673 Tasting Notes


2013 “Bamboo Aroma” Tian Jian Hei Cha. Sold by yunnan sourcing.

Dry leaf: musty, sweet.

Wet leaf: sweet, raisins, grapes, chocolate.

Light steep; I smell/taste:
(Smell) light —→ chalky, cookies, chocolate.
(Taste) light —→ grapes, raisins, dark chocolate, metallic(iron).

Medium steep; I smell/taste:
(Smell) light —→ chalky, toasty.
(Taste) slight metallic(iron).
light —→ oats, chocolate, raisins

Heavy steep; I smell/taste:
(Smell) slight chalky, chocolate(?).
(Taste) light bitterness.
Medium —→ grapes, raisins.

All in all. A yummy tea. UNIQUE! grapes, raisins. I never had that before. It’s yummy, however I’m not accustomed to the taste. So I rate a 95/100. I suggest you give it a try.

Flavors: Bitter, Chocolate, Cookie, Dark Chocolate, Grapes, Metallic, Musty, Oats, Raisins, Sweet, Toasty

195 °F / 90 °C 12 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.


2013 yunnan sourcing premium ripe pu-erh tea mini tuo

Dry leaf: musty, sweet

Used half a mini tuo for my 60 ml gaiwan.

Wet leaf: chocolate, sweet.

Light steep; I smell/taste:
(Smell) light —→ chocolate, fermentation.
(Taste) light —→ earth, chocolate.
Medium —→ mud, fermentation forest floor, rainforest floor.

Medium steep; I smell/taste:
(Smell) slight peaches(?). Light
—→ chocolate, fermentation.
(Taste) light metallic (iron). Medium
—→ forest floor, earth, mud, rainforest, chocolate, fermentation.

Heavy steep; I smell/taste:
(Smell) light liquorish.
(Taste) light —→ earth, fermentation,
Mud, forest floor, rainforest.
Medium liquorish.

All in all a delicious tea. I rate a 99/100 as I think this tea may need more mellowing out. But in the end, it’s worth the buy! Give it a go!

Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Forest Floor, Licorice, Metallic, Mud, Musty, Rainforest, Sweet

200 °F / 93 °C

Login or sign up to leave a comment.


UPDATE: This tea goes great using a quarter of an ultra-mini cake in my new 60ml gaiwan from yunnan sourcing(pictured). There is little to no bitterness. A happy medium.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BqQvQ0eljlX/ (Two photos, there should be an arrow to click)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.


Menghai ultra-mini raw puerh tea cakes. Bought on yunnan sourcing.

Dry leaf: musty, sweet.

Wet leaf: sweet, cereal (porridge).

Light steep; I smell/taste: medium
—→ bitterness, green, grass, honey, spices. Strong metallic (iron).


I should have used half. Even with a 130ml teapot. steep times will be shorter. (Strong tea lol) removed a bit of leaf.

Medium steep; much better. Light bitterness Medium —→ honey, spices, metallic (iron), green, grass.

Heavy steep; I smell/taste: I’m going to skip.

A weird yet tasty tea. I rate a 90/100. Tip: if you want to avoid bitterness I suggest you use a 200 or more milliliter teapot. I enjoyed this tea still. It’s a good tea. May just be too strong for me. If you love strong teas, I suggest you try this tea. (Or if you’re curious.) The tea is good. Tasty. Fresh. Maybe I’ll find a new home for this tea. :).

Note: my apologies. I forgot to do the smell portion

Iirc, they are sold out of single tongs

Flavors: Bitter, Grain, Grass, Green, Honey, Metallic, Musty, Spices, Sweet

Boiling 7 g 5 OZ / 135 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.


Enjoyed some “2016 Menghai “7752” Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake sold by yunnan sourcing” on a cold fall day. Energetic and clean as well :)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Enjoyed some “2016 yunnan sourcing red monkey raw puerh mini cake.” Clean and energetic. i should do a full review sometime. it has changed quite a bit

Login or sign up to leave a comment.


Enjoying some “premium AA Da Hong Pao Wu Yi Shan Rock Oolong Tea” from Yunnan Sourcing on a cold, rainy fall day. Very warming. Will revisit soon with a full review.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.


2016 Menghai “7752” Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake sold by yunnan sourcing.

Dry leaf: musty, sweet, earthy.

Wet leaf: earthy, very sweet, rainforest/forest floor.

Light steep; I smell/taste:
Smell; earthy, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate, camphor(?), mushrooms(?).
Taste; medium —→ earth, metallic(copper/iron), rainforest/forest, fermentation, sweet, Mushrooms, chocolate, cookies. Strong camphor. Special note: brewed tea has a thick tasty mouth feel.

Medium steep; I smell/taste:
Smell; Same as above however a bit stronger.
Taste; medium —→ cookies, mushroom. strong —→ earth, camphor, metallic (iron/copper)

Note: I won’t be doing a heavy steep a I figure from above notes, it would possibly be too strong. Maybe I’m a few years if I buy it again, then I can try. I suggest light steeps.

Aside from a lack of a heavy steep, I rate a 100/100. Just so clean, crisp, and tasty!

Where to buy: https://yunnansourcing.com/products/2016-menghai-7752-ripe-pu-erh-tea-cake

Another special note, it may be hard to pry good sized chunks off. This is not a big deal. Still a great tea.

Bonus Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/BonGUokl171/?taken-by=kirkoneill1988

Flavors: Camphor, Chocolate, Cookie, Earth, Forest Floor, Metallic, Mushrooms, Musty, Rainforest, Sweet

Boiling 8 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

i just noticed this is my 666th note….. maybe bad luck lmao! but could be good luck in Chinese terms ;)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Herbal Blast by Teazsol
673 tasting notes

Herbal Blast by Teazsol.
At first it produced a lovely mauve color. Now it’s red. The taste reminds me of blueberries and other fruits and berries. I recommend you give this company a go. I rate the tea a 97/100. Remember this is a new concept I’ve never heard of. That is tea bagged teas made from corn husk


Flavors: Berries, Blueberry, Fruity

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 250 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.


Double bergamot earl grey by stash.

I don’t usually drink bagged teas, but this is really yummy. Zesty like oranges, sweet and all around yummy. If you’re into tea bagged teas, I suggest you give this a go.


Flavors: Orange, Orange Zest, Sweet

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 250 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.



How I rate my tea:

Light steep 15s

Medium steep 30s

Heavy steep 1min or greater

Within the steeps:

Smell then taste.





Following These People

Moderator Tools

Mark as Spammer