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The tea is quite uniquely processed as it’s snap frozen to retain the freshness rather than being roasted into oolong balls (see the other notes for details). Coming from Vietnam where fresh tea leaves are consumed, I was fascinated with this fresh tea.

My image: the first pour is like a flower meadow under the sun after a light rain, the second pour was fresh, the third and fourth pours were sweet vegetable fields.

Package: about 5 to 7 grams of tea per package, which you have to keep frozen at all time.

Serving: as per instruction by the seller, I used half a package per steeping – which was indeed more than sufficient.

Water: while it is still a Teiguanyin, I think it’s closer to Green than Oolong. So I often brew it around 85-90 degree instead of 90-95. The lower temperature makes it smoother liquid for me.

Visual: The crunched-up frozen leaves immediately expand as you pour hot-water over them, which was a fascinating sight.

Fresh leaves: Amazing floral/green leaf aroma. the seller claims that this is the original smell of the tea tree, because it is a floral plant after all. This original smell (indeed) easily trumps over any other floral scented tea you may have had. It truly was a symphony for your nose.

Tasting: For me it was sweet floral note, with a fruity hint, mostly green without smoke. thanks to the floral profile that every sip brings satisfaction.

However, the floral after taste is not very long, same with the sweetness. The taste body is light so they disappear too fast for me to fully enjoy it.

Definitely a tea to try. But if you like the smokiness of Oolong then you may not enjoy it.

Flavors: Floral, Fruit Tree Flowers, Jasmine, Lemon Zest

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 g 120 OZ / 3548 ML

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Very Original, brought from Its more than just a sip in Perth.
The owners family owns the plantation that makes it, basically its partially dried for 1 day and then snap frozen and sealed.
When brewed you get a lemon grass, sweet, floral taste to it.

Flavors: Floral, Lemon Zest, Lemongrass

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 g 120 OZ / 3548 ML

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I tried this unique ‘glacial’ tea at a small ‘Tea Art’ (read: tea and teaware) shop in Perth, Australia and had to buy some despite the fairly serious price tag (ok, so maybe I’m a sucker for making a purchase when I’m at a ‘free tasting’!).

It really is a unique tea though: the ‘glacial’ refers to the fact that the tea is frozen fresh in vacuum sealed pouches, rather than dried. The proprietors claim to have invented the technique (I forget the story but something about tea-growing family’s scientist daughter comes home and starts experimenting). I love the idea of this freshness and it is the first time I’ve heard of this. I guess the added hassle and expense of producing and shipping a tea that has to be vacuum sealed and remain frozen is a bit prohibitively expensive for most producers…

So does all this extra effort actually produce a better tea? Well, I think so, yes. Here’s my tasting notes:

As per the advice I refreshed the tea and then steeped for only quick periods (4sec, 10sec, 15sec, 25sec, 45sec). I brewed in my little Yixing clay teapot.

Leaves: wet, dark green, large full leaves once defrosted.

Aroma: Amazingly floral, with white flowers and even light jasmine. Light sugarcane and the faintest whiff of lemon zest. There is something quite unique in there too that I just can’t put my finger on. The second steeping has all the same character but with a more rounded, honeyed bouquet. Hints of white peach. The third and fourth steepings produce a more herbatious nose that is still entirely floral but has a to be honest slightly chemical edge to it (albeit not unpleasant). Lemon and honey notes are becoming more developed.

Palate: Delicate and well balanced, with complex floral overtones matched against a freshness that is in the same spectrum as ‘grassy’ and ‘herbaceous’ but at the same time something completely different. There is an underlying citronela character that floats somewhere between eucalyptus and lemon leaves. The second steeping produces a richer flavour profile, with mellow buttery notes and a velvety smooth mouthfeel. Subsequent steepings develop slightly biscuity character, with the lemon-lime zestiness, white flowers and rich undertones still there. The palate is sweet and has good length at each steeping. The fifth steeping is (finally) a little more subdued, but still entirely pleasant.

Overall: This is a very ‘pretty’ tea, yet still displays enough depth and complexity to keep me interested till the last sip. I love this tea for something a bit different, and it really is one of the better green oolongs I’ve tried – so much complexity over multiple steepings. I’m sure the fresh-frozen technique must carry some added health benefits too (let me dream!) and as always I love the organic status.

Price: AUD$45 for 20 single-serve packs.

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

Sounds interesting! My cousin’s living in Perth right now! Hope you had a nice Australia day.


I brewed a pot of this on the weekend for the extended family. Very well received. My father (a green tea aficionado) couldn’t believe it wasn’t infused with flowers. Such a flavourful, stunning tea.


I Also spent a few hundred at that shop haha, its too good and Elaine is amazing.
I brought some Puer, some teawares and he glacial tea… (Broke until next Thursday but totally worth it!)

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