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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!
been drinking tis again in the last few days, i’m appreciating it alot more now. Have to say this is a very very forgiving tea and thats unusual for a black. I totally forgot about my teapot when i was brewing the tea. After 15min i got my first brew out and it was still not bitter not to strong… i was surprised it tasted like a 5min brew!
Sipdown, 194. Second test of my kettle/setup/tastebuds is an unflavored green oolong that I have had before and recently, so I know what the flavors should be.
This is a butterier oolong, but the flavor is lying within the acceptable range of savoriness for this tea. This tea is lightly floral, buttery, and fresh and green. Quite a nice oolong, and it convinces me that whatever problem I was having yesterday is finally gone.
going to make a quick update about this one.
Setting aside its way less smokey then your average lapsang the subtile tastes this tea gives makes it a exellent medium body tea. I’m appreciating it a bit more then a couple off days ago. Maybe it has something to do with the expectations i had being more in the other direction, i’m not really sure but well… enjoying this again!
Been almost a month when i last uploaded a tasting note!
Here we go got this bohea lapsang a while ago, but just about now got to tasting it.
The dry leaf look like plain regular black tea leafs they smell a little bit smokey. Way less smokey then i expected it to be. So now i’m going to make a brew for 3min with boiling water. The color off the steep is a deep dark brown and smells again less smokey then i expected. But i’m tasting tea thats smoked, so thats a good thing!
I really don’t like when the smoke taste is overwhelming this one is gentle, maybe even a bit to gentle. I’m liking it tough a good tea but not sure if i’m going to order it alot. Thing is that they got a superior quality in there range so maybe i need to look there next time!
The number of varietals of oolongs out there will never cease to amaze me. I got a sample of this one from KittyLovesTea, thanks! I’ve never tried a Huang Jin Gu oolong, unless of course it has another name, which is totally possible.
While it was steeping the most amazing buttery, sweet, floral aroma was wafting out of the cup. It smells amazing and its making it hard to wait until it is cool enough to drink. The flavor is less sweet and buttery than it smelled, but it is still pretty floral, with a lot more leafy vegetal notes coming out. It’s a little sugar snap pea, but not quite so sweet, more like sauteed leafy greens with lilacs. Fresh and green and pleasant.
Tis is a beautiful mix off elderberry’s, blackberry, hibiscus and rose hip. The smell coming out the ziplock bag is just heavenly! Fruit Fruit and even more Fruit!
I’m making a cup with one teaspoon full off these big ingredients, whole berry’s and big pieces off all the other things! Letting it brew for 3min and the color turns really wine red, if some one see’s this brew he would think your drinking wine!
It tastes just as great then it smells so i really like this and you cannot compare it in any way with some bagged berry/hibiscus infusions!
I even brewed a second infusion, tasting a bit less then the original brew but with a longer steep 6min u can get a very great tasting cup out off it!
I tought i had ready made a note about this one, but it seems not!
I’m making a total off 3 cups from this great genmaicha, its dry leafs are regular sencha but its mixed with little bits off dark roasted rice some off the rice even popped open to little white balls like popcorn! There is a reason they sometimes call it popcorn tea!
The taste is like sencha offcourse but a little bit more grainy like in taste because off the rice.
Brew 1:70°c 3min very bright sencha tastes and a little roast
Brew 2: 70°c 4min a bit milder in sencha more roasted rice taste
Brew3: 70°c 5min losing flavors a bit but i’m still enjoying the mixed rice/sensha tasted
note to self: the last off my package is in my teapot now!
But i’m feeling a bit sad brewed it way to strong there where more leafs over then i tought was there. I had to use my normal amount and add the rest in a second or third cup. Ah well going to brew shorter 2nd and 3th cup now! Hopefully there going to turn out super good like usual!
without a doubt one off my all time favorite black tea’s, this 50gram bag got opened in the same time with 3 other blacks and a few white, oolongs and its getting empty fast!
