90

Tasting note 400!

And I am so glad I got this tea on sale. It is low caffeine, and I love it. The notes from Teabox are accurate as always. A rose, grassy citric smell emanating from the dry leaves, and rose and freshly cut greens from the cup. Steeped as instructed, 3 teaspoons for five minutes, and it is lovely. I didn’t expect it to be as refreshing as it was. There is absolutely no astringency or bitterness. It is oddly refreshing and hydrating, tasting exactly like a combination between rose water and cucumber infused water. I don’t think that I would have needed to read Big Daddy’s note to get that impression. It also still tastes like a fairly light and delicate white tea with some hay notes (in longer steepings), but headed by the clean rose and cucumber.

I partially get the sweetness of this tea, but it’s far from a sugary sweetness. Rose and cucumber are the sweetest things that I could compare it to.

I don’t know how many steeps I’m going to get out of this, but the smell remains quite strong. I hope I get the same thing or some thing better soon because it is lovely. I would actually rate the taste closer to a 95 because I like how rounded and delicate it is, but the price is incredibly steep being close to forty dollars for fifty grams. Another thing to consider with price is how many leaves you should use per cup: 3 tablespoons for every six ounces or 2.5 GRAMS FOR EVERY .9 OUNCE. Hence my getting it on discount with a coupon.

This is an awesome white tea that I think people should try…when it’s on discount.

Flavors: Cucumber, Freshly Cut Grass, Hay, Rose

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Kristal

Holy crap, I’ve never heard of a tea being so expensive! I’ve seen some matchas go for $30/35 for 50g, but you only use like 1/2tsp per 8-10oz. $40 though and 3tbsp..that’s gotta make each cup at least $5?

Daylon R Thomas

Yeah, it’s 37.79 regular. The sample was $7 for four cups, so close about $1.75 per cup. Got it for $16. I’ve had really mixed feelings about Teabox so far anyway. This tea is high quality, but vastly overpriced. I’ve been far more impressed with their black Darjeelings, which tend to have reasonable prices. As for their blends, they try too hard to make their tea subtle taking away some flavor. I’m still going through the blends before I make an official judgement on all of them, but weak has been the consensus so far.

Kristal

Can’t say I’ve ever tried teabox, but that’s definitely out of my price range. Quality is always good but the price needs to be right as well, which is why during the summer whenever I do pitchers of iced tea (my husband and I chug those back like no ones business) I tend to use bagged tea. I only do herbal iced tea (especially fruit blends) and to make a 2L pitcher using loose leaf can be anywhere from $3.50-$5.50 (and sometimes we drink a pitcher per day!) There are some great bagged teas I use which bring the price per pitcher close to $1.

I wish steepster had an option where users can rate tea COMPANIES and not just individual blends. That way I could no what to expect when trying them out.

tigress_al

Kristal— what bagged teas do you use to make these pitchers? I really enjoy iced tea in the summer as well!

Kristal

I really enjoy Celestial Seasonings True Blueberry and Black Cherry (cold brewed for 12-24h). Stash’s Wild Raspberry Hibiscus is also a good one. I’m usually not a hibiscus fan but all of these teas have wowed me.

I also just picked up Stash’s Blueberry Superfruit and I will judge how that is cold brewed too!

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Kristal

Holy crap, I’ve never heard of a tea being so expensive! I’ve seen some matchas go for $30/35 for 50g, but you only use like 1/2tsp per 8-10oz. $40 though and 3tbsp..that’s gotta make each cup at least $5?

Daylon R Thomas

Yeah, it’s 37.79 regular. The sample was $7 for four cups, so close about $1.75 per cup. Got it for $16. I’ve had really mixed feelings about Teabox so far anyway. This tea is high quality, but vastly overpriced. I’ve been far more impressed with their black Darjeelings, which tend to have reasonable prices. As for their blends, they try too hard to make their tea subtle taking away some flavor. I’m still going through the blends before I make an official judgement on all of them, but weak has been the consensus so far.

Kristal

Can’t say I’ve ever tried teabox, but that’s definitely out of my price range. Quality is always good but the price needs to be right as well, which is why during the summer whenever I do pitchers of iced tea (my husband and I chug those back like no ones business) I tend to use bagged tea. I only do herbal iced tea (especially fruit blends) and to make a 2L pitcher using loose leaf can be anywhere from $3.50-$5.50 (and sometimes we drink a pitcher per day!) There are some great bagged teas I use which bring the price per pitcher close to $1.

I wish steepster had an option where users can rate tea COMPANIES and not just individual blends. That way I could no what to expect when trying them out.

tigress_al

Kristal— what bagged teas do you use to make these pitchers? I really enjoy iced tea in the summer as well!

Kristal

I really enjoy Celestial Seasonings True Blueberry and Black Cherry (cold brewed for 12-24h). Stash’s Wild Raspberry Hibiscus is also a good one. I’m usually not a hibiscus fan but all of these teas have wowed me.

I also just picked up Stash’s Blueberry Superfruit and I will judge how that is cold brewed too!

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First Off, Current Targets:

Whispering Pines Alice
Tillerman Tea Traditional Oxidation Oolong
Tillerman Tea Phoenix Village Dong Dings
Good Luxurious Work Teas
A good Qilan
Best Sachet Teas

Dislikes: Heavy Tannin, Astringency, Bitterness, or Fake Flavor, Overly herby herbal or aged teas

Picky with: Higher Oxidation Oolongs, Red Oolongs (Some I love, others give me headaches or are almost too sweet), Mint Teas

Currently, my stash is overflowing. Among my favorites are What-Cha’s Lishan Black, Amber Gaba Oolong, Lishan Oolong, Qilan Oolong, White Rhino, Kenya Silver Needle, Tong Mu Lapsang Black (Unsmoked); Whispering Pines Alice, Taiwaneese Assam, Wang’s Shanlinxi, Cuifeng, Dayuling; Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co.“Old Style” Dong Ding, Mandala Milk Oolong

Me:

I am an MSU graduate, and current alternative ed. high school social studies and history teacher. I formerly minored in anthropology, and I love Egyptian and classical history. I love to read, write, draw, paint, sculpt, fence(with a sword), practice calisthenics on rings, lift weights, workout, relax, and drink a cuppa tea…or twenty.

I’ve been drinking green and black teas ever since I was little living in Hawaii. Eastern Asian influence was prominent with my friends and where I grew up, so I’ve been exposed to some tea culture at a young age. I’ve come a long way since I began on steepster and now drink most teas gong fu, especially oolong. Any tea that is naturally creamy, fruity, or sweet without a lot of added flavoring ranks as a must have for me. I also love black teas and dark oolongs with the elusive “cocoa” note. My favorites are lighter Earl Greys, some white teas like What-Cha’s Kenyan offerings, most Hong-Cha’s, darker Darjeelings, almost anything from Nepal, Green Shan Lin Xi’s, and Greener Dong Dings. I’m in the process of trying Alishan’s. I also tend to really enjoy Yunnan Black or Red teas and white teas. I’m pickier with other teas like chamomile, green teas, and Masalas among several.

I used to give ratings, but now I only rate teas that have a strong impression on me. If I really like it, I’ll write it down.

I’ll enjoy a tea almost no matter what, even if the purpose is more medicinal, for it is my truest vice and addiction.

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