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It’s a mild, green tea, very mellow and slightly sweet, not vegetal or grassy, but somehow not a winner for me or my aunt in the Green Tea sweepstakes or distinguishing itself above the Green teas we’ve discovered we like most so far: Pi Lo Chun, Clouds & Mist, Iccha Kariban and Hojicha.
Longevity Oolong – Description on label: “This baked Ti Kwan Yin style oolong has been preserved and rebaked for each of the last four years. This produces a leaf that is almost coal-black and the steeped cup is dark, toasty, very smooth, and slightly fruity and sweet.” My aunt disliked it—said it tasted “smoky.” I liked it somewhat better—to me it tasted almost caramely—but I wasn’t so enamored of this I’d order it again over such favorites as Big Red Robe or Sweet Silk Oolong.
An alright lightly oxidized oolong. Don’t really carry too much distinction, but wasn’t bad! Mediocre.
It’s described on the package as “complex, silky, sweet, and slightly grassy cup of tea.” It’s one of the “Ten Famous Chinese Teas.” I didn’t find it very grassy at all, and I did find it slightly sweet—but also very, very mild. Enjoyable, but not distinguishing itself enough I could see myself ordering it again.
I liked this one, but not so much I think I’d order again. It’s really unusual looking and textured—like green straw. Whiffing the bag the smell reminds me of mulch. The liquor is very light, pale green, and even steeping at 3 minutes—one minute over the minimum—with a generous amount it’s a pretty light, subtle tea. Not vegetal, but for the life of me I’m having a hard time distinguishing it from the other green teas tried from my recent order such as Anji Baicha, High Mountain Green and Iccha Kariban. Slightly sweet, very mellow.
Jasmine Pearls is one of my favorite teas. I like the subtle flavors of the Jasmine and the slight nutty ness from the green tea. This is an acceptable Jasmine Pearl. It wasn’t the highest grade, and I found some Jasmine petals in my package (not a good sign).
Be careful to not let yours over-brew though.
Still tastes alright. Which is what matters. :)
This is also known as Anji Baicha—a very popular green tea. It’s lightly sweet, not to vegetal—and very, very light. Almost like white tea in that respect. We did like it, and it’s very drinkable, but we didn’t like it as much as the other new green teas we got in. Not destined to be a favorite we’d order again.
An alright first flush darjeeling. Unlike Lisa I found it to be very typical, quite green and fresh. Maybe Teasource sent the wrong tea? No muscatel tones or really anything of distinction.
The description on the label calls this “slightly sweet… without the characteristic grassiness of Chinese teas.” I’d say that’s accurate. This is a smooth tea, not vegetal or seaweedy. Very nice—although I think just a tiny little bit less appealing than the Icca Kariban we had for the first time yesterday.
The description on the label describes this as a “soft, floral, Japanese tea.” The one Japanese tea I had before this was Senja, and I hated it. It tasted to me like water vegetables had been boiled in—much too vegetal, too seaweedy for me tastes. I like this one much, much more. It’s comparable to the two green teas I’ve tried I do like—Cloud & Mists and Pi Lo Chun. A little softer, more delicate than either—not vegetatal nor unpleasantly grassy. My aunt said she like it a little more than either.
Maybe made in the Dragonwell style, but I doubt it actually comes from the region. Might have just gotten the last of the bag, but mine was mostly twigs and stem. Didn’t use boiling water (around 80c), but leaves still tasted burnt with no complexity.
The aroma of the dry leaves is extremely fruity with a distinct smokiness and wood smell (oak or hickory). The slightly sweet medium bodied tea liquor however, has no noticeable fruity aroma or taste. But, the liquor does maintain the smokey aroma and wood smell, which is present also in the tea’s after taste, and it get’s stronger and stronger in each additional steeping. There is no unpleasant bitterness, bakeiness or astringency to this tea and it maintains it’s flavor well up until the very end.
This very affordable and pleasant oolong tea goes for something like $5 for 4 oz. at TeaSource. I find it’s best brewed using 3g of leaves in 6 oz of 195°F water with a quick rinse and for 3 mins for steepings one through five, and 4 mins 30 secs for steeping six.
I picked up this tea from TeaSource a few days ago, about $6 for 4 oz I think. I’m trying to get into greens, I drink mostly oolong and pu’erh now; but, I’m hoping to learn to appreciate a little simpler brew. I first heard about this variety of tea on DragonTeaHouse.biz, and was intrigued.
The dry leaves of the tea and it’s liquor have a fresh, spring aroma, perhaps with slight floral notes. The taste however is less than ideal for me, a harsh and bitter vegetal taste along with a subtle sweetness is clear after the first few sips with a lingering metallic after taste and astringency. The second and third steeping are less bitter and better described as grassy, they are also slightly sweeter, but the aroma fades somewhat. I steep this tea with 3g of leaves in 5 oz of 170ºF water for 2 mins. The normal 175ºF is a little too hot and the astringency becomes somewhat over powering. Despite it’s bitterness, the tea is still somewhat enjoyable for me, it’s bitterness is somewhat refreshing in moderation and the quick simple brew means I don’t have to commit a lot of time and effort. Certainly a good deal for the price.
