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This is a very fruity tisane; it has a sweet fruity berry flavor with a zingy, tart finish. Depending on how you like your fruit teas, a little sweetener or honey may help take the tart edge off the finish, giving it a sweeter, punchy flavor, but it is fine sans sweetener if you like fruits that have a bit of a tart bite to them. The tea is very rich and surprisingly pleasant warm, but makes a great iced tea with a fruity, punchy flavor that is refreshing during hot weather.
Flavors: Berry, Fruity, Hibiscus
Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Seven- Tea #12
The tiny pebbles of this tea made me a bit scared. But overbrewing the second steep for way too many minutes didn’t even make it too strong. Both steeps definitely tasted like an assam, strong with a medium body, malty but fruity with a thirst quenching quality. Don’t pass this one up in the teabox! Surprisingly one of my favorites of the teabox so far.
Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Seven- Tea #10
Teasource asks in this description: How do you like them apples? I say, not with lemongrass or coconut… An interesting blend that I have no idea how this actually tastes like apple, especially with the coconut. The really fresh looking coconut. And lemongrass? In a candy apple inspired blend? But somehow the flavor turns out actually apple. The second steep was only hints of apple once in a while, and mostly just white tea flavor. Hmm, this one is a mystery. But it’s good there wasn’t actually the flavor of the lemongrass or coconut.
Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Seven- Tea #8
I used a fairly big chunk of this accidentally. After it was in the infuser I couldn’t really do anything about it! The leaves have hints of gold within the brick. I thought the flavor would be too much, but maybe the leaves didn’t unravel too much yet. As usual though, a ripe pu-erh can never really be astringent. I do usually like stronger flavor than this though. The flavor is very mellow, I can only describe it as the what pu-erh tastes like, but the lightest of that: mushrooms, light cocoa… No hints of anything pu-erhly unpleasant though. The third steep was crazy long but the flavor was still very mild…. and the brick was still hardly unraveled! I guess this one would never unravel. Unless I tried many more steeps, but that last steep was very very long. Nothing impressive but nothing offending either.
Steep #1 // 12 minutes after boiling // rinse // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // few minutes after boiling // 3-4 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 20? minute steep
Smooth and sweet tea. Though its jasmine flavoured, its not overpowering. Its a constant companion that helps highlight the sweetness of the tea. Its what you would hope to get from a white tea, that being nice flavour and aroma.
Extended review and how i brewed it:
Flavors: Floral, Jasmine, Sweet
A nice sample of Big Red Robe that has a fairly mellow smokiness in the initial infusions, with an interesting taste of wet slate in the middle infusions. Fairly dynamic flavor range. I brewed this with a gaiwan, and have found even better results brewing it with a yixing. I have a friend that has brewed it western style, and the first infusion is the best, with the subsequent ones being considerably less enjoyable. So brewing style really has a big effect on extracting this teas full potential. If done well, its quite satisfying.
Longer review of this tea and how I brewed it is here:
Flavors: Apple, Smoke, Smooth, Wet Rocks
Got this from the Here’s Hoping TTB.
Tried as much pu from the box as I could if it wasn’t already obvious! This one was clean, sweet and smooth from the very first steep. I’ve usually been skipping washes lately, so the first steep was a deep red in color that darkened significantly in the next since the leaves were pretty broken up once the compression loosened, and they soaked up a lot of water. I did get some fermentation flavor, but nothing that overshadowed the distinct sweetness I picked up on.
From the Here’s Hoping TTB. This is my first real disappointment from the TTB. This is a CTC tea, but I’d at least hoped for a good strong breakfast tea. However, it was weak and bland. I suspect this may have just be too old; either too long in the box, or maybe an older tea that was added. Second steep of 7 minutes: nothing there.
Nice vegetal and floral taste in the initial infusions that is not overpowering. The delicate taste also transforms into a nice sweetness in the later infusions. Very delicate buds that brews into a nice liquour, and has a nice mouthfeel.
I brewed this sample of Pi Lo Chun using a gaiwan.
Tasting note #500!
I can’t believe I’ve never reviewed this one, as it’s been a staple in my cupboard for several years now. TeaSource offers both a flavored and unflavored milk oolong. I have the unflavored and absolutely recommend it! The flavor is sweet and creamy, the texture buttery-smooth, and the beautiful unbroken leaves hold up to many re-steepings. (I usually wear out before the tea does!)
