Review: Eco-Cha Da Lu Ling High Mountain Oolong Tea

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Thumbs up!"Despite not being an expert in oolongs, I can tell this is high quality and fresh. This family operated and eco-friendly company is definitely one of my new favorites! "
Alexa’s Teaview: 8.5/10
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ecochadayuI have been very impressed with all of Eco-Cha’s teas and their freshness. Today, I tried their High Mountain Oolong, which is an unroasted oolong. This tea is grown in Taiwan where the climate is ideal for growing oolong at the high elevation of 2300m. This particular Oolong from Eco-Cha ranks as one of Taiwan’s finest High Mountain Oolongs.

I put one teaspoon of this tea into a cup of boiling water. I let the oolong steep for 5 minutes, allowing the little green balls to unfurl. The water turned a pale yellow. I could smell this tea without leaning in and it is very vegetal, reminding me of herbs. It has a similar aroma to steamed vegetables, but don’t let this scare you away. I took one sip of this tea and smiled. It is deliciously fresh and sweet. It has a clean, floral flavor with herbal notes. The sweetness lingers in your mouth allowing you to enjoy this tea slowly but tempting you to take another sip.

I haven’t had much oolong in the past and I do believe this is my first unroasted oolong. Despite not being an expert in oolongs, I can tell this is high quality and fresh. Eco-Cha has yet to disappoint me! I also love that they do their best to provide fresh, pesticide-free, organic tea that is made through small scale production. This family operated and eco-friendly company is definitely one of my new favorites!

— To purchase Eco-Cha Da Lu Ling High Mountain Oolong Tea, 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: Aap Ki Pasand Fine Darjeeling Dark Roast

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Thumbs up!"This is a very tasty darjeeling that I can see keeping around for every day enjoyment. I"
Shaiha’s Teaview: 7.5/10
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aapkipassandlogoAap Ki Pasand has been in business since 1981 in Old Delphi, India. They have now branched out with an online presence and free shipping on any orders above $30.

This sample is not one that I would have been able to identify as darjeeling but sight alone because the leaves are huge. Being a dark roast, they are a deep brownish black in color. The dry aroma is fruity with a bite almost reminding me of green apples.

I set the leaves up to brew using 195 degree water and a steep time of 2 minutes. The liquor is a golden brown with a fruity aroma with just a hint of cocoa. The flavor is rich with notes of dark cocoa, peaches and hints of tobacco. As my cup cools, the peach flavor really comes to the fore.

This is a very tasty darjeeling that I can see keeping around for every day enjoyment. I have definitely added it to my ‘want’ list for when I place an order.

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Review: The Little Red Cup Mao Jian

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Thumbs up!"As if baby ferns were unfurling and asparagus was popping out of the ground, this cup is alive. The most predominate taste here is asparagus followed by hay, try this tea with blueberries for an exotic experience. "
Samantha’s Teaview: 8/10
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littleredcupgreenmaojianAn Irish tea set was given to me from my husbands grandmother, she is from England and her husband was from Ireland. When she gave me this fine bone china set (my first ever) she mentioned that it would make the tea taste better and due to the shape of the cups scalloped edges a full body of aroma would gravitate towards the center of the cup. Considering (at the time of this post) that tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day I figured what a perfect time to enjoy my tea set. Not only that, but enjoying a light beverage such a green tea, my cups seemed perfect to bring out those flavors that can easily go missed.

This Mao Jian is filled with delicate flavors. The tiny wiry leaves when brewed smell of snow peas and hay. A slightly bitter flavor can be detected, so a brewing time under 1:30 is best. Mao Jian is a great cup to usher in Spring, as I anxiously await the end of a harsh Northeast Winter. As if baby ferns were unfurling and asparagus was popping out of the ground, this cup is alive. Despite it’s delicate green tastes, there is a slight hint of a cinnamon spiciness to this cup. The most predominate taste here is asparagus followed by hay, try this tea with blueberries for an exotic experience.

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Review: Teayama Adam’s Peak White

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Thumbs up!"Cream, hay, honey sweetness, and an oregano-like herbiness are all backed by a a mild creaminess."
Katie’s Teaview: 8.9/10
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teayamaadamwhiteThis tea from a famous Sri Lankan mountain is grown at a whopping 7800-8200 feet. It’s expensive, but this leaf always is, no matter who you get it from, though the bonus here is for Canadian buyers, since Teayama is a Canadian company.

