Red Blossom Tea Company

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88

The buttery, almost oily popcorn fragrance lasts through three infusions –– what a high quality tea! Absolutely gorgeous.

Flavors: Butter, Popcorn

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec 5 OZ / 147 ML

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88

After steeping, you’ll notice a lot of bigger stems in the leaves. This tea smells sensational, there’s a strong flavour of butter popcorn and it’s smooth to drink. Probably the butteriest oolong I’ve ever tasted.

This was only my first time at Red Blossom Tea Company, but they seem to carry a lot of buttery tasting teas (greens and oolongs at least). My partner bought this so there will probably be future tasting notes as we brew this at home.

Flavors: Butter, Popcorn

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Stolen from the box I have half-ready for Sil.

Tastes more like a black tea than a white.

Steeped 1 minute at 195F.

It’s really good, but I’m still not really into tea, so I won’t keep it. It just smelled good, so I wanted a cup today.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

i woke up at 9 today….an hour later i went back to sleep for 4 hrs…

Sil

i can’t even think about tea lol

OMGsrsly

:D I haven’t been on Steepster lately at all, but I had some tea and felt a need to post.

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Need to try this tea a couple times before I send the remainder of the packet to Sil.

Steeped 1-ish tsp in 8 oz 2 min at 180F.

Smells good. Juicy. Thick.

Mmm, this is malty. Very light, yet very malty. OMG this is so good. Wow.

I’ll need to keep a couple servings. But it’s a tea I don’t see myself reaching for often, and it would best go to someone who I know will nom it all.

But it’s so good.

Hahaha.

Edit: Thanks SO MUCH, MissB! I was so blown away by the tea I forgot to thank you.

Edit edit: 2100! WHOA!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

I’ve had this for awhile, so I finally decided to take it out. I’m not going to go into too much detail about this brew, for it wasn’t that complex. The dry leaf gave off a Shou earth aroma. I warmed the leaves, and I got a deeper earth. The steeped leaves had the same warmed earth. The liquor tasted like….. you guessed it, earth. This wasn’t terrible, but it was boringly basic. This tea was thin and didn’t have any differentiated tones other than earth, wet earth, soil, and warmed earth. All these tones are pretty much the same, or at least in the same category. I won’t be getting any more of this. I wouldn’t use the word “rich” to describe it either.

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Flavors: Earth, Wet Earth

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 2 OZ / 50 ML

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Just thought I’d right a quick tasting note for this one, not of of my favorites but it does have a wonderful bold taste. If anything it could possibly be a bit too strong to my taste or probably just the fact I’m not a huge fan of smoky teas. Would totally recommend this to someone who like smoky flavors and is looking for a solid green tea to drink. But as for me I’d prefer this one to be steeped with something such as mint to sort of cut the strength of it.

Flavors: Green, Smoke, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Kirkoneill1988

tbh even tho i like smokey teas, i’ve had better ones than any gunpowder green tea

Tommy2_morrow

Yea I’d definitely have to agree, sort of regret buying so much of this. But luckily I don’t have a whole lot of it left.

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Thanks for the tea, MissB!

This is kind of interesting. From various notes, and the description here on steepster (their website is down…), it’s supposed to be a super fancy puerh. But I’d have to disagree.

There’s quite a lot of that icky “wet dirt” flavour that I’m going to call “fermentation flavour”. It’s a loose puerh, and I used 2 tbsp in 130-ish ml water. Now that I’ve thrown away 4 or 5 steeps, it’s starting to lighten up a bit and a lot of sweetness is coming out. I’m not getting overwhelmed by dirt anymore, although it’s still present.

So I’d say it’s not bad. It’s not great, but it’s not bad. I think my parents would really really like this one, so I’m going to tuck it in with their Christmas gift (a selection of puerh samples, because I have no money). Their local tea shop only has 2 kinds of puerh – a loose, and a cake that I don’t know that they should buy. Hopefully I can get them hooked and then they’ll come over and we’ll have fun tea shopping.

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87

Another new one from Red Blossom. I love their selection of Oolongs, and I think I am learning a lot from cruising through their stock.

