354 Tasting Notes

drank Dian Yin Zhen by Nannuoshan
354 tasting notes

I western brewed this in my red cast iron tea pot today to share with Hubby.

It didn’t look like enough tea for a pot (especially since whites are very fluffy) but I trusted Gabriele that it was right (and it was). The leaves were white and furry covered.
When infused they turned a bright green.

This brewed up a light golden colour. It reminded me of a cross between a black and white tea. First there was that malty flavour that is always part of blacks along with sweet honey notes. A bit lighter were hay & wood notes and under that was a milky creamy flavour. This tea brewed well at a higher temperature (even higher than green!) with no bitterness- very full bodied but light.

I would consider getting this one. I just loved it (Hubby liked it too).

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Milk, Wood

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 g 500 OZ / 14786 ML

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drank Lu'an gua pian by Nannuoshan
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Ah, so this is melon seed tea. I had never heard of this tea before and did some searching about it while I was enjoying it.

The colour of the leaves I have are not quite like in the picture. Mine are quite dark, still green but looking almost black. I could smell a bit of spinach off the dry leaves.

The brew is a yellow colour. Not dark and not light – just yellow. It was grassy, a bit spinach & vegetal. The spinach & grassiness added that umami feel to it. There was also a slight nuttiness I always get from the Chinese green teas but wasn’t very strong in this one. What stood out more was the grassy flavour and that wasn’t overly strong like in Japanese teas but strong for a Chinese tea.

The first cup was excellent but in later brews the bitterness started creeping a bit into this tea. That was fine with me since I don’t always want plenty of infusions of every tea.
I’ve only had this one and Jin Shan Shi Yu so far and at this point I like the Jin Shan Shi Yu better than this one . This one is lacking the strong nutty/sweetness that the other had.

Flavors: Grass, Nutty, Spinach


I find that green tea tends to only yield 3 infusions for me before it is bitter or otherwise lacking in flavor, but even when I brew it gongfu style I don’t do particularly quick infusions. It seems to take longer to develop a round/robust flavor than other types do.


Yes, I rarely even do a 2nd infusion with any green tea. The first cup is always the best. I have so much tea, it’s a relief not to think I’m wasting the tea when I haven’t done multiple infusions. I agree about it taking a bit longer on the infusion time for gong fu. Probably because such low temperatures are used, it takes a little more time to get the flavour out.

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drank Jin Shan Shi Yu by Nannuoshan
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My first Nan Nuo Shan tea! And great to start off with green.

Dry the leaves are a dark green, very tiny & curly. They reminded me a bit of Mao Jian but much greener and more curled.

I actually used the gong fu method instead of western brew since the instructions for western brew would give me way too much tea.

Brewed up, it was a very light yellow colour. Taste was grassy & smooth. It reminded me a bit of some Japanese teas with a good umami . I could also pick out chestnut and it was lightly sweet. This falls into a lighter green and is one of those teas you could sip on a long time without getting a caffeine rush. I really enjoyed this one.

Flavors: Chestnut, Grass, Smooth

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drank Ginger Lily Oolong by Tea Ave
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I’ve never been a fan of ginger in teas. I like ginger in food but found in teas it’s way too potent. The only exception so far has been when I’m sick I will drink a ginger tea. Now if this tea hadn’t gotten some wonderful reviews I would have steered clear of it and what a shame that would have been. I knew I had to try it when I read the great reviews.

I could definitely smell the ginger from the dry leaf in the bag. It was very subtle and I could also smell the milkiness from the Jin Xuan. Pretty much how it smelled dry is what I was in store for when it was brewed.

From the aroma cup I caught a ginger scent that was quickly followed by the milky/butter aroma. When I took a sip, it was like WOW! First the ginger hits my tongue a sweet ginger, not overly strong but still prominent. Following that was the milky buttery taste and then a floral note. Every sip was like that: ginger, milky/creamy, floral.

So glad I got this tea. I just love it.

Flavors: Cream, Floral, Ginger, Milk

200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

Good, eh? ;)


Pretty amazing!


Thanks again to Ubcat and Tealizzy for the like and support for Tea Ave. Grateful for the reviews on our site from Tealizzy. Ubcat, would you mind sharing your comments and rate our oolongs on our site as well?


