431 Tasting Notes

93

I wasn’t looking forward to this tea. I haven’t had that much success with Dan Cong’s lately. Most times I just don’t get any notes and wonder what it’s all about. Tried a bit of the tricky brewing the past but never came up with anything like it’s supposed to be.

So I just brewed this Western Style – 2 min at 90C. I am loving it.

It’s so sweet with a bit of roast coming through. Finishes off with floral and fruity notes. Soooooo good!

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Roasted, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

I have some that are like that too… hmm. have you tried steeping it gong fu method?

Ubacat

No, I haven’t tried it gong fu yet but if it was good Western style then it will be even better gong fu.

TeaBrat

Indeed. I may need to try this too. Difficult to find Dancongs that aren’t too fussy.

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88

This tea is not smoky. It is very similar to Yunnan Sourcing’s Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong of Wu Yi Fujian Black tea. I think this one is the better of the two (at least comparing the 2015 from YS). It’s sweet and malty with chocolate notes.

When I was looking on Ebay for this type of tea it’s very confusing whether it’s this type of lapsang souchong or the smoky one. I like both but prefer this one. I just wonder why it’s called lapsang souchong when I thought the name “Lapsang Souchong” meant smoky?

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
Ubacat

I saw your review on that tea but it might not be the exact same tea. I think your tea had golden tips in it.

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95

Haven’t had this tea in ages. This is the kind of tea you only reach for when you’re feeling like something really different – like today.

Last time I left a review, I enjoyed this tea but botched the brewing. I have no idea what brewing parameters I used then but today I went for gong fu. I enjoyed the tea then but I think gong fu brewing made a huge difference on this tea.

First infusion was only 10 sec . Got a bit of maltiness but it was mostly all maple sweetness. I’ve got a terrible sweet craving today and this is really taking care of that today.

2nd infusion -20 sec – Malty, bready, maple syrup Yum Yum! Delicious!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt, Maple Syrup

Preparation
0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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95

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95

I’ve had this tea 2 or 3 times and have neglected to leave a review but it is delicious!

Dry , it smells so fresh with an amazing chestnut aroma. I like to just breathe in the smell from the bag.

I’ve just been brewing this Western style. Nothing fancy but it has a good nutty flavor with a strong buttery feel/taste to it. Very smooth and non astringent.

This is a pretty poor review for such an amazing tea but whenever I have this I am fully immersed in enjoying this tea.

Flavors: Butter, Chestnut

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82

I have had this sample for awhile and must have had it ( the pkg was open) but had left no review.

So today brewed it up. Started drinking on 4th infusion. I found this one fruity, not much bitterness – light. The fruity flavor does have some of the apricot I get in most shengs but this one being lighter . I brewed at 190 which might explain why I don’t have much bitterness in it. I detect a faint bitterness at the bottom of my cup but it’s mostly fairly smooth and light.

Steep 5 was even better. More honey notes coming out, a bit more rounded. There was a faint peppery note that wasn’t there before.

It’s good I pulled out this tea today. It is reminding me that I have still plenty of teas that are so good to enjoy. I found myself on the Crimson Lotus website this morning about to place an order for some of their shengs (and wanting a yixing teapot too!). I never seem to stop wanting new teas no matter how many good ones I have!

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83

This is a very mild & smooth (non astringent) tea. There’s a bit of nutty/buttery . From YS notes, they say this tea has fruity and floral notes which I am not getting. That might be because I brewed Western style. I will try gong fu next time to see if there’s a difference but it’s still a nice cup of tea the way it is.

Flavors: Nutty, Smooth

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I finally got brave enough to try this tea sample I had.

I pulled out one of my best china cups added warm water and let it sit to get the salt off of it. Then brewed in hot water. Ulg. Plum vinegar and salt water is all I tasted. Yes, the blossoms are beautiful and I could smell them a bit. But for taste? I couldn’t pick up much flower taste. I couldn’t get past a few sips and had to throw out. It was that bad. This one is definitely an acquired taste and not for me. Glad I got to try it though.

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95
drank Dragonwell by Min Shan En
431 tasting notes

Okay, looking for my first cup of tea this morning. For me it must be green and it must be really good. I rarely reach for a sample for my first cup just on the off chance it’s not good. I did this morning. Pulled out this one from Liquid Proust. I’ve never had a bad dragonwell so I thought let’s give it a try.

LOVED this dragonwell. The nutty chestnut notes would seem to change in the mouth and release a fruity note along with it. Every cup was heaven. Loved this so much I did a second infusion (something I rarely do with greens) but alas, it’s not the same. 2nd cup is good but no intense chestnut notes or fruity notes at all. In fact the 2nd cup is more typical of some other dragonwells I’ve had with a bit of nuttiness , smooth, & a bit buttery. After getting over my initial disappointment that it wasn’t like the first cup, I really enjoyed the 2nd cup too.

Still, I am giving this a high rating. It’s a rare dragonwell.

Flavors: Chestnut, Fruity

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °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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