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Mao Jian is one of my favorite Chinese green teas. I love the sweet, vegetative taste to it, I find it very uplifting and rejuvenating. It’s something that I can sip when I’m feeling kind of down and by the time I’m finished with the cup, I’m feeling good.
This is a sweet, light green tea with delightful toasted nutty notes. It’s crisp and vegetal. Light buttery note. A nice balance of sweet and savory.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/22/magical-mao-jian-green-tea-teasenz/
I wasn’t sure exactly what to categorize this as when I added the tea to the database … it’s not exactly an herb, is it? It’s not a camellia sinensis tea. So, I put “flowering” even though that’s not exactly right either. Oh well … if someone decides they don’t like it … they can change it.
I like this. I have had fewer than a handful of teas/tisanes that are solely chrysanthemum flowers like this, but, I like the soft, pollen-y, floral taste of a flower tea like this one.
It is sweet and almost honey-like. There are some “herbaceous” flavors to this. This tastes more like … say a chamomile tea than it does a rosebud tea. However, I’d much prefer to sip on a Chrysanthemum tea like this than a chamomile tea!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/12/08/white-chrysanthemum-tea-from-teasenz/
I’m not always a big fan of Ginseng. It can sometimes taste too earthy. Like … dirt and cardboard. I don’t know about you, but I’m not a big fan of this flavor combination.
But … this is not at all what I expected … it surprised me from the first sip. Sweet honey notes, toasty, nutty flavors. Light vegetative tone. Not overly herbaceous and while it is a little earthy, I wouldn’t say it’s dirt or cardboard like in any way.
Good. An enjoyable way to consume Ginseng!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/11/18/ginseng-vitality-oolong-tea-teasenz/
I recommend using just a little extra leaf with this Keemun. The first time I brewed it, I found the flavor to be just a little bit in the “wanting” department, but the second time I brewed it, I used a little extra leaf and it was much more satisfying.
Sweet, full-flavored, smoky, with notes of cocoa. This tea delivers just what I wanted: A really lovely Keemun.
Here’s my full-length article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/11/08/keemun-black-tea-teasenz/
A really lovely Jasmine Pearl. I love Jasmine teas, as some of you are probably well aware, and pearls are among my favorites.
These are really good pearls … a very delicate quality to them, not just the jasmine that is soft and sweet and exotic, but the green tea has a tender flavor to it as well. Very gentle and pleasant to sip.
After allowing the tea to come to a sipping temperature (still hot, just not piping hot) the flavors really come alive in the teacup. Still sweet and soft, yes, but, it’s also a very clear and distinct jasmine-y note with light, airy, vegetal tones in the background.
This is one of those teas that I like to sip after a meal, it’s so calming and soothing and relaxing.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/10/20/jasmine-dragon-pearls-teasenz/
I liked this. I enjoy how the tangerine peel imparts a hint of citrus into the tea without overwhelming it. I still get the deep, mellow flavor of the pu’erh with mild notes of citrus. A nice balance of bright, sunny orange-y notes with the earthiness of a pu-erh.
It’s a mellow tea with notes of caramel, sweet and smooth. Not a briny or fishy tasting tea. The tangerine is a lighter note than that of the tea, it’s just enough to add a touch of brightness to the cup.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/10/06/wild-orange-puer-tea-teasenz/
This was the first tea that I tried from Teasenz … since then I’ve tried a few, and I’ve been really impressed with what I’ve tried from them. This was an excellent silver needle.
The flavor is clean and crisp and vibrant. Delicate with light earthy notes and a sweet vegetative tone.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/09/19/silky-silver-needle-tea-from-teasenz/
I should warn you all in advance that tomorrow there might not be a new review since I will be…drumroll…at the Opera! Yes, it is what I have been waiting (not entirely patiently) for since it was announced at the end of last season, The Magic Flute! It might be my favorite opera, I waffle back and forth between The Magic Flute and Turandot. In other news I am almost finished with the advent calenders, so those will probably be going in the mail on Friday, woo! Today though is about tea that gives an extra zing of energy.
Ginseng Vitality Oolong Tea by Teasenz is a blend of the root Ginseng and a floral Oolong resembling Tie Guan Yin. Hailing from Taiwan and sometimes referred to as King’s Tea, it is thought to give the drinker a nice boost of energy and to help digestion, awesome. I found the aroma to be very green, like bamboo leaves and herbaceous like dill weed. There is also earthiness and the aroma of baked bread with a slight undertone of sweetness. The ginseng is an odd smelling herb, it gives a slight muskiness to the already herbaceous aroma.
Giving the leaves a steeping I notice that the ginseng did not all fall off the leaves, you all know what that means; multiple steeps! The aroma of the leaves still has the delicate green scent of bamboo leaves but now it also mixes in the aroma of lychees and very mild earthiness. The liquid is sweet like baking bread and fresh pears, there is also a slight hint of dill as I pull the cup away from my nose.
The taste is strange yet good, it is the strangeness of trying something completely new. I have had ginseng before but only in candy or in supplements, this is my first time tasting it in a tea. At first the taste is slightly floral like cherry blossoms followed by the vegetal taste of asparagus. There is a hint of fruity tartness, like a mix of tart cherries and lychees. As the tea cools it takes on the typical chestnut flavor I associate with Oolongs.
The second steep has the leaves unfolded and the ginseng more spread out in the teacup. The aroma is much sweeter and more like honey with that tiny hint of dill from earlier. The taste is sweet but with an herbaceous bitterness as an aftertaste, like a root herb, it is not unpleasant just astringent. In fact I would go as far as to say it is barely there at all. As the tea cools it gets more of a lychee taste. It is an odd tea, but it is an oddness I like, mixing the tastes of an oolong with the tastes of ginseng makes for a powerfully tasty combination.
