Review: Teasenz Xin Yang Mao Jian

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Thumbs up!"The sort of tea I would buy and drink daily."
Katie’s Teaview: 8.2/10
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Teasenz specialises in Chinese teas, and I’ve had both extremely good and bad experiences with them, so I am never quite sure what to expect. The leaves of this tea are beautiful: 2 inches long, twisted dark green spears. I measure out about a teaspoon or so, mostly guesswork since the leaves are too big to fit into a spoon, and brew it in one cup 175° water for three minutes.

The liquor is a light hay-yellow colour that smells vegetal, mostly like cooked artichoke. The flavour is mostly mild vegetal with a slightly bitter backing and a subtle underlying smokiness. The second steep is slightly milder than the first with more subdued flavours, but it’s a good follow-up.

Overall, it’s a subtle, beautiful green tea. It’s everything I want and expect from an affordable green tea. It’s definitely the sort of thing I would buy and drink daily.

— To purchase Teasenz Xin Yang Mao Jian, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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Review: Pahadi Tea Single Estate Tippy Assam Black Tea

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Thumbs up!"It made a fantastic breakfast tea, and a very nice afternoon tea."
Melanie’s Teaview: 8/10
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Pahadi Tea specializes in tea from the Himalayan Hill Region. They are excited to provide the freshest tea possible, having fulfillment centers located in the heart of each production origin. In their black tea categories they have a wonderful selection of Darjeeling teas, flavored teas, and Assam teas.

When I opened this tea, it smelled so fresh! Then I saw the size of the leaves! They are the largest Assam tea leaves I have ever seen – sprinkled with gold tips!

I wasn’t even able to use a tea scoop or spoon for this tea. A good pinch with thumb and first 2 fingers (gently so I didn’t break the leaves) was the perfect amount of tea for a cup. When I brewed a pot I used 3 pinches.

Of course, I started with fresh cold water and brought it just to boil. I experimented with the time and found 5 minutes to be optimum! I did find if I went above 5 minutes it started to get a bit bitter and if I steeped it less than 5 minutes, it was too weak for me. However, keep in mind that I love my black tea to be bold and strong. So 4 minutes may not be to light for some people.

The tea has a reddish tint to it’s color but it has the softest scent and flavor of honey. It’s is a medium bodied Assam – not the heaviest, nor the strongest Assam I have ever tasted, but it held up well with a bit of milk added.

The flavor reminded me a bit of a blend of Ceylon and Assam. Though medium bodied, it was very gentle, smooth and only slightly malty. It made a fantastic breakfast tea, and a very nice afternoon tea. I must admit, that I was disappointed when my sample ran out!

The tea that I have received from Pahadi is so beautiful and smells so fresh when it comes out of the bag. I can tell they put a lot of effort into the quality and freshness of the tea they sell!

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Review: Dachi Tea Co. No. 7 Oriental Beauty

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Thumbs up!"Sort of a drama queen. She has many personalities!"
CJ’s Teaview: 8/10
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Oriental Beauty is an odd tea. The flavor bouquet can be so… floral, it reminds me of soap or bath gel. In other words, it is not one of my favorites. Which is surprising, because it is so highly oxidized that it is quite close to being a black tea, and black teas ARE my favorite.

On the other hand, Oriental Beauties tend to be SO fragrant and flavorful, you can get many, many, pots of tea from one batch of leaves. And each batch is a little bit different. For these reasons, OB’s can be pricey. (Dachi sells about 2.7 ounces for 42 dollars!)

In general, a good OB can be identified by two things:
-the slightly sour aroma and flavor lent to it by parasitic leaf-hoppers. They chew on it good and long before farmers ever begin picking;
-a full, honey-like quality.

Dachi’s No. 7 scored high on both counts. Granted, the sweeter, less floral notes didn’t emerge for me until the second and third infusions, but what infusions they were!

During the second infusion, No. 7 revealed a rather cinnamon-like characteristic, just like Dachi promised. I was skeptical, but when it appeared, I was smitten.

The third time around the leaves were at their sweetest and fullest. Only the tiniest bit of leaf-hopper tang remained-just enough to remind me that I was indeed drinking an Oriental Beauty.

My relationship with Oriental Beauty is a melodramatic one. I start out hating those soapy, first dates, but I don’t break up with her. By the time I’ve put her through enough hot water, I’m glad I stuck around. I rate her an 8.

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Review: Majani White Tea

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Thumbs up!"It has notes of honey, milk, and vanilla with an underlying faintly floral taste."
Katie’s Teaview: 7.9/10
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“White Tea” doesn’t tell me much about what the leaves will look like so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I opened this tin. I was pleased to find a ‘silver needle’ style leaf: Long, fuzzy white spears that rival any other white tea I’ve seen for beauty. Since they look like silver needles, I decide to brew them that way, steeping 1 tablespoon at 175° for 3 minutes.

