432 Tasting Notes

90

Wow…got TeaAve sample box today. I mean…I feel almost guilty not having paid for any of this. It’s beyond any expectations. Fancy and classy.

Really TeaAve, thank you, you really made my day!

I love pretty much all types of oolongs, and this one is no exception.

First the look. OB is a stunning tea to look at. It’s like an autumn bouquet, beautiful auburn, green, grey and brown leaves.

I was happy to see the silver duvet tips in the blend, so pretty.

This tea is bug bitten, so hello honey sweetness!

It’s very fragrant, and the scent is even more powerful using the beautiful aroma teacup set provided by TeaAve.

The color of the brew is a beautiful honey golden color.

The taste of OB resembles more of a black tea in my humble opinion. It is after all highly oxidized.

I get red fruits, muscatel, citrus and honey. Very sweet and zero astringency.

As the steeps evolve, it gets a little spicy and boozy, i also get dried fruits, like apricot and dates. It’s rich and doesn’t loose any of its sweetness.

I did many steeps and couldn’t help looking at the wet leaves when I was done. I found the perfect example of leafhopper bites! See pics :-)

TeaAve and Heidi, thanks again for such a lovely gift…can’t wait to purchase your wonderful teas!

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DeliriumsFrogs

Lovely pics and lovely review!! Leafhoppers!!!

TheTeaFairy

Thank you DFrogs ;-)

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100

Aaaaah. This.

It deserves all the praises.

Just a quick review cause I have fully reviewed it in the past.

Rivendell gives me a pudding mouth. It’s so sweet and creamy!

This vanilla is decadent…very fragrant, velvety and fruity.

I like the little saltiness I get at the end of every sip. Mineral notes from the oolong.

Surprisingly, this is not floral at all for a green oolong blend. That’s probably because of the cedar leaves. They bring a touch

of spiciness and evergreen. Hard to describe but so fresh and yummy.

Even if you’re not a fan of greener oolongs, you should still give this a try.

I brewed it in my glass pot and sipped 32 oz very slowly…it was pure ecstasy at every sip.

I’m not lowering my rating, well worth 100!!

Pic:

http://instagram.com/p/y5U4Jnwh-H/

Hillel

Everyone raves about this, but it’s been out of stock for ages. Gotta get my hands on some!

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96

Sweet baby Jesus…this might be the best Da Hong Pao I have ever had.

This lovely tea came as a gift from the wonderful boychik.

Looking at the beautifully crafted leaves, I had a feeling I was in for a treat.

So I packed my little 70ml DHP yixing pot with a shitload of tea, cause that’s the way I like it :-)

Very short steeps are required for rock oolong, a few seconds is sufficient.

My first steep was whoa!! A burst a flavor!!

In a nutshell: juicy, toasty, nutty, sharp, mineral, sweet, with big notes of stone fruits and cocoa…yes, this tea has it all!!

It’s complex, it keeps changing, adding different layers and subtleties to each steep.

It’s simply stunning, in every possible ways.

It was such a privilege to get the chance to try it, and thanks to boychik’s generosity, I have plenty left for a few more sessions. Thank you :-)

On a side note, I want to mention that after sampling a few of their teas, I was impressed enough to place my first order with Joseph Wesley. Well I was even more impressed with the service that I received! I want to thank you Joseph for your impeccable customer service, you made all the difference… I already know I will be a returning customer.

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LiberTEAS

I absolutely love Joseph Wesley. They have some of the most awesome teas I’ve ever had.

Sil

they are great teas! I just wish ordering to canada was easier heh or not….lol

Ysaurella

seems they are not shipping to international :(

Sil

ysaurella – you’d have to email joseph and see what he can do.

donkeytiara

what did you order? I’ve been pondering, but just didn’t know what I needed a full canister of before I tasted it….

boychik

Donkeytiara you can buy samples sizes . I believe Joe offers a Valentines special

boychik

TheTeaFairy, I’m so glad you like this tea. It’s beautiful excellent quality. Joe, if you read this please please source some more for us. These DHP and QL are amazing. Even though I think I got some hmm, never enough ;)))

Ysaurella

@Sil thank you :)

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

thank you everyone for your nice comments. It’s touching to read that these teas are speaking to you as much as they speak to me. Our next shipment of limited release teas will be available sometime in May after this year’s harvest. Because the weather will be warmer we were planning sourcing a lightly oxidized Oolong (such as Tieguanyin from Anxi or Dong Ding from an old friend’s tea farm in Taiwan). Would you rather have the more traditional, highly oxidized, and roasted WuYi Oolong for the summer or a lighter oxidized Oolong? We’ll also have a couple of other teas that I will not share with you until they arrive!

