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This is first tea I rate at a 100 because it’s just that darn good.
Dry leaves are ranging from dark green to pale green color, snail like in form, very fuzzy, in fact the whole tin is covered in pollen like substance from it. The leaves look very gentle. Dry leaves smell fresh, little grassy and flowery.
Steeped it’s of very pale yellow color, it smells and tastes nutty and creamy and it’s very mellow. It’s a gentle green tea with no bitterness at all.
It was somewhat pricey, I can’t find any information on it on Google (seems like the name is just a literal translation from Chinese, maybe this sort goes by other name) and the fact that it’s so covered in mystery only makes it that much better.
I find this tea has a bologna after taste. It’s not really bad, just a little unusual. I guess it just has the same type of spice flavor, hence the simile.
I am not a big fan of dry tuocha smell, it smells overpoweringly like rice, but when it’s steeped it actually turns out to be a pretty yummy sheng puerh. It’s quite astringent and can get quite bitter if you oversteep it, but otherwise it’s pretty mellow bold tea. It seems to pack quite a punch as well, any time I drink it I get plenty a rush.
One thing I noticed that after steeping one tuocha literally only three times in my travel container it still smells like it after I have at least 4 other teas in it. It’s a peculiar experience, I don’t particularly like the smell of tea, but it tastes good to me. I am definitely interested in flavored puerhs now, so I’ll give this tea that, it awakened my curiosity beyond straight pu-erhs.
It’s very milky actually, it is slightly more bitter than your usual milk oolong, but possibly just as creamy.
Dry leaves smell very grassy with a very slight flowery accent. When steeped the flower smell becomes very prominent both in aroma and in taste. Liquor is of lightest golden color. Tea is very light and mellow, no bitterness comes out even after a generous amount of leaves with a longer steeping time. Has a long lasting flowery aftertaste. Reminds me of tulips.
Dry leaves smell more like milk candy than straight cream (compared to Tea Emporiums milk oolong I tried).
When leaves are steeped I find the milky smell gets lost, it smells more like straight oolong, the liquor still keeps the creamy smell.
Taste is rich, very creamy and bold with definitive oolong profile. It even has plenty of bitterness you’d get from high mountain oolong or tie guan yin steeped for longer time. In fact the tea tastes much like high mountain oolong. Interesting thing I find about this tea is the fact that it literally has milk aftertaste, sort of lactose feeling even.
Manager of Tea Dynasty assured me that it’s not flavor infused. I am no expert by any means but it seems true, since even in comparison with Tea Emporium tea tastes creamy, not so much milky and it has a strong oolong flavor. Also the milky notes are closer to green tea nuttiness than milk in flavor. Sort of milder version of dragon well nuttiness, that isn’t as nutty therefore comes off as creaminess instead.
I am much happier with this tea in comparison to Tea Emporium as I was lacking flavor in the latter a whole lot, it was too mild. This tea is creamy yet still bold.
An extremely smooth and earthy pu-erh almost creamy even. It has bitterness that is associated with pu-erhs but it’s never overpowering, just stays as a pleasant aftertaste. I can also detect some slight starchiness.
It has a very deep ruby brown color, yet extremely clear, with summer forest after rain smell. What I mean by that is sort of dusty fresh leaves on the ground just when the rain starts type of smell.
Resteeps well, in gaiwan it keeps it’s taste for 10+ infusions, in the pot I steep it for about 3 times getting flavor all the way through.
I have tried this tea several times before I finally got courage to review it. Without further ado I certainly must say I like this tea a whole lot.
Dry tea has a beautiful cigar color with a toasty smell. Brew tastes smoky, creamy, grassy and malty with notes of dark honey and buckwheat. It’s slightly sweet and bitter at the same time.
I’ve tried this tea in gaiwan with quick infusions and steeped in the pot, I just can’t seem to find a way to screw it, it comes out delicious no matter what. Steeping it a bit longer really makes it flavorful while in comparison later infusions taste fresh and grassy.
Steeped this tea has slightly smokey characteristic oolong aroma, very gentle and pleasant. Liquor has a fresh grassy taste which immediately turns into a complex aftertaste, with familiar smokiness from smelling the tea. There is a slight bitterness that stays in the mouth. Cup smells like a very high quality brown sugar or honey based on different infusions. Color of the infusion is a very deep gold, I could get about 6-8 very flavorful infusions (gaiwan) from it with last ones being only grassier and fresher than earlier ones. Flavor stays very strong throughout all infusions. Definitely a tea I’d recommend.