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A name that was confusing for me because Keemun means black tea to me, and Peony means white tea to me … so was this a black or a white? It’s a black tea!
A very rich and satisfying Keemun. Wisps of smoke, not overpowering or off-putting even to me and I tend to be kind of sensitive to the smokiness of a tea (although I’m finding that I’m less sensitive to it than I once was.) The smoke here is more like what you might experience if you were to have a fire roasted plum. And yes, there is plum-y notes to this too.
Reminiscent of a well-aged wine, but with a delectable honeyed sweetness.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/13/keemun-peony-china-black-tea-greys-teas/
Smoky but not so smoky that I’m overwhelmed by the aroma the moment I open the pouch. It’s not an off-putting, strong smoked essence.
An interesting cuppa … Fruit notes (plum and peach), together with the smoky notes and notes of flower. While it would seem that there are so many unique Oolong teas out there, this is definitely one of the most unusual ones that I tried, and I really liked it a lot.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/10/19/assam-smoked-oolong-tea-greys-teas/
A really delightful tea. A very autumnal fragrance to it – I smell notes of apple and caramel, mmm … caramel apples! When I tasted it, at first I wished I tasted more of a caramel apple taste. But there wasn’t much of an apple like flavor … but there was plenty of caramel sweetness!
Rich and robust. Notes of spice. A wonderful Kenyan tea.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/07/04/royal-tea-of-kenya-tajiri-black-from-greys-teas/
Rich and a delicious, powerful kind of flavor. This is one of those kinds of teas to keep on hand when you need that extra kick to wake up in the morning, but even though it’s got a certain rugged appeal to it, it’s got a lot of subtle nuances that make it an excellent cup for relaxing with on a contemplative afternoon, too. (This tea does double duty!)
Fruity, caramel-y, with notes of earth and leather and smoke and hints of flower all within one sip … layers and layers of flavors waiting to be discovered with this tea.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/17/china-keemun-dahlia-black-tea-from-greys-teas/
This is a really different tea. It has a strong smoky presence, as I would expect anything that has “Lapsang” in the name of it … but it’s not like a typical Chinese Lapsang Souchong. Instead, it is a Formosa Black tea (Taiwan) that has been prepared in the traditional Lapsang Souchong style, so it has the strong smoky presence, but the tea base is a little different.
It’s unique and unusual … but I like it!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/30/formosa-lapsang-from-greys-teas/
For the first time in weeks I have got a few hours spare to tidy my room, listen to some music I have bought recently (ska music today) and drink my way through a pot or so of tea. You can’t go wrong with this tea. I left it brewing far longer than I normally would, and it still tastes wonderful. I love afternoons like this, in their understated way
Enjoying this tea this evening. It is lovely … a nice alternative from the typical orange spice teas … the orange isn’t over the top and neither is the spice. The clove is gentle and warm, the orange is bright … but the black tea stands out as the strongest flavor. Pleasant and delicious, something that’s cozy and comforting … not quite strong enough as a first cup of the day perhaps, but makes a nice evening pick me up that is also warming me up.
A very surprising Darjeeling. I was surprised to taste a honey note right up front … sweet, delicious honey! Floral notes, woody notes … a really interesting and unique Darjeeling. Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/01/23/darjeeling-monteviot-organic-first-flush-from-greys-teas/
Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea!
This is really lovely! Sweet with lovely fruit notes. I love it when I come across a pure green like this that is stronger on its fruit notes than its vegetal notes! This has more of a fruity taste than one of grass or spinach or beans or peas. I taste notes of sweet nectarine! Hints of mango. This is deliciously juicy and sweet!
The tea is fresh and sweet and it has a brothy sort of texture, but not a strong brothy taste (that is to say it doesn’t taste like veggie broth! It tastes like a broth made of fruit!)
This is really good.
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea!
When I opened the package I could smell a hint of smokiness and a rugged, earthy kind of smell. After brewing, a smoky aroma really emerged, as well as a hint of peppery essence … kind of like what I think it might smell like if I were to burn peppercorns in the fireplace along with pine wood.
This is much different than I anticipated before opening the pouch… I expected a typical afternoon tea… you know, something on the lighter side, like a Darjeeling blend. This is more like a powerful kick-in-the-pants kind of pick-me-up in the afternoon. I’m enjoying it though!
OMG! Dry…this smells like butt. Seriously. I’m not even joking.
Post infusion…it smells like a rare flower I can’t pick my finger on and the roots of trees…and maybe a bit of root beer.
It has a mellow flavor…almost lemon verbena esque and a bit of root beer flavor.
I have to admit it’s a bit harsh getting past the dry aroma but overall the taste isn’t bad for an herbally-herbal tisane.
(I’m now unplugging my nose – virtually)
With the second infusion, I steeped for six minutes. Still can’t bring myself to 15 minutes.
This infusion is also delicious, although it is a little different than the first infusion. I notice more of a fruit tone emerging with this infusion, as well as a stronger floral tone. The malt and cream notes are still there, although these seem softer this time. Still a rich, delicious cup of tea, and definitely worthwhile to steep this a second time.
Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea. This is a delightful Assam… very different from a typical (black) Assam. The suggested steeping parameters on Grey’s website state to steep for 15 minutes. I’m afraid I wasn’t quite that brave, I steeped it for only four minutes, and I was scared that would be too long for an Assam. I’ve had far too many bitter Assam teas after steeping even a second or two longer than three minutes that steeping this for four minutes – even though it is a white tea – was a bit scary to me.
As it turns out, this is fantastic. Sweet, creamy even! The malty tones that I’d expect from an Assam are there, but together with the creamy notes, it tastes absolutely decadent. No astringency or bitterness. Just sweet, sweet delicious tea.