Review: Teavivre Guang Dong Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea

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Its OK"There were, without a doubt, several notes mixing together, but it did not reach the complexity one would expect."
Daniel’s Teaview: 6.5/10
Other Teaviews: Sophie gave it 8.5/10, Shaiha gave it 8.2/10
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teavivrephoeixdancongAmong the innumerable varieties of tea situates one of the most distinct and coveted. More than perhaps any other, Dan Cong Oolong possesses uncanny characteristics strongly reminiscent of flavors not of tea (orange, grapefruit, almonds, even cinnamon). With leaves possessing a dark, wiry nature similar to those of Wuyi oolongs, the far from roasted flavor profile may shock first timers. I’ll admit it did just so for me.

Overall, my experience with Dan Cong is a tad lacking, and I decided to brew Teavivre’s Dan Cong gongfu style in hopes of bringing out every bit of the tea’s complexity. Little did I know the leaves are perhaps the finickiest under such an approach. Needless to say, I learned quite quickly. Despite a first infusion of only 30-45 seconds, my cup contained a slight astringency that masked the vibrant tasting notes I was hoping for. Quite honestly, it was rare to find satisfaction with any infusion from a gongfu approach, as each brew was either flatlined or bitingly bitter. The steeper-than-average learning curve to the tea led me to try a safer brewing method: an 8 oz glass infuser with about one teaspoon of loose leaf.

With my second attempt came much more of a reward. The liquor boasted the sharp fruitiness I had been hoping for as well as a spot of honey. There were, without a doubt, several notes mixing together, but it did not reach the complexity one would expect. Moreover, and even after different brewing styles, temperatures, time ranges, et cetera, the tea did not hold up through multiple infusions – a central characteristic of a high-quality Dan Cong.

Plenty robust in overall composition, Teavivire’s Dan Cong still stands as a recommendable buy with a very affordable price tag for 3.5 oz. As with all of Teavivire’s loose leaf, the Dan Cong is organic. While I would have liked more from my many infusions, affordability and organic-based are two elements that understandably up the tea’s selling point. For the tea aficionado, Teavivre’s offering of the beloved tea may not serve as the best bet.

— To purchase Teavivre Guang Dong Phoenix Dan Cong 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: Pure Aroma Tea Formosa Orange Blossom Oolong

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Its OK"A fantastic tea for the winter, when you long for the springs' warmth. "
Sarah’s Teaview: 6/10
Other Teaviews: Sophie gave it 7.1/10, Vanessa gave it 8.8/10, Shaiha gave it 4.2/10
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purearomaorangeblossomThe desert comes to life in May when orange blossoms line every street. Their fragrance mixed with the still-cool breezes makes life particularly pleasant. The orange blossoms paired with the warmth of the tea remind me of those beautiful spring days. Just make sure you give this tea a good long soak before drinking and you won’t be disappointed!

At approximately 3 minutes of seep time, it smelled of wild green growth. It tasted of boiled broccolli with little orange flavor or discernible sweetnes, though the color was rich.

At approximately 5 minutes of seep time, the blend was much more complete.I loved the taste of orange blossoms and nectar, fire and new growth all fused together for a lovely glimpse of an early spring morning. As it cooled the sweetness tamed but did not disappear. Still, I would drink it while it’s hot in preference. The liquid was a rich amber color. It was a nice way to wind down after a long day.

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Review: The Necessiteas Strawberry Lemonade

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Its OK"At first, all I tasted was the lemon, but as it cooled just a bit, I discovered the aftertaste of the strawberry. This tea is well named, because it's definitely a lemon tea with a slight background of strawberry."
Melanie’s Teaview: 6/10
Other Teaviews: Laura gave it 9.5/10
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necessiteasstrawlemonOne of my favorite teas is Lady Londonderry – a strawberry lemon tea. So when I saw this green Strawberry Lemonade, I knew I had to give it a try.

Many tea fanatics are familiar with The NeccesiTeas, know for their amazing flavors. There is not a flavor out there that Lindsey, the ownder of NeccesiTeas is afraid to pair with tea! And her flavors are very succesful!

I drank the sample of Strawberry Lemonade green tea that I received, two different ways. I made a pitcher of iced tea and I had several nice hot cups of tea!

This green tea has large leaves and is a very dark green. You can smell the lemon right away, and there are bits of dried strawberries, lemon grass and lemon peel mixed in with the green tea. I chose 170 degrees for my water because the green tea was large and dark.

For my hot tea, I steeped the tea for 3 minutes for the first cup. It’s a pretty dark green tea and smell nice and lemony. At first, all I tasted was the lemon, but as it cooled just a bit, I discovered the aftertaste of the strawberry. This tea is well named, because it’s definitely a lemon tea with a slight background of strawberry.

The iced tea is very good too, though I taste much less of the strawberry when it’s cold. It’s a little strange for me, but for some reason, I wanted a bit of sweetness. I think I had hoped to taste the strawberry a little more. Of course, we can imagine up a flavor prior to drinking a tea and I probably emphasized the strawberry part too much in my head. I like lemon OK, but I think I prefer it more as a background flavor.

That being said, this was a great green tea. Very smooth, easy to brew and you can steep several cups from one teaspoon of tea!

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Review: Mark T Wendell Scottish Breakfast

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Thumbs up!"While this tea would be stout enough for cream and sugar I have found it to be wonderful with just a dab of rock sugar to highlight the fruitiness."
Shaiha’s Teaview: 8.4/10
Other Teaviews: Katie gave it 6.6/10
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markwendellscottishbreakfastI am not a morning person in the slightest. That’s why I work a shift where I get off well after the dinner hour. Today however I had to be up almost before the sun rose to get a cat to the vet. Mission accomplished but I was really dragging until I grabbed a mug of this Scottish Blend. It is perfect to give you a caffeine along with being delicious.

