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Surprisingly, I’ve never had early grey tea before… It’s funny that my first time trying it is as a white tea.
I steeped this three times. The first time I made the water too hot and it was a little bitter. My reaction to the first sip was, “WHAT! What is this?” The bergamot oil was a totally novel flavor to me, and I actually didn’t like it. But with each sip, I enjoyed it more… To the point that I was loving it by the end of the cup. The second steep was delicious (better water temperature), and I think it actually tasted the best after the third steep! This is a tea I look forward to having again.
(Tea from silentrequiem. Thanks!)
Most of the oolong I’ve had to date has been flavored, except for Teavana’s Monkey Picked Oolong. That makes this the second regular oolong I’ve had. The flavor is good overall, but it has an extra taste that’s a little burnt, smoky, or something else (I don’t know how to describe it). The monkey picked oolong has the same basic flavor, but a light airiness and a silky quality that makes me think of gems (I don’t have synesthesia; these are just the weird things that come to my mind). Compared to that, this oolong is not as good. I’ll have to try more regular oolongs (I have at least two others in my cupboard) and then reevaluate this one.
(Tea from silentrequiem. Thanks!)
Cold steeped this overnight. It probably spent about 15-16 hours in the fridge. I think it was about four too many.
It smells sweet and a little like lawn clippings. The taste is very vegetal, very spinachy and I lost almost all the milky flavor that the regular steep had. There is a really nice juiciness here, though. Cold-steeped, this is the greenest tasting oolong I think I’ve had in probably ever. Luckily, that aggressive greenness fades quickly into a fruity sweetness, with apricot and floral notes. The aftertaste is apricots and a residual spinach. It leaves a really clean feeling in your mouth.
I think a little honey would complement this well and probably tie the fruit, floral, and green notes together. I might favor this hot, but I can’t deny that’s it’s really unique and refreshing cold.
Tea #6 from the traveling tea box. This one won’t be continuing on, it’s all mine! Now I just need to decide what to replace it with since there was a fairly large amount.
I don’t generally care for rooibos which is why I was surprised how much I loved this. I can’t really taste the rooibos because the fruit, lavender and rose help cover it up. I love that there are so many flavors going on in this, but they still seem to balance each other out.
I bought this after reading a novel in which a character drank Lapsang Souchong, so I guess I deserve what I got.
I hated it. Smells like the house is burning. I tried to give it a second chance at work and the smoke was so strong I was afraid someone would pull a fire alarm. People were looking around for the source of the smoke.
I won’t give it a number, since I know there are people who really like the smoke, but caveat emptor.
I was very pleasantly surprised by this tea. It was just wonderfully smooth and layered, and so nice to just sit back and enjoy.
You can read my full review here:
Pleasantly surprised after my awful experience with the other bagged tea EnjoyingTea sent with my order. (Seriously, pass on their bagged oolong. Just say no.) This isn’t as good as the loose stuff (what is) but it’s decent and didn’t make me immediately dump the entire mug of tea down the drain, so it gets props for that.
I can actually taste the chrysanthemum. It’s not as fresh as the loose Chrysanthemum tea I have in the cupboard (see 2nd paren note in paragraph above) but it’s pretty decent if you don’t have the means to brew the loose stuff. I can see being offered a cup of this in a B-string Chinese restaurant and not thinking the quality was awful.
Thanks, EnjoyingTea, for the free sample. This came in the cutest wee li’l tea tin. And I greatly appreciated the amount of free tea stuffed into it. I imagine I can get at least 10 cups in if I’m careful.
This is delicious. The leaves smell nice, a fresh almost-nutty scent. I steeped a tiny scoop of this and left it in for a while. The flavor is nice and strong. Distinctively “oolong” but without any fruity aftertaste like some others have. Instead, it tastes almost-smoky and just toys with turning bitter but never does. YUM.
Meh. This is pretty subpar oolong, but I honestly wasn’t expecting much since it was bagged, and included in my order from EnjoyingTea.com for free (I didn’t even request it!). So thanks for the free tea, but I’m going to leave this in the office cupboard for my coworkers.
I steeped this for a long time because I got distracted. When I finally did take a sip, the color was a darkish brown. Taste: practically non-existent for the amount of time the tea steeped.
A couple months ago, my husband knocked over some of the cast-iron cups for my tetsubin. They fell and the enamel chipped, so it gave me an excuse to order a new pair – as well as the new trivet I’d been wanting! A sample of this tea came with the order, in a cute little tin. Now, I’m little more than a novice when it comes to green teas – I’m just not as good about placing their notes in comparison to the black teas I’m more familiar with. This is smooth, and I can taste the usual green vegetal notes, but they seem to build up to a slightly nutty aftertaste.
I started with a short steep of 30 seconds, and moved on to a minute or so for the next ones. The first two steepings were unremarkable, but the third yielded a more floral fragrance with a hint of buttery aftertaste. I steeped it five times, and the flavor opened up with subsequent steepings, with the best being the fourth.
Enjoyable, affordable, but nothing too special.
I’m cold steeping some Jasmine Pearls for milk tea tomorrow. Fiance was super excited, and wondering if just maybe we could have it tonight. I’ll finish converting him yet!
I know I’m close because I got him one of those refillable Keurig cups last week as they have a Keurig maker thing at his office. The first thing he tested in it was the tea he has at work. I’m so close. :D
But onto the actual tea!
I did four steepings in total, 8 ounces each, using 1.5 tsp of leaf in a standard gravity steeper.
3 min, 3 min 30 sec, 4 min, 5 min
Initially it looks like a pretty standard lightly oxodized Taiwanese oolong. Then it has the familiar flavors of sweet cream and floral, but also has a little apricot-like lift at the end of each sip. The finish is sweet and lingers, which lends itself well to the next sip and it seems to build over the cup. The osmanthus strictly complements the oolong with neither overpowering the other.
By the later steepings (4 specifically), there’s some serious atringency going on here., though.
The osmanthus makes this a really pretty tea. Once the leaves are unfurled, the tiny, delicate white petals on the dark green leaves is really stunning. I could absolutely see myself serving this to company in a glass pot.
This tea is just lovely (though I bought it from a different seller, all the things here seem right so I’m assuming same tea from different sources?). It has a warm sweetness, and when you add some milk and sweetner, it makes for an extremely lovely and drinkable tea. Anyone whos curious about this, please let me know, I’m looking for a reason to go visit the shop this was bought at again, and buy more.
Hmm, I don’t think I added enough leaf to this cup. Or the leaves are just too old. This is a sample from LiberTEAS that I received in December 2011! So, it is super old and wasn’t exactly stored under ideal conditions. It tastes very faintly of green tea, but it’s mostly just a cup of warm water.
Oh well. I guess I botched this one by letting it sit around for so long. As a result, my rating is reflective of its current average here on Steepster. Thanks anyway to LiberTEAS!!! I really need to get better about drinking my swap samples shortly after they arrive.
A really fantastic Silver Needle. Sweet with a lovely delicate quality. Fresh tasting with mellow vegetative tones.
Here is my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/02/21/silver-needle-white-tea-bai-hao-yinzhen-from-enjoying-tea/
Smells like roasted honey. I dont think I noticed so much honey scent before, but I tend to pick up on more characteristics the more times I have a particular tea. First taste is still roasty like I remember, but finishes off sweet. I’ll probably be buying more when my sample runs out.