I enjoyed this. I should say, that by and large I’m not a fan of green teas. I’ve ordered a bunch, thinking my tastes in tea might have been refined a bit after a year of drinking fine loose leaf teas. I do like Hojicha, but that’s an atypical green tea, being roasted. I hated the Sencha and Dragonwell I’d tried, which I thought tasted like water in which spinach had been boiled. This particular Clouds and Mist, there is a slightly grassy note, but it’s subtle. It’s a light, refreshing tea, if one perhaps with a little less character than I’d like. My aunt did like this one far more than the Anhui Yellow Flower we had yesterday. For that matter, so do I. (And having now tried the other Green Teas in our order this beat Pi Lo Chun, a Darjeeling Green and Chun Mee.)
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This puerh is a sheng style, or uncooked tea. The leaves are twisted and with a brownish green hue. The dry leaf has smokey aroma with hints of leather and “forest”. Puerh tea has an unmistakable and hard describe flavor I sometimes think of as “dank”, like the smell of exploring an old barn or a slightly damp basement.
I rinsed the tea and for the first infusion I used about 4 grams of tea with about 3.5 oz of water at 200F, and brewed for about 2 minutes. I rarely am exact with tea…I think that is part of the fun.
FIRST STEEP: The leaves opened up immediately, producing a deep amber liquor, somethig similiar to a darker oolong like Red Robe or Oriental Beauty. Like the dry leaf, the first steep had dominant notes of leather, dry smoke (think fall leaf burning in the countryside), a lingering dry/grassy sweetness and a touch of minerality (like you put a pebble in your mouth!). If you like smokey scotch, you will appreciate this tea. I happen to love Scotch…
Steep time on second infusion was about a minute.
SECOND STEEP: After steep 2, the leaves are almost completely open showing their slightly reddened edges. The dominant aroma continues to be smoke. The subtle sweetness has backed off and the “dry” flavor has become more dominant. The slight astringency is on par with a fairly dry red wine. Still a nice herbaceous (think vegetal) after taste.
THIRD STEEP: Less dry, slightly more sweet.
FOURTH STEEP: all flavors have diminished, but a sweetness continues to develop. Interesting!
Nice tea, especially for multiple steeps in the Gaiwan. Lots of dry, smokey flavors reminiscent of autumn. Not the most complex tea in terms of it developing over subsequent steeps, but a nice tea non the less.
Music listened to while tasting: Keith Jarrett “Live at the Blue Note”
I absolutely love this tea! I highly recommend it.
At first I wasn’t too impressed with this tea, especially when I compared it to Silk Road Teas delicious Darjeeling. I’m fairly new to tea.
But after having it a few more times, I’ve fallen in love with it. It’s very complex and musical, with hints of grapefruit and smoke. It’s like Jazz on the tip of your tongue. It’s also very good iced with some raw honey and lemon.
Very nice full bodied black tea.
I’m a recent convert from coffe, and finding a green tea that I love has proven difficult. But now I’ve found one. This tea is excellent! Lovely fragrant and grassy notes, with a clean finish. Excellent everyday green.
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A review of House Green by Tea Source
Company: Tea Source
Tea Name: House Green
Tea Type/Varietal: Green
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ loose leaf
Liquor Color: light green
Leaf Characteristics: leaves are fuller when steep and smells very green/broccoli like; so very yummy aroma.
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes
I am enjoying sampling of these green teas and this is by far the best of the teas that I have sampled. After steeping the tea for a few minutes the tea’s aroma is so green and yummy/veggie like of steam broccoli. Tea’s color is lightly green and when I sip of the tea it is very nice and cleanly refreshing.
I don’t find it to be astringent but good for me kind of tea. So I sip and sip until done and fix myself another cup of the tea using same tea leaves.
Water temperature: 195 Fahrenheit
Time: 2 minutes
Note: With this next steep tea is very mild and again I must say there does not seem to be any astringency. It is a freshly aromatic tea smelling very much of greens and pleasantly sweet aroma. Overall this tea is smooth, cleanly with no after taste. I find that I like this tea best in what I have sampled to date. Thank you to the folks at An International Tea Moment for sending me these samples to enjoy and experience.
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea!
This is tasty. The strawberry flavor is a bit lighter than I expected it to be, and the pepper isn’t a strong taste either, but it is just enough to bring out the strawberry notes just a little. It’s tasty, not my favorite strawberry tea but it’s nice.
Kenny Rogers Buried Treasure…haven’t heard this one in YEARS.
I actually forgot about it to tell you the truth.
I was pleasantly surprised with this one! Meghann M sent it to me and I am so grateful! This has a medium black tea base with just enough berry notes to liven-it-up! The peppercorns had be concerned but they work well…there isn’t much pepper flavor but just enough to add a little zing to the berries! Very nice!
This is my favorite; hot or iced
Excellent iced tea. I like to brew it overnight in the fridge. Tea Source gives full description on how to. Easy, full bodied and great with a squeeze of lemon.
Thanks to MeghannM I had the opportunity to sample this tea. The black tea looks promising with the dried berries and the peppercorns, but there was not much of an aroma. I guess that unless the peppercorns are at least somewhat broken, they may be there only for decorative effect or to provide the smallest nuance of flavour.
The brewed tea is another example of what I would call a “pleasant” tea. A “pleasant” tea is certainly better than the average tea-bag but does not really stand out as a memorable experience. This tea certainly has some berry taste and perhaps a shade of piquancy but it’s no better than adequate. The more I drink tea, the more I realize that there’s no reason to settle for adequate when there are so many exceptional teas out there.
This might be worthy of a try for fans of strawberry for an afternoon refreshment.