New Tasting Notes
Leaves: tea bag
Measuring Spoon: no
Steep: 3m & 6m
Color: light golden yellow
Clarity: a faint cloudiness
Taste: I was very excited when i spotted this brand at Earth Fare over the weekend! Lately i’ve been hearing a lot about turmeric & ginger from vegan youtubers i follow. So when i saw this tea i got even more excited, it was also on sale for $3.99 instead of the reg $6.99 so i thought why not give it a try. As for steeping i tried using my new nutchello tumbler from Silk & let the bag steep for 3min. The tea was very light, no bitterness i didn’t get a hint of ginger or pepper w/ a faint cloudiness i think it came from when i dunked my tea bag back and forth. I’m thinking the tumbler i used didn’t give the bag much room. i’m going to try it again with my usual tea mug & a steep time of 6 minutes with the same tea bag. (later i will try it with a new one). With this cup the color was darker but the taste remained light. Overall and okay tea with great health benefits which is a plus.
If you all are wonder why i haven’t been blogging lately it’s because I have a lot of tea in my collection that i have reviewed already. I need to work on drinking them before i get new teas. Also earlier this month i turned 24 which was a fun filled day.
Delicious bready malty tea. Doesn’t taste quite as raisiny as Mountain Tea’s Black Pearl, but they still seem much in the same vein. I also appreciate that this tea is tightly rolled, it makes it so much easier to measure.
I didn’t follow the directions at all, as I can never taste anything after a 30 second steep. Did 3 minutes and it turned out lovely.
This is an outstanding tea. The vendor, Tealife Hong Kong, is one of our own in the Steepster community, who is making some unique Hong Kong teas available to us. I purchased 4 oolongs. Today I sampled the first, the Hong Kong-Roasted High Fire Three Stamp Shuixian. I am a big fan of roasty oolongs, so I was excited to try this. On the website, the picture of the brewed tea looked like shu, and it was described as having an uber roast. All of this made me very interested…
The website description of this tea is spot on. The first steep was like thick chocolate soup, with a touch of astringency that was perfectly balanced. It tasted of raisins and cinnamon. Velvety smooth. The roast is all about bringing out new and interesting flavors rather than creating a roasty flavor. You can tell this tea was roasted by a craftsman, it is a deep dark brew. Very complex flavor profile, it already tastes almost like an aged oolong in some respects. This is going to be an excellent tea to store for aging. The tea energy was popping – I am so wired right now after only two steeps that I had to put it down and wait until I calm down a bit. I’m posting this in the meantime so I don’t know how this will steep out, but the description says I should get maybe 4 good steeps. This is a big tea…
Liquid Proust, I bet you will enjoy this one…
I will be purchasing more to age. I’m in love…
I’m going to have Katy Perry stuck in my head for the rest of the day.
Anyway, the tea! Dry, the leave had this amazing chocolaty smell, and that came through strongly in the brew. Not much cherry other than a faint sweet pop from that and the sprinkles (very American sprinkles). Delicious? Yes. Memorable enough to restock? Will have to wait for the second cup to decide.
Before brewing the tea bag smells really good, really smoky, like good-quality loose-leaf Lapsang teas.
When brewed, the smokiness is still quite strong but one can sense overlying base tea, quite bland in fact.
In taste the smoky notes are rather unpleasant, they feel like chewing a roasted branch, and the base tea seems very watery.
Very disappointing. No comparison to high quality loose-leaf Lapsang teas.
Flavors: Smoke, Smoked
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Flavors: Berry, Dark Chocolate, Mineral, Spicy
So, in honor of the first day of fall last week, I decided I could order a ton of autumnal favorites, and a few new things to try. So I may have, uh, a lot of tea coming in. Errr….. Whoops?
So it is doubly imperative to start some more serious sipdowns, before I start to twitch.
So, with it being nearly 100 again today, and having just enough of this, I thought it was the perfect time to sip it down, and I was right!
This got bitter as it aged, I’m afraid. But it was still light, and retained a freshness.
But I’m now proud of myself to get rid of it. Sipdown!
The eucalyptus is throwing me off, it smells like Buckley’s. I forgot about it and couldn’t try it hot, but cold this is…interesting. Kinda medicinal, kinda berry-y, but at the end of the day it kinda tastes like cough syrup. A high end, organic cough syrup you might find at whole foods, but cough syrup. It makes me think of having the sniffles and curling up with juice and medicinal tea. Might be worth picking up a bit more for just those days.
This is oddly satisfying, it tastes like a milkshake without the banana taking over. A light milkshake, maybe? I like it, maybe I’ll try a resteep over ice. It’s strawberry green tea yumminess. Maybe I just need to try more greens, because at the end of the day, as tasty as this is, I’m not a huge fan of the banana, as light as it is. But that’s a personal preference and doesn’t reflect on the quality of the tea .
I love this tea that reminds me of a deep steamed sencha with an oolong tone. It is floral with grassy astringency and a sweet thickness reminding me of oolong. HuiGan / 回甘 is very quickly noticeable and lingers for a long time afterwards. I prefer to over-leaf, and use a lower temperature as if brewing green tea, in a gaiwan starting with very short infusions (unforgiving if over-brewed this method). Stretches out. This tea is a winner for me and worth experimenting with brewing methods. Read Less