Gong Fu Tea Shop

Edit Company

Recent Tasting Notes

I’m starting to think I’m just not into white teas as I’ve never been wowed by one so I’ve decided not to rate this. This one smells great and the small fuzzy leaves look appealing and when brewed it’s got a lovely aroma and silky mouthfeel…but the flavor is too delicate for me. I’ve doubled the amount of tea, brewed it western style/grandpa style/in a mug with a ceramic strainer, and tried lowering the temp (I think the recommended 195F is a bit high) but it still makes me wish I picked one of my stronger teas.
Part of it could be the quality of my water. With a tea this delicate perhaps filtered water should really be used. And I’ve already found out that the brewing vessels and strainers should really be clean (no brown wire mesh strainers!) unless you want to muddy up the tea flavor. Strangely enough I think the best way I’ve had this tea so far is iced where it’s floral sweetness really comes out.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

87

I had another pot of this last night. I was craving it. It didn’t dissappoint. Upping the rating. Craving a tea counts for something!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

87

Another tea from the Gong Fu Tea Shop binge. My girl friend said this one was really goo and calming. The cost of a cup to try was half the price of buying 2oz so I just bought the 2oz. I have never had sencha and was a little nervous about this one, but I figured my mom might enjoy it if I didn’t. I really liked it! I have been making a pot of this one at night before bed and the calming smell of it with the light taste is really nice. I would actually like there to be a bit more lavender taste to this….. the sencha comes across pretty strong i the brew, but it is a really nice cup. I will be swapping an oz for Gong Fu’s vanilla rooibos, so I am not sure how much longer this one will last.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

85

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

84

Yesterday involved another trip to Gong Fu to meet up with another friend in Des Moines. I ordered a cup of this while we sat and caught up. I really enjoyed this one. I have some really good assam at home at the moment so I wasn’t tempted to grab some of htis, but this was malty, the right amount of umph and just the right cup for the afternoon.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Unfortunate circumstances has me stranded very close to Gong Fu tea for the week. I left for Iowa in such a hurry that I didn’t bring any tea. My sis and I went and bought 6oz of tea for the week from Gong Fu to get us through. We are enjoying a large pot of this one right now…….

It is pretty much like drinking a Dutch Letter. If you have never had a Dutch Letter than you need to do that! This is yummy. I will have to try it with a little bit of milk and sugar tomorrow. Right now it is keeping the cold out and the eyes open.

95
drank Cream Assam by Gong Fu Tea Shop
1 tasting notes

My current favorite; so fragrant and smooth.

Flavors: Cream, Honey, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

95

Dec 3rd. This tea is so good. And I’m low on it. Tea buying soul says buy more, but wallet needs to recover from black friday sales. So I’ll have to wait. Rating 95

Preparation
2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

86

Smell: Very smoky, like you’re next to a campfire.
Taste: smoke, malt, earth, liquor-ish finish, astringent at end
smoke lingers
I enjoyed drinking this tea.

Flavors: Earth, Malt, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

92

Honey creamy comforting black tea. It has a little astringency, but it’s oh so good. I’m completely out of it right now and need to restock. Also upping my rating because I keep going back to it.

Flavors: Cream, Honey

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
TeaTiff

I had this over thanksgiving again, I agree there is some astringency with this one, but it is so good!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

92

Honey vanilla flavored black tea.
silky creamy mouthfeel

This is reliable black tea for me. It tastes good every time. Really only good for one steep. Lingering creamy honey at end.

I need to restock this tea.

Flavors: Creamy, Honey, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Garden Grove by Gong Fu Tea Shop
633 tasting notes

The first time I tried this tea it was so astringent, I dumped the entire cup. This time I took care to brew for a shorter time period and waited a bit for it to cool before trying it. It is a astringent black tea with hits of fruit. Not my favorite, but it is okay. I think I will try this one iced and see what happens.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

93

Nicole, you’ll be happy to hear that another one of the teas you sent found a good home! Thank you! I’ve sipped this before but just now writing a note. I’m not sure where the ‘gold’ in the name of this one comes from. The leaves are pretty dark – the color and shape actually remind me of a loose ripe pu-erh. They could be cousins because even while using two teaspoons of leaves, this one doesn’t get bitter like a ripe pu-erh. The color of the brew is also a deep dark red (nothing light and gold there!) The flavor is something unique to me – dark while being bright and fresh tasting (maybe fruity) but also a lot of bready notes. I usually don’t taste all of those together in the same tea, which might be what makes it unique. Not like a typical Yunnan profile to me. Nothing chocolate here. I almost couldn’t tell the difference between the two steeps so this is a great tea to have to avoid that oversteeped leaves flavor. And the steeped leaves filled up half the infuser basket!
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // 12 minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 min

Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt

Nicole

Woot! So glad you like it!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

60
drank Jin Xuan by Gong Fu Tea Shop
1936 tasting notes

Thank you for a sample of this one a while back, TeaTiff! I’m not sure if it’s the sample itself or the tea itself, but I see so many tiny crumblies, rather than bigger oolong bundles that I know it’s going to be a problem in the flavor. The tiny leaves make the flavor bitter… but not undrinkable bitter. The strong flavor is very buttery, almost a neon yellow cup. I tried not to steep the second cup too long to prevent more of a strong flavor. I hardly ever say I don’t like an oolong, but this would have been such a better oolong without those crumblies. Not sure if that’s the fault of the tea itself or how I was storing it.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // just boiled // 2 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 2 min

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

77

Sipdown 19 of 2016. Purchased 1/2016 – Finished 2/2016.

