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Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Floral, Olive Oil, Vegetal

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This tea promises honey and it certainly delivers it! I find some sheng incredibly complex where you can list off a dozen different notes. This isn’t especially complex, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t incredibly yummy. There’s some hay/straw (are they the same thing?) hiding in there but mostly I’m just getting sweetness. There’s a bit of bitterness that comes and goes, but for the most part it’s entirely pleasant. Though I’m getting to the point where I appreciate a bit of a bite (within reason). It counteracts the sweet aspect well.

Also, I love the cute mystery wrapping. https://instagram.com/p/zvffQCRWFJ/?modal=true You get four of these in the pack and get to pick one at random. I guess it’s not incredibly convenient if you’re looking for a specific tea, but I love the surprise factor. I’m very excited to try the rest of the teas. I’ve been slacking as I got a ton of teas at the same time last week on top of the pu-erh TTB. But these are definitely at the top of the list.

Flavors: Honey, Straw, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Lindsay

Hay is food for animals, and straw is bedding for animals. :) So hay has more nutrient-rich plant parts, while straw is pretty much just stalks – whatever’s left after you remove the grain head part of your wheat, barley, oats, etc. crop. They both have a dried grass kind of quality, but I tend to think of hay as having more green and sweetness to it. :)

mrmopar

I like them with the touch of “bite” as well.

WYMMTEA|惟餘莽莽

Thanks for kind words cookies!:) glad you enjoyed the mystery concept too! I personally really enjoy the initial astringency from the back of the mouth that is immediately replaced with sweetness that propagates from the tip of the tongue. It creates that extra ‘punch’, making the taste more vivid.

cookies

Lindsay well that’s a fun fact! I had no idea. Seems like the note in this is hay rather than straw :)

mrmopar & WymmTea It definitely took me a while, but I’m happy I’ve learned to enjoy it. It opens up so many more sheng options. Especially the young ones.

Lindsay

I so rarely get to share all the random knowledge I acquired growing up on a kinda-farm. :)

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Flavors: Cinnamon, Cream, Floral, Honeysuckle, Lavender, Vanilla

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Made the last of this of my sample as cold brew last night. I used about 2 tsps in about 16oz water and I left it about 10 hours.

Honestly, this is so good I’m going to have to increase the rating. It’s such an interesting iced tea. A bit floral, notes of citrus, and quite malty. It’s light bodied but still flavorful and the taste really lingers after you take a sip. Honestly I think I might pick some up to use iced this summer, it’s incredible this way.

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Malt, Orange

Preparation
Iced
Stephanie

I love those citrusy darjeelings

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This is a really lovely young sheng. No bitterness with a beautifully full fruity body and lingering sweetness. Others taste apricot which I can see, but I found it most like an over-ripe cherry. Definitely spectacular for a young sheng, but the most striking part about this tea is the savory aspect to it. It’s very unique but melds well with the fruitiness.

I only gave it one rinse, and I’m glad I didn’t do more because it had beautiful flavor right from the get-go. It also brews up to a really beautiful color. A gorgeous sunset orange/pink. Definitely going on my to-buy list.

Flavors: Apricot, Overripe Cherries, Sugarcane, Umami

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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Tea Chai Te didn’t have a decent description of this one on its website, so I honestly wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. But since I’ve only had roasted TGYs before so I decided to pick up an oz just to try it out. There also weren’t any brewing instructions so I winged it and did my usual green oolong brew of 1tsp of tea in 7oz for 2 minutes in 190º water.

It tastes like rich raw honey dipped in water. Maybe a little bit of a green taste at the back of the sip, but mostly just rich rich honey. Not at all like I was expecting. I thought the Yue Guang Bai cake from Puerhshop tasted like honey, but this blows that one out of the water. If you gave this to a non tea-drinker I’m positive they wouldn’t believe you hadn’t added the honey yourself.

Tea Cha Te doesn’t get that much press on here, but I’ve been very happy with them. They ship quickly, I think their prices are fair, and I’ve enjoyed all of the teas I received from them. In this past order I picked up an oz of three different tea, but all weighed closer to 50g which was a very nice surprise. I definitely recommend checking them out.

Flavors: Honey

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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drank Bao Zhong by Tea Chai Te
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Flavors: Cream, Floral, Gardenias, Nectar, Sugarcane

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drank Gaba Oolong by Tea Chai Te
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There weren’t many instructions on the package for this tea, just steep for 3 minutes. No note of amount or water temp, so I made my best guess and used 1 tsp in 7oz with ~185º water.

It turned out pretty well, even though I thought it would be a bit light. This tastes very similar to DTH’s Organic Yunnan black tea, with that deep savory caramel note. It has a light mouthfeel, but the flavor is quite rich. There’s a little bit of fruitiness, but it’s mostly caramel. Not at all what I was expecting, but I really enjoy it.

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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My favorite teas are unflavored Chinese blacks, especially Yunnans & Fujians, and I’m also partial to strong Irish Breakfast blends and Assams as well as sheng and most shou and greener oolongs. I always take my tea without additions except for masala chai blends which I always add milk to. Generally unsweetened soy, occasionally I’ll splurge with some sweetened vanilla soy milk.

Likes: Anything with roasty, toasty, smoky, or malty notes.

Dislikes: Anise/licorice/fennel, stevia, & coconut flavoring. Rooibos, honeybush and mate tisanes.

Allergies: Peanuts & Tree nuts

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