This is so awesome. I've brewed it at multiple temps in different pots and it has consistently tasted good. I've also cold brewed it and it was great to drink cool first thing in the morning. It's also forgiving water wise, I didn't use anything fancy and I could still enjoy complex flavors in this tea.
Really great flavor, clean and crisp and a hint of sweetness, one of my favorite teas.
I have had Duckshit before. It's a very relaxing oolong. This 80-year old bush Duckshit is amazing. It's my new favorite. Relaxing and enjoyable. So happy I bought it when I did.
Super smooth taste and calming effect. It’s so good and smells amazing! I can drink it all day!
The name may be unappetizing, but the taste... I could go on about how it's a little roasted and has hazelnut sweetness and nuttiness and a full body, but taste is subjective. When I drink this, I feel like I'm relaxing at home by a big picture window, drinking more tea, looking out over some marshland, watching the ducks in the water among the reeds. So relaxing!
This is an amazing tea! Very smooth texture, and a hint of honey after taste. My husband, (who's not really a fan of any tea) actually had a second and third cup , much to my astonishment. We had tried a sample size and immediately went back to the store to purchase the 4oz size because it was so good. A definite win!
I was confident when I got the aroma to open the package for the first time. And it was true. Honey Jin Jun Mei just blew my mind. The color was gorgeous, sweet and strong aroma brought me back to my childhood memory with nostalgia. Some people may think it's chocolate but it was "Ishiyakiimo (sweet potatoes roasted on hot pebbles)" to me. I enjoyed it over and over like 8 brews, could be 10! It's never got bitter. I felt so good and relaxed with it.
Not a beginner type of tea. Very earthy, which can taste like licking rocks and I know that doesn't sound like a pleasant taste. I brewed this in my mineral rich pot and nearly knocked myself out because the mineral taste was so enhanced. So I tried it in a porcelain gaiwan, which brought out those floral notes. I think you have to be careful with your teapot and brewing method with this.
While purchasing other tea, I got a sample of da hong pao. This particular oolong is a yancha. "Yancha" translates to "rock tea," and the Wuyi region is famous for them. These teas are known as rock teas because of the high mineral content in the soil which gets pulled into the tea plants. It results in a very distinctive flavor, and that flavor is why da hong pao and other yanchas are so prized.
I was eager to try it out so I did at work by bowl-brewing it (basically, you get a large bowl like a matcha bowl, put the tea in there and drink it as it brews). That was a mistake - it was floating around in the bowl and it was hard to drink - a rolled oolong is better with bowl brewing. Chalk one up to experience! I next tried a porcelain gaiwan. This was much better - a nice tea to enjoy at the office. Really chill. I got home after work and used my clay pot dedicated to brewing Wuyi teas. MAGIC. A woodsy, almost pleasant leathery, slightly floral smell. A spicy, mineral taste fading to what I can only describe as a mellow pretzel. Very complex, and even more relaxing.
Definitely not for those who are used to flavored teas - if you are, and you want to try more traditional Chinese or Japanese teas, I suggest you work your way up to yanchas. This is something you want dedicated brewing tools for, and time to savor.
I don’t really care for the first waft of the scent after the brew...noticed the mineral notes that I don’t really care for....almost like a rock/earth scent. After awhile it develops to a more floral scent.
I'm not the biggest fan of white tea. It has a lot of health benefits that women enjoy but taste wise...eeh. Bai mudan is the best out of all options. The flavor profile is complex and evolving. I used a raw wood fired pot with 180° water and the difference between brews was outstanding. I like it and will be drinking more of it.