Gunpowder Mint Tea from Jennifer’s Tea Garden

Tea Type:
Green Tea/White Tea Blend

Where To Buy:
Jennifer’s Tea Garden

Product Description:

Gunpowder Mint
Type: Green Tea
Caffeine: Low
Flavor / Aroma: Smoke and Mint
38-50 servings
4.0 oz

Ingredients: Green Tea, White Tea, Mint, Jasmine, Natural Flavorings

Tasters Review:

The dry aroma of Jennifer’s Tea Garden’s Gunpowder Mint Tea is  Smoky, Minty, Green Tea, White Tea, Floral…yes…I can smell all of those things with a single sniff!
The wet aroma is more of a stereotypical gunpowder tea smell…with a little extra something…maybe it’s the combo of the Jasmine and Mint I am smelling.
The color: is a light Yellow-Green.
As for the taste…this has a unique gunpowder type taste.  It’s not a gunpowdery-grass-smoky as some are but the mint is very nicely done and not too over the top and the Jasmine gives it a little extra something too!  I think the addition of the white tea is also a nice touch!   It’s smoother than I expected…it was a pleasant surprise, indeed!
The aftertaste is NOT grassy…it’s slightly floral-sweet with a very small hint of smoke trying to hide underneath.  There is a lovely smoothness to the aftertaste too.

I really like this tea!  Great job and a THUMBS UP to Jennifer’s Tea Garden!

Wu Yi Oolong from Jennifer’s Tea Garden

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Jennifer’s Tea Garden

Product Description:

This tea from China’s Fujian province is known for its light, sweet cup with a fragrant orchid finish. When steeped, mature semi-fermented leaves expand to a full, lively cup with a little bit more body than a green tea but less body than a black tea. Rich in antioxidants, Wu Yi has been shown to promote healthy teeth, skin and bones, to lower cholesterol and to aid in digestion and weight loss.

Taster’s Review:

There is something about sipping on Oolong that makes me feel so pampered.  Is it the taste?  The mouthfeel?  The aroma?  It’s probably a combination of the three.

The aroma of this Wu Yi Oolong is toasty with notes of fruit in the distance.  This fragrance translates well into the flavor, because there is a toasty quality to the flavor with a hint of fruit in the background.  It tastes a bit like grilled or roasted fruit that has been caramelized to bring out the fruit’s natural sweetness.  It tastes a bit like a combination between peach and plum.

There is a soft, silky mouthfeel to this tea that is similar to a green Oolong, however, this Oolong doesn’t have the same buttery taste to it.  Where the buttery taste would normally be experienced, I taste the sweet, toasty caramel notes.  It would be difficult to choose which I like better – the butter or the caramel – because both are remarkable in their own way!

Just before I reach the finish, I am noticing a bright floral note that is sweet.  The light astringency of this tea cuts through that flowery taste just at the finish, leaving the palate feeling as though it has been gently patted dry.  The sweet taste of caramelized fruit with a barely-there whisper of flower lingers beautifully in the aftertaste.

I highly recommend brewing this tea in a covered gaiwan.  This will encourage the tightly wound tea leaves to open and release their fragrance and flavor.  The process provides for six very flavorful infusions.  I prefer to enjoy my Oolong tea hot – it offers the most flavor when served hot – although this would also make a delicious iced tea… perhaps with a thin slice of lemon to bring out the fruit notes?

A spectacular tea experience!  Thank you, Jennifer’s Tea Garden!

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