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Compared to other floral teas, I believe jasmine is one of the bitterest, but nothing unpleasant of course. Jasmine was one of the first teas that I stated to drink and still continue to drink it. It is bitter at first swig, which off put some people if they are not into bitter tastes, but there is a lovely woodsy and floral at the same time.
This tea should probably be considered a jasmine tea rather than a green tea. The scent (strong jasmine) is quite true to the flavor of the finished brew. The color is pale yellow.
The way I brew it – 175 for a bit over a minute – it is very smooth and sweet, with only the tiniest hint of bitterness that tickles the tongue. The hot tea is excellent without any additives, so it’s a nice tea to drink throughout the day (assuming that the caffeine doesn’t bother you). It remains pleasant and floral as it cools and makes a great iced tea – maybe add a smidge of cane sugar.
This tea stands up pretty well to second steepings, but I do recommend adding another pinch of leaves at subsequent steepings. Then again, I recommend doing that for most teas.
If you want a nice jasmine tea for daily use or iced tea, but you don’t want to break the bank, I really don’t think this one can be beat.
Flavors: Flowers, Jasmine, Sweet
(60 = I think maybe I don’t like rose tea?) This “tea” is essentially a jar full of rosebuds and I’m not sure what to do with them. I put 4 buds in a teaball and infused for 4-5min, it still had a light flavor. Might be good cold or possibly mixing the roses into a loose black tea.
Flavors: Floral, Rose, Sweet
First impressions of the loose tea was of how lovely the rose buds look with the tea leaves, but the brewed tea itself has only the slightest of rose aromas. I doubt I’d really notice if the roses were missing. Pale yellow-green tea with a subtle flavor.
Weak flavor, it smells like sourdough, and the roses aren’t really detectable. Great price, and you get a lot of tea, the packaging is also great, but this tea is sadly lacking. Makes a good option for a cheap, “everyday” tea.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Chestnut, Rose, Wet Earth, Wood
’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #27
Steep #1 // 20 min after boiling // 4 min
I may have waited too long for the water to cool for this one. But maybe there isn’t too much flavor to begin with. The little roses are pretty but I don’t think they impart much flavor to the oolong, not like the infused rose flavoring that Adagio’s has. The oolong doesn’t have much flavor either. The oolong looks gorgeous though. It is very sweet and it kind of tastes like blueberry but that could be what was in the infuser before that.
This tea is not your typical relaxing cup of bliss that you may be used to. However, the benefits of pearl ku ding tea are many: according to traditional Chinese medicine, it eliminates toxins, disperses wind-heat, reduces inflammation, enhances focus, memory, and improves digestion plus more. It’s not consumed for its great flavor but it is very good for you.
Flavors: Dark Bittersweet
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Flavors: Baked Bread, Dark Bittersweet
Tastes extraordinarily bitter, as any ‘bitter nails tea’ should. Color develops quickly, with hints of purple. A beautiful brew, but only truly suited to drink as medicine.
Flavors: Bok Choy, Roasted Barley, Seaweed, Stonefruits
I have such a terrible case of the winter ‘blahs’ and it is seriously sapping my desire to do much of anything other than play Terraria (because it is so green and full of life! sometimes). As soon as the weather stops being insanely cold (it was -18 degrees here the other day) I am going to haul myself outside and find a speck of green and just sit next to it. This may prove awkward for my neighbor who has the only pine tree in a several mile radius. I do not think my SAD is related to sunlight, having Lupus means the sun hates me, but the lack of green things and most of nature being asleep does make me want to hibernate. So, like yesterday, I am pulling a tea that reminds me of livelier times from my notebook to review.
Today we are looking at Rose Ti Kuan Yin by Tian Hu Shan. I came across a jar full of this tea at my favorite Asian Market and was so enchanted by the idea of mixing rose (one of my favorite tea additives) and Tie Guan Yin (and all its spelling permutations) that I had to grab it, plus I loved the jar it was in. I pop off the lid and give the leaves a good sniff and alas, I am disappointed. With rosebuds that size I was expecting the aroma to be intense and like stepping into a rose garden during summer, instead it was like coming across a single dried rose leftover on the vine from last summer. Dry, mildly floral, and a little perfumed. The Ti Kuan Yin had the aroma of sweet, baking bread and a hint of roast, it was also pretty mild.
Brewing the tea does help both the oolong and the roses have more distinct aromas, the rose is very much so an English rose style and not a spicy wild rose (I might sniff too many flowers) and has a soapy, perfumed quality. The oolong has notes of green beans, chestnuts, and yeasty bread with a fading hint of orchid. The liquid is mostly oolong with a hint of rose as the finish, sweet with notes of chestnut and oddly a hint of popcorn.
The flavor is sadly, a bit uninspiring. The rose is fairly mild, a finishing note instead of being front and center. There are very mild notes of orchid and chestnuts, but mostly what I am getting is yeasty sweet notes, like baking bread, and roasted notes. I was disappointed and put it back on my shelf until my gaiwan arrived, perhaps giving it a Gongfu steeping instead of Western would change things up a bit. The flavors were a little stronger but still nothing spectacular. It was a beautiful tea to look at but uninspiring to sip, the quest for a rosy Tie Guan Yin continues!
Globe amaranth tea is an herbal (caffeine-free) tisane known for containing many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. This tea brews hot pink and is distinctly vegetal with spinach undertones, herbaceous like chrysanthemum tea and mildly sweet.
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Bought a really cute 6oz kyusu for less than $5, came home so excited that I overloaded on oolong :)
Warmed the kyusu, added 5gr tea and rinsed. First steep was 2.30, found it a bit too much, perhaps 2 min would have been better. Second steep was 2.30 again, this time it was perfect. 3rd steep tried 2.30 again and the first sips were good, buy by the end of the batch I decided 3 min would have been better. 4th steep was for 4.30 min, maybe 5 min next time. 5th steep was weak. The leaves still smell lovely, but maybe this tea only does 4 steeps.
What would I do next time? Take my time! I drank the whole thing in less than an hour :)