554 Tasting Notes


such a lovely tea for bagged tea! this tea has re-ignited my love for chai. expect a full review

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i’ve had enough of this tea to say that it is yummy, however, its not something ill order again. though i suggest you try it.

new pic of wrapper: https://www.instagram.com/p/BGkvqkoJ47x/

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i used the last bit of this tea up.. yummy to the end

been chilling listening to jeremy by pearl jam


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this tea has aged nicely sitting in a basket in grandma’s living room! so lovely

Boiling 10 g 6 OZ / 165 ML

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Quing yun – high grade by moyeam co. Tea review

Ru Yao dragon teapot gongfucha.

Dry leaf: green, sweet, grass, freshly cut grass. Like dragonwell.

Wet leaf: green, sweet grass, wet grass, roses, floral, peanuts.

1 × 10s rinse.

Light steep: I taste/smell; medium
-> roses, green, wet grass, floral , metallic (iron). Light peanuts.

Medium steep: I taste/smell; light to medium -> floral , metallic (iron), wet grass, green, roses. Light peanuts

Heavy steep: I taste/smell; light —> roses, floral, metallic (iron), wet grass, green. light peanuts.

All in all, such a lovely tea! Quite odd too!

I rate a 100

Many thanks for the free sample.


Flavors: Floral, Freshly Cut Grass, Grass, Green, Metallic, Peanut, Rose, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 7 g 6 OZ / 165 ML

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

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Nonpareil Taiwan shanlinxi black tea from xin mu cha review

Ru Yao dragon teapot. Gongfucha:

Dry leaf: green, sweet (unlike typical black teas)

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.

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

205 °F / 96 °C 7 tsp 165 OZ / 4879 ML

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.


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

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Winter essence. By xin mu cha tea review

Ru Yao dragon teapot, gongfucha.

Dry leaf: fruity (unknown), sweet.

Wet leaf: asparagus, green, floral, sweet, roses, fruity (peach).
1x medium rinse

Light steep: I taste/smell; slight roses. Light -> green, asparagus, floral, fruity (peaches) seaweed, wet wood.

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

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.


aww :(. yeah i thought it tasted like roses

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Premium dragon well long Jing green tea from teavivre review.

Ru Yao dragon teapot gongfucha.

Dry leaf: green, sweet, grass, freshly cut grass.

Wet leaf: green, sweet, grass, freshly cut grass.

1x short rinse

Light steep: I taste/smell: light hay.
Medium -> sweetness, grass, freshly cut grass, honey.

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 :)


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

195 °F / 90 °C 10 g 6 OZ / 165 ML

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

ru yao drsgon teapot gongfucha

Dry leaf: smokey, pine, basketballs.

Wet leaf: smokey, pine, spices, basketballs.

1x short rinse

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

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


Flavors: Cream, Pine, Smoke, Spices

200 °F / 93 °C 10 g 6 OZ / 165 ML

Mmm basketballs.


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


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


in short the air you smell touches your toung


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


one can also say nike shoes


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

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