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Tea Xotics Loose Leaf Rooibos Tisane ‘Jungle Monkey Chai’

February 18th, 2014 by Nicole Schwartz

Tea Information:
Tea: Jungle Monkey Chai
Type: Rooibos a.k.a. Red Tisane (Tea is technically only from the camellia sinensis plant)
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Tea Xotics
Purchase: Here
Description: A signature herbal tea blend. Swinging from a tree with rooibos, coco, coconut & banana, chai spices and flavor.
Ingredients: Rooibos, cocoa, coconut, banana and flavour

Steep Information:
Amount: 3 tsp
Water: 500ml at 212°F
Tool: make your own paper teabag

Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes https://www.teaity.com
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: pepper, so strong nothing else is making it to register as a small
Steeped Tea Smell: pepper, something sweet hiding under the pepper
Flavor: pepper! with a cinnamon sweet finish
Body: Full
Aftertaste: pepper!
Liquor: nearly opaque cloudy light orange brown

Post-Steep Additives:
added sugar
more cinnamon, hints of banana
chocolate coconut finish

I think this requires sweetening to bring out all the flavors.
Very fun!

I got this as part of my Amoda Tea subscription which i sadly can no longer afford. It was heat fun.

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

I purchased this product. All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

TeaSource Loose Leaf Oolong Tea ‘Pouchong Extra Fancy’

February 17th, 2014 by Nicole Schwartz

Tea Information:
Tea: Pouchong Extra Fancy
Type: Oolong Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: TeaSource
Purchase: Here
Description: This pouchong tea is vacuum-packed (4 oz.) at the factory to ensure absolute quality and freshness. The leaf is hand-made and a little darker than many pouchongs. The steeped cup is wonderfully aromatic with sweet lilac notes. The liquor is sweet, silky-smooth, full of flavor, with that lovely lilacy pouchong-esque character. If ordering 2 oz. this tea will be packed in our regular TeaSource zip bag.

Steep Information:
Amount: 6 tsp
Water: 750ml at 195°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes

Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet, floral, vegetal
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, floral, nutty
Flavor: silky mouthfeel, sweet, floral
Body: Light
Aftertaste: nutty
Liquor: translucent light yellow green

fabulous!

Co woker with the funny nose: must attic smell

Resteep:
750ml at 195°F for 4 minutes
more roasty and nutty

Resteep:
750ml at 195°F for 5 minutes
still beautiful, floral, honey

Resteep:
750ml at 195°F for 6 minutes
too weak

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

I purchased this product. All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

Lochan Tea Loose Leaf Oolong Tea ‘Doke Rolling Thunder’

February 5th, 2014 by Nicole Schwartz

Tea Information:
Tea: Doke Rolling Thunder
Type: Oolong Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Lochan Tea
Purchase: Lochan Teas – Here or if wanting to be shipped from The Devotea USA – Here
Description: A rare single estate oolong tea, presented for your enjoyment.
Estate: Doke
Region: Bihar
Flush: 2nd Flush 2012
Our Category: Premium Tea
Why we selected this tea: This is quite simply our favourite oolong. For years Taiwan and China have competed to make the best oolongs: in our opinion, this Indian oolong is a ‘must try’ that challenges the oolong superpowers. It’s super premium oolong, fruity and flavourful, and steeps many times. It is quite robust in terms of making a pot; it is not damaged by hotter water as many oolongs are.
Making a Pot: (Start with our method and adjust to taste): Boil the kettle and then let it stand for one minute. Infuse 2 grams of tea per 175 grams of water. Brew for 90 seconds. Drain liquid off and reserve leaves for further steepings. Add about 15 seconds each re-steeping.

Steep Information:
Amount: 13.8
Water: 1000ml at 175°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 1 minute 30 seconds
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: slight vegetal, slight roasty
Steeped Tea Smell: floral, roasty
Flavor: seaweed, salty
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: malty and slightly astringent
Liquor: translucent light orange brown

Resteep:
1000ml at 175°F for 2 minutes
Light at first, but as it sat it darkened, interesting
grassy, astringent, metallic, tingly

I re-sell this product.


in pursuit of tea Loose Leaf Black Tea ‘Golden Yunnan’

February 4th, 2014 by Nicole Schwartz

Tea Information:
Tea: Golden Yunnan
Type: Black Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: in pursuit of tea
Purchase: Here
Description: This black tea is made in southern China, and consists of tender buds and leaves from a large leaf variety. When oxidized, these silky buds turn a beautiful golden color and yield a smooth, caramel and woody flavor, with notes of mint. The scent of tobacco and eucalyptus lasts through multiple infusions.
Country: China
Region:Yunnan
Tasting Notes:Honey, hay, tobacco
Year of Production:Winter 2012

Steep Information:
Amount: 4 tsp / both sample packets
Water: 1000ml at 212°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes 30 seconds
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet, floral, slightly minty
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, lightly bakey
Flavor: sweet, woody, hints of floral. Silky mouthfeel
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: mint, bakey
Liquor: translucent dark orange brown

Really lovely, smooth, flavorful. it’s a bit light so I’d avoid additives.

