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LOVE this…but sending the rest to Susan :)
Backlog and Sip Down! This one will be missed!
Backlogging and sipdown…a few cups…see other notes :)
Had 2 cups earlier today…see other notes…
A lovely Mao Feng – grassy, yes, a little, but, while it once was off-putting for me, I find it quite nice now. This is sweet and delicious, with a lovely nutty tone in the background, and a hint of fruit flavor in the foreground.
Very pleasant. Very enjoyable.
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending this one my way.
backlogging several cups from last week! A great tea, indeed! See previous notes :)
This was my 2nd and 3rd cups this morning and it woke me up much better! Ahhhh! A nice sturdy black tea!! YAY
Backlogging from yesterday…lovely.
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Smooth, is the first word that came to my mind. The leaves were a silverish grey, with a little bit of a lustre. This tea was unusual in that I can give it a mouthfeel; a creamy texture, likely a derivative of the smooth taste. If I didn’t brew the tea myself, i’d have sworn that someone had put some milk into the tea. This is a tea I will return to again and again.
Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.
This is an excellent Yunnan Gold. It has a lovely complexity to it. It has a sweet tone that is quite honey-like, as well as some very intriguing smoky and spice notes, and an interesting cocoa note that weaves its way through the sip. It finishes with a somewhat strong, dry astringency and there is very little aftertaste. A very nice cuppa, indeed.
Oh! This is terrific! VERY wonderful Bai Hao Oolong! I really REALLY like it! YUM!
It smells slightly fruity but it tastes very clean and crisp and it’s mouthwatering and has near-like honey (almost type homey) notes underneath!
Homey (or Homie) LOVES it!
Happy St Patrick’s Day!!!!
Lovely! Rich! Bold! Excellent Standby! Had two cups already today! Thanks LiberTEAs!
sigh what a lovely Oolong. I agree with Geoffrey, this tastes a lot like a Formosa Oolong.
Such a smooth, rich flavor. Wonderful sweetness. Nice peach tones in the background.
I’m off to write a review of this beauty!
Mao Fengs are a love-it/hate-it steep affair, but I mostly find them “okay”. They were the quintessential green tea that I use as a barometer for others – smack dab in the middle. This is a middle-of-the-road green tea. It has a good smell and taste, but it doesn’t really stand out from the crowd. Slightly vegetal, partially creamy, and all around “eh, it’s there.”
Had a cup of this earlier…pretty smooth for a Yunnan but I think that is what makes this one unique! I like it! See my other note on this one…
Today I steeped it for just 3 minutes and it’s perfect. Rich, smooth and delicious. One of the maltiest Assam teas that I’ve encountered! Delightful!
There is a delightful caramel undertone to this that is crave-worthy, and a really toothsome character as well. Lovely! Yummmmmmmm!
I’m off to write a full-length review for the SororiTea Sisters blog!
PS: increasing my numeric rating too, now that I’ve found the right parameters!
This was more unusual than the typical Ceylons I’ve tried. The character of it was robust, malty…but in contrast to that also had a smooth, floral delivery. I attribute the oddities to the fact that it’s a low-grown, whole leaf varietal. If the initial aroma doesn’t grab you, nothing will – like chocolate-covered cherries dipped in brandy.
Slightly buttery vegetable-esque
grassy/dried apricot aftertaste
Darn good Green!
Full Review coming soon to SororiTEA Sisters!
This is semi-smokey yet fairly rich and malty. It smells more like honey than that other Yunnan’s I have tried thus far. It’s a pretty strong one, too! The smokey and peppery notes are wonderful. As it cools I can pick up on a a chewier and sweeter taste than before while drinking the hotter version. This is a goodie!
What a lovely Assam! It has a rich, delicious taste with a nice malty character. I steeped it according to package directions, which suggested a 4 – 5 minute steep time, and next time I think I am going to reduce that to 3 minutes. While this is good, I do detect a bit of bitterness to it that may be reduced when steeped for less time.
After adding some milk to the cup, the bitterness goes away, and I have a delicious, creamy cuppa! YUM YUM YUM!
The vendor site claims this is a tea from Fujian Province, but “Bai Hao” (or White Hair) Oolong actually stems from Taiwan. And on taste, I’m more apt to believe this is a Formosan oolong. It brews a bright gold liquor with a first flush pekoe-ish nose. The taste is definitely more reminiscent of Taiwanese oolongs I’ve had, reminding me quite a bit of Superior Taifu with its grape-like notes and crisp foretaste. An enjoyable cup…wherever the heck its from.