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I have to admit I’ve not tried Bai Mu Dan before but right away you can tell that the quality of the leaves is top notch. There is alot of fuzz and large leaves. I brewed gong fu style and the flavors are light yet intricate. Jasmine, chrysanthemum, peachy notes and just the barest hint of mineralness.
Flavors: Floral, Honey, Jasmine, Peach
I am quoting the website on this one because it is spot on! Not only is it spot on, it’s INCREDIBLY affordable when compared to other oolong prices!!!
as quoted from TeaSource:
" This semi-ball oolong tea is on the “green” side of oolong teas. It produces a cup that is extremely aromatic. The liquor is sweet, floral (think lilacs), and silky with a tiny bit of a mineral note just to make it interesting. It also has a little more body than most “green” oolongs. "
Flavors: Floral, Sweet
This is the ‘Milky’ Oolong or flavored oolong. It’s tasting like buttered popcorn and floral green oolong. I enjoy this tea on occasion, and it’s great iced as well! It’s not too thick either!
Western style brewing and at least 2 or 3 steeps.
WOW! This tea is AMAZING! I was given a sample in my recent order from Tea Source. I have been thinking about it ever since! Beautifully balanced flavors and aroma… My head was in the clouds wishing I had more, or more like I had a forever full cup in my hand! In my minds eye, this is the PERFECT tea. (Incase you haven’t noticed, I’m pretty crazy for Oolongs)
Flavors: Apple, Apricot, Floral, Honey, Stonefruits
This tea is another AMAZING tea from tea source! Nice floral, but not over the top. A lovely balance of honey, nutty, floral and apples.
(I have to admit, I probably would not have purchased this tea, EXCEPT that it was a 20% off sale.)
Flavors: Apple, Floral, Honey, Roast nuts
This is my favorite tea for the morning wake me up. I find it medium roasted, that tapers off into a nice floral in the second steep. (I brew western style mostly, because I usually don’t have time for a brewing session at 4am …) I make a jar of this to last through my day, and the flavors change a bit as the tea cools off.
Flavors: Floral, Hay, Honey, Roasted
This is nicely flavored oolong, I could still the the tea. Not ‘fake’ flavor, more like there was a couple of fresh strawberries in my tea cup! I don’t care for artificial flavors in my tea, so I was weary of this purchase, but the description stated “natural flavor”, so I purchased a small amount, now… wishing I had purchased a bigger bag… (Hahaaahhaaah! I feel like I’m a tea hoarder… maybe I should’ve chosen that screen name!)
Flavors: Fruity, Strawberry
And yet another Inkling sample! This is about what I expected it to be, a mildly vegetal green base (probably sencha?) layered with some sweet generic tropical fruit flavor—although I am getting something more specifically mango in the aftertaste. It’s nice enough, but as mango goes it’s no match for my beloved Lupicia mango oolong. I suspect I would’ve liked this better iced, since that’s generally how I prefer my fruity greens, but sadly I think we’re still a ways away from iced tea season here in New York (although it’s supposed to hit 60 tomorrow, so who knows).
Upped the leaf a bit and decided to push it today.
The answer to “how long can I keep drinking this” is all day long, and about 2L of water.
The flavor didn’t change a whole lot, but got a bit more mellow and sweeter as the session went on. At the end I was at a 2 minute steep.
This tea has been sitting around for a couple of weeks, in a snap-top storage tub with airholes. The “rest” time since unsealing it from the ziplock bag the brick came in has done it some good.
Very little fermentation smell even in the rinses. After 2 rinses it was gone from the tea itself. Like last time, it was a smooth, earthy cup, easy to drink.
Robust, with a silky feel in the mouth. The flavor is earthy, shading into a bit of nuttiness. I noticed a bit of cooling sensation on the back of my mouth, which was pleasant. After a few steeps it settles into an earthy, rich tea flavor, sort of like a black tea turned up to 11.
Flavors: Earth, Nuts, Tea
Malt, dark raisins, and just enough oomph to make it good for mornings. The taste of this just lingers…it’s a bit incredible.
This is one of those teas I can’t stop smelling and in the past few weeks this has quickly become one of those teas that I’m going to have to keep around. I was worried when I first got it because I could smell just a hint of smoke and me and smoked teas have not gotten along in the past. It remains just a hint that comes out in the steam, but plays nicely with the other flavors in the tea itself. It’s like natural cocoa, malt, and dark purple plums, and did I mention it smells amazing? I think I’ve found a tea to take camping.
Flavors: Cocoa, Malt, Plums, Smoke
When checking out the sales associate starting flipping through the sample box and asked if I liked Assam. Being the person I am I said yes because hello it’s tea. She could have named anything other than “lotus” or “cherry milkshake sprinkles ice cream cake” and I would have responded the same. I didn’t look at it till I got home but expected some breakfast blend. I was rather suprised by this in all its golden tippy glory.
I didn’t measure but I brewed it rather strong and it came out a great deal darker than their image. It certainly smelled like assamica. Tasting it was bold and fragrant without that Assam tannic gut punch. I was most suprised by the spicy note at the end of the sip. It was not subtle, and if I hadn’t been out of my masala mix for the past month I would have assumed some cinnamon/clove/ginger heat was left in my infuser.
I guess I can see why they are wanting to get people to try this. I might make a habit of trying samples for tea I normally wouldn’t be interested in. Unfortunately, I think the caffeine amount might be a bit more than I can handle. TBD
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #17
Interesting leaves here – they look like like a silky wiry Fujian but the leaves are very tiny coils with hints of gold. I haven’t seen a leaf like this before! I love the flavor – it’s a little like a Fujian black tea but more malty molasses. That is exactly the type of flavor I love. The brew doesn’t seem very strong either. It’s on the sweeter side rather on an astringent side. I feel like I’ve only tried a tea that tasted like this a couple times before but the leaves didn’t look quite like this. The second steep was a little lighter, which is a shame. This one is unique! Another tea company I’ve never heard of before. I love when those are included in teaboxes. :D Their site has quite the selection!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 10 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minutes
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
From the Here’s Hoping TTB
I wanted to like this tea. The initial introduction was a whiff of molasses in the aroma. The taste had highlights of sweet potato and perhaps a hint of chocolate. The flavor was big and full, with a long, strong finish.
So, what went wrong? The main flavor is very dark and just this side of bitter. Not sure how to describe it, but tar might be close. It just doesn’t appeal to me. If you like this kind of dark flavor, you might really like this tea, since it seems well-made and is fairly complex. Just not for me.
This reminds me of Davids Tea Blueberry Jam but with one important difference… No added sweetener!! yum!! Thanks to Inkling for sharing this in a recent swap.. There are some serious blueberry notes in this tea!! I’ll be picking some of this up as my go to blueberry tea when I’m finally (if ever) off my tea buying slowdown!
Had this one this morning for breakfast. I liked it. No bitterness, although a slight astringent note when it was very hot. When the tea cooled a little bit it was smooth. I wish I could smell! The package says it has an amazing aroma. A very nice tea in the morning.