793 Tasting Notes

From the Sheng and Shou TTB.

I was excited to see this one in the box, after seeing all the reviews from all the folks who received it in one of the monthly subscription boxes from white2tea. This tea took awhile to open up and I started it late in the day, so I enjoyed it over a two-day period. In the beginning it was strong, savory, buttery, a little bitter, with a fair amount of tobacco smoke. The liquor is definitely a touch darker in color than young sheng, showing the little bit of age. The second day it sweetened up nicely and still had a good buttery texture. I liked it, but I wasn’t head over heels in love with it.

Brian

i read somewhere this tea is blended with the bigger sun leaves (forget the name) which are more mellow in the caffeine department. So this could be an alright tea to drink later in the day and not be up all night.

Tealizzy

Ya, I don’t think I noticed a huge energy from it. :)

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Delicious! Tastes like raspberries and cream, with a hint of dark chocolate. So smooth. Mmm! This is the first unflavored black tea that tastes like raspberries to me. Usually fruity black teas taste like cherry or stone fruits. It’s also extremely affordable. You probably could get about 20 servings out if it for the cost of one fancy drink at Starbucks! I didn’t really notice a tea drunk effect…maybe I need to use more leaf. I’ll try that next time!

AllanK

I have this one, it is good. Bought it a while ago. I think I have the 2013 anyway.

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Finishing off the rest of the generous sample boychik sent me in my new Jian shui pot. :) I used more leaf this time and I got a raisin sweetness. Very yummy. I also have a whole cake of this now…came the other day! Lots of experimenting on leaf amount is in my future!

AllanK

I have a cake of this but have yet to try it. I have to move it to the top of my list but I have less time for gongfu now.

Tealizzy

I’d love to hear what you think about it, Allan!

boychik

Glad you like it and not regretting buying this ;)

boychik

Allan, you should try it. I want to know your opinion

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drank Pandan Chiffon by ETTE TEA
793 tasting notes

Ah, Ette Tea. Had to get in on the group buy, because the flavors sounded so amazing, even though I’m not drinking flavored teas much anymore!

I started with this one because it was lighter in caffeine and I had it later in the day. Steeped it at 180F for 2 minutes. It smells amazing! Tastes sweet, light, cake-like. I can get a hint of osmanthus and cinnamon if I think about it while sipping, although I probably wouldn’t know they were there if I hadn’t read about it. It does leave some sediment in the cup. The liquor is brown in color. Overall, it’s not as complex as I was hoping, but enjoyable. The sweet cake flavors lingers in my mouth. :) I think I might try this one steeped for 3 minutes next time.

sren

Thanks for posting this— I have been wanting to know what others taste. I steeped 3 minutes and didn’t get a sweet, light flavor at all, so I will try again for 2 min.

Tealizzy

Oh, interesting. What temperature did you use?

Stephanie

Lots of these sounded amazing!

ETTE TEA

Thank you for the lovely review Tealizzy! Pandan Chiffon is indeed a cake dessert which is very popular in South East Asia. We were trying to make a liquid version of the cake, so we are very happy that you felt that it was taste like (assuming that you have not tried Pandan Chiffon). We totally agree that it is not too complex a blend since it was meant to be literal more than an inspiration in mimicking the original Pandan Chiffon. You should really tried it cold brewed too, we would recommend 10 grams in 1 L of distilled water, overnight in the fridge between 8 – 12 hours. We have had many thumbs-up when we did the cold brew sampling in Singapore.

Tealizzy

I will definitely try the cold brew. Thanks for the tip, Ette! And no, I haven’t had the pleasure to try the real thing. :)

ETTE TEA

Hi Tealizzy, if you ever come by Singapore for a visit we will bring you to try the real pandan chiffon cake!

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From the Sheng and Shou TTB.

This is good shou. Smooth, clean, with caramel and cocoa notes. I really liked it. If I hadn’t already found some other good shou, which I plan to buy, for half the price, I would consider getting this. As it is, the two other 357g cakes should keep me busy. ;)

JC

Hmmm to the wishlist

boychik

JC, i love 2011 Hui Run, i havent tried 2013 yet. very thick consistency.

Tealizzy

I still left this one on my wishlist, even though I didn’t order it this time. ;) There’s always next time!!

boychik

I can send you a sample if you need to refresh / revisit @tealizzy
JC, would you like a sample ? I would love to send it your way

Tealizzy

boychik – Thanks for the offer. I know I like it, but didn’t want to spend the money on that much shou this order. I’d definitely consider getting it later. I’ve been really bad lately! Btw, let me know what I can send you from my stash!!! :)

boychik

No pressure, just sometimes I need a second try . How much did you use for the session? If I use more for shou it’s richer and lasts longer. So now I like 8g for 1oo-120 ml pot. Tastes like chocolate pudding

Tealizzy

I think I only used 5g, but that’s my usual amount for shou. It doesn’t get bitter at 8?

boychik

richer, not bitter. you can increase the amount rinse/pause/ and start from flash steeps. see how you like it. increasing the time slowly. next time do 6g for 100. see how you like it

Tealizzy

I will definitely try that!

JC

boychik, if you do I’ll send you some tea your way as well. :)

boychik

JC i will send you PM after 3pm. need to run ;)

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From the Sheng and Shou TTB.