There is an awesome tradition that my sweetheart started, taking me out for a special meal before any medical procedure. A nice reward for something I really dislike, and since I go for some more dental work on Thursday I requested sushi. No, dental work and sushi are completely unrelated but it was what I was in the mood for! Usually at my favorite restaurant (Kokoro Maki House for anyone curious) I get the Salmon and Vege Tempura rolls but tonight I decided for Vege Tempura and their very yummy Tofu Teriyaki, also some tea. My blogs always lead up to tea, don’t they? The tea arrived a nice shade of golden-green and completely unlabeled, I took a sip and then asked the server “Is the tea Bancha?” he replied that it was and it made me happy. I am getting better at this tea tasting thing!
And now apropos of nothing I am going to review a Chinese tea, debatable my favorite tea from China, in fact. Anxi Tie Guan Yin by Teasenz is a lovely tea from Anxi, Fujian and is probably my favorite Oolong (I am pretty sure everyone who reads my blog knows that Tie Guan Yin is my favorite). Neat fact for anyone who doesn’t know: Oolong or Wulong translates to Black Dragon, so yeah Tie Guan Yin Oolong translates to Iron Goddess of Mercy Black Dragon, this tea is totally metal. Terrible puns aside, the aroma of this tea is heavenly, richly floral and very heady. I would go so far as to say the orchid and gardenia floral aroma is so intense that it is intoxicating, I might need to lay down. It is very sweet, like honey and flower nectar which is fitting with the intensity of the floral. This might actually have the best aroma for a Tie Guan Yin that I have had the pleasure of inhaling.
I almost feel guilty putting these beautiful and wonderful smelling leaves in a water bath, what if it loses it aroma? That would be a crime! Hooray, I did not commit a crime, the aroma is still wonderful and takes on some interesting side notes. It is still honey sweet and intensely floral, but now there are buttery notes of chestnut and a touch of leafy green. This might sound a touch strange but the aroma has a creamy texture, a nose feel if you will. The liquid is very rich, it is even butterier than the steeped leaves and it has a hint of chestnut and after notes of honey.
Reading my notes on this tea in my notebook I am amused that the tasting part starts to list to an angle and becomes, well, sloppy, I think this is a mark of a good tea tasting! The taste is very buttery and smooth, I feel like my mouth is coated with happiness. The orchid is very intense and incredibly heady, it is disorienting with how intense the floral taste is. Imagine being in an orchid themed conservatory and breathing through your mouth, with each breath you can taste the orchids with the same intensity as the aroma. Towards the end of the taste there is a hint of herbaceous green similar to sage and an aftertaste of mineral water.
As to be expected I wanted another go with these leaves. The aroma of the liquid manages to be even more intense, the chestnut and heady orchids shine through and they are followed with little sparks of honey and gardenia. The taste of the tea is initially very sweet and strongly floral. Everything about the second steep is sweetness, the foretaste and the aftertaste, and a tiny hint of mineral. The mouth feel is still buttery until it reaches the back of the mouth where it takes on a bit of sharpness. I am not sure how but the tea gets even sweeter as it cools. There are different kinds of Tie Guan Yin, roasted and green, Anxi and Muzha, and one for all the seasons, it is a very versatile Oolong and each one I have tasted has a distinctive quality that links them together. This is possibly the best Anxi Tie Guan Yin I have had the pleasure of drinking and I do not give that statement lightly.
West Lake Dragonwell Longjing from Teasenz to be exact. Dragonwell (or Lung Ching, Longjing) is a pan-fired green tea from Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province in China has the honor of being one of the Ten Great Chinese Teas. There are several legends about this illustrious tea floating around, but my favorite involves a dragon that lived in the well that was named after it, this dragon was in charge of the local weather and so the locals prayed for rain at this well. If you want even more info on this legendary tea, Teasenz website has lots of it, including how to say it in other languages (which I find just awesome!!). Now that I have gotten the dragons out of the way it is time to talk about the aroma of these beautiful leaves. I have a confession, the flattened leaves of Longjing have long since been one of my favorites, they are just so pretty. The aroma of the leaves is very rich and vegetal, like asparagus or even green bean casserole. There is also a hint of chestnut, an even smaller hint of pepper, and sweetness as an afterthought. This tea smells delicious and is making me more than a little hungry.
Today I decided to brew my tea in my glass tea pot so I could really watch the leaves steep. The aroma is still very green and fresh with a delightful peppery undertone. I am really loving the pepper mixed with the vegetal aroma, it is wonderful and makes me wish I could capture smells along with pictures. The aroma of the liquid has more or a chestnut sweetness than the leaves and it is also very pleasant.
After pouring my tea and having a sip I can certainly say that it was well worth the wait for steeping. The taste is very smooth and mild, I am amazed how clean it tastes very evocative of fresh rain water. This tea has absolutely no bitterness, just vegetal and green with a mix of chestnut. The aftertaste is slightly nutty and sweet, time for a second steep?
The second steep is much milder and tastes even more milder. The notes of chestnut, asparagus, and sweetness is still there but much fainter. I have to admit this steep just feels cleansing, like it is washing out all the funk from my recent illnesses. The vegetal aftertaste ends the tea on a spring time note. I recommend this tea for a warm day when you just want to relax with a cup of tea and watch the clouds roll by.
Blog post and photos here: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2013/10/teasenz-west-lake-dragonwell-longjing.html