Teahouse Kuan Yin

Recent Tasting Notes

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Backlog:

Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of these pearls. I do love pearls. This is a really fine offering.

I love that it’s organic. I love the sweet scent and flavor of the jasmine. Here’s my full-length review of this lovely jasmine pearl tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/22/organic-jasmine-pearl-scented-green-tea-from-teahouse-kuan-yin/

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I have to agree with TeaEqualsBliss (who sent me some of this tea – thanks!) … this does smell like buttered squash. It’s really a mouthwatering smell. It’s been a while since I’ve roasted a squash and the smell of this and my taste buds reaction to the scent is telling me I’d better add a winter squash to the grocery list.

The flavor is delightfully complex. I taste buttery, creamy notes, hints of butternut squash and roasted chestnuts. Sweet floral notes – orchid? Perhaps … A very light astringency to this one, it leaves the palate feeling clean and invigorated. But mostly what I taste with this tea is the buttery tones. It’s a sweet … almost browned butter kind of taste. Savory yet sweet and very yummy.

A really good Oolong.

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Just realized I haven’t sent this one to Liberteas yet either! Eeeeeek! Well, it’s officially going into your next box! But I have to have one small cup before doing so :)

Azzrian

LOL Dong Ding is a hard one to part with! Thus far my favorite Oolong.

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I thought I sent some to Liberteas but now I am thinking I didn;t! eeeeek…it’s coming your way, girl!

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I purchased a few ounces of this from Tea House Kuan Yin and it is really good. Their note about the brewing temperature is worth paying attention to. I have been brewing at 180º for two minute and it has been coming out great. The flavor and aroma is excellent, just as stated above.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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backlogging – still pretty awesome. Earthy and misty-like. YUM!

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The one pot of assam wasn’t enough for this sleepy grad student, so I ordered a jin xuan – the “nantou dawn”. The first steep was UNBELIEVABLE – it was so sweet and buttery. After I deplete my home stash of various milky oolong, I’m totally stocking up on this as my at-home-jin-xuan.

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I headed to Teahouse Kuan Yin to get some studying done. I started my study session with a pot of this assam that caught my eye because it was on the limited edition teas list. It was recommended to be taken without milk, but I need a bit of whole milk with my afternoon black tea. There wasn’t anything that really stood out to me compared to other assams that I have had, but it did help me get over my afternoon slump.

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A lovely Silver Needle – crisp and light. A delicate sweetness.

So relaxing!

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SIPDOWN and BACKLOGGING

I’m going to miss this one…it was FAB

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A nice, solid Jasmine Pearl – and it’s ORGANIC! YAY! AND…it doesn’t leave a funky aftertaste! It’s highly scented, too!

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backlogging…see other review…

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drank Bi Luo Chun by Teahouse Kuan Yin
4366 tasting notes

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending this my way!

I recently learned that Teahouse Kuan Yin is in Seattle – I think I may just have to go there and check them out someday soon!

This is very lovely. A very nice buttery flavor to it. Smooth and rich. SWEET! Oh-so-pleasant.

I’m just going to sit here and not say anything more… it might ruin the moment!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec
The Tea Valley Company

Bi Luo Chun certainly caught me off guard the first time I drank it because the flavor was so distinct and powerful; it is not something you expect from a light color green tea.

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drank Bi Luo Chun by Teahouse Kuan Yin
911 tasting notes

This one is another sample from TeaEqualsBliss (which I keep typing as TeaEqualsBills – a subconscious adjustment perhaps?) The scent is a lot like Rishi’s Jade Cloud and there’s a lot of similarity in the taste, too. But this is smoother and has a much prettier taste. There’s something sort of expansive about the taste – it feels very full and relaxing. Chinese greens aren’t really my favorite type of tea but this one is very tasty!
3.6g/7oz

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
AmazonV

haha, tea does equal bills :)

Stephanie

lol!! I like that! “TeaEqualsBills” exactly!

Batrachoid

Tea certainly clocks in as the most expensive part of my food bills, at least. _;

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Pale but pleasant.

Smells a little like raw/fresh Cucumbers and Raw/Fresh Green Peppers…bit just a little.

Tastes like your average Silver Needle. Pretty Good.

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Sweet, buttery, and nutty! This is super yummy!
I can totally see why this one is labeled “Competition” grade!

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Plain and simple? This smells JUST LIKE buttered Summer Squash. YUM. I can smell a very little bit of floral note underneath as well.

The color isn’t very surprising or out of the ordinary…it’s a typical looking oolong.

The taste is quite flavorful. And you get the taste right away! You don’t have to wait for it like some oolongs. It’s very food-like…veggies…buttery…a hint of peppery-nuttiness.

I haven’t tasted many – if any – oolong quite like this. I like it! It’s GOOD to be different!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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This is unlike any Yunnan I have ever tried! I like it when teas are different! It’s roasty and toasty but also smells like a manly cologne almost. It tastes sweet and creamy and there is a toasty earthiness to the taste too!

Altho it’s been YEARS since I have had Marshmellows (I’m a vegetarian and they are NOT vegetarian) – from what I remember of the actual taste of them and by what I read in the company’s description of the roasted marshmellow notes – I guess I can side with that description as well…I can sort of see what they are saying there.

This is a pretty good one! Sooooo glad I was able to try it!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Oh yes! I know they DO have Vegan Marshmellows – just haven’t tried them yet! LOL – I LOVE that website…just haven’t been able to order from it YET…thanks!!!!

Kristin

You need to find these: http://www.dandiescandies.com/

They are excellent!

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Preparation
Boiling

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Tastes like mint tea, more or less.

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Teahouse Kuan Yin identifies this tea as a green tea, but it looks and tastes like a white tea, with the delicate white hairs typical of other white teas. It is a nice, refreshing and delicate tea, good to start the day with.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

The only snow bud I’m familiar w/ is white tea.

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drank Bi Lu Chun by Teahouse Kuan Yin
89 tasting notes

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drank Bai Hao by Teahouse Kuan Yin
22 tasting notes

This tea is quite smooth. It smelled almost caramel-y while brewing.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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What can I say about Ginseng Oolong? Great alternative to coffee when you need a break- great synergy with coffee, as well, cause it keeps the shakes away.

Not to mention that a little of this before any night on the town drinking will stave off hangovers.

Usually get 7 infusions, which leads me to keep infusion 1, 3, 5 and 7 set aside in a jug for the fridge for ice tea, while I drink 2, 4, 6.

Not to mention 7 soaks with some flying saucers mixed in makes a great Saturday night…

~paganbuddha

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