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From the Here’s Hoping TTB.
This looked interesting: the tea comes as a single leaf, which is twisted into a cylinder. Here was an opportunity to try it.
Big mistake. The taste is really horrible and bitter. After the fact, I looked on-line and discovered that it is supposed to be medicinal (probably based on the theory that something that tastes bad must be good for you). I have to admit that I finished the cup, since it’s supposed to be good for blood pressure, and I got a little bit used to it.
The smell is way too much Bergamot, making me not want to drink it…but the taste is so much better. The rooibos is the most dominant character in this blend, though it’s definitely a complete, but fruity Early Grey. I enjoy tasting it and its good, with some of my friends absolutely loving it, but I honestly didn’t want four ounces. I wish that individual samples were sold.
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Rooibos
Warning: this is only for Earl Grey lovers like the website suggests. When I am in the mood for it, this tea is great. When I’m not, it has way too much bergamot and it’s way to strong though it’s a white tea. The only bad angle about this tea is the potent, almost astringent flavoring.
It’s still a pretty good Earl Grey, and a decent white tea. I definitely taste the lighter Bai Mu Tan for the body which almost makes me prefer this one to a regular Earl Grey with Ceylon or Assam. There is also a herbaceous note that can be great, or a little bit overpowering. That’s why I drink this one only after two minutes. I never go above three for this one.
Tea purists be warned: this is NOT the tea for you.
Flavors: Astringent, Bergamot, Creamy, Herbaceous
The dry leaf smells of black tea and faintly of sweet banana. Brewed, the banana is still faint. It doesn’t smell or taste super artificial to me, more like ripe or over-ripe banana that would go into banana bread. For whatever reason, I didn’t get a bitter brew out of this like some other people, it’s actually pretty mild. I could see this as a tea for someone who usually just likes plain ol’ black, but wants a hint of something different every once in a while.
Flavors: Baked Bread, banana
I’m alive and still reviewing! I promise.
I just got married on the 20th, so it’s taken me a while to get back in the swing of everything. It was kind of like the heading to the final frontier of a seven year relationship, hah!
I’m up in the air on this tea. It’s very sweet and has a lot of sugar/candy flavor is quite strong. So is the pu-erh, though. And I’m not quite sure I like them together as much as I thought I might. It’s like two very dense heavy flavors fighting for dominance. I think I would have preferred the toffee to be more buttery with some nuttiness to balance the cup better.
Me and Oolongs don’t have a very good history. We don’t always see eye to eye on flavour. So when I get one, I tend to not expect too much from them…
So today I thought I’d try this one as something different. It was another one of my three free samples from Enjoying.com. I got some yixing pots from there and they sent me this as one of the samples.
Dry, this tea smells actually quite nice. Almost refreshing if that’s possible. I was pleasantly surprised that I liked the smell of it.
Once steeped, the smell became more… I dunno. Grassy I guess? I didn’t really enjoy the smell of the leaves steeped. I love how big the leaves got though. I definitely overleafed this one. By like a lot. But that gave me some really great, strong flavour without being bitter.
I am VERY surprised by this one. I actually enjoyed it! It is grassy, but in an almost refreshing kind of way. Normally that wouldn’t have been something I like, but for some reason, I like it this time. I drank it straight up. I figured that would be the best way to start this one off. And thankfully it was good that way.
I steeped it up for 3 minutes as I really didn’t know what the proper steeping method was. And that seemed to be okay. I figure even two minutes would be good really. I used 2 tsp for 16oz of water, but I think that I could have just used like 1.5 instead.
So, today, this was a surprise and I liked it! I would definitely get this one again if the company was located closer to me, but since it is literally across the country away, and took a week to get to me, I probably won’t get again… Unless I purchase more teaware from them, then I might order it. Their teaware seems to be pretty decently priced so far from what I’ve seen. I actually want to try a yixing mug at some point, and this company has some pretty nice looking ones.
Edit My second steeping of this one is also very good. I’m going to have to savour this tea a bit. I’m not so sure if grassy is the right way to describe this one after all. It’s almost like a sweet leafy taste… if that makes sense. It’s just got the slightest bit of sweetness to it and it’s almost like a lovely leafiness to it. It’s so weird to explain, but it’s really quite nice. I’m intrigued by these straight teas that have so many flavours to them. It’s very nice.
I’m new to Steepster, this is my first review, and I saw no one had reviewed this tea, so here I am. Anyways, I was searching around for some black dragon pearls that were more in my price range and I happened to find Enjoying Tea. They have one of the best prices I’ve seen and they seemed like a well-known website so I decided to give them a go. I order 4oz and got them within the week. I used 2 pearls per 8oz and brewed them for 5min. The first thing I noticed was the strong cocoa and chocolatey flavour. This tea is very full-bodied and is more close to a coffee. I even gave some to my friend, they thought it was coffee, and I told them no this is tea and it’s delicious! This is now my go to wake up tea due to how strong and full of flavour it is. If your looking for some affordable black dragon pearls then I highly recommend them from these guys.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa
From Ost’s stash sale.
