Review: Peter Asher Coffee and Tea Bai Mu Dan Honey

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Its OK"It's dense and muddled with a sharp, dry aftertaste."
Katie’s Teaview: 5.5/10
Other Teaviews: Shaiha gave it 4/10
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Bai mu dan white teas tend to be delicately sweet naturally, so adding honey seems like it’s cheating. Yet I’m picturing this thickly sweet honey white tea or maybe just a BMD with a subtle extra hit of honey flavour, and both ideas are very appealing. However, this does neither.

After 3 minutes at 185°, at least the scent holds up to my ideal expectations. It’s light but sweet and slightly floral with a realistic honey note. The base tea is disappointing and a strangely heavy pairing for the added flavouring. It’s woody with a smoky acidity and a mild bitterness. Pairing this with the subtle honey sweetness is just strange.

Bai mu dan should be light, sweet, maybe floral. The leaves look right, but they taste more like a cheap roasted oolong. It’s dense and muddled with a sharp, dry aftertaste. So the idea is there, and the honey flavour is nice, but I don’t like the choice of base tea. I’ll probably be giving away the rest of my sample.

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Review: Murchie’s Tea and Coffee No. 10 Blend

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Thumbs up!"The light sweet fragrance coming off the cup is matched by a delicate, elegant black tea taste edged with melon especially and even a hint of citrus."
Jamie’s Teaview: 7/10
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This blend is a new one to me. I didn’t find the name to be terribly evocative but thought it might be worth a try anyway. The leaves of this blend are matte black and jade, short to medium in length, twisty with silver slips here and there and a sweet cucumber/melony scent. It’s a highly fragrant blend.

I used a teaspoon of leaf to 8 ounces of water heated to 200 degrees. I allowed three minutes for the tea to infuse.

The tea pours out medium copper in color and has the same interesting melon like scent infused as it does dry.

The light sweet fragrance coming off the cup is matched by a delicate, elegant black tea taste edged with melon especially and even a hint of citrus. It’s quite good, appealing to the senses and interesting. I found the body a little light and personally wouldn’t take this as a morning cup. However, for my second tea midway through the morning it would be very enjoyable. The body is light but the flavors very good. I especially enjoyed the natural sweetness of this tea and found it needed no additions of any kind.

The fruit flavors are interesting and made an otherwise lightly bodied, not especially remarkable tea into one that interested me. I especially enjoyed the way the melon flavor managed to permeate the tea and remain a subtle component at the same time. Enjoyable.

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Review: Drink The Leaf Jasmine Pearl

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Thumbs up!"The pearls unfurled into what reminded me of little hermit crabs that then transformed into sea anemones as they fell to the bottom of my pot. This is definitely a tea to bring to a party or for when guests come over. "
Samantha’s Teaview: 8.5/10
Your Reviews: 9/10
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This is the second or third tea from Drink the Leaf that I’ve reviewed and I have enjoyed everyone of their teas I’ve had. Their website doesn’t give much away about them besides the fact that they are located in Napa, California and founded by wine and food enthusiast Dan Ritzenthaler. Drink the Leaf is in the process of becoming a certified organic handler.

To be honest, I’ve never actually had jasmine pearls, I’d had jasmine tea before but never pearls. The pearls in this tea have a really pleasant smell to them, almost like jasmine and white chocolate. I brewed this tea for 3 minutes with water at 190 F. The pearls unfurled into what reminded me of little hermit crabs that then transformed into sea anemones as they fell to the bottom of my pot. This is definitely a tea to bring to a party or for when guests come over.

To the tongue this tea has an almost linen-like taste with hints of white chocolate and fresh budding jasmine. The jasmine flavor is just right, it’s not too flowery, it’s flavor is evenly balanced with the greenness of the leaf itself.

There’s something in these pearls that any pearl girl (or guy) would enjoy, they’re entertaining to watch and you might just have to drink this tea with some white chocolate on the side.

