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I received this in a swap from Tommy the Toad ! I think this was the tea that I received? I am not sure, but it is a 2006 ripe Dayi puerh. I’m not experienced in the realm of Pu-erh at all, so I just asked to try any tea! This was was great! It was ripe! I can’t tell differences, but there was something “minty” and refreshing about this tea. I steeped it 7 times, and I know I could have done more! There is a nice scent to this tea. It is earthy and fresh, but in a good way. I was pleasantly surprised! I can’t wait to try another piece.
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.
Another spectacular Oolong tea from Tea Valley. But then, of the teas that I’ve tried from them, I’ve not been disappointed.
This is a very pleasing Da Hong Pao with a nice complexity. It is fairly mellow compared to some Da Hong Pao I’ve encountered, but it still has the distinct smoky sweetness, deep tones of wood and fruit, contrasted by hints of sour.
This tasted like a typical, good quality jasmine. Maybe not as good as a jasmine pearl, but delicious nonetheless!
Be careful not to steep too long; the 2nd steeping I also did for 1 minute, but used less water, and it was just a bit bitter. I enjoyed it still, but it IS delicate.
I’m glad to have some of this in my cupboard. Next time I’ll have to get the pearls and see how that compares.
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: 500ml 175°F filtered water
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Dry Leaf Smell: very strong jasmine floral
Steeped Tea Smell: jasmine flowers
Aftertaste: vegetal, a little bitter
Liquor: translucent yellow-green
The tea arrived in an adorable tin with see through top, since I keep my teas away from the light I like preview windows. The packaging had the tea hand written on the side, but the handwriting was neat and easy to read so I did not mind at all. Overall adorable packaging.
I think i needed to increase the pearls and cut back on the time? The tea was airy and light, like smelling jasmine with your tongue, but with a bitter after taste I did not appreciate. I failed to follow directions and do 2 minutes for the steep as it seemed too light at two minutes, but I now know this is meant to be a light tea since it was not bitter then.
Resteep: 6 minutes, stronger floral taste, but also a stronger bitter after taste, perhaps next time a pinch of sugar?
Disclaimer: I received this tea for free from The Tea Valley Company in exchange for reviewing their website.
The smell of the loose leaf was very pleasant, sweet, and a little floral.
I brewed around 2 oz water to 1 rounded tsp (mabye a bit more) at near boiling for 30 seconds, increasing each steep by 15 seconds each time.
The first infusion was slightly vegetal (it did have a slight sencha-like vegetal taste), but this was quickly overpowered by the nutty, stir-fry-like chestnut flavor. It was quite a unique taste, and when I imagine how “Chinese” tastes (Chinese anything!), it is THIS flavor. It was really good, and if it ended at that it might have weirded me out, since it wasn’t like any tea I’ve had before.
However, the underlying flavor was such a pleasant, rounded sweetness. It wasn’t sharply sweet like the shinchas I’ve had (sugary), but smooth sweet, like a piece of fruit that is just barely ripe, or flowers. It was very pleasant.
This sweetness became more pronounced with each steeping as well.
Each time I poured the pot into the cup, a really pleasant aroma rose up from the tea as well. This was my first experience with Dragon Well (Long Jing), at least that I know of, and it was a good one. Glad I have more than a sample of this!
Everytime I drink Chrysanthemum tea, it brings back memories of the 3 months that I lived in Hong Kong.
Instead of being able to buy canned soda in machines there (it is available, but not overly abundant like here in the US), you could buy sweetened lemon black tea or chrysanthemum tea in a box (like the juice boxes with the attached mini straw you can get here that’s marketed for kids).
I can’t remember drinking loose leaf chrysanthemum tea, at least, not in a home. I’m sure I drank it in dim sum restaurants. Because of that, when I drank this today, I simply thought, ‘Yep, this is chrysanthemum’ — nothing surprising.
However, it is still really good, really unique. Flowery, honey, very sweet. A pleasing yellow liquor. It’s nice to have this in lieu of the ever present, ever popular chamomile, as it seems very similar in type, but wholly other in taste.