Drinking 4cups a day over the last week and i’m totally liking the fresh and vibrant light taste off this tea. its more like drinking a good oolong instead off a black tea!
Still 2 tea’s from my green tea explorer left to taste and review. This one is the Dragon Well green tea. Tea dry tea leafs are really flat and you can see they are hand pressed in a wok.
I’m making 3 infussions from about a teaspoon off leafs, hard to judge the correct amount because they are flat and don’t really fit well on my teaspoon! So after getting the water to 70°c i’m brewing these for 3min in my small glass teapot. The color off this green tea is very pale green, the lightest color off green i’ve had in a long time!
I’m letting it cool down to get sipping soon, altough i’m a bit worried that i might have been using not enough leaf, like i said hard to judge so i’m letting it cool some more!
10min later: finally i’m going to taste this tea! while still a bit warm for my green tea comfort zone it seems that this one is sweet in taste and maybe a bit creamy. Didn’t remember this being creamy (i had this one maybe a year ago to) but i’m liking the taste. I let this cool even more and now i’m getting a great nutty like after taste in my mouth!
Its a good quality dragon well, it looks pretty good in a glass teapot and i’m liking the after taste! Usually i’m more fond off real grassy green tea’s but this one is different and i like that!
edit: over the rest off the afternoon i had my second and third cup, the second cup was the superior one in taste with a 4min steep. The third cup with about 5min on the clock was good but more watery and a bit less in taste then the first 2 brews, but nevertheless still appealing to make!
I got a sample of this tea from KittyLovesTea in our last swap. Thanks so much! I couldn’t resist, especially considering my craving for rose recently! I used the entire sample in a pot this morning.
I really enjoyed this tea. The Keemun base was nice and yummy… I am really starting to enjoy a solid Keemun-only base on simply flavored teas, like Lupicia’s Earl Grey. The rose was also lovely, rich and strong but never perfumey. It reminded me somewhat of Upton’s Rose Congou, but with a somewhat stronger, sweeter rose. Definitely a delicious tea.
Needed a very strong cup this afternoon so i took this assam… i needed a strong cup because off the very sad news i received just a few hours ago my grandfather died at the age off 90 years old. Don’t know why i’m making a tasting note for this tea with all this sad news i received but i guess i needed to type away my sadness a bit… thinking that i’m still a bit shocked even tough we knew it could happen because he was going up and down a lot last couple days/weeks…
anyway typing this down just took away my thoughts for a few moments!
Had an other off these puerth mini cakes last evening. How surprised i was last time i’m getting more and more convinced this tea has a good taste but is not really my thing. I’m liking the 2nd and 3th cup most but and yes there is a but i’m missing the strong earth tastes from the cooked mini tuo’s! I’m not sure if i order this again even though i’m liking the taste, i’m not loving it… next time i order raw puerth it will be a sample first before i buy a 50gram bag!
Last night i was trying this organic gunpowder supreme, always when i see the word supreme i get high expectations! So far other tea’s from jing that are supposed to be supreme, are simpel enough better then there average tea (and thats already tasty).
So i opened my free sample i received ages ago (from a competition) and i see pretty big green balls off tea! They look moss green and smell pretty fresh. I’m taking one teaspoon off these leave’s and making myself a nice cup with 80°c water and let it steep for a bit less then 3min.
The taste is a great not metallic like some gunpowders can be, its not really grassy either its strong for a green tea but still very fresh when it first touches the mouth. After a few more sips and when the cup cools down more u get real great sweet mineral tasting tea.
I was really surprised off this tea, usually gunpowder is ‘cheap’ green tea but this is in price pretty cheap but has a very good quality to! Can recommend this gunpowder to any green tea lover!
More so i had there Moroccan Mint before and its a huge difference offcourse there is no mint in this one but still… didn’t expect there base tea to be this tasty on its own!
