TEA REVIEWS: 2015 spring teas at Teasenz

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Website: Teasenz
Twitter: @Teasenz
Facebook: Teasenz
Company location: Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China

2015 teas are rolling in, and Teasenz is stocking an interesting selection. Today I will review one black tea, one green and two herbal infusions harvested this spring.

Teasenz is a Chinese-based company that carries a wide-range of teas and teaware. They ship internationally.

Jin Jun Mei
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This Jin Jun Mei cups out a copper to brown-coloured liquor that has a smoky aroma. The tea is medium-bodied and packed full of smoky, woody and slightly sweet flavours. Because this tea has so much flavour, it is an idea breakfast/morning cuppa. This tea would most likely appeal to Lapsang Souchong drinkers.

  • Infuse one and a half to two and half minutes with 90C water. You will get two to three infusions out of this tea

Retail price: £7.31 for 70 grams / £18.79 for 200 grams

Anji Bai Cha
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Although Anji Bai Cha is called a white tea, it is technically a green tea because it is made by using green tea processing methods. The tea cups out a clear liquor with a light green tinge. Despite its light colour, the tea is packed with salty, grassy and sweet flavours. It is a smooth tea that has a dry finish. This tea reminds me of a slightly less salty Gyokuro. It is not a cheap tea, but I think it is worth the money, as the complex flavour make it exceptional.

  • Infuse five grams of tea with 200ml water at 80C. Try infusing this tea three or four times with the following times: one minute (first infusion), two minutes (second infusion) and two and half minutes (third infusion)

Retail price: £16.66 for 70 grams / £42.81 for 200 grams

Tartary Buckwheat Tea
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Buckwheat Tea has to be one of my favourite herbal infusions. I like to call it a savoury tea, as it has a nutty, peanut butter-like, aroma and flavour. Drinking a cup is almost like having a meal. It is a herbal infusions that I love to drink in the mornings because of its bold flavour, or in the afternoon to fight off hunger. I often recommend this tea to people who are trying to kick their coffee habit. Its earthy, nutty flavours seem to satisfy coffee cravings.

  • Infuse this tea to taste, but three to six minutes is probably needed to pull out the flavours. Use four to five grams of buckwheat per cup with 100C water. You will get one infusion

Retail price: £6.64 for 70 grams / £17.07 for 200 grams

Honeysuckle Tea
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This is the first time I’ve tried Honeysuckle Tea. It is a herb that purportedly helps with inflammation and bacterial growth, and it is quite popular in China. The Honeysuckle Tea cups out a light green liquor (similar to a Long Jing or Chun Mee), and it has grassy, sweet and floral flavours. It has a light to medium body and a slightly dry finish. If you like green tea, but want to avoid caffeine, this would be an excellent infusion for you to try.

  • Infuse two to four minutes with 90C water. You will get two to three infusions out of this tea

Retail price: £7.31 for 70 grams / £18.79 for 200 grams

Final thoughts

These two teas and two herbal infusions are excellent. They are all very different, thus making them impossible to compare, but it is worth giving them all a try. With the two teas, you will notice quality when drinking them. They are loaded with aroma and flavour. If you are not familiar with many herbal teas, it might be a good idea to try both the buckwheat and the honeysuckle to experience how much herbal infusions can offer – from sweet and light to nutty and savoury.

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About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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One Response to TEA REVIEWS: 2015 spring teas at Teasenz

  1. mariairchenhauser says:

    Will you make me a cup of buckwheat?

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