Golden Sail Brand

Recent Tasting Notes

I made two pitchers of this tea iced because I got a little too excited about my new Takeya flash-chill tea pitchers. So I’ll be drinking it for awhile.

It’s good iced, with just a hint of sugar. I like it cold, room temp, and of course warm!

Warm, the lychee flavor comes forward strongly, a little tart with just the right amount of fragrance. More like the canned version you buy to make desserts though, not as sweet as fresh lychee.

It’s a lovely everyday, anytime type of tea. I always wash the leaves first though, or the first steep is overwhelmingly strong. The leaves are good for several steepings, but oversteeping makes the lychee taste/smell much more chemical. My sister enjoys making milk tea with this one.

Flavors: Lychee

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Lichee black tea will always have a special place in my tea collection. It’s mellow and kind of an anytime tea. It’s sweet and slightly floral. The lichee flavor doesn’t overpower the black base. A nice first cup :]

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81

This is an amazing tea. Especially for the price. I bought it for $8(for half a pound), and have been drinking it for quite a while now. It is a very rich, almost mahogany color. The dry tea itself smells very fruity, and definitely could be off-putting. But the product is great. It is very smooth, and surprisingly subtle lychee taste. I found that when I steeped it longer, that flavor went away, and it did become bitter, but I may just prefer the slight fruitiness. There is little to no loss of flavor in the second steep. Overall, you really can’t go wrong with the price.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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82

I don’t normally like fruit-flavored teas because often, the fruit flavor negates the tea flavor and I can’t taste either. That is not the case with this tea. It’s delightful. Sweet, without being cloying, and it still tastes like tea!

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81

Brewed this tea smells of biscuits raisins and a lychee scent accompanied by a slight sharp citrusy note. The liquor is an aged maple wood colour.

It tastes of biscuit, raisin,and lychee. With the lychee note like that found in canned lychee packed in water, There is a hint of a green floral notes and malty lightly bitter after note. The tea is smooth, with a medium to thick body and no astringency. It is very forgiving you can steep it and forget about it and it remains easily drinkable. It makes a great iced tea and cold brews really well. It re-steeps decently well. Overall a nice affordable every day tea.

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This is my Amazon.com review of this tea (too lazy to re-type):
Hard to describe: sort of a chemical aftertaste, reminiscent of burnt plastic and stale water from a rubber water bladder. Nice red-orange color, so it would look great if all you had this for was to stare at.

I totally do not like this puerh.

This is the kind of tea you serve to get rid of guests who have overstayed their welcome.

I did learn that if this tea gets strong on the steep, it gets NASTY. Also, you need to use hot water, around 180. Hotter brings the icky out.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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81

Decided to try this one out since I have no spicy caffeinated teas at the moment. The dry smell is quite fruity, and the tea scent comes out as it’s steeping. It smells delicious! The naked flavor is really interesting- fruit hints with black tea overtones. Slightly tart. Nice full mouth feel with a bit of dryness. Very nice!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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91

I find this tea to taste great even when steeped for a really long time. It’s drinkable at any point of it’s tea life. With slightly different flavor at different steep times. For me it never gets too bitter no matter how long I steep it. I’ve left it steeping for hours, then drank it cold and it still tastes great.

Highly recommended if you like black tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

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55

Steeped it a little too long this time. The lichee notes were definitely taken a good bit over by those strong, pungent black tea tannins. The second steeping wasn’t bad. Subtle notes of lichee, with a smooth black taste.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Bonnie

Saw you on Steepster, too bad you haven’t been using it in a long time. My son lives in San Francisco and my brother (Stephen Johnstone) was with Y-WAM in Cyprus years ago.
Now he’s an ordained Eastern Orthodox Deacon in Silicon Valley, (Not that Far from where you were) at St. Stephen Orthodox Church in Campbell, CA. I have a tea blog www.teaandincense.com taken from the verse (and song) “let my prayer arise in Your sight as incense and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice,”. What I share in my own way is how to be still with tea drinking first. Then I tell stories, often weaving tales from my own life. Blessed Nativity to you!

