585 Tasting Notes

drank Qilan Trees by White 2 Tea
585 tasting notes

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I saw most of the 2015 cakes have sold out at Crimson Lotus so I had to get a cake of this while it was still in stock. I was sure from the reviews that I would love it so didn’t bother with any samples—Just went ahead and bought it.

I was right. This is an excellent sheng. I used 5g in my gaiwan with 90C water. I got plenty of steeps from it (Maybe up to 6 or 7- that’s a lot for me). It had a fresh taste to it. Maybe that’s the “green” others are picking up. It’s not like a green tea but just has that fresh tea taste. I did not encounter much bitterness at all in any of the steeps. It had a slight creaminess with a bit of fruitiness. Not as sweet as some shengs but there was still a bit of sweetness. A really great tea for drinking daily.

Also want to add that this tea did not have too much energy kick to it. That’s another reason that makes it great for drinking plenty of steeps and having often.

Flavors: Creamy, Fruity

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 118 ML


Crimson Lotus Tea

Excellent review. Thank you!


Lovely tea. Looking forward to see how it ages.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I misplaced this sample and just found it yesterday when I brewed it up. I can see why everyone loves this tea. Right before I had the tea I had a bit of chocolate. Then with every sip, I felt like I was having more chocolate. Yum!

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I had this one this afternoon. W2T says to split the 9g orb if you want a lighter tea so that’s what I did. I brewed it at 90C.

It has a light sweetness & fruity taste. Some bitterness came out in steeps 2-4 but only light bitterness. I found it pretty smooth and apricot tasting. Quite pleasant with a gentle cha qi. I got plenty of infusions from the leaves . Although nothing seemed to stand out about this tea it was a very pleasant sheng.

Flavors: Apricot, Fruity, Sweet

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drank Qilan Trees by White 2 Tea
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Thank-you Christina for sending me this sample!

I am not a big fan of roasted oolongs. There are a few I like but it’s mostly the roasting that seems to dominate the tea experience for me.

I could pick up honey and stone fruit along with the roasted flavour. Later steeps were better for me when the roasted flavour died down and the other notes came out.

Overall, not my favourite tea but still glad I got to try it!

Flavors: Honey, Roasted, Stonefruits

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This tea started out with a bit of creamy feel to it and the remaining steeps it was less. This had a sweet honeysuckle taste to it along with an underlying bitterness. The bitterness wasn’t too strong and it still make an enjoyable cup.

Flavors: Bitter, Creamy, Honeysuckle

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I finally tried this tea with water from my bamboo charcoal.

First infusion was 15 sec with boiling water as per the website that had all the instructions on how to brew dan cong. This was the best this tea has ever tasted. It was honey sweet and peachy. All other infusions after that were a bit disappointing but not bad.

Here’s a picture of my brewing session.


So what is Shrek doing in it? Well, in my kitchen where my kettle is , I discovered this little Shrek today. How long has he been there? I don’t know. It was weird that I’ve been using that kettle most of the day and who knows how many times yesterday and never even noticed Shrek sitting in the corner on my counter. lol My husband must have put him there sometime. (He just told me now it was there a couple of days!)

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Brewed this one today gong fu. I did 2 quick rinses and the first infusion was so good! Sooo creamy with a thick mouth feel. Just delicious.

2nd infusion – creaminess less and bitter notes came out. Did not like 2nd infusion.

3rd and onward- The bitterness mostly died down in the 3rd infusion and the ones after. The creaminess was no longer there but there was a faint floral note.

This tea is best in the first infusion. I am leaving a note on my little sample to just brew this western style with only 1 or 2 infusions since the best part is in the first infusion. I would even forgo the 2nd rinse.

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drank Anji Bai Cha by teasenz
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I like how the dry leaves of this tea were many different colours of green , some of them bright green. Brewed up it was sweet and nutty with notes of green bean. Loved this tea!

Thanks Christina for the sample!

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drank 2006 Gongting Shu by White2Tea
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Brewed this one up today. I notice I had the same problem as Christina. The chuck of tea just didn’t want to break up and I had to break it up manually. I did two quick rinses and then 10,10,10,10,15,15. Most of the infusions I took a few sips and threw out. It had a strong fermentation flavour and was just too woody & earthy. Later steeps it smoothed out a bit more but there was nothing there really pulling me in with this tea. I think this tea could go numerous steeps so I would be interesting to see what it tastes like after steep 6 or 7. I didn’t take it that far since it had major caffeine kick and was bothering my stomach a bit.

Christina / BooksandTea

I remember when I drank this it made me feel all fidgety and strung out like I had just pulled an all-nighter. Was your experience similar?


A bit. With each infusion I was only taking a small amount in and discarding the rest to minimize the caffeine. I still ending up feeling fidgety. I wonder what the caffeine content of this tea is.

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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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