1155 Tasting Notes

Black tea craving and super gaiwan usage recently which pairs this and my new dragon gaiwan up very nicely. I found this tea at the back of my cupboard from my last Infussion tea order not long before it closed down.

The raw leaves are a beautiful mixture of brown shades with golden tips being roughly 3/4 of what is present, those being very shiny and reflective. I do love shiny leaves. They are quite long with a rough average of 6mm, though some are straight while others are curly so it’s hard to tell specifically. Sniff-spection reveals a strong wooden scent with a hint of smoke. Very thick scent, was surprising. Perhaps one of the ‘darkest’ golden tips that I have tried, it smells more like full leaf Dian Hong ie not sweet or creamy like the golden tips I know and love.

First Steep – 15 seconds
It also tastes as strongly wooden and smoky as it smells. Despite a short 15 second steep It’s already very strong, just like a main steep. It does have some sweetness in the after taste but very mild against the smoke.

Second Steep – 25 seconds
Still heavily smoky but now increasing in flavour, adding a dry nutty flavour present in the after taste. Like roast chestnut.

Third Steep – 45 seconds
A little astringency has now appeared behind the smoke. Still getting strong roast chestnuts. The sweetness has vanished.

Fourth Steep – 70 seconds
Lighter in thickness and a little less smoky than previous steeps but I would still say it’s the main flavour. Pure smoke and smoky chestnuts…nice but not what I expected at all.

Fifth Steep – 90 seconds
Similar to the first steep, all that remains is burnt wood.

Overall – This was like no other golden tips I have tried before. I expected malt, sweetness, raisins and cream…instead I got smoke, burnt wood and roast chestnuts. Definiately more like Dian Hong full leaf than the golden tip in flavour. What I saw looked like golden tips (mostly) but it tasted like Lapsang Souchong and Dian Hong. It was nice but not what was expected. Not sure if this got contaminated on their end? It was unopened and still sealed my end and was not near anything open. Very strange.

185 °F / 85 °C 7 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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This is an old Canton Tea Club sample that I’ve tried before but forgot to review. Luckily I have just enough left to write some quick notes with. Usually my husband would be joining me but tonight he’s riding the Jack Daniels train and I can’t drink on my medication.

The leaves are very dark brown almost black with a few golden tips present. They are long and thin for the most part, guessing an average of 8mm long. They have a smoky, damp wooden scent with a dry leather like presence.

Steeping in my gaiwan using 6g of leaves and roughly 160ml of water.

First Steep – 20 seconds
Light yet sweet and fruity with malt tones. I’m tasting honey also. Fruit wise all I can think of is apricot which is unusual for a black tea.

Second Steep – 40 seconds
Light but still flavourful. Floral wise I say it reminds me of orchid, but also still getting the malt and apricot tones too. Also a little dry in the after taste.

Third Steep – 60 seconds
Carrying on in flavour nicely though it’s starting to become more subtle. I’m really starting to like the orchid and apricot combo, unusual but refreshing.

Fourth Steep – 80 seconds
Definitely the end of tonight’s steeps, it’s now very delicate and a little sour. All that remains is the apricot and honey.

For the most part this tea remained consistent in flavour throughout steeps. It never became astringent and though it became a little dry towards the end it was more than acceptable. While I am not overly keen on light black teas I found this particular one to be full of flavour and very enjoyable. Sad to see this one go.

195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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I’m in the mood for some more Oolong, something to put my mind at ease for tomorrows doctors visit. I’m having my first cervical screening tomorrow, I’ve had scans of an intimate nature done before but those were to show my ovaries are in the wrong area and that I couldn’t have kids. My mum had cervical cancer as did my nan and my aunt so honestly I’m preparing myself for the worst, but since my husband had testicular cancer a few years ago I agreed to be on time for any intimate scan. Promises are promises but I’m sure you girls know how nervous it can be. And the guys are probably cringing lol.

Anyway focus on Oolong, my good old friend Oolong. Taiwan Tea Crafts still has this one in stock so I can read some information on it. “No other Lishan tea shines with the same purity and authenticity as this one.” Ooohhh that sounds promising :) “produced by Mr. Gao, a member of the Atayal Nation”.

The balls are a nice size with a rough average of 4mm. They are a mixture of two dark greens. They smell sweet and floral, like geranium perfume. Also getting a buttery scent.

