417 Tasting Notes


I had this yesterday afternoon. Brewed in my gaiwan. I only used half the leaves since my gaiwan in tiny . I did 3 rinses before drinking.

There was a slight bitterness in the first infusion with sweet honey & fruity notes. The bitterness would hit the tongue initially followed by the sweet honey. There was a silky creamy feel on the tongue.

I can’t remember how many infusions I had of this tea but I really enjoyed it. Definitely it’s one I would consider buying.

Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Sweet

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Another sample from the Mystery tea samples Wymm Tea so generously sent. I had this one this morning. It brewed up so dark! My little teapot had a bit less volume than their steeping instructions so I was using a bit less water to tea which made it so rich and dark. I would describe it as being very woody, earthy, mushroomy & smooth with faint cocoa notes. The cocoa notes were very faint and although I love some of the chocolate shu’s, this one didn’t have enough to make me love it. The caffeine or energy level was much more than the other shu I had (Menghai Shou Seventh Grade). There are some who would love a tea like this in the morning but I usually start my day with a green and I could only think of how I wanted my green tea so bad all the time I was drinking this.

I did 3 infusions on it and it stayed consistent and rich through out. There could have probably been plenty more infusions but 3 was a lot for me!

For those that enjoy a full bodied rich dark tea, this is the tea for you.

Flavors: Cocoa, Earth, Mushrooms, Wood


Thanks for the review Ubacat, we too prefer to have our shu later in the evenings. One thing to note about the 1st grade, we generally steep it almost immediately to avoid the dark colour (first few steeps). The rule of thumb we follow is to achieve the ‘wine’ colour. It has a greater surface area compared to the seventh grade, the tea essence dissolves quicker which explains the dark rich colour. Sorry for not mentioning this earlier, will update our website soon enough!


Thanks for the comment Tashi. I usually have a shu in the afternoon but thought I would try it in the morning. I can see why shu’s are much better for afternoon. Now I know if I have this tea again to infuse until I see a wine colour . Thanks for the tip.

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This is from Wymm Tea’s mystery box they were so kind to send out. I liked their simple packaging of the teas wrapped in the special pu’erh paper.

I am enjoying this tea this morning. I haven’t been a really big shu fan. It started out drinking shu but once I had sheng I wanted sheng much more than shu.

I did two 10 sec rinses on this first. I would describe this tea as very smooth. It doesn’t have the rough bitter taste in some of the earlier steeps of other shu I’ve had. It’s woody and a bit mushroomy with sweet honey notes. I found as each steep went on (I did quite a few steeps), it remains pretty consistent, but a bit less woody and sweeter in the later steeps.

Wymm lists this tea as low caffeine and boy is that ever right! I’ve had so many steeps this morning and hardly feel any caffeine at all. That’s a major plus in my books since I’m sensitive to caffeine. It has given me a good energy feeling though – very calm but alert. I’ve found that type of energy more with the sheng instead of a shu.

I’ve really enjoyed this tea and because of it’s low caffeine & mellow honey flavour it might just be one shu I will reach for a little more often than other shu’s .

Flavors: Honey, Mushrooms, Wood


I am very sensitive to caffeine too, so it’s always a plus when a tea doesn’t inundate me in caffeine feelings.

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drank Soba-Cha by Royal Tea Bay Co. Ltd.
417 tasting notes

Dry , this tea doesn’t look quite like the picture. It’s more to the yellow side. I compared it to my Yunnan Sourcing Soba-Cha. The grains are very tiny and yellow with this one compared to YS’s which is bigger and more brown colour. For taste I think it’s a bit lighter in flavour than the YS one but still a warm buckwheat tea with less toast. From the two I think I still prefer YS but this one is good.

Mmmm, just wanted to add that a cup of buckwheat tea is just so warm and cozy.

Flavors: Grain, Toasty

1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

yummmm I love Soba Cha

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I’ve had this sample for awhile which came with one of my orders. I’ve had my favourite milk oolongs from other companies so I wasn’t expecting a lot. Perhaps that’s why it took me so long to get around to even trying this sample.

It was quite a surprise. I haven’t kept detailed notes on this but I brewed gong fu and it is an extremely floral milk oolong! A little bit less milky/creamy than other milk oolongs but the floral notes are amazing. And it just doesn’t quit! 4th infusion and the floral notes are still strong! It’s also very fresh tasting. Drat! I could have added this to my last order if only I’d tried my sample sooner. Right now it’s only $8.97 for 250g. So tempting!

