354 Tasting Notes

90
drank Long Jing by The Finest Brew
354 tasting notes

I had left a sticky note on the tin of this tea to remind myself to slow down and enjoy this tea. :-) So that is what I am doing.

I can see why I slurped it so fast last time. It’s so darn good. It’s vegetal with a creamy feel to it. Nutty and sweet. I can even smell the slight nutty aroma. The creamy feel of it would make it an excellent afternoon tea but it’s still great for the morning.

Changed my rating. This is such a good tea.

Flavors: Creamy, Nutty, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

Ooh! That sounds yummy!

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87

I got this sample in the mail last week from Lulu. Thanks Lulu. I filled out the online questionnaire at surveymonkey.

According to the info card on this tea, it’s from a farm on Yu Shan Mountain , the tallest mountain in East Asia with a height of 13,000 ft. This tea is considered among the top grades of oolong tea and the production is very limited.

This a medium roast oolong. It brews up a dark golden colour. A wonderful floral aroma to this tea with a smokey roasted flavour. It’s smooth with a hint of buttery flavour underneath the roast. My 2nd cup has a little bit of bitterness in it but that’s only because I oversteeped the 2nd infusion just a bit. There were plenty of leaves in the gaiwan that were just uncurling in the first infusion and on the 2nd I should have kept the time short.

On to the 3rd infusion. Kept this one really short: 1 min and it’s excellent. The roasted flavour is toned down a bit. No bitterness at all. Still a wonderful floral aroma. I could probably keep going on this tea. There’s plenty of flavour in those leaves.

Lulu

Thank you for your tea review! :D

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drank Osmanthus Oolong by Tea Ave
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I’ve never had osmanthus anything so I was surprised when looking for this tea on Steepster how many Osmanthus oolongs there are!!

I brewed this gong fu using water temp at 200F. They recommended boiling which seems way too high for me. I usually do oolongs at 190 and I think when I brew this next time I will stick with my 190.

The brew was a bit on the clear gold side. I could definitely pick up the creamy milkiness of the oolong. From the aroma cup I could pick a floral scent. The osmanthus came through as a peachy flavour—very delicate and as all TeaAve scented oolongs, it combined well with the flavours and scents of the oolong instead of overpowering. I would have liked the osmanthus to be a little bit stronger as I really liked it. I was also getting a roasted flavour from this oolong which is strange since it’s a jin xuan oolong….

By the third infusion I wasn’t getting much osmanthus at all but it was still a good oolong. I think I need to try something different with my brewing method as others have have loved this.

Flavors: Milk, Peach

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 130 OZ / 3844 ML

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88

I didn’t follow the typical brewing methods from Yunomi for this tea this morning. I just wanted it simple using a cup and infuser. I used 185F , 1 tsp and brewed for 50 min.

It’s quite delicious. Very good umami. Very grassy & sweet with only a hint of bitterness. There’s also a bit of nutty flavour that comes through too. This might have been even better if I brewed at 175 which I will try next time but was still good at the 185F. Their recommendation is 158F. My tea just cools down too quick at that temperature.

I would buy this sencha again from Yunomi.

Flavors: Grass, Nutty, Sweet, Umami

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

Dry the leaves were very dark and spindly. I brewed this western style this afternoon.

What I noticed first about this tea was how bready/malty it was. It had a pretty good caffeine kick too but I’m a bit sensitive to caffeine so I would feel it more than some. There were stone fruit notes right away. I think I accidentally got the temperature a little higher than I meant to (I was brewing this at work) but it still was very good. As it cooled the chocolate notes came out along with raisins. I didn’t get any of the smoke taste others got but that was fine with me as I don’t like smoke in my tea. It was very full bodied and flavourful.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate, Malt, Raisins, Stonefruits

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95
drank Anji Bai Cha by Nannuoshan
354 tasting notes

I think this is my favourite of the 4 green teas I’ve tried from Nannuoshan.

When I smelled the dry leaves it was a wonderful nutty smell.

I honestly can’t remember what the colour of the brew was and now it’s all gone but I’m pretty sure it was a yellow. This teas just fills the mouth with nutty & buttery taste. Mmmmmm! Just love it. There’s also a green grassy or green pea sweetness to the taste too. I don’t think my description is doing it justice. This one really is an amazing Anji Bai Cha. There much more flavour with this one than the other Anji Bai Cha’s I have in my cupboard. At least that’s what I’m thinking. I have enough left of this one to do a taste test against them.

Flavors: Butter, Grass, Nutty

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 150 OZ / 4436 ML

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85
drank Bai Mu Dan by Nannuoshan
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I had this one yesterday and went to leave a review. Had it almost all done and switched into a different screen to do something else for only a minute. When I went back it was gone! I didn’t have time to redo so I’m getting it in today.

This was a really fluffy white tea. That little bag was really packed full to get it all in!

This tea made me think of a spring day. It was light and refreshing with a light floral aroma. There was the typical hay notes I often find in whites along with cucumber notes (which is what made it so refreshing). Even though this tea was light , it still had lots of body. The colour of the brew was amber.

A very enjoyable cup of spring. I just want to say too, that I’ve never before brewed whites at these higher temperatures. The results have been great and I want to see now how some of my other whites in my cupboard brews at that temperature.

Almost through all the samples now. Thanks Nannuoshan for some great teas!

Flavors: Cucumber, Floral, Hay

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 g 150 OZ / 4436 ML

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85
drank Bai Mu Dan by Nannuoshan
354 tasting notes

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90

Sipdown!

Wow, this one is way past it’s prime. When I had it fresh I gave it a 90. It sure doesn’t taste like that anymore. No rating since it’s too old now.

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I was so excited to try this Bi Luo Chun but it was not quite what I was expecting.

Dry the leaves smelled a bit fruity , a bit faint- just a whiff.

It brewed up with lots of colour – a nice amber colour. The elements that make me love Bi Luo Chun were all there. It has a sweet mossy taste with fruity notes ; however it wasn’t very strong. It was just too light (barely there ) for me. I didn’t increase the brew time because I didn’t want this to go bitter. It actually wasn’t bitter for me, one of the things I was a bit worried about.

In my opinion Bi Luo Chun is one of those teas that is at it’s best in the first 6 months or so. This is still a good quality Bi Luo Chun ( I see it was picked in Spring 2014 ) and if I had enough of it I would double the amount of tea in brewing to bring out more flavour.

I used gong fu brewing for this so I’ve still got enough to try again with a bit longer steep.

Flavors: Fruity, Sweet

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Green teas are my favourite teas but I also enjoy: white, some herbal,rooibos, raw pu’erh, light oolongs, a little bit of black , and a little bit of ripe pu’erh. I have moved away from artificial flavourings and there’s hardly anything left in my cabinet with artificial flavouring or colours. It is mostly straight teas or tea blends.

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