105 Tasting Notes

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Bought this a while ago and finally giving it a go. I mostly drink oolong but have been somewhat hesitant to buy them from Yunnan Sourcing as I think they are really average teas and not much definition. That said I do like all they offer in greens and pu erh, that’s where they shine. This tea is from the US website and must of been sourced prior to the Taiwan Sourcing site going live.
Dry leaf has usual floral hay scents, the liquor is deep golden with a definite creaminess, floral bouquet and mild char from the roasting. You can get a hint of chocolate from the first couple brews as the website suggests. After the first 6 steeps flavors drop off but still the structure is there in the viscosity and color. I played it out for a total of 12 steeps.
Now I have to re-examine my purchasing to include more oolongs from USUS.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 8 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
TeaBrat

do you have a favorite vendor for oolong?

BigDaddy

For Wuyis and Phoenix oolongs Dragon Tea house, Tea Drunk, and Tea Urchin. All have top flight teas. Anxi oolongs I get pretty much from all types of vendors as it is one of the most consistent varieties, Aroma Te Shop has some under the shelf stuff that’s drop dead gorgeous. For Taiwan oolongs Song Tea, Taiwan Sourcing and a local shop in Flushing at New World Mall Yun Xiang. The proprietor is from the mainland but the store is mostly Taiwanese teas, she also has some of the best green jasmine I’ve ever had. Hope that helps.

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92

Everything you want in a Dan Cong. From dry to the spent leaf there is abundant florals touch of sweetness and amazing structure. Bright yellow-orange soup from my medium walled gaiwan, flavored direct representation of orange blossoms and peach-apricot pit. It is so pleasing that you dread finishing. Hats off to Shunan at Tea Drunk, her sourcing continues to marvel.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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96

For an experimental cultivar this is over the top unctuous. Song’s description is in itself so spot on the only thing I can add is that the mouthfeel is heavy, like light maple syrup and with good rock notes coming in later infusion. I brewed this in a standard gaiwan and the color is off the chain golden. The medium roast and high oxidation make this a very clean tea drinking experience. Glad I skipped the urge to only buy a small amount and got a big bag. My friends I served it to had an other world tea, for sure.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 8 g 125 OZ / 3696 ML

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96

Thick walled gaiwan same prep for the Da Hong Pao I brewed yesterday. This tea in its dry state smells like the DHP but with a bit of smoke. Smooth, thick, bold almost chew-able and an incredible follow through. I especially made a point of aerating this more than my usual sip and the cigar smoke is heavenly. Not as flowery as some of the lighted roasted Shui Xian I’ve tried previously. The roast is very heavy resulting in a dark liquor that of a Shou Pu Ehr. The spent leaves are all uniform dark dark brown twisted and not a broken one in the bunch reminding me of hijiki. If you like big and bold this is for you

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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98

Comes in prepacked 8g foil packets. Used a thick walled gaiwan. Dry leaf has notes of molasses and cocoa. Did three steeps into my fair cup all just a few seconds in length. I can tell you that this tea can make you cry its so good. Deep brick soup color. Wet leaf aromas of toasted rice and slight florals, flavors of cocoa, grain, dried cherries, floral notes and a pleasant smokiness. Smooth, layered, just enough sweetness, medium roasted, thick on the tongue. I ended up with 16 steeps and a belly full of goodness. Glad I splurged on this.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Doug F

Where did you find this?

BigDaddy

Its available from Dragon Tea House

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94

Wow, what a great brew. The dry leaf is fairly roasted. Nice bouquet of cereal and faint floral. I used a small celadon tea pot and the soup was bronze indeed, sweet honey, apricot pit, thick but not too roasted. Very good structure throughout its steeps as I’m at 10 now and there is still a lot of flavor and color. Cant wait to try the Dong Ding I purchased from them as well. Taiwan Sourcing, don’t miss it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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94
drank Golden Peony by Tea Urchin
105 tasting notes

Truly a high grade yancha. Abounds with flowery aromas equaled by the flowery fruity flavors (peony/apricot) with a touch of honey. Used a 120ml yixing pot which rounded the flavors. Lasted quite a long time which shows a supreme example of tea perfection. Felt a nice relaxed comfort all the way through brewing and imbibing. Will be re-ordering in the future as they are out of stock at present. The price is agreeable to the tea’s value. Thanks Tea Urchin

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86

Been brewing this as a mostly afternoon tea. Took me a while to narrow in on the best brew pattern, Darjeeling is not my forte. The thing is, I wanted to not like this tea for that reason even without tasting it. Too much fuss, then one day my hubby wanted a pick me up and since he was the guinea pig I made it for him. He’s not a refined tea critic but he knows what he doesn’t like and this tea received an “OK” from him. Well if its good for the goose……it tasted “OK” for me too, so now I guess its time for expending effort and do my whole Mike the Martian thing and do a “waiting is” and “grok” this tea. I used the suggested brewing method and thought it too pale, so I added more tea and reduced the time and now it is fit to serve Jubal. Flavor is of sweetgrass and faint peach. It really shines with a hint of honey. Guess the lesson is get out of the comfort zone every once and a while and allow yourself some mystery.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 240 ML
boychik

That’s what I did recently. Arya Ruby fr Happy Earth tea is amazing. I was avoiding Darj FF for a long time

BigDaddy

It’s a science unto it’s self. Too many variations to put my inexperienced tongue through, but there is retirement.

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64
drank Choco Shou by Camellia Sinensis
105 tasting notes

Nice Pu, not into chocolate flavors unless milk is involved. I tried all combo. I steeped it with water alone which did not give me a good choco flavor, then added a little milk, again to watery, added 1/2&1/2, no go, then steeped it in hot milk but the Pu flavor was dissipated and not enough of the choco. In the end I got what I kind of wanted by adding extra cocoa to a 1/2 water 1/2 milk. Too much work for me. Plus wasted alot of tea in the process. I like Camellia Sinensis just not this one.

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