Water : 3oz / 85ml 194℉ / 90℃
7 Grams Tea
8 steeps : rinse,25s,25s,30s,40s,60s,90s,120s,180s
Rinsing time is around 5 seconds

First Steep – 25 seconds
Mild, sweet, floral and mineral. Like mild geranium water spray.

Second Steep – 25 seconds
Toasted geranium and grass with a honeyed after taste.

Third Steep – 30 seconds
Very sweet and floral but more perfumed and dry. Yet still clean tasting.

Fourth Steep – 40 seconds
Very perfumed and florally thick but also more grassy. Heavy perfume after taste.

Fifth Steep – 60 seconds
Still perfumed and geranium like but remains pure and sweet.

Sixth Steep – 90 seconds
It’s still think and carrying on it’s flavour very well. It’s still thick yet with no astringency and the geranium is still fresh and sweet.

Seventh Steep – 120 seconds
Softer than the previous steeps but still very floral and clean.

Eighth Steep – 180 seconds
Very soft and back to the strength of the first steep. Buttery and sweet once more.

It tasted like spring water with flowers inside rather than a tea and it was very refreshing yet flavourful. I had high hopes and it raised the bar to be possibly the best Li Shan I have tried. It had little dryness despite being heavily perfumed and it left a beautiful after taste, I feel like I’ve breathed in spring!

195 °F / 90 °C 7 g 3 OZ / 85 ML

I hope everything goes well for you tomorrow! Glad you have some nice tea to comfort you. Sending good thoughts!


I hope all goes well tomorrow, too. And hey—the idea of anyone poking around our nether-regions is anxiety-inducing. Hopefully it’s over quickly.


Positive thoughts for a positive outcome. And you get to be anxious – I don’t think that’s anyone’s idea of a good time.


You’re very wise to be evaluated and to keep all follow-up appointments given your maternal family history. Hopefully, your father’s side of the family reduces your risk. We’ll be praying for a good outcome.


Thank you everyone! I can happily report that everything is over and done with now and my results will be in two weeks, though she said from her point of view everything looked healthy. As an added treat my new gaiwan tea set arrived and I love it. Will use it in a bit when I’m up to it. http://www.dragonteahouse.biz/accessories/tea-sets/dragon-phoenix-porcelain-gongfu-tea-set-6-pcs.html


Excellent! You should reward yourself for having done what’s medically prudent to maintain your long-term health. Perhaps dinner out or a very special tea in your new beautiful gongfu tea set?


I may stick to the tea for tonight as tomorrow night I’m having a meal and some drinks as part of a hen party (which I don’t want to go to but have no option to back out). I’ve been on my Oolong recently so I may find space for some more to open and sample as my treat :)


You should definitely treat yourself!

I typically have black tea for breakfast. However, I’m running low on black teas samples. How are oolong, green & white teas for breakfast?


Green teas are rather good to have in the morning, Japanese greens in particular have a strange effect on me and I end up skipping all day and being happy. I think the idea is to have green teas highly concentrated in the morning so that the impact of caffeine is larger for the extra boost. Oolong and whites I find too relaxing in the morning but they would work well on weekends or days off. I tend to mostly go by what I feel like that morning, sometimes my first cup isn’t until lunch time.


Pap smear tests are offered to all women between 20-something and 50-something every few years here. It’s a preventative routine screening.


Yet it’s surprising how many women ‘forget’ to go all because of a little embarrassment. I know about it well as cervical and ovarian cancer run in my family.

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I got this tea as part of an Oolong collection sold by Taiwan Tea Crafts but they don’t seem to have this tea any more or I at least can’t find it on their website. It would have been nice to know a little more information on this tea but never mind, it just means I’m blind taste testing.

The balls are a nice size measuring an average of 6mm and consist or dark green almost brown and medium brown colours. They have a sweet and creamy scent, also lightly toasty. Like honeycomb ice cream. :)

Water : 3oz / 85ml 212℉ / 100℃
7 Grams Tea
6 steeps : rinse,25s,35s,45s,55s,65s,75s
Rinsing time is around 5 seconds

First Steep – 25 seconds
Subtle in flavour with strong cream tones and mild sweetness. Liners in the after taste.

Second Steep – 35 seconds
Toasted and almost wooden, the sweetness is present but now matches the cream. Also a little like straw.

Third Steep – 45 seconds
Again it’s increased in strength and it’s not focussing more on toasted straw than cream. It has a pure flavour, natural and beautiful. I’m also getting a fruit flavour, perhaps kumquat.

