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(In a case of mistaken identity, this review was posted under the alishan oolong of the same company, but I realized today that it belonged here…)
Gong fu # 3 of Sunday’s extravaganza!
First steep 15 sec: some sweetness and butteriness, smells somewhat like an alishan should.
Second steep 30 sec: Flower power hits you in the nose with this steep! Sweet flowers in the aroma cup. Taste is buttery, a light floral. Like a good alishan! Minerals starting to come through, staying on the tongue.
Third steep 45 sec: We’ve hit the beaniness and slight bitter minerality. The scent in the aroma cup is still a lovely floral bouquet.
Fourth steep 1 min: The aroma is even sweeter florals! Flavor is really raw beans, or maybe cucumber skin, nearly bitter. But something keeps me drinking it, like gulping… so refreshing!
Fifth steep 1 min: Bean is coming into the aroma. More of a green pea flavor, less bitter, sweeter an smoothed out.
Sixth steep 1 min 15 sec: Aroma is floral again, though more stately this time. Flavor is getting steeped out- now a blend between beany and floral, but overall much lighter, but still a full, buttery mouthfeel.
Overall a nice oolong. I’m a fan.
Flavors: Beany, Butter, Floral, Peas, Sweet
This was mistakenly attributed to the Ali Shan when instead it was apparently this tea instead. So this is a reposted note!
This was our final gongfu of the afternoon. There was almost too few leaves for this one, so my steeping was fairly wonky. This one was pretty much exactly as I might of expected. The steeps were all variations on the same theme: floral and sugar snap peas, with perhaps a hint of butter. Some were more floral, some were more vegetal, but they were all pretty similar. I kind of drank this one without really thinking about it. It was a perfectly fine tea, but not overly memorable for me.
ETA: Oh, I almost forgot! There was one steep near the end that was really nutty, almost like some chinese green teas. That was an interesting steep, I haven’t gotten a ton of nuttiness from high mountain oolongs before.
The second tea on Dinosara and my gong fu menu this afternoon!
I was really interested in how wide the descriptions of this tea ranged. We ended up getting a completely different set of flavors from this than everyone else!
This gaiwan was completely packed, the whole sample went in. Short rinse was interrupted, and subsequently drank as the first-ish steep, most likely 6 seconds, gonig up 5 seconds for each steep after.
First steep: Pure, sweet artichoke hearts! So strongly artichoke!
Second steep: Artichoke with some additional overprint of a flavor that reminds me of thick, succulent flower petals/leaves.
Third steep: The smell from the gaiwan lid got all of the sudden more roasty. Like water that I steamed artichokes in that boiled a little too much. The smell was so super intense in the aroma cup that I actually coughed! The spiciness of some aromatic wood (not cedar, but close to it) has crept into the flavor. Truly interesting.
Fourth steep: Even spicier in flavor and aroma! The aroma cup had picked up a spicy floral scent with some vanilla notes after the artichoke fades. The tea has become slightly bitter.
Fifth steep: This steep reminds me of the overbrewed generic Jasmine tea they serve at asian restaurants. Bitter, but a jasmine note has definitely crept in.
Overall an enjoyable experience, if strange. I probably wouldn’t purchase this, but I very much enjoyed trying it.
Flavors: Artichoke, Cedar, Floral, Spicy
Taking a quick break from my cupboard sip-through notes to write one for this tea, which I shared with Equusfell during our marathon gongfu party this afternoon. She came over and we had Verdant’s Early Spring TGY (2014), Tea Ave’s Ginger Lily and Magnolia Oolongs, and this one. Now I am a little sloshy in the belly.
Anyway, this was an interesting tea. I kind of “packed the pot” (well, the gaiwan) and used an entire sample pack in a medium-large gaiwan, and it was pretty intense. We agreed that the overarching flavor was that of artichokes. When it started it was fairly green and fresh, with a bit of sweetness. As steeps progressed it became more fruity, although not in an indentifiable way, and woody. It was kind of a spicy wood, like cedar but not quite. It also got more bitter and astringent as the steeps went on, which was somewhat unexpected. I am going to blame that on the somewhat excessive amount of leaves used. But then again it would not be considered excessive by some (based on various gongfu instructions). I was having a hard time placing the fruity/spicy notes at the time, but now I think it was quite reminicent of some of the black leafhopper teas I’ve had in the past. The taste of injured leaves, LOL. Anyway, an interesting tea to try and very different from all the others!
Thank you Ubacat for this sample. This tastes like a breakfast blend tea to me. It’s fairly malty and fairly sweet. It’s rare now that I have time to review a tea in the morning. I don’t usually have the time before work anymore. Going out on a limb I would say this one has notes of baked bread and dry grapes too. Not really sure but I think they fit.
Steeped this one time in a Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 min.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt
I am not an oolong lover so I am definitely not the target audience for this tea. With that said, I can still appreciate that someone who likes this type of tea might be quite pleased with this one. It has strong floral and grass notes while also containing an element of cream that floats around the cup. It’s nice though not for me. 219.
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!