A week near Gong Fu. Oh how nice it was to have good tea just right up the street. I picked up 2oz of this and I enjoyed quite a few pots of this with my mom and sister over the week. My grandmother had a cup of this as well, but she likes her tea black and so she said this one just tasted like fancy water.

My mom lost her husband to a massive heart attack, as I packed to head home to help her I received my new little tea pot that I had purchased for H&S. I brought the teapot and my sister and I picked up tea from Gong Fu. It was a sad time., but it was also a good time spent with family. All of the women in my family have come to enjoy tea and being able to share a cup with all of them at the same time was so neat despite the circumstances. Thank you tea for providing an avenue to talk and socialize and stay warm!

This tea isn’t my favorite. It is good and calming night cup, but I can’t seem to get it to be the correct strength. It is either way too light or way too over powering with the lemon. My mom really enjoyed this one so I left what was left of the 2oz with her.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

77

I took my little one to see Grandma this weekend and Gong Fu Tea’s is less than 2 miles from her place so we stopped by. I picked up 2 oz of the milk oolong and then ordered a cup to go of this tea. This was awesome! I waited until we were well on our way home before I took the first sip knowing that if I liked it I would have ordered some and I didn’t want to go over my tea budget this month. There is a strong lemon flavor combined with oolong, and floral. I really like this one and will be getting 2oz of it the next time I am around. My sister and mom also tried it. They are not tea folks and they loved it as well. A win win.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90
drank Cream Assam by Gong Fu Tea Shop
6 tasting notes

This is my favorite tea from Gong Fu. I brew it for a short period and add a tiny amount of honey to sweeten it just a bit – it’s delicious without the honey, too, though.

Flavors: Creamy, Honey, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

76

Nicole sent me a sample of this. I do like Milk Oolong, because of the subtle flavor and the floral notes. It’s light like a green tea, but it’s sweeter and doesn’t have an overwhelmingly vegetal flavor. It has a nice buttery taste. It smells a bit like jasmine, and I was able to steep it successfully three times. I’m sure you could steep it more, but I tend to let it sit a while. I enjoyed this.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

89

This tea has been on my wishlist for a while, and I was happily surprised to find it in my stocking for Christmas! It was wonderful. The dry leaves are long and beautiful and have the aroma of soft hay and honey. The taste of the tea is excellent—it’s a nice “lighter” black tea that tastes slightly of plums and honey. (Despite the name, I was surprised by the plum flavor. I just figured it was a cute name they came up with because the tea goes with sweets and is a reddish color. But it really does have a lovely plummy aspect to it!) Yet, it’s not what I would consider a “fruity” tea. It’s a nice solid black tea with just the slightest, pleasantest hint of plum and sweet honey, and it’s perfect. I will definitely purchase this again.

Flavors: Honey, Plums

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Milk Oolong by Gong Fu Tea Shop
286 tasting notes

I was little worried about this one, because the brewing aroma was quite floral. I’m not really a fan of floral type tea’s. Sure, my initial sip was quite floral, but I didn’t give up on it. As the cup cooled I found those creamy buttery notes that I enjoy so much in milk oolongs. The floral notes took a back seat as the cup cooled.

Steep two was even less floral, but the butter notes were still very present. The peach notes came through as well once the cup cooled down.

I’m surprised at how much I enjoyed this cup, despite the initial heavy floral aromas. Thanks to Cameron B for the sample!

Cameron B.

I agree, boo hiss florals! :P

scribbles

:) Yeah, I have another floral tea that was gifted to me that I’ve been avoiding, but should really get to it.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

87
drank Milk Oolong by Gong Fu Tea Shop
11 tasting notes

In the evening when I return from work my first thing to do is to heat the water and brew a cup or two of the tea. Sit in my favorite chair and sip the tea letting the cares of the day fall away as I slowly unwind reducing my thoughts to only those of peace and pleasure

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

I received this sample from Charissa. Thank you!

I had know idea what to expect with this tea. I read roasty and toasty, but this surprised me. It was really sweet with the roasty flavor. I am not sure what to think about this one. The roasty on this was almost too much. I think I may trying steeping this a little less next time.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

87

This is another Gong Fu Tea sample from Charissa. Thank you!

This was so lovely. It smelled so wonderful and then it tasted just as nice. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one as the word floral tends to scare me a bit. The black base was smooth and present, but not in your face and it blended well with the floral notes in the background. It had a slight fruitiness to it that I can’t quite explain. I think this is great hot, but would also be amazing iced.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.