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Matcha/Green TTB #2
Dang, this is a really dark matcha! I took this one out because of the color of it :)
This actually whisked really easy, maybe because it is a 2-go matcha? I don’t know, I didn’t read anything about this so I am unsure if it is one that is to be put in a canister and shaken or not.
Either way, this was nice brisk sip down down. I had to rewhisk this one though which was fun because the bottom was even darker than the matcha!
This one left a dry mouth feel that continued to my throat which I am not a fan of.
This is a fine, fine tea. It requires a load of leaf, and very, carefully cool water. Water that is too hot will scare off the flavor. Light, crisp, sweet, the flavor really grows on you after the first steep (or should). I enjoy the creamy honey sweetness. I think it plays on the grassy taste of the white tea.
Flavors: Creamy, Dry Grass, Floral, Honey, Summer, Wheat
A fresh, sweet and tangy pearl. This tea is very sensational, yet it is soft and temperamental. The jasmine scent is wonderful and satisfying! The taste is somewhat creamy and lemony.
Use very little leaf, a small amount of water, very low temperature, and shorter steep times (after pearls have began to unfurl and release their flavor).
Beware of bitterness. Don’t use too many pearls, or steep for very long. Also, it is important not to burn or overcook these sensitive leaves.
Flavors: Astringent, Creamy, Cucumber, Floral, Jasmine, Lemon, Sweet, Tangy
This was a delicious, satisfying yellow tea for all its affordability. Crisp, sweet, mellow but pungent! A fine yellow tea. I would insist on a temperature no higher than 170. 160 is probably safer for the first steep. This delicate yellow tea requires very low temperature and a short 5-10 second initial steep, using a generous portion of leaf (filling half of cup or gaiwan). Too hot water, or not enough leaf, and the infusion will lack the sweet, pungent flavor and take on more vegetal and astringent tastes.
Flavors: Creamy, Honey, Melon, Nutty, Rainforest, Summer, Sweet, warm grass
I wish I had grabbed more of this during my last tea haul from TeaLyra (TeaLux in Canada, TeaLyra in the US). While I’ve been craving sweets like CRAZY, I’ve not been feeling up to super sweet teas. This naturally fragrant oolong fulfills my craving just enough. Although the big box of cookies helped too.
The strawberry note in this is quite subtle, and is more of a young strawberry fragrance with a creamy green oolong. The other review said it was more a milk oolong, but the unflavored milk oolong I’ve had from Tealux reminds me of raisin bread, so I respectfully disagree.
I’ve been making teapots after teapots of this stuff. That’s how much I’ve been drinking it. And because it’s not artificially flavored, I find that the strawberry scent lingers far longer. I’ve steeped the same 2tsp in a 24oz teapot at least 5 times and I could still detect the strawberry. It’s quite pleasant hot and cool.
This might be the smoothest darker green type of oolong that I’ve tasted thus far. It reminds me a lot of the first oolong I drank which entered me into the world of tea slowly. I’m unsure what roman letters to align together in creation of English words to conclude remarks for this tea… I just really enjoy it.
Very green TGY that brews a light cup. The taste is mild but very clean. This would be a great cup of tea to sip on while walking through a flowery area since it wouldn’t obstruct the senses from perception of beauty in nature, aka it’s a nice tea to sip on while you walk.
I believe I like my TGY on the mild side or roasted so this is nice.
Holy Bergamot Batman!! hahaha, I saw this as an oolong earl grey, and I just had to have it. I am fascinated with the varieties of Earl Grey because of their diversity. This is definitely a unique one. I brewed this up as my morning cup in my press. The aroma was incredibly strong and refreshing. A sweet floral bergamont filled my tea room. The taste is spectacular. The oolong adds a light base in which the bergamont lies on top of. This is some powerful earl grey since the the bergamot is unaffected by a heady black tea. However, the jasmine was almost absent except for a slight grassy and floral undertone. This brew did the job for the morning cup, and I’m so happy to be able to try another Earl Grey!
Flavors: Bergamot, Buffalo Grass, Smooth
This is an interesting tea. I know I tried it western style before, but I think I was distracted while drinking it so I didn’t write a tasting note. This time I decided to make it in the gaiwan. 4g of leaf in a 100ml gaiwan, and it almost filled it, it’s such a fluffy leaf. The first couple of steeps were 30sec and then 60sec with 80C water. Then I tried 60sec and 30sec with 90C water. I’m still trying to figure this out. :)
The dry leaf smells kind of grassy and musty. Wet leaves smell like, well, wet leaves… like a pile of autumn leaves that has been sitting for a while and starting to decompose. The tea brews up a lovely golden colour.
