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drank Tangerine Blossom by Shang Tea
213 tasting notes

TTB #5

The beautiful deep-red color of Chinese black teas never fails to amaze me. And such was the case with this one as well. Smells like some gorgeous orange candy, perhaps orange/tangerine marmalade. The sweetness and bitterness of the flavors are well balanced. It tastes really creamy. I also definitely get the blossom part – it actually reminds me of thepuriTea’s Jasmine Golden Yunnan, although the flowery impact is not as strong here. At first it is uncertain if the blossom is really a tangerine one, until it cools – then the citrusy notes definitely start to appear.

I really like it! I don’t think I’ve ever even been to Shang Tea website, but I am definitely gonna do so now to see what else they have.

EDIT: Woah, guys, help me. The description here is so confusing claiming this is a fermented white tea (???). It sure says “red tea” on the original Shang Tea package I have! :D

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nicole

Yes, all of Shang’s reds start life as whites. :) They should have a good explanation on the Shang website. :) Grab their sampler pack. Totally worth it. I have not really had a tea from here that I think is not high quality. It may not always be my “thing” but it is always good tea.

Nicole

Or if you just want to try a couple or some that aren’t in the sampler, I could probably be persuaded to swing by Shang’s and pick up individual samples (though the sampler pack is more economical price-wise) and send them to you. I need to go by and check out their new location and their new in-shop tea bar anyway… :)

Oh, and if you sign up for their monthly email newsletter there has always been a coupon good for online purchases – 10% or 15%, I can’t remember since it doesn’t apply in the storefront.

Kat_Maria

I just checked it out, it seems like the sampler is really cheap! I will definitely sign up for their newsletter and will consider ordering at least the sampler :) Thank you for your offer, though, it’s so nice of you :)

Shang Tea

Hi Kat_Maria! The varietal of tea plant that we use to produce our white tea is the traditional da bai/da hao varietal of camellia sinesis. This varietal has a lot more of the downy white hairs than other varietals. So when we say fermented white tea, we pick leaves from this varietal, roll them, and then place them into a humid room to ferment for a day or two until the leaves have a nice amber color to them.

Let me know if that makes sense. I’ll also try to post a special steepster discount code in the next week or two, so I’ll try to post back on here when that happens.

Thanks!

Kat_Maria

Wow, that’s amazing! That is probably why the tea tastes so unique… Thank you for the explanation :)

And with the discount code, I will be definitely tempted to make a purchase :D

Shang Tea

Hi again Kat_Maria! From now until the end of February, use the coupon code “steepster10” to receive 10% off your entire order.

Thanks!

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Nicole

Yes, all of Shang’s reds start life as whites. :) They should have a good explanation on the Shang website. :) Grab their sampler pack. Totally worth it. I have not really had a tea from here that I think is not high quality. It may not always be my “thing” but it is always good tea.

Nicole

Or if you just want to try a couple or some that aren’t in the sampler, I could probably be persuaded to swing by Shang’s and pick up individual samples (though the sampler pack is more economical price-wise) and send them to you. I need to go by and check out their new location and their new in-shop tea bar anyway… :)

Oh, and if you sign up for their monthly email newsletter there has always been a coupon good for online purchases – 10% or 15%, I can’t remember since it doesn’t apply in the storefront.

Kat_Maria

I just checked it out, it seems like the sampler is really cheap! I will definitely sign up for their newsletter and will consider ordering at least the sampler :) Thank you for your offer, though, it’s so nice of you :)

Shang Tea

Hi Kat_Maria! The varietal of tea plant that we use to produce our white tea is the traditional da bai/da hao varietal of camellia sinesis. This varietal has a lot more of the downy white hairs than other varietals. So when we say fermented white tea, we pick leaves from this varietal, roll them, and then place them into a humid room to ferment for a day or two until the leaves have a nice amber color to them.

Let me know if that makes sense. I’ll also try to post a special steepster discount code in the next week or two, so I’ll try to post back on here when that happens.

Thanks!

Kat_Maria

Wow, that’s amazing! That is probably why the tea tastes so unique… Thank you for the explanation :)

And with the discount code, I will be definitely tempted to make a purchase :D

Shang Tea

Hi again Kat_Maria! From now until the end of February, use the coupon code “steepster10” to receive 10% off your entire order.

Thanks!

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