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A sweet, very slightly citrusy, unchallenging tea. I get 3 good steeps out of it before the flavor starts to fall off sharply.
I think this would be a good tea to introduce someone gently to green teas.
Flavors: Citrus, Tea, Vegetal
So I was wondering what it would take to steep this tea to the point that it would be to astringent. Well, I got pulled into a meeting and forgot about my little pot steeping for a couple of hours, lol. That finally did, but surprisingly it wasn’t unbearably astringent. Just added a little extra water and ended up with more flavorful pu’erh with a little dryer finish I like. Of course, I am in now way advocating steeping your pu’erh tea for hours. :D
Dry leaves have a sort of turmeric, pepper and straw aroma.
Wet leaves smell very much of hay.
1st (20 sec): Very light sweet taste, smooth mouthfeel and a soft finish. Not a lot of flavor in the first steeping, but that seems common with pu’erhs.
2nd (15 sec): Very smooth, full mouthfeel. There is a wonderful sweetness that blooms into the finish. I don’t know if I’d call it plum, but it’s really nice.
3rd (30 sec): Wanted to push the steep time to test astringency, but 30 sec is the minimum recommended by TeaSource. Really smooth tea. Sweetness is still there with a dry finish
4th (30-40 sec): Really good pu’erh
The tea aroma is an odd turmeric and straw aroma
not over powering, but so hard to describe that may be off putting to some. Whether you like raw pu’erhs as I do or are new to raw pu’erhs this one is definitely worth a try especially given the low astringency when not over steeped.
As stated by someone previous I’m really surprised that this tea is rated so low. It makes a great alternative to coffee in the morning for really waking you up and the flavor and aroma is amazing. I agree that it smells more of almonds than of chestnuts, but for an early morning tea it’s really hard to beat. My wife also loves this tea so this is one of very, very few teas that I buy by the pound. If nothing else try a sample.
Flavors: Almond, Caramel, Chocolate, Cocoa
I love most of the blends I’ve tried from TeaSource, but I’m not a fan of their rooibos. No matter what they flavor it with, I always mainly taste that sharp, medicinal rooibos base. This one is, unfortunately, no exception. There are hints of mild chocolate and coconut flavor, but not enough to satisfy me. Definitely won’t be re-purchasing this one.
Flavors: Medicinal, Rooibos
Had this at Tiny Diner. It’s always nice to be able to get decent loose leaf at dinner. I chose this one not sure what it was, and could not quite pin down what it was supposed to be. It was sweet, floral ,and slightly fruity. I didn’t get much bitterness but then again I have no idea about how it was brewed other than that it was given to me with the infuser still in the pot. I was surprised to later find out there was cherry flavoring as I rather dislike it but it was subtle here, no cough syrup or cherry coke flavor. Still it will probably be enough to keep me from getting it again.
Another fantastic Chinese black tea from TeaSource! This one is very similar to Golden Snail from Whispering Pines: tightly curled black leaves with tons of golden tips that give off a rich, malty scent. It has a dense, chewy flavor with notes of baked bread and honey. It can be re-steeped multiple times before it starts losing it’s flavor. I don’t love it quite as much as their Golden Mao Feng, but it’s definitely a lovely option and very affordable!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Malt
This tea is absolutely divine! I already knew I loved TeaSource’s Black Mao Feng, so I decided to sample this one when I was in Minneapolis over the weekend. Oh my goodness! The leaves are super long and twisty with TONS of golden tips and the aroma is delicious: malty sweet goodness. Steeped, the liquor is a warm golden brown and the flavor is out of this world: notes of malt and sweet potato with a lingering honey sweetness and just the slightest hint of astringency that keeps you taking another sip…and another…and another. It’s also super smooth, with an almost velvety feel on the tongue. I didn’t have a chance to re-steep, but I’m quite confident from the quality of the leaves that this would hold up to multiple steeps. I can’t buy more tea right now, but next time I place an order this one will be at the top of my list!
Flavors: Astringent, Honey, Malt, Smooth, Sweet Potatoes
This is very spicy, but also very thin on the ‘black tea’. I feel like its probably 80-90% herbal with a few leaves of black tea thrown in. Even with that, I prefer it with milk. The spice is heavy scent-wise, but there isn’t any heat to it when drinking it. I would have this again for occasional drinking.
I received a sample of this tea along with the infuser mug my sister gave me for Christmas. I’m thrilled about the mug (it will make drinking loose leaf tea at work so much easier!) and was excited for a chance to sample this tea as well. It was quite similar to the milk oolong I’ve had from Teavivre: sweet and creamy with a rich, silky mouth feel. It also stays smooth and flavorful through multiple infusions. Definitely one I’d consider purchasing in the future!
Flavors: Creamy, Milk, Smooth, Sweet
This is a very enjoyable oolong tea, though not my absolute favorite.. The dry leaves smell a little grassy. The taste is faintly floral; on the third steeping, I can no longer detect the floral notes. The liquor is a pale honey color. (In answer to the question “How did you brew your tea?” the steep time was 3 minutes on the first steeping, but increase the time with each successive steeping. I’ve never had more than three steepings, so I can’t tell you how a fourth would work out.
I got a free sample of this tea with my recent purchase at TeaSource. I’ve never had a rhubarb-flavored tea before and I was quite curious to try it. The dry leaf has a very pretty appearance embellished with lots of pink flower petals. While steeping, my kitchen smelled just like stewed rhubarb! After a 3-minute steep, the tea was a warm amber color with a slightly cloudy appearance. I chose to drink it iced and found it to be quite smooth and flavorful with a distinctive rhubarb taste and a bit of tartness in the aftertaste. Overall a very refreshing summer tea!
Flavors: Rhubarb, Smooth, Tart
I may have found my new favorite summer iced tea! The dry leaf smells delicious and the brewed tea does not disappoint. The base is smooth and silky with a nice natural sweetness and the mango flavor is spot-on.
Flavors: Mango, Smooth, Sweet
Flash steeping in a gaiwan with 6-10g of leaf and 120ml of 200+ degree water. Golden straw color. Smoky, mineral and slightly herbal. Easy drinking but boring and only good for maybe half a dozen steeps. Poor quality leaf. Looks like they just compressed a bunch of larger scraps and stems into a brick.
Flavors: Herbaceous, Mineral, Smoke
Brewed a pot specifically for iced tea. Used 12g of tea in about 650ml of boiling water for 30 minutes or so. Sampled the hot tea right after brewing and it was strong but very drinkable. Diluted the brew to make about 2400-2500ml of finished tea. I was worried about it being too watered down but it was not. It has a nice strawberry cream and floral flavor along with a natural sweetness and a very slight bitterness which I think creates a perfect balance. This tea is great if your looking for a nice, fruity, cold beverage. If you’re looking for a high quality tea, try something else.
Flavors: Cream, Floral, Strawberry