I picked a sample of this tea due to the unique addition of snow chrysanthemum. I’ve never tried snow chrysanthemum before and I liked the look of the cake with the little orange speckles.

It turns out, this is a nice, smooth, sweet ripe, with an odd taste. Kinda floral, kinda spicy, kinda like pickles as Sarsonator noted! I’m not a floral fan, but someone who is might like this. It has a good quality base. I guess I should have expected floral with it being studded with flowers and all. ;) Not bad, but not a flavor I’d seek out.

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Thanks so much for the sample, boychik, and for introducing me to cheap, yet delicious shou! I was beginning to veer more towards sheng and away from shou, but you brought me back to the “dark side!” Ha!

This is excellent. Clean, super sweet, delicious! This is like a vanilla caramel shou. So yummy! Adding this to my order list. ;)

MzPriss

Sounds luscious. I need to dig through my samples and see if I have it.

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Thanks to boychik for this sample!

These are my unedited notes:

“Holy crap, omg, amazing! Smells like jam, sweet dates or something. Tastes like caramel, fruit, cocoa, sweet, clean, amazing Shou!!!!”

Ya, I guess I’m buying a cake of this one. And I need a bigger puerh drawer! ;)

Ubacat

Sounds amazing. I would have gotten a sample of it but I just finished placing my YS order this morning. Oh well! Next time.

Tealizzy

They have almost 300 available, so I don’t think you have to worry! But yes, definitely check it out!

MzPriss

@tealizzy – the pumidrawer expands into pumidrawerS, and then you have a shengidor and a shoumidor….

Tealizzy

Lol! @MzPriss it’s so easy to justify buying more, since they don’t go bad, but I’m trying to be realistic so far. ;)

mrmopar

Yep, Tealizzy is on the pumidor prediction..

Tealizzy

Ha! You’ll have to teach me all your wisdom, mrmopar!

MzPriss

@telizzy – mr mo is an awesome teacher and has given me a ton of advice on setting up my storage (he IS the PuRu after all). He predicted a pumidor for me too. He’s usually right. Good luck with that “realistic” thing.

MzPriss

ooops sorry for the type tealizzy

mrmopar

@MzPriss, How is that thing working for you?

MzPriss

@mr mo – AWESOME! I unwrapped several of my cakes to check for mold and so far so good and it smells delicious in there. It will come as no surprise to you, but I’m getting ready to expand. I’m going to make my shumidor using a grow tent from amazon. A SMALL grow tent. I’m probably going to order it today. The shou stash is getting big, bless my heat.

Ubacat

MzPriss , that sounds really interesting. Hope you post pictures of it and how you set it up when you get it.

Tealizzy

Oh yes, pics please MzPriss! :)

MzPriss

OK I will post when it’s done. Totally stole the idea from Brenden at Whispering Pines.

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Wow, this is a $600 cake! It is awesome that I get to try this through the tea club! I probably wouldn’t have tried it otherwise. I went with about half of the sample, roughly 6g. Two rinses and a steep, and the liquor is sweet and creamy, and light creamy yellow in color. In the second steep, I noticed a nice spicy tobacco aroma from the lid of the gaiwan, but I wasn’t yet picking it up in the taste. In the third steep, the spicy tobacco note started to come through in the taste…it was incredibly creamy. All I wrote for the fourth steep was “mmmmm”!

I actually stopped after several steepings, and let the leaf dry on a plate for another day. A large part was still stuck together in cake form!

I was able to enjoy more steepings two days later. It just kept going and going, getting sweeter and sweeter. I finally decided I needed another break, so put the leaf in the fridge to cold-steep. It’ll be interesting to see how that goes! Overall, this is a fantastic tea, and I’m so glad that I was able to try it through the tea club!

kieblera5

Can’t wait to try this one :)

KiwiDelight

Living high :)

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I guess I saved the best for last! Of the three Wuyi oolongs I ordered from Verdant, this is my favorite. It’s roasty, brown sugar sweet, and it has the complexity I’m looking for, in that it evolves as you steep it out into more fruity notes like grape or berries. It has a dry mouthfeel though, so it’s not perfect, but still the best of the three! ;)

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Another profile facelift! My tastes have changed a lot from when I first discovered loose leaf tea.

I can trace my tea journey back to October 2012, when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed high tea at An Afternoon to Remember, which has since closed.

I went through a period of wanting to try all the teas, and was really into flavored teas, especially dessert blacks, but my tastes have substantially changed over time.

I still enjoy the occasional flavored black or rooibos, but I’m more into unflavored black teas right now and recently, puerh. Chinese black teas are amazing…with their notes of chocolate or sweet potato, who needs a flavored tea? I had a much steeper learning curve when it came to puerh. I used to dump out cups of puerh for tasting like leather. Now, I am really enjoying them. I think it took finding good quality puerh and steeping them gong fu style to really enjoy them.

I also, on occasion, enjoy a good oolong, white, or green tea.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Mandala, Teavivre, Butiki, Golden Moon, Lupicia, and DavidsTea (for teaware mostly).

Just a note: I don’t rate my teas numerically because my iPad doesn’t like the scroll bar. Maybe someday that will change…hint hint, steepster! ;)

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