589 Tasting Notes

85

Bought this with my recent Yunnan Sourcing USA order. This review is based on a single western style steep so I am sure there are more nuances to the tea. There is a lot of fermentation flavor to this tea, it is think with it. It also has a nice natural sweetness to it. There is one other note too, it has a spicy aftertaste to it, not entirely unpleasant, just spicy.

I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 9g leaf and boiling water for 30 sec.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 9 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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86

This is a malty ans somewhat sweet tea. When I brewed it I was for some reason thinking it a black tea so I brewed it at the wrong temperature. It is listed on the Yunnan Sourcing USA website under black teas. It is tasty and a good tea but I am not feeling any effect from the GABA. I find GABA to be hit or miss and that usually means miss.

I brewed this twice in a 8oz teapot with 3.7g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for three minutes each infusion.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Tealizzy

Have you tried mandala’s GABA black? I had a sample once and gongfu infused it many times and it totally had an effect on me!

AllanK

I also have Mandala’s GABA Black and their GABA Oolong. Perhaps it was because I didn’t gongfu it. Perhaps you need to gongfu it to have the GABA effect.

Tealizzy

Try it out and let me know. I steeped it a crapload of times and felt very calm afterwards! ;)

Liquid Proust

Interesting… I bought GABA powder for my friends and I to put under our tongue while we drank tea. This makes me interested in drinking a GABA tea now.

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Streetshop88 has sold me some incredibly good teas. This is not one of them. While on the plus side this had substantially cleared of fermentation flavor it also had a decided sour note to it. I gave this eight steeps. While the sour note had substantially disappeared by steep eight it had still been strong for the first few steeps. Perhaps in a year of aging it will lose the sour note, I don’t know.

I steeped this eight times in a 170ml teapot with 10g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec.

Preparation
10 g 6 OZ / 170 ML

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88

This is a strong young sheng. It was quite bitter in the early steeps. It took a while to mellow out. Not entirely sure what notes I’m getting here but its good. I definitely need to pull something out of the pumidor and find a place for this. My pumidor is packed you see.

I steeped this ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with 9g leaf and 200 degree water. 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.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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86

This is a fairly tasty ripe puerh with a nice amount of sweetness, very little bitterness, and a moderate amount of fermentation flavor left. I was also experimenting with my new tea toy, the autobrewer from Yunnan Sourcing USA. The first two steeps came out pretty tasty, the third steep was a little weak. The autobrewer is big at 12oz so I didn’t try for a fourth. It does work pretty well, just like in the video on the Yunnan Sourcing Facebook page. You use a small amount of tea but the autobrewer takes about two and a half minutes to brew so it is more like western brewing. It called for 5 to 7 grams of tea and I used about 5.2g or so. Next time I would try the seven gram amount. I wouldn’t want to load the thing with tea like people frequently do for gongfu brewing because you can’t control the brewing time. You could easily fit 15g of tea in it or 20g but I think you would get ridiculously strong tea as it would still brew for 2 1/2 minutes. The autobrewer is a nifty device but it is not gongfu.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85

Took me a while to get around to trying this tea. Bought it quite a while ago. Didn’t gongfu it. Brewed it western style. It is a fairly pleasant tasting tea with light roasted notes, very light. The leaves are green and do not look roasted but that is what I taste.

I brewed this once in an 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

This is an inexpensive and tasty tea from Streetshop88. On or about the fifth steep I noticed the fact that I had not tasted any fermentation flavor at all. This tea has completely cleared. Judging by the strength of the tea I believe the claim of ancient tree to be possible. It started out quite strong in the early steeps and slightly bitter as well as sweet. There is often an unpleasant taste associated with older ripe teas, this had none of that. This was very good tea overall. Another winner from Streetshop88.

I brewed this ten times in a 170ml teapot with 10.4g 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, and 1 min. It was still fairly strong in the tenth infusion and I think it would have gone 15 steeps at least.

Flavors: Bitter, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 6 OZ / 170 ML
tea123

The first time I read this I thought it said expensive, so I went to the website, and having found it was cheap, came back and realised my mistake. Anyway, good review and I’m pleased you can verify it is from ancient trees :)

AllanK

I can’t truly verify it but I think I believe it in this case. It was strong tea.

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80

Thank you Ubacat for this sample. This is a nice tasting green tea. It is floral, somewhat vegetal and buttery in nature. If i plain didn’t have too much tea I would be tempted to buy it.

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

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Vegetal

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

Glad you liked it! I don’t remember floral notes with this tea but I know I like it as I tend to reach for it fairly often. (I said fairly often because I have a huge tea selection too!)

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89

This is a tasty, slightly bittersweet tasting ripe tea. Despite being from 2006 there is still some fermentation flavor there. Not a lot but it is noticeable in the early steeps. I am not picking up a lot of complex notes but this is a shou good to drink now. Hopefully it will improve with a couple more years of aging. Mine was obtained from Yunnan Sourcing in one of their sales.

I steeped this ten times in a 150ml gaiwan with 10.4g 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, and 1 min. There were certainly a few more steeps to this tea but I rarely want more than ten steeps of any tea.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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75

Theses are good. They are very earthy and sweet, quite thick with fermentation flavor. There is a slight note to them I do not like as well but it is not very noticeable. I think they are not as good as the equivalent called Puerh Pearls from my local tea shop Clipper Ship Tea Company. They were quite large and I brewed a little too much tea at about 15g because I was too lazy to break one in half.

I brewed these once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 15g tea (two balls) and boiling water for 30 sec.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 15 g 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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