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Milk


Sounds good!

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drank Huo Shan Huang Ya by Tealux
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Sip down on this tea today. It is a sad farewell. I’ve really enjoyed this tea but not looking to restock yet until my tea cabinet gets down a bit. I know it’s always an easy click away to get it from Tealux so I’m not worried.

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

I try to avoid going to Tealux, they have so many teas that I want :P I really enjoyed this one and think I have enough for a few sessions and that is it.


LOL I know what you mean. There are too many teas there that I always want to try.

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drank Jasmine Oolong by Tea Ave
417 tasting notes

I left this sample as last to review because—well because jasmine is an old favourite but I’ve grown a bit away from it. Of course, I’ve never had a jasmine oolong but have had plenty of jasmine green teas. Pouring a cup of jasmine tea is pretty much like putting on a favourite old pair of jeans. Well let me tell you—this tea blew me away! I’ve never had a jasmine tea like this one before.

My first hint I was in for a real treat was smelling the jasmine as the dry leaves sat in the warmed up gaiwan. Intoxicating floral jasmine. Mmmmmmm.

I didn’t use boiling water like Tea Ave recommended. It just seemed like such a high temperature for the oolong (Although now that I’ve brewed this tea, I can see it could take really high temperatures) I used 205F. First infusion was amazing. From the aroma cup I could smell jasmine, vanilla & honeysuckle. I think my interpretation of honeysuckle was just the jasmine and milky notes combining to create what my brain was getting as honeysuckle . When I tried the tea, I slurped it down so fast. More floral jasmine, honeysuckle, buttery , creamy, vanilla. It is soooooo good. Every time I smell it, I feel like a bee intoxicated by a flower. I’ve made it to the 6th brew so far and notes and flavour are still amazing (but are a little bit fainter only on the 6th).

I like what Tea Ave says in their description “Get ready to breathe more deeply than you have in a while.” Ha! I can’t stop breathing, sniffing, and slurping. I am in tea heaven.
I will definitely have to buy this tea when their store is open. I am rating this tea at 100. It’s been ages since I’ve rated a tea that high.

For anyone who loves buttery & floral you will love this tea.

Edited: Just wanted to add I’ve got up to 10 or 11 infusions with this tea because I loved it so much. The intoxicating aroma dropped off but it was still a good creamy jasmine oolong cup.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Vanilla

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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drank Naked Pu-erh by Tealux
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I’ve had this pu-erh sitting in my cupboard (my pu-erh cupboard) for awhile. I can’t even remember if I’ve had it yet. I must have – or at least once! Anyway, it was my early morning brew this morning. I did two quick rinses on it with boiling water. It seemed to be a pretty basic ripe pu-erh. Woodsy, earthy. It’s strange Tealux doesn’t give much details on this tea like where it’s from other than the fact that it’s from Yunnan. It’s also supposed to be aged 5 years. Hmmm – reading the package, it’s supposed to have floral notes with a lingering hint of honeysuckle. I think I discarded the leaves too early. It probably would have gotten better if I did more steeps but it was gone after the first steep because my 2nd cup of the day is always green.

I think I will go back to this tea another time soon and give it multiple steeps to see if it really is as good as they say.

Flavors: Earth, Wood

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Backlog- The thing I remember the most about this tea was the cinnamon was not overpowering. I like cinnamon but I’m not one of those cinnamon lovers. I don’t remember getting any orange from this tea and that was a bit disappointing. It seemed to be a pretty pleasant rooibos tea but lacked something that would make it stand out.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Rooibos

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Tried out this sample today ( from CameronB) when I needed less caffeine. There are times when I am just so happy to stick a teabag in a cup and add boiling water.

I wasn’t expecting much from this tea. Most fruit teas in my experience have hibiscus and I really do not like hibiscus. When I looked at the tea bag I couldn’t see very much hibiscus so I was hopeful. My first sniff of the tea was mostly peaches but I could pick up a bit of the pineapple and mango after awhile. I really quite enjoyed this tea. The hibiscus was so light it actually enhanced the fruit instead of overpowering it. It was an enjoyable cup.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Mango, Peach, Pineapple

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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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