813 Tasting Notes

A sample of this tea came in a surprise package from Stephanie! Thank you! The little cube was about 9g, and my gaiwan isn’t that big, but I was able to break it in half. Yay!

It took a bit to loosen up. I did that trick where you let it sit a bit after the rinse. Always helps. Stephanie mentioned it tasted like library books, and I have to agree, not that I’ve ever eaten one. ;) It also has this really nice sweet taste, which was silky, like caramel. It stayed that way through an average number of infusions. It goes down nice and smooth. Mmm. I liked it a lot! Seems like a solid shou! Would definitely consider picking some up!

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Again, gorgeous leaves. A mix of dark and light brown, medium length, and twisted. I gong fu-brewed this, starting with about a 45-second infusion. The liquor is a gorgeous dark amber. The taste is complex, with notes of malt, potato, caramel. It has a silky texture, and there is also a hint of cinnamon or nutmeg. In the third infusion, some fruity notes made an appearance. This is good stuff!

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My first JW tea! I ordered a black and white chawan (which I love!) and since I’ve heard such good things about the tea, I also picked up a few samples! The leaf of this tea is beautiful…medium length, twisty, black. I could tell it was really good quality. I brewed this gong fu-style and drank it out of my new chawan. I let the first infusion go for about one minute. The liquor was such a pretty red! It tasted like chocolate mousse with a touch of cherry, and it was silky smooth. Absolutely delectable! Mmmm!!! I’m really impressed. If this is “classic,” what else is in store for me? ;)


jealous! and yay for new teaware!


Thanks, Sil! I’m really enjoying it!

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Ah, the difference a fine metal filter makes to shou! It takes out all the funk, leaving a nice smooth liquor. This was particularly tasty tonight. Smooth, sweet, with a little wood. Just what I needed after a heavy dinner. :)

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This is a tasty, tasty shou! The information card for this tea, which I love reading by the way, said that this is a mild shou with not too much stimulant effect and not bitter, but with strength. I definitely noticed the strength! I did a rinse, let it sit while I ate a brownie ;) and then gave it a 15-second infusion and the color was intense! Super dark for a first infusion.

The flavor was mild. It was smooth, with a clean finish. After a few infusions, I decided that I was detecting notes of cinnamon and caramel. Very yummy! I think my favorite infusions were probably the fourth or fifth infusions. The info card also said it was one of very few shou offerings this year. They like sheng, which is fine by me, because their sheng offerings have been really delicious. Nice to mix it up though!

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drank Blueberry Green by Harney & Sons
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Another sample from my mom. This smells amazing, with lots and lots of blueberry in the aroma. The taste however, reminds me a lot of DavidsTea’s grape expectations. I don’t know if it’s the sencha or what. I haven’t found a sencha I like, so that could be it. It tastes brisk, grassy, and grape-like. Might be good iced, as long as you don’t oversteep it.


I love this tea, but I taste grapes, also!


Good to know, ashmanra!

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drank Capri by Harney & Sons
813 tasting notes

Got a sample of this from my mom and tried it this morning. Very sweet fig flavor. It’s pretty good. There’s a little lemon too. Only disappointment was the base tea didn’t really bring anything to the party. Still a nice flavored tea for those who like fig.

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So tasty! I drank this tonight, mostly to combat the effect a sheng had on me earlier, but also because I love this Shou! The savory, salty, creamy mushroom notes blend so seamlessly with the Shou. Yum yum yum. My tummy thanks you!

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I had an afternoon session with this tea. Work at home days are good for Sheng sessions! This tuocha is so darn compressed though! You really gotta be aggressive! ;) It has a nice orange liquor color, and tastes a bit of smoke and fruit. I quite like it. I got super energized by it and very productive, but then felt kinda sick. Oops! Maybe I need some Shou tonight.


Sheng sometimes upsets me on an empty stomach


Ya, I started the session after lunch, but it wasn’t enough to see me through!


yeah sheng has a tendency to make me sick as well

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Picked up another sample of this in my last order. I really like this tea. It’s so fruity! I also got some nice honey notes in the later infusions during my morning session. Yummy!

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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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