Brand: Naivetea’s Dong Ding
Tea Rating: 92/100
Steep Time: 1 minutes
Steep Temperature: 200-205 Degrees
Price: 2oz tin of tea for $28/ 4oz for $50
First thing first, the tea originates from Dong Ding, Central Taiwan and is oxidized at 30% and roasted at 30% as well. The dry tea smells nutty and earthy, and is balanced nicely, with neither coming out more than the other.
Now onto steeping, I prepared this tea for steeping with one teaspoon of tea per 6oz of water and got multiple steeps out of the leaves at around 1 minute per steep. Let’s go watch the tea steep together;
The tea turns out to be a beautiful,striking golden yellow liquor. The first flavors in the tea I taste is a lightly roast quality. I also taste some nice sweet, toasted notes, which remind me a lot of a genmaicha’s sweet/ toasted notes. The combination of both of these flavors is very pleasing to my palate.
The tea is light and smooth in my mouth, and is not excessively heavy at all in my mouth. The tea rolls into my mouth and smoothly around my palate, which I like. This tea is toasted, roasted and sweet all at the same time. In my eyes, this tea would be perfect for people trying to get into the wonderful world of Oolong. This tea is a very balanced tea, and is perfect for those who are not into overly roasted or overly floral oolongs. This tea is a balance between the two.
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Brand: Arbor Teas Organic Pomegranate White Tea
Tea Rating: 79/100
Steep Time: 2-3 minutes
Steep Temperature: 180 Degrees
Price: 1.5 oz. for $7.50 or 4 oz. for $10.95
This tea is absolutely beautiful. You really have to see it in person to admire it, but I hope this picture does the tea some justice. There are beautiful reddish-orange flower petals mixed with the silvery and white tea needles work well together. The smell of the dry leaf is more candy like than pomegranate, but either way, it smelled sweet, and reminded me of lollipops. I steeped this tea for 3 minutes in 180 degree water. Let’s watch the steep together now:
The liquor is a pale and clear golden yellow. And the tea smells like candy and pomegranate while steeping. It is a very delicious aroma, and really smells the entire room up.The taste is very light, with some underlying apple flavors, but I think I am unsure whether these are apple flavors, or just pomegranate, as to me the flavor is crisp with a hint of sour. The pomegranate flavor is very nice, and is not artificial tasting at all, which is a nice change of pace from other flavored teas I have tried throughout my tea journey. I have been consistently impressed with Arbor Teas’ teas after being given the opportunity to sample a number of their teas! I would recommend this tea if flavored teas are your thing!
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