638 Tasting Notes
I have put off having this tea only because of the unusual brewing instructions. So I put 2.5 g in boiling water and boiled for 10 min.
First impression: It tasted like dirty dishwater. Not that I drink a lot of dirty dishwater. Then I realized that was a bit harsh. This tea started to grow on me a bit the more I had.
It’s supposed to be something like a puerh. It does have similarities but is quite different as well. I don’t know of any puerh you can boil for 10 minutes and have it turn out fine.
There’s no bitterness in this tea. Even after boiling for 10 minutes! There’s a slight sweetness but it tastes like woody twigs boiled in water a bit of earth. Doesn’t sound very appealing but it’s not bad. I’ve heard worse things used to describe tea (tobacco, leather). Overall, enjoyed trying out this tea but it’s not something I would buy.
Flavors: Earth, Sweet, Wood
I had this tea a few days ago. Looks like I am the first to review it.
At first I didn’t even know this tea was green. With a name like Wild Ancient Tea, I figured it would be a black tea. I checked out the website for a little insight into why it’s called Wild Ancient Tea but nothing there. I am guessing it’s come from some old trees that’s gone wild.
It’s a very smooth green. Not astringent at all. A bit nutty and green bean tasting. No grassy or green taste to this tea at all. Good for those ones who enjoy a non-astringent green. I like them either way.
I am really enjoying this green tea this morning. It’s not like a Sencha but does have some notes the deep greens sencha’s have. It reminds me a bit of my Rizhao green (when it was fresh- my Rizhao is getting old now). It even looks like Rizhao green with the dry tea. It’s a dark green curly leaf. There’s a sweet nutty and green pea flavour that Chinese greens have along with the grassy, green flavour from the Japanese teas. Also picking up a bit of fruitiness. Just like so many Japanese teas, it is so fresh. Just love how fresh it tastes.
The price is excellent on this tea too. I only paid $12.32 US for 100g. That’s amazing. I got a Japanese tea tin too and it’s so beautiful. Only paid $4.40 US for that. Overall, with the shipping which was reasonable too I only paid $22.00. I placed my order at the end of February and it arrived from Japan yesterday. How good is that? I am very impressed. I know the exchange rate to Cdn is crappy right now but overall very happy with my first order from this company. I will definitely order again in the future.
Here’s my picture of the tin and tea:
I was telling Hubby how proud I am of myself for only ordering one tea. He just rolled his eyes but I know everyone on Steepster understands. How often have I gone to place an order for one or two teas and it blooms into 10 or more? Too often! Yes, I know my cupboard is full but this one tea is a real treat.
Flavors: Grass, Green, Nutty, Peas
This tea tastes very mineral to me. Hardly any bitterness. Just a small amount that makes it quite pleasant. I’m not getting any apricot or fruity notes I get from some young shengs. Earlier infusions were thick and silky on the tongue – a bit creamy. It was a bit less on later infusions. A bit of sweetness. Overall a nice smooth sheng.
Flavors: Creamy, Mineral, Sweet, Thick
Brewed at 75C for 30 sec. Very vegetal, grassy tea with a bit of astringency. A bit of sweetness too. I am feeling very sleepy this afternoon and brewed this one to try and wake me up but it doesn’t seem to be working. It was a pretty tasty cup.
Flavors: Astringent, Grass, Sweet, Vegetal
2015 Sheng Olympics
This is my third time trying to leave a review for this tea. First time I got the filter turned on on my keyboard and couldn’t type anymore. 2nd time got interrupted and hit back losing my review. lol Lets hope the 3rd time works.
This tea is moonlight tea and chrysanthemum pressed together. First couple of brews the chrysanthemum is strong. Tea was very strong of chrysanthemum with a dill flavour. Not bad but since I love moonlight tea , I was disappointed that I couldn’t get much from the moonlight tea.
Infusions 3-6 more of the honey notes came through from the moonlight tea. I barely got any malt notes from the moonlight but supposedly this tea will age and the malt notes will come out when it ages. Chrysanthemum intensity came down a bit and blended well.
Overall, not a bad tea but I think I like moonlight tea on it’s own. Same with chrysanthemum.
Flavors: Dill, Honey
I’ve had this tea since Oct last year and have had it a few times but forgot to add it to my Steepster cupboard. So just leaving a review now.
I don’t think I’ve had a bad tea from this Aliexpress seller. I might have brewed this one a tad weak this morning but the flavours are still coming through. I especially love the unique fruity taste this green has (I am talking about tai ping hou kui in general and not just this tea.). This one is definitely fuity with a mild nutty flavour. A very light tea that’s pretty smooth. Very little astringency.
I brewed this one in my mug this morning instead of using my testtube gaiwan that I usually use. I chipped the edge of the infuser last time I trying to get some leaves out. The glass is so delicate!
Flavors: Fruity, Nutty, Smooth
I was not looking forward to trying this tea. The idea of drinking turmeric and ginger sounds pretty gross to me. However, it’s not quite as bad as I thought it might be. It’s actually drinkable and if someone loves ginger and turmeric they might like this tea. Actually I DO like ginger and turmeric in food, just not my tea. The lemony touch makes it go down a little easier. It’s nice and warming on the throat so not a total waste for a tea.
Flavors: Ginger, Lemon, Spicy
2015 Sheng Olympics
This tea was a bit disappointing. I used about half the sample in my tiny gaiwan at 90C. First couple of infusions were pretty good. It had a full mouth feel and was a bit astringent. There was only a touch of bitterness. A little fruity.After that the bitterness seemed to get worse with each steep . It was also very dry on the finish of each sip. I tried lowering the temperature of the water but it didn’t seem to help. I only made it to steep 5.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Fruity