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An absolutely wonderful tea. It has much better adaptogenic effects than any of the herbs that I have tried so far, including Panax ginseng. Since I drink it mainly for its adaptogenic properties, I normally use slightly higher water temperatures (cca. 90 °C), and relatively long incubation times (15-25 minutes) for the better gypenoside extraction. Nevertheless, despite these “harsh” conditions, the tea has a very nice, round, and mellow taste. Absolutely enjoyable!
Flavors: Grass, Sweet, Wet Earth
…well, hello Coffee, hello Chocolate…Cherry Oolong? Okay, the flavor stayed in the tumbler and this tea absorbed every scent it could. Oddly enough, it tastes like a carbon copy of the Chocolate Cherry Latte Oolong. Attack of the body snatchers!
But to emphasize the point about THIS tea: it is VERY delicate. Who knew it would be this easy to flavor? I at least had a prolonged goodbye to a favorite.
I’m still trying to figure out a better way to brew this, but I at least know that it’s good grandpa style and that I can give it a decent rating.
The dry leaf scent is creamy, and of course grassy with a little bit of a coconut scent. The taste is dominated by the thick, creamy mouth feel at all times and at all times. I get the same essential tasting notes as I did in the first review: Green, grassy, cream, with hints of tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, and maybe lemon. The nai xiang or milk fragrance is the most distinguishable and likable aspect of this tea because it indeed does taste like milk, but grassier.
Since I left the tea ball with the slightly heaping teaspoon to soak, I got a spectrum of the tastes I just described, being consistently green and creamy, but changing in the flavors and the hints. At about 2-3 minutes, the fruity aspect was strongest. Five, was the creamiest. I finished that cup and proceeded to the second going five again, more creamy less grassy, and to 8 which was about the same but smoother and thicker. Currently on the third brew, and at about a minute to two, I sipped it and got more of the tropical fruit flavors with that lemon note that I was talking about. Continuing to soak, the more milky it gets with a more noticeable fruitiness which kinda surprises me.
For a tea from Amazon, I’m actually pretty impressed because I was expecting a flatter tea. Though this is from last years spring, there still some surprises to be had every now and then. I would recommend this to a newer drinker who wants to try the softer side of Milk Oolongs because this is one of the best representatives of it that you can get, being between the higher quality ones like from Whispering Pines and lower quality ones. Experienced drinkers would definitely appreciate how nuanced this tea is in terms of mouthfeel, but they might wish there was more flavor.
Immortalitea’s description of this oolong is pretty accurate, but give you a 3-8 minute recommendation for steeping and that’s it. No specifications on how to adjust the brewing for specific tastes. I personally found that this tea is very difficult to oversteep especially at the eight minute mark, but I also had a hard time finding the more subtle flavors and deciding the right leaf amount. Based on experience so far, I can only guess that incredibly small to medium sized servings with less water give you the fruitier angle, whereas more leaves made the tea thicker, creamier, and grassier.
Not quite my favorite, but definitely something that will keep me occupied and fairly satisfied for the next few days. If I got this closer to the harvest, I think I would have liked it more. Immortalitea also offers a fairly balanced selection of Chinese teas which is interesting. Their breakfast tea is a Yunnan Dian Hong, for example, and they offer Dragonballs and Lapsang Souchong as their other black tea options. As for Oolong, it includes an Anxi High Mountain Greener Oolong, a Jasmine Oolong with this as the base I think, and a Mi Lan Dan Cong as their only Yan Cha. Of course they have silver needle and white peony for their white teas, and their green tea selection is actually fairly specific. They have a Jasmine Pearl, a Jiangxi Mountain Wild Harvest, and a Ming Mei Imperial. This one and the images of their other teas have sold me enough to at least try them again, but I probably would only occasion. If you have an Amazon card for this, great, you can use it to get this tea. Even better, this might be a good recommendation if you have a relative trying to get you a tea present and they know nothing about the specifics of your obsession.
Flavors: Creamy, Grass, Milk, Smooth, Thick, Tropical
First time, I only used five leaves with two of them being large. First and last steep was creamy, green and vegetal. The second steep at five minutes was pretty good. The nai xiang or milk fragrance was nice and balanced followed by mango or pineapple, possibly, in the notes. I upped the leaves later and it was still creamy and green, but the notes were a bit overwhelmed. So, I’m close to finding the right balance.
