Tangerine Blossom

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Cardamon, Floral, Licorice, Orange Blossom, Citrus, Grain, Hay, Mineral, Fruit Tree Flowers, Malt
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
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Certification
Organic
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200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 g 8 oz / 243 ml

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  • “Friends ... please remind me NEVER to leave the house without tea again. I thought that today would not take as long - daughter was testing for college entrance. Apparently she did well as she was...” Read full tasting note
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    azzrian 807 tasting notes
  • “*Wombatgirl* sent me this one, and I've been curious about it since I took it out of the box. Tangerine blossoms. That sounds really appealing to me, so I didn't really want to use it because then...” Read full tasting note
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    Angrboda 1298 tasting notes
  • “This tea is amazing. I'm just going to start with that. This has been on my "to try" list for it seems like forever. The idea of a lightly flavored floral-citrus blend, and the fact that it is...” Read full tasting note
    91
    dinosara 2006 tasting notes
  • “Wow. I'm loving this tea! It's very aromatic, and very flavorful. Have you ever tried orange flower water in anything? Did you like it? If so, you'll LOVE this. Since it uses tangerine...” Read full tasting note
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    wombatgirl 411 tasting notes

From Shang Tea

Made from fermented white tea leaves and tangy tangerine blossoms added towards the end of the fermentation process. A pleasant, citrus flavor complements the deeper nutty Red Tea base.

Ingredients: Organic white tea leaves, tangerine flowers.

Brewing: 1/2 – 1 TB per 8 oz. Bring water to 195-205F. Let steep for 1-2 minutes.

http://www.shangtea.com/Tangerine-Blossom

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52 Tasting Notes

91
807 tasting notes

Friends … please remind me NEVER to leave the house without tea again. I thought that today would not take as long – daughter was testing for college entrance. Apparently she did well as she was in there for almost three hours. The test is designed so that if you do not do so well you don’t “progress” thus the test is shorter. Anyway … I was without tea for what seemed like a lifetime.
It is so good to be home having this wonderful delicious amazing tea.
Previous notes on this one although I now know what kind of tea it really IS lol still please look at those Im too much enjoying this cup right now to express how wonderful it is.
AHHHHH TEAAAAAA SIGH

Em

I have 2 different teas in my purse at all times for occasions just like this :)

Azzrian

I am kicking myself – I even HAD my travel thermos and some Lupicia bagged tea ready to go but then when i was leaving my hands were SO full I said forget it (I actually said something else) and left without it. BAH

Em

The worst. Glad you were able to refuel now :) Enjoy your evening!

Azzrian

:) thanks Em!

Terri HarpLady

Glad to hear your daughter did well! My purse contains tea, stevia, a cute little spoon, & sometimes a tea strainer, LOL.

Azzrian

Yes and I even HAD the bagged teas IN my purse the day before – had to take them out when I was scourging through it for something else. Then failed to put it back in. I have learned my lesson :)

mrmopar

long test a good sign!

Azzrian

Thanks! Indeed we got her scores already and they are as we expected – not the best in math – which is fine she needs the review course anyway – but English (Reading and Writing) were both excellent! She COULD take honors if she wanted to – we shall see. :)

mrmopar

YAAAAY!!!!!!

Shang Tea

Hi Azzrian, I know we met once before, but if you’re in the Kansas city area anytime soon, you should stop by and see our new space on the first floor of Crown Center! Hopefully all is well with you :)

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1298 tasting notes

Wombatgirl sent me this one, and I’ve been curious about it since I took it out of the box. Tangerine blossoms. That sounds really appealing to me, so I didn’t really want to use it because then I wouldn’t have it anymore and the joy of expectation would be gone as well. I admit the latter is probably the biggest problem.

There’s a floral smell of the blossoms, slightly perfume-y and sweet with a surprisingly caramel-y middle. I seriously wasn’t expecting that! Nevertheless, there it is. Unmistakably caramel and honey, with citrus-y tangerine aromas surrounding it. This stuff’s aroma blows my mind! Or… nose, rather. Very very nice!

Oh my word! Did I just take a sip of tea or did I bite a tangerine? This is very tangerine-y in a very natural way. Not a hint of synthetic perfumeiness to be found here. It’s citrus-y and sweet, sugared even. Although there’s a lot of caramel in the aroma, it’s not really in the flavour. It’s more of a mild not too refined sugar here.

