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Small Big Traveling Tea Box

With a name like precious eyebrows, how could I not try this tea? :P I mean, all I can think of while preparing this tea is a man sitting in a rocking chair softly stroking his eyebrows and muttering to them how gorgeous they are…tehehe:P Oh, man:P

This tea really could be better. It tastes only slightly grassy like you would expect but the rest is really quite astringent..for some reason the after tastes is a metallic and reminds me of how I would imagine sucking on a steel pole or a penny would taste. I’ll let the man in the rocking chair have his eyebrows back now:P

Flavors: Metallic

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 g 2 OZ / 59 ML

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Small Big Traveling Tea Box

Ehh, this is just a decent oolong, I’ve had much better. It has some bitter toasty notes and is a bit earthy. Just a bit ho hum about this tea- but I shall finish my cup.

Preparation
1 g 2 OZ / 59 ML

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drank Dark Rose Tea by TeaSource
2955 tasting notes

I have to admit, I was intrigued by this one, & I’m grateful to Stephanie for sending a sample my way. Although I’m not a huge fan of ‘flavored’ teas, I do tend to always want to try novelty shaped teas, made from just natural ingredients. (I really want to try the Anhui Basket tea too, & Stephanie also sent me a sample of that one!).

I don’t really have much to say about it, other than I enjoyed the cup. I like heicha, & my understanding is it’s like Shu puerh kind of, but seems to me to be somewhere in between black tea & Shu. Flavors I was able to pick out: Wood, Leather, & light Rose.

Stephanie

I felt very similar about this one.

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82
drank Dark Rose Tea by TeaSource
3 tasting notes

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Flavors: Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 5 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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37
drank Precious Eyebrows by TeaSource
275 tasting notes

A bitter smelling tea. Luckily the taste is not bitter like the smell. Its very mellow. Slightly grassy, which is weird because I find most green teas have a heavy to medium grassy taste. And I don’t want to steep it too much longer because of those bitter notes in the smell.

Preparation
1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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Not quite what I thought it was going to taste like. There are some toasty bitter notes that just don’t sit well on my tongue. I feel like this oolong is missing something. Its eartuy and overall not bad but just not a te that makes u want to come back for more.

Preparation
2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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99
drank White Tip Silver Needles by TeaSource
228 tasting notes

From Fujian Province, China.
Yumm!! This is a delicious Silver Needle tea. I brewed this by the cup in my gaiwan which I don’t usually do with white tea so it was more intense in flavor and creamier.
Always love Silver Needle and this one was very nice :)

Flavors: Cream, Honey

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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drank TeaSource Green by TeaSource
228 tasting notes

This one was on sale for 50% when I shopped with TeaSource so I just threw it into my cart.
The dry leaf smells like Moroccan Mint style tea and the leaves are forest green twisted threads.
I brewed this Western style at 175F, tasting every minute until I had steeped for a total of 4 minutes.
The wet leaves are very attractive, long slender, slightly opened twists of moss green,,,still smelling like faint Moroccan Mint.
The liquor is very light, like White tea light,,a clear pearl color and has a mineral and light spring mint scent.
The flavor is light Moroccan Mint flavor but very light. A tiny tiny tiny bit of bitter, not vegetal though.
I paired the tea with black quinoa and some beautiful heirloom yellow cherry tomatoes.
This is definitely an everyday type of tea. I think that I might use it for iced tea,,,it would be perfect for that :)

Flavors: Mineral

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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81
drank Dark Rose Tea by TeaSource
912 tasting notes

After my bad puerh experience this morning I wanted something “safe” I know I like this afternoon! Plus I was still craving pu. This works out nicely :)

Thanks again for the cute little heart tea Amanda Wilson !

Terri HarpLady

I’ve been thinking of trying these little hearts, always open for a novelty. They look adorable, anyway. :)

Stephanie

They’re simple, clean tasting, lightly fermented, and reasonably priced. Can’t really go wrong! Seems like folks who don’t like shu don’t like it. I could send you a couple if you want to try them, Terri

boychik

So it’s not puerh. Is it heicha?

