595 Tasting Notes


This tastes more like a green than an oolong but I’m not complaining. It’s still delicious. It’s got a rich green asparagus taste to it and nutty sweetness. Nope, not much like an oolong but still an excellent tea. I brewed it in my mug at 190C , the temperature I always used for oolongs. Maybe I should have gone a lower temperature since it’s so close to green tea but it still came out great. I brewed for one minute and it’s perfect.

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I tried this one gong fu today and it brought out deeper chestnut notes and a bit of smoke. Delicious! (See my previous review for Western style)

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drank Fuijan Black by Liquid Proust Teas
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I have so many samples to catch up on! This one was from Liquid Proust.

I had this yesterday and found it to be a good malty chocolatey black tea. I have to admit , I was a bit distracted while drinking it but I know it was pretty good.

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drank 2015 Pin by White 2 Tea
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This tea is so good. I think my favourite from all the monthly teas so far. I’ve done quite a few infusions of it today. It has a nice creamy taste to it. There’s also a bit of fruitiness. Earlier steeps have a faint bitterness in it but it doesn’t detract from the tea at all. I am pretty impressed when such a young sheng has hardly any bitterness and that was only after one quick rinse. That faint bitterness disappears really quick and it’s just creamy and fruity forever. I don’t know what steep I am on now. I think I’ve had far too much tea but it still tastes soooo good.

Christina / BooksandTea

I’m glad it’s working out! I was worried that I broke up the leaves too much and possibly made it too bitter.


This one is good. It probably one of best easy drinks this year.

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Well, I am working from home today and it’s a good time to try and review some samples I have. I had mixed feelings about trying this tea. I’ve had sticky rice raw pu-erh and found it too strong so I didn’t know what to expect with this one.

I brewed in a cup 2 min at 90C. First sniff. Whoa! Intense! Sticky rice aroma and taste was so strong. I can see why some might love it as it did go along good with the oolong but I’m pretty sensitive to strong aromas or flavours. I tried to get through the cup but I started getting a headache from the super sweet aroma and taste of sticky rice. There’s still more in the sample so if I am brave and decide to give this a second try, I could discard the first infusion and start from the 2nd one which may not be as strong. I don’t want to give this tea a bad review because it is what it is: sticky rice oolong. For those who love a strong sticky rice flavour , you will love this tea.


It does indeed have a very strong scent and taste of Sticky Rice which isn’t for everyone.

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Sip down on this tea today! Actually I sipped down all the remaining Green Terrace Teas I had this week-end. They were all one year old. All were still good but this one is still as good as the day I got it. A delicious sip down. Will miss this tea but it’s good to take some off the tea list.

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drank Sweet Osmanthus by RiverTea
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Another sample from Christina.

I found this one pleasant enough but sometimes I am in the mood for osmanthus and other times not. When I had this yesterday, I don’t think I was in the mood for it. The osmanthus seemed a little too cloying sweet. I think the green base was a basic green tea but I don’t remember any chestnut or buttery notes from it. It was more on the vegetal or grassy side.

Thanks Christina for the sample!

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drank Linden Tea by Nutratea
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This was a sample from Christina. Thanks Christina!

I enjoyed this tea at work yesterday. I reminded me of Honesuckle which I love too. It has that honey sweetness to it. After reading Christina’s review on this tea , now I will be on a hunt to find this one in whole leaf form. I ran across some on Mountain Rose Herbs.

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I wonder why this tea has the name early spring in it but it’s an autumn tea? Hmmm

Anyway this was in the monthly pkg for November. Brewed some up today (just in my mug and infuser – no gong fu). This is sooo good. I haven’t had a decent bi luo chun for all of 2015. I don’t know why. I had amazing ones in 2014 but 2015 there was nothing that I really loved. I wouldn’t say this one is the best compared to 2014 but it’s the best I’ve tried for 2015!

It has a warm chestnut flavour with a little bit of the mossy notes. It’s the aroma that I love more than anything. Slightly floral & chestnutty.

Flavors: Butter, Chestnut, Floral, Moss


What were your brewing times? Just to check against mine – i wasnt blown away but this is only the second ive tried

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drank Zhejiang White Pearls by Steepster
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This tea brewed up darker than I thought it would – a golden yellow. It was slightly fruity with an underlying caramel note. There was a woody and slightly grassy taste to it. A bit different from some other white teas I’ve had but I really enjoyed it.

Flavors: Caramel, Fruity, Grass, Wood

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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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