Hunan Silk

Tea type
Green Pu-erh White Blend
Ingredients
Calendula Petals, Jasmine Green Tea, Lemongrass, Natural Flavours, Pu Erh Tea, White Tea
Flavors
Candy, Cantaloupe, Lemon, Lemongrass, Melon, Citrus, Floral, Honeydew, Sweet, Tangy
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Caffeine
High
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Edit tea info Last updated by Mastress Alita
Average preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 6 min, 15 sec 24 oz / 710 ml

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  • “I got this from Mastress Alita! Thank you! Backlogging from last night when my brain was too burnt to make with the words. This tea smells so sweet and lush and melony. There is a generous amount...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Summer Vacation! The iced tea in my big water bottle today happened to be a blend of three different Chinese teas — a heicha, a jasmine green tea, and a white tea. When I opened the package, it...” Read full tasting note
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This dark tea is smooth as silk with dark, green, and white tea leaves and fruity/floral notes shining through. It’s a delight.

We do not recommend making iced tea out of most dark teas. But this is one of the exceptions, it’s lovely served over a tumbler of ice.

Suggested Steeping Instruction:

Use 1-2 heaping tsp (3-5 grams) per 8 oz of water, rinse leaves with 205° water for 4-8 seconds, discard rinse water. Then steep with 8 oz water at 205° for 10-60 seconds. Good for multiple steepings.

Ingredients: Chinese dark tea, jasmine green tea, white tea, lemongrass, natural flavor, calendula petals

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I got this from Mastress Alita! Thank you! Backlogging from last night when my brain was too burnt to make with the words.

This tea smells so sweet and lush and melony. There is a generous amount of lemongrass mixed throughout the green tea and puerh. The latter two don’t seem like they’d go together, but in this blend, they make sense.

A storm was on its way last night, making it unseasonably warm, so I made this over ice. It’s interesting how I don’t get any puerh notes from this at all. It’s all fresh green tea flavor and sweet, almost candylike melon. The lemongrass is soft and kind of hidden by the fruit. And I guess the puerh is there to brace it and keep it from going full Jolly Rancher. But really, I am having such an affair with melon teas, and this is another one I am really pleased with. It may not quite stack up to Lupicia’s, but it’s up there for sure.

Flavors: Candy, Cantaloupe, Lemon, Lemongrass, Melon

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Mastress Alita

I’ve been drinking a lot of melon-flavored iced tea lately. Even during cold weather, I always have at least one mason jar of iced tea in the fridge (down from 3 or 4 during the hot months, but still…) I like the quenching feel of a cold drink when I’m eating a warm meal, and it’s quicker to grab a water bottle with iced tea in it on the go when I don’t have the time to put the kettle on and wait for steep up a warm thermos, despite what the weather might be dictating!

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Summer Vacation! The iced tea in my big water bottle today happened to be a blend of three different Chinese teas — a heicha, a jasmine green tea, and a white tea. When I opened the package, it smelled strongly of melon; not that strong, artificial watermelon flavor used here in the states, but the Asian “melon” flavoring that is similar to cantalope and honeydew that is commonly found in Japanese candies, sodas, and shaved ice. And I was really surprised by that, because nothing in the tea description mentioned it being melon-flavored. It just said it had “fruity and floral notes.” I didn’t even smell anything floral… just really, really strong melon.

So I didn’t even bother trying this tea warm, I just cold brewed it, strained it, and stuck it in my water bottle. And… it was about as strongly melon-flavored as it smelled. I wouldn’t say it was unpleasant, though, because it actually somehow came off really juicy on the tongue, as if I’d actually just eaten a slice of cantalope. The flavor, of course, wasn’t quite the same, because it tastes more like that honeydew/cantalope melon-hybrid flavor, but the mouthfeel just somehow came off strikingly similar to that juicy sensation of having just chewed up a slice of cantalope. And though I couldn’t smell any floral notes, I could actually taste a slight floral sweetness to the tea, though it was subtle, and seemed to somehow bring out the honeydew flavors a bit. There was also a very subtle citrus note right at the end of the sip. The tea is very naturally sweet, and almost feels like a melon soda, just lacking the carbonation and having an overall more refreshing feel. Or maybe I’m reminded of soda because though it’s sweet, it actually has a slight tanginess to the aftertaste, which I find quite pleasant.

I don’t know if it’s because I cold steeped this, but I would never think there was heicha in this… the base felt very much like a green/white base to me. It even steeped up a yellow color. I have no idea if it was because of the way the tea was prepared, or just a matter of leaf ratios… guess I’ll have to play with it more.

So… from the name and description, I would never expect this to be a very melon-flavored tea. If that is what you are looking for, this is the tea for you! It took me by complete surprise, but I’m not disappointed by it. I drink a lot of iced tea, and I’ll be using this one up exclusively that way.

Flavors: Cantaloupe, Citrus, Floral, Honeydew, Melon, Sweet, Tangy

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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