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Ah yes, listening to the Journey OST and drinking tea at two in the morning. This is my life, these are my choices. Regardless, I am pretty well smitten with this new oolong. My first steep was definitely overbrewed, and the (distinctly cinnamon) flavor was overpowering against a bitter backdrop. I almost dumped out the leaves, but shrugged and gave it a second, shorter steep instead. The cinnamon that had before proven so repugnant now uplifted the soft, green notes and the sweet, vaguely floral finish. And it’s so creamy? I don’t know how they manage to cram all those flavors into a single sip, but I’m not about to complain. I am a little miffed with Green Terrace Teas for having two of my favorite oolongs on record, but a new order should fix that.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cream, Green, Jasmine
Nice Li Shan high Mountain Oolong! Citrusy, buttery and full in the mouth. I really like the lingering sweet tartness to the soft palate. This tea is refreshing and mouth watering.
Flavors: Berries, Butter, Citrusy, Creamy, Fruit Tree Flowers, Mineral, Tangy
Thanks to Marzipan for this sample!
So, I think I might have steeped this a minute or so over, because it’s super strong.
It’s pretty earthy, And reminds me a lot of grapes. It’s earthy, but also fruity.
It reminds me of another tea…one from Teavivre that I really didn’t like, but I am totally blanking on the name. But yeah, it’s not really my kind of tea. Definitely liked the Honey Black better!
Glad to have tried it though! Thanks again for the sample, Marzipan! :D
Flavors: Earth, Fruity, Grapes
An amazingly good black tea. This reminds me a lot of Dawn from Simple Leaf. Maybe even better than Dawn, if that’s possible. It’s an exceptional black tea.
Sweet, rich, chocolate-y, stone fruit notes and a honeyed caramel sweetness. Notes of flower in the distance.
The chocolate notes are what astound me. I can even taste some berry-esque notes that I would pick up if I were eating a bar of high quality dark chocolate. So good. Dreamy.
Here’s my full-length review of more gushing praise of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/18/li-shan-black-tea-from-green-terrace-teas/ Seriously, it deserves the praise. It’s that good.
An absolutely wonderful LiShan Oolong. Creamy taste and texture, sweet floral notes, hints of tropical fruit. Sweet and smooth. Subtle vanilla notes.
I got ten amazing infusions from this tea. You can read about my experience with it here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/07/li-shan-high-mountain-oolong-from-green-terrace-teas/
Marzipan was generous enough to send me a sample of this one. I’ve been dying to try it since I keep reading all these tasting notes raving about it!
I chose all oolongs for my free samples, and didn’t even really think of choosing black teas. Which was clearly a mistake since everyone seemed to love their black teas. So I’m super happy someone was willing to send me a sample!
The name definitely doesn’t lie!
The only other flavor I taste in this tea other than honey is a little bit of raisin, which is kinda odd. xD But it’s a pretty tasty tea! :D I can understand the hype finally.
Thanks for the sample again, Marzipan! :D
Flavors: Honey, Raisins
I love a good oolong. This is a good oolong.
I’m not supposed to be at home today. I’m supposed to be freezing my tushy off at tailgate right now. Instead, last night while getting dinner ready, something tweaked in my back and I’ve been in pain since. Last night, I had to lay down to have any relief. Today, I’m sitting with a heating pad and it’s helping quite a bit, but I’m still hurting. Blah. I do all kinds of stuff that could hurt my back, lifting heavy weights and whatnot. I hurt my back chopping peppers for dinner.
So I’m curled up on the couch with my heating pad, getting some relief. It took a while until I was ready to get up and get some tea. I’m now drinking a nice mug of this one. Western style, because I don’t want to have to move any more than I have to right now.
Smooth, floral, maybe a little bit buttery. Tasty.
This is not quite what I was expecting.
It’s not a green oolong, and dry it smelled somewhat overwhelmingly toasty and earthy. It’s not, though! It’s really nice. There’s toasted notes, but it’s also very fruity and a little spicy.
I lack the words to describe this tea. It reminds me of the Big Red Robe I have from Silk Road, only better. It has more layers and dimensions.
I highly recommend trying this if you like slightly toasty oolongs. And even if you’re not 100% sure about them. This is so drinkable, and I will be doing at least a couple more steeps of this tonight.
Flavors: Fruity, Smooth, Spices, Toasted
The dry leaf is rolled in small green balls and smells faintly floral and buttery.
First steep, 30 seconds, 90C. The steeped leaf is quite floral smelling. Still quite tightly rolled. The liquor is pale gold and has a sweet, buttery note. Taste is sweet, like hay and corn, with just a hint of floral at first, which builds through the finish. Very light in flavour and body.
Seconds. 25s, 88C. The steeped leaf is starting to unfurl, and has a more savoury fragrance. Seaweed and cooked greens. The liquor smells floral but there’s also a slightly… musty? note, that reminds me of Chinese grocery stores that sell lots of dried goods and medicinals. On the palate the sweet corn and hay persists, still floral on the finish, but with a subtle sour note.
Third, 30s, 90C. The steeped leaf has that umami, cooked greens smell, and a roasted note. The liquor still has that faint musty smell. Sweet, floral, hay, corn. The finish has a vegetal tang. As it cools the floral notes intensify.