Stephanie

They call it “Dark tea” but I think they might be the same thing boychik

Terri HarpLady

Stephanie, that would be awesome!
Seems like I owe you some tea, don’t I?
(I know I owe tea to boychik, & several others…sorry, I’m a slacker lately…no, I’ve just been incredibly busy for awhile)

boychik

no worries, Terri.

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81
drank Dark Rose Tea by TeaSource
912 tasting notes

Thanks so much Amanda Wilson for sending me a very generous sample of this tea!

I had an AMAZING day yesterday you guys! HUGE all day outdoor art fair with incredibly beautiful weather, and then a gallery opening in the evening. The theme of the gallery show was a movie mashup- The Big Lebowski in Little China, LOL. Anyway both went great, and my Lebowski piece sold within an hour of the opening starting and I’ve already taken two reprint orders! WOO!

ANYWAY, yesterday was long and good but I reached for this tea because I may have had a little TOO much fun at the gallery opening (it was at a bar/cafe) so I reached for this one assuming the cute little compressed heart was some kind of puerh…

I’m not totally sure it is! It sure tastes more like a black tea to me. Nice and dark and malty. Also I think the rose adds a nice subtle sweetness but is not too overpowering. Very nice tea. I will enjoy drinking the rest of this sample packet for sure, whatever it is :)

TheTeaFairy

That is so great, Congratulation Stephanie :-)

Courtney

That’s awesome, good job!

Terri HarpLady

Yay Stephanie! Is there a photo?
This tea sounds interesting too!

Stephanie

Ok guys here is my Lebowski piece! I added a watermark so the internets can’t run of and steal it ;) http://twitpic.com/e1nngt It looks really great printed out, I made it a 16″×20″ :)

Terri HarpLady

That is awesome! :)

boychik

Omg Stephanie, that is huge!!! I love it. Congrats!!!

caile

Congratulations!! That is wonderful!

Stephanie

Thanks everyone! I’ve been working in photoshop for a living for the past 10 years, but I think this piece was the most fun I’ve ever had in photoshop! :D

__Morgana__

Wow, awesome! Congrats!

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Yay! So glad you like it! I agree, even though it is a Dark Tea (Hei Cha, or whatever other names exist for it) it does taste a lot more like a black tea.

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This may just be someone’s cup of tea—it’s not mine. It’s made with milk, and I can distinctively taste it, and couldn’t help thinking that if I want milk in my tea, I’d like to add it myself. My aunt who loved the Rare Orchid and Light Roast Tung Tings the other day, found this one “blah.” Not a tea I’ll order again. If I want a tea on the creamy, silky side I prefer TeaSource’s Sweet Silk Oolong.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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This has the fruity sweetness of some oolongs and laid over Is the roasted note—earthy, tobacco-y, in a way that makes it smooth and mellow. My aunt who can be picky flat out “loved” this tea. Definitely a keeper (even if I personally preferred the Rare Orchid Oolong we first tried yesterday.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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100
drank Silver Peony by TeaSource
228 tasting notes

The dry leaf is a fun menagerie of White Peony and Silver Needle teas with scents of after dinner mint & dried basil.
The packaging had low brew temp instructions which I love. I have brewed White Peony at 185 before and it brings out a good sweet and champagne colored liquor. I chose to go with 160 F and then just left the leaves in longer, for 5 minutes.
This created a light silver green clear colored liquor with flavors of Honeycrisp apple, Asian pear, pie crust. Yumm this tea is a mix of fun, delicious and lovely.


Second Steeping – I resteeped this at 185F and it brought out a more colored liquor and deeper flavor. Still lovely with accents of apple and pear.
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7/25/14
Brewed this Western style today at a very low 165F temp. The liquor is pearl color and the scent is light light fruit.
Flavor is fruity and creamy. There are notes of pear and peach with cream. This is a nice white.