This blend consists of Indian, Ceylon and China teas and have a malty fruity aroma. The leaves are on the smallish side which is the norm for this teas and are unbroken.

I set them up to brew using 212 degree water and a steep time of 2 minutes. The resulting liquor is a darker reddish brown with a malty yet sweet aroma.

This blend has a lighter mouthfeel and one heck of a caffeine jolt. It has a sweeter taste with hints of brown sugar and caramel along with a bright fruitiness. I was rather surprised by how smooth this blend is without a lot of astringency at all. While this tea would be stout enough for cream and sugar I have found it to be wonderful with just a dab of rock sugar to highlight the fruitiness. In fact, I tend to prefer it that way.

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Review: Harney and Sons Thurbo 2nd Flush Darjeeling FTGFOP1(cl)

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Thumbs up!"Thurbo? FTGFOP1(cl)? Whats that even mean in the world of tea and Darjeelings? Read on to find out. "
Christopher’s Teaview: 7.3/10
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harneysonsthurbodargtwoThurbo? FTGFOP1(cl)? Whats that even mean in the world of tea and Darjeelings? Read on to find out.

For this particular darjeeling, I used 2 tsp for 8oz of water heated to 212ºF. I left to infuse for 4 minutes.

The dry leaves were very thin curls of silver and black. A nice floral aroma of lilies and powerful orchids. Grapefruit and pear notes permeated the air as well.

The liquor brewed to be a mineralistic, diet coke colored liquid. A bit of a bitterness was found on the back palate with hints of stone fruits and wet river pebbles. (I know that sounds weird but next time you are at the local freshwater river, lift up a handful of clean pebbles and take a whiff. You will know what I mean.) Absolutely delicious and deep with a surprisingly light body. Unfortunately short finish but more beautiful flavors develop and deepen upon cooling.

As with most darjeelings, the infused leaves turned to a brilliant coppery color. Very floral and slightly musky.

I totally love darjeelings for the simple fact that they are never simple. A darjeeling from Thurbo is vastly different from a darjeeling from Giddapahar than a darjeeling from Castleton. First Flush through Autumnal, the profile of each leaf goes through a complete transformation. Now while it can take a while to detect these subtle characteristics, they ultimately can be, and will be noticed. This Thurbo 2nd flush was wonderfully deep. A taste is like being transported to the estate itself. The best feature of this blend is the light stonefruit flavors.

On to the specific facts pertaining to this blend, Thurbo is the specific tea estate that the leaves come from. There are many different estates and they are all known for a different flavor profile. This is where terroir comes into play. This blend is actually comprised of “clonal” tea leaves. This means that the plants are carefully breeded in controlled conditions to produce the best quality teas. Its a lot of technical work but it yields the best (and most expensive) teas.

As for the string of letters and numbers following the name, FTGFOP1(cl), refers to the quality of the leaves. It stands for Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe 1 (clonal). It is a measure of the wholeness and quality of the leaves, no aromas, flavors, or other factors are taken into account.

Overall, I enjoyed this darjeeling, but I have had better.

I would use this tea to pair with a richer dish such as fatty duck breast, or heavier fried foods. The light astringency and bitterness can help to cut through the fat and cleanse the palate in between bites.

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Review: Tea Adventure Mengding Sweet Dew

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Thumbs up!"This is a lovely sprightly green that is complex enough for contemplative sipping, yet not too subtle for an everyday cup. It's mix of sweet vegetal notes is well-rounded and filling. Do check this one out!"
Sophie’s Teaview: 8.2/10
Other Teaviews: Katie gave it 8.4/10, Daniel gave it 7.2/10
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adventuremendingsweetdueThis green tea comes from Mending Mountain, located in the Chinese province of Sichuan. The area has a long and colourful history of tea production. These small, crescent-shaped leaves are picked very early in the spring. They display attractive silver and olive green hues and a strikingly pungent scent. The first words that come to my mind as I take a sniff are “raspberry caramel!”, which pretty well sum up the aroma’s description. Yum!

I followed Tea Adventure’s recommendations, infusing 2 grams of tea in 250ml of water heated to 75 degrees Celsius for 3 minutes. The resulting pale amber cup has a faint buttery scent. In contrast, the flavour profile is quite robust and features a wide variety of fresh, vegetal notes. Fern, string bean, sweet corn and green bell pepper all make an appearance. These linger pleasantly in the aftertaste as well. The briny, buttery feel adds a rich dimension to the tea. This is a lively and impressive brew right off the bat!

The second steep is a little milder yet more astringent than the first. After 4 minutes, grass, fern and string bean flavours become increasingly stronger as the tea cools. A sharp mineral edge also emerges. Overall the cup still feels well-rounded and satisfying, even if it doesn’t have the dazzle of the previous brew.

I manage to pull a decent third infusion from the leaves, following a 5 minute-long steep. The top notes are quite broth-like, mellowing out into a smooth string bean and green bell pepper finish. This steep is again milder than the previous one but still surprisingly balanced and filling.

I should have stopped there. I try a fourth cup following a 7 minute brew, but it’s very watery tasting. The leaves do remain smooth and creamy to the end though.

This is a lovely sprightly green that is complex enough for contemplative sipping, yet not too subtle for an everyday cup. It’s mix of sweet vegetal notes is well-rounded and filling. Even better, its price point is very reasonable considering the quality of the leaf. Do check this one out!

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