555 Tasting Notes

drank Ying Shan Hong by Yunnan Sourcing
555 tasting notes

I like chrysanthemum tea but this is chrysanthemum along with black and pressed into a cake. There was a bit of the flavor of the black tea coming through but the chrysanthemum tea dominated. For me, I really can’t see the point of this tea. I get the benefits of chrysanthemum tea on it’s own being herbal. For this tea, I couldn’t drink it in the evening and there’s nothing there to really make me want it during the day. This just isn’t a tea I would ever want to buy but it was still a good cup.

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Had this one gong fu this morning. I’m just not a fan of dark roasted oolongs. There are very few that I really like. This one was no exception since all I could get with it was a roasted taste. I probably would have gotten more if I did more infusions ( I only did two.); but I just didn’t want anymore. I’ll maybe try it at another time when I feel I can go with more infusions.

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I got my 5 for 5 sample pack in from Verdant Tea the other day. Steepster was down so couldn’t post about it but it really took me by surprise. I had forgotten all about it.

Of course the laoshan green was the first one I’ve tried . I had it yesterday and having the remainder today. It’s that good. I wasn’t expecting it to be that good. I’ve had this tea before from a travelling tea box and thought it was decent but not amazing. It probably all depends on how old the tea is and the harvest.

So anyway, this tea is so good, I’ve got to have more. Yes, it got the nuttiness and a bit of green pea taste. I’m not really good at describing what I taste. I think the chestnut flavor is really pronounced compared to some other green teas. There’s a bit of sweetness too. The way it all comes together is amazing. So I’m giving this a 95. I’d like to give a 100 but just don’t know if the next batch will be as great as this sample so holding off a bit on my rating.

I suppose a Verdant tea order is in the future for me…..

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Christina / BooksandTea

Hmm, I just ordered a 5 for 5 pack too. Now you’ve got me really excited!


Hope you like it! I’m looking forward to trying some of the other samples now.

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I’ve had this tea in the past and reviewed it but it’s still a nice floral cup of tea. Jasmine is done just right and it’s not too astringent with a bit of sweetness.

Really enjoying it this morning. Haven’t been feeling too well and haven’t been enjoying my regular teas too much. This one is more like a comfort tea. Probably because I’ve been drinking Jasmine green for YEARS. At one point it was all I had for tea.

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drank Karigane #22 by Kettl
555 tasting notes

I bought quite a bit of this tea without having tried it before – only going by the reviews here and what I like. I was not disappointed. This tea is amazing!

When I opened the bag it smelled so fresh and of seaweed. It’s a beautiful dark green. Looking like a gyokuro.

I just brewed it in a mug with a stainless steel infuser. I like those stainless steel infusers for tiny leaf leaf. It was a beautiful bright green. Looked almost like a matcha. Taste was sweet, seaweed, grassy & a bit nutty. Loved it!

Flavors: Cut grass, Nutty, Seaweed, Sweet

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Got a sample of this from the Steepster select boxes on sale.

This really is such a nice fall tea. The aroma is fall leaves and roasted brown rice. It’s a very comforting tea, great for a fall day. I should have had it on the week-end when it was soooo cold. Now it’s sunny out and the temperature is going back up.

So the taste is very roasty- like a brown rice roasted. It’s not a dark roast because this is a green tea so it’s lighter. It brews up a dark golden and is a bit astringent.

It’s not the kind of tea I would reach for often but I still enjoy it.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Rice, Roasted

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’ve had this one sitting in my pu-erh cupboard for awhile. I don’t know if I’ve ever had it before. So I chipped off 5 g and brewed it up.

At first this tea tasted great. A bit smokey, smooth, no bitterness & a light apricot taste to it. With further infusions , it lost the smokey flavor really quick. Bitterness started creeping in and a metallic taste that kept getting more pronounced each infusion. I just don’t like that metallic taste at all.

On the good side it does have a strong cha qi.

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This poor tea got lost in a tin I thought was empty. I had it stored with the empty tins and was clearing them out today and found this. I had searched all over to find this tea and thought I must have finished it off. Guess not. Tried it today and it’s definitely not a 98 like it was a year ago. I gotta stop buying so many teas. This was a really good tea and now it’s just okay.

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I had this one this morning and just brewed in my mug with the infusion basket for 2 min – 80C. This tea had a fruitiness to it that I really enjoyed. Did I pick up only a slight floral in the background? I’m not sure. It seemed to be there and then was not. I might have been picking up on the aroma of the fruitiness. This tea also had the chestnut flavor that most green teas have but it was very subtle.

Overall, I really enjoyed it. Fruity straight green teas are not that common so I do love it when I get one. Thanks Christina for the sample!

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This was the oldest tea in my cupboard and was not quite the amazing tea it was a year ago but still decent. Glad it’s finished off.

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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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