Flavors: Cream, Mint, Pear, Stonefruits

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’d agree with the description of TeaSource’s site that it’s “sweet, smooth” although I don’t detect the citrusy or spicy note. In fact, my major complaint with the green teas I ordered this time (their House Green and Double Yunnan Needle as well as this one) is that they don’t seem to me to have much personality. In that sense any of the three might make good introductions to green tea—they’re not too grassy, they’re drinkable, and they’re … inoffensive. But none impressed or would have me ordering them again. I like this one slightly more than the other two, but not as much as several other green teas I’ve tried from TeaSource.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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The description on TeaSource calls it “herbaceous” and “smooth.” It’s mild and not grassy. My aunt calls it “watery” (and no this didn’t have more water or less tea than usual) but this is a very light tea and to me doesn’t have much personality—not one I’d order again given I prefer several other green teas from TeaSource.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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We did enjoy this tea, but I feel mixed about recommending it, since we didn’t love it, prefer other Darjeelings, and don’t intend to order this again. But that might be more about my tastes and my aunt who I share the teas with than this tea itself. Our favorite tea is a Darjeeling, but it’s a Summer flush. This is a spring flush, and definitely on the oolong rather than black side of Darjeeling: light, rather flowery, fruity, honeyed, mellow, but with a bit of astringency compared to most oolongs.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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drank Anhui Yellow Flower by TeaSource
228 tasting notes

The dry leaf smells like a spice shop. I smell spearmint and caraway seed. The moss green colored leaves look naturally dried with nothing else done to them, minimal processing.
The liquor didn’t gain color until around 4 minutes at 165F. The tea is like white tea, a very light color tint to the water. A very light yellow green.
The flavor is spearmint with a touch of caraway seed just like the leaves smell. I like this because it is subtle. I do not detect the roasted corn notes that Tea Source did so I would be interested in what temp they used because their brew suggestions say between 160-180. I bet they went lots higher than I did. I will try higher temps next time.
Nonetheless, I’m glad I brewed this low and slow because it tastes very nice!! Similar to a mint touched white tea and a good one for the cupboard.


Second Steeping — Kept it at 165 and brewed 5 minutes. There are just small amounts of mint now but still light, cleansing, and refreshing. I am getting a bit of tannin to my tongue now. I think a second steeping is all I would do for this leaf.
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7/25/14
Had a little of this today. Very mild and light. Like a green tea in scent and appearance and touches of white tea qualities. Flavor is mostly vegetal I guess but it is so light and subtle.

Flavors: Vegetal

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100
drank Downy Pearls by TeaSource
228 tasting notes

The dry rolled balls have a subtle scent of dried cherries, a nice natural sweet smell.
The brew instructions had a lower temperature range (155-165F) for this than I’ve ever used for a white tea so I went with 160F because that’s as low as my kettle goes.
The leaves did not unfurl as much as I thought they would probably because of the lower temp. They appear to be chopped and then rolled. The brewed leaves look like chopped cooked frozen spinach. They have not unfurled all the way so they are still in balls that are falling apart. I am gonna give this one a second steeping because more flavor is rolled in there.
The liquor has the distinctive white tea champagne color and this one is a golden and darker white tea.
The flavor is good. It is subtle sweetness and mainly tastes like honey with a tiny hint of dried cherry.


Second Steeping – kept it at 160F for 2 minutes. The leaves have mostly fully unfurled now and the liquor is a deeper champagne color. The flavor has evolved to include a very interesting note. I had to get into my spice cabinet and start smelling because I could not figure out what that note was. It was closest to sumac and blue poppy seeds. A sweet spice note mixed with the dried cherry note. The second steeping turned this into a different tea because the first was devoted to the outside of the balls and then second brought out the surprise of the inside of the leaves.

I really enjoyed this tea experience and a white tea pearl type (non-jasmine) must always be kept in my cupboard now!!!!!!!


6/2/14
I brewed this today in a different pot than I did last time. Still Western but a 22 oz ceramic pot. Flavors are the same and there is definitely a sumac note to this tea. A sweet note too which makes it good!

