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Thank you Hapatite for the sample. Unfortunately this one wasn’t my favourite. The black tea didn’t really add much, in fact I didn’t realise it was in the blend until I came to review it! It wasn’t awful, but when it comes down to it there are other things I’d rather be drinking, and I preferred the hibiscus on its own to this blend. One plus I did notice though is that this didn’t need as much sugar to counteract the sour hibiscus.
Sorry about the short and infrequent tasting notes guys, life has just gotten unexpectedly more stressful lately and even though I don’t have a lot going on (the opposite, actually) I haven’t felt in the right frame of mind to be writing up tasting notes and I haven’t even been drinking that much tea. Fingers crossed I’ll get out of my rut before it gets too deep, I’ve been there before and I’m not going back.
Sorry about the slightly dark turn that apology just took, too…
Picked this up at Taipei 101 (their crazy tall skyscraper), when I was going through an oolong withdrawal.
The flavour profile is crisp, floral and sweet. Minimal butter. It’s a gentle tea but I can still taste flavours which, if steeped longer, contribute to the strong flavours found in bottled oolong beverages. There’s the potential of bitterness in those floral caffeine laced notes.
I prefer my green oolong milky or, if it’s buttery, to be incredibly buttery, but with only two green oolong varieties in my cupboard this is gold.
Flavors: Butter, Cantaloupe, Cucumber, Flowers, Honey
I’m assuming this is the tea I’m reviewing (purchased 100g for 450NT).
I don’t normally buy TenRen, as I think it’s overpriced, but apparently they are trusted when it comes to provenance.
Definitely a green version of Dong Ding. Rolled leaves are dark green and have a pleasantly fresh grassy pear aroma.
Infusion gives off baked apples, cream and gentle spice.
Taste is more apply and bitter vegetable greens with a slight chemical taste on the finish (at least on first few infusions).
This is good, but not great. A fine daily drinker.
Surprising taste as the mango is semi sweet but the green tea contributes a bitter taste to the liquid. I ended up mixing this with a lighter green tea that I bought from them to make it more drinkable, but I don’t even know what that tea was because the sticker they put on it has no English and I told the lady to just give me what she likes. This tea alone was not something I would want to drink again though.
Time to finish the EU TTB teas so I can start a new. The sign up is open by the way for round 4!
The raw leaf is wonderfully sweet and pure lychee like with a slight malt and smoke finish. Very pleasant!
Sampled with a drop of milk.
Flavour is malty yet sweet with lingering lychee notes and a touch of smoke. Seems to remain consistent throughout the sips as well, even as it cools. Though there is some dryness now in the after taste.
I admit that I’m not a lover of lychee, it tastes like artificial sweetener in my opinion. Overly sweet yet something almost chemical like about it. Love the smell but just not a fan of it’s taste. This is in general and not aimed at this specific blend. Still it’s pleasant enough!
Nothing I would miss or desire more of but a nice tea all the same.
Flavors: Drying, Lychee, Malt, Smoke
A very pleasant Chinese black tea. Surprisingly delicate and complex, the lovely golden-red color is almost too pretty to drink. Light floral aromas, the steeped leaves have notes of dry wood which doesn’t transfer much to the cup, but is there hidden amongst the orchids and chocolate. Subtle malt with hints of smoke and cooked apples dominate the flavor profile. Smooth and rich, yet delicate with nice acidity and almost no astringency to talk about on the lingering exotic coco finish. Could easily be an every day black or used for experimenting with home blending.
I’m assuming that this is the Keemun that I got from Ten Ren’s today, and since there isn’t another listing for a Keemun, I’ll just put my review here and make it my own. XD
And as much as I want to review the actual store, I’ll resist and just stick with the tea.
This review is based on having no idea for brewing parameters and just using my basic 1.5 tsp/12 oz @ 3min Boiling.
The tea definitely has a smoky smell to it brew wise. Not Lapsang in-your-face, but a definite woodsmoke smell.
Taste wise it’s got a nice smoky hint to it, along with a slightly almost sweet note (though that might be just residue from the spoon I was using to slurp since the mug really is too hot still to drink from). Mildly astringent and just bordering on a bit bitter for me. Next time I might do 2:30 min or try a lower temp on the water.
