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This has been one of my “rushing out the door” morning oolongs for awhile, steeping two tsp of tea in about 10 ounces of 190 degree water for 3 minutes, then another longer steep for my second cup. The second cup is never very good, it’s like this tea gives up the ghost in the first steep. This is the first time I’ve sat down with this tea for a nice, slow gongfu session to see what I might have been missing. It does not disappoint! I’m rather astounded at how lovely this tea is with shorter steeps (30 secs). The aroma is sweet. The flavor is also sweet and floral, with no bitterness or astringency. The second steep is much stronger now that the leaves have opened up a bit more. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Increased steeping time to a minute with 4 and 5. Still going. Leaves fully opened now. Sixth steep, flavor has become more vegetal. I could probably keep going, but I’m going to stop here (my eyeballs are floating).
Not Bad. Has the characteristic earthy taste of a pu’erh. The Tea brews a nice reddish black. The tea feels very smooth in the mouth and has no bitterness or astringency. My only complaint is the lack of depth of the flavor. No matter how strong you brew the tea, the flavor still lacks. A good tea for a quick fix. All in all, a decent tea, but nothing special.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Earth, Mushrooms
I’m almost done with an entire box. I went to the Asian market where I bought the Aged Yunnan Pu-Erh but this is what they had. It wasn’t terribly priced and sometimes you just need a decent bagged Pu for work….I know that could be taken many ways ;) I not opposed to chrysanthemum in tea, but not my favorite either. I think tastes like dandelions. This is decent. I don’t find it to be as dark and rich as the Yunnan from Foojoy. Most importantly it isn’t fishy. You can always spot cheap Pu-Erh if it’s fishy rather earthy. It’s good though and great in a pinch at work.
On Sunday Tony & went to the big import store (Global Foods) to get refills of his beloved Ahmad Earl Grey. They have a huge selection of teas, mostly bagged, but I did find a few loose leafs, so I figured I might as well give one a try. I’ve never heard of this brand, & I do enjoy Keemun.
My first session was on Sunday, using 1 tsp + standard mug X 3 or so min.
The dry leaf doesn’t smell very promising, especially when compared to some of my other keemuns, & the resulting tea was ok, but not particularly exciting.
Today I gave it a 2nd chance, using 1T + mug (10 – 12 oz) X 2.
Much better! It’s not going to make it to the top of my list, but is very drinkable, with a red wine & brown sugar kind of taste.
This information is not correct. This is a Jasmine Green Tea by Sunflower.
My first pu erh was a loose leaf from HK. It was so good I immediately went shopping for pu erh and this is what I ended up with. I love it, but I’m a newb to pu erh so we’ll see how it holds up. It is strong, earthy, rich, nutty, a wee bit vegetal, and so easy to drink.
The aroma is very mild and lovely, a mixture of green, roasted, and honeysuckles. It reminds me of the way my kitchen smells after I make my own Hojicha.
The taste is mild for a Ti Kuan Yin and more green than floral. The initial taste is a toasty green with hints of floral, as the taste fades you are left with sweetness. Delightful. I would not say this is my favorite Ti Kuan Yin, but I could certainly be content drinking this every day when I am craving the really pricey stuff.
So…I had this, evidently, at a restaurant about a year ago. If it’s where I think it was, my entree was likely so spicy it burnt off my ability to detect all but the most rudimentary flavors. So at the time, I called it “nutty.”
K S sent me another bag to try, sans spicy drunken basil stir fry, and I’d like to amend my previous description. This time around, I’m getting Juicy Fruit. (Which, according to various wiki-think opinions, incorporates banana, pineapple, and peach…and maybe jackfruit, whatever that is.)
Vagueness notwithstanding (on my part), it’s pretty tasty, I know it meets my Cheapster Steepster standards, and there’s always something to be said for a convenient little bag you can tuck in your purse or pocket. Worth checking out.
This was served with lunch at a local noodle and curry place in an old-fashioned light-bulb shaped decanter like they served diner coffee in when I was a kid. (Sort of clashed with the elegant rectangular platters.) Anyway, for a bagged oolong, it wasn’t bad. No subtlety, just warm and a little nutty.
This Foojoy Green Tea is great to have on hand as an “everyday” inexpensive tea. Its favor is more robust than like 100 count boxed green teas on the market. The individual bags are wrapped in paper, however all of the bags in the box are divided up into 3 separate sealed silver foiled bags. This is a nice added benefit.
Another from the traveling tea box! thanks for including this one, TeaEqualsBliss! I loved the other Foojoy oolong that I tried before, so I wanted to try this one! I steeped it for 90 seconds. (It’s hard to tell with these Foojoy… the other one is supposed to steep for 30 seconds but they don’t really say on their site). So I taste tested as I steeped, and it seemed to get BUTTERY at 90 seconds. This is definitely a buttery oolong, first and foremost! And a little bit vegetal. And I don’t mean a milk oolong, but butter. This isn’t really a floral or peachy oolong either. The second steep is even better after letting the water cool and steeping for two minutes or so. Still has that buttery flavor, just even butterier and sweeter. I think this is the most consistent buttery oolong I’ve had.
I definitely do not care for this tea. Tastes like dirt to me. I suppose the term should be “earthy,” but dirt works for me. It tastes somewhat like a watered down version of Numi’s Emperor Puerh I tried the other day, though it doesn’t have the fishy flavor.
Thanks so much TeaEqualsBliss for including this one in our swap. I think I’ve reviewed most of the teas you’ve sent me — a few more to go!
I had a Verdant oolong the other day that I really wanted to steep right. Thankfully, I looked on their site how to steep and was surprised that it only needed 25-35 seconds. I know I would have ruined it with a steep time of around 3 or 4 minutes if I didn’t look. The flavor was heavenly with just seconds — I’m shocked with so much flavor so quick. Anyway, I’m worried I’ve been steeping my oolongs for too long now. Should most oolongs be steeped for seconds or does it depend on the tea? I guess I could just taste test them as they are steeping. I’ll play it safe from now on.
This one is special.
First steep – 48 seconds – The leaves are very black, long and twisty. I don’t think I’ve had an oolong like this one before. The infused leaves are green now, barely unraveled and they have an amazing scent, much different from the tea flavor. The flavor starts with a lovely peach, my favorite. Then a tiny hint of grassiness and I could have swore some spice. This one has a nice creme flavor to it. A full flavor. Absolutely delicious.
Second steep – 60 seconds I think this one steeped too hot or too long. It’s kind of bitter. That’s too bad — the first cup was so good.
Third steep – 60 seconds The water is cooler so it tastes sweet again, but it’s missing the peachiness and the creaminess the first cup had. The first cup was the best one, which is unusual for oolongs I’ve tried, but that was probably my fault for the way it was brewed.
With my oolong flavor rating where one is the lightest and most floral and five is the stronger flavor, I’d give this on a three. Probably a favorite oolong of mine, but there are so many of them and they are so different! I will treasure the few cups of this I have left. Sadly, I don’t see it on the FooJoy site, but I don’t think you can buy any teas from their site anyway. How did I possibly survive before tea?
I have a large tin of this and am sending half of it to my Sororitea Sister LiberTeas very soon!
I have been trying to think of what this aroma reminds me of and I think I finally can put my finger on it! LILY OF THE VALLEY!!!!!
The flavor is that of a very warming and comforting floral oolong with a mouth-watering end sip.
The more I sip the more I like this! I’m shocked this wasn’t already listed in the Steepster Database, tho!