Today I had the great opportunity of trying 3 more teas from TeaQuinox! I tried a few of their teas a couple of weeks ago and really liked them. My one regret was that I only was able to try 3 of their teas the first time. With such a great selection, it was hard to narrow it down to 3 teas, but I eventually settled on Jasmine Pearls, Gyokuro and Liu’an Gua Pian because I love green tea so much. I knew I would one day get the opportunity to try more and sure enough, that day came!
I received Big Red Robe Oolong, Chinese Yellow Tea, and Genmaicha. It was good I got to branch out from green teas since I almost always end up ordering that wherever I go.
First up is one of my favorites. I honestly don’t know why I didn’t get this the first time. The best explanation I can come up with is that I just couldn’t see it on their website. With so many great teas to choose from, it is easy to see why. I really liked this tea. I have had some very good Genmaicha and some pretty mediocre Genmaicha in my life, and this was one of the better ones. This isn’t just any Genmaicha, this is Gyokuro Genmaicha, which means it is blended with the highest quality shade-grown leaves. The toasted rice was a dark orange rather than a brown, which is usually indicative of a higher quality Genmaicha. I think the most important thing with a Genmaicha is that the rice does not overpower the green tea and vice versa. I found that this was a perfect balance of both. The toasted rice flavor was there, but it did not overpower anything. Overall it was a great tea and I’m glad I got the opportunity to try it.
Big Red Robe Oolong
This is actually my first time trying this tea. I have been trying to get more into Oolong teas recently because I have probably only tried about a dozen so far making it one of my least explored teas. The dry leaves were twisted into beautiful black strips, and I did not know what to expect in terms of taste. I thought this tea would be a very dark Oolong so I was quite surprised after seeing the amber colored liquor. The flavor was also lighter than expected. It was quite nice, evoking many of the common elements we normally associate with Oolong. To me, the taste of Oolong reminds me of warm toast, but some might find that kind of weird. Anyways, if you are a fan of Oolong, this tea should be no exception!
Huoshan Huangya Chinese Yellow Tea
Not only have I never tried this tea, I’ve never tried any type of yellow tea before. To say I didn’t know what to expect would be an understatement. I had no idea what this one to taste like, but I was pleasantly surprised. The dry leaves themselves were quite nice looking. They were almost completely unbroken and folded in half. When I steeped the tea, the leaves opened up and revealed the beautiful yellowish green leaves. The initial taste of this was very similar to a Chinese green, but I found the aftertaste to be much softer and more reminiscent of a white tea. With less of a bitter aftertaste, I could see this tea being one you could drink all day without getting tired of. I could also see it being very good cold. Either way, it was a very refreshing tea and I am so glad I got the opportunity to try it!