813 Tasting Notes

I chose this tea as my free sample in my last order. It has a clean taste with notes of spice and wood. Interesting, but not really a flavor profile I’d crave.

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I finally got around to this tea tonight. Love the packaging and how it wraps up neatly with the paper pushed into the inside of the tuo. It looks really compressed but actually breaks apart quite easily. I used almost 8g in my Jian Shui pot from Crimson Lotus Tea. I LOVE my pot, btw.

It brews up a pretty nice reddish brown…more red than other shou I’ve had. I noticed smoke right off the bat in the aroma, and then in the taste. It’s lapsang-like smoke. Interesting! I’ve never had a shou that was smoky!

The smoke is not as dominant as it is in lapsang, but it’s fairly prominent, overshadowing any potential mustiness from being an older shou. Or maybe this doesn’t have mustiness and that 2000 CNNP I had was the exception. Who knows! It has a clean taste, with some sweetness too. There’s a refreshing aftertaste along with the smoke, like minty jerky. Ha!
I like it! It’s so unique! I wonder why this is only being made available to monthly club subscribers. Guess I’ll have to savor the rest of this tuo!


Cool notes. I honestly just had mine, I let it air for a about a week before biting into to it. I got smoke from the wet leaves when I smelled them, but only a hint of smoke in the first two steeps. Did you let yours air a while?

I know you also have the 2000 CNNP Lincang that does have smoke to it, but you also bought it from the US site, which has a different storage, I might send you some of mine some day so you can let me know if you think there is any difference between the two.


I think mine aired out for about a week and a half before I tried it. The smoke was light, but I think I detected it throughout my session. :)

I don’t have the 2000 CNNP anymore, as I put the rest of my sample in the TTB. I guess I need to update my cupboard. That would have been fun to do a side-by-side comparison though!


JC, i bought it from US, ze cake ;) would you like to compare ?

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I had this at breakfast and this tea never disappoints! I love it! I’m also realizing that I have way too few teas like this in my cupboard. This one is a smoky chocolate black tea, and I usually have a few others like it, like keemun, but my cupboard has been overtaken by potato black teas! This must be remedied! I must have both! Okay, so the question is, where to place my order? ;)


Funny, I never get smoke from this one.


It’s not super strong, more like a keemun smoke.


JWT. Hopefully he will add soon from his recent sourcing


I loved that last hongcha fr W2T. I don’t think it will be cheap


boychik – I was thinking JWT! I love the classic Chinese…probably a good idea to wait and see what he adds. I liked the w2t hongcha too, but it’s more on the potato side of black tea!


I have a few Keemun teas. I’ll def will be sending some tea your way.


That sounds great, JC!

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I got this in the mail today and couldn’t wait to try it! The cake was definitely darker in color than the usual Sheng, and it was pretty loosely compressed. Most of Jalam’s raw puerhs are loosely compressed and I appreciate that…makes it easier to break apart.

This tea brews up to a nice yellow color. I brewed 7g in my little Jian Shui pot, and I think maybe it could have used more leaf. In the early steeps, it had a nice thickness to it. The texture was also buttery. Taste-wise, it was more savory in the beginning and then changed to a delicious sweetness later. I also detected a dried berry note. I really enjoyed it and will definitely enjoy the rest of this cake!


I like the loose compression much more myself.

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From the Sheng and Shou TTB.

I’ve been wanting to try this for awhile, so jumped on the last little bit in the box. I enjoyed a few infusions last night and then returned to it this morning because the leaf was still not fully opened. It was smooth, sweet, and I think I got some date flavor at the beginning. Definitely a good one and I wish I had more to play with.


I like this one. Sarsy LOVES it – one of her faves.

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drank Fortune Cookie Chai by ETTE TEA
813 tasting notes

This sounded good, but it’s a bit boring. The base is a nice thick, smooth black. There is a hint of tangerine and a hint of spice, maybe nutmeg, but it’s not knocking my socks off. Maybe I expect too much?

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drank Mango Sticky Rice by ETTE TEA
813 tasting notes

This is the tea that convinced me to go in on the group order. My husband and I always get mango sticky rice when we go out for Thai, which is usually at least once a week. We Love it! So, when I saw there was a tea that tasted like it, I couldn’t resist checking it out!

We just got back from Thai for lunch, and guess what we ate? ;) So let’s see how this compares! I love genmaicha, so this should be good. It smells amazing. Actually, the aroma of the steeped tea is exactly like mango sticky rice! Sweet, creamy coconut, mango, rice…it’s all there! Unfortunately, the flavor doesn’t pop in your mouth. It’s kinda blah. I noticed I was tasting it more after I drank it all, like it lingered in my mouth, but you really gotta inhale the aroma as you are sipping to really get the flavor.


Too bad – this sounds really interesting.


Yeah this one sounded amazing…

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From the Sheng and Shou TTB.

This is a fairly aged shou, which means musty-ness; however, after a couple of rinses/steeps, that went away, and I was left with a fruity sweet and spicy shou. Pretty good!

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From the Sheng and Shou TTB.

Only 4g of this tea was left in the TTB when it got to me, but I’ve been wanting to try this one so bad, so I grabbed it!

Caramel shou…that’s all you really need to know. Smooth, delicious, caramel shou. Cocoa notes appeared in later steepings. Man, I wish I had more! On the wishlist it goes…wait, it’s already on there! ;)


That’s a very nice shou, I think.

I’ve been hoarding the last bit of my sample for a while now, perhaps I should have it again this weekend! =)


I definitely recommend enjoying it! :)

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Thanks so much to boychik for this sample!

So, 10 years old, huh? Interesting! I love my new Jian Shui pot, so all 8g went into the pot. It brews up a nice orange color and smells like dried fruit, like those dried fruit bars from Trader Joe’s my mom used to get…it’s like a more natural kind of fruit roll-up. Turns out, it tastes like them too! Like dried apricot and berries! Yum! A couple steeps in I also noticed some floral and tobacco notes. This is very nice, and mid to low range on the price-scale. I think this one is going on the wishlist.

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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! ;)

P.S. My profile picture is of one of my 2 cats, Holly, who is a little princess but very photogenic, and she loves boxes, including those that bring me tea! :)


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