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Long, freely twisted leaf exhaling intense sweet, honey-like aroma. The almost same aroma also pretty intense is found in a cup. The tea is very smooth, light bodied and free of adstringence. You can be very liberal when steeping this tea it’s almost impossible to be oversteeped. It is an ideal evening tea because its caffeine content is probably rather low.
I drank this earlier but can’t quite recall everything about it, except that it was maltier than other blacks and had a few raisin notes as well. It was good, but not my favourite of the Taiwan Tea Craft teas. I’ve got several cups left to play with though!
(I was tempted to order the Hong Yun from Butiki but couldn’t justify it, so that was why I chose this cup today. I imagine they would be very similiar, at least to my semi-unrefined palette!)
Well Sun Moon Lake Assam, we meet again and I am very happy about that. This really is a great black. Fruity and smooth with the faintest touch of malt. Thank you Sil for sending more of this my way. I think I will take one more cup and pass the rest on to Roswell Strange. Hopefully she also enjoys it :)
The makers of this tea did a nice job of scenting this tea. They managed to keep the rose subtle, juicy and spicy and minimised the bitterness you can sometimes get in rose teas. The rose in this tea ranges from bright citrusy tea rose to sweeter and spicier damask. The base tea underneath is soft with cream, lemon, honey and peach and pineapple notes. It is also savoury with notes of white sweet corn, green beans, sandalwood and aged cedar. This tea resteeps quite well and has an interesting and changing taste profile. The floral notes are mostly from the scenting as any in the base tea seem very subtle. It took a couple steeps for the rose to develop in flavour. My favourite steep was probably the third but I came to really appreciate this tea.
Is Mi Xian a type of tea? Or a place where tea is grown? I only ask because I can only recall having one other Mi Xian tea (Butiki’s) and I am really not a lover of either. Not that I think they are bad teas but I don’t enjoy the flavor profile as much as I have some other black teas. I find myself wanting some more malt and dessert-type notes but instead it is more flat and with a touch of fruit at the end of each sip. Nonetheless, thank you Cavocorax for sharing.
Wow is this Songboling good! I was expecting an aged taste which would be roasty and have little aftertaste but boy was I wrong. While the roasty taste was a bit strong, overall its superb. I know I’ve always had a bias against roasted oolong’s, oops!
Shipping took a while but since the teas are vacuumed sealed and shipped directly from Taiwan I had no problems with it. Its difficult to match the price/quality for this tea and I definitely recommend it to anyone!
Flavors: Char, Earth, Wood
Change of pace ad reviewing a high mountain Taiwanese Oolong tea rather than the Darjeelings I’ve been tasting and reviewing.
What I like about Oolongs is it’s more forgiving than the temperamental Darjeelings. Meaning, I eyeball the amount of tea and the amount of water. I really don’t have to measure carefully like I do with the Darjeelings
I flash rinse the Oolong tea for 5 seconds.
1st steep 20 seconds-moderate aroma very light, vegetal and fruity taste.
2nd steep 20 seconds-very grassy and vegetal taste. The fruity taste is still there but slightly overshadowed by the above two tastes.
3rd steep 20 second- very good aroma and the fruity sweet taste is really coming out. The leaves have unfurled and the sronger fuller taste and aroma of the Oolong is very very good.
4th steep 25 seconds-The tea is becoming smoother yet still retains the fruity taste
I can probably get 6 very good steeps from this Oolong with the taste giving out and becoming thinner on the 7th, 8th, and 9th steep. This is avery good tea from Taiwan Tea crafts and I have to thank them for this sample. I am always amazed at how much change the Taiwanese High Mountain teas go through between steeps and I enjoy every steep for different reasons.
Sample courtesy of my friend. When Taiwan Tea Crafts had their spring tea 15% off sale earlier this year he ordered this and the 1994 aged Oriental Beauty, while I ordered a couple of other things. He kept forgetting to give me a sample of this tea, which is maddening when the same person repeatedly tells you how good the tea was. Several months later, I get to try this tea.
The dry leaf’s aroma evokes memories of those bags of dried lavender used to scent things. That’s right, lavender. When wet, the leaves pick up scents of wild honey, grapes, and sweet spices while retaining the previously mentioned lavender. The liquor is medium-strength, with floral, sweet, and spicy notes. This is the most floral OB I’ve ever had, it’s really interesting. It just keeps tasting better and better as the number of steepings increase. It goes from orange to brown.
Is this worth $18 an ounce? Probably not. Is it amazing? Yep. If you like OB you should definitely give this a try.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Grapes, Honey, Lavender
Another BBBB tea, this one from Sil.
It’s funny, I’m just not into taiwanese teas as much as I was. I know I’ve said it before, there is this one taste, that I can’t quite place. It reminds me of coriander a little, & a little sour….I dunno. Anyway, it is, of course, in this tea as well, & although it’s not bad, it’s also not really all that appealing to me.
I’m off to run errands with mom, & BTW, today is my Mom & Dad’s 62nd wedding Anniversary!
So I wanted a TTC tea and it was either one that I had lots of, or this one to finish it up and I went for the sipdown. I know I like it and that I want more. It’s on my shopping list. I can savor the rest and say goodbye for now. :)
Today I’m tasting cinnamon and warm baked bread with honey. OMG. YES.
Thanks again Terri and Sil for passing this on from your split order!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Honey
I drank this first thing in the morning, and I’m enjoying the resteep of it now. It’s just so good. I’m tasting honeyed notes, and juicy fruits, and this tea is just so smooth and easy to drink. Even AFTER I sorta oversteeped this round by double what it should have been!
I worry sometimes about rating a tea to make sure that I know which ones to buy but really that’s a little dumb. I think anything I rate over 85 is guaranteed to make me happy and if I chose this tea over another TTC tea in an eventual order, it doesn’t mean I made the wrong choice. Not when they are ALL good choices. So, I’m just going to chill and focus on that.
A lovely tea, whose dry leaves smell of sweet tobacco, aged wood, and crushed chestnut leaves in the fall. The taste is mild (for an Assam), sweet, and smooth. Although this is a fine tea (even after 2 years from harvest), I enjoyed the smell of the dry leaves more than the taste of the liquor!
First infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz water, 90 deg., 1:30 min.
Second infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 5:00 min.
Third infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00+ min.
Thank you Sil for sharing this one with me!
I’m really enjoying this as I sit in the office, blasiting this Angry Females playlist from 8tracks: http://8tracks.com/lifeofshi/angry-females-pump-up BOOM! Get stuff done!
So this tea is not roasty like I would have expected from ‘baked’ in the description. It’s green and fresh. Grassy? Also a little sweet. Yay! Thank you!
Thank you for sharing Cavocorax!! This tea is nice and fruity but there is a hint of something metallic in the cup that I am not loving. Moreover, I think I underleafed this which could be why I am experiencing a strange mix of flavors. Thankfully I have more leaf in the generous sample so I can try again.
Another sample from Terri HarpLady – thank you
5g 100ml gaiwan 200F
Thick waivy black leaves. Nice deep flavor. It’s not that sweetness that I associate with Taiwanese blacks. It has more Assam profile. While it’s not my favorite, I’m very happy that I tried it.
Thank you Terri !