607 Tasting Notes

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I’ve been drinking down a load of green teas I got from YS in the fall but just never got around to reviewing. They’ve all been pretty good.

Today I am having this one. It’s a slightly astringent green with a bit of nutty & green bean notes. I tend to really like the deep green flavour from green teas. Because this one is very light on that I am enjoying it; but it’s not my favouite out of all my greens.

I think some of the greens I have from Spring 2016 (this once included) are starting to fade just a bit. It’s really surprising how a fresh green tea can be so good I would rate it 100. Then one year later, it wouldn’t even taste like the same tea. I store them in a dark cool room but they still fade a bit over time.

Flavors: Astringent, Green Beans, Nutty

apefuzz

Which one has been your favorite so far? I always get a stash of new greens from YS every spring, and am always open to suggestions. In the meantime, enjoy those greens before it’s too late!

Ubacat

My favourite is Imperial Xinyang Mao Jian Green Tea of Henen Spring 2016. Coming in close are both the Laoshan greens.

Yes, I am trying my best to drink down all the greens (plus other teas in my collection) so that I can order spring green tea early. The last few years I always overspent between Black Friday and Christmas. This year I only placed one small order!

Do you have some favourite greens from YS too?

apefuzz

Bi Luo Chun is still my go-to. I had a great Long Jing in 2014 (can’t remember what grade), but this year’s left me disappointed. Teng Chong Hui Long Zhai is good if you like young raw puer, but probably isn’t for most green tea drinkers – definitely delivers a kick!

Thanks for the recommendations – Laoshan was on my list for 2017; definitely will be adding Xinyang Mao Jian. Cheers!

Ubacat

Thanks! Try out Nan Jing Yu Hua Cha from Grand Tea for next spring plus the Fragrant Greens from Taiwan Tea Crafts. All were really good this year.
I will keep that pu-erh in mind. I enjoy the young raw pu-erh once in awhile. Have some of my favourite cakes on those.

apefuzz

Little edit – Teng Chong Hui Long Zhai is a green tea, just has the astringency and bite of a young raw. Thanks again for the recommendations!

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This tea is a bit floral, a little bit buttery and a faint vanilla note to it. I am drinking from a cup I got from TeaAve. Do some of you remember getting those free tea samples with the free cup, taster cup, & tray? It seems everytime I drink a tea from this cup I get vanilla notes. Is it the cup? I don’t know but I was just wondering. Is it even possible for a cup to give vanilla notes to tea? Maybe it’s just that every tea I’ve had in it has vanilla notes.

Evol Ving Ness

I do like the concept of a vanilla-making cup though. (If it is a good vanilla, of course.)

Ubacat I always seem to get good vanilla notes out of this one. LOL

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drank Silver Buds Yabao by Verdant Tea
607 tasting notes

I have never liked Yabao tea too much but really can’t figure out why anyone would want this tea. It just tasted moldy to me. Definitely not my cup of tea!

Doug F

I agree. I don’t see the point.

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I’m glad I only had a sample size of this tea. It’s okay but not a favourite sencha. It’s a bit difficult to brew. First infusion was at 70C and it had a bit too much bitterness and astringency in it. It was very grassy but the slight bitterness and astringency took away from it. I was hoping for the 2nd infusion at 80C for 10 sec it would be sweeter and not bitter. It still had a slight bitterness & astrincency. Less grassy flavour and not very sweet.

Glad I only had a sample size of this tea. It’s gone now.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Cut grass

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This sencha has a good grassy taste and just a bit astringent on the first brew at 65 – 1 min. . The second brew was 10 sec at 80C and it became a bit too astringent at that temperature. It was lacking sweetness which I enjoy in some of my senchas and the deep grassy flavour had faded away on the 2nd steep. Perhaps it’s a matter of just getting the right steeping parameters , but this was only a sample and the last of this tea. I wasn’t overly impressed with it, there being plenty of other senchas that will outshine this one.

Flavors: Astringent, Grass

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Actually this tea review is for this one and Royal Tea Bay – Rizhao. I’ve got RTB -Rizhao in Sept and was not that enthused with it. Since I didn’t have any Rizhao tea around to compare it with, I thought it was possible my taste changed. So I ordered my favourite Rizhao from the Aliexpress seller Han Xiang Ecological Tea.

In comparison of the two teas dry, they both smelled good from the bag. Pretty similar – a nice fresh green scent. Both teas had the same twisted shape but this tea from RTB had bigger leaves. Brewed both up with 8oz , 80C, 1 min.
The both brewed a similar bright yellow colour but the tea from HXET was a lighter brigher yellow. The tea from RTB was a little bit murkier, not so clear. When I took a taste of the HXET it was still as good as it’s been in past years: butter, spinach, nutty, creamy, sweet. So good. Then I took a taste of the RTB tea. It tasted completely flat. No taste at all. I let my palate clear a bit and tried this tea again. After waiting a few minutes and taking a sip , it was a bit better but was a plain green with none of the underlying creamy, spinach taste the other one has. It was non astringent with a very faint nutty flavour to it. When I would take a sip of the tea from HXET it had so much flavour it just overshadowed the RTB tea so much , I couldn’t taste it at all.

This tea from HXET has always been really good and this harvest is still holding true.

I enjoyed comparing the two and think I will do a comparison of the HXET Rizhao with some Laoshan Greens I have. They are all grown in about the same area and I think they are all very similar.

