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302 Tasting Notes

87

Tea provided by Teavivre for review

Tasting this again today (after my review 2 years ago) brought back a lot of pleasant memories. It’s just as wonderful as my first encounter. Smooth, vibrant and vegetal flavour that is associate with Dragon Well.

Overall my preference on this tea hasn’t changed. It’s a big step up in flavour from their cheapest Dragon Well, and a fair compromise to the more expensive ones. I think it makes a great gift, because for some reason a lot of Dragon Well I’ve had in Canada is of poor quality. But it’s not so expensive that I feel that it will be wasted or too extravagant a gift.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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82

Tea provided by Teavivre for review

Previously I tried this sample gong-fu style and was a bit disappointed. Today I tried it with a longer steep in a glass mug and it turned out better.
I found the astringency too off-putting with many short steeps, but it isn’t too noticeable with a single longer steep.

The floral and vegetal flavours have a nice balance, and the body is more subtle than it is bold. There are also some nice hints of cinnamon, spice, and honey.

Overall it’s a decent oolong with a good price. However (if I had to choose) I prefer Teavivre’s Jin Xuan (unflavoured) over this.

Steep parameters:
400ml water in a glass mug, 7g sample, 1 steep (2m)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Tea provided by Teavivre for review

Osmanthus dominates the flavour of this tea, I had a hard time tasting/enjoying the oolong. The osmanthus isn’t an unpleasant or bold flavour, but it’s the primary flavour.

Overall I have mixed feelings about this tea because I don’t enjoy overly floral teas. My husband liked it and said it reminded him of ginseng flavour (I agree). So it’s not something I’d buy, but I know a lot of other people enjoy floral teas. I’d recommend it for people that love floral tea with a mild and unobtrusive tea base.

Steep parameters:
400ml water, sample (7g), 1 steep (2m)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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82

Tea provided by Teavivre for review

First steep had a nice honey-sweetness and a strong floral flavour.

The floral flavour became stronger with each steep, and the liquor also became increasingly astringent. By the fifth steep, the astringency became a bit distracting.

Ending on the sixth steep, there is still some flavour I tasted at the beginning, but the floral aroma and the astringency are off-putting to me.

Overall, it’s a very flavourful oolong with a nice price. I found it a bit too floral, but I know others find that flavour appealing. Not sure if I’d short steep this again, I’ll have to try the western method sometime to see if I like that better.

Steep parameters (as suggested by Teavivre)
85ml water in a gaiwan, sample (7g?), rinse and 6 steeps (25s, 25s, 30s, 60s, 70s, 80s)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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85

Tea provided by Teavivre for review

First steep had a delicate vegetal flavour, with some sweetness.

Second steep onward, a floral flavour gradually builds up and a bit of spice can be felt at the back of my throat.

Finishing off with the eighth steep, I thought about how well the tea flavour stayed consistent. The last cup didn’t seem too weak at all.

Overall I quite liked this Ali Shan. Perhaps not as flavourful as I’d expect, but still enjoyable. But I didn’t find it bland or uninteresting. Sometimes a tea will grab your attention as you drink it, or you’ll pick something that is so flavourful you don’t need to focus on it’s nuances. This isn’t that kind of tea for sure ;)

Steep parameters (as suggested by Teavivre)
85ml water in a gaiwan, sample (7g?), rinse and 8 steeps (25s, 25s, 30s, 40s, 60s, 90s, 120s, 180s)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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91

Tea provided by Teavivre for review

I’ve been wanting to try the sample for quite some time now. Unfortunately I caught a cold and it impaired my tastebuds and I really couldn’t taste anything. :(
With that out of the way, I’m ready to jump back into my daily gong fu tea sessions. Anyway, onto the tasting notes:

The first steep had a really nice balance of vegetal, sweet, and buttery characteristics. It’s really smooth and nothing seemed bitter of off-putting.

Some nice spice/cinnamon came out during the third steep.

Onward down to the eighth steeps, it maintained a nice flavour that was true to the initial steep’s aroma. It finishes off somewhat weak, but not so much that I only taste the water and not the tea.

Overall I’m impressed with how well it steeped, the balance between the flavours, and that I couldn’t taste any bitterness or off-putting flavours. It never seemed too dry or overpowering either. The price is a bit steep, so I could see it as a nice gift. I think the flavours justify trying it out if you have a discerning palate for quality.

Steep parameters (as suggested by Teavivre)
85ml water in a gaiwan, sample (7g?), rinse and 8 steeps (30s, 50s, 70s, 90s, 120s, 120s, 150s, 180s)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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87

Tea provided by Teavivre for review

Tasting from the first steep, much of my expectations are met. The liquor tastes sweet and creamy, vegetal properties stand out, and the roasted flavour is good and continues to linger on after I’ve finished drinking.

From the second to fifth steeps, the roasting and the bold flavour really peaked. The third seemed a bit heavy, but not overwhealming.

Wrapping up with the sixth and seventh steeps, much of the flavours from the previous cups continued. Unfortunately the seventh had a dry effect on my mouth, but was otherwise enjoyable.

I enjoyed this more than the Qing Xiang Dong Ding oolong. But that’s because I usually prefer roasted oolongs. I intend on trying the samples using a gaiwan and later on with a teapot. If I were to short steep this tea again, I’d probably stop at six, because those were the most satisfying.

Steep parameters (Teavivre’s website suggestion):
100ml gaiwan, 7g sample, rinse and 7 steeps (15s, 15s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s, 80s)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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85

Tea provided by Teavivre for review

Sniffing the wet leaves after the rinse stage, I picked up on butter, spices and a sweet flavour (like corn). This scent is very noticeable and not subtle or boring in any way.

Tasting the first steep, the aroma is much more toned down than I imagined. It’s mellow, floral, and slightly sweet. None of the flavours overpower my senses, and I didn’t taste any bitterness.

From the second to seventh steeps, it held a consistent flavour.

My husband and I had very different opinions on this tea. He really enjoys non-roasted oolongs and I do not. That’s my bias, but I can still appreciate the tea (I’m just not crazy about it).

Overall, I think it’s a nice mellow oolong. Its quiet nature is enjoyable. In comparison with cheaper oolong teas, this has a good long lasting flavour that resteeps well.

Tea parameters (Teavivre’s website suggestion):
100ml gaiwan, 7g sample, rinse and 7 infusions (30s, 30s, 35s, 45s, 60s, 100s, 120s)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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This came along as a sample with my order (Darjeeling 2013 sample packs).

I didn’t expect much from it, but it has a lovely warm fuzzy peach flavour to it. Overall, it has a lovely soft Darjeeling characteristic, with a smooth, creamy body.

Steep parameters:
250ml mug, 1 teaspoon

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I don’t log tea every time I drink it. Tasting notes tend to be about either one style of brewing or a new experience. It is helpful for me to look back on my notes and see what a tea tasted like or which steeping parameter worked best for me.

When I write “tsp”, the measurement I use is a regular western teaspoon. Not a tea scoop

What my tea ratings mean:

99-100: Teas that blow my mind! An unforgettable experience. Savoured to the last drop. I felt privileged to drink this.

90-98: Extraordinary, highly recommended, try it and you won’t be disappointed (and if you are, mail me the tea!)

80-89: Excellent, a treasured experience but not a favourite.

70-79: Good but could be better. Above average.

60-69: Average, unexceptional, not something I would buy again. Slightly disappointed. I’d rather drink water.

50-0: Varying degrees of sadness

No rating: Mixed feelings, can’t decide whether I like it or not, not enough experience with that sort of tea to rate it. A dramatic change of heart.

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