1276 Tasting Notes

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I have had this a few times and must have forgotten to review it. Whoops! Just as well I have a large cloth bag full of them. I was reminded of this tea when I rummaged my stash to find supplies for the EU TTB, of which this one has been included.

This tea is from Jiulu Tea whom I found on Aliexpress and my reason for buying this particular tea is that I had never tried goji berry in Pu Erh before. It sounded like a nice combination of sweet and earthy.

I like the little wrappers for the mini tuocha, they have a small goji berry flower like symbol on them, along with 4g (which always comes in handy).

In appearance on the smooth side of the mini tuocha there is a single goji berry flower pressed/molded right into them. Wonderful contrast of yellow, green and dark pink/red against the dark and golden brown Pu Erh. So cute! They smell dry, wooden and musky with strong earthy tones. Frankly as you expect Pu Erh to smell, though it is a little disappointing that I cannot smell the goji berry.

Steeping Parameters:
Leaf – 2 x Tuocha – 8g
Water – 100C
Method – 100ml Gaiwan
Rinse – 1st for 3 seconds and 2nd for 5 seconds
Reason for both rinses being that I’m trying to unleash the goji berry goodness, as much as possible.

First Steep – 10 seconds
Mahogany in colour with a musky, deep earth scent with some smoke and wood.
Flavour is quite soft and damp tasting with some dryness and a touch of sweetness in the after taste. Smooth for a first steep (which must have been due to two rinses). Also has elements of clay, wood and mild leather.

Second Steep – 15 seconds
Musk and fresh soil greet me at first sip, though smoothly before a soft, floral sweetness develops into a dry after taste. Some clay and damp wood tones too. A little stronger than the previous steep but only just. Also sour for a second before it smoothing itself out.

Third steep – 25 seconds
Darker appearance – reminds me of soy sauce.
More musk and less smooth at this point. Also has a herbal taste that is sour and damp. Not sweet as it once appeared. Dryness remains and takes over in the after taste.

Fourth Steep – 30 seconds
Thicker in flavour though less musk and more damp soil. Also more smooth, slight sourness left but not much. Remains dry in the after taste but the sweetness if coming back slightly as well from the goji berry. Still a herbal sweetness above all else but it makes a nice change.

Fifth Steep – 45 seconds
Another nice steep, perhaps my favourite so far. It’s a lot smoother than it was and the flavours are more balanced. It’s thick in warm, fresh, damp soil but in a way that makes me think of a forest late at night. Light smoke, musk and herbal tastes with dryness break apart my hazy day dream which just leaves me asking for more.

Cryptic in terms of a review I suppose but that is what it made me think of and part of my
reviews is to incorporate my experience, thoughts and feelings with others. To share a vulnerable part of myself with the world, in a sense.

Sixth Steep – 1 minute
Back to mahogany in colour.
Smooth and soil like still, if anything the dryness is not as bad as the start. Unless I am just used to it? Sweeter I think than any other steep, particularly towards the after taste. Beautiful surprise.

Seventh Steep – 1 minute 30 seconds
Going milder now, but as it does it increases in sweetness. Finally! I have been hoping the goji would have more flavour than it has. No wood or smoke at this point. Also dryness truly is disappearing.

Eigth Steep – 2 minutes
I would say sweet herbs and soil is all that really remains. Sweet enough to be counted as brown sugar like. Not a whole spoon of it but a pinch.

Ninth Steep – 3 minutes
Not much remains but that touch of sweetness is a nice reminder of what once was.

I said it earlier but it’s worth mentioning again, the goji berry did not taste as strong as I was expecting. It wasn’t a case of tasting it and going “oh yes, that is goji berry right there”. If I didn’t know what it was then I would have guessed it had some herb in it, something I probably hadn’t heard of and wouldn’t have thought to mention much of. Still it was ‘different’ yet at the same time the Pu Erh was nice enough and ‘typical’. So yes, it was not as special as it looks and sounds but it did what I expect of a basic Pu Erh.

Pictures here: http://www.kittylovestea.co.uk/2015/07/02/goji-berry-pu-erh-thats-new-to-me/

Preparation
Boiling 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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It is with thanks to Red Fennekin that I may try this tea. I’m sorry for the 5 month wait before reviewing!