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Got this tea yesterday in Chinatown, and had some last night. Having it again this morning! I used a top of cup drop down infuser (Is there an official name for this?) steeping for only between 15-20 seconds for each steep. With the device I have, two steeps fills a cup.

I have to say, oh my. I am so excited for this tea. Growing up, I had always loved eating lychee. Now that I know there’s a tea flavored like it, I’ve died and gone to heaven.

The aroma, upon first opening the tin, is very lichee. It’s not too overpowering, to seem artificial, but it’s definitely apparent.

The flavor of the tea is a very sweet, gloriously fruity high profile of lichee, but with a sneaking boldness of a pungent black tea in waiting. I’m glad I only steeped it for 15 seconds, because I could imagine this tea getting much stronger if gone for any longer. So word to the wise, if you steep this for a few minutes, you might get a completely different profile, with more subtle notes of lichee, and more pungent black tea flavors.

All and all, a good tea for the price. I can tell it’s not the best quality, but it certainly works for an everyday enjoyment.

The only caveat I have about this tea is, after the first two steepings, it loses a significant amount of its lichee flavor. On the third and fourth now, and it has subtle notes, but I’ll probably toss it and steep anew.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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72

oh man, I tried not to fall off the face of the earth, but I did anyway. I’m just a few days away from finishing school and have barely had time for tea!! A cup of this was perfect at the end of the day, now that things are winding down. My Tea Master appears to be broken :( (leaky) so this was perfect, just steeped for a few seconds. Ahh.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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drank Oolong by Golden Sail Brand
56 tasting notes

I really like this Oolong. Believe it or not, I actually found it in the Eastern Arts store at the local mall. All I add to it is a little bit of sugar and it’s perfect. And it smells delightful. Almost every time I walk by the box I have to take a whiff. Is that wierd? Any-hoo, I hope the claim about dissolving fat is true, ‘cause I’m hoping to lose at least 15 pounds before bathing suit weather hits.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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72

I am guilty of buying this tea for two very bad reasons: 1) I was trying to impress the manager of the tea store by buying a semi obscure tea in order to potentially woo her into hiring me at her super awesome tea shop, and 2) It was in a pretty bag. I was under the impression that Pu-Erh was distinctly Pu-Erh because it came in the characteristic packed-cake form, but I learned today that caked does not a Pu-Erh make. This Pu-Erh came in loose form, in a cute red bag with just enough Chinese lettering on it that I felt my tastes were exotic and traditional but also enough English that I knew what I was actually buying.

First steep was terrifying, because it was quite unpleasantly bitter, something my previous Pu-Erh experiences seemed immune to. I was horrified that my pretty sizable new bag of Pu-Erh was going to be a colossal mistake. But second steep, much to my surprise because it was much longer, had no bitterness to be found! Just Pu-Erhy goodness. Third steep proved the same. Phew!!

I’m pretty happy with my purchase :3 Hearts to Pu-Erh!

__Morgana__

So, did the wooing work?

Skittlefox

Maybe! She seems the hard-to-impress type, but I think I have a chance. XD

~lauren.

Here’s hoping you get the job and a nice (big hefty stupendous) employee discount! :)

Skittlefox

haha thanks!!

k_t_bug

I enjoyed your honesty! I’m glad that the tea is drinkable. I also bought some pu reh that turned out to be loose….to my great surprise. Did you get the job?

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50

going for a long session with it tonight. <3

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50

My wake up tonic. _ figured out how to break pieces off

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50

might actually be 2007. not that old but I would need to try an older one to tell. Very lovely to drink.

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50

Need to keep this tea for a few years and see if it changes.
It can’t seem to decide when it’s done when infusing. tastes strong when it decides to.

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