I’ve gotten one up and intend on getting the rest up soon. I haven’t even tried some of the new ones I ordered yet because I’ve been trying to review my Nannuoshan samples. I definitely will very soon. LOVE your teas!

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drank Long Jing by The Finest Brew
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I can’t believe I never left a review on this tea. It seems like there’s always something new in my cupboard to try. This is a good Long Jing- nutty , slightly sweet, vegetal. Honestly, I finished it too fast to really get a good review. I plan on sticking a sticky note on the tin for next time (to remind myself) so I can slow it down and do a better review. I really enjoyed it!

Flavors: Nutty, Sweet, Vegetal

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

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Just got this tea in. It’s a white pu’erh. It doesn’t seem much like a pu’erh but it’s very good.

Dry from the bags it has a wonderful aroma. It reminds me of my Chinese black teas (bi luo chun & some others). The leaves are all dark and light. Really pretty.

I brewed at 205F, 150 ml, 3 g. Two quick rinses and then started drinking. This doesn’t have that sheng taste that other raw pu’erh teas have. Right away it taste like a cross between a white and a black. With the first infusion, the tea was a yellow colour. I’m already on the 2nd and it’s gotten darker (they call it red). It’s malty , fruity, with sweet honey notes and some hay notes. This doesn’t have the heavy feeling I get from black teas. It’s very light but still really flavourful. Absolutely no bitterness in this tea. This tea is supposed to be from 2012.

I was picking up some flower teas from GoShopStreet and I put this one in the cart last minute. Glad I did. It’s a winner.

Flavors: Hay, Honey, Malt, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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I got this with my last Yunomi order. I had ordered their surprise New Year package which includes 4 teas. It seemed like a good deal so I went for it.

The leaves are a very dark green but that’s not unusual for a good sencha. I brewed this at a really low temperature – 160F for one minute. It brews up a rich green colour and the taste was sweet, very grassy , & a bit bitter. I just didn’t like the bitterness but otherwise enjoyed the cup. I haven’t been feeling too well so didn’t go for a second infusion until later this afternoon. I expected the 2nd cup to be better than the first. I was wrong. It was really bitter even though I still only brewed 1 min and at the same low temperature.

Now that I look at some of their brewing notes online, they do say the 2nd steeping should be shorter. There’s a few different steeping techniques so I’ll give a few of those a try next time.

Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Sweet

160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I had to get adventurous on my last Royal Tea Bay order and get this tea. Not a clue as to what it would taste like. It’s supposed to be anti-cancer, lower cholesterol, good for flu and cold, good for balancing blood sugar , and high in Vitamin C. I was looking for some healthy herbal drinks so why not?

The leaves are HUGE, as big as my palm and some are bigger. A bit tricky to cram in the infuser basket but I got them in. LOL I might try breaking up the leaves next time so I can get a stronger brew.

I brewed for 5 min. I think like most herbals it could be infused longer but quite a bit of flavour came through in 5 min. It’s got an unusual flavour and I’m not that good at picking out notes or flavours but I’ll give it a try.

It’s a bit of that herbal taste from a lot of the herbal blends. There’s also something in it that I find in some green teas- a kind of sweet green vegetal flavour. At the bottom of the cup, there’s a hint of fruit. That was the only fruit taste I got from the cup and it had very little aroma.

Overall, it’s a fairly pleasant cup (definitely not unpleasant). Of course nothing that alights the tastebuds like my greens & oolongs but it is what it is. I would reach for this occasionally to keep my caffeine intake low and for the health benefits but not for the taste alone.

Flavors: Herbs, Sweet

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This tea has strong butter/chestnut notes and a bit of spinach notes. It has a bit of bitterness to it that’s not entirely unpleasant but not something I usually like in my green teas. I might try this one with less brewing time for next time.

I know this is quite a quick review but I think I’m having caffeine overload and might have to eliminate teas for a few days and then only stick to 1 or 2 cups a day. I am just not feeling myself lately. As for this tea, there are some elements of this tea which I tend to love in green teas (butter, chestnut, spinach) but the bitterness is throwing me off.

Flavors: Butter, Chestnut, Spinach

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

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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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