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drank Tangerine Blossom by Shang Tea
213 tasting notes

Here I am starting the day with a big bang that is this tea. I feel kind of like an idiot for not having ordered more of it (what I have is just a sample from the Shang Tea sampler), but then I got an ounce of their other black (or, as they prefer to put it, red) tea, so it’s all good. Next time I am totally getting a bunch of this.

BECAUSE it is sooo good and it reminds me of jasmine black tea but without the weird bitterness that can creep in sometimes with jasmine, plus there’s some orange-citrus-sweet lingering note in there. That of course is the tangerine part. Good stuff.

I’m bumping the rating up a bit because 89 from before didn’t do this any justice.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Terri HarpLady

This sounds lovely! I just peeked at their website, & I love the beautiful photos there.

Kat_Maria

Yeah, their teas are really wonderful… I still have a LOT of them to try and I’m looking forward to it :)

Terri HarpLady

I’m thinking I’ll have to give their sampler a try :)

Kat_Maria

It’s a pretty cool sampler! I believe there’s 10 sachets in there and each one has 2 servings in it (If you consider a teaspoon of dry leaf per 8 oz. of water a serving). Their teas are very good quality, so you can resteep them at least 3 times. At least I can say that about their red teas, as I haven’t tried the others yet.

Terri HarpLady

Cool! Now insult eyed some spending money, lol

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drank Tangerine Blossom by Shang Tea
417 tasting notes

Sipdown! (127). First off, let me tell you the amazing story of how this tea came (back) to me. It was in the Tea & Cards TTB that I had participated in. I set it aside as one of the teas I wanted to try, but I only tend to drink 2 (maaaybe 3) teas in a day, so I didn’t get to try all the teas that I wanted to while the TTB was in my possession. So I sent the box off to Pyroxy, who then wrote a tasting note about this very tea that made me regret not trying it or pulling some from the box. I commented about this regret on her tasting note and then she messaged me that she was sending me the last of the tea! So thanks so much Pyroxy for taking the time to do that!

On to the tea itself, haha. As soon as I opened up the tea, I was hit with a perfume-y scent that I couldn’t place on my own, but I assume that it’s tangerine blossom because of the name. This tea actually reminds me a lot of jasmine teas because of the perfume-y, almost soapy, quality (in a good way). It’s definitely more citrus-y than jasmine teas, though, which I guess distinguishes it as a tangerine blossom for me. I can also taste that malty black tea base at the very end of the sip that is also pretty distinguishing. Overall, I’m really enjoying this pot of tea, but it may be a tad too perfume-y for regular consumption for me.

Nicole

I tend to have it on occasions when I’d normally have jasmine green or white but want something with just a touch more body. Goes great with Thai food.

Jennkay

Ooh, I can see it going well with Thai. Too bad I saw this comment after I already made dinner cause now I’m craving pad see ew!

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drank Silver Needle King by Shang Tea
141 tasting notes

I guess I’m reviewing me more than the tea. But after tasting this tea (and many others), I think I can finally make the sweeping statement that I like my white teas scented, blended, or cold brewed (which, at least the way I do it, seems to make them taste like black teas anyway). I certainly don’t hate this tea, but I wouldn’t pick it out of the collection voluntarily either. It turns out I don’t love that hay flavor. If you do like white tea though – you should really check out the other tasting notes on this. It gets raves.

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Everything I’ve had previous from Shang Tea has been wonderful, so I had admittedly high expectations for this even though it was a bonus sample (yay!) and not something I had chosen myself.

I’ve never had honeysuckle blossom in a tea before, so I wasn’t completely certain on what to expect.

The cup is sweet, buttery, vegeta, sweet and slightly nutty. It’s not a honey sweetness, and not really sugary either, but more of a floral-like sweet.

It’s hard to pick out the base because it all kind of blends together to create a really lovely, relaxing cup.

And for fun, this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hG2FgFWGPCE

is my earliest memory of honeysuckle.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Stephanie

Sounds amazing! I love honeysuckle :)

darby

Ha! Loved the video.

gmathis

Aw…I’m going to be singing “I’m just a little black rain cloud…hovering over the honey tree” all evening now!

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Today is another Shang tea just because I want to place an order and finally decide whats my faves. I got this sample from Nicole – thank you!
3.5g gaiwan 150ml
1steep 175F 5sec produced pale yellow green tea. Sweet and floral. i find it very similar to jasmine.
2steep 185F 5 sec the color is more intense yellow green. more floral, pleasant, even though i"m not jasmine tea drinker. the cup is bolder in taste and smell
i decided to stop because i read it lowers your blood pressure. I’m afraid to drink more because my blood pressure extremely low.
if you like floral teas, especially Jasmine, I highly recommend this tea.
Thank you Nicole for your generous offer.

