81 Tasting Notes

78
drank Organic Long Jing by Steepster
81 tasting notes

Not the best Long Jing I’ve had, but none the less smooth; offering grassy, buttery pie crust flavors and a most pleasant aroma.

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86

Damn, love me my ooooo-longs. Used a small pot and this tea just didn’t quit with the flavors. Each sip bringing the florals and the honey. There is also a faint hint of almond in there as well. Started to fade after 7 steeps but I’ll take what I can get from this excellent sample.

Flavors: Floral, Honey

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec 4 g 5 OZ / 140 ML

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84
drank Imperial Keemun by Steepster
81 tasting notes

Everything you want in a good red tea. Subtle flavors, nice aromas, good mouth feel and great energy.

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80

OK, I have no idea what I’m doing with this tea. Darjeeling is foreign to me so I definitely need to take a class or two. Did my prerequisite reading but there is so much it confuses rather than directs. It seems mostly brewed western style but that didn’t stop me from doing a gongfu session with the two packets from the box courtesy of Steepster. I don’t know why I resist western brewing so much, probably has to do with my impatient nature not wanting to go the whole 4 minutes in order to taste my tea.
I thought that the two packets looked like a lot of tea for 160 ml pot, and I was right, the first steep was way powerful after 20 seconds. I did 15 sec for the 2nd and 3rd steeps and back up to 20 for the 4th. The 4th was the best of the lot, nice muscatel, apricot, flowery, spiced tea with a pronounce bitter aftertaste which was not cringe worthy but seemed like it was meant to be there. The energy was more than I like but I need to awake for the evening “get out of town” for the weekend. This reminded me of oolong more than black, guess I will wait for now and read more reviews of Darjeeling before adding to my cupboard. If anyone knows of a good resource please pass it on.

Flavors: Apricot, Cedar, Cloves, Flowers, Mineral

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 5 OZ / 160 ML
boychik

FF I usually make at 190F 2,5-3 min western. Im not an expert. Read excelsior ( I hope I spelled it right. He is. He orders FF fr Mariage Freases every year. Ask him ?? He is very passionate abt Darj

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83
drank Ever Spring 2014 by Tearroir
81 tasting notes

Very nice, reminds me of the teas I drink when I go to the New World Mall in Flushing with proprietor Susan. She knows I like my green oolongs so she brings out the best and this is right up there with the Lishans I’ve tasted.

Flavors: Butter, Grass, Peas

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 15 sec 8 g 5 OZ / 160 ML
mrmopar

Been a while good to see ya on here!

BigDaddy

Thanks bought a home, been busy, drinking up all the cupboard.

mrmopar

+1 for the Home! When ya build a pumidor for it I want to see pics! :-)

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86

Very nice, used the two sample pckets and brewed for 1:15 for the first then 40 seconds there after making for a rich brew of buttery oolong goodness. Waiting for all my purveyors to return from there tea buying trips so I can get full steam ahead into the 2014 crop.

Flavors: Butter, Gardenias, Grass, Peas

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 15 sec 8 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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88
drank Wuyishan Black by Steepster
81 tasting notes

Great sample. Caramel malt and cherry oh my. Brewed in a small yixing and served gongfu style to a group of friends and we now have a few new tea converts among us.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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92

Far less smoke than a Laphroaig and not as peaty either but it was a very gentle taste. The flavor and aroma of chocolate was the abundant profile for me along with malt and a hint of cherry. Yezi’s black teas are amazing. I brewed a large amount in a small yixing and steeped for only a few seconds to get a good tasting. Shared with a friend whos own review was “Yum”.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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93

Finished this winter stash yesterday and I will have fond memories of this tea. It was my every day to get me through the snow and now spring beckons. Today I’m having a tea given to me by a shop owner in Flushing. All I know is its a black Formosa but doesn’t rival my Mojiang.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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90

Love oolongs, love Da Hong Pao, love Steepster. Enough said.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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