Flavors: Creamy, Milk, Smooth, Sweet
I tried this on a whim and ended up loving it! The flavor is complex hard to describe: a bit like honey, but also slightly fruity with a hint of something that reminds me of walnut. Pretty strong for an oolong, but no bitterness or astringency even after multiple re-steeps. I will probably re-order when I’ve finished my 2 oz bag!
Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Raisins, Smooth, Walnut
Next up from my exploration of the teabox is Longevity oolong by Teasource. This is a 4 year old retoasted oolong.
Starting with a quick rinse to open up the leaves, the aroma came out of the yixing like POW… I got hit with coffee, roast, chocolate, dark wood and cherry. The liquor color is dark honey color, with a touch of red. Not quite as red as red tea, more towards honey but darker.
The first infusion I got the same aroma, and now tasting it, yup it tastes like coffee, also dark bittersweet, cherry, chocolate…its actually more roasty than wuyi oolongs. This really surprised me, the roast on this is quite heavy.
Second infusion it was even stronger, the tea leaves are opening up a little now and really just pounding the aroma, the yixing also intensifies it because of the way it holds the heat, I was also brewing this a bit on the hot side, near 205.
I brewed this out about 12 infusions and it lost very little flavor through any of the infusions. Though later in the infusions I actually tasted a little more of the tea, and a little less of the roast. Though the slightly fruity cherry flavor kept with it throughout.
I do have a bit of a soft spot for aged oolongs.
Flavors: Cherry, Chocolate, Coffee, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Wood, Sweet
Long time no write!
So, I’m a big lime fan and find Teasource to be affordable and pretty delicious- and that’s how I ended up with this one. I’m really glad I got this. What a yummy cup! The lime is very present in the smell, however is a bit more subtle in taste. I pick up some floral notes in this one, but it isn’t over powering. There is also a slight astringency to the cup, but again, not in an overpowering way. I’ve enjoyed this both hot and iced, and I’ve got to say I think the flavor shined a bit better iced. The hot brew was still very good, and I still drink it both ways. Overall a refreshing flavored green tea. Especially moving into these warmer months!
Hope to do some longer, more in depth tasting notes here in the future, but I’ll leave this one short and sweet for my welcome back!
Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Lime
I must admit, I wasn’t especially excited to receive 2oz of this free with my last TeaSource order. Most of the straight Ceylon teas I’ve tried in the past have been too brisk and/or bitter for my tastes, so I didn’t expect to be a fan. But this one is actually quite lovely! It’s robust yet smooth with some nice fruity notes. I like it straight, but it really shines with a splash of milk. I may even end up re-ordering when I finish off this bag, because it’s becoming a breakfast staple!
Flavors: Fruity, Smooth
I saw this tea repeatedly during the summer and ignored it going on sale more than once. I didn’t realize it at the time but since I started drinking loose leaf I had completely stopped drinking any sort of ‘breakfast’ teas other than a heavy dose of CTC in my chai mix. All those finely cut leaves just screamed low quality, and when I tried this tea during a sample day my suspicions that ‘taste test winner’ or no this was still a tea not fit to be drunk without sugar or milk were confirmed. So I continued to ignore it until after drinking through a bunch of chocolate malty Chinese blacks from yunnan sourcing made me start craving something brought and bold in the morning. I picked this up on a whim after that and ended up quite enjoying it. it had a number of small golden tipped pieces and brew up a beautiful clear ruby brown color. It does taste indeed a lot like the English breakfast tea bags I remember but clearer if that makes any sense. It certainly does not need any milk or sugar although it does have to be brewed with care to prevent the bitterness from getting out of hand much like what must have happened to that sad sample I tried.
TL;DR Good bold bright breakfast tea, no milk or sugar required.
Moroccan mint is one of the first loose leaf teas I started drinking and one I’ve continued to buy semi-regularly. I picked this up along with some nilgiri to ice on an unseasonably warm day and was satisfied that the mint is nice and zingy. Nothing is worse than the dead mint flavor of bulk bin mint tea. I can’t say I’ve ever had a version of this that ever wowed me, but this seems nice and solid if perhaps a bit heavy on the mint. The gunpowder tea does have a tendency to settle out so perhaps I got the top of the bin (or perhaps I’m not mixing my bag enough). Anyway this is nice, reasonably priced, and great iced.
So much cinnamon!!! I’m not really picking up on any of the other flavors that are supposed to be in this one, just lots of sweet and spicy cinnamon…kind of like I melted Red Hots into my cup. The super-strong flavor makes it a good sick day tea, but it’s not really what I was hoping for from the description. Will finish what I have, but probably won’t be re-ordering.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Spicy, Sweet