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I wanted to try these after having the Black Dragon Pearls from Teavana. I got them in my first Tealux order and I like them; the lychee isn’t overly prominent but it’s there and the base tea is good. What I’m wondering though is what people’s experiences have been with resteeping this tea. I usually steep the other Black Dragon Pearls three times but I’m not sure yet how these will hold up. I’m on my second steep right now, so we’ll see I guess! But I’d love to hear others’ experience with resteeping this one.
Edit: Second and third steeps were good!
Flavors: Cocoa, Lychee, Tea
I seem to have lost my taste for roasted oolongs. I used to really enjoy them, but nowadays it seems like the roasted flavors are just overwhelming. This one is supposed to have notes of “rich stone fruit, caramel and honey”. But it just tastes roasty with maybe a bit of vague fruitiness if I concentrate. It doesn’t seem to be a poor quality tea, but my tongue just muddles all the flavors.
It’s a bummer because I have a bunch of roasted oolongs laying around that I used to enjoy with no interest in drinking them anymore. I guess that’s a sign I should probably drink up my teas as I buy them instead of hoarding them!
Flavors: Char, Fruity, Roasted
I’ve had this pu-erh sitting in my cupboard (my pu-erh cupboard) for awhile. I can’t even remember if I’ve had it yet. I must have – or at least once! Anyway, it was my early morning brew this morning. I did two quick rinses on it with boiling water. It seemed to be a pretty basic ripe pu-erh. Woodsy, earthy. It’s strange Tealux doesn’t give much details on this tea like where it’s from other than the fact that it’s from Yunnan. It’s also supposed to be aged 5 years. Hmmm – reading the package, it’s supposed to have floral notes with a lingering hint of honeysuckle. I think I discarded the leaves too early. It probably would have gotten better if I did more steeps but it was gone after the first steep because my 2nd cup of the day is always green.
I think I will go back to this tea another time soon and give it multiple steeps to see if it really is as good as they say.
Flavors: Earth, Wood
Sample from Kittenna. Thank you! :)
Sooo, Tealux fails with steeping instructions (I was curious because this is a blend…). “Steep in hot water for a few minutes…” What? That’s not vague at all. :)
Because this is quite a smoky tea, I decided to preemptively add some maple syrup. 1 tsp in my 16 oz mug. I also added a little milk, but it didn’t need it.
Although the tea smells super thick and smokey and heavy, it’s actually fairly light. Yes, it’s smokey, but it’s not as rich and thick as I was expecting.
It reminds me of my dad’s smoked jerky, honestly. Really smokey, almost kinda meaty. So weird. I haven’t had a tea like that before.
Thank you for sharing, Kittenna! I don’t think I’ll pick this up when I order… one mug is probably enough.
This one came with me in a timolino yesterday, since I was out of the office hosting events all day. I tried it first at home in a cup and wasn’t that struck, but yesterday I actually really enjoyed it. The cherry and cocoa are the stand out flavours, and the cherry in particular was wonderfully rich and syrupy. The white chocolate chips added a sweet creaminess. My only complaint is that the rooibos was a little prominent, and maybe a little peppery, for my tastes. Still, an enjoyable cup.
I really like this tea. A very light and sweet oolong, and very milky. I’ve brewed this in my gaiwan as well as a normal western infuser. Both are great however I might prefer the gaiwan and the character of this tea really changes over the multiple infuaions.
Delicious! There is a strong butterscotch smell which corresponds to taste. The tea is smooth with honey and a very mild cinnamon taste. The peppercorn is faint but lingers on the tip of the tongue.
Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Honey, Peppercorn, Vanilla
Pssst… Steepster… Did I ever tell you how much I love oolongs? Cause yeah…I do very, very much!!
This afternoon, I felt fancy…I’m a total tea snob, not gonna lie. Plus I’m a girly girl, so sometimes…occasionally…I pull out my really fancy gears.
That’s what I did today, and it made me really happy!
Now the tea. It’s lovely.
It Osmanthus oolong so be fully aware that it’s very floral and also fruity.
Unlike some others I have tried, this one doesn’t feel soapy in the mouth.
It has a very distinctive taste of peach, to the point that one might think it’s peach scented but it’s not.
Very creamy with a nice body. It’s not overly green, but it is somewhat grassy.
Also, for the price, this tea is an awesome deal. Beautifully rolled and crafted, large leaves when they open up.
I love it and it was the perfect companion to fit my precious antique teawares this afternoon.
Pics of the session:
I’m not really a fan of this one. It smells great, but the taste is nothing like lychee and it just makes for a confused tongue. The base is black tea and I think I’m more partial to greens and oolongs.
Flavors: Caramel, Honey, Lychee
This one came from KittyLovesTea, though I don’t know if it was from our regular swap or the Secret Pumpkin. Anyway, thanks Kayleigh!
I’ve had this for a while, and always just expected it to be ‘meh’ so never really got excited to drink it. I put it in my ‘to drink’ box as part of my sipdown challenge, though, and decided to have a cup a few days back. To my surprise, I really enjoyed it! To which I owe the tea, company and Kitty an apology. I’ve been drinking it ever since, and just had my final cup now. The oolong is fairly dark, and slightly nutty, and the flavours kind of meld together so that it seems quite natural. It’s definitely juicy, and fruity, but I’m not sure I’d be able to identify which fruits exactly are involved if I didn’t already know. The rose comes up as a vaguely floral aftertaste. This is a nice summery tea, and if I had more I would probably try cold steeping in the summer. But I don’t, so I won’t – it’s good, but I have others I’d be more likely to restock.
Ooh this was refreshing. The green tea was clean and the grape was fruity and did not taste fake. It would be great iced, but it’s not that time of year. There is some flavoring in this tea – I’d like to know what it is and if it is artificial. The fruit flavour disappears with multiple steepings.