So there’s a lot of flavour added here, but it still manages to be a rather delicate little thing. This is a tea that requires a quiet moment of relaxation. You can’t just chug it while doing all sorts of other stuff. Well, you can, but it would be a crying shame.

It’s no secret that I’ve been rather pleased with the Russian blends from Kusmi (with one notable exception), and how they all had some varying amounts of citrus fruit in them. But they don’t really measure up to this. This tastes like what Kusmi tried to achieve.

This tea is an absolute beauty. Please, Steepsterite, if you like citrus fruits and something sweet but not cloying, do yourself a favour and try this one.

takgoti

Shopping listed!

wombatgirl

@Takgoti – check out a lot of their teas, they’ve got some great stuff.

Angrboda

I agree with Wombatgirl here. Everything she has shared with me from them has been excellent

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2006 tasting notes

This tea is amazing. I’m just going to start with that.

This has been on my “to try” list for it seems like forever. The idea of a lightly flavored floral-citrus blend, and the fact that it is unique in being a red (i.e., black) tea created from white tea leaves, were very appealing to me. Fortunately Azzrian was kind enough to send me a sample, and so my wishes have been fulfilled. And this one, lucky for me, lives up to my expectations.

First of all, it smells wonderful, like tangerines with a light floral note. Like orange blossom water with the addition of a brightish black tea base underneath. Flavor-wise, definite yum. It’s such a light and bright black tea, but still distinctively a black tea. The flavoring is present but light and natural. This seems like a scented tea, like the tea was dried with tangerine blossoms (like how jasmine greens are made), and maybe it was. In any case, I am very much enjoying this cup and this will definitely go on my “to order (once I gain control of my stash)” list.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

So happy that you are enjoying this one! :)

Shang Tea

Glad you like it! We have been drinking a lot of this at our store recently… it has a nice warmth to it, especially for the winter months!

TeaBrat

Everything from Shang Tea is good!

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411 tasting notes

Wow. I’m loving this tea!

It’s very aromatic, and very flavorful. Have you ever tried orange flower water in anything? Did you like it? If so, you’ll LOVE this. Since it uses tangerine blossoms rather than orange blossoms, it’s a slightly sweeter taste, but it’s got that flavor from the blossoms that doesn’t delve into sour or bitter like using orange peel in tea can. When used too much, orange flower water can move towards perfumy, but while this tea does have an aromatic quality (and leaves the ghosts of tangerine blossoms in your mouth) it’s not too heavy; nor does it taste like you’re chugging your grandmother’s perfume.

It’s also got an aroma and aftertaste of boiling sugar. Not that the brew is particularly sweet, but there’s an aroma when you’re making candy and this also has it. Warm and sweet, (and possibly sugar cane-y, but I haven’t gotten the opportunity to sniff many sugar canes, so I may be wrong on that…)

My delight in this tea is also surprising as it’s fairly delicate. I’m a bold flavor girl, and this is not bold, but oy! It’s yummy. If it can hold up to multiple steeps, I’ll be in heaven.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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4550 tasting notes

This tea perplexes me. In reading the bit of information on the sample package, it would be easy to think that this is a white tea, but it is not. I brewed it according to package directions, using boiling water that has cooled for 1 minute, and then steeping for 2 minutes.

The flavor is excellent. The tangerine is strong here, but there is a nice balance between tea and fruit. It tastes sweet, juicy and citrus-y but not overwhelming. I like this very much.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Sounds great!

LiberTEAS

2nd infusion is just as lovely as the first!

Shang Tea

Hello! Thanks for reviewing our tea and I’m glad you liked it! Just to clarify about the white tea/black tea question that you had, we make this tea by scenting oxidized white tea leaves with tangerine blossoms. It is a black tea, but since we make it using white tea leaves from our farm, it is a smoother, milder black tea.

LiberTEAS

Thank you for that clarification! It makes much more sense to me now! This was a fantastic tea!

Geoffrey Norman

This has my attention. All of it. Granted that isn’t much…but – wow – I want this!

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94
616 tasting notes

This is so, so, so exactly what I needed today. I’m pretty sure I’m coming around with my bi-yearly bout of bronchitis and needed an amazing cup as a pick me up. This filled that spot perfectly.

Shang got put on my radar by the last tea box, with the sample of Jasmine White Classic that was in there, but this really cements my need to make a purchase once my cupboard is under better control.

