738 Tasting Notes
Thank you Boychik for this sample. This is an outstanding raw tea. It is strong and punchy sheng. There was a fair amount of bitterness to the early steeps. I gave this tea fourteen steeps in a 50ml gaiwan. I would say I found bitterness in the first eight steeps. Then the transformation began. There was still a potency to this tea even in the fourteenth steep. It became something quite pleasant but still strong. I suspect that this tea is a good one for aging. Its strong and slightly bitter character makes me feel this. This one has a potent aftertaste to it also. After fourteen steeps I am starting to feel its qi. This is one I would consider buying if WHite2Tea has any left during their Black Friday sale.
I steeped this fourteen times in a 50ml gaiwan with 4g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. 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, 2 min, 2.5 min and 3 min. I think this tea would have gone 20 steeps and I may save the leaves for tomorrow.
Bought this tea from Dragon Tea House a while ago and am just now getting around to trying it. It is pretty good. There was a fair amount of fermentation flavor in the early steeps. It was what you could describe as thick and creamy too. It was sweet in nature. I was not paying close enough attention to it to say there were chocolate notes but that is possible. It did develop a fruity flavor in later steeps. Unfortunately Dragon Tea House must have sold out of this, it is no longer on their site. In fact I had to take my own picture for the catalog on this one.
I steeped this ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with 8.5g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. If I wanted to continue I’m sure I could have gotten a few more steeps out of the tea.
Flavors: Earth, Fruity, Sweet
This is one sweet tea. I get a variety of notes. There is an apricoty feeling to this sheng. Notes of stonefruits too. I broke in my new 50ml gaiwan for this tea so I was able to put it through a lot of steeps. After fourteen steeps I am feeling the effects of this tea. Normally with my larger gaiwans I would stop at eight steeps because I have to watch my caffeine levels. It’s very nice to have such a small gaiwan finally. My other gaiwans were at least 100ml and that is just too big to give a tea 14 steeps in one session. This is a tea I would definitely consider buying more of. I only wish it were a 357g cake instead of a 200g cake. This is one of the best shengs I have ever had.
I steeped this 14 times in a 50ml gaiwan with 3.7g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. 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, 2 min, 2.5 min and 3 min.
Flavors: Apricot, Stonefruits, Sweet
This is a tasty ripe tea. It had a fair amount of fermentation flavor in the early steeps. It was thick and somewhat creamy in nature. There were some chocolate notes in there and it developed a fruity flavor in later steeps. Broke in my new small Yixing teapot for this session. Got it from one of my favorite EBay teapot sellers liwz88. He sells nice teapots at reasonable prices. This one was only $35 and I like it. I gave this tea two more steeps than my usual because I was using a smaller pot than usual. I unfortunately still have to watch my caffeine intake.
I steeped this tea ten times in a 110ml Yixing Teapot with 8.2g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. I’d say that I would get another four or five steeps out of this tea if I was to continue.
Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Fruity, Sweet
Today I am drinking the Mystery Dayi, a freebie from my White2Tea purchase. This tea must have some age to it because there was very little fermentation flavor to it, it had nearly cleared. There was no wet storage taste so I’d say it was dry stored. It was very flavorful in the first four or five steeps. Then there was simply put a fall off in flavor during the last few steeps. It was still decent mind you just not as good in later steeps. There were notes of chocolate in there and some fruity flavor too. Just not as much flavor in steep eight as steep two. I guess this is not quite up to White2Tea standards. That is probably why they never sold it on their website. I don’t actually know what model Dayi it is or what year it is.
I steeped this eight times in a 180ml teapot with 13.1g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a ten second rinse and a ten minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. The leaves were not finished at eight but I didn’t feel like continuing.
This cake started out with a heavy wet storage taste. It started to dissipate somewhat by the second steep and was gone by the fifth steep. It had, as reported by others, a think almost syrupy consistency in the early steeps. I did not notice any fermentation flavor. Saying this had notes of chocolate is not far off the mark. I steeped this eight times and wish I didn’t have to watch my caffeine intake because in the eighth steep it was really getting good. It had lost all the unpleasant flavors of wet storage and morphed into something delicious. This is probably not a tea I would choose to stock up on but I am glad I bought it. To be honest if I didn’t have so much ripe puerh here I probably would stock up on this.
I steeped this eight times in a 180ml teapot with 13g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. I suspect I’d get around five more steeps out of this tea were I to continue with it.
Flavors: Sweet, Wet Wood
First thing about this tea is it is a Hojicha. If you have never drank one they are different. It is roasted but not in the manner of a Wuyi oolong. The roast profile on this one is fairly nice. There is something of a sweet flavor behind the roast, somewhat hard to find but there. The dry leaves appear to be a mixture of leaf and stem. Some hojichas are made with stems so this is not surprising to me. This was a moderately expensive tea. I think I paid around $25 for 150g of tea. The shipping on this tea was amazing. I paid for EMS shipping and it arrived in about two or three days.
I brewed this once in an 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 4 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 3 min. While I recommend this tea for people who like Hojicha. Be aware that if you haven’t tried Hojicha you may hate it. Took me a while to get used to them.
Thank you Marcus Reed for this sample. I am reviewing the Chaceremony Qilan here because he doesn’t yet have it on his website. It seemed easier to review it here. It is a roasted oolong but a very light roasted oolong. I am getting a surprising note from this tea. I’d swear I taste apples. Slightly burnt apples but apples none the less. What roast flavor there was did dissipate over the six steeps I gave it. The tea wasn’t finished at all but I am drinking tea later than usual and I have to watch my caffeine intake so stopped at six. I am pretty sure I would have gotten ten or more out of the leaves. This tea has a natural sweet flavor to it too. I usually add sugar to tea but found myself drinking this without it. It is quite good. There were no unpleasant notes to this tea. Just mild roast flavor.
I steeped this six times in a 130ml gaiwan with 6g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, and 20 sec.
Flavors: Apple, Roasted
This is a tasty smoked tea. I get a lot of the notes listed in the description. Smoke, earth, pine, scotch, leather, molasses, ash and tobacco to name a bunch. Or at least there is one note that tastes like any of those things.
I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.