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Very mild. It can be brewed strong, Gong Fu style, in order to enjoy more of the Aged Tangerine Peel flavors mixed in with the Wuyi Oolong and PuErh Tea Leaves. Very smooth, never seems to get bitter or astringent, and is good for a good number of Gong Fu infusions.
Flavors: Berries, Orange Zest, Vanilla, Wet Wood
I thought this tea was pretty good…even with my limited experience tasting yellow teas. The sweet/sour starfruit note was really prominent and the pumpkin seed warmth was something that I also really enjoyed. Honestly, quite delicious and worth the higher price than usual yellow teas. I could get about 4-5 good brews out of it. My dad and aunt didn’t care too much for this tea, hilariously stating that it tasted like eggs and chicken broth to them. I strongly disagree. I followed suppliers advice of 120 seconds for first steep at 165F temp. I think this works best for this tea.
Site doesn’t allow me to put exact time and temperature so disregard what it auto-populates below….but, I followed Mei Leaf guidelines for 20 seconds for first brew and 210F. Honestly, this tea just reminds me overwhelmingly of BBQ-esque/smoky flavor. Not a huge fan. I guess it did compliment the smoked BBQ ribs I was eating at the time LOL. But, unfortunately I did not pick up much of the tasting notes promised by Mei Leaf (Pandan, roasted nuts, creme brulee, malted milkshake).
I haven’t tried so many semi-aged sheng but this is so far my favourite.
No camphor, no medicinal flavour. Very complex bouquet like a jurassic forest.
Plums, wood, leather. Very fruity. Tobacco.
Turns into something purple. There’s a reason why this tea’s wrapper is purple. Medium thickness, cooling sensation. No smokiness.
Starts tightly packed, and then opens up to a more sour high pitched variety of flavours.
Chestnut honey, green pepper, cherry. Very elegant little bitterness and astringency. Aftertaste coats mouth and throat very evenly. Cooling sensation. I feel lightheaded, in a gentle way. Great dynamicity.
This tea is sold out. I never thought of spending 120£ for a tea, but if this was still available I would have considered that.
Flavors: Cherry, Chestnut, Forest Floor, Fruity, Honey, Leather, Tobacco, Violet, Wet Wood
I’m very new to black tea. All I’ve had before came in a tea bag and honestly it was always terrible. So, I did very short steeps of this wanting to not recreate the acrid taste of liptons and other black tea nonsense. I was rewarded. This tea was warming and the caffeine was terrific. While fully oxidized teas will never be my preference, I can see myself drinking it when I need a morning kick or a midday boost.
Dry leaves smell fresh. Light yellow in cup. Slightly floral notes and sweetness combined with astringent and dryness. Light body and soft texture. Due to the Huangpian picking this is a very simple and plain, low priced PuErh. For me it is not a daily drinker because there’s not much going on.
Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Sweet
Dry leaves: fruity. Dark golden colour in cup. Soft mouth feel, slight bitterness and astringent but main taste is a fruity, sweet and somehow grassy/hay. Not a really complex cup throughout the session.
In a second session in a glazed ceramik teapot with other parameters left the same I can smell the fruity pudding notes in the pot and cup. Overall a little bit more fruits and sweetness.
Flavors: Astringent, Fruity, Vegetal
I am not very experienced with black teas, and thus cannot compare this one with other similar black teas.
It felt very pleasant to my tongue; well balanced, reminding me of fruity and spicy notes with a honey fragrance and a pleasant herbal taste. The mouthfeel is medium, the aftertaste is fruity and slightly dry. I enjoyed drinking it.
I can recommend this as pleasant tea, mild but full of flavor.
Since I did not find any issue with the tea, I give 100 points. Just bear in mind that I am no black tea connaisseur, and thus might not know what could be better, yet.
Flavors: Fruity, Herbs, Honey, Spicy
I love this tea. I’m not sure I receive any of the GABA effects created by the nitrogen-rich processing, but it certainly creates a distinctive tasting tea. Warm as flavours get, there’s a liquoriceness to the nose – sweeter than fennel / aniseed, it’s a very sweet tea. I bought a big bag for fear of it running out in the shop one day. I also tried the Ruby GABA – interesting, but this is the sweet spot.
Flavors: Licorice, Marshmallow, Sweet, Toasty, Tropical