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This tea is amazingly delicious. Or perhaps not so amazingly, because I knew what I was getting into from the great reviews of it already on Steepster.
My package came yesterday, and I’m still having trouble with the fact that I’ve actually gotten mail from China now. With Chinese symbols on it even! I only recognize a couple of them from my studies of Japanese (like the symbol for tea, which is strangely not on all of the descriptions for the various teas).
Anyway, this tea is so delicious. It’s sweet and honey and malty and other things I’m not good enough to identify but all around very very good. I’m going to enjoy drinking this, this evening, 2 or 3 steeps it looks like it comes out to for brewing Western style. I don’t have a gaiwan yet and I’m really rather impatient besides so Western style is how I roll.
I only have one more sample packet of this left and I am so glad I found it today. I used half the sample packet for my press and steeped it for three minutes.
It is so delicious! Light and sweet. Faintly fruity and floral at the same time. The fruit is coming at the back of the tongue during the aftertaste. The floral is at the tip of the tongue when you sip it. Nice and sweet and smooth. I am going to enjoy this one today.
I always find the mug method a little challenging to do without drinking the leaves. I really need to get myself a bombilla to help me with that. But I love the flavor I’m getting out of this with the mug method! Rich and buttery with both a floral and a mineral note. The leaves are slowly starting to unfurl so it will be easier to drink soon. I love doing this in my clear mug so I can see that.
Edit: Woah! Beware the last sip when you can’t figure out how to drink this quickly. Very veggie and mineraly. Good though. It looks like I have a forest in the bottom of my mug. Very fun.
After having the Oriental Beauty, I was expecting Iron Goddess to be a darker oolong too, but it isn’t. It is a delightful green oolong. I don’t think I got the water hot enough on the first steep, but I’m on the second steep now after eating a big meal of pork fried rice with fried wontons.
The smell is wonderfully floral. It reminds me of a field of wildflowers in bloom. The taste is light and floral (not surprising). It is subtle and it does not remind you in any way of perfume. I know a lot of people worry about floral teas tasting like perfume.
This steep was brewed for two minutes and nothing has changed from the first steep. The flavor is just stronger. It is perfect to have after this type of meal and I will probably be drinking pot after pot of it tonight until I am done with it. I will update this note to say how many steeps it took me through tonight with my little two-cup pot.
Edit: It has lasted me through about four steeps in my french press. (8 tea cups) I can tell that the fourth steep is a little weaker than the third steep so it will be the last steep for me tonight.
The scent of this dry is tantalizing! Mild chocolate and sweet hay notes together! Very interesting.
And the taste…oh, the taste. To me, all the hay notes remind me very much of white tea; it’s also sweet and full bodied. I see why this is a favorite here on steepster! Thank you Teavivre for this generous and delicious sample!