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Experts Reviews

Premium Iron Buddha 20 Years Old Aged Traditional Oolong Tea (Charcoal Roasted)

Since the beginning of my tea excursions I have always strongly favored Oolong teas as they are, in my opinion, one of the finest varieties. Even the smallest sip may bring intense and pleasurable sensations to the mouth and mind. That said, the perfect Oolong tea for me is predominantly bitter in the mouth and delectably sweet on the throat and tongue upon swallowing. For so long do the flavors linger--notes of succulent fruit, caramel, or toffee wade on my pallet, bringing me great joy and refreshment. 

To my incredible satisfaction I discovered that Daniel's "Premium Iron Buddha 20 Years Old Aged Traditional Oolong Tea (Charcoal Roasted)" is of the finest quality and is certainly more than capable to deliver these fine tea qualities. I was (and still am) thoroughly impressed with all aspects of the tea and am pleased to say that it has raised my standards of how Oolong can taste if aged and prepared well!

I enjoyed my tea gong fu style. The colors of the pour and onward were intoxicating; deep, dark and luscious browns of mahogany and fine leather looked up at me from my cup. The first three of four infusions confronted me strikingly pungent notes that would send chills of pleasure down my spine. Upon swallowing I was amazed at the lingering sweetness and depth of flavor that could come only from a tea with years behind it. Long after my sip I would come across strong wafting notes of toffee and caramel smokey-sweetness. I continued roughly a dozen more times to re-infuse my tea and take pleasure in its long life. As I continued to brew, the bitterness faded and the tea gave off flavors that were predominantly sweet with notes of lychee. There is no doubt in my mind that this Oolong is the real deal.  I am already looking forward to purchasing a small quantity to treasure and share with close friends on a rare and gleeful occasion.

Reviewed By: Daniel Lui

Oolong Teas

In the sixth and seventh infusions the tea develops a woody, slightly spicy character with the vanilla and chocolate notes just present as a back taste. It finishes dry and slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is lighter and sharper. The aftertaste is deliciously long and starts to develop a sharp tartness. The flash of heat comes much later and is just slightly noticeable now. Strong relaxation is induced.
This tea is taken a few more infusions. This last push contains sharper, thinner flavours of spicy wood with even some subtle fruity notes.

20 Year Old Tie Guan Yin

One received this sample when in search for old puerh. It was kindly sent with other puerh samples from Daniel of Vancouver's famed The Chinese Tea Shop. According to his webpage it took a long time to acquire this tea, which came from an old source. It has been charcoal roasted the traditional way and re-roasted every 3 years or so. With all the talk on Life In Teacup about whether Tie Guan Yin ages well, and being that it is seasonally the most appropriate time to consume such a tea, it feels like a good time to give it a whirl. On this cool early autumn day, with water boiling, lets sit down, slow down, and enjoy some tea... The dry leaves are oily, dark brown pellets full of sweet, spicy, fruity notes. Upon closer inspection the leaves are a very dark brown. The smell is deep, spicy apricot and apple. These leaves receive a quick rinse before the fist infusion inducing a cloud of smells.  The first infusion is prepared with just off boiling water. A fresh, malty chalkiness lightly coats the whole mouth with a lingering vanilla note. It has much flavour to pick on with a baked spicy and very light, sweet fruity notes apparent as well. The flavour and feel has an aged hardiness to it yet still retains its elegance. The thick but very slight aftertaste stays around for a long time while transmitting more of the dominant vanilla, and now, coca sweetness. A sweat breaks instantly. The chaqi moves, rises, disperses- the light, aromatic, floating, dispersing energy is powerful and calming. It's direction is quickly outward and upward. Ones forehead immediately perspires.  In the second infusion malty-thick, viscous, slippery flavours slide over the mouth- completely embracing it. A light sweetness with thick malty bottom comes over the mouth like a wave leaving behind the deep, mysterious, and chalky. Light into dark, light into deep, summer into fall. The tea reaches deep into the throat. The aftertaste is just a continuation of the initial sip. The third infusion has an initial flavour that bends to more of a caramel-maltiness. There is a fresh quality that presses against the heavy, viscous bottom of this tea. A gritty, chalky nature is revealed in the full mouthfeel and throatfeel of this tea. The chaqi induces a sweat every time the first cup of a new infusion is consumed. Besides dispersing up and outward, the chaqi also warms and strengthens the middle jiao as it slowly creates a comforting warming sensation in the guts.  The fourth infusion has the vanilla notes more prominent. The taste becomes a bit more creamy with deeper notes becoming less overpowering. The mouthfeel becomes more sticky and slick. The aftertaste is as full as ever with chocolate vanilla notes burrowing deep into the throat. The fifth infusion tastes lighter and fresher with ghostly, but still very present, deeper notes hanging on. The finish is still that sweet, light, ethereal, vanilla coco. The mouthfeel is thinner initially and thickens out in the throat. The qi here is warming and disperses slower now. A hot flash now hits the head minutes after finishing the pot. Now the warming- middle nature of the chaqi is more predominant over the dispersing nature. In the sixth and seventh infusions the tea develops a woody, slightly spicy character with the vanilla and chocolate notes just present as a back taste. It finishes dry and slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is lighter and sharper. The aftertaste is deliciously long and starts to develop a sharp tartness. The flash of heat comes much later and is just slightly noticeable now. Strong relaxation is induced. This tea is taken a few more infusions. This last push contains sharper, thinner flavours of spicy wood with even some subtle fruity notes.   Peace

