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drank Jin Xuan Oolong Tea by Yezi Tea
106 tasting notes

Another sample from Yezi Tea— thanks!

Thought I’d follow up the last tea (an oolong) with another oolong, so I can hopefully more easily detect the differences.

Quick notes:
Mellow, sweet, creamy. Very lightly floral, with a soft vegetal note.

Will update as I continue steeping.

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drank Li Shan Oolong Tea by Yezi Tea
106 tasting notes

Thanks to Yezi Tea for the sample!

While I really enjoy oolongs, I admittedly don’t have very much experience with them, especially the greener ones. I’ve basically only had a few milk oolongs, a couple tieguanyins, and several roasted oolongs mostly from the Wuyi region. Yezi Tea is currently doing a promotion where you can get three free samples of their teas and only pay a few dollars in shipping. I got two oolongs and a black tea, in the hopes of being able to learn to differentiate the oolongs. They also add an additional sample to orders (mine was another oolong which I believe I’ve already reviewed in brief).

Anyway, on to the tea. I’ve steeped this 5g sample four times so far and have enjoyed each steep. I wasn’t able to take notes for each specific steep, unfortunately, so I’ll just write my overall impression.

Very floral (orchid, specifically), but not overpoweringly so. Sweet, honeylike taste. Lightly grassy aftertaste. No astringency or bitterness. Smooth. Makes me think of spring meadows with wildflowers everywhere (minus the allergies!). It does taste different from the last oolong I had (Dong Ding Winter Peak), but I can’t quite place it. I believe the texture is slightly different but I’m not sure. Still working on figuring out how to taste oolongs!

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Sipdown!

Very after-rain-woods earthy, with a bit of sweetness. There’s barely enough left in my pouch for a proper steeping, sadly. While great, nothing particularly stands out about this. Still a comforting evening accompaniment.

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Huh, could’ve sworn I’d written a note about this, but Steepster may have eaten it. Didn’t keep a backup, so this’ll be a lot shorter than whatever I had originally.

First time drinking a sheng, I believe. Reminded me of yabao, which I really love. Crisp, bright, and sweet, with very slight astringency. Smooth, almost creamy. Very enjoyable!

(Sample sipdown!)

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drank Yu Lu Yan Cha Black by Verdant Tea
106 tasting notes

I discovered a sample of this as I was rummaging through my tea trunk looking for a tea to drink. Gosh, I have so much tea…

I have to say, I always find Verdant’s black teas to be delicious, and this is no different. It’s like chocolate and sweet potato drizzled with honey with a hint of something kind of fruity near the end. Mmmm.

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drank Sleeping Dragon by Adagio Teas
106 tasting notes

Picked up a sample of this a while back with my Adagio order to bump up to free shipping status.

Crisp, vegetal, hint of sweetness and a touch of smoke. Kind of reminiscent of the one gunpowder I had from Teavivre, but less smoky and a little sharper and fruitier. A nice and refreshing cup!

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Got a sample of this with my order from Butiki a while back (thanks, Stacy!), finally got around to doing a sample sipdown today.

I think I’ve only had about three or four darjeelings ever (never had much of an opportunity to try them due to price and other teas distracting me), so I’m not going to give it a numerical rating. Plus, I’ve just been drinking this somewhat absentmindedly while studying for a midterm on Tuesday, hence the short note. A bit of astringency in the first steep, which mostly disappears with the second steep. Fruity/melon-y, bright, and crisp. I enjoyed it!

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I think it’s been a while since I’ve had a Taiwanese oolong. I’d almost forgotten how delicate they were! Gongfu style brewing with a mason jar, strainer, and mug, since I’m too lazy to pull out my yixing (which I’ve sort of been using for black teas, anyway).

Very light and smooth, with almost no astringency. Has a slightly creamy or buttery mouthfeel. Sort of like velvet? I should probably brush up on my texture descriptors. Sweet, a tiny bit vegetal, also with a slight floral hint. Sort of reminds me of a mix of tieguanyin and jin xuan oolongs, but it’s been a while since I’ve had a tieguanyin so I can’t be certain.

Gosh, I need to get back to drinking more oolongs! But I should probably deal with my exploding tea trunk, first…

(Sample sipdown!)

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drank Tower of London Blend by Harney & Sons
106 tasting notes

Whoops, I finished this ages ago and forgot to decupboard it. Apparently I forgot to write a note of it. :( I remember thinking it was tasty, though!

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College student. Anthropology and evolutionary biology major with various interests ranging from theatre to medicine to programming.

I enjoy black teas, green teas, pu’er, and oolongs (uaually aged or roasted/dark), depending on my mood. I’ve had limited experiences with white, mate, honeybush, matcha, and rooibos teas/tisanes. I’m not much of a fan of jasmine teas.

I’m still trying to figure out a rating system to go along with my developing tea tasting skills, so pardon any inconsistencies in my numerical ratings. At the moment, my rating system is as follows:

96-100: This tea is a must-have (or at least, a must-try).
90-95: This tea is amazing. I love it!
80-89: I really like this tea, and I may be inclined to get more of it once I run out.
60-79: While I like this tea, I don’t plan on having it in constant supply in my tea stash.
50-59: I dislike this tea. It’s tolerable enough for me to finish the cup, but I don’t think I’ll be trying it again any time soon.
Below 50: I don’t like it at all. (Ranging from “I avoid it” to “You couldn’t get me to drink it if you paid me”)

Current favourites:
Irish Breakfast (Butiki, Adagio, or Golden Moon)
Grandpa’s Anytime Tea (Butiki)
Premium Taiwanese Assam (Butiki)
Special Dark (Mandala)
Xingyang 1998 Golden Leaf (Verdant)
Golden Fleece (Verdant)
Silver Buds Yabao (Verdant)
Milk Oolong (Mandala)
Hu-Kwa (Mark T. Wendell)
Paris (Harney & Sons)
Manistee Moonrise (Whispering Pines)
Coconut Pouchong/Oolong (Golden Moon or Zen Tea Life)

Location

Ohio

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