This tea tasted exactly the way wet hay smells. Exactly. It’s not a flavor I enjoyed or would recommend, but it was quite incredible how exact the taste was. My husband tasted it, and agreed. Weird.
Well this tea isn’t bad, and certainly undeserving of the reviews it has on here. Like most reviewers, got this as a free sample when ordering something else. I think the problems arise with the steeping parameters, this one doesn’t work English style and it won’t work done grandpa either. Nope, leave your horse and carriage at home. Takes a puerh drinker riding in on a yak to the rescue and show these people how it’s done.
It’s done by gongfu, and yes in an unglazed clay pot. In this case Jian Shui, but any dedicated black tea unglazed clay pot will work. 5 grams (which is a lot of loose leaf) and 100 ml. As in small cup, around what 4 oz tops. Do a RINSE. I’ll say it again: do a Rinse. By Rinse I mean fill the tiny clay pot with boiling water over the tea and then pour it off. Water your tea pets with the rinse. Then fill the pot again and steep 15-20 seconds, pour into your cup.
The results? Delicious. This loose leaf has dried banana bits, they don’t taste like anything. Main profile for me is floral black tea, a rather good roast in fact. Chocolate and root beer whiffs. Slight bitter with short 20 secs 2nd steep but long sweet aftertaste.
This is pretty good actually.
Flavors: banana, Chocolate, Root Beer
I had this cold brewed last night, and I think I’m just not a fan of rose in teas. The rose was pretty strong in this one. I felt like I was drinking perfume, a water based perfume . I was able to drink about half of it before deciding to call it quits. It wasn’t terrible, it was just weird and not my cup of tea (har-har).
So, I had my first test for my Managerial Accounting class, and I got an 82%. I skipped the last two classes, which is when we learned chapter 4, and I didn’t really study (maybe 20 minutes total today). I’m still mad though because despite all of that, I felt like I did really well on the test, and before submitting I was pretty confident that I got most of them right. I really didn’t feel like I got 9 problems wrong. So now I’m going to have to work extra hard to swing an A. And the professor said that it was a hard class to get an A, but I really felt I knew this material. End rant.
So I cold brewed this and took it with me to campus. I’ve never had sencha before so I don’t have anything to compare this to quality wise, but this taste like exactly what I picture a plain iced green to taste like. Like, if I were to go to a place like Panera Bread (or similar “fancy” quick casual type food place) and got an unflavored iced green tea, it would taste like this.It’s kind of vegetal, slightly weak, but something that the typical casual teabag tea drinker might rave about and declare the “best”, if that makes any since? It’s something I would have loved when I was first leaving grocery store teas behind. It’s something that even now, I can drink and enjoy. But I probably won’t restock.
It does make me really want to try some high quality sencha though. And I’ll try it again hot, its just not a priority, and I have a lot of other teas to try first.
I drank this while doing homework and quizzes today and as such wasn’t paying enough attention to right a proper tasting note. I know I enjoyed it, because it had fresh crisp vegetal notes that I love so much and wasn’t smokey like some of the other teas in the sampler are, which I’m not fond of. I want to do a side by side comparison of the 6 no flavored greens teas in the sampler so that I can learn the differences among then and be able to better understand what I do and don’t like in a green tea.
This is the first time I’m having a not otherwise flavored genmaicha. It tastes just like the other ones I’ve tried, but without the spices. The little sample tin I have is chocked full of rice, and the rice flavor really comes through in a delicious toasty way. Genmaichas are just a very satisfying tea to me, warm and toasty and comforting. One of those teas I can drink for a snack and truly feel satisfied after like I just had something hardy.
My first dragon well, and as it turns out, just what I needed to restore my faith in green teas and in the sampler. Deliciously vegetal, and slightly nutty, with a slight sweetness. This Is just what I needed. I seemed to have finished my cup too fast.
Well, this isn’t the vegetal type of green tea that I’m used to. I let it cool, and when I took a sip it was very smokey and astringent, to things I’m not fond of. I think that they suggested 2-3 tsp per 8oz is way too much, which might have contributed to the heavy smoke and astringency. For a fluffy tea, I can understand that much, but for small leaves, at a 2 minute steep? It seems like much too much. I’ll have to try this and the gunpowder again with less leaves and/or less time and see if that helps
This is my first jasmine tea. I’m surprised that it’s naturally a little sweet. I don’t know, I just wasn’t expecting that, but it’s pleasant. I did end up adding a little bit of pure stevia because I just got it and wanted to try it out (dude that stuff is crazy concentrated, 100g equals 10,000 tsp of sugar).
This is a sweet kind of floral tea. I’m getting more floral than green, but the green is sandwiched in there mildly. The beginning of the sip is floral and sweet, with the green coming in towards the end of the sip, and then there’s the floral again in the after taste. Quite pleasant. I wasn’t sure how I would like it, but it’s good.