Hsin Tung Yang Co., Ltd.

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Hsin tung yang oolong tea = Light, pleasantly sour, refreshing, little nutty, flavor disappear pretty fast

I love oolong teas, however this particular tea did not quite meet my expectation. I still would drink this on a regular basis.

Flavors: Nuts, Pleasantly Sour

205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 30 sec 3 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I bought this at a large Asian supermarket in the US. The package looked different but I think it’s the same tea (mine was white with a green Chinese character on the front). It’s a very plain oolong. It’s certainly drinkable but not what I would call a fine tea, just standard commercial grade. Randomly shredded leaves with lots of twig. Heavy roasted flavor. After a lot of steeping, some light pine notes emerge.

Flavors: Pine, Roasted

200 °F / 93 °C

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Does not stand up to the taste/cost. Though I never tasted a Tieguanyin before, I was tempted to buy looking at the package. It tasted a bit like houjicha (roasted green tea). I felt that there are more twigs than leaves. Leaves are more darker and possibly machine picked and processed. It does not taste special.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Jasmine by Hsin Tung Yang Co., Ltd.
44 tasting notes

I’ll add an image tomorrow.

Anyway, I bought this at the store because I loved the tin. It turned out to be even better than it seemed, as it has an inlayed top that seals the tea before the actual top of the tin is placed on.

I wanted a tea to serve me as a light afternoon tea. I don’t like green tea much, but I like jasmine tea better than standard green tea, so I bought this at the store. It’s actually pretty lovely. It’s light, and it brews pretty much perfectly. The bottom of the pot was a bit bitter, but the tea was good.

I did not try for a second steeping today. I will try tomorrow and update my tasting note then.

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This tea made a nice introduction to this class of teas. It is yet another one I found at the local Korean grocer and is packaged and sold by a company that controls a Taiwanese grocery chain. It comes packed in plastic within a cream carboard 60g cannister with a green label. The plastic did not seem to contaminate the tea.

The dry tea smells like raisin dominated dry fruit and contains long olive to forest green leaves. I brewed it 5 times but it still had a little life in it.

35s 1st steep – scent- sweet, slight raisin, soft sweet floral and sugar and cinnamon, colour, pale yellow.
– Taste more intense than smell, buttery, sweet cooked apricot and clover nectar. sweetness intensifies as it is held in the mouth and becomes almost candy like, hay, light spice hinting at cinnamon.freshening feeling towards back and top of mouth, Aftertaste of sugar, cooked peaches and clover.

48s second steep- scent -strongerand slightly more of dried stewed fruit.
– taste sweet dried stewed fruit, sugar, hay and strong sweet floral notes like honeysuckle and clover. Tingling ay bak of mouth, still buttery with hints of cinnamon. aftertaste cooling with sweet, floral with slight hint of cereal vegetal.

50s third steep – taste- more floral with a mineral vegetal note that is slightly bitterand a hint of yam. still buttery and slightly sweet. freshening feeling in back of throat and sinuses.

120+ fourth and fifth steep – tastes of a pleasant slightly sweet green tea with a thicker mouth feel, and a slight reference to seaweed and peach. still lots of flavour.

I was surprised how naturally sweet this tea was. On the first steep the sweetness almost tasted like Stevia. However this tea is unsweetened. It tastes pretty nice on its own and this tea is affordable enough that I don’t feel guilty experimenting with blending with it.

170 °F / 76 °C

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A cup of tea brewed by an idiot, full of scent and smokiness signifying nothing. In this case, the idiot is me and the nothingness is a pot of under-steeped tea.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Its summer in California. The ground is dry, the grass is dead, the flowers are gone, but the fog has yet to burn off. The coastal redwoods are drinking something that probably tastes like… This. Woody, slightly astringent, without (as far as I can tell) any floral or honey notes.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Well, folks, meet your emergancy cooking matcha. I was delighted to replenish my supply with my recent visit to Phildelphia’s Chinatown. It has worked in everything I’ve tried from cupcakes and frosting to matcha based sauses and protein shakes. It even comes with a plastic teaspoon that’s very convienient and tucks right into the side.
But avoid actually drinking it straight unless you’re doing for pure health benefits. In that respect this tea smacks of ash and low standards. I’ve made tolerable “usucha” with hot soy coffee creamer or juice and this matcha when I’d rather choke a bit than diminish the covetable and costly ceremonial stash. For a $15 two pack of 200g, I can live with ashy and non-organic sometimes. So, for usefulness I give it an 8/10. Taste? 3/10. On a good day. With a sugar fix.

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