Good morning everyone, it’s 9:18am and already 23C and expecting to go over 30C. In other words, it’s too damn hot! I hate hot weather, the type of heat that you just sweat in and can do nothing to prevent it. I truly hate it. The only thing getting me passed it is the thought of hydrating myself spectacularly with copious amounts of tea.

This will be my first tea today so far.

Steeping Parameters:
Leaf – 5g
Water Temp – 90 C
Method: Gaiwan 100ml
Rinse: 5 seconds

The leaf is tightly wrapped into good size (around 4mm) balls that consist of deep brown and green colours with a subtle yellow tinge near the stem. They have a high gloss appearance and the stems almost look like golden tips.

Scent is thick with sweet grass, honey and cream notes. Very beautiful!

First Steep – 40 seconds
Pale yellow colour with a sweet honey, cream scent. Reminds me of sweetcorn and honeysuckle flowers.

Flavour is soft with grass, honey, cream, floral (honeysuckle, peony, gladiola) notes and a dry yet perfumed after taste. The pre rinse has truly opened up the leaves to unleash it’s beautiful flavours. Also I know gladiola may seem a little random but it was the first thing that really sprang to mind in terms of flowers so I wrote it down. Wonderful first steep.

Second Steep – 50 seconds
Still light in strength but has smoothed out a little in this steep. More grassy and dry and a touch less sweet. Still very floral and with dryness. Also would say it’s lightly toasted. Like fresh flowers and grass that have been dry toasted in a hot pan for thirty seconds.

Note: The after taste now starts to taste like sweetcorn. It’s sweet but also dry, fresh, juicy and lightly earthy.

Third Steep – 1 minute
Note – More yellow in colour but still remains light.

Light but with a stronger after taste than previous steeps. It starts sweet and mild but grows into thick grass with flowers and that touch of dryness that makes it almost perfumed. Also still getting a lot of cream notes but less toasted element.

Fourth Steep – 1 minute 15 seconds
Still a lot of flavour and very beautiful, fresh floral notes. Very smooth and well balanced, the dryness has not increased. I would also say I detect an element of fresh hay.

Fifth Steep – 1 minute 30 seconds
This is the first steep that actually has reduced strength and flavour. It no longer has sweetcorn or sweet grass notes, in fact the sweetness only remains through the flowers which still hold strongly. The cream however is still just as wonderful as the first steep. Also still smooth but an increase in dryness.

Sixth Steep – 2 minutes
A very light steep, all that remains is gladiola and cream with a dry finish.

This was a wonderful tea and I dare say one of the best Li Shan that I have had in a long time, perhaps even ever! To me this is what hot days are all about.

(ps. For those that follow me on Instagram there are a few pictures of this, before, during and after steep).
I also turned it into a blog post. http://www.kittylovestea.co.uk/2015/07/01/pussy-cat-pussy-cat-where-have-you-been-featuring-li-shan-oolong-review/

Flavors: Cream, Flowers, Hay, Honey, Sweet, warm grass

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
teatortoise

I could almost taste the tea. Very pleasantly thorough. I love honeysuckle and cream, but the thought of mixing in sweet grass… tantalizing.

Red Fennekin

:D! I’m really glad to hear that you liked it. I agree, too – it was one of the finest oolongs I’ve had.

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Bloody hell it’s hot today! Heat wave across the UK. Apparently it’s nothing compared to tomorrow (which is apparently going to be 30C in my area). Funnily enough it’s made me crave black tea rather than Oolong which is my usual ‘go to’ when it gets remotely hot.

My big flaw with this tea with the first tasting was that it was very beetroot like, and it still is though today I seem to really be liking it. Earthy and beetroot, almost dust like but in a nice way. Though I know that is strange and doesn’t sound very nice. It’s strength is not overly complex either which works well in hot weather, evidently. Very re-hydrating.

On steep two so far and I’m about to do dinner so back later or tomorrow. Blog entry coming tomorrow (at last) and Sororitea Sisters post is written and should be published soon. :)

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I woke up with a headache and back ache this morning which has persisted through the day. Not to mention my new Vans have cut the back of my ankles up pretty badly from yesterdays visit to the in-laws. It takes a couple of hours travel via bus and train to get from my house to theirs.

