TEA REVIEWS: ChaTale’s West Lake Long Jing & Bamboo Tea

Cha Tale
Website: ChaTale
Twitter: @chatale_uk
Facebook: ChaTale
Instagram: chatale_uk
Blog: ChaTale Blog
Company location: London, UK

ChaTale is tea club/subscription service that delivers two teas to you each month. There are four subscriptions to choose from: Yummy Breakfast, Detox, Caffeine Cleanse and Caffeine Free. Typically a subscription costs £6.49 per month (shipping included), and you receive enough tea for 20 to 40 cups, but for one week only, ChaTale is offering new customers an opportunity to try 30 cups of loose leaf tea for £1. Use code ‘DREW20’ when checking out to take advantage of this offer.

Today I’m reviewing two teas available in ChaTale’s subscription service. Read on to find out more about its West Lake Long Jing and Bamboo Tea.


West Lake Long Jing
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West Lake Long Jing cups out a light green, almost translucent, liquor that has sweet and vegetal aroma. The wet leaf has sweet, vegetal and light nutty notes. When making this tea, play around with the water temperature. When infused with 70C/158F water, the tea is lighter in body, sweet and very smooth. Increasing the water temperature pulls out more complex flavours (especially vegetal notes), body and tannins. Regardless of whether you use 70 or 80C water, the tea is clean, refreshing and has a sweet aftertaste.

Water temperature: 70 to 80C / 158 to 176F
Water quantity: 180ml / 6.1oz (USA)
Tea quantity: 3g / .11oz
Infusion times: 1m, 1m 30s, 2m
Infusions possible: 3 to 4
Teaware used: Porcelain teapot

 

Bamboo Tea
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Bamboo Tea is a new addition to ChaTale’s line. It is technically a tisane that is caffeine free and made out of 100% young bamboo leaves. Keep an eye on its website for Bamboo Tea to be listed.

This tisane is one of the most interesting tisanes I’ve tried in quite some time. The appearance of the dry leaves reminds me of an Anji bai cha, but the aroma of the dry leaf has nutty, cashew-like notes, with some subtle grassy undertones. It smells a bit like pandan leaves. The tea cups out a green liquor that has a strong nutty aroma, and the flavour of the tea has nutty (cashew and almond), buttery, sweet and fresh cut grass flavours. The liquor has a slightly thick mouthfeel, and this provides a lingering nutty and sweet aftertaste.

Water temperature: 90C / 194F
Water quantity: 180ml / 6.1oz (USA)
Tea quantity: 3g / .11oz
Infusion times: 5m, 6m
Infusions possible: 2
Teaware used: Porcelain teapot

 

Conclusions

Both of these teas were a pleasure to try. The West Lake Long Jing cupped out classic Long Jing flavours that make it a great everyday tea. I personally like its light to medium body, and its mix of vegetal and sweet flavours. This was the first time I’ve tried a bamboo tisane, and I was extremely impressed. ChaTale’s Bamboo Tea is bursting with aroma and flavour. The nutty, buttery, sweet and grassy combination was something that I was not expecting. I highly recommend this tisane, and people who like pandan leaves or sobacha should try Bamboo Tea.

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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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