14 Tasting Notes
Sichuan Gongfu is excellent, my favorite Black Tea from TeaSpring so far (I have not tried them all).
A compelling taste, not too much tannin, not too little, just right.
Definitely on the order again list.
Like TeaSpring says, this is a pleasant, smooth Chinese Green.
Notes of Asparagus and succulent greens.
The leaf is large and beautiful.
I like this one. Has some of the maltiness and high-tannin content of an Indian Tea. Also notes of smokiness. Would order again.
Tippy and peppery, but not in the same league a good Golden Yunnan. Bit of a medicine-ish taste.
[Update] I tried this again with a bit more leaf and for 5 minutes, came out much better- bolder and more interesting taste. Upped the rating to 85/100.
Note, I am brewing this Western Style, I will have to do another review for Gong Fu.
A sophisticated, complex and subtle black tea. A bit Keemun-ish but less bold. Smooth, not powerfully malty like Assam or Yunnan. I had to brew it a full 5 minutes Western-style, 4-4.5 was not strong enough with my usual 1 stp per 6 oz water leaf ratio.
Notes of sweet shellfish-crab, fruit-plum, autumn leave scent.
It is interesting, not my usual style but I would give it 80/100
A fine example of Golden Yunnan. Malty notes of chocolate and leather (in a good way! the word “tannin” actually comes from the leather tanning process).
While this batch is not 100% golden buds like some rare Yunnan Golds I have seen, it contains a high enough proportion of those precious soft downy golden tips to produce the prized succulent notes of premium gold tippy Yunnan.
This is an excellent tea for a packaged store-stocked product, at least the batches I’ve tried have been. Has that slightly nutty extremely mouthwatering savory taste that makes you compulsively sip a good Long Jing (Dragon Well) until it is gone.
Very impressed, for a store-bought packaged tea. It’s even better if you empty out the leaf and brew it like normal loose leaf ;)
I love the Tea Stop, but this is not the best Dragon Well I have ever had. Maybe 80/100. A decent tea, but it does not quite have that mouthwatering savory nutty taste typical of the best Long Jings.
Continuing to add my favorite tea’s, here is an exemplar Keemun Hao Ya A from The Tea Stop. I have not found a source more representative of what Hao Ya A should be than this… Delicate, full bloom of balanced flavor, the proper hint of smokiness. Mouthwatering perfection, and I don’t use that word lightly! I am almost hesitant to continue posting these, because part of me has the urge to keep my hard-won, favorite sources secret so they don’t sell out quicker, but what the heck, good tea must be shared…
For $9.50, this is a surprisingly good matcha. Not bitter, really no complaints at this price point, I would rate it 85 factoring in that it is such a bargain. I have had worse matcha’s that cost twice as much.
Good choice for a daily matcha.
(Again, for any matcha beginners, a bamboo whisk is required- you can use any wide ceramic or pyrex bowl in a pinch, but without the bamboo whisk it just is not going to dissolve or froth up, so it will not taste right)