With all of this in mind I’m not really ‘feeling’ up to much today. So we decided to marathon ‘24’ and forget about the house work for today. It was when I decided I didn’t want caffeine that I searched my tea cupboard and found this blend. It’s been a while since I had it and thought I would perhaps add sweetener in it this time, just some calorie free stuff. Plus I do love rose petals in tea, they make me feel so pretty.

Sweetener has made honey like tones to this now which blends the dryness of the herbal infusion together a lot better. Much more satisfying than I remember, and the right move it would seem. Albeit perhaps a tad too sweet now it’s better than dry and sickly herbal. That being said this is not a bad drink by any means, it just has an acquired taste. Plus with it being sweeter I can taste more of a rose flavour.

Plan for the day: tea and tisanes followed by 24 and perhaps a naughty take away in a bit. A local vegetarian restaurant does some amazing fishless burgers.

Nichole

Hope you start feeling better but what an awesome game plan for the day!

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I’ve been drinking this today in preparation of my driving lesson. I was in no mood to drive but had to regain focus so I had three or four bowls of this before my lesson. It was a good plan because my instructor said if I continue to drive like that I will pass my exam :D

I reviewed the sweet, cow milk version with pictures on my blog and honestly going from that blend to this one was difficult. This one is much less sweet (which I decided would be better for my diet) and I prefer soy milk anyway in general. So less sweet, more dry (from the soy I believe) and with a nutty sort of light after taste. I adored the sweetness so to adjust I did have to start using sweeteners. Now I’m happy with this ‘au natural’.

The Matcha itself tastes mild but with enough grassy and warm umami tones to be pleasing and recognizable. More soy than Matcha in terms of flavour depth but it’s nice and if it helps me stop the sugar intake then I cannot complain. Would buy this one again for sure.

Kirkoneill1988

the salty is the best one

KittyLovesTea

I have tried Dragon Tea House – Yak Butter but was not a fan at all. I dislike butter and milk so altogether it was a bad combination. Not a salt fan either, or sugar lol.

Kirkoneill1988

i understand :)

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Well I was about to type and say my plan for the day but as I was about to begin I received a text message from my husband to say his uncle has passed away. I only met him once as he lives quite far away but he was a nice man, welcoming of me into his family and it’s truly tragic news. He looks like the double of my father in law, it shocked me the first time I met him. Like twins, I will always remember that.

So getting onto what I actually was going to say and start with before being given such sad news. Today I am cross stitching up a storm to try and get somewhere on my Heaven and Earth Designs chart. It’s a massive piece and will take a long time to finish but I adore the design and plan on persevering through. It’s a free chart on their website called Ice Princess by Hannah Lynn, so if you’re into cross stitch/sewing then take a look.
http://heavenandearthdesigns.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=19

To aid my busy sewing day I have a large pot of this delicious Bi Luo Chun that I plan on re-steeping a few times. Usually I would glass tumbler this tea but today I grabbed my personaliTEA teapot from Adagio and decided to brew it that way. Much thicker than the glass tumbler way but just as tasty, gives me a real burst of energy which keeps me sewing.

Then to top it off I am watching horror films throughout the day. Started with Carrie 2 and now moved onto Stake Land. I adore horror films more than I do tea and that is truly saying something. It’s a trait I picked up from my parents and we often enjoy watching horror films together. The more gore the better.

And that is my day and tea of the day, I hope you all drink some wonderful tea today!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 7 g 20 OZ / 600 ML
Christina

Sorry to hear about your family’s loss. How is the tea? I love green Bi Luo Chun, but wonder if I’d like the white variety. I tend to find white teas underwhelming.

KittyLovesTea

Thank you. Honestly I am not a fan of white tea usually, my tea has to be strong and packed with flavour. With Bi Luo Chun if I had my way I would have picked the green over the white but this was part of a YS club package and when I read it was white I thought I can at least try it. Glad I did because it tastes as strong as a green Bi Luo Chun but without the grassy tones. Still got that strong, astringent, sweet, floral vibe going on but a bit fresher than the green variety. I truly recommend this one.

Scheherazade

Sorry to hear of your loss, Kitty. It’s good to see you back on Steepster.

I’m also working on a Heaven and Earth Designs pattern at the moment – Romeo and Juliet by Sara Butcher. They do the most amazing cross stitch designs, don’t they? The official Bulletin Board is worth a visit if you’ve not already seen it – lots of helpful advice, encouragement and support, and fabulous WIP pictures too.

