Interesting tea – I got this in a swap from Mel and I didn’t have any brewing instructions. Since I saw it was a green – I went for a lower temp and time. It’s got a nice green flavor with a smokey back-drop. Not something I’d actively seek out, but I’ll try a few steepings of this batch and finish off the sample.
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Light, lemony, and almost tingly on the tongue. A lovely lemon flavor blended with a lighter oolong. Kinda green, very clean feeling. Wonderful warm, but I bet iced and sweetened this would be amazing.
Yum. Toasty without overly so, smooth, flavorful, and just good. This is a good mid-range oolong – not too green, not too dark. I like it a lot.
This one isn’t as good today as it has been recently. Still pleasant, but not good.
Ok, this is going quite well today. Has a pleasant hay-like scent, and very flavorful. Yum.
MMMM… will write a full review later, but this is really nice.. and cocoa-y. YUM. Angrboda – you rock. :)
Got an lovely swap package from Angrboda which all began by a discussion of Orange Pu-erh, so I figured I needed to try it first.
This is pretty good! The orange blends well with the pu-erh flavor, and the pu-erh is good, rich and earthy. I can taste the orange flavors even on my second steep, it’s mostly an aftertaste with an orange kiss
LiberTeas is awesome and sent me a sample of this tea. It’s a really interesting tea. I can definitely see where they’re getting the buttery flavor. sssSSSMMMOOOTH!!! Nice and creamy and smooth. It gets vegetal, as TeaEqualsBliss noted, after the butter, but not in a buttered greens kind of way, but more of an aromatic vegetial thing.
I need to play with this more, because the overall flavor of the tea is a little weak. I need to let it steep longer, maybe the second infusion. But I like it.
Made a pan of this in the stovetop method for brekkie on Saturday, and it was lovely. An amazing way to start the day. Thank you LiberTeas for the sample. It’s awesome.
Had this again today, and it was very fruity without being sweet today. Lovely.
This scent of the un-brewed tea is amazing. I almost want to eat it straight. Or pack my pillow full of it and smell it all night long as I sleep. It’s AMAZING. It’s full of sweetness and floral-ness and is just made of yum.
And while the flavor of the tea is good, it’s not as good as the smell. It’s got a very light, very floral flavor. I love roses and rosewater candy, and this tea reminds me a lot of rosewater candy. Another element I like is the green rooibos. This is the first time I’d had the chance to try green rooibos. And I think I like it a LOT. I have to admit, I’m not a fan of red rooibos. It tends to taste like dirt and sawdust to me. There are blends I like that contain it, but it’s mostly in their ability to cover the dirty-sawdustness of the rooibos flavor. But this tea has such a light flavor, trying to get it to cover any other flavors would be like trying to completely cover a Cadillac with a Kleenex. This green rooibos adds the sweetness and base notes without the sawdust flavor of the red. It really makes me want to try other green rooibos teas.
Overall, I like this tea; it has a lot of elements I very much appreciate. But I wanted more out of it, based on the aroma.
Finishing up my last little bit of this, and decupboarding. I’m brewing it in my perfect steeper by eight cranes, and it’s lovely to watch the more highly saturated liquid pour from the top when you turn it over after steeping. It’s a thick golden yellow as it tumbles down.
Anyway, Mr. Cream Oolong – you’ve been good, but it’s time to go. Thanks for your oolong-y goodness. Sorry this wont’ work out any more; it’s not you, it’s me. I’ve changed.
The first time I tried this tea, I didn’t like it. (Although Lena did). The next time I tried it, I loved it. And now that I’ve had an opportunity to try other milk oolongs, I’m not as enamored of it, but I do still apprecaite it. For being actually dipped in cream as part of it’s creation, it’s not as milky or buttery smooth as other milk oolongs I’ve had. (Plus, it seems a little like cheating to me that way, doesn’t it?)
Smooth flavor, multiple steeps. It’s a good oolong. And it’s got some milky, creamy flavors. Good tea.
Got this from Mel, and this is really nice. Light, with a juicy aftertaste while not being sweet or losing the mild astringency. I can see that this will be a lovely hot weather tea.
Argh. I’m having tea fail this morning. I can tell this tea is going to be yummy, but I keep forgetting about it when I’m steeping it, and making it bitter. Which is so sad.. I can see this will be good, but I keep messing it up for myself.
Got a sample of this from Jillian (thank you so much!) and gave it a whirl this morning. I thought it was a fairly average jasmine; no outstanding notes, no detracting characteristics. Hubby thought it was pretty good. Not one I’ll actively seek out, but not a bad tea at all.
Meh. I wanted tea, but I was driving almost all day yesterday, so I picked this up in Iowa or Nebraska. I should have tried a flavored version, this was just dull. Sweetened brown water.
My first steep was sweet and silky. Each additionally steeping has been less sweet and less silky, but still yummy.
I like silver needle tea, but when they’re butter smooth and flavorful.
This wasn’t. This was more “green” tasting for the few flavors there. I was bored with it as I was drinking it. And it was a little more astringent than I hoped for in a silver needle tea.
This is lovely, and I’ve had a chance to play with it more. Cocoa overtones. Lovely dark flavors. It’s a darn good tea!
Wow this is strong tea. You’d almost think I’ve been drinking oolongs all day! ;)
As others have mentioned, it’s a tiny, tiny leaf. Almost worse than rooibos for getting through filters. The first time I brewed it, I went for 3-4 minutes, and it darn near killed me. This time, I went for about a minute and it was just slightly under-brewed. It smells wonderful. I’m not as fond of the taste as other teas, but it’s not bad at all.
I’d like to try this iced. I think this would make an awesome iced tea.