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89
drank Gui Hua Oolong by Tealux
432 tasting notes

Pssst… Steepster… Did I ever tell you how much I love oolongs? Cause yeah…I do very, very much!!

This afternoon, I felt fancy…I’m a total tea snob, not gonna lie. Plus I’m a girly girl, so sometimes…occasionally…I pull out my really fancy gears.

That’s what I did today, and it made me really happy!

Now the tea. It’s lovely.

It Osmanthus oolong so be fully aware that it’s very floral and also fruity.

Unlike some others I have tried, this one doesn’t feel soapy in the mouth.

It has a very distinctive taste of peach, to the point that one might think it’s peach scented but it’s not.

Very creamy with a nice body. It’s not overly green, but it is somewhat grassy.

Also, for the price, this tea is an awesome deal. Beautifully rolled and crafted, large leaves when they open up.

I love it and it was the perfect companion to fit my precious antique teawares this afternoon.

Pics of the session:

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TheLastDodo

That cup is perfect! The oolong sounds amazing too :D

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95

Oh lord this tea…. Wuyi rock oolong, you do rock!

Beautiful leaves, they render a warm golden amber brew.

So fragrant!

It tastes like grilled honey peaches and almonds.

So sweet, juicy, nutty and toasty!!

A real treat tonight. I won’t be able to save this for special occasions, no I won’t.

I will have it again tomorrow.

Oolongs are just amazing!!

Pics of tonight’s session:

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Mikumofu

Lovely pictures! Rock oolong does indeed rock :)

TheTeaFairy

Mikumofu, thank you :-)

Ubacat

Sounds devine! And love your pictures! Will have to add this one to the wishlist.

TheTeaFairy

Thank you Ubacat! I don’t think you can possibly go wrong with this tea :-)

Ubacat

Not the tea but my brewing skills still need perfecting! :-)

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91

(Backlog from 2 days ago)

If you are Canadian like me, you know it’s no fun to shop for tea from our dear American neighbors at the moment. Our dollar is sinking and the exchange is terrible.

I have turned to Tao Tea Leaf recently, they are based in Ontario. My love has grown so much for this company. They offer exceptional quality and you can find many different superior oolongs.

This one is no exception. It’s exquisite and sophisticated.

Baozhong is very lightly oxidized. It tastes like a breathe of fresh air.

Very floral, think lilac.

It’s also as buttery and creamy as can be, with a sweet aftertaste.

I could drink this every day that’s how much I like it. And I might just do that :-)

Pics of the session:

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DeliriumsFrogs

Breathtaking pictures!!
The tea sounds really fantastic, too. Buttery lilac… mmm!

scribbles

So beautiful :)

Fjellrev

I hear you on the exchange rates! I’ll have to check this company out. :)

TheTeaFairy

Thank you DeliriumFrogs, the tea is fantastic indeed!!

Scribbles, thank you :-)

Fjellrev….sigh yes, damn exchange! You can’t go wrong with Toa. Been ordering also from the wonderful Camellia Sinensis in Montreal.

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84

It’s strong, it’s dark, it’s punchy.

It will wake you, shake you, smack you….and then…it will sooth you, comfort you, love you.

Yes, this tea is kind of abusive. “Stay away” you’re gonna say…but I can’t…I loooove it!!!

It’a Damn Fine Tea.

And it knows how to treat a fairy on a Sunday morning in her tea nook.

Pic:

http://instagram.com/p/yj1CGUQh_T/

Sarsonator

You are too fooooney!

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90

When I saw Dexter ‘s pic of Mandala’s milk oolong on Instagram, I felt compelled to have a Mandala oolong tonight also.

Colored Species is another favorite of mine…such a bright and delicate tea.

Vegetal and grassy, but I can detect hints nutmeg and cinnamon notes. Sweet and floral with a minty fresh finish, it’s everything I love about this type of oolong.

You won’t see it on the pics I took during this session cause I was in a zen mood and needed some candle light tonight, but this tea is really green, beautiful leaves to look at.

I steeped many times in the glass gaiwan, and it gave me such a peaceful session.

Now I have to remember to drink it more often!

Pics of the session:

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TheTeaFairy

It is Amanda :-)

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

I really need to dip into Mandala’s other teas, I was really impressed with their Puerhs from the samplers.

