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Gaiwan brewed this one with excellent results. This is a medium roasted oolong that is leaning slightly to the dark side. Not much else to say beyond that it proves once again that Chinese grocery stores prove themselves again and again to be reliable sources for cheap and decent oolongs.
Wow this is really good considering what it is. This has the typical slightly earthy Keemun flavor without any traces of bitterness nor smoke. If you like Keemun tea and good cheap tea than this is worth the price if you can find it in a Chinese market.
This tea is a bit interesting. I would call it as being in the light and sweet group of green teas but it has some extra depth that is hard to really describe. Decent but personally I think I will be using the rest for ice tea and will not be buying it again.
The large and golden-yellow 150g cylinder says “Lotus Tea” and under it it says “Tra Huong Sen”. There’s a Asian boy playing a flute while riding an ox on the back. Found it at Lee’s Oriental Market in Rochester, NY. It was between this tea and a box of Genmaicha tea bags, where I can get anywhere. I always try new things so why not try lotus tea from Vietnam?
Looks like a green tea. Leaves are definitely chopped. Lots of stems. Doesn’t look appealing.
Pungent, thick and dirty wet leaf aroma. Almost skunky. This is not a delicate smelling leaf.
Holy bitter! And steeped for only over a minute. This is rustic. Mineral and slightly sharp, like licking sheet metal. Tates like I’m sucking water out of a dirty root I just pulled from the ground. It has a “primal” taste to it: no sweetness or artificial bull. It tastes very natural, simplistic. Took half a glass to let my tastebuds become accustomed to it and I’m still not sure how to write about this. There’s a slight flowery taste to it but the “rootiness” of it overpowers.
As I drink, I look for possible benefits of slugging this bad boy down. Aside from it possibly aiding in the: treatment of diarrhea and abdominal cramps, treatment of certain heart ailments, fighting of gastric ulcers, heavy menstruation, combat hemorrhoids, post-partum bleeding…it also, apparently, helps in treating premature ejaculation.
Hey, if it’s on the internet, it’s gotta be true.
I enjoy tea very much but I am far from an expert in understanding of tea but, here it goes:
From what I can tell so far, I lean towards green tea. I haven’t developed a taste for strong tea and this tea has a mild yet satisfying effect. I can enjoy a pot in the morning (weekends) when I have time to savor it. :)
Really can appreciate this tea. As the lady of the vegetarian supermarket said to me: There is tea to strengthen your Yin and there is tea to strengthen your Yang… this tea is right in the middle, for when you are already balanced.
As it seems I am balanced, this tea is well taken by my body. Drinks easily, has enough power to notice its strength and can easily be steeped up to 4 times, becoming more gentle per steep, without losing its characteristic taste.
For me the pre-brew scent is odd. It’s what I would expect if coffee and green tea mated and had a baby. The green is much stronger when brewed.
Warning to others, I’m not a green tea fan and didn’t realize what this was until I brewed it since my packaging is in Chinese. My rating will be lower then someone who enjoys green teas more.
Anyway, the flavor is pretty much green tea. It does taste fresher and crisper then some other green teas that I’ve had.
I picked up a 6 tea sampler from the China pavilion in Disney. This is my first. The scent is very welcoming. It’s black tea with a sweet quality and a touch of a musky just rained scent. I’ve never been to China but interestingly, when I smell it, I think of China.
To the taste, it is sweet but more of an organic sweet. I hate sweet tea but this is fine. It almost tastes like they were gentler in the processing and more of the natural tea flavors are present. It’s really hard to describe this taste. I feel like it’s familiar but not all at the same time.
It is clean and crisp. I would recommend giving this a try. I find it very refreshing. I don’t think there is much in it to offend any taste buds and I picked it up for pretty cheap so if you are considering this tea, give it a shot. I have a few more brews left before my sample of it runs out so I’ll make my reorder choice after that. At that point I guess I’ll learn if you can buy this online or I have to wait until my next trip to pick up more. There aren’t any chinatowns in my area.
I’m not an Oolong fan, as a rule. However, this tea is pretty amazing. It has both green tea and oolong leaves in it, as well as jasmine flowers, and it shouldn’t be steeped for too long or boiled. (I made this mistake and the green tea leaves were quite unforgiving.)
Made correctly, it tastes exactly like the tea served in almost every New York City Chinese restaurant I’ve visited, and I’ve visited a lot of them.
Amount: 1 teaspoon in a finum tea filter
Water: hot spigot, 1 tea mug full
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes
Smell: dried leaves, fall, tea
Flavor: plain tea
Aftertaste: a little bitter but very short lived
Liquor: nice reddish brown
Got this as a gift from a coworker, it’s a nice basic black tea
Post-Steep Additives: none