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This is an awesome oriental beauty oolong – it’s pretty sweet, with tasty honey, peachy, nutty, malt, brown sugar, and caramel notes. I got 11 infusions out of this oolong, with one messed up long one in the middle. This tea can take a beating! However, later infusions it does get moderately dry.
My only beef is my sample leaf looked pretty smashed up. Otherwise the taste was pretty good.
Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/eastern-beauty-oolong-green-terrace-teas/
This tea is unusual in a good way. It has a distinctive sweet flavor that reminds me of good rum without the alcohol, if you can imagine that. Very round and both soft and bright at the same time. Fragrance of sweet potato and also green beans. The flavor tastes closer to lychee fruit than honey to me, love that. Slight maltiness. No astringency. Good for multiple resteeps.
Thanks to Tea Sipper for the extra sample – good call!
The most obvious characteristic of this tea is a really powerful cha qi. By the second sip, I was in a state that was both meditative and alert. The flavor itself was very pleasant: grassy with a hint of veggie, and a ton of umami. The finish is smooth, fading gradually into a state of well-being produced by the qi. This is not a tea to gulp down at work, but one to savor.
I’ve been very impressed with all Green Terrace teas. I was part of the original Steepster review group, but doubled down on Black Friday, ordering at least a sample of every one of their teas. They’ve all been great so far, though I’m saving some samples for later- whenever I get the urge to buy more tea, I open a few more of my untried teas to get me past the danger.
Dry leaf is medium sized and twisted, varying in colour from dark brown to tan with some silver tips. There’s a faint sweet smell, and a dry, musty note that reminds me of old books, but it’s very light.
Steeped for 5 min in 90C water. The dry leaf unfurls into a mix of small, whole leaves, pieces of leaf and a few segments of two leaves and a bud. The colour is medium brown and the steeped leaf smells faintly of soy sauce.
The liquor is a clear, deep amber. It smells of honey and brown sugar. The flavours feel a bit muddled. There’s a “hot water” quality to it that makes me feel like I should steep longer, though the brew is already starting to develop a slight astringency. Some generic fruity notes, squash and then honey and brown sugar on the finish.
It’s an interesting tea to be sure – a bit different than anything else that comes to mind. I can’t decide if I like it or not. Perhaps another cup is required before I can rate it.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butternut Squash, Fruity, Honey, Musty, Soy sauce, Sweet
This is different from a Chinese Bi Luo Chun (and I guess it should be, seeing as it’s a Taiwanese Bi Luo Chun). It looks different and it tastes different.
This is lovely – buttery, sweet, slightly vegetative. The buttery notes are strong and creamy. The sweetness is fruit-like. There is a slightly dry astringency toward the tail.
Resteep this one!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/18/bi-luo-chun-green-tea-from-green-terrace-teas/
Floral, just a bit of a roasty, char note, and some very vegtal, tangy flavours on the finish. I think I quite like a medium roasted oolong, even though I tend to go for more green ones.
I’m having a tea party tomorrow! Super excited, and the apartment is almost clean. :) Tomorrow morning, baking, making sandwiches, and getting the teas I’m going to serve organized.
Flavors: Char, Floral, Orchid, Roasted, Tangy, Vegetal
A sipdown and another excellent cup. I steeped the rest of my sample, which was about 1.5tsp (3g?) in 87C water for just over four minutes, then four, then five.
Strong notes of orchid, honey and apricot. A bit vegetal. Sweet, almost creamy body. Just awesome.
I will probably need to restock this some day. The honey note gets me every time.
Flavors: Apricot, Creamy, Honey, Orchid, Sweet, Vegetal
I’ve had this sample for a while now, but just cracked it open. I’m feeling kind of crappy today and had a couple of appointments to go look houses, so I figured a good travel mug of tea would help sustain me.
I put 1tsp in my 16oz travel mug with 90C water about 2/3 full, then topped it up with cold water after a few minutes. I’ve been sipping at it for about three hours now.
Initially this seemed like a pretty mild, average green oolong. A bit fruity and floral, a touch of tang, but nothing really distinctive. After about half an hour, I was really taken by surprise at how the flavours were developing. Super intense, in your face honey, cinnamon and pastry! Very evocative of eating baklava (way, way more like baklava than DAVIDs’ offering this winter.) A bit of growing bitterness and astringency, but nothing unpleasant. And then on the finish, grass, peach and apricot.
Wow! I’m really impressed with how complex and unique this turned out to be. I’ve since arrived home and tipped the leaves and remaining tea into a teapot and added a bit more hot water. This has mellowed out the bitterness and astringency without dulling the flavours. Wonderful!
I love that I discovered notes in this tea that I might never have experienced if I’d only done my usual couple of short steeps.
Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Bitter, Cinnamon, Floral, Fruity, Grass, Honey, Pastries, Peach
Finally digging into this sample that I ordered quite a while ago.
