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Gongfu Sipdown (2492)

Enjoyed having this sample paired with some candied hawthorn this afternoon!! This was such a good session: I found this oolong really syrupy and fragrant, even without the added sweetness from the hard sugar coating on the hawthorn. It mostly tasted of rich, juicy lychee and stonefruit with a softer mineral undertone of shale rock and pleasantly perfumey top note that stretched into a lingering orchid-like finish. Very, very lychee, though. One of the most lychee tasting Dong Fang Mei Ren teas that I’ve tried.

On the slip side the hawthorn was sweet and sour, though mostly sweet. I’ve always found that hawthorn makes me think of really cooked down and jammy strawberry compote, but with a really tangy kick to the top notes – as if someone sprinkled a bit of malic acid on a spoonful of jam. I’ve always loved the pairing of strawberries and lychee, so it was no surprise to me that I also loved the pairing of this lychee note heavy Oriental Beauty with the hawthorn!

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C2X6sRouaIy/?img_index=1

I’m also super in love with the beautiful colouration and glossy finish of this new Houhin and cup set!! I own so many gaiwans, but prior to now just a single houhin. Though the functionality has always appealed to me I’m more than a bit picky when it comes to the aesthetic of the spouts. I fell immediately in love with this one when I first saw it, and I’m happy to say it’s one of those fantastic cases where you don’t have to sacrifice form OR function. It took a bit of a journey for it to get here, but it was well worth it!!

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSMVflSBKx8

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Gongfu Sipdown (2414)!

Drank this while diving into Plush, a new (to me) mini horror comic series!! I ended up stacking steeps about three at a time for this session, for a total of three “stacks” overall. As expected, this yancha was warm and roasty with an overarching mineral and spiced profile: cassia, allspice, shale rock, slightly burnt pie crust, and heavily toasted walnut. However, it also had a jammy sort of sweetness to the top notes that made me think of black currant jam and sugar plum. A touch floral, especially on the backend. Wouldn’t go so far as to call this a “fruity” oolong, but the fruitier elements really popped alongside an otherwise very typical and even keeled profile for a Rougui!

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C0FORqBud6P/?img_index=1

It was also my first time taking this beautiful cup (bought via Salt Stone Ceramics) for a spin! I love this sort of swirled clay/porcelain technique so much. I have another more more traditional (for gongfu) cup that uses it which I love, though it’s just shades of brown and white. The colour and texture combo of this Linzy Casal piece are just so superb though; I couldn’t resist adding it to my pottery/ceramics collection!

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xT0vWporWs

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Steeped this up today and to be honest I’m not totally sure how I feel about it??

The jasmine is very strong in this blend and has an almost strange sweetness to it. Very fresh, aromatic and bold. I think what has be sort of on the fence is that I can’t totally tell whether it’s actually scented black tea, jasmine flavoured black tea, or a combination of both. I wouldn’t mind regardless, but I just don’t love the ambiguity. It makes it hard to properly set expectations while drinking the tea.

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Geek Steep S3E17 – Paper Girls (Graphic Novel)

This is the tea that I drank during our recording! I had recently gotten in my big sample order from Seven Teahouse so I was excited to drink one of their teas on the podcast, and it was actually even more perfect timing because I’d also recently gotten a really large haul of moon cakes for the Mid Autumn Festival! So, this tea was enjoyed alongside a lemon paste and egg yolk flavoured moon cake.

The mooncake was delicious with a great balance of zesty sweet lemon and buttery pastry – like a fancier lemon pound cake. It paired great with this tea, which is a Dong Ding oolong. It was floral and nutty with a pleasant medium body. The nuttier notes melded perfectly with buttery pastry and the orchid and lilac notes with the lemon. It was a very nice little moment!

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Aaaaah! As expected, this is packed with that sweet, sweet Japanese style honeydew/green melon flavour. I gleefully slurped this back. One of my favourite blends from Lupicia is their Melon Oolong and this is a damn good replacement for it since it’s not very accessible to me anymore!

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A perfectly serviceable cup of tea! I’m getting really used to the base oolong that’s used across all of Seven Teahouse’s flavoured oolongs and it honestly compliments all of these flavours really well. The strawberry was sweet yet floral – no complaints to be had. I think I just wasn’t quite in the mood for an oolong on the day I drank this. Definitely a me thing, not a tea thing.

