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Teeny Tiny TTB!!
Ahhh I got the box today and it’s such a teeny little box but ALL THE TEAS INSIDE WOW THERE’S SO MANY.
I wanna try them all but there’s a TON and I know I won’t be able to.
I’m weighing out my tea. Using the smallest teacup I have, just a wee gram of each tea just to taste it and I’m taking what I want, and replacing it with one of my own.
First tea out of the box that I tried was this! Sadly, a lot of the teas smell similar since it’s such a teeny little thing, so I couldn’t really smell this tea, but steeping it, it smells so much nicer than the spice that I was getting earlier. A nice, bright oolong, and it tastes great as well. Not too strong, not too weak. A lovely tea and one I’ll definitely keep for myself hehe :)
An excellent Milk Oolong. Sweet, creamy, and delectable – just like you expect from a Milk Oolong. One of the better Milk Oolong teas that I’ve tasted.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/23/lishan-hong-xiang-milk-oolong-tea-t-oolong-tea/
From the LiberTEAS sampler I bought a while back
This is a truly delightful tea…it smells earthy and calm; one taste in and there are all these brown and woodsy notes with a great silky mouthfeel that just makes it a pleasure to drink.
Flavour-wise I pick up on some molasses-sweet notes (enhanced by the tsp of honey I poured in, I’m sure) on top of a set of flavours that make me think of stacks of seasoned firewood and the loamy smell of leaves in the forest in the fall. I grew up in Appalachia, so this is an amazingly comforting taste that hearkens back to childhood days spent on the mountain.
Overall, though, this tea is very…brown, in an earthy (and quite good) way. I’d drink it again, maybe with a little milk or something next time – I’d like to see the different permutations of this flavour profile.
I love LiShan Oolong tea, and T-Oolong Tea has always been impressive with its quality Oolong teas. This one is spectacular!
Sweet, exotic tasting flower with hints of fruit in the background. The floral notes of this tea are profound. A buttery tone to this as well. Vegetative notes with a creamy element.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/11/30/lishan-tian-fu-oolong-tea-t-oolong-tea/
Notes of roasted nut, charcoal, and hints of sweet fruit come through in the first infusions. The flavor intensifies with subsequent infusions, and it becomes very deliciously roasty-toasty. I also notice creamy/buttery notes, and because of the toasty flavors, it almost tastes of browned butter. Sweet stone fruit notes.
Later infusions bring out a mineral-y sort of flavor, but it doesn’t really overwhelm the cup, there are just those notes off in the background. Mostly this tea is sweet with it’s fruity flavors, and delicious roasted nut flavors. Nice.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/11/02/muzha-tikuanyin-oolong-tea-from-t-oolong-tea/
another sipdown for the day….there’s hope of getting back to where i started on friday i think? the aroma of this one is malty and cocoa-ey. drinking this one, it’s your typical roasty, dark oolong. There’s none of that flavour that i dislike from roasty oolongs. I think i’ll enjoy the other steepings of this one as well.
An aroma of sweet molasses … evoking thoughts of my gramma’s kitchen when she’d bake a pecan pie. Not so much with the pecans, but, with the sweet molasses-y filling of the pie. YUM!
Fruit tones of nectarine and plum are accented with a honey-esque sweetness. There is a lot of sweetness to this cup, but there is also a welcome note of sour that offers the palate something different to taste.
A nice Oolong to spend an afternoon with … infusion after infusion … I get so much delightful flavor from this tea.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/06/10/honey-beauty-oolong-tea-from-t-oolong-tea/
A really, really nice Oriental Beauty Oolong. Sweet, deliciously fruity and a delightfully complex cuppa. I notice notes of plum (complete with a sweet and sour note), earthy, woody, and a hint of smokiness.
The flavors develop here as I continue to steep the leaves, so put this tea through its paces. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/23/hsin-chu-oriental-beauty-oolong-3-from-t-oolong-tea/
sipdown! i brewed this one alongside the other honey oolong from this company to be able to compare them in actuality rather than from memory… THIS ONE WINS. oh man…this has got the sweetness of the other one but there really is this caramely taste that accompanies this one. I actually would consider putting this in my cupboard… no idea how hard it is to get these teas here but i’ll have to look into it. thank you nofars and terri! yum!