Japanese teas are so fun to say. Hojicha … HOOJICHAA! :)
It always interests me when a green tea is not actually green in colour much like this tea. In appearance Hojicha is brown and looks like autumn leaves with no real significance. They are sharp, crisp and smell like toasted rice cakes.
The Jing packaging says to measure 1 tea spoon of leaves per cup and infuse for 3 minutes. I’m thinking of trying this in my Gongfu so I’m putting one and half spoons of leaves to get two cups worth of tea. (One for me and one for my husband).
Whilst the leaves are steeping I notice that they are floating in the top of my Gongfu, slowly they are sinking down one by one as they expand in the water.
Once infused the tea is a golden yellow colour with a thick rice and floral scent. Very similar to it’s raw form in smell.
My first sips reveal sweetness with toasted rice behind it. It starts of reasonably strong before mellowing out quickly in my mouth which leaves a sweet foggy after taste. It’s similar to Genmaicha or Lan Gui Ren but not as thick or heavy, it most certainly does not taste like a green tea.
The second steep was infused for 4 minutes and it’s much more delicate and for me preferable. It picks up a more pronounced floral hint and the sweetness is much more subtle.
Overall I don’t think this tea is for me, it tastes too similar to many other teas I already have and well it’s just not as nice. I think I will stick with my Lan Gui Ren the next time I want a rice cake tea.
Nilgiri Frost, its still freezing outside here in Belgium so by name the tea is ideal!
This tea is a very fresh smelling black tea but the tea leafs in dry form are green and black mixed. The smell is more grass like then you would expect from the usually malty smelling black tea’s. So i was excited to try it out!
Brewing my first cup with a teaspoon off leaf, for about 3min. The result is a bright amber light brown liquor. It tastes like no other black tea i tryed before! To me its a very light tea thats in taste is more like a floral heavy roast oolong. Very surprising to get a black tea thats so different then most others! I’m loving every sip off it especially because its overall not to expensive i paid a bit less then 10€ for a 50gram bag.
So if you want to try a fresh and a bit different black tea make sure to check this one out!
also one sidenote: just noticed that jing stocks a niligiri black without the green leaves in it, i have to try that one in the future to!
Oolong, Oolong the song of my life
Will it be bitter or will it be nice?
Oolong, Oolong will you be true?
Please be tasty because I love you.
Alright enough randomness for the time being. Lets get down to the review.
The raw tea consists of small loosely rolled leaves that are dark and light green in colour. They smell very sweet and vegetal but unusual in a way … not good or bad just … well different.
Two teaspoons worth are placed into my gongfu with just below boiling water poured over the top and left to steep for 3 minutes. This is as the instructions state on the package.
Once steeped the tea soup creates a yellow gold colour with a sweet pea almost peony like scent.
Funnily enough it tastes as it smelt raw … very hard to put my finger on it. It is sweet, vegetal, a little floral but it’s something I cannot describe exactly. Is it turnip like? Swede? Butternut? Like I said it’s hard to define but it’s not your average Oolong vegetal taste that’s for sure.
The sweetness advances with a touch of the roasted vegetables and it smooths itself out quickly and before you know it the flavour has gone. Maybe that means I can add misty to it’s description. The more I drink the more I like it and start to taste it’s strength a little better.
My second cup is far more golden in color and it smells alot more smokey (almost like a lapsang). Now that i’m a bit used to the idea that 2 kinds off puerth are that different in taste i’m more openminded about the taste…
i really did not expect that 2 kinds off puerth would be that different its like comparing a white tea with a black tea and thinking you get the same tastes.
Ok but to the point off taste now, its a lot stronger now the leaves are more loose i’m liking it more then my first cup! I can taste more smoke, and somehow the peach/apricot notes are getting true to my tasting buds!
I feel like this tea is playing with me, first surprising me with color, taste and all now even the first and second cup are way different and more to the point! Next time i’m going for a longer first discard infusion so that my first real cup is stronger!