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This was my first experience with a white tea. I received this in a Tea Party sampler from Mandala. I really didn’t know what to expect but I thoroughly enjoyed it. This tea is very delicate with subtle floral notes with almonds. There’s a lingering bit of sweetness that I really enjoy.
I received this tea as part of the Tea Party sampler from Mandala Tea. I don’t exactly hate the smell of jasmine but I certainly don’t particularly like it. I had very low expectations for this tea but since I’m on journey to expand my tea knowledge I was prepared to give it a fair shot.
Okay, so while I wasn’t too impressed with the smell of this tea the taste was pleasantly surprising. It’s buttery smooth, the jasmine is very subtle, and there are some delicate floral notes. After 4 steepings I can’t tell if the jasmine smell has decreased significantly or if I’ve just grown accustomed to it. I do find this tea very relaxing.
For the first steeping, the color is a golden orangey color with a scent of ash or a campfire. This was my first ever smoky tea and it has a very strong taste of ash and smoke. The second steeping, there was a darker orange color and a stronger taste of smoke and ash. I wouldn’t drink it all the time, but maybe if I’m going to drink only once
Flavors: Ash, Campfire, Smoke
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Flavors: Floral, Grass, Jasmine, Spicy
My heart currently belongs to oolongs. This was a treat. Sweet, creamy, decadent. I enjoyed several steeps. If you have been wanting to try a milk oolong this is worth trying. Savor & sip down! ahhh…
Flavors: Cream, Milk, Seaweed, Sweet, warm grass
Tried this one out yesterday, at the start of the day. Hot, and straight.
I’ve had a few 50/50 green and black flavoured matcha teas from Red Leaf Tea but this is definitely my first exposure to a straight black matcha. It smells really lovely though; like honey glazed sweet bread and cocoa powder.
I found it whisked up pretty well; I was able to get a decent froth on it! It did seem to settle for me quicker than a typical green matcha and I’m not really sure the reason for that. Flavour wise it was pretty smooth; very malty with notes of honey, bread, and molasses. Not really any cocoa, despite the dry leaf smelling of cocoa powder to me. It was nice though; and I can see it being excellent in milk hot or cold. I also think it would be fun to use this one in cooking and other culinary uses.
High up on my list of ideas are in lemonade, as per Garrett’s suggestion, but also I’d like to try making black tea ice cream out of it as well!
this isn’t really a fair review, but i at least wanted to track that i had this one. I pulled this one out in an effort to start getting through more of my puerh and spent a chunk of time breaking this one down. The brew for today was just a western brew of about 2 mins with the small bits that broke off. I’ll do a proper gonfu session with the better bits at a later date. I figure having this western is a good thing as well, since maybe i can start doing western brews with the teas i take to work.
initial western thoughts: wood,earth, sweet, smooth.
looking forward to trying this “properly” later on
It’s been a long time since I’ve had a Keemun, Laoshan Black, or any other non- What-cha Golden Snail black tea (so good). I’ve forgotten how comforting they are in their cocoa-malt predictability, and subtle but rich profiles. I thought I was over Chinese black teas; it’s probably the time of year? Oolong is out, black tea and white tea are in- I need to draw a better year plan for my tea drinking habits so I’m not struggling at the height of tea-drinking season.
Anyways, this one is really red. Red is good. Red is warm. Red is Christmas. I’m drinking this in a festive red cup too. Lots of red happening.
I’ll write a more thoughtful note later.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cocoa, Fruity, Malt, Muscatel, Red Wine, Stonefruits
Steeping it grampa style in a 40 oz hydroflask. 8g is a good size for it. This is going to become a library tea for those long study sessions.
Edited to add: after several hours of grampa-style steeping, I found that the tuo cha hadn’t even fully opened up. there’s still a clump of leaf in the bottom of the flask! Moar steeping tomorrrow!