TeaBrat

Sorry, best wishes to you and your family!

KittyLovesTea

Thank you @TeaBrat and @Scheherazade

@Scheherazade
They do have some amazing designs, I have over 100 on my wishlist already lol. I’m a member of the Bulletin Board :D My name on there is KittyLovesTea so you may spot me, not done much but posted an introduction and I joined in the ‘Discontinued HAED artists/chart SAL (5th Weekend) + New Starts’ last Friday. The official Facebook group is good also, lots of friendly people. :) Hoping to post a picture of my wip when I have something to really show, for now it’s a few hundred stitches of sky.

Scheherazade

I’m SunnySkies on the BB; I think Scheherazade was already taken when I got there! I like that they’re so intricate, but they take a while to build up for that exact reason. There have been times when I’ve not picked my design up for ages, but I always seem to come back to it in the end. Now I feel I can see something of it, I’m hoping I’ll be able to sustain the motivation to finish it! It’s too pretty to sit neglected :)

KittyLovesTea

I will keep my eyes open for you on the BB :) The amount of colours, shading and detail on these charts is amazing. Finished designs look like posters or paintings. I feel intimidated but I’m not one to give up and as long as I have the time to stitch then I am quite happy doing what I can when I can. Even though at the moment stitching 20 or so colours of sky is a little frustrating with the confetti, it will be worth it in the end.

Scheherazade

The confetti is a killer, but it’s completely worth it when it’s done! Glad you’re enjoying it :)

Kirkoneill1988

i think you read my review :) its an ok tea but im not much for it anymore :( that goes for all bi luo chuns

mrmopar

Kitty tell him prayers for comfort. I know the loss, I haven’t spoke much of it but it has got me off track in my life. it is a hard loss for him I am sure you can make him see the better part of it.

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I’m in the mood for something black or dark after dinner so I chose this tea.

The leaves are a beautiful combination of silver, red, and brown shades in little cute, squiggly pieces. Dry and wooden in scent.

This tastes as dry and wooden as it smells, but at the same time it’s slightly sour and slightly floral without being sweet. It’s not too thick in strength which makes it rather refreshing. The after taste is sour and wooden but it lightens to leave a musty, earth tone.

It’s quite nice but not one of my favourites in terms of Darjeeling, nice for every day but not for special occasions. At least not for me. May try this iced shortly and see what the difference is.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 6 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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Oh my word, has it really been two months since I last wrote? :o Many apologies! During that time I was studying for a Driving Theory Test which I have now passed and in honesty I went to a bit of a dark place and had to lift myself back up. I drank tea but did not feel like doing much of anything, I’m sure some of you will understand. It’s behind me now and I’ve had my time to recover.

Today I have had approx four mugs of this which includes a re-steep. It’s been helping me get through my day very nicely, a random pick this morning after breakfast. The leaves are beautiful, brown that turns green in the water and smells lightly of brown sugar and dry wood.

Flavour has been incredible all day, remaining consistently sweet, earthy, wooden and with a slight sour hint in the after taste. Not enough to be malty but almost, more sour wood but fairly thick.

I think this is one of the nicest Bai Mu Dan that I have tried, even with the re-steep it’s delicious!

Will work on a new KittyLovesTea blog entry featuring an award winning Canton Tea Black so stay tuned for that. Also keep an eye open for more SororiTea Sisters posts :D Will be working on one in a day or two.

Oh and ps – I’m listening to Spotify as I just joined and must say I’m loving this song at the moment, if you like rock/metal then check it out.

Red Is The New Black – Funeral For A Friend
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHNgtdadQAM

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec 7 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML
looseTman

We missed you! Very glad you’re feeling better!

KittyLovesTea

Thank you looseTman :)

looseTman

You’re welcome!

mrmopar

Welcome Back!! :)

KittyLovesTea

Thank you mrmopar :)

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It is with thanks to my wonderful international friends that I can proudly review this Davids Tea sample. From Canada all the way to the UK!

My first thoughts on this tea are of the scent, which I was met with as soon as I opened the packet. Sweet yet spicy cinnamon stick tones mixed with light herbs and wood with a dry, nutty finish. Chai like but super duper cinnamon-esque. As a huge fan of cinnamon I find it particularly charming!

