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Finally got around to trying this tea that LP gave me with an actual kettle and stove on hand. What I got: smokey, leathery, thick, and sweet. It almost stuck to the roof of my mouth. This is my first Black Gunpowder tea and I prefer this one way more than green versions of it, but I slightly prefer oolong versions. I thoroughly enjoyed it anyway. A good breakfast or afternoon tea during the winter. I tasted very little astringency and brewed this over and over. Would recommend generally, not highly. Honestly best for black tea lovers, and for those who like more masculine profiles.
Flavors: Leather, Malt, Mineral, Smoke, Smooth, Sweet, Toast
This is a pretty good herbal blend to have for the evening. It’s minty but I also can pick up the lemongrass along with it. I can also detect nettle. It blends nicely with the peppermint and lemongrass and if I wasn’t familiar with nettle I wouldn’t know it was there. It seems like it’s the nettle keeping the peppermint from being too sharp. I think the lemongrass should be just a tad stronger though. It seems to fade a bit in some sips.
Overall, a pleasant tea but I have everthing in my cupboard to make this tea myself.
Flavors: Lemongrass, Peppermint
This is another sample from Beorhthraefn. Thank you!
I love Golden Monkey, and I am pretty sure this is a golden monkey or it is very similar. My second all time favorite tea. Always a nice pleasant cup. Slightly sweet, slightly malty, smooth and golden perfection. Good cup for a stressful afternoon.
These pearls are very tiny and really dark. I brewed this western and it has a very nice copper color to it. The pearls really expand. The taste is very smokey and woody, which lingers in your mouth for a while, with a slight sweetness to it. Pretty decent black (red) tea.
Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Smoke, Wood
Thanks for sending this along, Nicole! I was hoping this would be like Laoshan Green (my favorite) and it is a little like it, though this is a yellow tea. The leaves look more like feathery crumbles that are breaking apart than the sturdy and silky coiled Laoshan leaves. But the nutty flavor from my favorite green teas is there. It’s also fairly fruity and sweet. A teaspoon and a half might be a little too much, but it didn’t ruin the flavor with too much astringency.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 tsp // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 30 min a.b. // 2 min
I ordered this for my partner about 2 months ago and just got on this website and now am reveiwing it.
Long story short, DRINK IT! It is very good and tastes like butter, smooth and a bit sweet. THe color is dark and I brewed it for about 2 minutes at a big pot on the stove, without letting it boil though. I ended up liking it so much I made it again with milk and agave, which was perfect for this tea.
I added a lot of leaves-perhaps 8 grams at most to an 8 ounce cup. It was very floral and again nectar like. I was able to brew it seven solid times, but that was due to the sheer amount of leaves I used. This tea was awesome with so many leaves, which is a shame. If it were stronger, I think this would have been a much better tea. Overall-too faint with ordinary steeping parameters, but good with liberal use of tea leaves.
Tasted like a Tie Guan Yin, which it is. I wanted a little bit more power, though I tasted the honey and nectar element to it. Again, the serving size was too small on my part. Overall, smooth, thick mouth feel and more honey with little bits of floral. I’ll come back to this one like with the others I’ve had recently.
So, I guess I need to figure out how to store this. This was a generous split on the Silk Road group order provided to the entire group by Liquid Proust.
I sat down tonight to try it out. I did rinse it, though I’m not sure it needed it. It has an initial scent with some smoke in it, which made me a bit nervous. But there is no smoke in the taste, whew. TBH, if I didn’t read on the site that this was a pu-erh, I’d have thought it was a green or a yellow. At 15 seconds, there is a sweet grassiness to it, clean and light. At 30 seconds, this is just more intensely grassy to me, turning to a mildly steamed grass with a bit of bitterness at the end of the sip. Others with more experience may be able to pick out more flavors. Guess I’ll put this one up and revisit it much later since it is a pu that I don’t mind so far. :)
Very nice. Mild, smooth, apple-y in initial steep. Second steep was a little sour but not in a bad way. The smell is very much a Fujian black though there isn’t any of the mild smoke I have gotten lately with teas from that region. Glad to have this on hand. It isn’t one I have to keep around but it will be enjoyed as an every day tea while it lasts!
