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2/3/2014 gaiwan all day tea 5g/small gaiwan/boiling or near water.

Lovely generous sample size – 25g! That gives me plenty of leeway to play with this tea in my wee gaiwan. Today was a straightforward ‘brew occasionally on and off through the day after rinsing once’. I’m on the sixth infusion, and I think I’ll still be drinking this tea tomorrow. I’m enjoying it tremendously.

The aroma of the dry leaf is non descript – the wet leaf is full of peach and dried fruit deepening to a peach schnapps and citrus aroma as the day goes on.

The liquor is a pellucid pale gold – a ‘summers first green is gold’ kind of color. In the mouth the first thing I taste is a kind of searing slightly smoky clear bitter, which captures the mouths full attention hard and fast and then does a neat kind of transformation into a dried peach leather tingly sweetness.

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 2 OZ / 50 ML

This tea did not like sitting overnight. Steep 9 this morning was a sad little shadow of yesterday’s brews.


8 steeps is pretty good though.


True. I’m into this tea for a bing when my next YS order goes. Maybe two, one for current drinking, one for keeping awhile.

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drank English Breakfast by Ahmad Tea
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2/2/2015 2bags/10oz/212F/2min Pretty standard english breakfast tea, given to me for Xmas by my brother-in-law. Brewed weak, so for the next mug I’ll use three tea bags. With a bit of milk and sugar, an acceptable builders tea. If I bought this for myself (and I might) it would be for the darling wee little tins it came in, not the tea.

The secret to getting a good cuppa out of bagged tea is more tea, shorter steep time.

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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1/24/2015 10g/12oz/212F/15sec This is a lovely tea, generously shared with me by gschuschke. I’m still figuring out the best brewing params for it, because the tea I am getting in the cup just doesn’t feel like the best tea that is in this leaf. It’s a Dan Cong and me thing – I just can’t seem to coax out their best features.

Happily with this gift, I have enough leaf to experiment with a variety of brewing techniques.

This cup is a lovely light gold, with a creamy vegetal/honey aroma and taste. Like fresh picked spring peas pureed with a bit of cream and drop of honey.

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
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Hi Anna, am I correct in assuming you tried brewing it gong-fu with a Yixing pot or a gaiwan?


I’m having it gonfu today! I pulled out my little clay pot, and leafed it 1g per 10ml (so 8g – almost didn’t fit in the pot!). I’ll write a tasting note for today’s gongfu later. later. The above brew was in my small Chinese porcelain tea pot. I was able to brew three pots that tasted well – the fourth was a bit watery, so I left it at that.

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drank Reserve Qilan by Verdant Tea
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1/23/2015 The last 3g in my tiny water chestnut “yixing”. A year later, this is still one of the best teas I have ever had the pleasure to drink. Peaches and marble and a delicate toastiness. I drink the last of it today with joy and a little sadness.

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 2 OZ / 59 ML

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11/13/2014 tea for a sick AnnaEA 6g/100ml gaiwan/ varying temps. Last of my sample.

I spent the afternoon with this and I never really got a whole lot of specific flavors or tastes from it. BUT, I just wanted to keep drinking it. Later on I brewed a puerh I know I’ve always liked in the past and it didn’t really taste good anymore – it was full of strange unpleasant notes I’d never tasted in it before. I’m not sure about if this is a good tea and if I like this or not but it was definitely interesting.

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11/ 4/14 am tea 1 teabag/12oz 212F water/ 5+ minutes

Just a nice strong English breakfast tea to drink with breakfast. Not noteworthy or extraordinary, just satisfying and hearty. Like a good warm wool scarf.

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Lapsang Souchong by Steepster
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9/22/14 builders tea with breakfast 12oz/212F/whole packet/five minutes or so?

Nice tea, excellent with milk and sugar. Exactly the pick me up I wanted on this cold rainy Ohio morning. Pleasantly smoky and rich.

A lot of the steepster teas are strikingly similiar to teas I get from Upton, and this one is no exception. I wonder if Upton wholesales.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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10/20/14 gong fu 100ml gaiwan/sub 200F water

I did not measure the tea, so maybe 3g? This tea is delicious! Lovely light edamame creamy greenness. Pale gold liquor, and a wonderful toasted rice aroma.

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10/20/14 morning gong fu 5.5g/100ml gaiwan/212F
The more I drink this tea, the less I enjoy it. The wet leaf smells wonderful, so I think I just need to figure out the right brewing. Gong fu this morning and yesterday didn’t show it well, so I think I’ll try western.

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10/20/14 morning gong fu 1 tuocha/100ml gaiwan/212F

These little guys never disappoint. Just a nice yummy puerh.

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