459 Tasting Notes


Do you have a tea in your cupboard that’s so good it’s a special occasion tea? And you hardly ever get to drink it because it’s that good? This is one of those teas and I resolve to just drink down my good oolongs. Having this in the morning because I never seem to fit oolongs in for afternoon.

I just brewed this Western style this morning. No fuss and took in the aroma and taste of the beautiful floral buttery oolong. Mmmmmmmm. It was nice after doing some Rodney Yee Yoga. I like his calm voice (and he’s not bad looking either!) but he sometimes rushes the yoga moves too much.

Flavors: Butter, Floral

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I have a hard time not hoarding my tea sometimes, but I have to remind myself that most of my good teas are not going to stay good forever and I might as well enjoy them now.


Yeah, the only ones we don’t need to worry about are the pu-erh teas.

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I was pretty excited to try this rare green tea sample from Allan. At first I was confused about whether it was white or green tea. Then I found out it’s a cousin of Anji Bai Cha. I had already botched the first brewing when I tried this because I wasn’t sure how to brew it. This morning I brewed it just like I do most of my greens – Western style at 185F.

The dry leaves of this look like Anji Bai Cha as well. It’s got a sweet green pea flavour with chestnut notes. It tends to be on the light side for a green tea and it brews up a pale yellow. I think I have a tea in my collection that is similar to this one: Yunnan Qing Zhen Premium Green Tea Spring 2014. Only I think the YS is a more robust one than this.

I’ve checked out the price of this on Ebay and it is really pricey! I think there are other good teas out there at good prices without having to spend that kind of money. The one tea I mentioned from YS is quite reasonably priced along with some other Anji Bai Cha teas out there. I’m still glad I got to try this tea. It is a good one.

Flavors: Chestnut, Green, Peas, Sweet

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

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I started this tea with preconceived ideas of the last moonlight tea I had and that got me wondering how often I do that with any tea I’ve had. Probably the only proper way to do a review would be blindfolded without knowing what the tea is. So, yes, I’ve compared this to the last moonlight tea I’ve had but it’s come out a winner in some areas and less so in others.

I did 2 10 sec rinses on this tea but I wonder if I really need to on these moonlight teas? They are not quite the same as the other pu’erh. The first infusion was malty like a black tea but light. It was just a bit too light for me (and I don’t like strong teas) but I could still pick up the hay notes and it was sweet. No bitterness in this tea. I couldn’t pick up any fruit notes like I’ve had in another moonlight tea but it was still good.

2nd infusion was about the same. I brewed it stronger hoping for some of those fruit notes but still didn’t get any but still remained sweet & malty with hay notes.

This tea seems to have a good energy. I have been really sensitive to caffeine lately and I didn’t get that caffeine jolt at all. Instead I just felt energized. I started out feeling really crappy ,queasy & sluggish this morning but once I had a few cups of this tea I was full of energy and doing loads of things for the day. This tea also was good through a few infusions.

I wonder what Yang-chu thinks of this tea? He sent me this tea but I couldn’t find a review on line. Thanks for the sample Yang-chu!

Flavors: Hay, Malt, Sweet

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I had this tea last night and was really hoping to love this tea. I love the name and was thinking there might be some cedar or tree stuff in here like Whispering Pines does with their herbal brews.

Alas, when I brewed it up the hibiscus was front row and centre for me. I could taste hibiscus, rooibos & fruit in that order. Strange that when I look at the dry leaf, I don’t see hibiscus but it’s definitely there. I love the natural sweetness & woody flavour of rooibos but it was barely there beneath the hibiscus. This tea is not for me but thanks Allan for the sample.

Flavors: Fruity, Hibiscus, Rooibos

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea is listed as white but it appears from the YS description to really be a green. I was curious how a white bi luo chun is compared to a green bi luo chun. Well, there’s really not much difference which is another reason why I believe this is just really a green tea. The description at YS website says it’s a cross between the classic Jiangsu Bi Luo Chun and the Yunnan large leaf varietal yielding a delicate Bi Luo Chun that can grow in cooler altitude conditions.

