Review: Teasenz Pu-erh Tea Bar

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Not Great"Great idea, disappointingly executed."
Katie’s Teaview: 4.1/10
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teansezpuerhbarThe first thing I notice about this tea is the extremely attractive packaging. It’s a small bar that’s packaged in Kraft brown paper. You see it and immediately think it’d be the perfect stocking stuffer. It’s really adorable, and I’m excited to try it.

Unfortunately, my experience goes downhill from there. The first problem arises when I try to break off two of the six cubes from the bar. If you drink brick pu-erh, you don’t want to break the leaves in half, so traditionally you insert a knife and gently pry out some leaves. I don’t want to break more leaves than necessary, so I try to pull the pieces apart gently, meaning the effect of the bar is immediately ruined since the pieces don’t break along anything resembling straight lines. So basically it’s pretty and impractical.

I attempt to break off two blocks, though it ends up being more like 1.5. I put it in a 100ml porcelain gaiwan, rinse, then steep for 30 seconds. It brews into a rich red-black liquor and smells more fishy than anything else. It tastes surprisingly sweet with earthy notes, a berry fruitiness, and a strongly acidic finish. It’s not great, but first steeps often aren’t, so I infuse again for 1 minute.

This steep is even less palatable than the first. It’s strongly acidic and bitter, and while there’s some fruitiness, it isn’t enough to balance the acrid character of the tea. I don’t end up finishing this cup as it’s one of the least appealing pu-erhs I’ve had.

I think maybe it’s just not a good gong fu tea and try again with less leaf and less time. It’s a better cup, but it’s still not something I want to drink. Overall, it’s just too harsh a tea to be something I want to drink. Great idea, disappointingly executed.

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Review: Teasenz Ming Qian Huang Shan Mao feng

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Thumbs up!"Very light with vegetal and floral notes, characteristic of a Mao feng "
Samantha’s Teaview: 7.8/10
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teasenzmingqianMao feng is the epitome of Spring for me. The leaves are characteristic of small tightly bound strands of green, some even say they look like eyebrows. Teasenz’s leaves combine a leaf and bud as well as part stem as well which I don’t discredit towards quality. The aroma of the fresh leaves is slightly floral and nutty as well as very vegetal.

I used a heaping tablespoon for my gaiwan and steeped at 175 for 1 minute. The flavor is very clean with a mineral quality and a very vegetal flavor profile. A touch of savory cashews hits the back of your tongue while a citrus shows for the aftertaste. There is a hint of floral to be found more after drinking.

Overall this tea is very light, I personally enjoyed the second brew (at 3 minutes) better as is had a stronger flavor. This is definitely a high quality mao feng very characteristic of it’s type with vegetal and floral tastes.

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Review: Golden Tips Roseherb Green Tea

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Thumbs up!"I adore the scent of this tea. It's minty, and full of holy basil, light and bright. You can't detect rose at all before the tea is steeped. "
Emma’s Teaview: 8/10
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goldentipsrosehrbGolden Tips Rose Herb green tea is an Indian tea blend of green tea, herbs and rose meant to promote health and wellness. The company was founded in 1933 in India, selling only single origin, Indian teas. Today they ship to 80 countries worldwide.

I adore the scent of this tea. It’s minty, and full of holy basil, light and bright. You can’t detect rose at all before the tea is steeped. I am a big fan of holy basil tea for its health properties and enjoy trying any tea where it is a main ingredient.

Steeped, the tea is very grassy and earthy with notes of rose, which I wasn’t expecting! The tea could easily become overly earthy and bitter if you don’t follow the steeping instructions exactly; I know, I made the mistake myself. When you try this tea, add 1 tsp of tea per 8 oz of water and steep no more than 3 minutes. I would check it about 2 minutes in to see if you like the flavor before continuing to steep.

In the cup, the color is a dark greenish-brown hue, very vegetal with lifted notes of rose and holy basil. I like this tea without any sweetener or milk, and think that either addition would take away from the intricacies of the tea. It’s certainly worth a try.

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Review: Ambrosia Herb Berry Burst

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Its OK"If you are a fan of tart, lemony teas then this is a fabulous option"
Alexa’s Teaview: 6.9/10
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Ambrosia Herb, a company that focusses on high quality herbal blends, has a wide range of fruity herbal teas. I’ve tried a few of these tea, including Berry Burst. I was unable to find Berry Burst on the AmbrosiaHerb website so I couldn’t find any information on this tea. I do know all of AmbrosiaHerb’s teas are certified organic and fair-trade though. When looking at the leaves, I could see what I thought to be dried lemon peel, blueberries, and some sort of purple flower I’m guessing to be dried myosotis flowers. Myosotis flowers have a floral taste and aroma and are said to have a walnut aftertaste. Myosotis flower tea is also high in Vitamin C and is said to boost digestion.

I steeped 1 teaspoon in one cup of water for 4 minutes. The water turned a lovely deep, coral pink and smelled like citrus and berries. This tea has a sweet, tart flavor. In the first sip you immediately taste the lemon peel. I would say this tea has more of a lemon burst then a berry burst. As I continued drinking I could taste more of the blueberries and myosotis flower. Though I detected no finishing taste of walnuts, I could detect a floral note from the flowers.

This tea is well balanced. I am picky with fruity teas since they can be overwhelming and often contain fake flavoring. This is a very natural herbal blend. It’s sweet and needs no additives. If you are a fan of tart, lemony teas then this is a fabulous option. If you love the combination of lemon and blueberries then this is the tea for you. Since it’s an herbal blend it is also low in caffeine and makes for a great evening treat. Due to the lively, tart flavor, I also find it to be a good spring and summer tea.

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