72 Tasting Notes


I really like this sencha. Nothing extremely impressive about it compared to any quality sencha, but it nails the “typical” flavour that sencha imparts- bright nutty vegetal aroma and tatse.

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I like the spiciness of this chai/mate; it’s not overbearing, but delightful. I purchased a couple ounces of this tea a year ago and still have it in a tin, I drink a cup every now and then. I probably won’t buy more when I run out, but it’s nice to have something a little different from time to time.

Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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Going through my tea log, I was surprised to see that I hadn’t rated this tea, considering it was one of my first from Teavana.

This is magical stuff, warm rich cocoa tones balanced out by grainy, malty notes with the slightest hint of something woodsy. Had to get an Yixing pot just for this bad boy.; I thought it that good!

4 pearls is plenty for my pot and lasts through a fair amount of infusions, 5-6 pot-fulls… and I still have about 35 pearls left from my order last year!

Only real downside is the outrageous price. When I run out, I might try a less expensive option, but I’d imagine I’ll always have some black dragon pearls in my cupboard at all times.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Quite nice. This is the only Jin Jun Mei I’ve had so I’m unable to compare it to anything, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I didn’t find it as anything terribly special about it, just a nice cup of black tea with typical malty notes of grains and cocoa, but enjoyable none-the-less.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Steeped this gongfu, of course, and couldn’t be more pleased with the results.

Although Yezi recommends an initial steep of 30 seconds, adding 10-15s per additional steep, I opted for far shorter initial steeps: 10s rinse, then 5,10,15,20,25,30,40,60,90,120,240, and 360 seconds.

I had a black cherry aroma mixed with something else, something earthy and old; when I say old, past-their-prime tangerines, I don’t mean it badly, but maybe that was it… it’s got that great earthy pu-erh aroma as long as you look for it. As pu-erhs go, this is pretty light.

This tea can get bitter quickly if you don’t keep an good eye on it, but if checked it’s fantastic.


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Lovely stuff! Ridiculously thick leaves give off an incredible floral aroma; the dry leaves are nothing short of intoxicating.
The tea’s liquor is buttery are soft; light but compelling.
Highly recommended.

Thanks Yezi!

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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Only my second Da Hong Pao, and if I remember correctly the first doesn’t impress too much and took a bit took get right. Maybe I’m more “capable” around tea now or maybe this particular Da Hong Pao is more user friendly…

Great aroma, touch of spice with some vanilla maybe. I like it. The taste has a roasted hint to it and some more spice. I had about 4 steeps with it staying this resilient.

Thank to Yezi Tea for the sample

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

It has come to my attention from reading articles about Da Hong Pao recently that a great deal of what is on the market as “Da Hong Pao” is not actually Da Hong Pao but blends of other teas impersonating it. The safest way to ensure you get the real stuff is by buying from small companies that source directly from the farmer, like this one with Yezi. I’ve had a couple other Da Hong Pao, but this is the only one I’ve had that I’m certain is authentic. The supply for this tea is very low and in China it is typically only bought to be share with very honored guests because it is not easy to obtain there.

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Free Yezi tea sample.

Aroma is light and green; vegetal is too strong a descriptor, this is far more delicate… it’s also mildly sweet.

Taste is where this oolong shines, not only does it withstand a good few infusions, 4 before I found the taste to be too far removed from the first steep, but it also stays right with the aroma; something not enough teas manage. I’ll definitely be buying more of this

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Brilliant stuff!
Aroma of cocoa, and bread.
Taste reminds me of black Dragon pearls, but better!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a lot more of this to drink up tonight.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Picked up a tin of this, my first Harney & Son’s tin of tea, looking for something a little special for a nightly sip until Christmas.

After popping the top on the tin and taking in the aroma, all I can think of is a Terry’s Chocolate Orange… which I just so happen to love!

Sadly the taste falls short compared to the aroma, so I did the next best thing: a couple slices of a Terry’s Chocolate Orange served with this tea…. Christmas memories in the making!

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Orange

Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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Tea for me.


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