The dry leaf doesn’t smell like much.
Steeped 3g for four minutes in 90C water, and then realized that I had to go, so I tossed the leaves and tea into my travel mug and topped it up with another 8oz of water.
This is very tasty, but I’m not getting any milk qualities from this. This is an extremely flowery green oolong, heavy on the orchid taste, with a touch of vegetal tang, and then lots of apricot, including the slight bite from apricot skin, on the finish.
Very forgiving – left the leaves in my mug for over an hour while I sipped at it, and it did not get bitter or oversteeped.
Knocking a few points off for this not tasting as expected, but all in all it’s a wonderful oolong.
Flavors: Apricot, Floral, Orchid, Smooth, Tangy
I really like four seasons of Spring Ooolong. it isn’t as complex as some of the finer mountain teas, but it is reliable and a good value for the price. The Green Terrace version is very good: buttery with hints of veggies and spice. A great everyday tea. I’m a bit relieved, as I loaded up on 150 grams during their sale last Summer.
Ali Shan! My beloved! My favorite Oolong!
And I loved this Ali Shan from Green Terrace Teas. Exceptional quality. Sublime flavor.
Early infusions were sweet and lusciously smooth. Liquid silk mixed with thinned honey. Mmm! I picked up on notes of orchid and honeysuckle.
Later infusions were just as sweet and creamy. Still very silky. The floral notes are less sharp. I tend to prefer the later infusions because of that, the floral notes are less intense and I am able to enjoy those sweet and creamy notes all the more.
Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/10/05/ali-shan-high-mountain-oolong-tea-from-green-terrace-teas/
Backlog from a couple days ago (drinking Bluebird’s Christmas Cake now!)
Thanks again for the tea package, Beorhthraefn! This was one I’ve been wanting to try. I couldn’t wait, even though Green Terrace site seems to be down because they are adding the new harvest of teas… but what happens if I need to look up info on a tea? Hopefully my parameters are close to what I was supposed to do. I love the picture of the leaves… they look like a rainbow. My sample looks slightly more like a roasted oolong. I went with a teaspoon and a half of leaves.
Steep #1 // 10 min after boiling // rinse // 1 min steep
This cup the flavor seems to be apricot, very sweet, a little peach, apple, butter. Kind of like a ti guan yin. Not at all like a charcoal oolong, though the leaves seem very much like it. Very unique and delicious. I’ve never tried a Gui Fei before.
Steep #2 // few min after boiling // 2 min steep
Now it seems like a savory oolong (whichever those types are). Salty, brothy. Not terrible, but I kind of wanted more of the first cup. I wonder if I oversteeped, but it doesn’t seem like the leaves are overdone? Maybe when I steep ANY oolong (or many of them anyway) at close to boiling it seems like a savory oolong? I should try steeping the same oolong with different parameters all in the same week. Oolongs are tricky.
Steep #3 // few min after boiling // 2 min
This one seems more like the first cup again.. I’m not sure how! The flavor seems to shift between different types of oolong — (ti guan yin, a savory, wen shan bao zhong, but never really a charcoal type though the leaves looked like it) —very interesting! If I knew the correct way to steep this one though, it might have been even better.
SSTTB Take 2!
I set a few samples aside before passing the box on to the next person, and this is one that I was really looking forward to trying as soon as I got over my cold. Now that I can smell and taste properly, I’m sitting down to try it. First western style, and maybe gongfu later. (If not tonight then I have enough to play later).
I was surprised by how long the leaves are. Very long and wispy, it reminds me a bit of a toasted oolong I have, moreso than a black.
There is definitely a honey note! Not overpowering like adding honey to tea can be, but it’s definitely honey-y! This is what I like. I don’t like adding honey to tea because a little goes too far, but this is the perfect balance of malty black tea and rich honey, without being like sipping honey water!
I can see myself getting more of this for sure. It would likely be a go-to straight black if I had it in my cupboard regularly!
I think that this will be the last of the tasting notes that I post tonight since it would seem that the dashboard is at a halt at the moment anyway. I wanted to post at least one or two more tasting notes tonight (and I have) because I’m determined to get caught up!
This is a really good Jasmine tea. I’ve been very impressed with the teas that I’ve tried from Green Terrace. The jasmine is strong but doesn’t overpower, a lovely, exotic floral note that doesn’t taste perfume-y. Perfectly lovely!
I like this a lot. It’s similar to a Chinese Jasmine green except that the green tea flavor is different – because this is a Taiwanese green. The flavor is less grassy and more sweet and there’s a slight creaminess to this that I don’t experience with most Chinese jasmine teas.
A really lovely tea, indeed! If you’re a fan of Jasmine teas – this one is highly recommended! Please check out of my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/09/jasmine-green-tea-from-green-terrace-teas/
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/