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Actually this tea review is for this one and Han Xiang Ecological Tea – Rizhao. I’ve got this one in Sept and was not that enthused with it. Since I didn’t have any Rizhao tea around to compare it with, I thought it was possible my taste changed. So I ordered my favourite Rizhao from the Aliexpress seller Han Xiang Ecological Tea (You can check out my initial review of this tea under “Shandong Rizhao Green Tea”).

In comparison of the two teas dry, they both smelled good from the bag. Pretty similar – a nice fresh green scent. Both teas had the same twisted shape but this tea from RTB had bigger leaves. Brewed both up with 8oz , 80C, 1 min.

The both brewed a similar bright yellow colour but the tea from HXET was a lighter brigher yellow. The tea from RTB was a little bit murkier, not so clear. When I took a taste of the HXET it was still as good as it’s been in past years: butter, spinach, nutty, creamy, sweet. So good. Then I took a taste of the RTB tea. It tasted completely flat. No taste at all. I let my palate clear a bit and tried this tea again. After waiting a few minutes and taking a sip , it was a bit better but was a plain green with none of the underlying creamy, spinach taste the other one has. It was non astringent with a very faint nutty flavour to it. When I would take a sip of the tea from HXET it had so much flavour it just overshadowed the RTB tea so much , I couldn’t taste it at all.

I definitely won’t be buying this tea from RTB anymore. In fact I got 3 teas from them in Sept and all 3 are fairly mediocre.

I enjoyed comparing the two and think I will do a comparison of the HXET Rizhao with some Laoshan Greens I have. They are all grown in about the same area and I think they are all very similar.

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Spring 2016 – I’ve tried this tea quite a few times already with a few different brewing parameters. I just can’t figure this out.

From the bag it smells fresh with a slight nuttiness to it. The leaf is a high grade. Full small leaves. This tea should be amazing….but it’s not. Unless it’s supposed to be like that. I’ve had other dragonwell teas and they didn’t taste like this one.

I can’t remember specifics on this. I know it was vegetal but was missing the chestnut, buttery, or green flavour I get from most greens. Most green teas I brew around 2 minutes or less. This one had very little flavour at 2 minutes. So I brewed it longer and it got stronger but not better. I’m not very good at describing exactly what it tasted like. It wasn’t bitter but just was not appealing to me. Perhaps someone else might really like this tea but it just didn’t suit me.

There is a couple of brewing methods I have not tried yet for this tea: grandpa style or iced. It’s getting pretty cold outside to have iced tea so I guess next on my list is to try this grandpa style.

Flavors: Vegetal

apefuzz

I couldn’t figure this one out either – never got any great flavors out of it. I ended up doing grandpa style most of the time. Good luck!

LuckyMe

I tried last season’s harvest and my experience pretty much matched yours. YS has good teas but their green teas have never really appealed to me.

Recently an astute Redditor noted that Yunnan green teas come from the assamica bush while the rest of China produces tea with camellia sinensis. Assamica is a little more aggressive cultivar which may explain why YS green teas taste a bit different than other Chinese greens.

Ubacat

Yes, I have to wonder about some of the greens from YS. Most have been okay but nothing really amazing out of all the greens I got.

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I had admired this shiboridashi for awhile but it was pricey and I wondered if it would really work like I wanted it to? Then I read TeaNecromancer’s review and thought “I HAVE to buy this!” but it was still pricey so I thought I would wait for sale. The next day I got an email from Yunomi that they were having a 35% off sale when you purchased $50.00 and over. So I bought it right then.

Now I’ve bought a Japanese teapot in the past and it didn’t meet all my requirements for what is a perfect vessel to brew my Japanese tea in.

1) It needs lots of room to allow the leaves to expand so an infusier that pulls out is not a good option.
2) It needs to have a capacity for one person only. I rarely have Japanese teas with someone else.
3) It has to pour quickly and allow the water through easily when the leaves expand. Every second it pours slowly bitterness creeps in.
4) It must be easy to clean.
5) When the tea pours, it must pour out clean without any leaf. Most of the others I used, I had to pour with an extra filter.
6) It must be pleasing to eye.

Well this shiboridashi meets all those requirements and more. Especially in the last one (6). It is cute, easy to handle when pouring. Love the little red knob . Love the crackels. And here’s an extra bonus: When I poured the water in to do the first infusion, I noticed part of it turned a blush pink inside. I also noticed a bit pink on the lid when I was brewing the tea. I wonder if that is only the ones with a red knob on them?

I never had any problems cleaning this up like TeaNecromancer but I was brewing a sencha which has bigger leaves. I haven’t tried this yet with some of the finer leaf teas but it performed beautifully with my sencha. I can see this will easily become my favourite teapot for brewing Japanese greens.

Rasseru

aww shes a cutie

Sil

beautiful!

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This tea smells wonderful from the bag. Fresh jasmine flowers and the fresh green bi luo chun’s green mossy scent.

When brewed up however, the jasmine tends to dominate. I love jasmine so I can still enjoy this tea. I am a bit disappointed I can’t taste the sweet green mossy of the bi luo chun. I think it’s there but so faint. Perhaps I need to adjust the brew times on this tea. Or try this on the 2nd infusion (I rarely have more than one infusion on green tea).
I am picking up a bit of nutty flavour from the tea under the jasmine.

Still enjoying this tea and it’s a good buy. Can’t beat YS prices. This tea would be so much better if they’d used less jasmine flowers and had more notes from the tea come through.

Flavors: Floral, Nutty

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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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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