This one is no slacker. I was worried while brewing it that it would be a bit tastless as the water stayed very clear and light, but the taste certainly shined right through. Big and bold, very well balanced, a hint of maltiness hidden behind butter and wet straw. Certainly closer to a green then most of the other Oolongs I have tried, this one would certainly make a great Fall Season tea.

-E

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Floral, Grass, Wet Earth

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 9 g 32 OZ / 946 ML

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82

Of the Pu-erhs I have tried, this one is a great middle of the road example. Super basic, fairly easy to brew, all the good things about a Pu-erh front and center with a great balance, nothing surprising or super special.

Nice and rich and malty, just like a great Pu-erh should be. This is what I think of as a great benchmark for anyone interested in getting into high grade, very good Pu-erhs. I love it!

Flavors: Earth, Malt, Rainforest, Scotch, Tobacco

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 9 g 32 OZ / 946 ML

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88

I had this yesterday with some Vitamix banana “ice cream” for dinner. It was a nice enough pairing, but maybe I should have chosen something with more earthiness or spice or something. This tea was perfectly smooth and sweet, but didn’t necessarily have the complexity or depth of flavor one could hope for. I just don’t know how to feel about this one! I don’t know if the subtlety of the flavors and the way they all meld together is it’s greatest feature or its greatest flaw…?

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82

Really enjoy this one as far as white teas go. it’s MUCH cheaper than my all time favourite white, so no complaints there and it’s something i may look to pick up again. in the meantime i’m super happy omgsrsly introduced me to this one :)

Rasseru

I have been having trouble getting the steep right with this one.. Someone did recommend a different approach but I cant remember what it was and its not in the notes – what parameters are you doing? It was hard to get me to like it as much as a good silver needle. and what is your favourite white?

Sil

2 mins ish at about 175/180. my favourite white that i can recall anyway is ivory himalaya from MF. (that being said i am very much a black tea girl so my taste buds may be way different than yours hahaha)

OMGsrsly

Did you get the whole bag of this one? If not, want more? :)

Sil

haha it was in a foil package thingy

OMGsrsly

Ohhhh. I must have the bag around here somewhere…

OMGsrsly

Ok, once my bags arrive I will portion some out for me and send you the rest. :P I’ve written on the bag so I should remember…

Sil

january sounds like a good month for that lol

OMGsrsly

Yeah yeah. The bags won’t come till the middle of December, so you’re safe. For now…

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82

i’vev had this a couple times now and haven’t really landed on where i felt about it. today though? it’s bang on what i wanted it to be. A juicy, delicious tea. noms. thanks omgsrsly

Rasseru

Im the same. How did you brew it this time?

Sil

mmm 2 mins @ 185 if i remember right

Rasseru

Ok, ill have to try it with a bit less time next time. I was doing it 3 minutes and not quite feeling it

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82

this one comes from omgsrsly as well. I figured since i was doing a few lower temp teas, i might as well toss this one in to the mix. I’m not sure how i feel about this one in the grand scheme of things. It reminds me a little bit of white night, but doesn’t seem as flavourful or sweet. I’ll have to play with this one a little more to see if i can get it to behave for me!

TeaBrat

I liked this one but I got sick of it ;(

Sil

not sure yet myself…but i’ve got lots to play with thanks to omg

Rasseru

You can get it so it’s like a white but with (nice) sourness. Ive ended up pinching it out like my whites so not sure of the amount… Leave it to cool a bit and it tastes better. I do mine at 80-90c 3mins then leave it till its not burning

Sil

sounds like a plan for next time. thanks!

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70

sent this as a free sample. Not feeling too well today, but ive really wanted to try this one out as im beginning to get a taste for puehr now i have tried some nice ones and got the brewing method down a bit better.

