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3rd infusion is still a bit on the toasted wood side but has a sweeter aftertaste. I’m fairly certain this will last for at least a couple more infusions as the strength has not diminished.
2nd infusion is like a lightly toasted wood in a good way. At least I think it is good. I have to say this plain oolong is much more interesting than the flavored ones I’ve had. I’m still not going to rate this as I’m waiting for some other flavors to shine through (sweetness? fruity? floral?)
Oh, as the leaves begin to unfurl they are really cute. They remind me of miniature fall leaves complete with a mixture of red, green, and brown hues.
Oooh, Extra Fancy, huh? Awesome! I believe this is the first plain dark oolong I’ve had so I am really excited to try this. The leaves were almost as pretty as Dawn’s, but were not as long. There were some awesome light gold/green pieces mixed in which made the mix look quite pretty for a plain tea. I’m not sure I got the water hot enough on this first attempt, but it is still pretty good. Very smooth and not at all astringent like I’ve experienced in the first 1-2 infusions of other oolongs. This is very drinkable plain and has a slight roasted scent (but not vegetal, thank goodness). Since this is plain, I wonder how many infusions it can take. I’m also curious as to how the flavor will morph over time – which is my favorite thing about oolongs. I won’t rate this tea quite yet, I want to see how it progresses and make sure that I use hot enough water from here on out.
I was just packaging up some tea swaps for fellow steepsters and thought I would sip on this while doing so.
This smells AWESOME.
If you like Pomegranate – check out this tea! It’s an intensely flavored green and is a pure delight! Fruity and sweet yet true to the green! YUM!
I’m always nervous with Spice Chais. Mostly because I think most companies over0due it on the spices! But I have to say this is terrific! Everything is perfectly even and you can still taste the black tea! Wonderful!
Drinking this iced. Splendid stuff. Sort of the quintessential black iced tea: Crisp, bold, strong, vigorous and bracing. Ooh, la la.
Where has this tea been all my life? Yes, the smoke is heavy, but it isn’t overpowering, and good wood and tea were used. This tastes like, erm, barbeque tea. Delicious!
Ok. This is really, and surprisingly, good. Yes, it is a CTC tea, and no, it isn’t fancy. But it is fresh, balanced, and well made. Wowsa.
Very nice, subtle and smooth rooibos. Refreshing.
I over infused and it was much more smokey today. Still good but I just wanted to point that difference out since my last review. My rating is based purely on the fact that I like this for what it is…a smokey tea. This rating is a little different because the rating is so specific and for a specific reason…not just on my taste level. It serves a purpose…if that makes sense. It’s based on what I was looking for in a smokey tea specifically, I guess…WOOT!
I have for many years been a big fan of Mark T. Wendell’s Hu-Kwa tea. So I decided to give this one a try. I loved it. The blend is excellent, with just a note of smokey Labsang Souchong, great for afternoons when you’d like a tea with some body but not as strong as Labsang Souchong. I also love it in the morning. This one is a permanent one in my collection.
I have been buying this tea since the 1960’s and as far as I’m concerned it is the absolute best Lapsang Souchong tea there is. Over the years it has not deviated even slightly from its excellence. In comparison to other Lapsang Souchongs, many are far too strong and the tar taste is too intense. Hu-Kwa strikes the perfect balance with that wonderful smoky flavor and a hardy deep amber brew that warms your body and soul on a cold morning. This tea is simply the best…
Decided to put this one on my Personal Tea Blog…
Having another cup of this today…it certainly hits the spot! Semi-Malty, Semi-Chewy…I really must want a croissant today or something…it seems to be something I crave…which is really weird…because I don’t think I have EVER had a craving for a croissant…EVER…in my life…or in previous lives! (LOL)
This is a very nice robust , brisk assam tea. It has no bitterness and only slight astringency. It has all the nuances of a good assam tea. The best thing about this fine tea is that it only cost me a buck sixty an ounce at the local health food store. That being said, It is no Mountain Malt, the tea that I will judge all assam teas by until I find a better one.
This rating is based on the tastes from a drastically over-infused attempt and may be altered or edited later.
I mistakenly stepped away from my tea as it was infusing and infused for at least 15-20 minutes! Oye!!! I will say this holds up nicely and is VERY forgiving! It even good over steeped! It’s earthy yet sweet!
This is ever so slightly scented green and the post infusion liquid color is very lightly colored yellow-green. I will say this is probably the sweetest green tea I have ever tasted or at least in recent memory. I think that is the highlight of this tea! The natural sweetness. I can get a little bit of the chestnut comparison but it’s not a nutty flavor, persay…well, maybe if you sip and hold the tea on the middle part of your tongue it’s a little (chest)nutty-esque. It’s earthy-sweet – more sweet than earth! I like it and it’s pleasant!
I don’t want to GIVE AWAY my review…but…
THIS IS FREAKING AWESOME!!!!!
I have been looking for a Lapsong Souchong JUST LIKE THIS! I FINALLY FOUND IT! Woot! Woot! Woot!!!!
I was looking for something with the strong smokey scent and was smoky to taste but didn’t have a funky after taste or too over the top while actually drinking it. I was also looking for one that didn’t taste like wood and was smooth. This is it! This just seems to have EVERYTHING I have been looking for in a smoky tea. I’m shocked…SHOCKED!!!!
Now…if you are one of those people who are the “more smokey tasting the better” this might not be strong enough in taste for you. At least the way I did it which was 1 to 1 and a half Tablespoons of loose leaf in 12-ounces of 190-200 degree water for 5 minutes.
Now that I know I like this I will tinker with amounts and infusion lengths.
I’m so happy now I could do the funky chicken!
I haven’t had a true Genmaicha in several months…you know with the rice puffs and ‘popped rice’ in the mix? So I was fairly excited to try this. I can usually ‘take em or leave ’em’ when it comes to the Japanese Genmaicha Green…but I must say this is pretty good.
It looks like Genmaicha before, during, and after infusion…as well as it smells like Genmaicha before, during, and after infusing…HELL…it even tastes like Genmaicha…the only difference is, I think, this is the ONE Genmaicha I will remember liking fairly well.
All I can really say is the little bit of aroma that this tea is eeeeeeeking out is 1 part masculine and 1 part feminine – it that means anything to you.
It’s a very dark brown color and just before the sip gives off a tinge of a toasty scent. It has a semi-woodsy, semi-toasty black tea taste that seems to be just what I need at the latter part of the morning before I switch to greens, whites, rooibos, and other types of teas.
Very light aroma of some kind of floral and…maybe…Pine?? Not sure. It’s pleasant tho.
Another really good medium to medium-strong black tea to have in your stash! Lovely!
Clear, Bright Amber color…yes.
Robust – yes…especially for an oolong! YAY!
LOVE the twisty leaves!
The taste has a lot of character but it’s hard to describe. It’s certainly yummy. It’s Juicy but not really sweet but’s it’s not grassy, woodsy, or bitter. It’s smooth but has some kick to it. But it’s not peppery. I don’t really think it’s floral tasting either.
It’s almost like that guy in high school that was trying to be a rebel but deep down inside he was a big softy. The ‘good girls’ liked him and so did the ’not-so-good girls" and the guys wanted to BE him!?
WHOA. I have no idea where that came from…lol…
Must be the magic of tea again.
Certainly worth a try and I will definitely be drinking more of this!