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100
drank Tangerine Blossom by Shang Tea
510 tasting notes

I think a rating of 100 says it all and nothing has changed for me – this is still just a heavenly, lightly floral, stunningly smooth tea. I did use less leaf than normal this time and shortened up the steep time just a tad to see what would happen. It is still a marvelous tea but the shorter steep time makes the floral not quite as in your face. I like it both ways!

I mainly just wanted to add that it is a very good swap for jasmine tea with Chinese food. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
boychik

I like this more than jasmine tea

Sil

Blech…you and your jasmine lol

Kat_Maria

Ooh, I got my Shang Tea order today. Apart from the awesome sampler, I ordered an ounce of a black (red) that is not included in the sampler. I am sure it’s going to be as delicious as the rest of them :)

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drank Loose Aged White Tea by Shang Tea
141 tasting notes

How charming this tea is. Start with a warm and toasty (not roasty) bi luo flavor, subtract any greenness, add a very slight sheng pu-erness, a touch of smooth Chinese black astringency, and a thick mouthfeel.

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96
drank Tangerine Blossom by Shang Tea
302 tasting notes

Thank you Nicole for your generous sample.
This tea is like nothing I tried before. Its awesome. Sweet, tree floral,citrus,malt and delicate at the same time.
150ml gaiwan 190F about 4 g
10/15/30/45
I have to mention that all Shang tea I tried resteep exceptionally well. i have multiple gaiwans on my counter and i expect to continue tomorrow

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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92
drank Golden Needle King by Shang Tea
302 tasting notes

Thank you Nicole for your generous sample.
its only Shang Tea today. i want to sample everything to place an order (they have sale till March 8th). I’ve been very impressed with Shang. This tea is great quality. Prepared in 150ml gaiwan 3.5 g 185F
1st steep 10sec produced malty cocoa tea with some light tree floral notes
then i decided to increase temp and time
2nd steep 200F 1min whoa this tea is strong and bold. dark chocolate and very pronounced roasted flavors.
I think this tea is great gongfu style. I didnt really like those roasted flavors. steeping short you can notice sweetness progressing each time you brew

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Nicole

Yay! I’m glad you are liking them. :)

boychik

I love them. Amazing, complex. Thank you

Tea Pet

Hmm… you are definitely tempting me to place an order… >:(

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100
drank Bai Lin Kung Fu by Shang Tea
302 tasting notes

Thank you Nicole for your generous sample.
Only after tasting this tea i went back to read that its from white tea plant.
I enjoyed this tea a lot. it has complex flavor which changes with each steep.
150ml gaiwan 3.5 g sample, boil 1min cool( suggested by Shang Tea)
10/30/45/1min
each time it became sweeter, with dark chocolate flavors
i’m going to buy this tea even though I have Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre (which is great). I find them different and great in their own way

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML

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94

Thank you Nicole for your generous sample.
brewed in 150ml gaiwan.
wet leaves smell roasty and nutty but not bold.
1st steep 185F 10 sec light yellow color, very clean taste
i decided to increase temp
2nd steep 195F 30 sec bright yellow like white grape juice. its like drinking champagne. delicate but pronounced, sweet and some slight tingling sensation.
3rd steep 195F 45 sec sweetness increased. its bolder but delicate.
I enjoyed this tea a lot. 100% repurchase

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML
ashmanra

Ooo, might have to try this one!

boychik

they have sale till March 8. im trying all their samples;)

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Thank you Nicole for your generous sample.
I made this tea without reading reviews. I thought that it would be light white citrus tea. Nope. this tea is bitter. smells floral, even kind of jasmine to me. after reading the review i increased the temp from 175F to 200F. maybe like 5 sec steep. the bitterness increased. im not used to such tea so i cannot fully appreciated it. therefore no rating

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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100
drank Loose Aged White Tea by Shang Tea
302 tasting notes

Thank you Nicole for your generous sample.
This tea is amazing. I was dying to try aged white tea. Most of the time white tea taste like water to me, slightly colored. this tea is gorgeous mix of green and brown leaves with fuzzy tips. i looked at leaves for at least 3 min that how fascinating they are.
185F 10/15/30/45 150ml gaiwan
wet leaves smell kinda roasty and nutty,not floral. very comforting. clean sweet and smooth. it became even sweeter with later steeps.
100% repurchase

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
ifjuly

I loved this one too!

boychik

i think I’m in trouble. I have like $75 in cart and keep adding

ifjuly

haha. so far i’ve been so impressed with shang. when/if i ever have less tea in my cupboard to the point i can reorder, i’d give them my business in a heartbeat.

