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This sample was included as part of my March 2015 Steepster Select box, celebrating a variety of teas from China. I was happy to see this sample among the others as it is a bit like seeing an old friend whom you enjoy the company of, and can’t remember why you have been out of touch.
Steeped in accordance with the instructions on the packet (1 tsp/4 g per 8 oz, 185 F), in a small glass teapot so that I could watch the leaves dance over the 2.5 minute brewing time. Aroma is delicate and refreshing, Sweet Grass and Sunshine with a hint of nuttiness. The taste is wonderfully much the same. A very beautiful example of the green tea of the Hubei Province. Much tamer and more sophisticated than Yunnan greens, and no astringency like you find in many Japanese greens. A truly wonderful cup of tea.
Flavors: Chestnut, Sweet, warm grass
I had this again this morning.. Got some more sleep so I actually brewed it correctly :P
I did a 1min steep, increasing by 30 seconds for subsequent steeps.
The taste is very clean and roasted with notes of raisins and earth. I upped the rating to reflect how I feel about the tea today :)
Flavors: Earth, Mineral, Raisins, Roasted
Overall, a very nice and mineral-y oolong. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to, but I’m also at work and had a crazy morning, so it was only slightly warm when I got to drink it. Very clean tasting, but it was also kinda heavy. Tastes of earth, raisins, and roasty goodness. I think I have another wuyi that’s not quite as oxidized, so that might be the taste difference that I’m experiencing.
Flavors: Earth, Raisins, Roasted
This used to be one of my favorite teas, always fresh tasting and a tea I enjoyed drinking all day long. Ordering direct from their site assured you of getting the freshest available. Unfortunately the sample I received in the March 15 Steepster select box just tastes a bit old and stale. Bleh. Maybe it is the packaging? Anyone else have this experience?
Flavors: Dry Grass, Dust, Sweet, warm grass
Drank this tea at 1:30AM since I couldn’t sleep last night.. My tastebuds may not have been awake, but here goes.
I brewed this at 175 degrees for 2 minutes. It comes out as a very light greenish-yellow color and smells very vegetal. The taste is only slightly vegetal, but has a lot of nutty flavors. I don’t generally like nuts, but this tastes like water chestnuts. I thought it kinda tasted like unsalted pistachios at first, but I think it’s more like those canned water chestnuts that people eat for some reason..
Anyway, I’ll steep this one again tonight if I can stay awake long enough. Overall, a good tea, but not my cup of tea due to the overly nutty flavor.
The second steep of this (2.5 min) was much more smooth and didn’t have the powerful nut notes. I enjoyed the second steep a whole lot more :)
Flavors: Chestnut, Vegetal
This is my staple cold brew in the summers because it is very cheap. However, the rating goes toward the taste and its ability to preform as a tea. This tea does not appeal as a hot tea but taste very good cold. I cold brew this overnight so I can avoid the woodsy taste and extract a smooth rooibos flavor with blueberry accents. Overall I am pleased with thee flavor this has as the summer goes on and I drink a few gallons of it month.
I never sleep well before early morning shows. If I have to set an alarm I just don’t get sleep because I’m afraid it won’t go off. But I did this to myself. I asked for the early morning reserve so that I could walk with my dad to his gate. He arrived early as well cause he had trouble sleeping. I think it happens to everyone. We went to get scones and tea/coffee. I picked this one. My tongue is a lil burnt from trying to try the tea while it was still too hot. But it doesn’t take away from the good grassy flavor this tea has. It’s a calming tea. I must admit though that it is still not quite as good as it could be. The after taste is not what I usually like in a green tea.
I love Japanese green tea so much. When I saw this in the store earlier today, I immediately went on this site, and went through with the purchase after reading the reviews. I’ve had a lot of sencha and gyokuro, but, believe it or not, this is my first matcha experience. The sencha grassiness is there, but it seems as if the matcha may smooth the tea out a bit, as it doesn’t have the usual sencha bite. It’s not sweet like a gyokuro, just kind of a smoother, thicker sencha. I like it a lot. I think I’m going to go back and buy more tomorrow…I can see myself drinking this one often when I’m looking for the convenience of a bag…or sachet.
