Tea: Pouchong Tea 3rd Grade

A Pouchong Tea from Ten Ren Tea

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Brand:Ten Ren Tea
Style:Pouchong Tea
Region:Taiwan / Formosa
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Loose?Loose
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Product page:Pouchong Tea 3rd Grade

Review of Pouchong Tea 3rd Grade

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8 of 104 of 55 of 583 of 100
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I'm not sure I agree with the commercial description; it says "sharp and full bodied with a roasted quality" but I don't notice any of these qualities--this tea seems mellow, thin and clear, not full-bodied, and has not even a hint of roasted tones.

The aroma is light and floral, with a vegetal character, and perhaps a mild fishiness, but without any of the sharpness or biting qualities that many green teas have. This tea smells almost like you've added honey to it, without actually doing so.

While I like this tea, several people I know, especially those who tend to like black tea, have expressed a strong dislike for it, more so that other greener oolongs. I think people are more likely to object to the vegetal or fishy tones in it, although I personally like them. I would recommend sampling this before buying--it may only be appreciated by people with a specific kind of taste.

I also want to add that this tea is among one of the most reasonably-priced Pouchongs I've found that still retains much of the complexity of the higher grades. This tea is worlds apart from TenRen's Pouchong teabags, which are still perfectly pleasant.

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