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Review: The Tea Spot Organic Sencha

The Tea Spot Organic Sencha

Overall Rating:

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @ 180 degress
Steeped: 2 minutes first steep, 3 minutes second steep
Served: Nothing added

The Tea Spot Organic Sencha is a beautiful tea with its fir-tree green, long flattened leaves. It steeps to a bright and springy green. It has the classic grassy taste of quality green tea, but also has herbaceous and sweet flavors as well. There are hints of chives or young onions and also light floral/sweet touches. It is a light-ish tea with more subtle flavoring. It is interesting to drink because of all these mingling flavors and at the same time is cleansing and refreshing. Drinking this tea will make you feel relaxed.

After my first cup, I went back for another. This time steeping the tea one minute longer. It was just a flavorful as my first cup, but the aromatics were somewhat reduced, though still made for an enjoyable cup. The Tea Spot Organic Sencha is the perfect tea for green tea lovers and for those looking to branch out from black teas. It is a completely different experience, in a good way.  🙂

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @ 180 degress
Steeped: 2.5 minutes
Served: With honey

Sometimes I think about having my review be “what Abby said” but then I think she might drive down from Maine just to roll her eyes at me. In this case, however, I really do agree. This was a light but unique green tea. The sign of a good tea is often it’s leaves and you could just tell that this was a quality tea. Nice green taste, I would keep this in my tea cabinet for sure. My only regret is that I didn’t try a second steep like miss Abby!

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.:

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Review: Galleon Tea Sencha Fancy, Organic Royal Golden Yunnan & White Tip Oolong Fancy

Galleon Tea was generous enough to give us more samples of their teas!  Please see our first review of their tea: Golden Snail. For these three other teas we decided to simply review them all here in this post with the intention of giving our readers a sense of the types and quality of teas available from Galleon tea.

Abby says: White Tip Oolong Fancy (photo above) Oh, how I love oolong!  This tea did not disappoint. It has a light touch of earth flavors with hints of cocoa giving it some bitterness. An underlying subtle sweetness balances the bitterness perfectly and makes this tea easy to drink and gone, just like that!

Katie says: This tea was a very mild oolong. I did notice that I found Galleon’s teas mild across the board so I recommend using a good amount of loose tea or using a small cup like a traditional teacup & saucer for any of their teas. Oolong pairs well with chinese food but this is emil enough to enjoy with almost any meal. I like my tea with honey, but in this case I’d go with a raw sugar so it won’t change the taste of the tea.

Abby says: Organic Royal Golden Yunnan  (photo above) has a lovely nutty flavor with just a touch of smokiness. It was interesting and easy to drink. Again, a lighter version of what I typically find with this type of tea. With a larger sample to steep, I think it has the possibility of being very flavorful.

Katie says: I’ve had Golden Yunnan before and very much like the flavor. The other brand I tried was a strong black tea and I enjoyed it with cream & sugar. This was a milder version. There was still a black tea taste, but mild enough that even a lover of sugar & cream may want to enjoy this cup of tea black.

Abby says: Sencha Fancy  (photo above). For a sencha, I found this tea to be a bit light, but I could easily still pull out the classic sencha qualities. It has a bit of sweetness, like citrus, with a wonderful earthiness reminiscent of grass and spring time – or maybe that is just me hoping for am improvement in our weather.  

Katie says: This is s sweet mild green tea. I started with a hot cup with a little honey. I had a half a cup left and it had cooled. Some tea just won’t work for me cold. However, this mild tasting green was just as nice cold as warm. It would make a nice summer iced tea too!

Review: The Spice & Tea Exchange Mystic Dragon

Overall Rating:

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 2 of 5 leaves — This tea is high maintenance but worth the effort.

Mystic Dragon Tea

Taste:
Steepability:

Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf tea
Temperature: @ 180 (below boiling)
Steeped: 2.5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

The Spice & Tea Exchange hits all the marks with Mystic Dragon! A blend of Japanese sencha and Chinese dragonwell with hints of strawberry and rhubarb. It is beautiful with its burst of yellow and blue popping out against the pretty green tea leaves. It has a light fruity aroma while steeping and the flavor is unique and unexpected. It is light and grassy like most green teas, but it also had a wonderful sweetness to balance the green tea. For me, the strawberry and rhubarb were indistinguishable, but gave the tea an air of fruit without being too sweet.

Pretty to look at, lovely to smell and it tastes great! This tea is a bit tricky though. Because it is a green tea it can easily be over steeped if the water temperature it too high and/or if it is left to steep too long. This tea is delicate and to get the best results for sipping keep a close watch on this one.

On re-steep this tea had a very different taste, though it was still nice. Most of the fruitiness was gone, the green tea in the forefront. For the second steep I left the tea in the water for close to 4 minutes. It wasn’t bitter at all and well worth drinking!

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 2 of 5 leaves — This tea is high maintenance but worth the effort.

Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf tea
Temperature: @ 180 (below boiling)
Steeped: 2.5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

This is one of the prettiest teas that I have purchased in a while! I just couldn’t resist the beautiful yellow and blue petals and sweet smell. Luckily when steeped it didn’t disappoint! The aroma while steeping was even nicer than I had anticipated. Since this tea smells of strawberry I knew it would be sweet and I was happy to taste how pleasant the sweetness was. I find that sometimes fruit teas have a fake taste but not with this tea. I enjoyed it without any added sweetener. I’ll be keeping this on hand as a new favorite!

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 2 of 5 leaves — This tea is high maintenance but worth the effort.