Review: Terrace Bloom Teas Yunnan Gold Black

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Thumbs up!"Smoky and mild with a subtle chocolate undertone and a a peppery finish."
Katie’s Teaview: 7.3/10
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The leaves of this tea are beautiful – black and gold, curled, but partially rolled as well. I brew at 195° for three minutes and get a deep brown liquor with a tinge of red. The scent is brilliant, with notes of chocolate, smoke, and red fruits.

The flavour is milder than the scent, smoky and mild with a subtle chocolate undertone and a a peppery finish. It is slightly acidic. I’m disappointed the chocolate scent hasn’t translated fully to the flavour. There is still a brilliant chocolately scent in the second steep. It’s a solid second overall, some chocolate now in the flavour, and again with a peppery finish.

I don’t try for a third brew, but I don’t often get a third infusion from teas like this. It’s not the most brilliant Yunnan I have ever tried, but it’s a very solid tea. My main complaints are that the chocolate scent doesn’t translate to the flavour, and there is none of the malty flavour that is classic to great Yunnan gold teas.

— To purchase Terrace Bloom Teas Yunnan Gold Black, 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: That Tea That Skinny Tea

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Its OK"This tea is meant to help you achieve a goal weight and detox your body. It is also supposed to "give the body a beautiful glow.""
Alexa’s Teaview: 5.7/10
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That Tea has a very lovely website and clean look. They offer teas that are very health focussed. Their front page states – “Achieve your goals with our specialized range of teas.” I ended up reviewing their That Skinny Tea. This tea is meant to help you achieve a goal weight and detox your body. It is also supposed to “give the body a beautiful glow.” This all sounded good to me so I decided to try out their 14 day Skinny Tea Detox.

That Skinny Tea is made of senna leaf, peppermint leaf, rose flower, stevia leaf, chrysanthemum, and burdock. I was familiar with most of these ingredients but not all. I started by researching senna leaf. Senna leaf is an herb often used to help with weight loss. It is known for having laxative effects. Burdock, is known to increase urine flow, kill germs, and reduce inflammation. I steeped one tea bag in a cup of boiling tea as the directions suggest. The smell is interesting and consists mainly of the peppermint and rose flower. The flavor is pleasant and very sweet due to the stevia leaf. Though this tea isn’t bad at all, it’s definitely not a tea I would drink for flavor.

I was a little hesitant as I began regularly drinking this tea – some reviews on ‘skinny teas’ are a bit horrifying. Some people say they can’t go anywhere because of how often they need the restroom. This was not the case with That Skinny Tea. This tea didn’t keep me from leaving my house or anything extreme like that. I didn’t feel any better, but I also didn’t feel any worse from this tea.

After 2 days I began drinking 3 cups a day (re-steeping the same teabag). I continued this for about 5 days until I began to feel awful. The tea made me bloated and my stomach did not feel good what-so-ever. I think the senna caused me to be dehydrated. Because of how I felt, I went completely off the tea for two days. I felt back to normal after that and I did loose a pound from this tea. I also had a clearer face and less breakouts. So this tea does have some perks.

Some people handle senna leaf and burdock better than others. This is definitely not a tea you should drink long-term. I also think more than one cup a day isn’t a good idea. If you struggle with constipation, this tea would be very helpful short-term. If you want to have a clear face for a special occasion, one cup a day for a week would be a good idea.

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Review: Canton Tea Co. Glenburn “Peach Blossom” White Darjeeling

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Thumbs up!"Provides everything that black Darjeelings do...with a few surprises."
CJ’s Teaview: 9/10
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If you blindfolded me and served me a cup of this tea, I might guess it was an herbal tisane. I’d venture it was a perfect combination of lemongrass, chamomile, rose, lavender, with a touch of honey and a slice of lemon.

I said “I might guess,” though, for two reasons:

  • Rarely is a tisane as complex as this.
  • Herbals don’t contain the solid-backbone richness of camelia sinensis.

This unusual leaf was hearty enough to cause this black-tea lover to consider adding more white tea to her collection. Likewise, if you’re a tisane lover who is not afraid of caffeine, Glenburn’s Peach Blossom White Darjeeling should be in your tea chest.

This had the characteristic Darjeeling  floral bouquet, fruity, (muscat…sweet wine) note, and dry aftertaste. As good as it was, I didn’t detect anything peach-like about it. Despite the hints of wine, I’d say the overall personality of this tea is citrus. I urge you, though, to try for yourself.

Speaking of wine, the idea of tea estates and tours was inspired by vineyards who invited the public to observe the wine-making experience, say’s Glenburn’s website. If you’re ever in Darjeeling, you might visit the Glenburn Estate. The place is billed as a luxurious vacation spot where you can roam hillside tea gardens and then break for a lunch by a river amidst a bamboo forest.

Or not. But Darjeeling, white tea, and tisane fans would do well to at least order some of this. If a black tea palate can appreciate it, more delicate taste-buds will delight in it.

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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.

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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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