288 Tasting Notes
This tea is fairly tasty. It is probably the first oriental beauty oolong I have drank so I don’t know how it rates in comparison. I would say the main note is baked bread if that is an accurate description. It flavor is somewhat zesty in character. At only $13.49 for 100g it is an excellent value.
I steeped this once in an 18oz teapot with 6.9g leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.
Flavors: Baked Bread
This is a tasty tea, good but not incredible, yet. I think it will get much better with five years of proper storage. It was quite earthy in the early steeps. The earthiness lasted through the third steep and noticeably dissipated in the fourth steep. It was gone by the fifth steep. There was a slight bitterness in the first steep that started to dissipate by the second steep and was gone by the third steep. The fifth and sixth steep found the tea with a sweet, almost fruity flavor that might be described by the word plums. Overall this is an excellent quality puerh from Dragon Tea House for a reasonable price. It was only $20.69 for a 357g cake. I think this tea is about in the middle of the Dayi quality range even though the price is quite low.
I brewed this tea six times in a 220ml gaiwan with 8.5g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 10 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, and 30 sec. Judging by the strength of the tea in the sixth steep I would guess the tea had at least two more steeps to it. This is a tea that started out quite strong in the first infusion but got slightly weaker than usual. The next time I brew it I shall try to remember it needs more time in the later infusions.
Flavors: Earth, Sweet
This is a very tasty, reasonably priced Oolong from Dragon Tea House. It has that characteristic, slightly bittersweet oolong flavor. I do not know how to describe the main note in other terms. I am not sure what it resembles otherwise. I think it is unique to rolled oolongs in general. I have only gotten that flavor from Tie Guan Yin, Shan Linxi, Dong Ding, etc. I have never gotten that flavor from a Da Hong Pao. Those always have a roasted barley flavor. No roasted barley flavor here. This is excellent tea.
I steeped this once, western style in an 18oz teapot with 6.7g leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.
This is excellent tea if you don’t mind the flavor the tea takes from the bamboo. It has virtually not earthy flavor left. Just about all the fermentation flavor is gone from this tea. The main note of this tea however is bamboo. The other notes, sweet and a little fruity take a second fiddle to the bamboo. The bamboo flavor lasted strong until the fourth steep and then started to be replaced by sweet flavors, even berry notes. This tea is of course stored in bamboo. I think it is also roasted in bamboo but am unsure. This tea has also had a nice effect on me. While I would not use the phrase tea drunk, it has been pleasantly relaxing, not immediately but around the fifth steep.
I steeped this tea six times in a 200ml glass teapot with 8.2g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 30 sec, and 1 min. This was not an especially strong puerh but I would say it had a least 2 to 4 more steeps in it had I wanted to continue.
Flavors: Bamboo, Berry, Sweet
This tea did not come out quite as good today with my filtered water. When I brewed this at the hotel I used Poland Spring water. It came out with a much lighter flavor that time. In any case it is still really good. I still get notes of honey or perhaps honeysuckle and floral notes with a slight undercurrent of vegetal notes. Overall it is an excellent tea and the best green I remember trying. I have only tried twenty or so greens so I am not an expert. In contrast I am sure I have tried over 200 puerhs if not 300. This tea again combines elements of white tea in it. The leaves look like white tea and have a light floral, honey aroma to them. It brews up almost clear like a white tea, not greenish like a green.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 3 min.
Flavors: Floral, Honey
This is a very tasty tea with a moderate amount of fermentation flavor left, but not as much as expected. It was earthy in the early steeps with a distinct but weak note of dates. They say that some ripe puerh develops dates note, this one has. The earthy flavor went away partially by the third steep and completely by the fifth steep. There were sweet notes that developed in the fifth and sixth steep that I would describe as berry notes. This puerh was a great value at only around $29.99 and contained no mold unlike the other puerh tea I have bought from Berylleb lately. I am still waiting for Berylleb to get back to me on that one. Hopefully their desire to keep a customer is stronger than their desire to keep $20. We shall see. This tea was excellent although it need five more years of aging before I will know its potential.
I steeped this tea six times in a 207ml Taiwan Clay Teapot with 9.2g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 10 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, and 30 sec. Had I wanted to continue I would guess that the tea had another four to six steeps in it. I stopped because I have had way too much caffeine today already.
Flavors: Berry, Dates, Earth
Thank you Mr Mopar for this sample. This tea is strong. The bitterness lasted the first six infusions then no noticeable bitterness. There were some sweet notes, but in the later infusions. I would say that notes of apricots emerged in the seventh steep and notes of stonefruits emerged in the 1oth steep. Overall this was an excellent tea. I would say that this tea could have gone 20 infusions, it was that strong and I only used 6g of tea too for 150 ml. There was even a bit of what I would normally describe as aged flavor, notes I have usually only found in a semi aged sheng tea.
I steeped this tea thirteen times in a 150ml Gaiwan with boiling water. I steeped it for 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1 min 15 sec, 1min 30 sec, 2 min, 3 min, 4 min, and 5 min. This tea did not appreciably lose strength even in the 13th steep, it was that strong. I would say this tea is capable of going 20 steeps. I have not thrown out the leaves and may save them for tomorrow.
Flavors: Apricot, Bitter, Stonefruits