257 Tasting Notes

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drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
257 tasting notes

I got this gorgeous sample from Terri Harplady, here on Steepster, who is so sweet and is helping me learn more about tea!!!!!!!!!

The leaves are twisted, tan, and a pretty clay mud color; like a rhino’s hide!!! So cute and aptly named!!!

The scent of the brewed tea was very intriguing. To me, it was very much like the scent of dried mulberries which I love and get at the health food store every once in a while. It also has a strong essence of honey.
The liquor of this white is a deep, very auburn color so it is definitely a different style of white!!

The flavor is very good. It has flavors of orange which is a neat surprise because I didn’t detect it in the scent. There are notes of cream and a touch of persimmon fruit.

This is a very delicious and unique white tea!!!!!


Tried a second steeping and it is just as delicious with notes of honey and caramelized sweet potato or sweet potato with marshmallows at Thanksgiving.

Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Honey, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82
drank Obukucha by Steepster
257 tasting notes

I love the name of this tea!! I found online that it means ‘Great Fortune Tea’ and it is tradition in Japan to drink for the New Year to bring good luck.
The dry leaves look like a gyokuro,,,,, very moist, grass -clipping-like, thin, and dark green. But it is a Sencha. Smells good, like salt and red lettuce.
Brewed, the liquor is a lovely bright spring green color with scents of mineral and cooked mixed veggies.
The flavor is a deep green, grassy, salty mineral taste with notes of fava bean and the sorrel (which I haven’t had in a while but it has tangy notes).
As it cools, the tea is getting hints of pine and a zing of eucalyptus which is actually not my favorite aspect. Overall, a very nice green tea.

From the Steepster Select Box, January 2014

Flavors: Mineral

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

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This tea is packaged in air-tight, oxygen free packaging from Taiwan within the Rishi box.
The dry leaves are tightly rolled little nuggets and they have a scent of soda bread and minerals.
Brewed, the leaves unfurl into curly-cues with stems and the liquor is a dark golden color with essence of toasted chestnut just as the packaging suggests. It really smells wonderful.

Wow, the flavor is smooth. It is a roasted flavor but not a strong roast, it is just enough.
As the tea cools, subtle flavors and scents of vanilla orchid come thru. There is a tiny tiny astringency.
Really delicious and awakening tea but not harsh with caffeine, it’s just right.
Lovely tea.


Upon the second steeping, I am getting a bit of stomach upset as more tannins are probably coming through with the leaves being more open. The Iron Goddess is not showing me mercy :( :( :( Must be sure to drink this one with a full lunch.

Flavors: Chestnut, Flowers, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Terri HarpLady

Yeah…unfortunately the list of teas I can drink on an empty stomach is short, (some black teas, mostly from China or Taiwan) & the list I can’t drink when I first wake up is LONG: green, white, oolong, puerh, ceylon, darjeeling. I always have to eat a good meal before drinking any of those.
On the occasion that a tea upsets my tummy, starchy food (like sweet potatoes!) is always helpful.

Lee

I have a breakfast of fruit in the morning and it is fine to drink my whites and some of my Oolongs with but I drink greens with lunch because of the stomach upset. Now I learned some of these Oolongs are more green. I guess this is considered one of the green Oolongs? Oh it really hurt my stomach :(

Lee

Lol,,it is not deterring me much. Cooking up some chickpeas with shallots and fresh herbs then I have a green tea left to review!!

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70
drank Organic Long Jing by Steepster
257 tasting notes

The dry leaves look like flattened yellow-green color raffia. They have scents of yellow squash, mung bean, rocks, and a hint of lemon.
Brewed, the leaves smell very much like mung beans. Very clear tan liquid. The liquor is very Earthy and again, the domant essence is cooked beans.
I always drink green teas with lunch and this one is nice and somewhat neutral-tasting. Tastes like my favorite Chinese restaurant’s green tea.

From the Steepster Select box, January 2014


Second steeping, I added way less water. I might have given too much water to the first one. Now the liquor is yellow-green color and has a nicer roasty aroma and flavor. There is a definite almond accent with collard green notes. Astringency cleanses my palette.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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The dry leaves have essences of vanilla, mango, and lychee. They are long, black, and twisted.
Brewed, the liquor is a beautiful light golden amber with scents of honeysuckle and peach. The leaves unfurl and turn moss green.
The flavor is mostly floral and it has a slight astringency. All of the nectar and honey notes are in the scent and the flavor is all flowers.
This Oolong is amazing in its transformation! Now I see why this is called the Phoenix!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Jiāng Luo

just bought a bag myself any gongfu style syeep timing suggestions?

