35 Tasting Notes

70

Has a delicate floral aroma. Brews an orange-tinged yellow color and has a fruity golden raisin-like presence. Only slightly lingering taste finishing with some floral notes hinting of jasmine. Not a lot going on with this one, but it is pleasant enough. At $16.50/100 grams it is a little pricey for what it is.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

I won’t pretend to know what an authentic Lung Ching spring tea should taste like, but I can say I like this one a lot. At $13.99/100 grams, it is doubtful that this comes from the West Lake region in the early spring! The quality of the tea is very nice, and I would liken it to a green tea version of a nice light white wine. There is a sweetness to the tea, which makes the vegetal green notes take on more of a squash-like (tending towards fruity) character. I do also catch some slight floral notes and some pleasant and subtle bitterness creeps in at the finish. Flavors do not linger as long or as floral as I would of hoped but I do enjoy this tea and it definitely transformed my views on what a green tea can be like. Light and refreshing! This is another tea that I found on my recent trip to T&T Ginseng, a local Chinese market.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

Very nice tea. Some chocolate in the aroma, but translates more to a maple syrup-like flavor and sweetness, which is better in my opinion. Comes through nice and strong with a full black tea flavor but no bitterness. This would be a excellent choice for a breakfast tea for those who don’t add milk or sugar. Impressive quality in the tea leaves, but maybe lacking a bit in complexity. Also, the fine little “hairs” from the leaves are abundant and even make their way through my t-sac paper filters. If you leave a pot of this tea sitting, it will rapidly grow darker likely due to these fine particles. Luckily this darker brew is still sweet, pleasant, and drinkable but the flavor noticeably alters. Maybe it is best to brew this by the cup. In either scenario, the fine particles are not noticeable when drinking. No mouthful of leaves or anything like that.

Flavors: Maple Syrup

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

This is a wonderful tea and I hope it remains in the Harney and Sons lineup. Brewed for a short steep of two minutes it is perfect. Gives some basic lighter black tea notes like a Ceylon afternoon tea maybe, but with the oolong-like addition of some tropical fruitiness of guava or mango. Definitely some vanilla in the aroma as described by Harney and sons. At 2 minutes of steeping you should get a really nice, deep, and balanced cup. But be warned that this one will get bitter quickly if steeped for longer times.

Flavors: Guava, Mango

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Keemunlover

Finally got around to reviewing this tea like I said I would. Only 9 months later, LOL. Sometimes you need to have a tea around for a while before you know how you feel about it.

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85

I don’t normally drink green teas but bought this on a whim. I visited T&T Ginseng in Las Vegas and was pleasantly surprised with their lineup of teas. Between this one and the Foojoy Gold Lungching I purchased, I think I’ve changed my mind about green teas. This one has aroma of green beans, and a pleasing blend of green beans and nuttiness in the flavor. Nice and strong flavors without much astringency.

Flavors: Green Beans, Nuts

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70
drank Fujian Oolong by foojoy
35 tasting notes

Good budget buy for oolong. I picked it up for $8.39/8 oz box at T&T Ginseng here in Las Vegas (https://ttginseng.com/). I was thrilled to discover this local retailer which carries a variety of Foojoy teas, Ten Ren teas, and various other teas.

This is clearly a lower-grade oolong, as many stems are present. It is a very heavily roasted style of oolong mostly rolled into brown-black balls.

It brews a beautiful and clear dark amber cup and presents a pleasant nutty roasted aroma. There is good body to it, with almost a syrupy mouthfeel and maybe some caramel with the slightest hints of raisin or fig-like fruitiness and some oak. That might all sound kind of great, however these flavor notes are not as prominent as one might hope, and this can present as a pretty one-dimensional tea defined mostly by the heavy roast flavor. But there is some depth if you look carefully.

All in all, this one isn’t a great tea, but it is a good everyday drinker and a good value for those who might enjoy darker roasted oolongs entering the territory of what is more like a black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Keemunlover

As an FYI, I noticed there are quite few more teas in stock at the physical store location here in Las Vegas, NV than will show up on the website for T&T Ginseng. I don’t think the website is updated very often. If you are thinking of checking them out, it is better to do so in person if at all possible.

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91

I agree that the tea has honey and vanilla in the aroma, but tasting I find notes of buttery artichoke and honeydew melon. Very nice tea with unique qualities and lingering flavor. One of the best teas I have found.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Ceylon OPA by Ahmad Tea
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Well, it’s tea. Very underwhelming. I’ve purchased budget-priced Ceylons in the past that I was satisfied with, so I figured why not give this one a try? I suppose if you like adding milk or sugar this tea is probably doable, but I like drinking my tea straight. Has some obvious Ceylon characteristics (hints of lemon, maltiness, leatheriness, etc), but the good stuff takes a back seat to the muddy harshness. I don’t know how they describe this as having a “golden color” and “light flavor,” because this tea brews pretty dark and has a harsh charcoaly taste that predominates.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 10 g 32 OZ / 946 ML

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90

I bought a small tin about 1 year ago and thoroughly enjoyed! Can’t write a detailed review from memory, but as a tip to others I had great results steeping this tea as if it were a first flush Darjeeling (about 2 minutes). It does get very bitter beyond that timeframe. Now I have a 1 lb package on the way and will give a proper review/rating shortly.

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I was a long-time coffee drinker, having worked at Starbucks coffee for about 10 years. Also had a twice-daily habit of drinking 16 oz sugar-free Rockstar energy beverages to fuel getting me through my two jobs and my college studies. And taking care of my family in between.

One day, I decided I was tired of coffee and I needed to kick my expensive energy drink habit (roughly $3-$4 per day for the Rockstars). Also, I was looking to reduce my caffeine intake. I purchased a nice glass teapot with a french-press-style infuser at my Starbucks, and I bought packets of Keemun and Dianhong tea from World Market (circa 2010 when they offered these).

The Keemun tea was my first love. It blew my mind with its deep plummy fruityness, leathery texture, and lingering heavenly aftertaste. The Dianhong I thought was a solid breakfast tea, but not as nuanced.

I use about 20 grams of tea per day now. 10 grams for a 32-ounce teapot once in the morning and again in the afternoon.

I do not re-steep my leaves. I only want one full-flavored pot of tea with the full kick of caffeine. Out of curiosity, I have experimented in re-steeping various teas and I have found invariably that the tea is just a weaker, unexciting, ghost of its former self after the first steep.

I am mainly looking at teas in the price range of $20-$60 per pound, but I have purchased somewhat more expensive teas (up to around $100/lb) on occasion. My goals are to keep my tea habit well below $90/month (what I had previously been spending on energy drinks) but also to have some really great tea experiences.

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