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Very fresh, juicy and floral lychee flavour! Like many of these Seven Teahouse blends, the oolong base is smooth and floral and just does a bang on job of showcasing this pure play fruit note. Yum!

Nik

Mmmmm… lycheeeeeee…

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Drank this one yesterday while working from home. I ended up getting called into a meeting that lasted longer than expected, and I totally forgot the tea was steeping so this cuppa got a very, very generous two hour steep. By the time I got to it I was worried it would be a cup of foul bitterness, but it was actually still drinkable. I mean, yeah, it was bitter. However, not nearly as much as I’d have expected a greener oolong like this to get. The floral, juicy lychee notes still came through too!

(Also, it was obviously totally cold.)

…So, that’s promising! Can’t wait to try this again when it’s actually well steeped.

gmathis

There’s definitely something to be said for a tea that can handle a two-hour bath!

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As I just said in another tasting note I’ve been really craving blueberry teas this week.

This one is… fine? I mean, there’s absolutely zero things wrong with it. As far as mono flavoured black tea blends go it delivers on a blueberry flavour that’s both a little sweet and jammy and a little bit more floral and delicate. A good middle ground. The base has full body while having a good neutral taste – perfect for blending over. It’s just lacking that last almost ethereal “extra little thing” to push it over the edge.

…and I do love a standard blueberry black. I just have many of them already in my cupboard, so this tea is competing with more tried and true blends that I have better access to that fill the same niche.

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This was a fine tasting cup, but the strawberry flavouring was very intense in both a floral and creamy sort of way. It felt a bit like the blend didn’t know what kind of strawberry tea it wanted to be and I think I’d have appreciated the simplicity of it more if it was all in with floral or all in with decadent or, even, tart and juicy strawberry. Didn’t love the mix as much…

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This tea gave me such instant feelings of deja vu while I was drinking it and I never did quite figure out what specifically it was making me think of. I think it’s a cross of, like, another tea I’ve had and a “real life” strawberry candy or something. It was mostly black tea forward, but with a light strawberry note that had a mix of floral undertones and an almost “gummy candy” like bright sweetness. I enjoyed it quite a bit, though it’s certainly simplistic.

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For pretty much as long as I’ve been a tea drinker I’ve been saying that jasmine teas always taste like grapes to me, so when I saw that Seven Teahouse had a grape jasmine blend I kind of lost my fucking mind. I just needed to taste it.

Here’s the thing. The grape oolong from Seven Teahouse is far superior to this. It’s better balanced, and the mix of naturally floral oolong with their particular grape flavouring is more complimentary. However, on a deeply personal level, this was more satisfying. It tastes exactly like the grape note I always pick out of jasmine teas but amplified ten fold.

I’m not huge on jasmine teas in the first place (especially on green tea bases), and I thought that overall this was a bit too intensely flavoured but it did blow my mind a little bit to see that rather obscure tasting note/flavour comparison that I’ve been trying to explain to other tea drinkers really get highlighted in such a direct way. Like, I kind of want to take the rest of the teabags of it and bring it to the office to make all my coworkers drink just so I can be like “This! This is what I taste every time!

It gets an automatic yes for “would you recommend this tea” for that alone.

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Today was very busy for me so I didn’t get a ton of tea drinking done, and I found that the teas I was most reaching for were in sachet just because of the convenience. I’ve taken a handful of the teas from this company to work in anticipation for that situation just because they’re so high quality for sachet teas, so I was thrilled to be able to quickly brew this one up!

It’s actually the first straight tea I’ve tried from Seven Teahouse and, well, colour me impressed. Even as dry leaf it was highly aromatic and fresh, with really appetizing plum and honey aromas. Steeped it is a fairly fruity leaning black tea with that same type of plum or stonefruit note, but complimented by notes that are more decadent or grain-like: buckwheat honey, raisin bread, malt, cocoa. Full bodied with a nice balance between a thick, velvety mouthfeel and a hint of astringency at the top of the sip.

Yum!

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I wanna be clear that I don’t think the quality here was bad and I’m sure many others would very much enjoy this oolong. However, for me personally, I think this was my first real “miss” from Seven Teahouse. Mostly just because the type of peach flavouring wasn’t something I found appealing. Like all the other fruit oolongs, it’s a very Asian style of peach which in this case means it was pretty floral.