I’m stunned by how flavorful this is while still feeling dainty and delicate. The tangerine blossom adds a sweet floral quality, and leaves ghosts of juicy tangerines dancing on your tongue. The floral quailty is immersive and fragrant, but not overwhelming soapy or perfumey. Like I’ve seen in a couple other reviews, this one very much seems scented (dried with the blossoms, like some jasmine tea), but whatever it is, it absolutely works. The base also has it’s own natural sugar sweetness, and is smooth.

What a luxurious, stunning cup.

Thank you very, very much TeaTiff!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 45 sec
TeaBrat

I just had bronchitis too – good luck recovering!

moraiwe

Thank you! It’s unfortunately become a tradition in this house.

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2536 tasting notes

wow, this is delicious. It says it’s a fermented white tea so what does that mean, no wonder people are confused because all black tea is fermented as far as I know. I think it means this is a plant that is normally used for white tea only but here it’s been fermented?

Anyhoo, this tea is actually a light red. I steeped mine at around 180 F for two minutes and I found it to be very delicious – definitely light bodied but very full and sweet in the aftertaste, not a trace of bitterness to be found. The tangerine is present but not overpowering here. I would for sure order this again, it’s really a treat and nothing like I’ve experienced so far in my tea drinking journey. I have been very impressed with all of the samples I got from Shang from their clean, sweet and delicate nature.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
K S

technically puerh is fermented, black tea is oxidized. I think it was a translation error that originally led to the belief black tea was fermented.

TeaBrat

yeah I did a quick search on the internet and it seems like a lot of people use the two terms almost interchangeably. like here Ten Ren says: “Fermentation is really oxidation” but then they go on to call it fermentation anyway… http://www.tenren.com/fermentation.html

Charles Thomas Draper

Fermenting is oxidation in reference to Tea….

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1146 tasting notes

This is a white?! Two teas in two days that have shocked me in the same way. White that looks like a black, tastes like a black, and is even named a black (Tangerine Blossom Red Tea – red tea is what we consider to be black here). This is a thick, malty and slightly sweet tea with subtle floral notes – again so surprising considering the one minute steep time! I’d love to grab more of this to try it properly… if I love it this much severely underleafed, what will I think of it done right?

Thanks (I think?) to TeaTiff for sharing this in the 12 Days of Christmas Swap!

2 tsp in 16oz. – which according to the instructions is severely underleafed… I should have used 1/2-2 TB per 8 oz.

Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Dinosara

I think it’s a white cultivar processed as a black tea… It’s pretty cool!

MissB

Oh… that makes sense now. I really enjoyed the cup, even more so earlier today after I’d forgotten about it and left it on the counter to cool.

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218 tasting notes

Here I am starting the day with a big bang that is this tea. I feel kind of like an idiot for not having ordered more of it (what I have is just a sample from the Shang Tea sampler), but then I got an ounce of their other black (or, as they prefer to put it, red) tea, so it’s all good. Next time I am totally getting a bunch of this.

BECAUSE it is sooo good and it reminds me of jasmine black tea but without the weird bitterness that can creep in sometimes with jasmine, plus there’s some orange-citrus-sweet lingering note in there. That of course is the tangerine part. Good stuff.

I’m bumping the rating up a bit because 89 from before didn’t do this any justice.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Terri HarpLady

This sounds lovely! I just peeked at their website, & I love the beautiful photos there.

Kat_Maria

Yeah, their teas are really wonderful… I still have a LOT of them to try and I’m looking forward to it :)

Terri HarpLady

I’m thinking I’ll have to give their sampler a try :)

Kat_Maria

It’s a pretty cool sampler! I believe there’s 10 sachets in there and each one has 2 servings in it (If you consider a teaspoon of dry leaf per 8 oz. of water a serving). Their teas are very good quality, so you can resteep them at least 3 times. At least I can say that about their red teas, as I haven’t tried the others yet.

Terri HarpLady

Cool! Now insult eyed some spending money, lol

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1212 tasting notes

Apparently this is on my shopping list, so I must have seen it mentioned before and wanted to try it. Huh. I had no idea so that makes it even better to have now!

Definitely an interesting tea, it does not have the delicate flavor of a white tea at all, but still has some of the floral notes, thanks to the blossoms. I really liked it even better when it cooled off entirely, which of course doesn’t take long today.

The sweet citrus flavor is really nice without being strongly fruity, it’s pretty amazing. I’m glad I finally got to try this even if I had no idea I really wanted to!

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