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This is different from any tea I have ever tasted. I think I now understand what ‘linen’ means. I am not sure if I like it or not. I don’t hate it but I think this one is going to be a bit of an acquired taste for me. I feel terrible not loving it as much as all the cool kids do. :( I’ve tried it Western style and jingshan style. I will continue messing with steep times to see if my opinion changes. I think the biggest problem I have is that linen taste and mouthfeel..I will leave the rating off for now. Next attempt will be western style but with about half the steep time.

Okay, having tried it the above way I like it much better. Still leaving the rating off until I ‘get’ this one.

Spoonvonstup

Don’t worry about “cool kids!” Just worry about you and the tea.
The taste of Yunnan is really strong (that linen-y feeling). Some people love it and some people don’t. Just give yourself time to try it out and see how you feel. It’s nice to see you trying it lots of different ways- I’m sure the tea appreciates your kindness and benefit of the doubt!

Have you tried doing a cold brew of this yet? I have a feeling that would make it more sweet/lime/sparkling, which might be more up your alley.

Rellybob

Thanks for the suggestion! I will try it iced. And you are right, I had never tried a yunnan before. May e it’s just not my cuppa.

Spoonvonstup

Could be! Or it could be so weird and new it’s unsettling, and you might grow to enjoy it. Who knows? It’ll be interesting to see if you have a similar experience with any other teas from Yunnan, like Yunnan black/golden needle/dian hong, or even sheng pu’er.

Rellybob

I’m excited to try all of it! :)

Rellybob

I just checked my cupboard to see if I have any samples from Yunnan and I see I have a sample from Teavivre, their Ripened Aged Puerh, that is from yunnan. I will have to try it soon to compare. I’ve been holding off trying it because I don’t have a gaiwan

Rellybob

Is it possible to do gaiwan style steeping without one?

David Duckler

Hey, good advice from Spoonvonstup. I actually just put up a video on teh Verdant site on doing Gaiwan-style steeping without a gaiwan. It might be helpful:http://verdanttea.com/tv/improvisational-gong-fu-tea/
Good luck. I hope you end up having fun with teas from Yunnan. I love them!

Rellybob

Thanks David!! I also have another sample from Yunnan, the white jasmine, to try that you sent with my order. Sounds like a fun afternoon of tea tasting for me! :)

Bonnie

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Spoonvonstup

Don’t worry about “cool kids!” Just worry about you and the tea.
The taste of Yunnan is really strong (that linen-y feeling). Some people love it and some people don’t. Just give yourself time to try it out and see how you feel. It’s nice to see you trying it lots of different ways- I’m sure the tea appreciates your kindness and benefit of the doubt!

Have you tried doing a cold brew of this yet? I have a feeling that would make it more sweet/lime/sparkling, which might be more up your alley.

Rellybob

Thanks for the suggestion! I will try it iced. And you are right, I had never tried a yunnan before. May e it’s just not my cuppa.

Spoonvonstup

Could be! Or it could be so weird and new it’s unsettling, and you might grow to enjoy it. Who knows? It’ll be interesting to see if you have a similar experience with any other teas from Yunnan, like Yunnan black/golden needle/dian hong, or even sheng pu’er.

Rellybob

I’m excited to try all of it! :)

Rellybob

I just checked my cupboard to see if I have any samples from Yunnan and I see I have a sample from Teavivre, their Ripened Aged Puerh, that is from yunnan. I will have to try it soon to compare. I’ve been holding off trying it because I don’t have a gaiwan

Rellybob

Is it possible to do gaiwan style steeping without one?

David Duckler

Hey, good advice from Spoonvonstup. I actually just put up a video on teh Verdant site on doing Gaiwan-style steeping without a gaiwan. It might be helpful:http://verdanttea.com/tv/improvisational-gong-fu-tea/
Good luck. I hope you end up having fun with teas from Yunnan. I love them!

Rellybob

Thanks David!! I also have another sample from Yunnan, the white jasmine, to try that you sent with my order. Sounds like a fun afternoon of tea tasting for me! :)

Bonnie

You’re doing tea proud!

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I really enjoy oolong, jasmine tea, green tea, and white tea. I have been getting more into black tea, especially those with chocolate notes! Also, chai is a constant favorite.

As far as tisanes go, I enjoy chamomile and occasionally a mint. I am interested to try rooibus and honey bush. I do prefer teas without artificial flavoring but I’m willing to try most things.

I know next to nothing about puerh, but I like what I have tried so far.

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