floral Oolong.

Flavors: Cream, Flowers

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Flowery

One of my all time favorites. This one inspires cravings.

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drank Red Jade by Eco-Cha Artisan Teas
4212 tasting notes

Backlog:

This one was in my January Steepster Select Box and I was thrilled to find teas from Eco-Cha in that box! I love Eco-Cha!

The aroma is gently spiced. These spice notes are part of the sip too, I taste notes of cinnamon and clove. Mid-sip, I notice hints of mint. There is a grain-like flavor to this too, sort of like malt. Not like a malty note you might taste in an Assam, but more like the flavor of a hot cereal. That kind of malt.

A very comforting tea. There is a fruit note that is somewhat fruit-like, like currant.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/05/red-jade-tea-eco-cha/

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My 100th tasting note!! And Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I chose this Jade Oolong for St. Patrick Green!!!
The dry leaves are very green, tightly rolled with stems and smell of creamy butter!!
The liquor has a subtle floral scent and lots of buttery notes as well.
The flavor is flowery and creamy. Though it is herbal and floral dominant, there is no astringency which really is impressive. There is a tiny hint of bitter but I don’t mind bitter as long as it is not accompanied with tannic or astringent qualities. This is a very good example of an unroasted oolong.

Flavors: Butter, Flowers

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

Happy 100!

Lee

Thanks!!!

caile

Yay for 100 notes! : )

Lee

Thanks!!!!!!!

Jennkay

Congrats on 100!

Lee

Yay! Thanks!!

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This tea has a distinctly mint flavor to it. I also gets hints of cherry and cloves. Uniquely flavored.

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This tea smells so good, roasted and warm little rolled tea leaves.
Brewed, the liquor is a dark amber jewel color and smells like roasted nuts and baked cookies.
Whoooaaaa!! The flavor is very delicious!!!! Creamy roasted goodness. I love Da Hong Pao and this one is rivaling that as my favorite roasty tea!!!!
I am glad I chose to take this down to 195 F. I am getting to where I don’t want to brew any tea at 212 F,,,it is too hot for the leaves for me. I love my tea kettle where I can set the temp that I want and 195 still gets the leaves to open and keeps them from being burned.
The wet leaves are all opened and a dark green color, as if they roasted them first and then rolled them (but I know nothing of how they create these wonderful teas).
It has that burnt sugar color and flavor in crème brûlee that I love. This is definitely a very yummy, complex, and worth getting more kind of tea!!!

Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Nuts

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Whoa!!! Now the word “buttery” gets thrown around a lot but this really is buttery and has a very creamy mouthfeel. There is a lovely, but not overpowering, floral note that accents as it finishes.
I used my glass teapot that has a huge brew basket so the leaves had lots of room to open up,,, because they really puff up from their original little rolled green balls with stems.
The scent of both the dry tea and the liquor is just heavenly, like lovely white citrus blossoms.
I brewed this at boiling and then a re-steep at boiling and I detected a bit of bitterness so I got fresh leaves and lowered the temperature to 200. This was a much better temperature and produced the same buttery notes with no bitterness.
Also the packaging of Eco-Cha is is both Earth-friendly and classy. It is very nice and comes with a very informative tasting note for each tea. This tea was made by an artisan who has won first prize in the Nantou Co Jin Xuan Tea Competition out of 2400 entries.
This is definitely delicious and I am honored to get to taste it!!!!

Flavors: Butter, Fruit Tree Flowers

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheTeaFairy

Sounds wonderful!

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86

this is the perfect throw in your travel tea tumbler for the day tea. quite delicate and flavorful all day long, even upon multiple steepings! has gotten me through a few troublesome mornings this week.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this Steepster Select tea! It smelled wonderful and tasted the same! I think that the description/tasting note on the package, hit it right on. This tea makes me appreciate oolong tea and how complex it can be. Try it!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 OZ / 29 ML

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55
drank Red Jade by Eco-Cha Artisan Teas
50 tasting notes

I would like to say “Ditto” to what CelebriTea posted! I read her note as well as the description about the spices that followed. I didn’t intend for it to be sweet if you will, when it said cinnamon, but I did intend to detect it in either smell or taste. This had just a basic black taste to me, nothing complex about it. I drank this straight, I knew from the taste that sugar and cream would not complement it for me even. Sorry

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 OZ / 29 ML

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90

Had this tea again, after reviewing it yesterday for Oolong Owl – it seems a type I should just save on certain days I feel like yellow flowers and spring. I think it was I was lazy, the bag of tea was still on the table, and I needed something to drink after lunch.

I prepared it western style, so 212f for 3.5 minutes. This oolong does much better gaiwan’ style. The floral wasn’t as distinct western style, though it was much smoother. Sit down and take your time steeping SLXHMC oolong!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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A lovely, I can’t wait for spring tea! So much floral going on here, actually a whole yellow bouquet of orchid, osmanthus and tulip. Along with that, bit of a nutty earthy flavor and an interesting light astringency sweet creamy peachy taste. Totally a tea for a floral oolong lover!

Huge leaf too, very high quality tea! In fact, I had a HOLY HOOTS that’s a big leaf moment!

Full review and photos on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/shan-lin-xi-high-mountain-concubine-oolong-eco-cha-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 7 g
Anna

Your big leaf moment cracked me up so much.

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