Chinese Fenghuang Dancong Oolong Tea Honey Rhyme Mellow Grade One / AprTea

Ready for a tea test?

Have someone pull up this tea before you look at the type and look at a picture -What did you guess?

I chose black. Wrong. This is an oolong.

While a bit confusing in just appearance, it actually makes sense once you take a look at the processing. This is yet another superb tea by AprTea.

No aroma notes to talk about in the dry leaf. Yet it still is a nice tea to look at. Whole leaves, dark chocolate in color. Twisted with care. The best flavor comes between a minute to three and a half minutes.

The aroma cup reveals scents of sweet honeysuckle mixed with other floral hints. Silky mouth-feel with a very slight astringency in the aftertaste if steeped longer than three minutes. If steeped longer then 6 minutes… don’t do that. Just don’t.

Luckily I save a cup from my previous steep the flavor starts sweet with a mix of floral flavors spring floral leads to summer floral the longer you steep it. Longer steeps also lead to introductions with earthy tones.


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Leaf Type: Oolong

Where to Buy: Apr Tea

Description:

Fenghuang (Phoenix) Dancong Tea:The main origin place of Phoenix Dancong tea is Chaozhou Phoenix Mountain, it is rare high flavor famous tea whose natural floral tea is the most lofty, has most diverse floral types with mellow and sweet taste, special charm in our tea resources.

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Darjeeling Spring Black Tea / Udyan Tea

Never have I seen a tea company use so many tea puns. I love it!

There is a lot to love about this company, besides the puns of course. They are a team of tea lovers who want to bring the best tea to others.

They offer only Indian teas but from what I can tell they only offer top grade tea.

For those herbal lovers they also have an interesting line of wellness teas.

As for this Darjeeling, I am impressed. It has a bit of astringency to it but it works well with the sweet floral notes. The moment you open the bag and smell the dry leaf there is no doubt in your mind that it is a Darjeeling.

It has that classic aroma which turns almost muscatel when wet. Speaking of which I detect a faint amount of honey but not much in the way of muscetal notes. The only unfortunate part for me is that they are located in India.

If you don’t mind the extra time and cost in shipping definitely check these guys out.


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Leaf Type: Black

Where to Buy: Udyan Tea

Description:

A finely selected, round and full bodied Black Tea from First Flush season in Darjeeling

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2018 Autumn Laoshan Pine Needle Green / Verdant Tea

Laoshan.

A mountainous area on the east side of China. South east of Beijing and due north of Shanghai.

My appreciation for Chinese and Japanese tea is higher than that of others after visiting both countries. What I acknowledge more than anything now though is a family tea farm, such as the He family that grows, harvests, and processes this tea.

Flavors of vegetal, sweet grass, almost a lettuce type of flavor are heavy on the palette. It finishes with an interesting sweet note. They reference a light herbaceous cooling in the aftertaste in the letter that came with the tea box.

I wish I could explain this to you but it literally has a cooling feeling with a flavor of a bunch of mixed herbs.

Also worth a mention is the dry smell and look. Called Pine Needle green because it resembles a pine needle. The leaves they use require plumper leaves due to the process this tea goes through to receive the pine needle look.

They require a bit more work than other green teas. The smell, though fleeting, was an intense waft of vegetal and grassy bliss. If you enjoy green teas I highly suggest giving this one a try.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Verdant Tea
Description

This innovative tea is first carefully curled before being pulled straight – all by hand. The result is a delicate, nuanced, and flavorful brew that lasts through multiple steepings. He Qingqing loves the way the leaves dance in a glass pitcher for brewing and the way that the hand finishing shows off Laoshan’s delicate deep-green buds and leaves at a glance. This tea is fed by mountain spring water, picked by hand, and cultivated sustainably using traditional chemical-free farming techniques including growing rows of soybean between rows of tea to restore nitrates to the soil. The extreme northern climate means cold winters and short growing seasons, but the He Family perseveres, protecting their tea in greenhouses over the winter. The result is a deeply sweet and delicate green tea unlike any other in the world. This year’s harvest is particularly notable for the deep minerality that shows off Laoshan’s rocky soil.

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Jasmine / Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf Tea

I’m feeling a bit under the weather and so I needed something with a little kick to pick me up and a bigger boost of flavor.

Jasmine usually is a good floral for that when your tastes buds are a bit out of whack.

Didn’t hit me until half way through the cup that this wasn’t real tea. Even my taste buds said ‘naw man this isn’t tea but we enjoy it.’

The flavor is a cross between a rooibos and a barley tea. It’s sweet with some unique nutty, closer to hazelnut, hints. The jasmine plays well with the rest of the flavors. Slightly hidden at first but when you seek it out you instantly find it.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Coffee Leaf
Where to Buy:  Wize Monkey
Description
Sweet floral jasmine with coffee leaf tea smoothness.

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Notes on 2018 Autumn Laoshan Gongfu Black / Verdant Tea. . .

After three or four time of doing this, all within 2-3 minutes of steep time, I have realized my taste buds aren’t equipped to pick up all the subtle nuances of this tea.

There appears to be some malt and some interesting fruity undertones.

Maybe its because of this head cold? I’m not stuffed up but just feel a bit off.

 


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy: Verdant Tea
Description

This tea highlights Mr. He’s delicate and meticulous hand rolling and straightening technique developed in producing Pine Needle Green, but introducing traditional sun-oxidation to make a rich and deeply complex black tea. The result is Lashan’s most mineral-forward and complex black tea to date. This tea is fed by mountain spring water, picked by hand, and cultivated sustainably using traditional chemical-free farming techniques including growing rows of soybean between rows of tea to restore nitrates to the soil. The finished tea picks up the rocky minerality of the soil, and careful low temperature roasting brings out deep brown sugar sweetness.

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