518 Tasting Notes

82

It has taken some trying for me to like Hojicha. The first time I tried one the roasted flavor was off putting. This one has a fairly pleasant roasted flavor. It is not too strong. I find myself drinking it at night because of the low caffeine content. This one states it is pesticide free and spring tea which I admit it tastes like, meaning the spring taste. I don’t think you can taste pesticides one way or the other. Yunomi definitely has some good teas, so far everything on my order has been good. Regardless, hojicha is an acquired taste.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 2 min.

Flavors: Roasted

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

I had very high hopes for this tea. It was good, but did not live up to my expectations. It was sweet, earthy and had no bitterness so I shouldn’t complain. It just tasted a little flat to me. It’s inaccurate to say there was anything bad about this tea, I just expected more as it was “Ancient Tree” tea.

I brewed this six times in a 220ml Gaiwan with 10.2g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, and 20 sec. It seemed a little weaker on the sixth infusion than it should have been.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 7 OZ / 220 ML
tea123

If I may make a comment, I would say 80/100 is generous for a tea that is flat. I do appreciate negatives as well as positives so I thank you for that.

AllanK

It wasn’t tremendously flat, it just tasted a little flat to me. I did enjoy the tea, it wasn’t a bad tea, just not spectacular.

boychik

Allan I take 8g for 100ml for shou.

AllanK

I will try it again next week with more tea. This is going out to you tomorrow, I am curious what you think.

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Today I am drinking a 90’s Liu Bao in a swap from a good tea friend, an international swap. This is a powerful, in your face sort of tea. It has a strong taste of either wet wood or bamboo, not sure which is a better descriptor. I gave this tea ten steeps because I do not have to be up early tomorrow so caffeine is not an issue today.

I steeped this tea ten times in a 150ml gaiwan with 6.5g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, and 1.5 min.

Flavors: Wet Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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drank Tsukigase First Flush by Creha Tea
518 tasting notes

Bought this tea in my recent Yunomi order, picked it basically at random as I knew nothing about their black teas. It is quite tasty. The main note to this tea is malt, but not overpowering malt. I added only sugar to this tea but I think for those who like milk in black tea this one would go well. There is a sweetness behind the malt as well. Overall I would rate this tea quite highly. It is the first Japanese black tea I have tried. It does seem to be a high quality tea. I brewed it western style this morning.

I brewed this tea once in a Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 min. It might benefit from a shorter steep.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
kristinalee

Interesting. From your description, it sounds more like a breakfast tea from Sri Lanka or India than a Chinese black tea. Would you agree with this?

AllanK

That is fairly accurate, but a little lighter bodied than a breakfast tea from Sri Lanka. The malt flavor was quite subdued. I am not partial to overly malty teas and I really liked this.

kristinalee

Oh, okay.

kristinalee

I’ll be interested to see if this is the trend for most of the black teas. I read that at least one of their farmers travels to Sri Lanka regularly to learn more about black tea production.

kristinalee

If you’re interested, I emailed Ian to ask about this and here’s what he said:

Most of the Japanese blacks available through us are made with Japanese cultivars in the style of Sri Lankan or Indian black tea. But they are much milder…less astringency, lighter like light oolong with the flavor of black.

The reason is that plant cultivated varieties for black tea have more catechin. This catechin converts into tannin as the tea leaf oxidizes, so green tea has more catechin. But green tea, to avoid being too bitter, generally uses leaves with less catechin. So when you make black tea with green tea cultivars, the flavor is lighter.

AllanK

That is interesting info. I have too more of their blacks to drink this week. We will see what they taste like. I definitely want to buy more.

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89

This tea is quite tasty. I bought this with my Yunomi order received today. It’s too bad they only sell this in a 30g quantity. I would have like to have the option to pick up a larger size in the future. I would definitely buy this again. This tea blends the chocolate and the mint with the roasty flavor of the hojicha. No one flavor dominates and the chocolate flavor is not in your face powerful. The chocolate flavor nicely balances the roasted flavor so the roasted flavor is not too powerful as it is with some hojichas.

I brewed this one time in a Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 2 min. It came out quite well at two minutes. I normally give black teas three minutes but I find greens are better at 2 minutes.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

Thank you Boychik for this sample. This is excellent shou puerh. I did not notice the coffee notes that other reviewers have mentioned, I managed to miss that one. I do see the citrus mentioned although I didn’t think of it until afterwards. It is a nice sweet tasting shou with very little fermentation flavor. If Yunnan Sourcing does not sell out before my next order I should like to procure one. I gave this tea twelve steeps because today is one of those rare days when I am not really watching my caffeine intake as I don’t have to set my alarm tomorrow. I think I could give it up to three more steeps before it gets to weak, maybe four.

I steeped this twelve times in a 120ml gaiwan with 7.5g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min. Even at twelve steeps this tea is not played out.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
boychik

glad you like it. get it before another price increase :)

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Today I drank a Chinese Black tea procured from the Asian Market. It was fairly good. Definitely worth the eight bucks. It was a little malty and a little smoky in nature.
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Preparation
3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
yyz

Nice when the risdk pays off.

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85

My first thought about this tea was the aroma of the dry leaves, honeysuckle. My second thought was that there was a pleasant lack of bitterness to this tea. My third thought was that this tea, before I added sugar had a definite note of Asparagus. The slight downside to this tea is I begin to notice a very, very slight sour note to it. Overall it is quite good.

I brewed this tea once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 2 min.

Flavors: Asparagus, Floral

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Scarlet Jasmine by Teavana
518 tasting notes

Not sure where to start about this tea. I don’t have enough experience with Jasmine tea for a proper comparison so I don’t know how to rate this. It is fairly tasty but not spectacular. It rates as low in caffeine which is why I am trying it tonight. The nice thing about Teavana is they rate all their teas by caffeine content. I bought this one to bump my order up to free shipping.

I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Apple, Jasmine

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I am Allan. I live and work in Long Island, New York. I have been amassing a tea collection for nearly two years and have spent way too much money. I now try to buy mostly Puerh as I like it most and it lasts nearly forever. Black tea has a habit of going bad. If anyone is interested in tea swaps I am open to ideas and have quite a cupboard.

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