549 Tasting Notes

99

i plan on buying two of these cakes for Christmas, and one of a different cake

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90

Nonpareil Taiwan shanlinxi black tea from xin mu cha review

Ru Yao dragon teapot. Gongfucha:

Dry leaf: green, sweet (unlike typical black teas)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BF3_tqbJ44c/

Wet leaf: slightly green, sweet spicy and roasted. (Smells more like a black tea now)
(i forgot to take a picture, silly me.)

1x medium steep
Rest: 10min

Light steep: I taste/smell; light -> sweet, fruit (blueberries), spices, wood, smoke.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BF4Ca8xJ4_3/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BF4CW4Op4_z/

Medium steep: I taste/smell strong smoke. Medium -> sweet, smoke, fruit (blueberries) wood, spices.

Heavy steep: I taste/smell; medium -> sweet, smoke, wood, spices, fruit (blueberries).

All in all this is quite a yummy tea. It’s like a mix of oolong and black tea.

Since this is a black tea, and I’m not much for black teas, I rate a 90

i recommend this tea for those who want to try something like an oolongy black tea

Flavors: Fruity, Green, Roasted, Smoke, Spices, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 tsp 165 OZ / 4879 ML
CWarren

You’ll notice a lot of red/black teas coming out of Taiwan, especially those created by TRES, have much in common with oolong. This tea sounds great.

Kirkoneill1988

it was yummy, but like i said, i’m not into black tea much :(

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100

Winter essence. By xin mu cha tea review

Ru Yao dragon teapot, gongfucha.

Dry leaf: fruity (unknown), sweet.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BF4FO1bJ43i/

Wet leaf: asparagus, green, floral, sweet, roses, fruity (peach).
https://www.instagram.com/p/BF4PIAzJ4yG/
1x medium rinse

Light steep: I taste/smell; slight roses. Light -> green, asparagus, floral, fruity (peaches) seaweed, wet wood.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BF4GzDqp47c/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BF4GvOcp47T/

Medium steep: I taste/smell; light roses. Medium -> green, asparagus, floral, fruity (peaches and berries), seaweed, wet wood.

Heavy steep: I taste/smell; slight -> roses, seaweed. Medium -> fruity (peaches and berries). Strong -> floral, green, wet wood

All in all, this is an amazing tea! The smell, taste and cha qi! Lovely! I rate a 100

a note from sean:

Growing from Li Shan, the middle high mountain area of Taiwan, where the altitude is about 2,400m. This area is the top premium high mountain tea growing place in Taiwan. Our winter essence oolong tea not only has the extremely smooth soft texture, but also layer upon layer floral fruity after taste strike in the throat. This is our top premium and very limited batch of high mountain Li Shan oolong tea.

Flavors: Asparagus, Floral, Fruity, Green, Rose, Seaweed, Sweet, Wet Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 tsp 6 OZ / 165 ML
Daylon R Thomas

Rose is an interesting floral for an Li Shan.

Daylon R Thomas

And it had to be sold out. Just right when I was getting into more High Mountain Oolongs.

Kirkoneill1988

aww :(. yeah i thought it tasted like roses

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100

Premium dragon well long Jing green tea from teavivre review.

Ru Yao dragon teapot gongfucha.

Dry leaf: green, sweet, grass, freshly cut grass.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BFouAzEp4_x/

Wet leaf: green, sweet, grass, freshly cut grass.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BFouEVrp4_5/

1x short rinse

Light steep: I taste/smell: light hay.
Medium -> sweetness, grass, freshly cut grass, honey.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BFovSbvp4ye/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BFovWTAp4yn/

Medium steep: I taste/smell medium hay. Strong -> grass, sweetness, honey, freshly cut grass. Slight bitterness.

Heavy steep: I taste/smell; medium -> hay, sweetness, grass, freshly cut grass, honey. Little to no bitterness

All in all an amazing tea! The tastes, smells, the cha qi! Lovely!

I rate a 100

Thanks teavivre, for giving me this since you ran out of the other kind :)

http://www.teavivre.com/premium-dragon-well-green-tea/

Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Grass, Green, Hay, Honey, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 10 g 6 OZ / 165 ML

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100

Lapsang souchong smokey black tea. Yan xun zheng xiao zhong. Tea review

ru yao drsgon teapot gongfucha

Dry leaf: smokey, pine, basketballs.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BFmqFE0p4zX/

Wet leaf: smokey, pine, spices, basketballs.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BFmqUdbp40F/

1x short rinse

Light steep: I smell/taste; light -> smoke, pine, cream, basketballs.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BFmqKWep4zo/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BFmqH6lp4zh/

Medium steep: I smell/taste; medium -> spices, pine, smoke, basketballs. Light cream.

Heavy steep: I smell/taste: strong -—> pine, smoke, basketballs spices. Light cream.

All in all, a wonderful tea! The taste, smell and cha qi, so lovely!

I rate a 100

http://www.teavivre.com/smoky-lapsang-black-tea/

Flavors: Cream, Pine, Smoke, Spices

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 10 g 6 OZ / 165 ML
tperez

Mmm basketballs.

Kirkoneill1988

yeah it tastes/smells like a basketball would if you were to sniff one or chew on one. i never chewed on one before but i assume that is what it would taste like on the grounds that 90% of what you smell, it would taste like :D

Kirkoneill1988

if you can ask google. you can possibly find some studies on it ;)

Kirkoneill1988

in short the air you smell touches your toung

tperez

It’s a weird descriptor, but I do know exactly the smell you’re talking about :)

Kirkoneill1988

one can also say nike shoes

rosebudmelissa

Ah, that rubbery smell. That sounds like an odd flavor for tea. Of course, Osmanthus tastes like Eyeshadow to me.

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99

i was finally told what the wet storage tastes like.

rancid and/or shrimpy fishy.

i don’t mind shrimpy/fishy taste but the rancid? yet to be experienced

this cake has little to no wet storage taste :/ just earthy/fermentation

AllanK

I don’t believe wet storage tastes like rancid or shrimpy fishy at all. The best description I have found is to describe the note as wet wood, not rancid at all. Rancid would if anything be an indicator of bad storage.

Kirkoneill1988

I guess I am wrong. I was going by what Oliver of green tea guru told me

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90

2013 nan Jian aromatic cake 702 raw puerh review

Gongfucha ru Yao dragon teapot.

Dry leaf: musty, green
https://www.instagram.com/p/BFUnvFcp4-i/

Wet leaf: green, fruit (unknown)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BFUncWwJ495/

Light steep: I taste/smell; slight cream. Light -> honey, spices.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BFUnm0NJ4-U/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BFUnhPwp4-I/

Medium steep: I taste/smell; light
-> cream, honey, spices, smokiness.

Heavy steep: I taste/smell; medium cream. Light to medium -> honey, spices, smokiness.

maybe i should have used hotter water

All in all a nice tea. A little too plain so I rate it a 90.

http://yunnansourcing.com/en/nan-jian-tea-factory/2709-2013-nan-jian-aromatic-cake-702-raw-pu-erh-tea-cake-380-grams.html

Flavors: Cream, Fruity, Green, Honey, Musty, Smoke, Spices

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 10 g 6 OZ / 165 ML

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99

i did not know this tea was wet stored either… i can’t pinpoint the wet stored tea taste in this one either..

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100

i did not know this tea was wet stored… i can’t really pinpoint the wet stored tea taste

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99

i taste a tad bit of smoke in this tea :D

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