I brew one tablespoon per cup at 175° for three minutes. The liquor is a pale yellow colour that smells brilliantly of citrus, hay, and herbs. It’s complex, hitting all sorts of interesting notes: Cream, hay, honey sweetness, and an oregano-like herbiness are all backed by a a mild creaminess.

My four minute second steep is milder than the first, but it’s equally good, smooth, sweet. I even pull out an admittedly simpler third steep. Overall, this is everything I expected and everything I want from a high quality white tea. It’s a definite would buy, though at this price it’s not a would buy often – definitely a special occasion tea.

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Review: Tea & Tea Strawberry Champagne

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Its OK"As I opened this bag of tea, the aroma of sweet strawberry wafted from the bag immediately. If you enjoy strawberry flavored candies, then you'll love this tea. "
Alexa’s Teaview: 6.9/10
Your Reviews: 6/10
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tandtstrawberrychampagneTea & Tea’s Strawberry Champagne is a loose leaf sencha green tea. As I opened my bag of tea, the aroma of sweet strawberry wafted from the bag immediately. The smell of strawberries filled my mind with memories of strawberry picking with my mother! This tea smells very similar to strawberry flavored candies, which worried me a little. It’s hard to get a natural strawberry flavor in teas.

This tea contains sencha green tea, carrot bits, pineapple, strawberries, cornflower petals, sunflower petals, and aroma. As you look at the tea leaves, you can easily pick out all the ingredients. I’ve never had a tea with carrot bits before so this piqued my interest. I steeped 1 teaspoon in a cup of water for 4 minutes. As the tea leaves steeped, the strong smell of strawberry began to mellow as a smell of sencha became more evident. The water turned light green. I took a sip and it tasted like a typical green tea with a sweet, strawberry flavor. The strawberry flavor wasn’t as unnatural as the smell, which I appreciated. It is a very one-note tea though.Though I can kind of detect the other ingredients in the flavor, the lack of depth disappointed me. The cornflower petals added maybe a bit of a grape-like flavor. The pineapple was barely noticeable. I could detect the carrot in the sweet aftertaste. I tried making this tea again, letting the leaves steep for 6 minutes rather than 4. The flavors emerged more during those two extra minutes so I definitely suggest steeping this tea longer.

Despite a lack in depth, this tea has a very pleasant flavor. The sweet strawberry blends perfectly with the grassy sencha. This tea is very smooth as well. It doesn’t leave a bitter after-taste like other green teas, but a sweet one. It is a good morning or mid-day tea since it does contain some caffeine. There are also health benefits! The dried pineapple and strawberries contain vitamin C. The sencha contains antioxidants.

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Review: Darjeeling TeaXpress Goomtee Second Flush 2012

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Not Great"Even though I normally love teas from the Goomtee Estate, this one doesn't impress me though it looks to be a hit with quite a few folks as it is sold out."
Shaiha’s Teaview: 4.9/10
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I have to admit that I wasn’t even quite sure what a darjeeling was when I first started reviewing teas. It didn’t take long however before this delightful tea took its place as one of my favorite black teas. And the Goomtee Estate just happens to be one of the estates that I favor so getting a chance to sample this particular tea is a real treat.

I just love it when my sample comes in a dark vacuum package as the tea tends to stay fresh. The leaves of this tea are mainly a dark cocoa brown with a few spring green leaves. The dry leaves don’t have much of an aroma, just a faint musk. I set the leaves up to brew using 195 degree water and a steep time of 2 minutes. The resulting liquor is golden brown with a wonderful grapey muscatel aroma.

With only a slight astringency, this tea has the medium mouth-feel that I have come to expect from a darjeeling. What I didn’t expect was the flatness of the flavor. Nothing really stands out besides a lingering earthy aftertaste and I don’t find particularly pleasant.

Even though I normally love teas from the Goomtee Estate, this one doesn’t impress me though it looks to be a hit with quite a few folks as it is sold out. I wouldn’t turn down a cup if it was offered though I would doctor it up by going heavy on the sweetener.

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