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125 Tasting Notes

86

Mmm… my second time drinking this and I’m loving it more than the first. There is woodiness/smokiness to it that just drives me crazy… I love it! For a second I swear I smelled bacon! What is this? I so intrigued by this tea… It’s floral, it’s fruity, it’s woody and smoky with delicious notes of honey coming through.

I steeped 7 grams in 6 ounces of 95C water for 5/10/10. I’m on the third steep right now and the astringency picked up a bit once the tea cooled but it’s a well balanced astringency, something that I enjoy.

This is some quality sheng. I really want to age this but I’m not sure how long this brick will last.

Flavors: Apricot, Honey, Orchids, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 g 6 OZ / 177 ML
Stephanie

Shengs are so fascinating :) They’re my new obsession!

Kamyria

Yes, mine too!

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90

This simply never disappoints. It’s fragrant, sweet, milky, buttery and hits the spot every time. Yum!

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drank Sichuan Caravan by Verdant Tea
125 tasting notes

Well, this turned out to be a pyjama day. I love pyjama days! I read, I played, I ate delicious things and I’ve been sipping on this yummy tea through it all.

To me this is a very well balanced blend. It has a spicy and sweet aroma and a smooth taste with a bit of sweetness and just right amount of ginger. Yum!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
125 tasting notes

Sipdown!

I had this with milk tonight and it was delicious. Milky goodness with caramel and coconut notes. Will have to restock this sometime.

Flavors: Caramel, Coconut

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80

Sipdown! Thank you Verdant for this tasty sample!

Definitely a very yummy tea but then again…. It’s an oolong, right? :D I don’t think I’ve tried straight oolong I didn’t like yet. Oolong to me is always a win.

The steeped tea was sweet and floral with some mild vegetal notes. Steeps 2 and beyond brought some nuttiness and a slight, well balanced astringency developing towards the end of the sip. The floral edge was the strongest during the first steep and got progressively weaker as the steeps went on.

Oveall delicious but I would prefer stronger floral notes.

Preparation
7 g 7 OZ / 207 ML

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90

Mmmm…. This is so good. Brewing it gong fu style and enjoying every sip. It’s smooth, fragrant and smoky…. Yum!

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86

I’m having a weird day… Can’t gather my thoughts. Has this ever happened to anyone?

This tea is delicious. Not a slight bit of bitterness to it the way I steeped so far. I used 6 grams for 6 ounces of water but I think next time I might use 7 grams.

Before first steep I rinsed it and waited 1 minute to wake the leaves up. Then I steeped it for 5/5/10/10 sec.

I’m on my fourth steep right now. The aroma is just lovely. It’s flowery and sweet and the taste doesn’t disappoint either. There is typical sheng tanginess to it with notes of apricot and honey. There is also a little woodiness to it and that caught me by a pleasant surprise. Yum. I’ll continue steeping and see what else I get.

Overall, this is a lovely sheng. I like everything about it so far. I’m so glad I got the whole brick. :D

Flavors: Apricot, Honey, Orchids, Wood

TheTeaFairy

«Can’t gather my thoughts. Has this ever happened to anyone?»
Yes, very annoying. Hope the feeling is gone :-)

Kamyria

Yeah… it was all around a weird day yesterday. Much better today. :)

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drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
125 tasting notes

This is a sad sipdown. I don’t know why DavidsTea doesn’t offer this wonderful oolong anymore but they don’t and I’m going to have to find another coconut oolong elsewhere. Oh well… I guess I should branch out and see what else is available. I think Zen Tea has coconut oolong.

For now this is delicious. Fragrant and full of coconut notes. Yum.

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90

This is so good, I really wish I got more when it was available. My stash is getting painfully smaller every time I drink it. If it comes in again, I’m getting more for sure.

Aromatic, smooth and earthy… YUM!

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85

Sipdown!

There was just about 3 grams left in the sample packet and I wish I had more to try it gongfu style. I steeped what I had left for 1 minute in 6 ounces of water.

It was yummy and not quite how I remembered it from the last time I had it. It was roasted, with caramel, a hint of fruit and sweet notes of honey. Chocolate didn’t really come to mind this time.

I’m intrigued…. can’t wait to steep it again.

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It’s been a while since I joined Steepster and I think it’s time to write up a bio.

I’m a stay at home, married mom with 5 kids, most of them grown up. Only one remains with us now, my 7 year old sunshine which I push out of the house to school every morning and it’s not an easy thing to do.

I’m an avid gardener during a growing season and my goal is to grow most of the food we eat and save some for winter too. I’m also an artist and a huge nerd. I read books, I play computer games. My very first game was World of Warcraft (was addicted to it solid for a year, lol), then came Skyrim, Minecraft (with my 7 year old) and few others less memorable along the way.

I began drinking tea on regular basis just over 2 years ago when I decided to kick my morning coffee habit. It wasn’t pretty… I couldn’t function for 3 days straight but survived. A year ago I discovered loose tea and found Steepster… The rest is history.

Some of the staples in my cupboard are Dragonwell green tea, Japanese sencha, Silver Needle white tea, green roobois, darjeeling and pu’erh. I also drink variety of flavored teas for fun and I like to order tisanes and mix them with straight teas for even more variety.

Recently I found out how much I love oolong so will be stocking up on that as well.

There are few other tea lovers in my family: my mom and dad, my oldest daughter, my son and my youngest 7 year old. She loves when I try out different teas and I always have to remember to make enough for her to have a little taste.

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Ontario, Canada

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