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This Ti Kuan/Quan Yin has nice smoky top notes, as well as a rich mellow middle note. This tea does have floral base notes and a lingering floral aftertaste. Ti Kuan Yin drinkers must be comfortable with roasted/smoky notes. Not nearly as smoky as lapsang souchong, but imagine a very mild lapsang mixed with a nice floral chinese green tea. A good sipping tea.
As far as creme earl greys go, this one was a little disappointing, but not entirely bad. The tea itself is a tad on the bitter side, and there is a slight aftertaste of cough syrup. This might be an over-concentration of the bergamot oil used or it might be too old/young black tea. The aroma, on the other hand, is heavenly! This is a deceiving tea. I only rated it so low because it should be a sipping tea, but it cannot be enjoyed hour after hour if it is even a little bitter (the tannins take their toll eventually, don’t do it with bitter tea). Will try a re-steap at a higher temp (200 or 205) and shorter steep time (3 min) and see what changes.
I don’t know what to say. This tea tasted as if it were lacking depth. The tea brewed a nice color, and the smell was not bad, but the taste was just not there. I’m hoping to try out different temps or steep times to get the extra dimension out. This tea was, relatively, one of the most expensive teas at Tea Zone; thus, I expected more… Anyway, I’ll try again some other time after changing it up a little. Will get a Breville tea maker soon and intend to do some rapid steepsearching with it on this tea.
This silver needle white tea from tea zone was mellow, not even a hint of bitterness. No flavors, no bad tastes coming out of this tea. It REALLY helps to have purified water (aka. de-flourinated de-chlorinated water) for a tea this light. GREAT sipping tea. The quality of the tea is somewhere around good to excellent (~85/100). Used about 19 needles for about 10 ounces of hot water.
Beautiful blood red orange color. It has the signature creamy scent of rooibos with a hint citrus at the very end. As a fan of rooibos in general, I see no problems with this one. However, I can’t detect much of a difference between this rooibos and unflavored rooibos. The ‘orange’ part of rooibos did not really come through, which is why I’m not rating it as high as it would be otherwise.
I am fond of the Citron Green that came in the green tea sampler pack from Adagio Teas. When I saw it again at my local tea shop ‘Tea Zone’ I’d thought that I’d buy a 2oz. bag.
The three descriptive words that come to mind when tasting this tea are mild, clean and fresh. There is only a hint of citrus that slightly enhances the grassy crispness from the green tea. The smell is also subtle. I can only detect the tangy aroma while inhaling deeply from the top of my mug.
Overall, it’s a lot milder than Adagio’s version which I’m a bit disappointed about. It seems like it’ll be a lot better as an iced tea because it’s already so crisp and refreshing so I’ll definitely consider it during the summer months. I probably won’t buy it again though.