Resteep:
1000ml at 212°F for 3 minutes
slightly more roast

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

I purchased this product. All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

Loose Leaf Black Tea ‘Wuyishan Black’

February 4th, 2014 by Nicole Schwartz

Tea Information:
Tea: Wuyishan Black
Type: Black Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Description: Fujian, China – Unlike traditional black teas, our Wuyishan Black is made from oolong varietals, creating complex yet nuanced flavors that come through with multiple infusions.

A rare and innovative black tea from Fujian, China. Sweet and smooth with notes of caramel and sour cherry. Unlike traditional black tea, our Wuyishan Black is made from oolong varietals. This unorthodox method imbues our Wuyishan with complex fruit aromatics and a deep flavor that reveals itself through multiple infusions.
Origin: Fujian, China

Steep Information:
Amount: 4 tsp (2 sample packs)
Water: 1000ml at 205°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet, malty
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, caramel
Flavor: light vegetal, malty, carmel finish
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: malty, fruity
Liquor: translucent very dark red brown

From the Steepster Select tea subscription.

Company or farm obtained from unspecified. Listed as sold out

Resteep:
1000ml at 205°F for 2 minutes 30 seconds
smooth, almost silky, malty, less sweet

Resteep:
1000ml at 205°F for 3 minutes 30 seconds
Dark color but very light flavor

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

I purchased this product. All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

Golden Moon Tea Company Loose Leaf Black Tea ‘Golden Bi Lo Wang’

February 3rd, 2014 by Nicole Schwartz

Tea Information:
Tea: Golden Bi Lo Wang
Type: Black Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Golden Moon Tea Company
Purchase: Golden Moon Tea Insider Club
Description: This black tea is quite rare. Skill, labor and patience are necessary to handpick this highest grade of new spring tea buds. Golden Bi Lo is normally the highest grade available, but “wang” which means king in Chinese, designates the very top of the production. This is the best of the best. Produced solely from the buds of the tea plant, the taste is light, delicate yet very rich and naturally sweet.
Origin: Yunnan Province, China

Steep Information:
Amount: 4 tsp
Water: 1000ml at 212°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 1 minute
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: malty, sweet, floral
Steeped Tea Smell: malty, sweet, i get a melony-scent
Flavor: sweet, smooth, vegetal with a slight bakey finish
Body: Light
Aftertaste: sweet, almost a sumer melon
Liquor: translucent light orange brown

Resteep:
1000ml at 212°F for 2 min
very dark brown liquor
much maltier
i think i should have done 1:30

Resteep:
1000ml at 212°F for 2 min
malty, vegetal, less astringent, better (prior really ought to have been 1:30), nice and smooth, almost silky

Resteep:
1000ml at 212°F for 2 min 30 sec
good, vegetal

Resteep:
1000ml at 212°F for 3 min
weak, but drinkable i think it could handle another steep but it’s time to go home

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

I purchased this product. All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

Loose Leaf Oolong Tea ‘Guìyuán Roasted Dong Ding’

February 3rd, 2014 by Nicole Schwartz

Tea Information:
Tea: Guìyuán Roasted Dong Ding
Type: Oolong Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Description: – Our Guìyuán Dong Ding is a classic style produced using the traditional hand roasting over charcoal. The roasting gently changes the sugar composition leading to a sweet liquor.

A deep roasted oolong from Nantou, Taiwan. Rich aromatics of coffee, brown sugar, concord grapes and toasted coconut. Our Guìyuán Dong Ding is a classic style produced using the traditional method of hand roasting over charcoal. Exposure to high heat gently changes the leaf sugar composition leading to a naturally sweet liquor.
Origin: Nantou, Taiwan

Steep Information:
Amount: 4 tsp (2 packets)
Water: 1000ml at 195°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes 30 seconds
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: roasty, floral
Steeped Tea Smell: floral, coconut, slightly roast
Flavor: smooth, roasty, nutty, slightly sweet
Body: Light
Aftertaste: roasty, floral
Liquor: translucent light yellow-orange brown

Resteep:
1000ml at 195°F for 3 minutes
darker, roastier, less sweet, still slightly floral and coconut?

