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This is a light green tea with a faint greenish-yellow liquor. The tea has a subtle floral aroma that is mixed with hints of cut grass somewhat like strolling through a rose garden. The taste of the tea is also light and pleasantly green with the usual hints of floral plants. One of this tea’s most winning characteristics is that its flavor changes as you swallow; somehow the tea tastes multidimensional. The perspicacious drinker will detect initial grassy flavors that ease into floral overtones that change depending on whether the mouth is open or not. After swallowing the tea leaves myriad aftertastes, both pleasant and perplexing. One can sip this tea multiple times with entirely different taste experiences. The tea is solid yet light, direct yet ambiguous. Exploring the depths is a truly cerebral experience.
The tea is also robust with respect to multiple brews and acquires a slight sweetness with more plant-y character as one continues.
Flavors: Flowers, Grass
The osmanthus addition in this tea is the prominent taste however one can also appreciate the oolong beneath it. The tea is light, obviously floral, and refreshing. Due to the floral addition the tea has a robust aftertaste which is excellent. The oolong itself is a little flat and slightly bitter, though pleasant. There is less roasted taste and more green freshness. If not for the osmanthus though, the tea would not be nearly as impressive.
Also, the tea changes significantly when over/under steeped and not in a good way (in my opinion). I think the timing for this tea is quite important.
This is a green tea with a light yellowish liquor. This is an amazing and complex tea. The tea is quite floral without being at all herbaceous. Its most interesting quality you don’t taste it per se. At least I did not experience a strong taste upon the first sipping. Rather, it evokes an aromatic billowing feeling as it envelopes your mouth during and after you swallow. The most interesting complexity begins during swallowing and breathing because the tea scent/aroma is so overwhelming. Although there are many floral green teas this one has no bitterness and very minimal direct taste at all. The experience of drinking it is essentially entirely aromatic which is somewhat unique.
As to the tastes/smells themselves, the tea is very floral (though not infused with flowers) and slightly sweet. The taste is fresh, green, and bold without being bright or sharp. Needless to say the liquor is incredibly smooth. Successive pours are relatively consistent though the second is best.
This is an excellent tea. The liquor is a beautiful shade of amber. The taste is entirely smooth even slightly sweet. The sweetness evokes blossoms of some unknown plant though there is no flower infused in the tea itself. (The flowery effect is much darker and subtle than that of a floral green tea however.) This is the only tea that I have ever come across with precisely this effect, it’s stunning.
The results of the taste linger and change after the tea is swallowed, there is a residual sweetness. In addition, each pour of the tea is slightly different and it is worth preserving all of them separately to experience the full spectrum. I would consider this my favorite hongcha(红茶).
Flavors: Flowers, Honey
Drank this yesterday right before dinner. This is my go-to tea for when my stomach hurts. The flavor is hardly palatable, but the medicinal effect is amazing.
Yesterday was a very special day and I didn’t want to ruin it by having a stomach ache. What made drinking this fairly icky brew more enjoyable was drinking it out of one of the gifts I received. :)
This was one of the first puerh teas that I had in my early days of tea drinking. I remember thinking that it was really good but really expensive at the time so I slowly drank it as a special occasion tea while it lasted. Recently I decided to get it again to see what I think of it now which I think is likely at least five years if not longer since the last time I’ve had it. The brew is non earthy and has a warm sweet taste to it which I’d describe as neither malty nor mellow. I know it is a character of Laocong puerh which like Menghai and Mengku puerh the unique taste defies description. Overall a wonderful tea but one that you are parying a premium for the fancy packaging.
I love lychee! When I was at ten ren tea I was looking for new and exciting goodies to buy and try I saw this lychee black tea in the giant tin. I asked the young lady if I could have a smell and it smelled heavenly! I bought 2 oz and made a pitcher of iced tea with it as soon as I got home. I never added any sweetener. It was fruity, tart and refreshing with just the right amount of natural sweetness. I went through those 2 oz quick and I had to go back for another 6oz. I have yet to try it hot.
This is a very light oolong with light lychee flavor which is a bit of a surprise from how strong of a lychee aroma the dry leaf has. Overall a decent tea but I’m glad that I only got the small sample, instead of the small bag as this is a tea that I will not be buying again.
It’s a hot, fiery, dry Spring (let alone Summer yet!) here in Australia, so I’m trying out a bunch of my favourites as iced teas in preparation!
This is the first oolong I’ve iced, and it turned out beautiful! Although the flavour itself is very light, the fragrance is so sweet like a garden. I put in a slice of lemon for a little extra flavour.
I left it overnight starting in room temp water, but next time I think I might start with warmish water to help the leaves unfurl.