Lee

OH enjoy!! I am a novice when it comes to gong fu with the floral Oolongs so I will enjoy reading your review!! I brewed this just as it says on the box and in ceramic :)

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100
drank Shizuku Gyokuro by Kettl
257 tasting notes

I like that Tea Wing sends its tea in oxygen-free packaging,,this was the freshest Gyokuro I have ever had and am glad I tried this company.

The dry leaves are a beautiful forest green color with scents of salt, rutabaga , and fresh spinach.

I used my Gyokuro Tokoname serving set for this because you gotta be quick!!! I love the Gyokuro set because you basically pour the water in and in no time, pour into your drinking cup and consume.
The liquor is an amazing spring-green color and the salty broth of it has lots of umami and a buttery note.
This tea is excellent to pair with food because of the savory aspect.

I love Gyokuro and this one was excellent!!!

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Da Hong Pao Red Robe by Steepster
257 tasting notes

The dry leaves are dark brown, curled and twisted; they have a sugary & earthy scent.
Brewed, the leaves and liquor have the dominant scent of roasted nuts. The liquor is a pretty amber color and as it cools, I detect the caramelized sugar as the package suggests.

The flavor is all caramelized sugar!!!!! OHMY!! It’s like cracking the top of a crème brûlée !!! Amazing!!! This just became the type of tea I will devote to my first Yixing pot. Unicorns and Euphoria!!! So delicious!!!!

There is a caffeine high too—this is why I usually drink white tea because I don’t want a lot of caffeine high. I had to make myself stop drinking this after I had drunk it all and re-steeped it and was drinking that too all in a short time instead of my usual throughout the day.

I wish we could purchase this particular tea but I will definitely be purchasing more Da Hong Pao Red Robe type teas.

From the Steepster Select Box, January 2014

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Moonlight White by Rishi Tea
257 tasting notes

The dry leaves have the scent of cocoa and rocks. They each have 2 leaves and a bud with the fuzziness of Silver Needle.
Brewed, the liquor is very inviting with scents of mulberry and honey.
I love white tea, I can’t wait to taste this.
The flavor is very honey-tasting with touches of nectarine pulp and a hint of almond biscotti in the finish as you breathe out. This is fantastic white tea!! One of the best I have tried!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Bancha by Rishi Tea
257 tasting notes

The dry leaves are beautiful, they look like flattened yellow-green raffia. They have the scent of hay, sea salt, and rice.
The liquor is a beautiful lemon-green color with scent of lemon-cooked potatoes and a bit of toasted oat.
The flavor is a nice, mild, toasty green tea with essences of crackers and green beans.
This is a nice tea with food because it enhances the food rather than overpowering it.
As the tea cools, I catch a touch of pretzel stick.
This is a nice, toasted, everyday green tea.


Drinking this with lunch today and I am getting way different notes than I did last time. I love this green tea. It has a hint of raw unsweetened cocoa along with nuts, peas, potato. I love these roasty, nutty green teas to eat with meals. Very delicious to always keep on hand for an everyday green tea.
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8/4/14
Threw some of this into my gaiwan after my long jing gave all it could and I still had some hot water to use. This is really good Bancha though it definitely tastes minerally if you have just drunk long jing right before lol.

Flavors: Cocoa, Nuts, Peas, Potato

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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The dry leaves are tightly rolled into a ball with stem so they look like tiny crabapples. They have the distinctive oolong scent with a hint of pineapple and a tiny bit of strawberry blossom.
The wet leaves unfurl into little green branches with 3 leaves and stay a pretty deep green.
The liquor is a beautiful clear forest green color. I love this color bc I also love green tea and its beauty. The wet leaves smell like flowers and cooked lentils. The liquor has those same notes.
I am very excited to try this tea.
The flavors are very floral. I took my cup outside in the garden to listen to the birds. The aroma and flavor is nasturtium and a hint of pineapple. I am catching a bit of astringency in the end.
This is a very cleansing tea. Could be a great one served after a dessert at the end of a meal.

**My second steeping, I added way less water. I feel that I might have added a touch too much water with the first one. Now the liquor is a deep golden color and the liquor has a very distinctive pine essence. There is astringency and it is very cleansing. Very interesting and expands my knowledge of oolongs because I have never tasted one like this!!

From the Steepster Select Box, January 2014


I am glad that the Steepster Select club gives us a couple servings of the same tea to try because I think I gave this one too much water the first time by accident and didn’t get to experience it correctly.
Today was much different and I really got some great notes from this and upped my rating as a result.
The dry leaves have a nutty, creamy aroma and it is great to brew this tea in a vessel that allows you to watch the tiny little " crabapples" open up. As it brews, the floral aromas awaken and give off a creamy, flowery, fruit candy scent.
The liquor has a beautiful golden jewel color and the flavor tastes like pineapple cream cake with creamy flower notes. Very Hawaiian in essences. This is very beautiful tea!!!

Flavors: Cream, Fruit Tree Flowers

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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