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I’ve gotten spoiled with some of the amazing young shengs out there that do not have much (or none at all) bitterness.

I decided to try this one this morning before work instead of my usual green tea. It was just too much bitterness to me. Yes a bit of fruity apricot but I couldn’t get past the bitterness. I imagine it probably would have gotten better after quite a few steeps but I didn’t have time this morning. I usually don’t have an untried tea as my first cup and on this day I was disappointed I did. The first cup of the day has to be one I love.


lower temp and super fast steeps, like few secs


+1 Plus it is very young let it air for a bit and if you have a full cake age it for a year or two.

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Oh Lordy this tea is good. Sweet , sweet corn taste. I didn’t get much hay notes like other white teas. It was very juicy , sweet & fresh. I would consider getting more of this tea.

Flavors: Kettle Corn, Sweet

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Mmm.. Sounds fabulous!

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drank Qilan Fire by White 2 Tea
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Had this tea on the week-end. I had already tried Qilan Trees and found I enjoyed it but not keen on the roasted flavour. I knew this one would have an even stronger roasted flavour so wasn’t sure if I would like it.

It turns out I was surprised. Yes, more roasted but it seems the fruity and mineral notes came through more. I don’t know, I rather liked this one but it made me awfully hungry. Maybe it’s the roasted flavour that makes me hungry. Got a few infusions from it.

Flavors: Fruity, Mineral, Roasted

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drank Qilan Trees by White 2 Tea
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I saw most of the 2015 cakes have sold out at Crimson Lotus so I had to get a cake of this while it was still in stock. I was sure from the reviews that I would love it so didn’t bother with any samples—Just went ahead and bought it.

I was right. This is an excellent sheng. I used 5g in my gaiwan with 90C water. I got plenty of steeps from it (Maybe up to 6 or 7- that’s a lot for me). It had a fresh taste to it. Maybe that’s the “green” others are picking up. It’s not like a green tea but just has that fresh tea taste. I did not encounter much bitterness at all in any of the steeps. It had a slight creaminess with a bit of fruitiness. Not as sweet as some shengs but there was still a bit of sweetness. A really great tea for drinking daily.

Also want to add that this tea did not have too much energy kick to it. That’s another reason that makes it great for drinking plenty of steeps and having often.

Flavors: Creamy, Fruity

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 118 ML


Crimson Lotus Tea

Excellent review. Thank you!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I misplaced this sample and just found it yesterday when I brewed it up. I can see why everyone loves this tea. Right before I had the tea I had a bit of chocolate. Then with every sip, I felt like I was having more chocolate. Yum!

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I had this one this afternoon. W2T says to split the 9g orb if you want a lighter tea so that’s what I did. I brewed it at 90C.

It has a light sweetness & fruity taste. Some bitterness came out in steeps 2-4 but only light bitterness. I found it pretty smooth and apricot tasting. Quite pleasant with a gentle cha qi. I got plenty of infusions from the leaves . Although nothing seemed to stand out about this tea it was a very pleasant sheng.

Flavors: Apricot, Fruity, Sweet

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drank Qilan Trees by White 2 Tea
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Thank-you Christina for sending me this sample!

I am not a big fan of roasted oolongs. There are a few I like but it’s mostly the roasting that seems to dominate the tea experience for me.

I could pick up honey and stone fruit along with the roasted flavour. Later steeps were better for me when the roasted flavour died down and the other notes came out.

Overall, not my favourite tea but still glad I got to try it!

Flavors: Honey, Roasted, Stonefruits

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This tea started out with a bit of creamy feel to it and the remaining steeps it was less. This had a sweet honeysuckle taste to it along with an underlying bitterness. The bitterness wasn’t too strong and it still make an enjoyable cup.

Flavors: Bitter, Creamy, Honeysuckle

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I finally tried this tea with water from my bamboo charcoal.

First infusion was 15 sec with boiling water as per the website that had all the instructions on how to brew dan cong. This was the best this tea has ever tasted. It was honey sweet and peachy. All other infusions after that were a bit disappointing but not bad.

Here’s a picture of my brewing session.


So what is Shrek doing in it? Well, in my kitchen where my kettle is , I discovered this little Shrek today. How long has he been there? I don’t know. It was weird that I’ve been using that kettle most of the day and who knows how many times yesterday and never even noticed Shrek sitting in the corner on my counter. lol My husband must have put him there sometime. (He just told me now it was there a couple of days!)

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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.


Ontario , Canada

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