That floral white peach usually agrees with me much better than this and it might have were it just the peach I were picking up on. However, something here also read as vaguely creamy to me in a way that made me think of drinkable yogurt. I have BAD memories associated with drinkable yogurt and the fact it tasted like that and was ALSO very floral just didn’t sit super right…

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Still sipping my way through these teas!

Wow does this tea ever taste like gardenia! I mean, I was very hopeful that it would. Especially after my first couple of very impressive teas that I had tried. However, actually experiencing it is a whole different thing. I really love when teas (oolongs in particular) have notes of gardenia, so to have one that’s kind of just exclusively dedicated to that taste makes me exceptionally happy.

I might be dreaming but I’d love to see what Seven Teahouse could do if they applied the same concept to, say, a peony or geranium oolong.

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Steeped this up earlier in the week and enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time around. Definitely the consistency between these tea sachets is a huge win – I love that they’re just ultimately very solid, reliable mono flavoured tea blends. This one is sweet but also fresh, and buttery with a lightness to it. So smooth! Just a hint of floral undertones. Yummy!

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My least favourite tea from Seven Teahouse so far, but not because it wasn’t good. It was actually very good. Really fresh and creamy coconut combined with that super silky, smooth floral green oolong base that I’ve just been loving in these teas. I think the only reason I didn’t enjoy it as much was because it felt the most familiar or like something I already own/can buy elsewhere. Very similar, actually, to the Coconut Oolong DT used to carry (maybe slightly more buttery) or the one I really love from Tao Tea…

Still a solid, solid blend though!

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This might be my favourite of the Seven Teahouse blends I’ve tried so far, though I have many more to go and they’ve all been excellent quality so I will not be surprised if this one gets dethroned.

The grape flavour was actually pretty shockingly complex. On one hand it had that sort of deep purple, sweet grape flavour that I loosely associate with candy and drinks from the early 2000s (but not so artificial or sweet), and one one hand it was a little more floral and muscatel with some elements of very ripe greener grapes. Quite a fun blend! The floral is definitely supported by the oolong base – which looks like it might be the same across all the flavoured oolongs. If that’s the case I’ll be happy – I really enjoy it.

A trend I’m noticing is that all of the flavourings they’re using are more of that “Japanese Style” interpretation of fruit – not super North American in style. I really dig that. It gives me heavy Lupicia vibes, which is excellent because this company seems way more accessible and easy to order from than Lupicia is.

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So I recently placed an order with this company – I’ve been seeing them a lot on IG lately and I’ll be honest that the gorgeous marketing kind of got to me a little bit. It wasn’t exclusively the marketing – I mean the teas themselves also looked good. I liked the simplicity of the blends, that they were tea base forward, and in particular some of the oolong flavours they were offering really stood out to me. I tried to order as many of the flavours they carry as possible (they have build your own samplers) and I’d say I got about 90% of their selection – so I’ll definitely get a pretty good read.

This order just came in, so I’m only just starting to taste through them but so far I have been very impressed. The oolong base seems pretty high quality, and was very smooth, fresh and floral. The pineapple was sweet but not in a candy sort of way. More the way that really good, ripe pineapple actually tastes – minus any acidity. For a moment, it made me think of Butiki’s Flowery Pineapple Oolong (though this isn’t quite as floral) and that was a wild moment of nostalgia.

Yeah… Big fan of this very simple, well executed pineapple oolong.

Daylon R Thomas

I thought about ordering a box of that one myself.

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I think I understeeped this tea because, though it was smooth with a medium bodied earthiness, I didn’t get a ton of overall flavour and the red date notes in particular were really lacking from how I remember my last cup tasting. No off notes or anything, but it just came off as a little bit flat overall.

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I got some tea mail yesterday with a recent order from Seven Teahouse so I’m diving straight into tasting through all of these new teas! I’m starting with the Red Date Ripe Pu’erh as it’s the one I’ve been most curious about, and of course I’ve paired it with the most decadent and delicious dark chocolate lava mooncake. The shou pu’erh is so smooth with the perfect balance of sweet and clean earthy flavours mixed with notes of the more mild and caramel-like jujube – aka Red Dates. It’s really delicious and works wonderfully alongside this mooncake as a sweet little afternoon pick me up!!

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CwN0wxDuafB/?img_index=1

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqmFvMGea14

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