Reviews of Teas & Herbal Teas from Fujian, China
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Style: Black Tea – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Jan. 25th, 2017
In my latest black tea frenzy, I decided to give this one a try since it seems pretty unique.Read Full Review
It is apparently a black (more fully oxidized) version of the Water Fairy oolong, which interested me.
I've seen that various companies offer black tea versions of oolongs such as Tie Guan Yin and even Alishan tea.
Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Jan. 23rd, 2017
This tea exhibits a pure, delicate flavor -- essentially what every white tea is described as by the company that sells it. It has no bitterness and a smooth flavor. When in the mood for a straightforward, pure tea that isn't grassy, this is a nice choice.Read Full Review
To prepare this tea, I used the Chinese method I was shown a...
Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Jan. 14th, 2017
I think this is a good example of Tie Guan Yin. This one is definitely of the greener, less oxidized and less roasted variety. Read Full Review
The dry leaf aroma is very pleasant and "green".
When brewed the aroma is very fresh veggie-like, with notes of butter, and floral as well. Not intensely floral, but it's there.
Style: White Tea – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 8/10
Jan. 9th, 2017
I tried this together with Upton's ZW42. I actually liked this one a lot, and not the other.Read Full Review
Brews up a dark, full-bodied cup that, like the other compressed white tea cake, is rather bitter. I find the bitterness more blunt though, whereas ZW42 has a sharp bitterness.
The aroma is strange and hard to describe....
Style: Shui Hsien Oolong – Region: Zhangping, Fujian, China43 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 3/10
Jan. 3rd, 2017
This one is actually currently available.Read Full Review
I ordered 2 15g samples about a month ago. The fact I still have some left is a clue as to what I think about it :)
I admit to buying this because it's a unique brick oolong. I also figured that given the high price it should be good.
I've since learned that price is not...
Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Dec. 22nd, 2016
Yet another tea from this company that I've been ordering lately. Originally, I received a free sample of their Big Red Robe along with a few gaiwans I ordered from them. Since then I've been buying this tea regularly.Read Full Review
As I understand it, this is one of the "house teas" that comes from the owner's tea farming vil...
Style: Black Tea – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 8/10
Dec. 19th, 2016
So ever since a local shop stopped carrying my favorite teas I haven't really purchased much black tea lately. Read Full Review
I've been impressed with this company's teas so far, and went ahead and added this one to a recent order.
The aroma of the dry, thin, slightly curly leaves is very nice...caramel and maybe a little fresh ...
Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 6/10
Oct. 20th, 2016
This tea came from an estate sale (good places to find teas you haven't tried before, really cheap!), in its originally wrapped box. Read Full Review
You know, it's pathetic what some of these highly paid marketing consultants can concoct. I reviewed a loose-leaf Basilur floral tea whose packaging blatantly pandered to romantical...
Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: Fujian, China83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 8/10
Oct. 3rd, 2016
I like this style of tea. I think it's a good combination between aroma and flavor.Read Full Review
Style: Fruit White Tea – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Sep. 7th, 2016
My first tasting of this tea was in my gaiwan with about 3 grams of tea and 2 grams of tangerine peel. I did a 5 second rinse then 3 infusions. The aroma was sweet and citrusy to begin with. The taste was light, oily, buttery, and smooth with slight orange/tangerine flavors. The second and third infusions became sweete...Read Full Review
Style: Black Tea – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 7/10
Aug. 31st, 2016
This is a hard tea to review. I greatly enjoyed drinking it, but was not overwhelmed with uniqueness of any kind. Rather, it was simply enjoyable. The flavor has hints of caramel, honey, and sweetness with a slight astringency. The cup is very smooth. I would recommend as a black tea, but it is nothing unique, albeit v...Read Full Review
Style: Silver Needle – Region: Fujian, China63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 6/10
Aug. 12th, 2016
If you like white teas (so pale - must steep longer.) this is a safe choice and has not only a light grassy note but I got "flowers" - or maybe even honey if that's not reaching too far.Read Full Review
I let it steep forever - over 5 minutes and it was still so pale, but it is, after all, a white tea.
Rich in antioxidants. Lik...
Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Jun. 16th, 2016
A lovely tea, mellow, and complex, among my favorite Lapsang Souchongs ever sampled. Thank you again to TeaVivre for the sample! This is a traditional Chinese lapsang souchong, it lacks the strong smoky aroma that the more widely-known style of tea popular in the West has. Compared to other traditional Lapsang Souch...Read Full Review
Style: Black Tea – Region: Fujian, China43 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 5/10
Jun. 13th, 2016
This was the most disappointing pure tea I've ever tried from Harney & Sons.Read Full Review
Dry leaf not very aromatic, but the aroma is pleasant. The leaf is pretty, with fine wiry pieces, fairly finely broken...the faint aroma suggests spice and dried fruit, like fig or date.
The brewed cup is surprisingly lacking in aroma. ...
Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Apr. 25th, 2016
Had this a couple of days ago. One of the best oolongs I have ever had. Slight to no astringency. Honey and floral notes with a slight buttery taste. Aroma was very much like a typical oolong with hints of burnt grass. Read Full Review
Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 8/10
Apr. 7th, 2016
One of the first oolongs I've tried outside of a Chinese restaurant, so my palate is not well developed. I steeped this in my gaiwan with 5g of tea and 180-200 degree water. Read Full Review
The first and second steeps were reminiscent of fields and meadows. The aroma was sweet and smelled of hay and honey. The initial taste was ve...
Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fujian, China93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Mar. 24th, 2016
Truly superb! I haven't tried that many Golden Monkey teas, but after brewing this one multiple times, I think it is my favorite. Its leaf is packed with flavor and, although it had the smoothness of other golden monkey teas, I found it had a strength that was lacking from other examples of this style that I had tried...Read Full Review
Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: Fujian, China70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 7/10
Mar. 14th, 2016
I love to brew up pearled teas - and jasmine pearls ROCK for me - so I liked this one. Fun to watch the pearls unfurl when you brew them. Delicious jasmine/green/floral notes. Fun to drink and requires no sweetener.Read Full Review
Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fujian, China90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Jan. 20th, 2016
High quality tea but quite expensive. Can easily get two infusions of great tasting tea. Recommend adding teaspoon of Tupelo honey. My favorite of all teas.Read Full Review
Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 8/10
Nov. 9th, 2015
This is a great tea for most people. Green tea can be more of an acquired taste and red(black) tea can be heavy on the tannins, but this white peony is right in the middle of tea flavors. Both the smell and the taste are more floral than other teas, so beware if you decide to steep it extra strong. You can steep the te...Read Full Review
Style: Green Tea – Region: Fujian, China67 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 7/10
Nov. 9th, 2015
I love Shang tea. It's probably the best tea shop that you can buy from in the Midwest. This particular tea though- is for a very particular kind of person. It has an incredibly potent and bitter taste to it if you steep it like a normal tea. You have to make sure and use boiling water, extra amounts of the tea, and on...Read Full Review
Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Fujian, China90 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 10/10
Nov. 9th, 2015
This is one of my very favorite teas. This tea is incredible and probably my most ordered from Shang tea in general. The tea has a decent aroma, but where it truly shines is its flavor. Cold, hot, splash of milk and cinnamon, you can't go wrong with this tea. I almost forgot to mention, steep this tea at LEAST 3 times ...Read Full Review
Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fujian, China70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 7/10
Oct. 6th, 2015
I should preface this by saying that I do not particularly enjoy black tea in general. Usually I drink white and green tea. That being said, I do enjoy this once in a while. The aroma is mild and somewhat nutty. The flavor is full and very smooth with almost no astringency. There are also undertones of nuts (perhaps ha...Read Full Review
Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 9/10
Sep. 10th, 2015
Very nice tea. I enjoy white teas, especially silver needle, but that can be expensive for daily consumption. This tea, on the other hand, is more affordable and has that distinctly white tea taste. It is not as sweet or smooth as silver needle, but it is nevertheless very light, delicate, and simple.Read Full Review
I prepared 5g ...
Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 8/10
Aug. 1st, 2015
This is my favorite jasmine pearls tea that I've ever sampled.Read Full Review
I tried this tea months ago and began writing a review but I realized that I never finished and posted it! Apologies to TeaVivre for the oversight. I had one packet left, so I brewed it up and the tea was as I had remembered it. I was surprised at how...
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