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EW…backlog from last night.
This smelled alright dry, then I poured water over it and immediately it smelled like I was having dead fish shoved up my nose. I’ve never really noticed “fishy” smells to puerh, soooo I guess I’ve been pretty lucky. Something called Camel’s Breath probably should never be consumed. EVER.
I tasted it, which was a horrible move. It tasted bitter and quite honestly like what I would imagine dead fish and camel dung taste like together.
So threw it out, and went to rinse the infuser. One of my friends was two rooms down from the kitchen and asked why the house suddenly smelled like dead fish.
Please, save yourself and your friends, and never buy something called Camel’s Breath. It’s as horrid as it sounds.
P.S. – my infuser has been washed 4 times and soaked in baking powder/vinegar for a few hours and it still smells like death.
Well, I bought this almost a year ago and mostly forgot about it until I found it in the refrigerator this morning. This still tastes fine to me, although obviously it is not at the peak of freshness anymore. Just a very light, sweet and vegetal green tea. See previous notes if interested.
I did at least 5 to 7 steepings earlier today with this tea. I decided to finish it off by adding the leaves into my tea tumbler (t free) add a bit of hot water, waited a minute, then topped with ice.
Pretty good! I didn’t add any sugar and the pu’er is light and ends on a sweet note, perfect cold. Hopefully this unclogs up all the excess pizza I ate for lunch. Ugg.
Ty to Meeka for a sample of this from our Steepster meetup!
No steeping instructions, and Silk Road has this tea out of stock so there was no info there! Whatev’s, I can deal with it. 200F, quick steeps via gaiwan. However,my constant trips to the gaiwan is driving my roommates a little annoyed, as they are scrambling around trying to get ready for their LARP trip this weekend.
No fishyness or bitterness, earthy flavor ending with a little sweetness. Early infusions has a dark chocolate note mid sip. What I find interesting is how this tea can be super black in colour, but with taste with a good level of flavor and not blasting pu’er strong!
Great everyday black tea. Full robust flavor with hints of grass. You can taste the climate in this tea.
I’ve always been a fan of a good black tea in the morning. I especially love the Assam and darjeeling varieties. After reading the description from Silk Road Teas, I had to try it!
The description is accurate. This tea is excellent! You can taste the smokiness of the coal fire used during processing, and all the while keeping its rich black tea flavor. I keep this on hand for guests and that “special occasion celebratory” tea. I highly recommend it. It’s also very affordable.
I find this tea very enjoyable. If steeped too long, it becomes almost savory in flavor. I’ve found that steeping this for just over two minutes at a lower temperature the flavor becomes sweeter and more vegetal, with hints of asparagus.
Rich. That’s my first impression. The flavor feels rich.
It has that brown flavor of a black tea, those warm tones, but much less intense than the assams I tend to like.
Very mild astringency.
It has a slight fruit quality on the tip of the tongue, though I can’t place quite what. My brain keeps saying “it makes you think of black cherries” but it’s an impression the taste gives rather than a distinct flavor in the mouth. It’s a very lightly sweet but dark taste.
The black acrid edge that I like in black teas is there but again very light compared to others I tend to really be into. It’s just a minor accent to the warmer brown-and-cherry-impression flavor… it rounds it out pleasantly.
It’s a good play on the internet and drink while chilling out tea, IMO, lol.
I really like it. I bought it as I have had just a couple yunnan teas in the past and enjoyed them and hadn’t tried any new in a long time… actually a couple years, I think! I’m glad I did, this is likely to be a regular for me.
My husband is throwing a rock band party. We are currently on our second pot of this tea. Those who have tried it like it! I feel this tea is a grounding factor in this craziness! :) at least for me, anyway.
Dark, yet sweet with a robust after taste that lingers for a few seconds. Hints of almond shells.
Smokey, bitter, punchey. Probably what tea super badass samurai are drinking in Kurosawa movies.
Tea of the afternoon here; this is a pretty decent little tou cha – see previous notes for more info.
I’m not big on green teas, but for some reason, when I have a cold, green pearl tea is the only thing I can stomach. And it makes me feel better! Even if I don’t like the taste.
Very light in color, earthy, and no astringency. I got this as part of the oolong sampler to give the oolongs a try— all part of my tea education. I’m not sure I’ll ever want an oolong tea for my “breakfast tea”, but it would be lovely later in the day.
For whatever reason, I haven’t had jasmine pearls in a long time. They really are wonderful.
I just had to try the matcha from Silk Road Teas. This matcha is drinkable but definitely not of quality. Dull in both color and taste. I used various water temperatures ranging from 165-175. I think this would probably would be best for cooking/baking so I might have to try that instead. For now, I will stick to Pure Matcha. =P
This is an exceptional green tea. It has a lovely sweet, grassy aroma, very delicious and light. I like to steep for two pots, first pot about 1 min 45sec, and for the second pot I like to steep for a little over 2 minutes. I was using water temp of about 170-175 but I think I like it better slightly lower temp of around 165.
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Oh, num. It’s interesting how my tea phases go. A few months ago I couldn’t get enough of green Oolongs. Then I didn’t want anything to do with them. Now, I’m back to craving them. This hits the spot today. Floral and creamy and sweet. Siiiiiiigh of happiness.
The leaves are varied shades of deep green, with a sweet yet toasted grassy aroma. There is little detail, as the leaves are very light and very flat, which is kind of a disappoint, but they are full leaves nonetheless.
Steeping brings out more of that nice sweet toasted aroma, overpowering the grassy scent, which is less of a disappointment. The brew is a nice light jade color, with pieces of leaves floating to the bottom.
I like the subtleness of the grassy flavor, appropriately pulling to the backseat, allowing the sweet toasted flavors to come through.
There isn’t really much else to this tea. It is a very toasty green tea, with subtle notes of grass, but sweet, and toasted.
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Definitely a delicious green tea and at a great price! I’m going to order more! It has a good vegetal taste and slight sweetness. I use a Japanese tea pot, 2 steep sessions.