I brewed this tea Western style this morning. Nothing fancy and it’s delicious. It has a chestnut sweetness along with mossy flavour . There’s also a bit of fruit I’m tasting. It is quite delicate, not a strong green tea but still lots of flavour. This is a very good tea. I am now tempted to order the 2015 Spring version of this.

Thanks Allan for the sample.

Flavors: Chestnut, Fruity, Moss, Sweet

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

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drank Long Jing by The Finest Brew
459 tasting notes

I had left a sticky note on the tin of this tea to remind myself to slow down and enjoy this tea. :-) So that is what I am doing.

I can see why I slurped it so fast last time. It’s so darn good. It’s vegetal with a creamy feel to it. Nutty and sweet. I can even smell the slight nutty aroma. The creamy feel of it would make it an excellent afternoon tea but it’s still great for the morning.

Changed my rating. This is such a good tea.

Flavors: Creamy, Nutty, Sweet, Vegetal

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Ooh! That sounds yummy!

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I got this sample in the mail last week from Lulu. Thanks Lulu. I filled out the online questionnaire at surveymonkey.

According to the info card on this tea, it’s from a farm on Yu Shan Mountain , the tallest mountain in East Asia with a height of 13,000 ft. This tea is considered among the top grades of oolong tea and the production is very limited.

This a medium roast oolong. It brews up a dark golden colour. A wonderful floral aroma to this tea with a smokey roasted flavour. It’s smooth with a hint of buttery flavour underneath the roast. My 2nd cup has a little bit of bitterness in it but that’s only because I oversteeped the 2nd infusion just a bit. There were plenty of leaves in the gaiwan that were just uncurling in the first infusion and on the 2nd I should have kept the time short.

On to the 3rd infusion. Kept this one really short: 1 min and it’s excellent. The roasted flavour is toned down a bit. No bitterness at all. Still a wonderful floral aroma. I could probably keep going on this tea. There’s plenty of flavour in those leaves.


Thank you for your tea review! :D

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drank Osmanthus Oolong by Tea Ave
459 tasting notes

I’ve never had osmanthus anything so I was surprised when looking for this tea on Steepster how many Osmanthus oolongs there are!!

I brewed this gong fu using water temp at 200F. They recommended boiling which seems way too high for me. I usually do oolongs at 190 and I think when I brew this next time I will stick with my 190.

The brew was a bit on the clear gold side. I could definitely pick up the creamy milkiness of the oolong. From the aroma cup I could pick a floral scent. The osmanthus came through as a peachy flavour—very delicate and as all TeaAve scented oolongs, it combined well with the flavours and scents of the oolong instead of overpowering. I would have liked the osmanthus to be a little bit stronger as I really liked it. I was also getting a roasted flavour from this oolong which is strange since it’s a jin xuan oolong….

By the third infusion I wasn’t getting much osmanthus at all but it was still a good oolong. I think I need to try something different with my brewing method as others have have loved this.

Flavors: Milk, Peach

200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 130 OZ / 3844 ML

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I didn’t follow the typical brewing methods from Yunomi for this tea this morning. I just wanted it simple using a cup and infuser. I used 185F , 1 tsp and brewed for 50 min.

It’s quite delicious. Very good umami. Very grassy & sweet with only a hint of bitterness. There’s also a bit of nutty flavour that comes through too. This might have been even better if I brewed at 175 which I will try next time but was still good at the 185F. Their recommendation is 158F. My tea just cools down too quick at that temperature.

I would buy this sencha again from Yunomi.

Flavors: Grass, Nutty, Sweet, Umami

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Dry the leaves were very dark and spindly. I brewed this western style this afternoon.

What I noticed first about this tea was how bready/malty it was. It had a pretty good caffeine kick too but I’m a bit sensitive to caffeine so I would feel it more than some. There were stone fruit notes right away. I think I accidentally got the temperature a little higher than I meant to (I was brewing this at work) but it still was very good. As it cooled the chocolate notes came out along with raisins. I didn’t get any of the smoke taste others got but that was fine with me as I don’t like smoke in my tea. It was very full bodied and flavourful.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate, Malt, Raisins, Stonefruits

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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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