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Review: Tea Adventure Black Guanyin

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Not Great"Very mild black tea with hints of cherry. Not one that I would recommend because I found it far too mild."
Shaiha’s Teaview: 4.5/10
Other Teaviews: Jamie gave it 4/10, Sophie gave it 4.5/10, Vanessa gave it 6/10, Shaiha gave it 8.7/10, Daniel gave it 4.9/10
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My sample today is from Tea Adventure which is a Dutch company that is based in China which was founded in 2007. This is my first time sampling an offering from this company but I do like how they offered two free samples with every order so that everyone has the opportunity to try some new teas. Their website however does not give much information on the individual teas and I was unable to discover shipping charges to the US without building myself an order.

My sample today which arrived in a vacuum packed envelope consists of huge black tea leaves which don’t really have an aroma beyond the general one expected of any black tea. Not having any specific instructions about this tea I set it up using boiling water and a steep time of two minutes.

The liquor is a medium brown tinged with orange and it now has a faint fruity aroma. I am not very impressed by the flavor itself. It is so mild that all that really comes through is a whisper of cherries. Also as the tea cools a medicinal aftertaste starts to develop. Normally I would try again with more leaves but I actually started out with more then usual since the aroma was so mild.

The tea itself is drinkable but I certainly wouldn’t go out of my way to get myself a cup. Opinions do vary so you might find that this tea is just perfect for your tastes however.

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Review: Golden Tips of Darjeeling Rohini First Flush 2012

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Thumbs up!"The prominent flavor that I detected was a general sweet fruit flavor, but there is also a well-defined green flavor as well. Other flavors that seem to pop in and out throughout my sipping include muscatel, mineral, and even a hint of vanilla. "
Vanessa’s Teaview: 8.2/10
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This 2012 First Flush harvest hails from the Rohini Estate in the Darjeeling tea region. The dry leaves are a combination of black and green shades, although I do note that there is more black in the mix than I would have expected for a first flush tea. The dry leaves are aromatic, with a pleasing combination of fruit and vegetal notes. I prepared this tea using just-boiling water and a three minute infusion. The tea is a dark shade of yellow and the liquid is fully transparent. The aroma coming off the brewed liquid is consistent with what I expect from a good Darjeeling. The flavor of this tea is on the complex side. The prominent flavor that I detected was a general sweet fruit flavor, but there is also a well-defined green flavor as well. Other flavors that seem to pop in and out throughout my sipping include muscatel, mineral, and even a hint of vanilla (quite unusual but very much appreciated!). This tea is rather astringent, although not so much so as to be unenjoyable.
I sampled this tea in the morning, but given its rather light body and the complex flavor profile, I think this tea is more fitting as an afternoon brew. I also tried a little of this tea as an iced tea and found that its unique flavor makes for a refreshing and atypical iced tea. This tea does seem to cost a bit more than other first flush Darjeelings, but it is an interesting offering with some unique characteristics that may justify the higher price.

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Review: Tea Adventure Wuyuan Green Eyebrow

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Thumbs up!"This tea has a pale yellow liquor with a fresh, crisp mellow taste of brussels sprout and winter squash that spring forth from pine needle-like leaves."
Samantha’s Teaview: 8.8/10
Other Teaviews: Vanessa gave it 8.5/10, Sophie gave it 8.3/10, Daniel gave it 6.7/10
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Little green eyebrows. Tea Adventure’s Wuyuan Green Eyebrow is definitely a nice green to enjoy in the fall and winter. With scents of green beans and flowers to remind you of summer, and winter squash to prepare you for the coming season, this tribute tea since the Ming Dynasty is quite the catch. Originating in Wuyuan County, Jiangxi Province, Wuyuan Green Eyebrow is a high quality tea. Leaves are hand-picked and organic, only the fresh young buds with one leaf are picked from the wild mountainous tea gardens.

The first time I brewed this tea I used too many leaves and it became bitter. I then used about 1 teaspoon of leaves for 6 ounces of water just below boiling temperature and brewed for 1 minute.

This tea has a pale yellow liquor with a fresh, crisp mellow taste of brussels sprout and winter squash that spring forth from pine needle-like leaves. It was a nice change for me since I’ve been drinking a lot of chai, I appreciated the subtle flavors.

Just because a tea has a mellow flavor, doesn’t mean that there isn’t something in it to be enjoyed. A true green tea lover can find appreciation from the mellow cup and for the cup that’s taste is so prominent it’s hard to miss.

I enjoyed this dainty green, and now have a craving for brussels sprouts!

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