In appearance the small/fine Rooibos blend is met with large, rough pieces of what I believe to be apple and cinnamon stick. Giving it a rocky, desert feel.

I followed the steeping parameters given by Davids Tea which can be found further up in the Tea Description.

Once steeped I am met with a delicious spicy cinnamon scent that reminds me of ‘Red Hots’ candy. My childhood was built around that candy! This scent takes me back.

In flavour the cinnamon bursts through with spices behind it before softening into a sweet, light, herbal blend that lingers in the after taste. It’s a little dry but still acceptable. In terms of Chai there is a spicy touch about it but the heavy cinnamon makes it completely different, it takes the idea of Chai to a new level. And similar to scent, this does have nutty notes which are increased by the dryness. Tried to consider which type of nut but came to the conclusion it tastes mixed and I couldn’t differentiate it.

Also I can’t help but taste ‘Red Hots’ candy when I take small sips of this. It’s pure nostalgia in a cup!

Overall I really enjoyed this tea. It truly is cinnamon heavy and though it does offer a spicy Chai element and slight Rooibos flavour (which others may find more pleasing) I am taken aback in awe by the simpleness of it. Plus it has to be said that this being Organic is the ‘icing on the cake’ so to speak.

Chai? Yes please.

Cinnamon Chai? Heck yes please!

Nostalgia? All the time. :)

For more information on this tea please view my SororiTEA Sisters post.
http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/04/11/organic-cinnamon-rooibos-chai-davids-tea/

Kristal

Glad you liked it!

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Not an in depth review of this for now but quick notes are better than no notes. I’m playing The Sims 4 with my husband as well as cooking dinner hence why this is just quick!

When I bought this tea it intrigued me, the written information on the listing says this is a Yunnan Menghai Chen Ripe Pu Er (hence the title) which is a little vague but the wrapper says it’s a Yunnan Tse Chi Beeng Cha from a company called Kunming Hechangxuan Tea Industry Co LTD in Yunnan, China. My Chinese is not great, but I believe Beeng Cha is pressed tea ie cake. I found this article which is an interesting read on explaining what Tse Chi Beeng Cha means. http://www.puerh.fr/en/article/tong_and_yunnan_chi_tse_beeng_cha.htm
I suppose the old saying is true, you do learn something new every day!

The cake had wonderful large leaves. I posted pictures on Instagram if anyone follows me :)

In flavour this is very smooth with: dry wood, damp fresh soil, dry musk and rich malt tones. At least in the first few steeps. Also became sweet which was a pleasant addition, it kept the balance smooth.

Still balancing food and playing, while also talking via whatsapp on my phone, but I have time to explain a little of my methods. I’m steeping this in my Yixing teapot which is roughly 370ml. Rinsed twice for 20 seconds and starting with 30 second steeping time whilst increasing it 15 seconds for the first few steeps.

After that it just softens in flavour and strength the more you steep it, but it remains smooth and clean tasting. I’m not going to sugar coat it, this was a nice Shu but it is by no means amazing. For the price I have no complaints at all! My husband liked this one as well. May age this for a couple of years and see if the flavours become more complex, but we shall see.

Flavors: Musty, Smooth, Wet Earth, Wet Wood

Preparation
Boiling 7 g 13 OZ / 370 ML
Nichole

I love the Sims! I used to play that all the time.

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I’m 27 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.

My rating system
I have my own way of rating teas that makes each one personal. I have different categories, I rate each tea depending on what it is made of. For example: I rate green teas in a different way to black teas or herbal teas. So black, white, green, Pu Erh, Rooibos, Oolong, blends and tisanes all have their own rating system. That way I can compare them with other teas of the same or similar type before for an adequate rating. And when I do give top marks which is very rare I am actually saying that I would love to drink that tea all day, every day if possible. It’s a tea that I would never turn down or not be in the mood for. So while I agree that no tea is 100% perfect (as nothing is) I am saying that it’s as close as it comes to it. After all, in my book the perfect teas (or close to perfect anyway) are ones that I could drink all the time. That is why you will find a high quality black or Oolong will not have as high a score as a cheap flavoured blend, they are simply not being compared in the same category.

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