One of my favorite teas, I drink this all the time. It has a light floral taste (as is fitting) but is never overpowering. I find it a very refreshing tea for any time of day, and also a very practical one—you don’t need to brew it separately, since the leaves are rather self contained. I also use far less per cup than the recommended brewing directions—I find 4-5 pearls fine for a cup.
Flavors: Floral, Jasmine
With tumeric having so many healthy benefits, I was looking for all different ways to take it. I randomly found this tea at my local Coop and decided to try it. SOOO GLAD I DID! The lemongrass and orange really helps the spicy of the ginger. It’s definitely a full flavor tea but so yummy on a cold night or after dinner with a little honey.
Flavors: Ginger, Lemon, Orange
So one of the perks of working in customer service, especially front desk as in my current employment, is that you actually get to know people. Well enough that people now ask me how many teas I brought to work today (one day I had at least 6 of my Timolinos lined up at the front to make a gorgeous rainbow – people kept asking if they were for sale… :P DavidsTea should really be paying me for this advertising, since I keep directing people there to buy them if interested…). Anyhow, one of the regular ladies apparently also quite likes tea! And gets her brother to bring tea over (by the carton) from the US when he visits. This is one of her favourites, so she brought me an individually-wrapped teabag to try out. I was super curious, because I’ve read quite a bit about turmeric tea in the last while, but haven’t bothered to try it quite yet – so this was my chance!
Now to the tea – the teabag was one of those silken types, and had I more time, I probably would have transferred it to an infuser, but I was in a rush, because work. Anyways, it was yellow and powdery from the turmeric, and powerfully gingery. Steeped, it smelled kind of herbally, and I was kind of concerned about how the flavour would be… with good reason, because honestly, it was a bit strange. EXCEPT! Omg, the aftertaste. I don’t normally like licorice root, but combined with the ginger in this tea, it was so good. It took a few seconds to hit, but when it did, it was powerfully sweet and gingery before fading into a lingering sweetness. I will admit to gulping the tea solely for the aftertaste, so I really didn’t savour it at all. It wasn’t objectionable, though, just fairly boring other than that lovely, perfect ginger sweetness. A resteep brought out more ginger, and the sweetness was still good, but 2 infusions was probably enough for that teabag.
Overall, if you’re drinking this to sip, it’s maybe a bit boring. If you’re going for health properties and/or the ginger sweetness? Probably a good choice.
A good green Sencha if you like to taste/smell how green it is. My first attempt was with recommended serving size. I could only finish half the cup ick. Second attempt I went down to 1tsp for 1 mug of water. A dab of honey added and mmmm amazingly opposite experience! I was able to steep the same leaves twice also which was nice. Still get some green notes to it with a light vegetable type aroma but it combines well and isn’t over-powering. Moral of the story? Great tea if you find the proper balance.
I had this tea the Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast this morning. I picked it from their ‘wall of tea’ because of the way it smelled; blueberry yogurt, but in a good way. Little did I know it had hibiscus in it. I knew I should have gone with the genmaicha!
Ah well, I had an amazing stay at this BnB and enjoyed the rest of my breakfast. Maybe I will ask for their kukicha later :)
Flavors: Berries, Hibiscus, Tart
Grape-y flavors accompanied by some spice notes. A light, but not overpowering astringency. A great morning tea to get you up and moving. If I brew it right it can have an effervescent sensation like a sparkling wine.
Flavors: Flowers, Grapes, Spices
I picked up a bag of this at the local coffee shop. The bag itself is nice. Nicer than the paper bags of other teas. That’s the best thing about this tea. It was bitter to me. I might have steeped it too long. I drank half a cup and brewed a second, this time with a little honey. That made it much better. Consiering how much tea I have, I won’t bother with this one again.