The mouthfeel is almost syrupy, and there’s a slight nectar sweetness. I spent quite a while sipping and trying to decide what this tastes like, because it’s an odd blend of musty and grassy and slightly floral. Eventually I decided that it reminds me of alfalfa hay that has been sitting in the barn for a while. Like, that aroma when you cut open a new bale of hay and pull off a couple flakes, and you’re slightly jealous of the horse/cow/whatever you’re feeding because it smells so good.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Floral, Grass, Hay, Musty
Finished this one off last night as well; in a timolino. It was reminding me an awful lot of catnip tea – but in a half decent way (I was not a fan of catnip tea). I feel kind of bad I never really wound up using this for any blending, like was intended, but I just wound up liking it a little too much as a straight, herbal blend.
Pretty sure my landlord has an evil, evil sixth sense.
I’ve been curled up on my couch all day with one of the worst migraines I’ve ever had in my whole life; I can only think of one time when my head hurt worse than it does now. I’ve left the couch a total of three times todays; to get advil, to take a hot shower, and to make tea. What’s he doing? FUCKING VACUUMING THE SHAG CARPET ON THE STAIRS AND RIGHT OUTSIDE THE DAMN LIVING ROOM DOOR! Why is it that he only does loud things when I’m either A) hungover or B) have a terrible, terrible headache.
Anyway; this was something I picked out to drink because it “supposedly” helps relieve chronic headaches. I’m not buying it; it’s simply just not doing the trick. Oh well, at least it tastes good.
So I received the Butiki sponsored herbal box this week, and it was such a dramatic influx of tea – most of it I just added to my cupboard under the header “Butiki Sponsored Herbal Blending Box” or something like that, anyway. Some of the things in the box were really clearly labelled from specific companies though, so I’ve added those things into my cupboard separately – such as this tea.
This is one of a few ingredients in the box that I’ve either never had or never had plain; the latter in this case. Before mixing it with anything else, I wanted to try it on its own to know what I’m working with flavour wise. I brewed up about sixteen ounces of this and had half of it hot, and the second half iced. Steeped up this has a very dark, swampy olive green colour. It’s both pretty and kind of intimidating.
Of the hot and iced versions of this, I disliked the hot more than the iced. I found that while it tasted very, very grassy with a bit of sweetness and also a bit of bitterness that the hot version had an almost unpleasant medicinal tint to the flavour.
And on the note of ‘medicinal’ stuff – apparently there are a whole lot of health claims for drinking nettle leaf tea. I want to be really clear that I’m no expert on the health claims here nor do I necessarily believe all of them; and that’s definitely not why I’m drinking this tea. My personal belief is that any ‘health benefits’ I get from tea is a great added bonus, but I completely drink tea for the taste – and I review it for the sense of community, and to learn from other people’s experiences.
The iced version of this was very similar; incredibly grassy with sweet and pleasant bitter notes – however I didn’t taste anything especially medicinal. It was just the taste of very obviously herbal tea. I’d definitely drink this plain again were it iced; I’m not so sure I’d be as willing to try it hot again unless it was sweetened, and I don’t normally sweeten my tea so that’s probably just a safe no on that front.
At least it gave me some good ideas of what to blend this with for my next herbal mix!
If someone blindfolded me and served me this tea I would almost swear it’s a bi luo chun. It is very similar to bi luo chun. It’s a bit fruity, nutty sweetness, vegetal. The dry leaves do not look like bi luo chun though. They’re long and straight.
Tealux or Tealyra as they are called now describes this tea as being grown on a tiny island within Dong Ting Lake. I know bi luo chun is grown around in that area with the fruit trees and maybe that’s why there is something very similar. It is a delicious tea. Would definitely order again.
Flavors: Fruity, Nutty, Sweet, Vegetal
I had these yesterday, so this is from memory. 3 pearls (at about 1g each) in 10oz of boiling water x 3min. So the thing I found most interesting about this was that the brewed tea smelled like chocolate-covered raisins, but the wet tea leaves smelled super earthy. Like, puer level earthiness. The actual flavour of the tea is sort of a combination of both – smooth, earthy, a bit sweet, with raisin and chocolate notes. Yummy, easy to drink. Second steeping at 5min was lighter and a bit less chocolatey, but still good. Third steeping at 8min was slightly-sweet hot water, lol, can’t win ‘em all. :) Overall, this was pretty decent for the price (especially on sale) – I’ll probably restock when these run out.
I’ve been enjoying this tea the last few nights. The lemon myrtle in it is the most pronounced of all the ingredients but I can pick out faint ginger which adds a bit of spicy flavour. There’s goji berries in it that I can see but I’m not sure they are giving it any extra flavour. Lots of lemony flavour from the lemon myrtle in it.
Overall, a pretty decent herbal tea
Flavors: Ginger, Lemon