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Ugh, so apparently this is a Pu’erh blend as well?!? are ALL Yunnan’s like that? I thought it was a region, not a type of tea :(
Well it’s better than the one I had yesterday, possibly because I added milk, and when that wasn’t enough, some cream. and about triple the amount of agave I normally add, and I can still barely taste it- agave is potent stuff! apparently yunnan doesn’t take to sweeteners very nicely.
I had planned to share this with a friend, but it looks like I need to find another one to do that with because I don’t see anyone except pu’erh fans loving it…
That said, are there any steepsterites interested in a swap on this one? heck, forget the swap, I’ll just send it to you!
Now, about the flavours… it’s earthy, but not as much as other pu’erhs so perhaps that’s why it isn’t listed as such. The other notes remind me of a plain black tea, with a mild malty flavour. Call it an orange pekoe/pu’erh blend.
It smells earthy to, which I think is half of what turns me off. The other half emerges at that point where you’re about to swallow, that’s when I taste the earthy oddness. I wouldn’t say it’s unpleasant… more like my taste buds don’t know what to make of it.
Anyone ever tried a Bentonite cleanse? like that only a whole lot less intense.
Oh my goodness, I just realized that’s what it reminds me of!! ok now it’s not so bad. There is something comforting in recognizing it. Still, I’m offloading it to any takers…
I passed by the store today, but I only had a few minutes. The sales associate was really knowledgeable! I intended to stay for 2 min, but ended up there atleast ten… making me late *sighs
Anyhow, he let me try a sample of the Grade A dragonwell, and oh boy it was GOOD!! there are very few green teas that will make me swoon, but I will sing this tea’s praises any day.
I think it was the pan-fried part that was so tasty. Roasted teas usually appeal to me. Too bad it was so darn expensive, sheesh!
This nutty, roasty, mild, incredibly smooth brew(among the many others they have) could cause me serious financial woes. I hope there is no such thing as tea rehab, or else I could be in trouble.
oh and the best part, the normal scratchy sensation I get from so many green teas? well I felt the mildest suggestion of it after a few sips, but it was maybe 5% of the scratchiness I get in many jasmine/greens. One day I’ll retire and open up a tea shop somewhere in the city… or maybe just befriend a tea shop owner. Yes, that is the better idea I think!
EDIT: After thinking about it, I really shouldn’t even think about buying a tea like this without a proper gaiwan, but then I have no room in my place to keep one. Perhaps when I move I can have a corner dedicated to tea and a gaiwan (before I meet that tea shop owner, of course)
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 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.
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.