Shang Tea

ifjuly and boychik, thank you so much for all the reviews, and we’re glad both of you are enjoying the tea!

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drank Wild White Tea by Shang Tea
141 tasting notes

A bit too much hay for me – but it seems so many people love that. Don’t let it deter you from an otherwise flavorful and savory white.

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drank High Mountain Green by Shang Tea
612 tasting notes

It’s 70F today, gotta get something spring-y in before tomorrow’s supposed winter storm! A nice mellow weekend spent mostly indoors scheming and dreaming for spring break travels in a week…

Sweeter than most greens, and brothier, with a silky heft that makes it feel like some sort of magical healing elixir, an ouchless soup when you’re feeling funky to help you get better. Satisfying. And like always, resteeps like a dream. I have yet to be disappointed by any of the stuff I’ve tried from Shang, and if this keeps up they’re going to become one of my very favorite purveyors of whites and greens. Yum!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec
boychik

I was testing 3 Shang tea as well. All are exceptional. Didn’t have time to put them on Steepster. Now I write down on post it to not forget. I really liked Loose Aged White Tea. I’ll review them later, weekend is crazy. So jealous about 70F We had 24F and expecting another snow storm. It’s so not Brooklyn weather:(

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98
drank Tangerine Blossom by Shang Tea
154 tasting notes

Tea & Cards TTB

So this teabox has been full of amazing teas – I’m so glad I decided to participate in it. :)

As to the tea…it’s beautiful. There’s a roasty, rich background that goes really well with the tangerine blossom notes (not quite citrus, but close). It’s easy to drink and lingers in your mouth just enough that you really appreciate the full spectrum of flavours. It also takes to sweeter really well, although it tastes amazing without…not to mention the mouthwatering, comforting aroma that makes me want to curl up and snuggle the cup.

This is easily one of the best teas I’ve had in a long while…I’m absolutely enchanted by it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Jennkay

Ack, this is one of the teas I set aside to try but didn’t get around to. Your wonderful description of it is making me regret that big time.

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Well, I’m stumped. This is a more delicate jasmine than the Jasmine Snow Dragon, and I can’t decide which I like better. This one shares the same warm sweetness, but the slight perfumey note of the snow dragon gives way to a light creaminess (vanilla?) here. This is definitely a better place for curious jasmine-haters to start and maybe finish too. I’ll just have to alternate between them until I find myself hoping one or the other is up next.

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drank Tangerine Blossom by Shang Tea
141 tasting notes

It turns out I’m simply not sensitive enough to discern the difference between tangerine blossoms and pao blossoms (whatever those are), and they both remind me of orange blossom perfume in the best possible way. I prefer the pao blossom, only because I prefer the white tea base (because I prefer white tea – that’s not a comment on the tea base here). If you ever liked the orangeyness of Constant Comment but find it overwhelming or harsh, this is a really lovely, delicate, deeply delicious citrus black.

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drank Jasmine Snow Dragon by Shang Tea
141 tasting notes

After a disclaimer that I do love a strong jasmine, this is a winner for me. I’ve certainly found other stronger versions, but I like that I can still taste the tea here as well, and that this jasmine has a warm, sweet quality to balance the perfumey aspects. Will have to compare it with their Jasmine Silver Needle later today.

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I guess Shang could tell by my jasmine-heavy order that I’m not afraid of a flower, so they sent this sample along. You know how they say scents are connected with memories? I had entirely forgotten about a vacation to Florida when I was very little where I wore orange blossom perfume. Even moving to Florida more than 30 years later was apparently not enough to remind me of that. But this tea did it. And it makes a much better tea than a perfume! There is also a savory deliciousness to it that I suspect is simply the quality white base tea. Today is Shang Tea day though, so I suspect that will become clear as I taste my way through the ridiculous white tea stash that arrived yesterday.

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95
drank Tangerine Blossom by Shang Tea
58 tasting notes

Oh my, what a lovely treat this morning! This tea is beautiful, fragrant, sweet, floral (but not too much) with a teensy slight tang to it. I totally agree with what others have said: that it’s delicate but at the same time absolutely bursting with flavor, complex, and oh so delicious! It is simply so pure, natural, and refreshing. Truly it is a sample of spring, of flowers and citrus, mingling together wonderfully. I think it is befitting a Shakespearean sonnet—pure poetry for the tastebuds. Drinking this has awakened my senses and put me in a very good mood. Bring on the day, for it will be beautiful! :-)

Thank you ever so much, TeaTiff, for sharing this with me!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Charissa

Also, it makes me happy that this is organic! No pesticides to taint this cup of wonderfulness—yay!

