2815 Tasting Notes
Here you have it folks. My own custom herbal blend which includes plain honeybush (purchased in bulk from herb store), ginger root (cut open from a teabag), and a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper and nutmeg. Add soymilk (or whatever you prefer) and serve. Might be good with a bit of cinnamon too. It’s really so easy to make your own flavored herbal tea.
I had never heard of Liu Bao tea until I found it on the PuerhShop.com website… and since this is my first Liu Bao I don’t know if it is good or bad compared to other ones.
I found this little article on Red Circle tea about how Liu Bao is made incase you’re interested: http://www.redcircletea.com/blog/?p=183
Anyway, onto the tea, this comes in a paper bag, excellent, no plastic always a bonus! I guess this tea is good when it’s aged as well, which means it’s probably better to store it in paper so it has a chance to breathe. The dry leaf does look a bit like a loose leaf pu-erh and I did pick up on some camphor notes just from smelling this in the bag.
I am steeping this gong fu style and I am really just loving it! There’s a slight hint of camphor here and the tea has some interesting notes similar to pu-erh, like woodsy and earthy but is much lighter, with excellent sweetness and a round mouthfeel. A bit of fruitiness is lingering there in the background. And I wish I wasn’t still a bit congested because I’m sure there are some things present here which I can’t even pick up on yet.
I will definitely be re-ordering this, very nice!
Generally speaking I try to reuse my tea tins so if I have a tea that’s sitting in an envelope and an empty tin, I will move it over. I emptied my Rishi Ginger Pu-erh this morning and decided to put this tea in it, but also realized I’ve never logged it or rated it. Heavens!!! My boyfriend brought this back from London last fall.
The dry leaf is dark and twisted in the style of a formosa oolong and I can see bits of flower petals and orange peel in this blend. I have done a few short steeps in the gaiwan this morning.
The tea steeps up to be a very light amber color and the orange element is very strong in this blend. I am also getting the flowers but I am not sure what they are, orange blossom flowers, perhaps? It’s difficult to tell what role the oolong is playing here but I believe it is lending a few roasty peach notes which are nice and pleasant. This has a very sweet aftertaste, which is a little bit too much for me unfortunately. It almost seems like there’s sugar already in it… I think I could have done with a little more oolong and a little less flavoring in this one.
I think I will have to try this cold brewed, and perhaps it would be nice with a touch of lemon to offset the sweetness a bit.
It’s a sipdown for me!!! WooT!
Ha – I enjoy this blend a lot and have gone through 3 cans in a year, it’s the best for zapping stomach aches and chills and is just very warming, nice for the San Francisco fog. Most likely will repurchase again someday but I may try mixing my own with ginger with the pu-erhs I have to see what happens. :)
Treating myself to this today in the hopes that it will rev up my immune system… and I finally got a thermometer from Sur La Table so I know I’m steeping this one correctly at 175 F.
it’s one of the things I would actually repurchase again from Teavana and $12 is not a bad deal for a tin of this.
It’s sweet and vegetal with a brothy, nutty quality – yummmy! (see my previous notes)
This tea came in my gift set from Palais de Thes – I could not find it on the American site, only on the British one. Is the name too risque for us yanks?
In any case my taste buds are off today so I’m not going to rate this one for now. I started taking MSM which is working wonders for my foot pain but has also given me something of a dry mouth this morning, and I might be getting a cold which isn’t helping either. This is a nice blend of green and black tea along with a very strong fruity element. This one smells great in the tube. I don’t have much experience with green and black blends but so far I am really liking it. The fruit seems good in this blend, it’s refreshing but not tart.
I hope to post a better review if and when I am feeling more normal! :)