Flavors: Creamy, Grass, Green, Mango, Milk
I purchased this tea based on Dr. Oz Show segment. In his show Dr. Oz explained that white mulberry leaves can help with blood sugar and prevent sugars absorbing into your bloodstream. As pre diabetic I started drinking this tea with every meal as it’s suggested and after 1 month noticed significant decrease in my blood sugar levels So it works!
I brew 3 times on one helping. The first time is mild, the second time the leaves look as if they came right off the tree, and the third time just because I want to get all the goodie out of it. This is the freshest tea I have every bought. I purchased this tea on company’s site and very satisfied. Do recommend for all who is concerned with their health.
Flavors: Earth, Grass, Lemon, Sweet, Warm Grass
Easy drinking tea with kind of an earthy flavor which is tasty in its’ own way. Love the flavor and am still enjoying it every so often. Makes for a relaxing cup of tea in the evenings when I want to cut down on the caffeine.
Flavors: Earth, Grass, Sweet
Not much is known about the numerous health benefits of this tea and therefore, I thought my review on it will help to make more people aware of it goodness and try drinking it for good health. It is such a simple, inexpensive remedy that it’s a shame not to try it. :)
Flavors: Earth, Grass
This tea has a crisp flavor with grassy finish. I purchased this tea because of its additional medicinal values. I would like to gift this to my granny. I also tried it myself – drank it before going to bed, and it appeared to have calming soothing effect on me :) Cool stuff
I’m a big (Japanese) green tea fan and this is pretty close to it. Its fresh and brews wonderfully. I have enjoyed it every day since I got it. And, believe it or not, it suppresses my appetite and that is a welcome side effect. Well, it’s not a side effect according to the Dr. Oz show, but I’m kinda sceptic about all these “miracles” that are described on TV or ads. But this tea worked well! I used to drink it at night and found out it’s best thing ever to prevent me from evening crawling for sweet. The flavor is sweet and floral, you don’t need any sweetener; is vegetal and earthy, with sweet grassy notes, and a slightly roasted flavor. But you have to steep it longer as the leaves are big and waxy
Flavors: Earth, Grass, Honey, Roasted
When I discovered this tea (well.. technically it’s not the tea, it’s tisane), I had no idea what was it going to taste like. I was attracted by its really big whole leaves. So I brewed it first and discovered the it to be plain and simple. The tea is astringent, though not puckeringly, and modestly “sweet”. I tried mix it with another tea—green, chamomile, licorice, etc, and that extends the value, as does reusing the leaves once. The taste of jiaogulan itself is little grassy, earthy and wet. But it’sooo refrreshing. For me, when I initially drink jiag, it has an immediate calming effect. It’s slightly stronger than chamomile. I also notice that it has a mood stabilizing effect on me. If I take it regularly (3 cups/day, 1 tsp jiag per cup 10 mins brewed), for about 3 days, I notice that it makes me sleep ealier in the day, and I wake up feeling more refreshed.
Flavors: Grass, Green Wood, Wet Earth
This is my brief story how I met this tea :D
How did I discover it: One of my friends recommended this tea to me when I was trying to lose some weight.
Where did I get it: I found it on Amazon by the Immortalitea.
What does it look like: big beautiful leaves that start to unfurl when you brew it.
Flavor: light fresh, earthy
Did I need some sweeteners? No no no! It has a pleasant, smooth taste without sweetener.
Health benefits: I LOVE to eat deserts, so I researched this tea and found out that White mulberry can keep me from sweet cravings. So I’ve tried this tea and I also reached my desired weight and have maintained it (sure I kept to some diets and did some exercise). I feel that this tea was beneficial in this effort.
Flavors: Earth, Fruit Tree Flowers
Appearance: the leaves and stem pieces are rough and cut into lengths similar to many teas. Some twigs were present. Liquor: dark green (greener than a true tea will be). Smell: vegetal and earthy. Taste: as with the smell, this tisane is vegetal and earthy, with sweet grassy notes, and a slightly roasted flavor. The taste is sufficiently tea-like that it caused psychosomatic effects for a friend who had given up caffeine for health reasons. The tisane does not have tannins, so you can steep it for as long as you want without it becoming bitter. I think that it’s tastiest after about 5 minutes, but a shorter infusion can work. Handles multiple infusions. I really like this one straight or blended with mint. I have a slight preference for the green rooibos, but really like this for variety. 7/10.