Yesterday afternoon I thoroughly enjoyed this oolong, sent to me by NofarS. Thanks so much!
I steeped 4oz in my green oolong gaiwan, which is a lower wider gaiwan & it nice for giving the leaves room to open. The dry tea is super dark green nuggets, some almost black. There is a vaguely floral & vegetal aroma, so I was thinking this would be a floral tasting green.
My formula: 4 oz of tea – short steeps in rounds of 3 – pour the first one into a cup, & combine the 2nd & 3rd into a pitcher. This works nicely for me on most gongfu style teas, as I can’t just stand over the stove forever. This way I can brew some tea, go sit & teach, or whatever.
The first round: 4/6/8 seconds – Not floral at all! The taste was a little bready, light a mild sourdough, but not actually sour.
2nd round: 10/12/14 – the first cup was a little salty, but then the tea in the pitcher had a real nice sweetness to it, like honey drizzled over sourdough, but not really the flavor of honey, just a sweet taste.
3rd: 16/18/20 Still sourdough bread, only actually a little sour now, & still sweet. Also, at this point a floral hint started rising.
I think I did another round, but didn’t take notes.
And it’s a sipdown!
You can tell that this oolong is deeply roasted by looked at the color of the leaves that are tightly-rolled. It may be the darkest I have seen thus far! Once infused the aroma really magnifies! It has a charcoal and mushroomy type aroma paired with a cross between an oolong and a green.
The flavor of this is very clean for a roasted/toasted oolong. It has a deep and rich flavor. It’s a bit charcoally but also a little reminiscent of cocoa, too. This is very unusual but in a fascinating way!
Totally YUMMY and totally unique! EXCELLENT craftsmanship!
Very tasty! A balance of creamy, sweet, and brothy flavors, slightly citrusy.
Sorry to everyone waiting on the Traveling Teabox, I packed it up to mail it last Friday, but I realized I didn’t have Yappy’s address… I guess I forgot to get it after the change in shipping order
Brewed it Western style tonight, and lovely peachy flavors emerged – with the perfume flavor taking a back seat. This tea’s silky smoothness is addictive, and I have a feeling that it will cold brew well. I don’t enjoy vegetal or perfumed teas, but this tea surprised me by avoiding both these notes. It is a delicate tea, and using boiling water or oversteeping it will get you a bitter and unpleasant brew, but if you hit its sweet spot – you are in for a treat of a tea
Full review tomorrow – April 8th on http://sororiteasisters.com/ So I have taken my first sip and oh my goodness, this is delicious! As I taste fruity notes, smokiness, and mineral notes. There is a wonderful sweetness to this tea, a brown sugar or German rock sugar sweetness, somewhere in between the two. I am not getting as deep of a sweetness of a brown sugar, but there is something a little more to it, like a caramel perhaps.
I also get a lovely white flower note as well as a green note, but not green like vegetal, more green like greens themselves, almost like dandelion leaves.
This tea is a must try for anyone who loves oolongs, especially darker roasted oolong tea.
This tea is a traditionally roasted tiguanyin, even though it’s from Taiwan. The dry leaves are dark, tightly balled and have a musky, milky smell. The tea brews a pale gold, silky and oily, with a great depth and complexity of flavour. I will need some more time with this tea before I can nail down all of its flavours, but I can say at this point that there’s no vegetal taste to this tea, and that it starts out with a note of perfume (not an unpleasant one) and floral, with a nectary sweetness, and a lingering sweet aftertaste. There is no astringency to this tea, and I don’t think that it will take milk well, although its likely that adding sugar will take the edge off the perfume of this tea. The second brew is better than the first, but you should take care not to overbrew this tea – it grows bitter quite quickly.
This tea is currently on sale, and is reasonably priced. It’s a very unique tiguanyin, that I think is worth tasting.
I received this as a free sample from T-oolongtea in my first order from them. It’s a very unique and complex black tea – one that makes you sit up and pay attention. It’s very light and fragrant, and reminds me more of oolongs than of black teas, but it lacks the vegetal or mineral taste of oolongs. There are pronounced honey notes and a lingering very felt dryness in the tea that is not unpleasant. A tea for thinking with, and a conversation starter that is good for multiple infusions.