Reviewed By: Daniel Lui

Customer Reviews

Emperor Delight Iron Buddha Oolong

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Please describe how you are preparing the tea (brew times, water temperature, type of teapot, etc): Brewing with water temperature around 90 degrees (C) in a yixing pot. 


What did you taste on the First Brew?: 15 seconds. Buttery. Fresh and light with floral aroma. 


What did you taste on the Second Brew?: 20 seconds. Less buttery-ness. Floral with stone fruit aroma and a light sweetness.


What did you taste on the Third Brew?: 30 seconds. Floral with more stone fruit aroma and sweetness. 


Additional Comments: This seems to me to be a bit more finicky Tieguanyin than others with more subtle flavours overall.

Reviewed By: Daniel Lui

Phoenix Oolong Tea Natural "Fruity" Flavour

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I let the water sit for a few minutes after boiling, using a Chinese cup with a lid.


What did you taste on the First Brew?

very nice flavour, a little grass with nuts. Steeped for about 15 seconds


What did you taste on the Second Brew?

Steeped about 10 seconds. Same taste as first brew but more full tasting.


What did you taste on the Third Brew?

same as second brew but smoother with some other flavours I can’t describe but very good. Steeping 12 seconds.


Additional Comments I like this tea a lot. I’m just starting to drink green tea and this is way better than what I get at the supermarket. I feel energized and refreshed after drinking this tea and it leaves a nice taste in my mouth after. I’ll definitely order this tea again.

Reviewed By: Daniel Lui

Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) - Medium Smoked

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Please describe how you are preparing the tea (brew times, water temperature, type of teapot, etc): 100 degree Celsius water with Yi-Xing teapot


What did you taste on the First Brew?: Light smoky taste with very good cliff tea rocky flavour


What did you taste on the Second Brew?: Smoky taste becomes slightly stronger with more tea fragrance released


What did you taste on the Third Brew?: Smoky taste remains similar to the second brew with the rocky flavour becomes stronger


Additional Comments: This type of tea is full of energy, I could always feel my body warms up really quickly after drinking this. The smoky taste is not very strong so it is suitable for people who enjoy lightly roasted tea. The quality of this cliff tea is also very impressive, one can easily tell from the leaf and its strong rocky flavour which is a signature taste of a good quality cliff tea.

Reviewed By: Daniel Lui

Phoenix Oolong Tea Natural "Flower" Flavour

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Please describe how you are preparing the tea (brew times, water temperature, type of teapot, etc): Very quick Steepings (2 seconds), water temperature 96 Degrees Celsius, small yellow/brown clay Yixing tea pot, up to 8 steepings


What did you taste on the First Brew?:sweet and grassy, also very floral,


What did you taste on the Second Brew?: a little sweeter, more floral, leaves opening up


What did you taste on the Third Brew?: : the best steeping, floral and sweetness balances

Reviewed By: Daniel Lui

Iron Buddha Emperor's Delight Oolong Tea (Tie Guan Yin)

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Please describe how you are preparing the tea (brew times, water temperature, type of teapot, etc): Quick steepings (15 seconds), water temperature 95 Degrees Celsius, a medium sized brown clay Yixing tea pot, up to 8 steepings)


What did you taste on the First Brew?: floral, sweet, "iron" flavours, fruity, smooth, hint of green


What did you taste on the Second Brew?: floral, more "iron" flavour, clean finish, smooth


What did you taste on the Third Brew?: continued fruityness, increased sweetness, perfection!

Reviewed By: Daniel Lui

Shui Xian Rare 20 Year Old Chinese Oolong Tea

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I let the water sit for a few minutes after boiling, using a Chinese cup with a lid.


What did you taste on the First Brew?

very nice flavour, a little grass with nuts. Steeped for about 15 seconds


What did you taste on the Second Brew?

Steeped about 10 seconds. Same taste as first brew but more full tasting.


What did you taste on the Third Brew?

same as second brew but smoother with some other flavours I can’t describe but very good. Steeping 12 seconds.


Additional Comments I like this tea a lot. I’m just starting to drink green tea and this is way better than what I get at the supermarket. I feel energized and refreshed after drinking this tea and it leaves a nice taste in my mouth after. I’ll definitely order this tea again.

Reviewed By: Daniel lui