417 Tasting Notes

Brewed this tea this morning Western style and it tastes pretty weak. I think I need to come up with different brewing parameters for this tea. It smells delicious dry but when brewed it’s a barely there chestnut flavor. Maybe that’s how it should be or it might be because it’s such a new tea. It’s really fluffy too like white tea. I did put more than 1 tbsp. in to compensate for it being a fluffy tea.

I just can’t rate this tea right now until I give it a bit more time and different brewing techniques. Right now though, it’s not one of the greens I love. Just too weak.

Flavors: Chestnut

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

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This is my very first tea of the day. Well, first REAL tea. I had to fast to get a blood test done this morning and just ate breakfast out having a green tea in a restaurant for the morning. So to me that didn’t really count as a REAL tea.

This tea is delicious. It’s sooo pricey though compared to some other teas at YS.

I brewed it gongfu trying out my new glass gaiwan. The only other gaiwan I had was a tiny one and I wanted a bigger one that could take a little bit more volume. I soon learned that it’s much harder to handle when it’s bigger. The whole thing comes dangerously close to flying apart when I can’t get a good grip on it. I still like it though. It’s nice to see the green leaves through the glass.

This dragonwell is deliciously sweet and nutty with a green bean taste to it. So fresh! Even at the price it is, I would consider getting more of this tea.

Flavors: Green Beans, Nutty, Sweet


The price is not bad compared to other pre-Qing Ming dragonwells :)


I haven’t looked around but you’re probably right. YS has good prices.

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I was expecting this to be pretty bad after reading the other reviews on it. It is true that 2014 was better. It had some nice chocolate notes whereas this one doesn’t but it’s still a nice malty black. I might add some chopped vanilla beans to it to see if I can get some chocolate notes out of it.

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This tea just didn’t appeal to me. I found it was too much like a black tea but not the Chinese blacks. Much more like the black teas in the grocery store. I don’t know- I just didn’t get any other notes off this. The leaves looked pretty though- a nice chocolate brown when infused.

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I got a sample from Liquid Proust and it was hard to read what was written on the sample . I think it’s Fukuyu Sencha from ESP Emporium. I couldn’t find that tea listed here so I didn’t bother setting it up.

Had this one at work and just brewed up western style. Oh, wow, was it ever good. It tasted fruity. Really fruity and sweet. I really want more of this green tea. Soooo good!

Flavors: Fruity, Sweet

1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Liquid Proust

That sencha ended up in the Blueberry Sandstorm Genmaicha I made…
Sorry about the handwriting :p


So I did have the name right then! That’s good to know in case I want to buy some. Your Blueberry Sandstorm Genmaicha must be really good then if it’s made with this tea.

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I don’t want to be subjective about my own teas… but, being that I used no flavoring for the blueberry taste leaves me with room to improve the overall taste. While I may be pleased with what I came up with, I can understand how others may want more fruity notes in the tea; but in regards to the sencha used, I am rather picky with my greens :p

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I found this one at Loblaws tonight. There were some Dragonwell teas too but just grabbed this one for now. It’s a loose tea (no teabags! Yay!) but they include some teabags with the box that you can fill (made from unbleached paper).

I’m really enjoying this tea. It’s hard to find a rooibos that doesn’t have a bunch of artificial flavouring added to it. This one does have a bit of that vanilla madacasgar taste to it. Now they called the cocoa nibs Madagascar which doesn’t make sense to me. I really don’t get much cocoa from this tea . I do pick up a faint mint and there’s something about it that has probably come from the aging in the barrel. I can’t quite describe it . Maybe it has absorbed some of the oak .

Overall a great tea!

Flavors: Mint, Vanilla

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
417 tasting notes

This was one of those teas on my wish list. Thanks Liquid Proust for adding it in.

I had this one yesterday and should have kept notes. I know I enjoyed it but wasn’t wowed by it. I found the bergamot was done nicely, not overpowering. It was quite mild as was the jasmine. I think I might need to have this tea again to really get a feel of it. I’m glad there was enough for two cups so I’ve still got enough left.

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Wow! What an amazing Jasmine tea. Thanks Liquid Proust for adding a sample in our swap.

I brewed this gongfu. Currently am on steep 3 – or is it 4? I lost track. It’s soooo good. I have always loved a good jasmine green with a fairly strong floral taste and aroma. The one I used to enjoy years ago (way before I got into fine teas) had an artificial flavor to make it that strong. Trying many different jasmine teas over the years I came to the conclusion that infusing the tea naturally with the flowers could just not give such a strong jasmine scent and flavor to it. Well I was wrong.

This tea is jasmine and a bit buttery. Very delicate but at the same time very strong. I’m surprised this is listed as a green tea. When I checked it out on Capital Teas website it is made with first flush peony silver needles. Sounds like a white tea to me. It is tied in such delicate bows. I can imagine that definitely adds to it’s high price because of the labour to make those little bows.

I just can’t help it but would love more of this tea. It would be nice to stock a tiny tiny amount of the bows but to find this tea without the bows to have more often. I wonder if Capital Teas has it without the bows?

Flavors: Butter, Jasmine


Have you had Verdant’s Yunnan White Jasmine? It is the most floral and amazing jasmine tea I have ever drunk. And it is relatively reasonably priced for such a high quality tea.


No , I never did. I’d love to try it.


Ha ha I checked out the reviews here and I had already saved that one to my wish list.

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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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