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Tian Hu Shan

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This tea is not your typical relaxing cup of bliss that you may be used to. However, the benefits of pearl ku ding tea are many: according to traditional Chinese medicine, it eliminates toxins, disperses wind-heat, reduces inflammation, enhances focus, memory, and improves digestion plus more. It’s not consumed for its great flavor but it is very good for you.

Flavors: Dark Bittersweet

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79

Sweet floral taste, very good flavor for the price. It’s found at my favorite Asian Grorcery store. I always keep it in stock if I can. Also makes a very good iced tea.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

It is a good surprise. Specially in the second infusion.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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85

I normally don’t like oolongs, but this one has me hooked. Slightly fruity, with floral overtones. It’s even good iced.

Flavors: Berries, Flowers, Malt, Nuts, Stonefruits

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Jasmine Tea by Tian Hu Shan
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Picked this up at my tea shop for $4.95 for a 15 oz tin. It is a Chun Hoa grade. I have to be a little careful with this and steep times. I get 2 good infusions out of it. I like it for a daily all day drinker.

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drank Jasmine Tea by Tian Hu Shan
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drank Jasmine Tea by Tian Hu Shan
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Flavors: Baked Bread, Dark Bittersweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

A mild and inexpensive tie guan yin. Very good for everyday drinking, cheap enough and of high enough quality to season a teapot.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 17 OZ / 502 ML

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20

Tastes extraordinarily bitter, as any ‘bitter nails tea’ should. Color develops quickly, with hints of purple. A beautiful brew, but only truly suited to drink as medicine.

Flavors: Bok Choy, Roasted Barley, Seaweed, Stonefruits

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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32

I have such a terrible case of the winter ‘blahs’ and it is seriously sapping my desire to do much of anything other than play Terraria (because it is so green and full of life! sometimes). As soon as the weather stops being insanely cold (it was -18 degrees here the other day) I am going to haul myself outside and find a speck of green and just sit next to it. This may prove awkward for my neighbor who has the only pine tree in a several mile radius. I do not think my SAD is related to sunlight, having Lupus means the sun hates me, but the lack of green things and most of nature being asleep does make me want to hibernate. So, like yesterday, I am pulling a tea that reminds me of livelier times from my notebook to review.

Today we are looking at Rose Ti Kuan Yin by Tian Hu Shan. I came across a jar full of this tea at my favorite Asian Market and was so enchanted by the idea of mixing rose (one of my favorite tea additives) and Tie Guan Yin (and all its spelling permutations) that I had to grab it, plus I loved the jar it was in. I pop off the lid and give the leaves a good sniff and alas, I am disappointed. With rosebuds that size I was expecting the aroma to be intense and like stepping into a rose garden during summer, instead it was like coming across a single dried rose leftover on the vine from last summer. Dry, mildly floral, and a little perfumed. The Ti Kuan Yin had the aroma of sweet, baking bread and a hint of roast, it was also pretty mild.

Brewing the tea does help both the oolong and the roses have more distinct aromas, the rose is very much so an English rose style and not a spicy wild rose (I might sniff too many flowers) and has a soapy, perfumed quality. The oolong has notes of green beans, chestnuts, and yeasty bread with a fading hint of orchid. The liquid is mostly oolong with a hint of rose as the finish, sweet with notes of chestnut and oddly a hint of popcorn.

The flavor is sadly, a bit uninspiring. The rose is fairly mild, a finishing note instead of being front and center. There are very mild notes of orchid and chestnuts, but mostly what I am getting is yeasty sweet notes, like baking bread, and roasted notes. I was disappointed and put it back on my shelf until my gaiwan arrived, perhaps giving it a Gongfu steeping instead of Western would change things up a bit. The flavors were a little stronger but still nothing spectacular. It was a beautiful tea to look at but uninspiring to sip, the quest for a rosy Tie Guan Yin continues!

For photos and blog: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/01/tian-hu-shan-rose-ti-kuan-yin-tea-review.html

TheTeaFairy

Yep, winter blahs here too…
Too bad for the taste, the tea looks so pretty!

Amanda Wilson

This tea certainly is one of the prettiest teas I have ever seen. Luckily I sent some to my mom and she loved it so I have a person to send all my extra too :)

TheTeaFairy

Yay! i’m all about finding new homes for cupboard’s orphans, you know the ones that end up in that drawer that never gets open lol!

