162 Tasting Notes

86

Bright, light, right. Excellent everyday tea reasonable priced with the flavors most look to in a Jade. Sweet, clean, heady aromas, hint of butter, spinach and camellia. Came as a free sample, with a sweet note.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

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88

Came as a free sample, and I can see why. Such a lovely tea, full figured, redolent, well nuanced, begging to be purchased. I can add no more than what was described by Haveteawilltravel, the review speaks volumes.

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92
drank Shui Jin Gui by Tea Drunk
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96
drank Da Hong Pao by Tea Drunk
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Oh my, not to be morbid but when the cremator hits the button I hope he puts as fine a roast on my arse as this selection of Da Hong Pao from Tea Drunk. The flavor also is phoenixed with a perfectly balanced and clear yan yun. Simple yet complex perfection.

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92

Weird, drinking this tea is like tasting an oatmeal cookie. It’s definitely sweet, caramelized, and a hint of dark fruit. Brewed this in a small thick walled gaiwan, the flash and first brew were wasted, but as promised in the site description the 2nd-6th are a joy on the tongue. After 6th steep it levels out to a passable ending with just a hint of sourness.

Preparation
7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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84
drank Huang Mei Gui by Verdant Tea
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I’ve enjoyed these Wuyis from Verdant, they are well made teas with fine structure, well balanced roasting, and processing. But I find them all too the same. This one has all the nice features of Wuyi but I did not freak on the florals which this tea builds its reputation on, it is also not that longlasting either in the mouth or in the steeps. Yet it is good tea

Daylon R Thomas

I’ve wanted to try their green oolongs, but the descriptions really did not represent a lot of variety, nor was I impressed by the Tie Guan Yin’s they offer.

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86
drank Amber Forest by Totem Tea
162 tasting notes

Butternut, caramel, sesame goodness in a nicely roasted Jin Xuan. Great length, moderate energy, an overall fine tea.

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90

I may be an old fuddy duddy, but I like my Tie Luohan to be smoky and deeply roasted. It grounds me as there can be no doubt that what I perceive to be Tie Luohan is that tobacco thick liquor that dries the tongue and pushes rock minerality into the crannies of my parotid glands till you cry uncle.
This tea I drank this morning is a sheep in wolves clothing. The heavy roast canine fur has been replaced with a softer wool and yet as much as my mouth wanted to reject the softer wool it, well, was a softer wool and who doesn’t like a softer wool! There are also some floral notes upfront and the dryness is there. So I guess I can live by this lighter style, yet sometimes I want a nasty smelling tongue numbing stogie instead of a kretek.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 5 OZ / 140 ML

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94

This is the high end Ya Shi from TeaDrunk, nearly broke the bank but it’s well worth the price. Overtly fragrant with lychees, orange blossom honey, and a hint of smokiness. The soup is enrapturing with a mid level butteriness and then flavors of lychee fruit , magnolia and a slight sourness at the finish which is surprisingly inviting given all of the over the top sweet sensations that come before. If you have the cash this tea has the flavor.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
Rasseru

That sounds very up my street. Nice one

tanluwils

I visited their flagship NY store. Nice people and excellent teas, but none within my budget. I think with them, you almost are forced to aim high to get the most value for your buck.

Rasseru

Just looked at the price. Welp.

BigDaddy

Yes it is very expensive, though the quality is the best I’ve ever tried. If you’re ever in town shoot me a line and first pot is on me.

Rasseru

Haha I’m uk based but thanks for the kind offer. . Hopefully getting a payrise soon so I might just have to take the plunge & get some, even if just a sample. Ya Shi is firmly up there with some of my favourite tea experiences, I find it intoxicating

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92
drank Shui Jin Gui by Tea Drunk
162 tasting notes

Classic rock Shui Jin Gui, heads of aroma and flavors of plum abound, with a light roast. Steeped in Yixing 140ml pot, the flavors abated around the 8th with the rock appearing early. If you dont like Yancha because of the heaviness this tea will be a good alternative as its more light and airy.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g

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