108 Tasting Notes
I had won this unique oolong a few months ago true a facebook competition and it was in my tea storage for that long. But here we are i had some cups of this Phoenix oolong and its a wonderful tea!
The discription on the package was ‘notes of strawberry and orange blossem’ and to my surprise i had a soft strawberry taste with my first cup, not strongly but a faint aftertaste almost like a light strawberry yogurt. The orange blossem was present from the first cup as well but it was far more clear in the next 4 cups. I brewed this tea western style starting with 2min and increasing the brew time with each cup by one minute. The results where 5 very very good cups of tea.
This tea reminds me a lot of phoenix honey orchid but its more forgiving and lasts way longer in taste. It does not get bitter at all, to bad u can’t buy this anymore on the jing website.
One of the best oolongs i had so far in my opinion.
This Mao Lian also know as Jade Sword is my second sample from Little Red Cup Tea.
I had some Mao Lian before so i don’t need to doubt myself while brewing this tea. For my first cup i used 70°c water and a fairly big teaspoon of these nice dark green leafs. Once brewed these leafs look a bit like seaweed and the color of my cup turns a bright green.
This mao jian is a very refreshing green tea with some hints of cream and best off all it doesn’t turn bitter at all. This is a good tea for warm afternoons when u need some hydration!
I comparing my 2 samples from red cup this one is my personal favorite. Tough the white monkey tasted good it wasn’t 100% my thing. This one is more up my ally and would drink it on a very regular base!
I think i ruined my tea a bit on the second and third cup because i had water about 80°c and made a to long steep (about 5min). It turned a little bit bitter but it was still enjoyable. If i keep up with the 70°c steeps i believe the tea will hold out better because the quality of the first cup was really tasty. Still got enough sample size left to make a new go somewhere this week!
Time for trying out my first sample from Little Red Cup Tea. Its a fairly big sample so thanks very a lot for giving me a chance to test it out!
The leaf’s are when dry a bit fluffy like the hairs on silver needles, but more green. I make my first cup with a 3min steep time on 70°c. The liquor of the brew turns out to be a bit between white and green tea. Its golden like a white tea, but with a green tint.
Its still a bit warm with my first sips but i’m getting a nice creamy flavor with some sweet aftertaste. This tea sure is more leaning towards a white then a green thats surprising and it drinks away very easy. When its more cooled down it reminds me a bit of a white darjeeling i had some time ago. Its a very nice cup and i’m curious about the second and third brew i’m going to make from it!
This is my last sample for justea. I’m really thanking them for letting try these great Kenyan tea’s. This time around we are tasting the Earl Grey version of the Kenyan Black tea.
The dry leaf got a light bergamot scent to it. Not strong but just noticeable. So thats already a good sign for things to come, because i really don’t like overly strong flavored tea’s.
I brewed this earl grey for 3min and the color of the infusion is almost the same then the black tea base alone. For more info about the tea base check my Kenyan Black tasting note.
The robustness of the Kenyan tea is still in front when drinking this cup of tea. But u can clearly taste the fresh bergamot oil that is used to give this its classic earl grey taste. Its refreshing and its a very good thing the bergamot isn’t taking over the tea.
I’m liking this just like the african chai and the Kenyan black (thats the base for all there tea’s)! Justea u got really amazing tea’s out there, these 3 samples where by far the best samples i had i a long time.
My second sample from this Kenyan tea this time in a chai version. Dry it looks very beautiful loads of color from the clove, the fennel seeds, and rose petals. This smells very great to, a very very spicy oder. U just want to try it when u open the package.
Because i really was surprised with the regular kenyan black tea i’m not going deeper into the base of this tea. If u want to read more about the base just go to the other tasting note i made.
Once brewed this Chai still smells good and the color is a bit different then the ruby red from the tea without the spices. Taste wise the malty flavors come true and then the warming spices kick in. This one does not go bitter even with a bit of over steeping and thats a wonderful aspect!
Overall a very warming malty tea with a smooth finish, its really soft in the mouth!
Only one left to try is the Earl Grey, this is coming soon in my tasting note’s.
I’m thinking that i really need to start looking to buy some big packs of this tea, its a surprise i didn’t expected it to be that good!
I have to thank justea for the big samples and especially for there work with this fairtrade project in kenya. I just love it when people help others, people that in many options don’t got a other way off living deserve some help and if that tea kitchen is a way to help get them more self employed then thats a very good thing!
Now time for tea talk!
The dry leaf smell very fresh and even a bit fruity tough this is the regular kenyan black. When brewing the leaf the liquor turns out a ruby like red (just like someone else here on steepster noticed). Never had a African tea except some rooibos but technically speaking thats a herbal.
I’m fond of strong black tea’s like assam, in color this reminds me a bit of assam tea. My first sips with this tea is when its a bit to hot. But even then i can notice a strong full body element. When its cooled down a bit more u get a fresh riche taste thats a bit malty!
I’m comparing this to great assam and its passing the test. If the cost for sending a larger parcel isn’t to big i’m pretty damn sure i’m going to order this again!
I’m very surprised about the quality of this tea, didn’t know the region was able to produce tea’s that in quality might be equal with chinese and indian tea’s…
My very last sample from Laurent of Nina’s paris.
This rooibos smells great and citrus like when dry, i also notice a few fairly large pieces of orange in the mix.
For my first cup i use boiling water and a 3min steep like usual and the color from this brew is like a dark copper ore. It smells great to. Taste wise i’m clearly making out the citrus. Its almost like a earl grey tea, but with rooibos and orange instead of black tea and bergamot. Actually thats all there is to say a good steady rooibos with a earl grey like twist. Note its not really earl grey but its very similar.
For me one off the best samples i received!
edit: apart from the orange flavors i did spot the quince, and its a nice little touch off difference. It makes it feel more warmer and richer in taste… never had quince in a tea before so had a hard time figuring it out, but it was a lot more prominent when cooler
Going to try this caramel flavored rooibos from Laurent of Nina’s Tea this evening. Once again i’m happy that i get the chance to try these rooibos samples. Got one more to try after this one and thats Lion. But first things first this is poisson or in english Pisces…
On my first cup i’m doing a 3min brew like usual. The dry leaf are the same like the other rooibos samples but this has some square pieces of what i’m guessing is the caramel. Those pieces are rather big so i’m expecting a strong caramel flavor.
Once the tea is cooled enough i’m onto tasting it. The color looks wonderful and it smells a little bit like toffee candy’s. When drinking and tasting i can clearly make out the caramel and its a bit creamy. Less then i expected tough. This one is a bit weaker in taste then the other rooibos samples i had. But thats possibly a mistake on my end by filling my tea infuser a bit higher then usual… sample size was the same then all others but i was to hasty measuring out the amount off water.
I’m starting to like rooibos more and more thanks to these samples, only rooibos i had before that was a unflavored one.
going to give this no rating (if thats possible i’m trowing the rating bar down to zero) because of the mistake on my side.
Have to say i did enjoy this even tough its a bit weaker then usual!