It’s honestly not the train wreck I was fearing it might be with me just guesstimating everything. I liked it better after adding a bit of Truvia to sweeten it, but then I always add sugar to my tea eventually. But this one is good enough to stand on it’s own. I’m not sure how it would handle milk though, not to mention that would be a bit weird to me. Lol!
So yeah, not a bad tea. Not the best Keemun that I’ve had (not that I have a huge worldly experience of Keemun), but I’ll certainly drink it eventually.
Pale yellow hinting at chartreuse. Wonderful aromas reminiscent of green tea, but with a slight maltiness. Light to medium in body and delicate, this tea displays a lovely malty sweetness balanced with a very long finish which is quite pleasing and very mildly astringent. Cooked squash and notes of fresh mint are the memorable subject playing counterpoint to the classic fresh grassy undertones seem to have an almost lactic buttery roundness which enhances the light mouth-feel and gives the illusion of a more full bodied tea. The astringency mixed with notes of mint seem to have a similar effect, at least on the brain, as Hydroxy-alpha sanshool which seems to almost delicately numb the gums and tongue as you drink multiple cups and would probably be a perfectly wonderful tea to pair with Szechuan cuisine. The leaves unroll beautifully and slowly to reveal clearly handpicked lightly toasted tippy short stemmed selections which yield extra steeps. This tea is perfect for anyone who is in love with green tea but would like to get a little more bang for the buck from an everyday tea that drinks like a special occasion tea.
It’s just lovely, so floral (think mums, not roses, for an American comparison) and with a definite milky richness. Stands up to rebrewing well (although I’ve only gotten through 3 rebrews, since I usually make pots or drink it over the day at work).
Flavors: Flowers, Peat Moss
This is a light green tea with a faint greenish-yellow liquor. The tea has a subtle floral aroma that is mixed with hints of cut grass somewhat like strolling through a rose garden. The taste of the tea is also light and pleasantly green with the usual hints of floral plants. One of this tea’s most winning characteristics is that its flavor changes as you swallow; somehow the tea tastes multidimensional. The perspicacious drinker will detect initial grassy flavors that ease into floral overtones that change depending on whether the mouth is open or not. After swallowing the tea leaves myriad aftertastes, both pleasant and perplexing. One can sip this tea multiple times with entirely different taste experiences. The tea is solid yet light, direct yet ambiguous. Exploring the depths is a truly cerebral experience.
The tea is also robust with respect to multiple brews and acquires a slight sweetness with more plant-y character as one continues.
Flavors: Flowers, Grass
The osmanthus addition in this tea is the prominent taste however one can also appreciate the oolong beneath it. The tea is light, obviously floral, and refreshing. Due to the floral addition the tea has a robust aftertaste which is excellent. The oolong itself is a little flat and slightly bitter, though pleasant. There is less roasted taste and more green freshness. If not for the osmanthus though, the tea would not be nearly as impressive.
Also, the tea changes significantly when over/under steeped and not in a good way (in my opinion). I think the timing for this tea is quite important.
This is a green tea with a light yellowish liquor. This is an amazing and complex tea. The tea is quite floral without being at all herbaceous. Its most interesting quality you don’t taste it per se. At least I did not experience a strong taste upon the first sipping. Rather, it evokes an aromatic billowing feeling as it envelopes your mouth during and after you swallow. The most interesting complexity begins during swallowing and breathing because the tea scent/aroma is so overwhelming. Although there are many floral green teas this one has no bitterness and very minimal direct taste at all. The experience of drinking it is essentially entirely aromatic which is somewhat unique.
As to the tastes/smells themselves, the tea is very floral (though not infused with flowers) and slightly sweet. The taste is fresh, green, and bold without being bright or sharp. Needless to say the liquor is incredibly smooth. Successive pours are relatively consistent though the second is best.
This is an excellent tea. The liquor is a beautiful shade of amber. The taste is entirely smooth even slightly sweet. The sweetness evokes blossoms of some unknown plant though there is no flower infused in the tea itself. (The flowery effect is much darker and subtle than that of a floral green tea however.) This is the only tea that I have ever come across with precisely this effect, it’s stunning.
The results of the taste linger and change after the tea is swallowed, there is a residual sweetness. In addition, each pour of the tea is slightly different and it is worth preserving all of them separately to experience the full spectrum. I would consider this my favorite hongcha(红茶).
Flavors: Flowers, Honey