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  • Himalayan Finest Flowery

    Himalayan Finest Flowery

    Rated 5 out of 5

    Great Strong Character

    I first tried this with 2g in 100mL gaiwan for 5 minutes. The aroma reminds me of traditional style phoenix oolong. In the mouth as well, it has this flowery/fruit-like character, though of course not as prominent as those of oolongs. As I drank, I also found certain similarities with white tea (Zhenghe). Combine them with the strong taste (at this parameter I felt it was a little bit too bitter, perhaps 4.5 minutes would be perfect), you have a tea which will easily impress people who have only tasted low quality tea all their lives. Long aftertaste with tangy citrus feel on your tongue.

    Teddy Lionel
  • Taiping Houkui Traditional

    Taiping Houkui Traditional

    Rated 5 out of 5

    Beautiful and smooth

    I tried a few packs the other Taiping Houkui and my girlfriend liked it. The infusion process has been a show for my friends. Therefore, when this came out, I immediately gave it a try too. The leaves do not look as spectacular as the other one, because they are not as brightly green and not as translucent thin. They are still quite neat. I forgot about it after the show in the party and yesterday I prepared it like any other green tea except perhaps a bit hotter water, the freshness and delightful flavour are really impressive. The unique high class Chinese tea qualities, such as floral, sweetness, cereal, and umami are all there, and not that seaweed taste in the other version. The most impressive part is smoothness. I don’t think I have tried any other green tea smooth like this. Also there is a velvety (?) mouth feel that is also new in green tea for me.

    This is for me the most wonderful green tea.

    Manila Tran
  • Organic Paochong 2015

    Organic Paochong 2015

    Rated 5 out of 5

    Delightful

    A delightful, refreshing tea!

    Jean V. Young
  • GABA Orange

    GABA Orange

    Rated 5 out of 5

    Thirsty Pebbles

    What’s all this talk about Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA)? I ordered this tea based on the lovely description of its taste and the tantalizing photo of the tea itself. I had no idea that the name refers to an oxygen-free, nitrogen-rich fermentation process that boosts levels of naturally occurring GABA. This compound is said to offer possible benefits to the central nervous system. Lord knows, my nervous system could use a gigantic chill-pill. But that’s not why I love this tea. Here’s why: The dry GABA nuggets offer up a heady aroma while the brewed tea’s color and flavor suggest apricot. It’s woody, not sweet. On the second infusion, the leaves plumped up so big, they almost lifted the lid off my gaiwan. I probably used too much tea and underestimated its penchant for water. That was my mistake, but a happy one. The transformation and the taste were both thoroughly enjoyable.

    Karen Ager

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