Unsurprisingly, I get a cup with a pale, milky yellow liquor and a faint scent. The flavour is very sweet and creamy. It has notes of honey, milk, and vanilla with an underlying faintly floral taste. It has no acidity to balance the sweet creaminess, which I find mildly disappointing. Overall, however, it is a unique white tea. Its prevalent, unbalanced sweetness makes it reminiscent of a sugar cookie, so while it isn’t my favourite white tea, I appreciate it. I try a second steep, which is tasty enough but lacks character. Mildly sweet and floral, I would resteep again, but it isn’t anything special.

My favourite way to brew this tea ends up being the laziest: Throw some leaves in hot water and brew forever, sipping around the leaves and adding more hot water and leaves as I go. The complete lack of bitterness or astringency lends itself perfectly to this style of brewing, since it never gets too strong or bitter. It’s just a sweet, tasty cup, lacking much subtlety or depth as you’d expect from a tea brewed this way, but it’s so delicious and easy to brew I find I don’t care.

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Review: The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Co Tanzania BOP

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Thumbs up!"I'm so glad Kent and Sussex introduced me to this tea! How wonderful to find a tea, grown in Africa - that stands up to the quality of the typical Assam or Ceylon."
Melanie’s Teaview: 9/10
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Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company has an amazing variety of tea choices! So many companies that have a huge selection like this often lack in quality, but all 3 samples I received from Kent and Sussex were of superior quality!

I chose the Tanzania BOP because I love a good strong black tea in the morning. BOP, or Broken Orange Pekoe is a smaller, ball shaped leaf piece, and as such, gives a good strong cup of tea. However, don’t confuse it with the dust that you find in regular teabags. It’s much larger and much tastier.

Kent and Sussex Tea Company is located in the village of Pluckley in Kent England. So it made sense to me to rely on my English tea making skills and drink this tea out of my fanciest porcelain tea cups.

I started by heating my teapot with hot water and letting it sit whilst I prepared the kettle. I started with fresh cold water and brought it just to boil. I used a tea spoon I purchased in England (which are smaller than teaspoons we use in America). I used three heaping spoonfuls of tea and put it in my mesh strainer and poured the boiling water over it.

The website instructions suggest steeping it 3-5 minutes, but from my experience, most black teas are perfect for me when I steep them 6 minutes, so that’s what I did. The tea was perfect!

This tea is strong, but with little to no acidity or bitterness. I get a bit of background notes of tropical fruit, honeycomb and spice.

This tea takes milk well, and sugar if you like. It is an excellent morning or afternoon tea. It goes well with sweet treats, and it goes well with savory food. And of course, it tastes best out of a teacup!

How wonderful to find a tea, grown in Africa – that stands up to the quality of the typical Assam or Ceylon. As much as I love these those two types of tea, I could easily choose this Tanzania BOP as my regular Sunday morning tea (the day I treat my self to a pot of high quality black tea). I would certainly be willing to serve this to company and at a tea party. I’m so glad Kent and Sussex introduced me to this tea!

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Review: Golden Tips Tea Castleton Moonlight

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Thumbs up!"The taste is bright and fruity muscatel with a dry, bitter finish."
Katie’s Teaview: 7.4/10
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I have a few companies I like to buy Darjeeling teas from, and this year I decided to give Golden Tips Tea a shot, putting in an order for first flush teas. I’ve gotten a few samples through Teaviews, and I’ve been happy so far, so I thought I would take the plunge. They included a few free samples, so now I’ve gotten to try quite a few teas.

This tea has light, small leaves strewn with some tippy buds. My first brew is one tablespoon per cup at 195° for three minutes. The taste is bright and fruity muscatel with a dry, bitter finish. It has underlying notes of hay and mild veggie. It’s very unique, very interesting, but also very bitter. I don’t mind some bitterness in my Darjeelings; in fact, I prefer to have a hint of bitter to add to the depth, but this is a bit much for my taste.

My second infusion is more aromatic than flavourful. It’s much less bitter, but still unique as the bitterness doesn’t overpower the hay and fruit notes as much as the first steep. I actually prefer this to the first infusion, although both steeps have an odd alcohol-like scent. Since this steep has mellowed so much, even though it’s good, I don’t try for a third infusion.

While it’s a good tea, I have had at least a dozen or so from Golden Tips that I have preferred. And for that reason, I honestly wouldn’t buy it. If I was putting together another order from this company, something I will probably do again, this leaf won’t be on the list. It’s interesting, but it isn’t for me.

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