So, rinsed to open the leaves.

first steep was quite, hmm, reserved? crisp & has a nice taste which isnt overpowering at all, nothing jumping out at me. 5 secs.

straight to second steep and for 10 seconds this time. the colour is a lot thicker and darker and the leaves smell of a slight raisin sweetness. I get, again, general pu earthy flavours & some sort of cake. not sure which cake, but something like that.

further steeps were 15 & 25 seconds. the flavour has taken on more elements of a cake or a sweet (maybe an english sweet flavoured with a herb or plant) but i cant put my finger on it. again, its a subtle flavour, nothing jumping right out at me.

subsequent steeps started to lose their flavour.

quite nice, nothing amazing, nothing bad about it.

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lol! the aroma from the steeped leaves actually reminded me of being in a canteen at a marks and spencers (M&S is a department store if you dont have them in the US) roasty with a bit of fruit. Aroma from the cup has the oily/buttery smell of a dancong. tried it 3g western style, too weak.

5g 100c 1 minute in the gaiwan, however, the aroma, of the steeped leaves, i swear down, was a really nice british-indian curry. i kid you not. the taste, however, wasnt strong enough again. weird.

second steep, straightaway after. for 2 minutes. still smells of curry hahahaha. a bit bitter and chocolate-savoury. oversteeped, slight yucky aftertaste.

im a bit tea’d-out so i iwill update this review later when ive experimented more. any suggestions on how to brew from anyone who knows this tea would be great.

curlygc

I have been curious about this one. I cannot speak for this tea specifically, but I have noticed that heavily roasted oolongs tend to need higher temps and longer steeps. I have a heavy roasted TGY that needs boiling water and a ten minute steep. Sounds crazy, but it works for that tea.

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80

Interesting. tried this as i love whites, the leaves are more spindly like its almost an Oriental Beauty.

aroma from the steeped leaves is more vegetal than i thought. from the cup there is an underlying sweetness, a syrup.

Tried it as recommended, 4g 90c 2:30 western style. I think this might have been too much (the 4g & temp). there is a hint of sourness, which reminds me of a too-strong white. next time i’ll try it the white way, 80c 3g 3mins.

I let it cool. interesting tea. very much like a white, but with a slight sourness that hangs around on the tongue, less floral than a yin zheng, but with similar characteristics.

Tried it straightaway after at 80/3g/3mins, it was similar to a yin zhen, again more sour and less sweet. I preferred a good silver needle, ,i must confess.

Made me feel nice. slight astringency.

I think i will need to experiment more with this tea, at the moment im on the fence with it, so it gets an 80 from me.

Flavors: Astringent, Drying, Lemon, Pancake Syrup, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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91

This is pretty solid. Very busy/lazy today. This is one of the teas my dog attacked/ate recently. Dachshund-approved flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

Ohh, this is a tasty white tea. It reminds me more of a black tea, as it has malty chocolate in here that tones down the hay-like notes that are typically present in white teas. This is the kind of white teas that I tend to go for the most. MissB, you just knew I’d love this one, didn’t you? Thank for you much for including this in my package!

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80

Dry dark emerald leaf ball with a scent of fresh mowed hay. Brewed up to a dark amber with scents of butter and gardenia. Soup has a full nutty, caramel flavor with a hint of florals and sweetness. Very smooth and a long finish would lead to this being anyone’s every day tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 7 g 6 OZ / 180 ML
curlygc

I need to try this one! I sure do love a dark roast TGY.

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92

Finishing off another of my favorites from my last order from Red Blossom. I really love this tea. So rich, so creamy, so crisp and fresh. Aroma and taste of fresh flowers on a cool morning. I will certainly be buying more of it, or something similar.

Flavors: Flowers, Gardenias, Orchid

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 6 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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92

I love me a good Tung Ting. And damn, this one…

The scent from the leaves when I open the jar I keep them in is enough to put a smile on my face. So fresh, so crisp, so fragrant. A hint of the coming wonderfulness.

Brewing is simple, 14 grams (I like it big) in my 32 ounce Bodum Assam teapot, a quick rinse, then 200 degree water for 2 minutes.

The aroma this tea puts off is tantalizing. It has a certain dark freshness, like tropical flowers, with a bit of sweet earth in the mix.