Fourth, 35s, 90C. Oh wow. Oh wow! This steep is a touch nutty and much more floral than the rest and here on the finish are some really intense, mouth-filling honey and nectarine notes. Like just finished eating a fresh nectarine kind of distinct and intense. Nice! Just a hint of astringency on this steep, too, and a bit of a drying sensation.
Fifth, 40s, 90C. By this steep I was starting to get over caffeinated and I ate a muffin which made it a bit harder to pick out the nuances, but there was still honey and nectarine.
I’m probably going to save the leaves and steep them more tomorrow, because there’s life in them yet, and I’m curious to see how the flavour develops from here.
I really enjoyed this tea. I would definitely pick up some more.
Flavors: Butter, Floral, Hay, Honey, Musty, Nutty, Peach, Popcorn, Roasted, Seaweed, Sour, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal
Lovely! Like a spring morning! The aroma is slightly “green” – not so much veggie or grassy but more like that fresh, new, green smell from the new green growth of spring.
Sweet, delightfully creamy, honey notes, floral notes. Buttery. The jasmine notes begin to emerge in the later infusions. I notice citrus in later infusions as well.
Really, really lovely.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/17/four-seasons-spring-oolong-from-green-terrace-teas/
I’m not a hundred percent sure what I did to this tea to make it hate my tastebuds. I resteeped and tried it on a different day to see if maybe I was at fault, with much the same result. There’s definitely chocolate notes, and the dry leaf smell isn’t super fragrant, but it is lovely with sweet undertones. However, upon brewing this up and taking a sip, honey was not the first thing that I detected. Instead there was a strange, almost pickled flavor to it that was, frankly, not at all appetizing. I don’t know if this is some twisted play on the sweet potato notes that other people have mentioned, or if I completely missed the steeping parameters when I made it. Whatever the case, it was a far cry from my previous experience with Green Terrace Tea’s extraordinary Shan Lin Xi Oolong.
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Sour
I just have a sample of this, and I’m disappointed that now the smallest size it’s available in is 15og that I will not be getting. Too much tea.
I like this tea. Floral. Creamy. Buttery. Sweet. Tasty.
I’m trying to battle the sore throat that has come from out of nowhere, and this seemed like it might help. Not sure that it is, but hey, it tastes good.
Had this as my first cup of the day and I found it pretty unremarkable. There’s a nice floral note on the nose, but I’m not getting any distinctive flavours on the palate. Maybe a hint of butter right on the finish, but even that is kind of muddled.
Flavors: Butter, Floral
This was the first of the teas that I sampled from Green Terrace and what an amazing introduction to this company.
A delightful peach note – sweet! – and a sharp floral note. A soft mouthfeel. Earth and wood. Very little astringency to my first cup (infusions 1 and 2, combined).
I got six wonderfully flavorful infusions out of this tea, please read more about them here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/10/eastern-beauty-oolong-tea-from-green-terrace-teas/
This is a really delightful oolong, I wasn’t expecting too much from it based on the smell of the dry leaf, which had some malt and roasty notes, and a touch of dry autumn leaf smell, but it’s actually quite complex.
There’s a strong baked bread note, with a bit of honey, which are flavours I’ve been really enjoying in tea lately. Also some floral jasmine and fruity notes, primarily apricot and plum. There’s a wee bit of tang on the finish that’s more vegetal than astringent. I steeped my first cup for 3.5 min.
Steeping the leaves a second time for 4.5min, I’m getting an amazing scent of orange blossoms, jasmine and baked bread from the leaves. The second cup wasn’t nearly as amazing as the first to drink – still bready but a lot of the nuances didn’t make it through to the second steep.
Still, really beautiful and enjoyable.
Flavors: Apricot, Autumn Leaf Pile, Baked Bread, Floral, Fruity, Honey, Jasmine, Malt, Orange Blossom, Plums, Roasted, Sweet
Oh my god, I’m excited for this tea. After having Green Terrace’s amazing Li Shan black the other day, I just had to dig into this.
The dry leaf is tightly rolled into small green pellets and doesn’t smell like much, but steeped, the bready, sweet notes that I loved in the black are coming out, along with some nice floral notes.
Now that this has cooled enough to drink, I’m quite enjoying it. Some of the bready notes come through on the palate, along with a bit of vegetal tang, but the dominant note is a really lovely floral, complimented by just a hint of astringency. Reminiscent of jasmine and even a bit of lavender.
The start of the sip isn’t super great – it has a bit of that under-leafed hot water taste when it first hits my tongue, but the flavour and complexity build quickly, and the finish is quite powerful. I’m not sure that I’d actually want to add more leaf or more time to this.
Second steep was very similar. A bit heavier on the bread and lighter on the floral.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Floral, Jasmine, Lavender, Sweet, Vegetal
Oh this is delicious! It’s light, malty, bready and sweet. I love it. I could see this being a go to black tea.
This deserves a better tasting note, but I just want to say how fabulous it is so I remember to try it again sooooon!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt, Sweet
From the Lewis and Clark TTB.
Brewed gongfu-style with gaiwan. 5 second rinse. Steeping times: 5, 5, 5, 5, 10, 10, 10, 10, 30, 60.
The wet leaf offers a buttery and floral aroma. The liquor is pale yellow, clear, thin in texture, and medium-bodied. Not a complex flavor profile. The main note is flowers in most of the infusions – it seemed like I was drinking their fragrances. Towards the end of the session, the texture is a little creamier, and I taste a little less floral and more mineral, with a peach and apricot aftertaste.