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drank Silver Needle King by Shang Tea
612 tasting notes

Oh my gosh, I am so impressed with Shang and happy I finally tried them out. I placed an order Thursday and it got here Saturday! With a free sample of this! Egads. And, most important of all, this tea is incredible. I’m no white tea expert (though nor do I dismiss/avoid them, particularly in spring…I don’t drink them as regularly as other tea types but I enjoy them when I remember to have them, if that makes sense) so maybe take this with a grain of salt, but this is the most incredible smelling straight white tea I’ve ever had, pretty sure. It’s potently fragrant, and the body is surprisingly full. I’ve been struggling to figure out just what mouthwatering fruit or herb it’s reminding me vividly of—the closest I can get is a fragrant, musky melon crossed with an extremely tangy light grape (or similar, like starfruit), and there’s an element of incredibly sweet, tangy, fresh cut grass. I LOVE it. My eyes kept rolling back every time I put my face to the cup, and it was the kind of situation where you shamelessly start sniffing hard to the point you know you’ll tire out your senses but can’t stop because the smell is just so attractive. Unbelievably wonderful. The flavor is good too, but nothing compares to the aroma. Huge fan. And what a perfect season for it too—this has been the first gorgeous springy weekend we’ve had really, and I was busy through all of it roaming around out socializing and having a great time. Happy happy.

This also resteeped like a charm. I took a break around steep 4, but I’m sure I could resume and the next cup would probably still be delightful. The first few steeps were under 30 seconds (the first one was only 10 seconds and yet the cup was amazing in aroma, flavor, and texture), then I started stretching them out, a minute, then more, and so on.

ETA: Just looked at the other notes hoping I’d find my missing fragrance note—hay and clover, yes for sure. I think it may well be fresh clover that’s what I’m most grasping at. Reminds me of hot hazy summer afternoons in the big yard at daycare when we’d make chain necklaces with clover and grass. So vivid, yet strangely so unnameable/hard to pin down…

And something like cucumber, yes for sure, but sweeter and tangier, like the fruit version of cucumber. G’ah. Why can’t I identify it.

ETA2: I figured it out!! :D It’s banana blossom. If you aren’t familiar with it, think like the inner peel of a very very unripe green banana, with a little more floral/musky tone floating above. Yes! That’s it!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Courtney

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K S

You have completely captured the beauty of a great Silver Needle!

__Morgana__

Sounds awesome. I need to try short steeps and resteeps with silver needle. I haven’t had much luck getting flavor out of them.

Anna

This sounds so lovely.

Flowery

Well, I had never heard of Shang before this review. Now pretty much their entire stock is going on my wish list!

Shang Tea

Thanks for the review :)

Flowery

So much for the wish list. I just found the discount code…now they’re in the cupboard. :)

Anna

Hehehe, good job, Flowery.

Shang Tea

Thanks for the order Flowery, enjoy!

DeliriumsFrogs

I’m drinking this right now… and boy oh boy did your tasting note nail it. I loved reading your words while sipping this tea (especially since I received this bit of tea magic from you).

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87
drank Golden Needle King by Shang Tea
407 tasting notes

Resteep. This time around it’s like honey on bread. Most of the darker flavors are gone but all the middling ones are still there so the cup doesn’t feel too thin. There’s a surprisingly syrupy mouthfeel this time around that I’m liking; it matches the honey flavor well.

TeaTiff

I had a sample of this a few months ago and liked the resteeps much better than the initial steep.

TeaTiff

I had a sample of this a few months ago and liked the resteeps much better than the initial steep.

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88
drank Bai Lin Kung Fu by Shang Tea
213 tasting notes

TTB #20

I had this tea yesterday and I didn’t make any notes at the time, so this review is more “as I remember it” reflections rather than anything.

It was smooth, malty, slightly astringent and totally enjoyable. I remember loving every sip of it. It was slightly bitterer and darker than how I know the Chinese dark teas to be but then Shang Tea teas are a different thing altogether, the way they are processed. And the bitterness of it was somehow… different. Very savory, not just bitter-bitter.

I must place an order with Shang Tea! They have this sale going on until the end of February and that’s just awesome because my next paycheck comes on 27th, so just in time :P And don’t ask me what happened to the money I just got a few days ago err… * cough* American Tea Room * cough, cough* Eco-Cha… :P

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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