Because I haven’t had a Japanese green for a while. And what better Japanese green is there than this? Sweet, rich and just an all-round beautiful cup of tea. Two teaspoons of leaves per cup, steeped for one and a half minutes in water at 55C.
265 Tasting Notes
Got some more of this. Yay! Trying it a bit stronger, 1.5 teaspoons of leaves to the cup, and it’s working out really well. Every aspect of it is just that little bit more, and still a great taste.
This is a “black” oolong. I usually prefer the “green” oolongs, but I really liked this tea. It’s smooth and a little smoky, with some interesting things going on with the flavour in the aftertaste. Steeped for one minute in water just below boiling point.
Only half a teaspoon of this left, so… I made half a cup. g
Back to the usual brewing method and this one’s working very nicely again. I’ve been drinking this one throughout the day and my not-very-well body has been appreciating the hits of antioxidants.
This is an excellent Dragonwell. Brewed at 70C for two minutes.
Mmm. Great tea. My sample’s almost gone, so I’ve just ordered a full packet. Definitely a tea to keep on hand.
Back to this one today. This time I brewed it in my pottery infuser mug. Mistake! The flavours come through much clearer when brewed in a tea pot and drunk from a porcelain cup.
Another fruit flavoured tea success. This really seems to be the week for it. The peach flavour smells and tastes exactly like white peaches and, while it’s strong enough that you can’t miss it, it’s also not strong to the point of overpowering the other elements of the tea. Just lovely.
Great tea. First and second steepings were perfect. Currently on the third, and it’s still very good, very smooth, but not as sweet and floral as the earlier steepings. Contemplating a fourth…
Another disappointing flavoured tea. The base tea seems to be a pretty standard Chinese oolong, and that’s mostly what you can taste, with just a very slight zing of ginger at the end. The used leaves had a beautiful warm, tingly ginger smell to them; I wish that’s how the tea tasted, too.
This is a perfect Taiwan oolong, smooth and buttery with a lovely floral aroma you can smell from some distance. A really good Taiwan oolong is my favourite sort of tea, and I think this might be the very best I’ve had. Fabulous, fabulous tea.
After the success of yesterday’s Pineapple Oolong, I was cautiously hopeful about this one – and it didn’t disappoint all that much. The aroma is great, but the flavour, which is more along the lines of rock melon/honeydew melon rather than watermelon, is more subtle and doesn’t blend quite as well with the oolong tea as the pineapple did. Still not bad at all.
A very good high grade Formosa oolong. I steeped this for only one minute to begin with, as recommended, but the flavour works better – for me, anyway – if it’s infused for several minutes. This tea has a beautiful smooth, almost milky flavour, with some lovely floral notes. It reminds me a lot of my favourite Gin Shan Creme Oolong from teas.com.au, though this one is slightly milder all round.
The honey and pear are mostly in the aroma, and just add an accent to the roasted flavour of the houjicha. This actually works pretty well, and I was really liking this tea by the time I got to the bottom of the cup.
Still the best spicy green I’ve found. Lots of cinnamon, but everything else comes through in the aftertaste.
I was pretty sure that this dragonwell is the same as the one I used to get from Teas & Tisanes, but I’m a bit disappointed with my first cup of this one. It’s not nearly as subtle as the dragonwell from The Tea Centre that I had the other day, but it’s also lacking in the strength of flavour that I used to get from the Teas & Tisanes dragonwell. I think I’ll have another go at brewing this one, maybe steeping a fraction longer – this time I steeped for two minutes at 70C – before making up my mind about it.
Brews up into a pale pink-ish brown liquor. It’s slightly sweet and sort of mildly tangy, so I suppose it delivers the promised flavour, but it’s leaving me pretty underwhelmed. Steeped for two minutes at 85C.
Mmmm, lemon myrtle.
This tea produces the typical oolong golden yellow type brew, and cools to become very smooth and gently sweet. A very easy-drinking tea.
This is one of the better flavoured greens I’ve had from Tea Leaves. The cherry flavour is there, but it’s not overpowering, and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. It worked out really well this time at 85C for four minutes.
This is a very light – in colour and taste – dragonwell, very delicate and in need of careful handling, but it’s really worth the effort. That particular malty dragonwell sort of flavour comes through strongly, despite the lightness and the delicacy. This is a great cup of tea.
This is one of my favourite teas, but it wasn’t as good as usual this time. The first brew was a bit weaker than it should have been, and the second didn’t have as much flavour as I wanted even though I steeped it for a bit longer than usual. I’m getting near the end of my current stash, so it might be time to forget about this lot of leaves and get some new ones.