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I had won this unique oolong a few months ago true a facebook competition and it was in my tea storage for that long. But here we are i had some cups of this Phoenix oolong and its a wonderful tea!
The discription on the package was ‘notes of strawberry and orange blossem’ and to my surprise i had a soft strawberry taste with my first cup, not strongly but a faint aftertaste almost like a light strawberry yogurt. The orange blossem was present from the first cup as well but it was far more clear in the next 4 cups. I brewed this tea western style starting with 2min and increasing the brew time with each cup by one minute. The results where 5 very very good cups of tea.
This tea reminds me a lot of phoenix honey orchid but its more forgiving and lasts way longer in taste. It does not get bitter at all, to bad u can’t buy this anymore on the jing website.
One of the best oolongs i had so far in my opinion.
Thanks, Nicole-Martin for this 2013 pick dragon well. I decided to pick anther dragonwell this morning to a weekend of it.
I followed the directions for a 3 minute steep at 176F. I was worried about the long steep time, but it turned out surprisingly not sea-weedy. This is fresh, grassy, and buttery. There is a depth to this dragonwell that is different from the grape notes I got out of yesterday’s Verdant. The package says this one has ‘subtle liquorice root complexity’, but that doesn’t quite describe the depth I’m getting either. I’m having trouble attaching a description to that note, but the closest I get is plum?The aftertaste however is a juicy burst of apricot and is very bright as aftertasts go. I’m tempted to pull out the Verdant again and do a side-by-side comparison.
i’m getting confused, i believed i did make a review on this tea before… but i guess i’m wrong or overlooking it.
Well this is a very good vanilla tea, not to strong or to soft. Ideal with a creamy cake or some dark chocolate.
I brewed this for 3 min on my first cup and for the second cup 5min, both with near boiling water. The color is a light brown, copper colored infusion that smells very sweet, the vanilla scent is clear and not artificial.
A great cup for a lazy relaxing evening!
Into my second cup now, and this tea just got even better and smoother. Its a big difference with the tuo cha’s a lot richer in taste. I’m curious how many good cup’s i’m going to get out off these leaves… And an other thing i forgot to mention in my last note is the price point off this tea. Just around 11€ for 50grams!
My very first loose leaf puerh. Have to say it smells a bit weird, earthy and something i can’t place yet. The dry leaf look a bit like black tea but u can see its older and less fresh.
Brew time say’s 15 to 30seconds and thats what i did for a first cup, 30 second brew!
Letting it cool down a bit and i’m tasting a very soft tea with strong earth note’s. No bitterness at all. Its very smooth and almost creamy in taste. This tea is 5 years younger then me, feels weird to drink something thats 23 years old! But it tastes very very good.
This loose cooked tea is better then the cooked mini tuo cha i had a while ago!
This once was the very first loose leaf tea i tryed. Had few assam tea’s in the meantime so i ordered this one again a while ago. Its not as overwhelmingly malty then i remember but its good. The leaf’s are a nice mix off golden tips and regular black assam leaf.
For this brew i used 3min steep in boiling water and the result is a nice dark brown liquor that smells great!
Its better then the regular assam breakfast from jing, but i’m not so sure anymore if i would order it again because the breakfast one is exellent to and cheaper…
Still i’m going to enjoy this because its been a while that i drank assam tea’s!
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A few days ago i had my first rooibos experience, it was a good one!
I heard loads off good opinions and health benefits for this rooibos herb/tea from South Africa but i didn’t mind trying it out until now. The dry rooibos looks like very tiny shaved pieces off wood and smells a bit like tabacco. I’m using a pretty large teaspoon for my first few brews and i’m going with a 3min mark for my first cup.
The color off the brew turns out to be a deep golden brown liquor and smells very malty. When i’m tasting this i’m noticing very different taste’s in my mouth. Its soft and strong at the same time. Malty, but not like a black tea… it reminds me off assam but different…
My second cup is almost equal in quality but i steeped it for almost 10min and it didn’t go bitter at all!
Overall i’m finding this a good herbal tea to drink when i’m not in the mooth for a caffeine ritch drink.
Not a tea to review in the real ‘tea’ like way but a herbal for a change. Lemon Verbena, my 50gram ziplock bag from jingtea is almost about to explode when u see the package standing between the other tea… i’m guessing these leaves are just so light that u need a so many off them. Anyhow when opening the pack i’m greeted by a great lemonade like smell. The name Lemon in lemon verbena is there for a reason!
The dry leaf is very light and breakable like i tought it would be, so i’m taking alot off them to infuse in my teapot. Brewing these for 3min with boiling water gives a very fresh smelling and mint like in color brew. According to the website your able to do one infusion from these leaf’s, well i did a second one and brewed it double the time off my first infusion and it came out almost just as good in taste!