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96

When I first opened this cake two months ago, it was literally sweating oils, the wrapper was full of specks:

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It just looked so luscious, I was really hoping to love it. I did.

It’s my favorite sheng of the moment.

It offers such a bright taste, with a minimum of astringency.

Fruity, (white grapes mostly) and a bit spicy, oaky with just a hint of smoke in the early steeps…that smoke disappears completely in the later steeps.

Very strong qi, it provides that warming feeling I like so much, without making my heart race. It’s just so soothing…

Now I’m just hoping there’s still some cakes left…cause I need a few cakes as backup.

I need more…and I’m very surprised there’s only one review here, it deserves more attention…

Pics of the session:

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Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Oh man, this tea looks so good! Of course your pictures add to its appeal ;)

Kaylee

Those pics are gorgeous!

TheTeaFairy

Thank you Amanda & Kaylee :-)

mrmopar

I love that teapot.

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95

First to review this, really? Well let’s try to do a good job at it then, it’s worth it!

I was quite intrigued with this tea as soon as I saw how unusual it looked like and read its description….I knew I had to buy some. Anything that has maple in its description gets my attention. (My grandpa had a sugar shack, I grew up literally “in” maple!)

Interesting fact, this tea was compressed and aged in bamboo baskets.

Its dry appearance is light and flaky. It looks like giant flakes of roasted maté, and pretty similar in terms of color.

Its smells a little like damp moss and seaweeds.

I rinsed once as recommended.

The first steep was a beautiful golden yellow.

It feels round in the mouth, almost oily, very nice.

The taste is super sweet, with a light earthiness to it. Maple water, yes please…the description did not lie.

I get a nice fresh camphor finish just like some puerh do.

It’s so tasty, some sweet spiciness emerges in the background, reminds me of anise.

Bonus: it provides a very relaxing and warming qi. I feel giddy :-)

This is a superb tea and I’m now adding Liu Bao to the list of favorite tea! It will be interesting to also try their 1996.

I take this opportunity to give some love to the wonderful teahouse that Camellia Sinensis is. When I used to live in the beautiful city of Montréal, I was a frequent customer of theirs. Superior product and impeccable service.

Americans, take advantage of our low Canadian dollar and encourage them! They even offer free shipping to the USA for all orders over $50. (Did I mention they have exquisite teaware? Cause they do!!)

Link:

http://camellia-sinensis.com/en/tea-store

Pics of this amazing tea:

http://instagram.com/p/ybE9jHQhxV/

http://instagram.com/p/ybGNmcwhy-/

boychik

This tea sounds AMAZING!

DeliriumsFrogs

I’m right there with boychik… amazing! (and, I checked out their teaware, and it’s gorgeous! Thanks for the link, and the beautiful pictures!)

TheTeaFairy

Boychik, it’s very different and unusual :-)

DeliriumFrogs thank you and you’re welcome! Hope you get to experience them someday :-)

Cwyn

Their Sencha Ashikubo gives me delusions of being 25 again.

TheTeaFairy

Cwyn, I’ll take some “feeling 25 again” please, dilusional or not ;-)

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Time to update this profile of mine…it’s 2015!!

I am French Canadian, so please forgive me if my English is not always perfect :-/

My relationship with tea in a nutshell:

I’m married to straight Black. I have torrid love affairs with Oolong and Puerh. I party with Green and White occasionally. Flavored are not my BFF, I usually stay away from them.

Love Steepster, a place for tea lovers, where you learn and share with others.

About me:

I am a free spirit, I let people be who they are and expect the same in return.

Books! I love classic literature, but also modern and pretty much anything that captures my attention.

Music is also something I can’t live without… From Bach to Nirvana, my ears know no boundaries…

Animal and nature lover, amateur photographer.

I’ve been drinking tea for as long as I can remember.

Drinking tea is a sensorial experience. The name in itself “Camellia Sinensis” lingers the promess of an adventure for the senses…

Not a big «swapper», but will occasionally. Not because I don’t want to share but because I’m trying not to hoard so much.

Also, I have narrowed down the teas I really like over the years, and I don’t feel the need to try and buy everything the way I used to. (Maybe I have become a tea snob? Sigh…)

My ratings: because I pretty much drink only teas that I judge exceptional, my ratings are usually high. Don’t be shocked to see lots of 90’s and a few 100’s. That’s because I’ve had my share of crapy teas and I’m done with that ;-)

You can find me on Instagram here, I post about my tea sessions mostly, but also about the beautiful nature that surrounds me, and my fury companions :-)

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The Laurentians, Canada

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