61 Tasting Notes

95

Shut the door!!!! Another sample gift from “PUG”. Mellow, straw, pertol, honey flavors a touch of appropriate bitterness and a slam dunk sheng. The steeps were 15, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 75, 90, 120, 150, 180, 240. This made for a thicker and more flavorful brew but it certainly did not disuade. Could easily drink this every day. I enjoyed the cha qi, as it was; easy on, easy off, no jarring or jitters.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 11 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
boychik

i had it yesterday. love it!!!

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92

OK gonna get all Proustian on ya. This was a gift from a new tea buddy “PUG”, and since I had a big day ahead and there’s snow all over, why not a shou. As if I need an excuse.
Dry tea has aromas of forest leaves happily decomposing on the forest floor. Used my 210ml shou yixing and 10gm tea. 2 quick rinses and left it sit in pot for 10 minutes while I took some pics of the snow. First steep was essentially in and out. Here it comes. In the vein of Sophia Petrillo, picture it…….. Wilkes Barre PA. 1964, Christmas, opening my presents under the tree. Etcha-Sketch for me, a new pair of boots for my uncle. I want the boots, so I go over and stick my feet in and they obviously don’t fit but I get this great smell of well oiled leather and 50 years later, its the same aroma in this tea. But there is something else jostling in the old noggin, oh now I know, its all the cardboard from that day as well. So there you go leather and cardboard. You’d think anyone with any sense, would ever think of drinking something with leather and card board but then I never had much sense.
The first 3 steeps gave the flavor of the leather, cardboard, smoke, decayed leaves, but it was so smooth and it tastes so good. Next few steeps were 5-10 seconds and now in addition to the a fore mentioned is slight plum, date and sweetness of brown sugar. Still very smooth and aromatic. At about the 8th steep come the cha chi and the húigān is so pleasant. I guess the name of the teas fit it just perfect, “Real Taste”, indeed.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
boychik

i do love leather notes in pu

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90

What a sultry brew this is. Dark, smokey, woodsy maybe teak or mahogany, creme brulee crispiness, Brasil nut, hint of patchouli. All the thing one loves in roasted oolong. This is pretty imposing 10 year old, not for the faint of heart. That said I did have a quick sensation that it may be over roasted, but got over it after another sip. If you like big & bold this is for you.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML
Charles Thomas Draper

After my session was over I put the tea in a Mason jar and covered it. I let it steep overnight and into the fridge for many days. When I finally tasted it I have only one word to describe it, whiskey….

BigDaddy

Now you’re talking, maybe boil it down, make an extract for a new bitters. Use it in addition to Bourbon and sweet Vermouth and voila the “CTD Manhattan”

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99

Purchased another bag of this beauty and it never disappoints. The perfect accompaniment for ginger buttermilk scones. I prefer to use a small yixing so you can get many steeps and cherish a blissed out morning.

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86

Crisp breeze in the air means it’s time to hit the Yunnan Sourcing pile of tea in my cupboard. Use cracked celedon pot for this tea. It brews up quickly for the first 4 steeps then added 10-20 seconds for further out brews. The flavors are so clean and spot on for what I like about Yunnan black teas. Soft flavors of malt, cherry, orange blossom and caramel, bouquet of chocolate and orange blossom; nice energy but not grating, a hint of bitter but it corrects the flavors somehow to make it more flavorful. The batch I purchased was the Autumn 2012 and I bought a lot of it.

Flavors: Caramel, Cherry, Malt, Orange Blossom

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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99

Best tea I have ever tasted, no really. Gong fu yixing @ 175F.
I have to tell you. I did not rinse this tea, reason being, it is a bit on the expensive side, did not want any to go to waste.
Does that make me dirty? I had a 3 second pang of filth but soon got over it after I sipped the first steep which was in/out of the yixing as the rinse, but it landed in my tummy instead.
Insane tastes of vanilla, banana, caramel, madeleine, mango, roasted walnut.
3,6,9,15,20,25,30,40,50,60,80,110,130 were the steeps.
It did not end, pure bliss. The rock came in about the 6th steep but the aforementioned flavors kept strong into the 8th.
This tea has me floored, but then again I love good cliff teas.
Thank You Shunan.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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drank Earl Grey by Steepster
61 tasting notes

Haven’t had Mr. G in years. Like many, had way too much inferior product that it shut me down. I then got into Yezi Tea and Yunnan Sourcing black teas and forgot all about Mr. G. I shared this generous sample with a work mate and we were both floored at how good it was. Well structured black tea with a precise amount of bergamot. I wish I could find this so when I offer my friends, with less sophisticated palates, a cup of tea they will accept Mr. G, as apposed to my “crazy” teas from China.

boychik

Agree. My friends don’t want any “crazy teas fr China”. They are happy with Kusmi

Angrboda

The amusing thing there is that by far the most of Kusmi’s tea comes from China. :)

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80
drank Jin Xuan by Wang De Chuan
61 tasting notes

Received this as a gift from my mother in law who received it as a gift from a friend, as she does not take caffeine in any form, I was the lucky recipient of this tasty tea. It is quite unlike any Jin Xuan I’ve ever tasted. Light, soft buttery notes, not overpowering like some others. It may be a bit too light and soft. The florals are also muted and I wonder if this is an organic tea. I perused their website yet could not find the tea I have in front of me. It is in a light brown tin where as all the teas on their site are in red tins. The brew has a decent mouth feel and a sturdy amber hue. It steeps out pretty far, probably due to the large amount I used. I really wanted this to be better, yet never look a gift tea in the bush.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 10 g 240 OZ / 7097 ML

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84
drank Houjicha Ichiban by Steepster
61 tasting notes

Wow the dry leaf aroma is very powerful. Cocoa Puffs, toasted almond and the whiff I get when first opening a nori package. What an amazement when those aromas presented in the tea. Not so much the Cocoa but definitely the Puffs. Made 4 steeps drinking 2 at a time. Although I tried this at work in the morning I would really like this while watching Ran.

SFTGFOP

How have you found Steepster Select? I’ve been sitting on the fence, and as you tend to also like un-flavored teas….

BigDaddy

I like it enough, but I’m not that much interested in some of the selection they include in the box’s. There is usually one each black, green, white or non tea (rooibos) and every once in a while an oolong. I have been giving away those I know I don’t like like the lighter teas and I try the traditionals. That said, I might not do another year, I now know what I like (oolongs) and prefer to spend my time and money searching these out. Hope that helps

SFTGFOP

It does. I’ve been falling pray to peer pressure, and seeing all the teas other people are tasting. But I did try some of Select teas from Upton and kinda found them to be sub par.

BigDaddy

I think they need to move product. The other thing about Steepster’s box is some of the teas are offered by Steepster themselves so you can not purchase them. I found a local tea shop that suits me well, no more hoarding from the internet tea shops like years gone by.

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drank Silver Bud Ya Bao by Tea Source
61 tasting notes

Not keen on these teas as they are so subtle I basically need someone with experience to walk me through. Mostly flavors of oat-grass and a faint hint of sweetness but that’s all I got out of it. Heading off to my local tea shop (Tea Drunk) for instruction.

apt

if I lived closer to the east village id be making up all kinds of excuses to go to Tea Drunk haha

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