Birthday tea #17
I just had to laugh when I read the description of this tea: “We hope that it will intoxicate the drinker with its sublime aroma and nuanced floral taste”
Anyways: I remember getting my portion of the group buy from Silk Roads and being disappointed because their oolong (which is what prompted me into this buy) looked pathetic. Honestly, the leaf looks puny and brittle. However, one must know that looks can mean absolutely nothing with tea; aka, pu’erh or grades of sencha. Brewing this was interesting because I’m use to high end TGY becoming some huge leaf in my teapot, but this just kind of sat there as it was; sure it opens, but it isn’t ‘large’.
Upon drinking this tea, I was happy :)
This is a TGY that has a beautiful honey nectar taste to it while providing the drinker with the floral notes that make TGY a TGY to me. Interestingly, to the best of my knowledge, is the first TGY I have drank that has a quite noticeable mouth feel. The mouth feel that come with a sweet TGY that has the floral notes… oh how wonderful a thing it is :)
This tea just goes to show that a small oolong can pack a smooth punch!
Hm. Thought I had not only put this in the cupboard back in October, but also thought I had reviewed it. Ah well. :)
I have this in sachet form. I packed up a couple to take along with me for being a tea snob at restaurants. :) I used one this morning at breakfast. It steeped up decently, despite a water temperature that was too low by far.
I’ll review based on both previous experience and this morning. This is an okay tea. It’s more of a blunt instrument than other Yunnans that I have become addicted to over the last year. Earthy, some malt, some dust. A few of the rough edges are knocked off when steeped in a lower temperature water. It’s better than the normal bagged offerings in restaurants but nothing I’ll restock when I have others that I enjoy far more.
Water temperature at home: 205F-ish; at the restaurant best guess is 160F.
oh man. Nicole sent this tea my way…from Silk Road tea, not to be confused with Silk Road in Canada which i find infinately confusing, as i think there are a lot of teas from the US company i need to try…
So the upside, is that Nicole is awesome and always manages to fine me interesting teas from places i haven’t tried many teas from. The downside is that it tends to add yet another tea to my wishlist and with the dollar being the suck, it may be a while before i get around to placing orders at those places.
this tea is fabulous. I’ve resteeped it a couple times this morning trying to eek out as much as i can from this sample. it’s sweet…with a bit of almost maltiness but not…there’s a rich flavour from this one that is unique..it’s not fruity like a taiwan tea…just sweet and delicious lol on to the wishlist.
My recent, themed overly pretentious posts seem to have not resonated with the Steepster community. Therefore, back to the basics I go.
Black Cloud – what a smooth, only slightly sweet black tea! It is really pleasant. I brewed this particular Steepster Select tea with one of the included tea filters in a standard 8oz mug at 212F for 3 minutes. All standard as indicated by Steepster’s included instructions. The only pain I encounter is when I try to find a place to put my tea bag down in between steeps. Right now I’ve just placed in on top of a napkin-covered leather coaster, and its messy and damp all over.
The first steep offered only glancing insights into the core of the tea. Light chocolatey notes could be heard around the tea, but with a sip, nothing more than a generic sweetness arose. The second steep did little to help unravel the Black Cloud, but the sweetness began to fade. There is little exotic or exciting about Black Cloud from Silk Road Teas, but it is a basic black tea with a tinge of chocolate and a blanket of gentle sweetness.
News! I just got a nice faucet mount filter from Culligan, and it works like a charm. No more ewy, chewy tap water from this 100 year old factory that I live in. And it honestly has improved the quality of my tea-making.
Flavors: Anise, Kettle Corn, White Chocolate
This tea has many subtle aroma and flavors. Like walking in the garden each cup and steep has different flavors. Subtle floral in the first cup and as you walk down the path more honey nectar flavors develop. Very enjoyable tea worth the cost.
Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Honey, Nectar