Flavors: Honey, Stonefruits

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea #8 from Considering a new TTB
This ended up being much more astringent than I had hoped for, perhaps it would be less so with a lower temperature. I opted for 175 because it is preset on my hot water pot, but the recommended temperature on the package was 160 – 180.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea #7 from Considering a new TTB
I had meant to stop by TeaSource while I was in Minnesota last year, but ran out of time, so I’m happy to see a few more of their teas in this box that I can try. This spring oolong is a little more toasty than I prefer, I tend to lean more towards floral oolongs, but other than that I don’t seem to have much of an opinion about this tea. I would drink it again if someone handed me a cup, but I wouldn’t order it for myself.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
darby

You should try their strawberry oolong – it’s amazing!

Short Sorceress

I’ll add that to my list of their teas I want to try, I love strawberry oolong.

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60

No so bad but not so delicious either. It does not have a distinct taste, just a clear tea. Looks very light.

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drank Machu Peach-u by TeaSource
35 tasting notes

What a disappointment. White tea with peach, sounds delicious right?
My problems with this tea started in right off the bat. Yes there are nice large unfurled leaves, however there are even larger (2 inches+) sticks (plural) and other smaller twigs in this sample. I was willing to over look this because the leaves had a peachy, fresh, floral aroma. Once steeped the leaves took on a creamy quality.
The liquor tastes like fuzzy peaches – the candy- sans the sugar coating. That flavor was so dominant that I couldn’t get anything else from this tea. I genuinely don’t understand it. How can a tea that has REAL peach in it taste so artificial?

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75
drank Pouchong Extra Fancy by TeaSource
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 6 tsp
Water: 750ml at 195°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes

Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet, floral, vegetal
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, floral, nutty
Flavor: silky mouthfeel, sweet, floral
Body: Light
Aftertaste: nutty
Liquor: translucent light yellow green

fabulous!

Co woker with the funny nose: must attic smell

Resteep:
750ml at 195°F for 4 minutes
more roasty and nutty

Resteep:
750ml at 195°F for 5 minutes
still beautiful, floral, honey

Resteep:
750ml at 195°F for 6 minutes
too weak

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Blog http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2014/02/teasource-loose-leaf-oolong-tea.html

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone (or Lupercalia if you are reading this from Ancient Rome) I hope your day is filled with love and happiness. Since today is all about hearts and romance…and quite frequently flowers, why not look at a thematically appropriate tea? I do love doing thematically appropriate reviews, though I doubt I will come up with a good one for President’s Day.

Dark Rose Tea by Tea Source is a delightfully heart shaped compressed block of dark tea. What is dark tea, you might be asking, well in short dark tea (or Heicha) is fermented tea that is not from Yunnan. Technically Pu Erh is still a dark tea, but it is so specialized that it more or less gets its own category. This specific dark tea comes from Hunan and is mixed with roses, my personal favorite flower to have in tea. The aroma is a bit musty, like dry loam and old wood, similar to a forest that has not seen rain in a while. There is also a touch of leather and a very faint and delicate rose aroma.

Sadly upon steeping the compressed tea it no longer looks like a cute little heart, but this is expected. The aroma has become quite rosy and malty with only a touch of loam and oak wood. It is beginning to smell more like a moist forest floor in summer than a dry one. The liquid without the leaves steeping in them have a bright quality with strong notes of rose and sweet malt. It smells heavy and rich, not at all light and buoyant.

The first steeping of the little heart shaped nugget of tea happiness is quite rich and filling. Drinking it makes my mouth feel smooth and full, it is a slightly odd sensation because it also has a sense of weight to it. The taste is at first rosy and sweet, but this fades to oak wood and a mild astringency. The taste reminds me more of a strong black tea than the dark teas I am used to.

Giving the crumbled heart another dunking causes the mild astringency to vanish and makes the already smooth tea even more so, almost making it feel velvety. It does lose the weighty feel and now is just a bright tea. There is only the barest hint of roses and the tea has a finish of copper. I really do think this tea would be great for people who are scared off of Pu Erhs and other dark teas by their earthy quality, but for people who love that aspect it is a bit of a let down.

For photos and blog: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/02/tea-source-dark-rose-tea-tea-review.html

Flavors: Flowers, Loam, Malt, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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