I recommend the tea, but I do have one minor qualm — while I like the tin it came in, the lid is clear (which, is cool in because you can see the loose leaf through it), and therefore lets a lot more light in, but more problematic is that the lid doesn’t snap shut. If it were to turn over, I’m afraid it could come off. Not that I fear the tin turning over, but it simply means it isn’t a strongly sealing lid.
I don’t know if it would be prohibitively expensive for Tea Valley to get tins that had lids that snap tight and keep out all air, but that would definitely feel higher quality and help the tea to last longer.
Other than that, it had the the kinds of flavors were what I expected, but actually, they tasted better!
First, “Thank you” Tea Valley for sending me a sample of this georgeous tea!
I had this review posted in the wrong place. I am reposted to keep this centrally located. Sorry about the error.
I truly loved the simplicity of this tea. It is strange but although it is complex in that it is slightly sweet, a bit earthy, vegatal, with a mild roasted finish. It is simple because all the flavors are perfectly balanced and creates a delicious flavor all on it’s own. I truly enjoyed this tea and feel everyone should try it at least once. It is one of those teas that can be enjoyed every now and again as a treat. Like a fine wine it must be had on special occasions or when you just need the world to stop for a brief moment of peace. A great tea indeed!
Today, I am taking some “me” time and enjoying some Oolong – I even got out my gaiwan! This is an absolutely extraordinary Oolong. The flavor is sweet, the texture is smooth, the aroma is heavenly, everything is simply PERFECT.
There is only ONE other Oolong that comes close to this – and that is Ali Shan.
Well, I’m no Pu-erh Pro but…
I’m not fond of the scent – but – I am grateful that it’s slight and not intense.
The major PLUS for me – is the TASTE of this Pu-erh! I am surprised, shocked, and excited that this is a completely do-able Pu-erh for me! I haven’t had much luck in the past but I must say – this is IT folks! This is pretty darned good!
It’s smoother and sweeter than any pu-erh I have ever had. It’s woodsy but not overly so. There’s a certain cocoa-likeness to it…like cocoa powder almost…not really sugary-sweet or milk chocolate but maybe the natural bitterness to it perhaps.
I can’t express how pleasantly surprised at this I am! I found a Pu-erh winner folks!
This one wanted to start smelling like Chamomile and switching gears into something much more pleasing to my nose! YAY!
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one…after all I am looking at the dry mix and bye-golly…I’m going to drink flower buds! So…maybe I was thinking it was going to taste flower…maybe more like bitter flowers like rose or marigold or something but that wasn’t the case…
Honey-like sweetness is right! This is a pure delight! A lovely-sweet and almost honey-like after taste but more buttery, or slippery than others I have thought to be honey-like??? Perhaps. Maybe Buttery-Popcorn covered in honey!?! Not sure…but there is something more to the aftertaste than just honey-sweetness and sweet-floral notes and I just think it’s darling!
This is my very first tea from Tea Valley and I am very excited! :)
This smells a little sweet and a little smoky and woodsy.
It’s a very nice light brownish-yellow.
The taste is very nice, too! A sweet-woodsy type flavor. It has a mysterious malty-ness to it even.
As it cools for a minute or two…it seems to get sweeter and even BETTER than it was before…it seems with each sip it gets better and better.
This is a great Oolong!
Oh this is lovely! The flavor is smooth, sweet and nutty. It has a nice buttery flavor to it. I am also getting that light floral note in the finish – it’s very delicate, but very pleasant.
I just realized that I steeped this too long (should only steep for 30 seconds for the first infusion), but, it is not at all bitter. The next time I brew it I will have to try it at 30 seconds and see what comes of it. As it is, I really like it when I brew it for a minute and a half.
My order arrived a couple of days ago but I finally got a chance to sit down and give this tea a try. The fragrance is very “creamy” even though that is probably not the right word to describe it. I was taken off guard by this tea’s strong notes. The wheat-like flavor was very delicious. I like the fact that it doesn’t have a lot of the bitterness and astringency that some of the other bi lou chun have. I can still taste the sweet aftertaste even though its been well beyond 5 mins since my last cup. High marks all-and-all. Be warned though that this is not a light flavor green tea.