Resteep:
1000ml at 195°F for 3 minutes 30 seconds
lighter, still roast

Resteep:
1000ml at 195°F for 4 minutes
roasty, sweet watery this may be the end

From the Steepster Select tea subscription.
Listed as sold out

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

I purchased this product. All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

52Teas Loose Leaf Green Tea ‘Green Apple Watermelon Green Tea’

January 31st, 2014 by Nicole Schwartz

Tea Information:
Tea: Green Apple Watermelon Green Tea
Type: Green Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: 52Teas
Purchase: Here
Description: Our Tea of the Week for the week of January 27, 2014
So, maybe I’m weird, but I like to eat the green apple and watermelon Jolly Ranchers together. I love the mixture of sweet and tart. So it seemed like a good idea to make a tea with buttery chinese sencha, some sweet young hyson, freeze-dried granny smith apple bits and some organic green apple and watermelon flavor. The green apple was pretty potent, so in the final blend, I added a bit of organic cantaloupe flavor to give it a bit more sweetness and melon-ness. Is that a word? It is now. (I wrote it on the Internet, so it has to be a word, right?)
I hope you enjoy this tea as much as I do. I’m looking forward to reading your reviews and tasting notes. =)

Ingredients: Premium green tea, freeze-dried granny smith apples, organic flavors

Steep Information:
Amount: 6 tsp
Water: 1000ml at 175°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: vegetal, reminds me of a sencha, hint of watermelon in the finish
Steeped Tea Smell: vegetal, hints of sweet
Flavor: vegetal, sweet fruity, finish of a little tart but buttery mouthfeel
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: sweet, grassy
Liquor: Translucent light yellow green

Post-Steep Additives:
sugar slightly more apple in the flavor and sweeter (faux) watermelon in the finish

good, drinkable, not bad but not great

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

I purchased this product. All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

Golden Moon Tea Company Loose Leaf Oolong Tea ‘Wuyi Yancha (Wuyi Rock Tea)’

January 31st, 2014 by Nicole Schwartz

Tea Information:
Tea: Wuyi Yancha (Wuyi Rock Tea)
Type: Black Tea
Type: Oolong Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Golden Moon Tea Company
Purchase: Tea Insider Club
Description: In the famous Wuyi Mountains winds the Nine Bend River, the homeland to the renowned Wuyi rock teas. Scattered about the steep high mountain cliffs, the tea plants reach deep into the mineral-rich soils, pulling up the nutrients while cool misty clouds keep the leaves succulent and tasty. This tea was fired at a hot temperature that compliments the high degree of oxidation of the tea leaves. The taste and aroma are very complex and the leaves can be resteeped many times.
Origin: Fujian Province, China

Steep Information:
Amount: 5 tsp
Water: 750ml at 212°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 1 minute 30 seconds
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: roasty
Steeped Tea Smell: floral, roasty, maybe even a little dirt (like puerh)
Flavor: nutty, floral, roasty, slightly gritty mouthfeel, sweet finish
Body: Medium
Aftertaste:
Liquor: translucent light orange brown

very light and yet complex for this first steep

Resteep:
750ml at 212°F for 2 minutes
roasty

Resteep:
750ml at 212°F for 2 minutes 30 seconds
lighter flavor

Resteep:
750ml at 212°F for 3 minutes
lighter flavor

7 is a lie, no way

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

I purchased this product. All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

Tea Wing Loose Leaf Green Tea ‘karigane #22′

January 28th, 2014 by Nicole Schwartz

Tea Information:
Tea: karigane #22
Type: Green Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Tea Wing
Purchase: Here
Description: This shaded tea is harvested using the stems from our ayame kabuse and kabuse leaf. Deep and savory with a sweet finish and a notable chewy mouthfeel (from the cellulose contained in the stems!). A great everyday tea/ alternative to pricier gyokuro.

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 samples
Water: 1000ml at 175°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 1 minute 30 seconds
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: fresh, vegetal, sweet, even a hint floral
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, vegetal, hint fresh grass
Flavor: floral, sweet, vegetal
Body: Light
Aftertaste: thick, slightly gritty, mint
Liquor: translucent light yellow green

I like this, it is a very refreshing green

This was from me free Steepster Select box

Resteep:
750ml at 175°F for 2 minutes
very watery, minty, slightly nutty

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

I purchased this product. All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

Sorry I thought i got pics of the loose leaf and did not!