Fourth Steep – 55 seconds
Lightening in strength again which makes this another creamy steep. It’s soft and sweet but also now sort of perfumed and dry.

Fifth Steep – 65 seconds
Very similar to the second steep at this point. The cream is shining through again with minimal toastedness and just the right amount of sweetness.

Sixth Steep – 75 seconds
Yes and back to the first steep. Creamy and sweet and very gentle.

Overall this was a delightful milk Oolong that gained charm in the middle steeps. Milk Oolong is not a favourite of mine which could result from me being allergic to milk, but this particular Oolong was subtle and pure which I found pleasant. So while this doesn’t get top marks in terms of being an Oolong it does go towards the top marks for Milk Oolong.

Boiling 7 g 3 OZ / 85 ML

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I thought I had already reviewed this tea but apparently not. Well I’m having some tonight so I may as well write a quick review.

The leaves are thin and long (needle like) and have a sweet yet perfumed scent, also rather mineral. The closest I can think resembling it would be broad bean. I love broad beans :)

First steep – 30 seconds
Extremely mild yet sweet. Has a dry and perfumed after taste. Just a gentle hint of mineal.

Second steep – 50 seconds
More flavour now but remains gentle. Still sweet the the mineral has increased to a nice level in the after taste. Still getting a broad bean vibe. Or maybe sweet pea.

Third Steep – 70 seconds
Yes sweet pea like with a broad bean after taste and some dryness. Overall it’s still very soft and refreshing.

I did review this before, for some reason Steepster said I hadn’t rated or reviewed it before yet when I scrolled down to read other reviews I saw my original one. I hate the new changes, they have made more things worse than better :/

190 °F / 87 °C 6 g 6 OZ / 170 ML

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This is a quick note that will be altered shortly in the future. It’s not a ‘real’ review because I am highly medicated on anti psychotic drugs. While the question of me being psychotic will be questionable (depending on whom you ask) I have another reason for taking them. I have an ear infection, and one medication used for both earache/pain and dizziness caused by the infection also treats people with anxiety issues and mental disorders such as schizophrenia. Thank you dopamine. My husband has called me ‘weird’ today too and ‘scary’ so I think they have had some effect.

Regardless I thought I would keep drinking my tea. This was a special tea purchased from Yunomi in their rare but reasonable section. It has such large and whole leaves, so beautiful and autumnal. It’s flavour is also sweet and toasty which in a weird way reminds me of autumn. Oh yeah I’m cooking dinner and I need to go and dish up before it burns. But suffice to say this tea is beautiful so far.

195 °F / 90 °C 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

Hehe, feel better Kitty! Much love.


Feel better soon! :)


So you’ll get rid of your ear ache and anxiety at the same time. Cool. :-)


I hope you feel better soon.


get well soon Kitty

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This tea arrived with my last Yunomi order which was only a couple of days ago. This tea intrigued me for two particular reasons:
1 – It’s rolled up into balls and resembles Gunpowder Green
2 – It says you can also eat this tea as a snack.
Well there is also a hidden number 3 – it’s a beautiful shade of shiny green

The first thing I did when I opened this tea is go ahead and eat a piece, diving into the deep end so to speak. It’s actually quite nice but also rather astringent and much stronger than I expected. It tastes like seaweed and cabbage but very raw. Like I said not disgusting but just an acquired taste.

If I forget about eating it for now I can note the tea itself. The balls vary in size but they average an estimate of 4-5mm and are flat rather than round (mostly anyway). They are dark green and very shiny but also have a rough look, like the surface of a stone. Though it’s mostly ball shaped leaves there are also some thin, small curls of leaves and stems present too. They have a sweet yet perfumed scent that is rather strong, also very mineral. Particularly savoy cabbage (or similar) and sweet grass.

Steeping instructions were followed and taken from the Yunomi website.

First steep – 30 seconds
The pale yellow tea has a subtle yet sweet smell which is more floral or mineral now than grassy. Oh yum! It tastes as it smells, very fresh and light but sweet and mineral. I’m imagining a light spring rain dancing upon the leaves of this beautiful plant and the fallen dancers are the result of the dew in my cup.

Second steep – 45 seconds
Thicker but still sweet and mineral with no astringency. The increased strength is still very mild but the flavour it has is beautiful. It has a green Oolong feel about it with notes of honey.

Third steep – 1min 10secs
Another slight strength increase but still no astringency though this one is a little perfumed and dry. Also more mineral and grassy than before.

