7 Tasting Notes


I noticed, that when getting ready to taste the tea, you are hit with a smoky/woodsy aroma, which is one of the tea’s strengths. The liquor is a dark orange/brown, almost a deep amber. The tea has a robust, roasted flavor with notes of nutty, sweetness and a hint of chocolate. (for a detailed review please visit :http://tyrosoftea.wordpress.com/2010/08/23/obubu-farms-houjicha-%E2%80%93-dark%C2%A0roast/)

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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A great Pu-erh to introduce to people who are unfamiliar with the earthy taste of Pu-erh

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One of my favorite teas, steep for only 10-15 seconds. The best steep is the second, in my opinion. A great tea to introduce to people that drink tea often, but also a bad one aswell.

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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So the other day my friend’s and I went to the local tea house. I had chai tea to drink but bought about 2 ounces of the Gunpowder Green tea.

The Chinese name for this tea is call zhū chá which means “pearl tea or bead tea”. It derives it’s name form it’s similar appearance to gunpowder.

Tea steeped from Gunpowder has a dark golden color. To me was a toasted grassy, minty, or peppery taste. With an aftertaste lingering in the front palette, and a smokey aroma.

In reading on this tea, I found it rather interesting that Gunpowder tea is a pivotal part of making Touareg tea in Moroccan tea ritual.

Toureg tea – Gunpowder green tea, fresh mint leaves, and sugar.

Common names for this tea: chun mee, or zhu cha.

4 minutes steep.

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Is it just this particular blend or Earl Grey all together? If it’s the latter, I weep for you =)

Jordan M. Williams

I guess it would be this particular blend, but since this has been the only Earl Grey blend I have … I will have to try more. Any suggestions Spohkh


I haven’t had very many blends myself, but in a rush and if you don’t like bagged tea, Numi’s Aged Earl Grey is a dietary staple for me. I also like Harney & Sons Earl Grey Imperial.

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A simple and good tea that I drink on nearly a regular basis. Lung-Ching tea is classified as a China-Green tea (superfine), with the liquor having a pale yellow appearance. The taste is mild and sweet,with an almost nut-like flavor.

Other Names: Dragon Well (most common), and Long-Jing

Steeping Suggestions:
2 1/4 grams per cup
Water Temp 160 degrees
Steeping time 2 minutes

160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec

I found that 160 degrees isn’t got enough to bring out the flavors. I went 180 for 3 mins and it’s a very good brew.

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Has a distinct flavor…..but the only reason i bought this was because of a movie

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