Amanda Wilson

Exactly! Luckily my mom usually likes the ones that I am ‘meh’ about so she gets periodic boxes of tea from me. It is so good that people have different tastes.

Shelley_Lorraine

Oh, gee, Winter is my season. I (not kidding) get seasonal depression in the summer. I’ve always wondered if there is anyone else who does too or if its even supposed to be possible, but here I am, a living example!

TheTeaFairy

Oh shelley, I love winter too! Playing in the snow never gets old and I love that cozy feeling you get inside only during the winter, with a blanket, a book, tea, good music and a blazing fire in the fireplace. I just got the blahs for different reasons this winter :-) As for summer, you’re not that weird…Summer depression, that is funny :-) I don’t get depressed, but I can’t stand heavy heat and I totally don’t mind when fall kicks in!

Amanda Wilson

I get almost all seasonal depression, I guess because mine is more based on being cooped up inside rather than relying on sunlight (I really should move to the Northwest so I can enjoy all those cloudy days) because I go through weeks and sometimes a month or more during summer when the air quality/heat/too much sun is too bad for being outside for long, same with Spring and its pollen. Really Autumn is where it is at, my favorite season.

Shelley_Lorraine

I really do tend to be more mopey during the summer. The smell of nasty BBQs everywhere, feeling sticky and miserable, buzzy stingy things following me around (so many bees and wasps die in my hair or get in my car and I’ve never been stung. .my husband thinks they just love me, but I still have a huge phobia of them), no holidays to look forward to and no school either, its just a long gap of time waiting for the next exciting event.

Amanda – Fall is indeed when I am the happiest. Mostly its because its the anticipation of so many happy things. . then winter comes around and reminds me that I’m just one season closer to spring. lol.

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62

Globe amaranth tea is an herbal (caffeine-free) tisane known for containing many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. This tea brews hot pink and is distinctly vegetal with spinach undertones, herbaceous like chrysanthemum tea and mildly sweet.

Please see my full review here:
http://thirstyfortea.com/2013/06/28/tian-hu-shans-globe-amaranth-tea/

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Oolong by Tian Hu Shan
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Bought a really cute 6oz kyusu for less than $5, came home so excited that I overloaded on oolong :)

Warmed the kyusu, added 5gr tea and rinsed. First steep was 2.30, found it a bit too much, perhaps 2 min would have been better. Second steep was 2.30 again, this time it was perfect. 3rd steep tried 2.30 again and the first sips were good, buy by the end of the batch I decided 3 min would have been better. 4th steep was for 4.30 min, maybe 5 min next time. 5th steep was weak. The leaves still smell lovely, but maybe this tea only does 4 steeps.

What would I do next time? Take my time! I drank the whole thing in less than an hour :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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77

I think this is going to become a regular in my tea cupboard: it tastes far, far better than I was expecting considering how affordable it is (cost me £5 for a 200g jar).

This tea is very pretty. The dry leaves are adorable little curly things, the tea itself is a nice yellow-green colour, and it comes in a pretty glass jar :) I never have enough containers to keep all my tea in, so this is a plus for me. Definitely the sort of tea you want to use a glass pot for.

When I brewed the tea, the first thing I noticed was that this tea has a bit of the same ‘fish’ taste that you get in dragonwell, and this dominates the smell of the tea. I really like dragonwell, so this is a big plus for me. Overall the tea has a very smooth taste, with very little bitterness and a hint of sweetness towards the end of the sip.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I have this sitting in my tea cupboard (and yes, I have a cupboard dedicated to just tea) but I haven’t tried it yet. Not entirely sure how to steep it…any suggestion?

Ann

I, too, had this sitting in my cupboard and just broke it out this morning. I made it entirely too strong using 3 needles. Use one and steep at 170 to 195 f degree water. It is very bitter by design. I took those leaves and combined them with my regular tea and it was a nice combination.

Eman63

Since water brought to a boil in the microwave is not actually up to full boiling temp, nuking it actually brings the water to a proper temp. One needle is enough for one cup. I have frequently enjoyed this tea especially when experiencing chest and head colds and found it to be very beneficial. It does have a very bitter taste but it is followed by a mildly sweet after taste. To me the benefits far outway the taste. I do prefer to drink it without sweetener, you are free to add sugar or honey. Raw unfiltered honey has its own medicinal properties as well so it can’t hurt.

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