247 Tasting Notes

99

This tea is spectacular to look at,,,fantastic flattened raffia-like green leaves.
I brewed this in my Kyusu that I use for green teas other than Gyokuro.
This tea is delicious, buttery, and cooling. This is nice because I am having a lunch of a spinach patty wrap with greens, tomato, jalapeño, and some Sriracha and this tea is cooling and balancing the spiciness.
The flavors are fava beans with a touch of butter. There are nutty notes as well.
This is a very good green tea! Though on the Verdant website, it says there are sweeter notes such as lychee, white grape, vanilla, sparkling, cucumber which I wasn’t tasting so I need to come back to this one later this afternoon and see if I can catch some more notes from this lovely tea.

Flavors: Butter, Lima Beans, Nuts

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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94
drank Steamed Purple Green by Butiki Teas
247 tasting notes

The liquor does have a purplish-mauve hue and looks like a plum!
The flavor is sweet and plum-like as well. This doesn’t taste like any green tea I’ve had that’s for sure!!!
I’m enjoying this with a lunch of Bok Choy, Lemongrass, and herbs that I stir-fried up.
Delicious!!!!!
Thank u Terri H for this sample!!!

Flavors: Plums

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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69

This came as a sample from Terri Harplady, called Qilan Wuyi Oolong but that page on Steepster will not let you click on it to review. So after reading reviews, I found others were having trouble with the name and that it might have been entered incorrectly.
I was also confused by the flavor of this one, it is not available anymore anyway but it had flavors I wasn’t expecting.
I followed instructions from the Verdant website, did a rinse then steeped for 1 minute.
The flavor had a touch of floral and some astringency and scents of bamboo. A little hint of fennel.
Shows you how many flavors and scents can be achieved with one Camellia Sinensis!!!!! I would love to watch them roll, roast, etc. to learn how they do it all!!!!!

Flavors: Anise, Bamboo, Flowers

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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98

I put lots of leaves into my Yixing and poured out immediately after adding water.
The liquor has a wonderful roasted creamy scent. I kept smelling it over and over as it cooled,,,it smelled sooooo good!!!
The flavors are creamy roasted goodness all the way. Not much sweet but a perfect roast with no bitter. Very delicious!!!!
My new Yixing who likes roasty Oolongs is starting to smell really good. He is happy he had this tea to try and season him with more yumminess!
Thank u to Terri Harplady for this sample!!!!!

Flavors: Cream, Espresso

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 4 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

Smells sweet and inviting. Liquor is a clear yellow-golden.
The flavor is cream and the mouthfeel is very creamy. This tea has very low roast with a touch of sweetness too. This Oolong is right up my alley.
I’m very lucky to get to try this as it is no longer available and has been archived. Thank u to Terry Harplady for the sample!!! This is really teaching me which teas, especially which Oolongs, that I like and it’s the ones like this one with low roast and a nice balance.

Flavors: Caramel, Cream

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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90
drank Laoshan Bilochun Green by Verdant Tea
247 tasting notes

Drinking this with my Chinese New Year long noodles!!!
The leaves are so cute and tiny, tightly twisted. They unfurl into cute, pretty basil chiffonade-looking pieces.
The liquor is a light, pretty, spring green color.
The flavors are mineral, spinach, green bean, and a touch of hazelnut or almond. The taste of Green Beans Almondine,,,would pair wonderfully with a dish including that classic!!
Thank u to Terri Harplady for this sample!!!!

Flavors: Green Beans, Nuts

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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98

The dry leaves have a nice roast & sweet burnt sugar aroma. Nice big dark brown twisted and uniform leaves.
Brewed, the liquor is clear and golden. It has a roasted flavor but lightly roasted. Flavors of cream as well. Then there is a floral note as you breathe out. There is a tiny touch of sweet too.
Very nice and balanced Big Red Robe tea!!!
Thank u Terri Harplady for this sample!!!

Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Espresso

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92

Used my Yixing for roasty Oolongs for this one. Has a very roasted flavor. This flavor is dominant. The third steeping started bringing some cream notes.
Nice wake you up in the morning tea. Coffee lovers would really enjoy this tea.
Thanks Terri H for this sample!!!!

Flavors: Espresso

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

Used my Gaiwan for this one. Did a rinse then steeped for 30 seconds.
The liquor is very perfumed with citrus flowers which smell fantastic. I have a Meyer Lemon tree and other citrus trees in my garden and the hummingbirds go crazy during citrus blooming season.
Oh wow!! I do taste grapefruit. Far out!! This is a very cleansing tea with some unusual flavors!!
Thank u to Terri Harplady for spoiling me with lovely samples!

Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95
drank Oriental Beauty by Butiki Teas
247 tasting notes

I’m finding these Oriental Beauties are some of my favorites!! I must explore more of them!! They all have a sort of indescribable quality to them! Mesmerizing,,,like all the yummiest flavors in your life meshed together on a flavor trip. No floral, no harsh roast, no astringent. It’s some really good tea for me!
Thank u Terri H for this sample!!!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea is Life. I love Tea!

Morning:
Bai Mu Dan
Bai Hao Yin Zhen
White Bud Puerh
Feng Qing Yunnan
Marangi Estate Assam
Pengaree Estate Assam

Lunch:
Kabuse
Long Jing
Bai Mao Hou
Tai Ping Hou Kui
Anji Bai Cha

Afternoon:
Matcha
Ya Bao
Sheng
Arya Estate Darjeeling First Flush

Night:
Elderflower Nectar
Pure Chamomile
Pure Tea Flowers
Dried Citrus
Fresh Turmeric w/ Honey & Lemon

I like Ayurveda, Yoga, Zumba,
walking, stand-up comedy clubs.

Love chefs and foodies. Love veggies!!!!
I avoid artificial and processed foods such as diet sodas because I think those things affect your palate for tasting teas, foods, wine.
I always use filtered Culligan water for tea, no tap or bottled so I don’t find many teas I dislike bc I start with super delicious water.

Also enjoy bonsai, xeriscape gardening, my doggie, & all nature.

Preferred brewing method: Gaiwan

Favorite Varietals:
Ye Sheng (wild)
Yunnan Da Ye (large leaf)

I have stopped rating teas with a numerical value here on Steepster because I realized on May 13, 2014 (a tea enlightenment lol) that once you start to learn what teas you like, get practiced and good at gong fu, and which companies are selling quality tea,,,they are all 100’s to me because I purchase and drink what I like and the best I can find.
I respect all the work that goes into the tea that I am drinking and I like thinking about the different terroirs they come from.

Namaste!

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