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I love this tea. I just wish it weren’t so expensive.
Brewed a cup this morning with a splash of milk and a two teaspoons of sugar. I really should be more generous with tea leaves, I’m always too stingy with them.
It’s loose leaf tea (of questionable quality) that I bought a while ago from a grocery store, and I’m pretty sure it’s ancient. Always a gold bag, and always masala chai, it’s kind of funny.
My mom likes making this to fight something the Chinese call inflammation, translated literally it’s ‘going up in flames’. The body has a balance of five different elements, and certain foods (often spicy or fried) raises the fire element and upsets the system. Chrysanthemum is supposed to be a ‘cooling’ plant. I’m not sure how much scientific backing is in this, but I do know that homemade chrysanthemum tea is delicious. ♥ It’s just the flower heads and water brewed over low heat for a long time, simple. I had a cup this morning, chilled and with a bit of rock sugar.
This was another tea I had at a friend’s house. It is good loose leaf material, with Ceylon and Chinese green tea in it. Not sure whether ginger goes well with green tea or not, it’s definitely good with black tea. I’ll have to try it again. I know I like this tea, but I’m just not sure quite how much
Quite a delightful German loose leaf tea.
This is one tea that I deeply enjoyed. So far this year, this tea is number 1 on my list. Too bad we are not sure where it came from. We will keep you posted if we find out any details.
This is OK hot but lovely iced. It is tangy and sweet and pure delight.
Light green tea that can be steeped several times. Usually put this with my cup infuser teas. I like it when I just want to drink something.
This is what I’m drinking at work at the moment. It was part of a christmas gift, bought it a small local store where my parents live. Keemun in general is one of my favourite blacks and is no different.
One of the 5 rarest and most famous Wu Yi Oolongs and it’s easy to see why.
Online, it’s described as being the rarest, because the process requires such high skill that most people won’t even attempt to create it.
I don’t know what brand or what year this Oolong was harvested, but I will ask my friend who gave it to me.
(It’s pricey and rare, so he only spared me 3 grams of it, but that 3 grams was little enough to get upwards of 8 infusions, in a small Yi Xing teapot)
The complexity of this tea makes it hard to describe, but that’s also is what makes it such a treasure. Unlike most Wu Yi’s, the leaf is not a deep dark brown.
This Bai Ji Guan was a medium brown, almost cherry like color with spots of olive green. A truly beautiful and distinct leaf, unlike any I’ve ever seen. The leaf style is typical Wu Yi, large curly, these were not particular long and wiry, but shorter and wider.
Dry leaf aroma: Smoky, hint of some kind of wild fruit.
After rinse aroma: Passion fruit, floral, soap-ish (good in this tea)
First infusion: 15 seconds. WOW. The flavor is incredible, it might have been even slightly over-steeped at 15s, but the initial fruitiness is unmistakable. Followed by a slight smokiness. And then comes the sweet finish, and what a lingering sweet finish. I noticed that 5 minutes after, it was still there and you only really realize it after you forget that it’s there-if that makes sense.
I won’t bore you guys with the details but I went on to steep this tea many times for my friends and each time, something unique, different, distinct and most of all, delicious.
We don’t currently carry this Oolong (but we do have 2 grades of Da Hong Pao) but we might in the future. So if you ever get your hands on some, savor it and treasure it…and send me a few grams ;)
Wonderfully fruity, smoky, long lasting sweetness, the complexity is amazing. I wish I have more than 3 grams.
Very forgiving oolong. We used our small red Yixing teapot, and did four infusions. The leaves can probably handle one or two more before the flavor will fall off. Leaves a nice taste in the mouth long after you’ve put down the teacup.
Bought in Germany on my last trip there. Very good, lots of fruit flavor. Brewed with my TeaDrop.
Soft taste. Relaxing. Perfect for drinking after dinner.
I had a couple cups of this nice bright green tea this morning to combat a winter cold.