This is a light and sweet green tea that tastes pure and very refreshing. There was no astringency at all though-out three steeps and the flavours carried on well. This is one of my new favourite Japanese greens.

160 °F / 71 °C 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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This tea smells very wooden and sweet with a hint of chestnut.

First Steep – 45 seconds
A mild yet very sweet steep with a dry, nutty after taste. No astringency. Also reminds me of lightly toasted wood.

Second Steep – 1 min 25 secs
Still light and sweet but with some spice towards the after taste. Also subtly sour and astringent.

Third Steep – 2 mins
Very sweet and still reminding me of chestnut. Very light and wooden but not much flavour left overall.

So far it’s too early to judge this tea, I think I may have not used enough leaf so I will have another try another day and see how it comes out. It is also possible that it’s just a very light black tea.

Boiling 8 g 7 OZ / 200 ML
Dag Wedin

Ah this tea is one of the better japanese blacks.
It has rather large leaf so needs a bit longer infusions.
It is somewhat light in flavour compared to other blacks like hime fuki. I found that ca 3g/100ml water with 1/1:30/2+ minutes infusions gave a nice result.

Dag Wedin

Ah but i also used a porous clay pot that enhance the body noticably. I would think that in a porcelain or glas pot you would have to increse leaf and/or steeptime.


Thank you for the info :) I will try the longer infusion next time. It’s always hard to gage the first time you steep a tea without instructions. I used my Futanashi Tokoname teapot I got from Yuuki Cha.

Dag Wedin

Never tried tokoname clay. However the pots are often very beutiful!

Terri HarpLady

Wow, those teapots are gorgeous!


Those teapots are beautiful :)

I found this one yesterday and have enquired about it’s price. They have some nice teaware on their website.

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drank Longcha from Mie by Takeo Tea
1155 tasting notes

I chose this tea for my morning cup and it’s given me a bounce in my step all day. Seemed more wooden today than it did yesterday but still very nice.

Also inspired me to have another try at tea jewellery, so I made this pendant. The leaf is Bancha.


Ooh, cool idea!


Very nice!


Very pretty. Interestingly, from a distance it looks like a map.

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drank Longcha from Mie by Takeo Tea
1155 tasting notes

Thank you Dag Wedin for this sample. I’ve kept it safe for a few months until I became confident enough to do a review, though even now I have not had many Japanese Oolong.

Again I will be following the same steeping method as Dag. I’ve tried to find this tea online for more information but I failed :(

The leaves are dark brown and are a variety of lengths, I would say they range from finely chopped up to 20mm. I can also see some light brown stick/stem amongst the leaves. They have a sweet wooden scent with a subtle hint of flowers. As though I was walking through a woods in the summer time and inhaling deeply.

The steeped scent is also wooden and gently sweet. Medium strength, sweet fresh cut wood, malt and honey. Little to no astringency. Beautiful sweet after taste.

A fine Japanese Oolong :) Similar to a light black tea so I think my husband would also enjoy this one. He’s dominantly a black tea fan but he does make exceptions.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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I’m 26 years old from Leicester, England named Kayleigh. I have a wonderful husband called Richard whom I am very lucky to have in my life.

I started off many years ago drinking herbal and fruit teas which over time peaked my interest in trying new types. Eventually I began to import and sample many different teas and cultures which I still do today. My life goal is to try as many teas and ways of having tea as possible.

Tea wise my cravings change constantly from pu erh one month to jasmine green to the next and so on.

I adore cats and have four of my own called Honey, Cassie, Mr Soots and Ivory.

I also have two fish tanks which thankfully my cats have no interest in. They house an array of tropical fish and shrimp.

I am a proud vegetarian and have been for the majority of my life. When I say vegetarian I mean just that as well, no fish or seafood, no chicken now and again, no animal products such as gelatine and cochineal.

I also enjoy watching Japanese Anime and horror films.

I am always up for tea swaps so if you see anything in my virtual cupboard then please contact me.

A short list to help swapping with me easier though honestly I am not fussy and am willing to try anything. Plus the notes below are usually, sometimes I love a tea that has an ingredient I tend to dislike and other times I hate a tea that I thought I would love.

Likes: Any fruit but especially melon and orange, vanilla, all tea types (black, green, white etc), nuts (any), flowers, ginger, chai.

Dislikes: Licorice, aniseed, clove, eucalyptus, lavender.



Leicester, England, United Kingdom



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