206 Tasting Notes
This was neither good nor bad but somewhere in between. It was savory in character and I couldn’t taste the cheese in cheesecake. I would not buy it again. There was a heavy flavor of rooibos which was good but little sweet flavor which was bad.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 5 min.
This tea is tasty. I have heard that Wei Zui Yan means the strongest taste and it is true. This is a very strong tea, the strongest puerh I can remember drinking. There was a moderate amount of fermentation flavor but not too much. I also feel that this tea had a very strong Qi even though I admit I don’t know as much as I should about Qi. If Qi is the physical and psychological effect the tea has on you, this one is strong. I will not use the phrase tea drunk but I was most relaxed. Throughout the early steeps I was testing a theory, that sugar dulls the Qi of tea. I find that when I omit sugar I get more effect from the tea. This was the case with this tea. The first five steeps I drank without sugar and it had quite an effect on me. The last three I added sugar and felt less effect. His could also be because the tea was weaker by that point. There was a little bitterness in the early steeps that soon went away. There was a natural sweetness to this tea with notes of plums or dates hidden beneath the strength of the tea.
I steeped this tea 8 times in a 130ml Yixing teapot with 6g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 15 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min, and 5 min. The tea would have a few more steepings in it but I have had enough tea today. I very much recommend this tea to anyone who likes strong puerh and can take a little bit of fermentation flavor.
This is a very tasty tea that I wish I had a larger quantity of. It was very good. It was just a little malty and not particularly bitter. There was no real astringency to it. I don’t know if I will keep my Global Tea Hut subscription for another year but it is a nice magazine. They had a very interesting article on Qi in the latest issue and they consider this tea an example of one with a high Qi or good Qi. I did notice a pleasant effect but am not sure if I would call it high Qi.
I brewed this five times in a 240ml Yixing teapot with 5g leaf and 200 degree water. I steeped it for 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 2 min, and 5 min. I still have the leaves in the pot and may go back for another steep. After all this is not a tea I want to waste..
This tea was pretty good even though I am pretty sure I didn’t get the temperature right. I was at a friend’s house with just a stove top kettle. I had to estimate the temperature without a thermometer. There was just a hint of bitterness and a nice flavor of vanilla and orchids. The background flavor of the oolong was there too. It was not a strong oolong flavor but a mild one. It was excellent.
I brewed this once in a 26oz cast iron teapot with 4 tsp leaf and approx 195 degree water for 4 minutes. I would buy this tea again, at least in theory.
Flavors: Orchid, Vanilla
This tea is quite good the way I steeped it. I ignored their directions for a 4-7 minute steep and gave it 30 seconds. It came out somewhat sweet and very tasty. I think 4 minutes for puerh is tremendously over steeping it. It think it would be too strong and bitter. That being said it is not as good as a Dayi but it is tasty. The sugar I added is bringing out some nice dates notes in this tea. I think they would be there anyway but am not sure. So far I have tried four teas from David’s Tea and am 3 for 4. Only one was horrible.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 30 sec. If you buy this tea I urge you to give it a short steep. This is one case where they are recommending a steep good for a black tea, not puerh.
I enjoyed this tea. I think it deserves a higher rating than it gets. I noticed some smoke flavor in the early infusions and some sweet flavor later, even the sheng apricot notes. I drank some of the infusions straight and put sweetener in others. Even in the infusions I drank straight I noticed the pronounced natural sweetness, or apricots notes. I used sugar in some of the ones I sweetened and even tried maple flavored agave nectar in another. It was a little too sweet this way. Even in the early infusions this was not bitter. This was s smooth tea throughout the session.This was a tea with a noticeable effect on me. I didn’t get tea drunk but was quite relaxed. I took this one out of the pumidor and I think my cakes are beginning to age. I hadn’t drank this one before so I really can’t make a comparison but that is my feeling. It was quite good in the end.
I steeped the hell out of this tea. I brewed it ten times in a 140ml Yixing teapot with 5g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min, 5 min, 10 min and 20 min. There was more to the leaf when I was done but I will want to move on top something else tomorrow so I didn’t save the leaves. There was a noticeable fall off in strength and flavor by the 10th steep but I think the tea had at least two more steeps to it.
Flavors: Apricot, Smoke
This tea is tasty. It has strong flavors of chocolate and raspberry. I can’t really taste the other ingredients. This tea is good. So far I am 2 for 3 with my purchase from David’s Tea. This is a naturally sweet tea. I added sugar and its even better. I am not that knowledgeable about mate so I don’t know how it compares.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 2.5 tsp leaf and 185 degree water for 5 min.
Flavors: Chocolate, Raspberry
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This has got to be among the worst teas I have ever tried, end of statement. The maple flavor is just too strong. You would think that a Canadian company would get maple right but they didn’t. I am annoyed that I paid ten bucks for this. I hope the other teas in the Maple collection that I bought are better.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 4 min.
I find this tea most enjoyable. It is not as complex as a Dayi puerh but it is tasty. It has a very strong orange flavor and a slightly subdued chocolate flavor, both added to this tea. I also added a small amount of vanilla agave syrup that I bought at David’s Tea as well. This definitely intensified the vanilla flavor that was already listed for this tea. There is already an intense natural sweetness to this tea, the agave syrup modified that nicely. there is no bitterness or astringency to this tea. I don’t get any malty flavor from this tea (meaning tea malt) despite it being listed in the description. I also don’t get the leather or tar that is listed.
I brewed this once in a 10oz tea steeping mug with 2 tsp leaf and boiling water for 30 sec. The directions called for 4 minutes but I figured I would start with 30 sec and see how it is. I find most puerh over brewed at 4 min.
Flavors: Chocolate, Orange, Sweet