Review: Dachi Tea Co. No. 7 Oriental Beauty

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Thumbs up!"It's more aromatic than flavourful, but while the flavour is delicate, it is in no way bland."
Katie’s Teaview: 8.9/10
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This is my first sample from Dachi tea, a small artisan tea company. They have a small collection of high-end teas, including this one that can be found under their “Rare & Limited” category. These companies tend to be very expensive, and they run a big risk because unless every tea they have is amazing, there isn’t much point. This particular leaf is priced like a limited edition artisan leaf, but that doesn’t bother me too much. I’m willing to part with cash for a great tea, but only if it really is a great tea. So the question is, Is this worth it?

I put 5 grams of tea in an 8-ounce preheated glass teapot. After a flash rinse, I steep it for 40 seconds. The cup is extremely aromatic, with notes of honey, spice, and a strong note of muscatel grape.

The flavour is beautifully sweet and surprisingly creamy. It has a smooth, soft mouthfeel, but there’s enough sharpness from the muscatel to cut through the smoothness, keeping it interesting and adding to the depth. They website describes it as tasting like “muscovado sugar,” but since I’ve never tried that (not that I’ve had muscatel grapes either), I’m content with saying it tastes like honey.

I steep another 4 times, and each infusion has a milder, more blended flavour than the steep before it. But despite the aroma mellowing out a little, it remains comparatively strong through the remaining cups.

It’s more aromatic than flavourful, but while the flavour is delicate, it is in no way bland. So to answer the question in paragraph one: I would say this is worth the price. It’s unique, interesting, has a brilliant scent and flavour. It’s the complete tea, and I look forward to any future interactions I have with Dachi Tea.

— To purchase Dachi Tea Co. No. 7 Oriental Beauty, 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: The Republic of Tea Super Green Tea: Serenity

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Thumbs up!"The Republic of tea's main message is to enjoy tea, and life sip by sip, this cup pleasant, balanced, and a perfect meditation. "
Emma’s Teaview: 9/10
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From my tea beginnings I have loved The Republic of Tea. I’ve also recently enjoyed learning about matcha and its rituals. When I heard that The Republic of Tea created bagged matcha and green tea blends with other herbs, I couldn’t wait to try it.

Keep in mind, these blends aren’t your typical, vegetal matcha. The addition of herbs and green tea leaves make for a lighter, more balanced flavor. I eagerly opened up serenity when my package of tea arrived; serenity is a blend of lavender, and holy basil. The scent of the dry tea is holy basil dominant; you have to smell it four, or five times to get hints of lavender, which makes for a tea even those who don’t enjoy floral flavors could get on board with .

I followed the directions for steeping, and heated my Cuisinart Perfectemp kettle on the green tea setting, and steeped for 3 minutes. The liquor is light green with hints of straw yellow. On the palate, lavender is prevalent, with the zip and sweetness of holy basil coming secondary. I rarely sweeten tea on the first sip; this one doesn’t need additional sweetness at all. The Republic of tea’s main message is to enjoy tea, and life sip by sip, this cup pleasant, balanced, and a perfect meditation.

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Review: The Tea Shelf Glendale Nilgiri Oolong

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Thumbs up!"Subtly complex, containing notes of honey, baked bread, and mild spice"
Katie’s Teaview: 8.6/10
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teahelfnigiriglendaleThis 2015 leaf comes from the Glendale Estate. It’s my first tea from the Glendale Estate, a group of three gardens located in Nilgiri, and I hope it isn’t my last chance to sample them because this tea was an excellent experience. The leaves are mid-sized, curled black and gold. I begin by steeping one teaspoon per cup at 195° for three minutes, my standard for oolongs.

I get an amber-brown liquor that smells of honey and baked bread, a relatively rare combination to find in oolongs. The flavour is subtly complex, containing notes of honey, baked bread, and mild spice with a slightly mineral aftertaste. With the flavour notes it has, you would think it’s a bold tea, but it’s nuanced and subtle and delicious. I steep again for five minutes and get a cup that’s milder but still brilliant. It has all the same notes as before, but more subdued and even subtler.

There are certain notes in tea that I love more than others, and baked bread is one of them. It’s rare, but it occasionally pops up for me in lightly roasted rock oolongs. The note of cinnamon is nice, the honey is great, but it’s the baked flavour that makes this tea stand out from others.

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