Speaking off taste, when its cooled down enough it tastes very lemon like with a smooth aftertaste in the mouth, very refreshing in this hot weather!
This is one off my favorite black tea’s it fits for me personally on the same line then alot off assam tea’s. Strong full body but in stead off the malty tastes from assam tea’s this one got a sweet touch. I like drinking this in the morning because it wakes me up pretty good.
Usually my brew time for this tea is about 3min for the first cup and 5 for the second… both cups give a very dark brown liquor that smells like no other!
When i’m really into this one i brew sometimes a third cup, its a bit less in flavor tough it still tastes better then most bagged tea’s!
I received this flowering dragon eye last month with my subscription on jing tea. Very exited to try my first flowering tea!
Before infusing this green tea ball i notice a very strong flower smell probably the marigold or the amaranth giving that special scent.
The tea ball seems to be tight very well together, so its ready to pour boiling water over it. I’m a little bit surprised to use boiling water on green tea but its on the package label so we use it. When the infusion starts everything is going on at once, the ball floats on the top of the water and slowly starts to sink and unfurl revealing the yellow marigold flower, then the jasmine arch gets raised with the beautiful amaranth flower on top!
Have to say one off the most pretty tea’s i ever drank, its a bit sad to pour the tea into my cup because everything fall flat when the water is gone.
Anyway time to let this baby cool and start tasting!
The color of the brew turns out to be a golden green tint and looks very tastfull. My first sip i can clearly pick out the jasmine mixed in are different tastes but thats from the other 2 flowers in there. Very good taste not to overwhelming aroma’s. I’m happy with this, going to make some more infusions from the same bulb. Pretty sure the other brews are going to be good in taste to. So going to make a new note soon!
Ok second time i’m trying this, this time i got a feelings its more something i appreciate. Used almost double the amount off leafs from first time and lowered the temperature to 60°c. Its got alot more sappy almost hay like taste. A bit like dragon well but without the citrus/hazelnut notes. Its not bitter at all… just a refreshing cup off green tea.
I’m still not sure if this tea is for me personal worth the extra euro’s because this is a rather expensive green tea… lucky for me i won this sample on a facebook give away a while ago otherwise i probably wouldn’t have ordered it due to the higher price range.
I just had a first experiment with my pre rain anji bai cha from jing tea. The package said to brew with 60°c water but i was to late to put the kettle off so i decided to brew around 70°c…
First thing i notice is that this got a very pale color. When i’m sipping my cup i taste no bitterness and a light floral/vegitable notes. Have to say its a very light tasting green tea… maybe i’m brewing it really to hot!
Going to try this again later today or tomorrow with the correct temp like the package said. But for now this one is a bit to light in taste…
maybe anyone got some tips on how long and at what temp u guys/girls usually brew this type off tea! Leave a comment if so thanks in advance!
i already did recommend this rose tea to someone here on steepster because i was impressed by the taste off this one. Its got a very good keemun black tea base and the rose scent comes from whole rose flowers. It looks beautiful when u open the package with the dry leaf in it and the smell is just like a rose garden!
When brewing this for 3min it results in a great yellow/brownish colored cup off tea with a very strong rose smell to it.
Taste wise u get the good keemun combined with the sweet and maybe a bit sour taste off roses its incredible if you ask me! a good tea to relax in the evening even if blacks are usually breakfast tea’s…
There is no picture off the tea in the description because the tea is not for sale anymore on the jing tea website. Its a shame tough this loose leaf green tea is a very good jasmine tea. I can compare this to jasmine pearls but lighter and a bit less in jasmine perfume.
Brewing this tea for 3min with low temp water around 65°c gives a beautiful light green brew. Taste wise its good for up to 3 brews…
Like i said before its a bit sad its not for sale anymore but on the other hand the jasmine pearls are better and stronger in taste. But for the people who like less strong jasmine taste this is a great example!
I had a lot off this oolong when i first tryed out the oolong sub-category but i kind off lost its magic. Don’t get me wrong i love this tea, but if i need to choose in the green oolong category i’m going for ali shan!
But i’m going to give a heads up about this tea. The leaves are rolled beautifully in tiny balls or pellets. When they unfurl they are pretty big in size and give a nice light green brew. I’m usually getting about 4 cups out off one teaspoon of these tiny balls of tea. Western style brew that is first cup 2 min and then i’m upping the brew time each time by one min.
Taste wise this is very refreshing and with alot off citrus hints like the discription says. Its nice and fresh but i’m missing the special quality’s i’m getting in a ali shan oolong…
But its a great tea for its price, very great indeed! To bad my taste buds are choosing for a more expensive oolong these days! Maybe because i drank about 200 gram off this tea in the last year or so… don’t know but well tastes changes over time!