And then there is the taste. Just amazing. Buttery smooth, crisp and clean, the hints of tropical flowers settle right in and balance the wet earth with a slightly sweet overtone.

This tea reminds me of when I was a kid and helping my family work in the floriculture department at the county fair. I always loved that smell, the smell of plant life, of tropical flowers, of begonias and marigolds and iris and orchids. So fresh, so clean, so full of life.

-E

Flavors: Gardenias, Orchid

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 14 g 32 OZ / 946 ML

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This is one of two teas that were my first real foray into quality tea. I stumbled into Red Blossom without any prior knowledge of who they were or the teas they sold. After friendly welcome, I started smelling as many teas as I could.

It should be noted, I’m a coffee roaster, and have been entrenched in American specialty coffee culture for a solid 5 years or so.

As soon as I smelled this ~35 year old oolong, I was intrigued. Muted florals sat underneath a slightly pleasantly musty black tea-like sweetness. I asked the helpful staff to purchase a bit, at which point she insisted on sitting down for a tasting, and offered to taste a 2015 tung ting side-by-side. Yes please!

What a wonderful experience, contrasting a 35-year-aged and fresh-crop from the same area.

I’ve brewed this in many ways, but my favorite way so far has been to do small, short infusions with sufficiently hot water, gradually increasing my time with each steep. With the first infusion, the aromatics are amazing, with a cotton-candy like sugary aroma (may be what others are referring to as plum/candied plum). Subsequent steeps lose the extreme sweet smell, but still carry a lot of complexity.

Flavors: Caramel, Cotton Candy, Musty, Roasted, Sweet, Tannic

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 g 3 OZ / 85 ML

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Full Review at: http://steeptimes.blogspot.com/2015/07/review-white-dragon-pearl-premium-from.html

Review: White Dragon Pearl Premium from Red Blossom Tea
Today I’ll be reviewing another tea from Red Blossom. I purchased The Discovery Collection which comes with four sample teas, all of which I’ll review. I’ll be drinking the White Dragon Pearl Premium today. This will be my third tea out of the four tea sampler set with just the Oolong left to review.

From the Red Blossom website:
“Dragon Pearl is crafted from spring-harvested Da Bai leaf buds from Fuding County, Fujian. Though it is usually reserved for the base of jasmine teas, we commissioned the farmer to reserve some of this crop for our white tea connoisseurs. The buds are handpicked, then steamed and individually rolled by hand.”

I used the recommend 3.5 grams of leaves for my gaiwan. The leaves have a sweet smell that disappear quickly. After a rinse they smelt of a sweet green tea.

I did the first brew at 195 degrees F for one minute. The leaves had a sweet grassy smell to them and the liquor was a faint light green without much aroma. The taste is subtle and sweet; lacking bitterness; is smooth and creamy with a very satisfying slight astringent finish.

The second brew was at 195 for a minute fifteen. It had a floral and sweet aroma that I enjoyed the and leaves looked great in the gaiwan. They were mostly full and displayed light and dark greens. The liquor was a little darker on this steep though still a very light green. The taste of the front was was sweet that stayed consistent and had a long finish.

The third brew was done at 195 for a minute thirty. I first notice that the aroma lost some of its sweetness. The liquor was about the same color and really had no aroma that I could pick up. It lost some flavor that could probably be regained from a longer steep but with that said it was still sweet and had a bit of astringency at the finish that lingers and mixes with the sweet taste from the earlier steepings. It was about this time I felt a little bit the of tea’s Qi. I was feeling good and the tea was tasting sweet so I decided on a fourth round!

The forth brew was done at 195 for two minutes. The leaves still had a floral sweet smell but with a more exaggerated grassy note. The liquor still was orderless and had the same faint green color. The taste was about the same as steep three with slightly less flavor. At this point I was feeling good of Qi and decided to stop but probably could have gotten a couple of other steeps from the tea if I pushed it. I might even push it harder on the second and third steeps to see what I get.

This is a great sweet and flavorful white tea that has a bit of energy to it. I wouldn’t mind drinking it again and look forward to finishing up my sample of it. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for reading!

Preparation
3 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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