Unimpressed. Not a terribly distinctive darjeeling; somewhat flat. OK, but certainly not what I was hoping for.
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Kind of old, but well-stored and still relatively fresh. The unique flowery nature brought on by the storage with lotus blossoms is significantly different than jasmine-scented teas. It tastes like Vietnam, if that makes any sense…
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Very fine tea that will make it through just about any mesh strainer. Not a whole leaf to be found.
Not terribly subtle in flavor, but then again, when I drink this, I’m looking for the strength.
Delicious Taiwanese oolong with a very full mouthfeel. Similar to another “milk oolong” I had a while back.
Interestingly, my 2 1/2-year-old daughter absolutely loved this tea.
I have no business continuing to drink this tea. I’ve had it for 8+ years. Seriously. I’m not kidding about that.
But the tin it’s in is sealed really tightly and believe it or not, the flavor and scent are still in tact. Not bad for a cheap-o black tea I bought a pound of for a mere $5.
I have fond memories of this tea, originally drinking it in college, when I was just starting my tea exploration. Sometimes it just does the trick.
(Here’s a pointer to my story of rediscovering this tea on my shelf: http://www.laze.net/fait/archive/2006/02/16/lichee_tea.php )
New style white tea with bergamot and basil — and it works!
Only the second yellow tea I’ve tried (hey, Steepster, where’s the option for yellow teas?).
Teas like this are the type that make me wish I had a better tea vocabulary. After all, how many times can you describe a green or white (or, indeed, yellow) as “subdued” or “mellow.” Jun Shan Yin Zhen is fuller than a classic style white tea like a Bao Hao Yin Zhen (interestingly, this tea is also referred to as “Silver Needle”) and there’s an ever-so-slight smokiness that really adds some amazing depth.
I should also note that the uniformity in the size of the leaves is fascinating. It’s clear that there’s a lot of work that goes into the production of this rare tea.
I believe this was mislabeled on my bag as “Golden Mountain Needle,” which is a green tea. I think it was actually the King of Golden Needles that Porto Rico sells.
A very nice, light liquor not at all a far cry from a good Silver Needle.
As I venture into more and more Japanese greens, I’m really starting to enjoy the vegetal taste of senchas like this one. I bought this at the Ito En store in New York (aka Tea Nerd Heaven) because it was a relatively low-cost sencha at $3/oz. It’s light and very refreshing and brews to a gorgeous green color.
I honestly didn’t like this one when I first tried it. It is indeed bold and, as a result, I find where it really shines is during its second infusion. Tastes even better when it’s cooled down a bit.
OK, but not a favorite. I’m not a huge fan of blends and this tin is a bit past expiration, so that could also be a contributing factor.
In Pursuit of Tea wasn’t lying when they said “be sure to use enough” (they suggest two tablespoons per 6 oz.). This is a very, very light tea whose correct brewing can bring out some nice subtleties.
Had this one yesterday. The jury’s still out…
Nice and mellow. A lighter hint of melon than previous times I’ve tried this blend.