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Red Blossom Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

90

A smooth, lightly earthy, everyday pu-erh. No exciting / overwhelming flavors, if you’ve tried other pu-erhs, but it’s very balanced.

Pour out the first couple of (short) steepings, and you’re good to go. Lasts through the work-day, and peaks after around 3-4 steepings. A light sweetness becomes noticeable in the finish, at that point.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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93

I’ve gotten a little bit spoiled by some other Wuyi oolongs I have tasted recently. And although this is still a very nice tea, it doesn’t “wow” me anymore. I still feel appreciation and gratitude for this tea, though!

This tea does have some sweet cinnamon spiciness, caramel, and subtle fruitiness. Pretty good for my first tea of the day!

EDIT: I liked this tea more and more as I steeped it further, so I’ve bumped up my rating.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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92

Rich, green, and mouth-filling, but still light in body as Bao Zhong tends to be. There’s a little chewy fruitiness in the taste, like a sweet strawberry. I don’t know that I’ve ever had a tea from Red Blossom that I didn’t love.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 45 sec
TeaBrat

I love them too…

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89

Butterscotch! So much butterscotch! This is probably my favorite oolong tea (other than another charcoal-roasted tung ting that I received as a gift). I’m not usually a fan of oolong, but this tea is excellent. The tannins are present but well-hidden, and it’s hard to over/under-steep this tea to an unpleasant extent. Loses flavor after a few steepings.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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75

(I’m taking a wild guess that this is the tea that Red Blossom calls “Aged Tung Ting, ca. 1980.”)
Smells sweet and mildly earthy. Fairly tannic initially, but smooths out. In my opinion, it’s pretty balanced but not very interesting, compared to other aged teas, including the ca. 1970’s Tung Ting from Red Blossom. That one really does “feel old.” The 1980 also lacks the strong butterscotch notes that you can taste in roasted Tung Tings. There’s something subtly intriguing in the aftertaste, but that’s about it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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67

2nd steep today, added 2% milk and a teaspoon of sugar.

Buttery taste turned into more of a cream taste, like that better. Steeped way too long, forgot about it, oops.

That extra time added more bitterness to the aftertaste

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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93

Hibiscus, mushroom, prune, earthy notes… and something like rubber (albeit not unpleasant). No tannic astringency. Pricey, but will buy again. The 1980 one is also pleasant, but very different.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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75

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72

I am a big “milk oolong” fan and it never lasts long whenever I have it in my cupboard because I drink it all up so fast. This one is particularly good; I love the subtle milky taste. I’ve been served cheap imitation milk oolongs before (beware of these as they are actually not very good for you) and those have a sickening strong “milk candy” smell. This is the real deal and it is quite good.

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78

This is my “go to” green tea for regular sipping.

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Another one from Red Blossom. This one is a Chinese blend and is a really high quality. Unfortunately, there’s Keemun-y or smoky flavor in there I don’t love. Still a nice cup, but I won’t re-order.

Sil

awe… add some maple! haha

TeaBrat

nice, I love the Red Blossom store

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88

I placed an order with Red Blossom and am so far enjoying their teas! I really like their tins too. Super cute. This tea actually surprised me a bit. I was expecting it to be fruity and not too deep or full, but it was all of the above! It’s a pretty decent morning cup. Happy to have more of this!

Sil

i really loved this one as a cold brew

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97

A nice way to end to a wonderful evening.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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97

This was just what I needed at the end of the day. It has some nice juicy notes that I’d normally associate with a Phoenix oolong. It is a little light for my taste, but besides that it’s awesome. I wish Red Blossom teas weren’t so expensive…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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100

A friend shared some of this tea with me, and it has since become my favorite. I usually don’t go a day without it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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94

Good morning Steepster. I am doing okay aside from having a fractured finger which is really annoying and somewhat painful!

Anyway this is a good tea for consolation purposes. ;-) Today it’s a sipdown. I will certainly get more someday, it’s a great Golden Monkey. Today I am really getting such nice malty notes.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Ooh -a fractured finger does not sound good!

Sil

mmmm i really like red blossom teas

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87

SIPDOWN! I’m sad to see this one go as it’s a really nice tea from Red Blossom. Brewed the last of it cold brew, which is where i finally landed with this tea as being my favourite! I’l for sure be checking out more of redbloosom’s teas as i’ve enjoyed the few that i’ve tried quite a bunch.

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87

Nearly through the last of this. Have one other container of this cold steeping in the fridge and then it’s gone. I think that this might be one of my favourite straight teas to brew cold. There’s just something satisfying about this one – a little sugar and/or lemon and i’m golden. :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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95

Very nice amber color, which looks especially nice in a Bodum glass. This tea is at its tastiest after a few steepings (maybe peaking in the 4th or so), and after letting cool down significantly. Smooth and pleasantly (not overwhelmingly) earthy, with a very pronounced sweetness in the finish that becomes apparent after a couple of steepings.

It’s also difficult to mess this one up with too much or too little steeping time, or not using enough leaves, etc. It’s an “easy” tea to make at work, without watching it / controlling all of the variables too carefully.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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