The aroma of the dry leaves is very pleasingly fruity and grassy; however, the fruitiness transforms into a mellow floral the moment hot water hits the leaves. The first steeping is very grassy and noticeably savory with a slight—yet not unpleasant—bitterness. In the first steeping, floral and sweet tastes are somewhat hidden behind the potent grassiness, but come out in the aftertaste. The second and third steepings are much more balanced, the bitterness subsides, as does much of the umami, allowing the sweet and floral hints shine through.
I steeped this tea using 3 g of leaves in 6 oz. of ~175ºF water for 2 mins on the first two steepings and 3 mins on the third and final steeping.
This is a TeaSource tea I have been drinking for awhile now. I like it very much, both due to it’s taste and low price. It is about $10 for 4 oz. This is an everyday tea for me when I have the time for all 6 steepings. I brew this tea using 3g of leaves in 6 oz of 190ºF water with a quick rinse and at 3 mins for steepings one through five, 4 mins and 30 sec for steeping six. I steep this tea in a yixing teapot I have devoted specifically to Tie Guan Yins.
The beautifully and densely rolled dry leaves have the most wonderful fruity scent with just a slight hint of a springy grassiness. The liquor is a clear golden-yellow and has a calming fruity-floral smell. The silky tea liquor tastes sweet and fruity with a subtle grassy aftertaste and every so slight astringency.
I’m still pretty new to black teas, but I was pleased with this. It wasn’t overly strong and had a bit of sweetness and body that I like. The tea leaves are curled as in the description, with enough tip to be noticeable at first glance. Makes for an excellent tea to enjoy throughout the day.
Very pleasant citrus with just the right amount of jasmine. This tea is wonderful hot or cold.
I received this as a sample with my TeaSource order. It’s a green oolong flavored with licorice and ginseng, not something I would have chosen, which may account for why I’m not raving about it they way other reviewers have. The tea itself looks rather strange—like kibble or pellets. To me it tastes a lot like a Ti Kuan Yin with a hint of toastiness. There is a fairly mint-like bit in the aftertaste that’s probably due to the ginseng. It’s enjoyable, but it’s fairly down my list of favorite oolongs, at least on first steeping.
Smooooooooth. That’s how this tastes. Even my aunt I-only-heart-black-tea said she liked this one. This one is more on the green side of oolong. It steeps up a dark amber, has an almost creamy mouth feel and sweet, fruity, honeyed in taste. It reminds me of the Sweet Silk Oolong I had bought from TeaSource. I’ll have to brew that one up again tomorrow since I still have some to compare—decide which one is the go to light Oolong for me to stock. But this is definitely a contender.
So, verdict, I rather like it, although mildly, my aunt does not. Not because she disliked the taste, but because there’s not enough of it—she complains it’s like having hot water. Admittedly, this is a common complaint for her with Green and White teas, but she did like the Darjeeling Green a bit more, and the Clouds & Mist a lot more. This doesn’t have the vegetal taste that puts me off so many Green teas. It’s mild and sweet and refreshing with almost an almondish and minty note.
Edit: I tried brewing this longer, three and a half minutes rather than the 2 minutes suggested minimum, and my aunt then found she liked it a lot more, especially since I alternated this with only a black tea until it ran out and we both had a better chance to get used to it. So this turned out a tea we quite liked and I’m raising the rating from 41 (would not order again) to 77 (would consider.)
This was—Okay. And believe me, after trying the Chun Mee tea yesterday and having my aunt compare it to sewage, not a bad thing. But this is a very light tea—a kind of uber green. Not vegetal, which I dislike, and one we can tolerate enough to get through the two ounces we bought, but not one I’d order again. I found it rather bland. So far, of the five new green teas we recently purchased, the Cloud & Mist is the one we liked best. Tomorrow we’ll see if Pi Lo Chun can beat it.
I share these teas with my aunt, so I try to buy ones we’ll both like. Her reaction was this reminded her of “sewage.” Hardly how I’d describe it. Trying to tease out why she reacted that way, well it is slightly vegetal. I don’t detect the plum-like taste in the description on the packet. There’s an aftertaste that’s a bit metallic and smoky, a sour bite that makes it rather astringent. It’s … well my aunt called it “tolerable” but I think I’m probably going to give this away to my tea-drinking friend and give it another chance to be loved. Definitely not one we’ll order again.
I’m not crazy about this one. I prefer the other Yellow tea Tea Source offers, Wild Kwan Yin. That one reminded me a bit of a cross between green and white teas—in a good way. That one interestingly called for steeping at 190 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 3 minutes, like an oolong. This one called for 160 degrees Fahrenheit for two minutes, more like a green tea. It’s certainly very…er… subtle. Too much so for my tastes. Not quite as bad as Silver Needle. It’s not like drinking hot water, but too close for my tastes. There’s also an odd aftertaste. I don’t know how to describe it. Not quite metallic, but not really vegetable. Maybe this is what the description means by a note of “sweet roasted cornhusks.” My aunt out and out disliked it. Not a tea we’ll order again, although drinkable.
I don’t much care for flavored teas, but this is very good as an iced tea. Especially when sweetened with honey.