431 Tasting Notes


Finished this one off today. It sure didn’t last long but it was good while I had it!

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I never left a review on this tea? I know I’ve had it awhile and have enjoyed it a few times so I’m surprised I never left a review.

Anyway, I’m enjoying it this afternoon. All that talk of chocolate pu-erh going on got me wanting some dark pu-erh.

I’m not getting much chocolate this afternoon. I know I have in the past from this tea so I figure it’s got to be from later infusions? I guess I will find out soon. Just brewed infusion Number 3. Lets see- sluuuuurp. Yep, it’s getting better.

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So far some of the new 2015 greens I’ve tried from YS have been good but not amazing. I’d say this one was pretty amazing.

Brewed up the aroma had that sweet pea smell/flavor. So good. It came through in the taste as well. Sweet nutty, sweet pea. Yum!

Flavors: Nutty, Peas, Sweet

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

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This was my morning tea and hubby shared it with me. It gave me a good energy boost. I ended up on a big cleaning spree afterwards.

There was no bitterness in this tea at all. After two quick rinses I brewed 10, 10, 15, 20, 25, 25 , 30

I think my favourite one was the first infusion when I could taste fruity but it was very light. All the infusions were great though with a nice fruity apricot flavour

Flavors: Apricot, Fruity

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Brewed this tea this morning Western style and it tastes pretty weak. I think I need to come up with different brewing parameters for this tea. It smells delicious dry but when brewed it’s a barely there chestnut flavor. Maybe that’s how it should be or it might be because it’s such a new tea. It’s really fluffy too like white tea. I did put more than 1 tbsp. in to compensate for it being a fluffy tea.

I just can’t rate this tea right now until I give it a bit more time and different brewing techniques. Right now though, it’s not one of the greens I love. Just too weak.

Flavors: Chestnut

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

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This is my very first tea of the day. Well, first REAL tea. I had to fast to get a blood test done this morning and just ate breakfast out having a green tea in a restaurant for the morning. So to me that didn’t really count as a REAL tea.

This tea is delicious. It’s sooo pricey though compared to some other teas at YS.

I brewed it gongfu trying out my new glass gaiwan. The only other gaiwan I had was a tiny one and I wanted a bigger one that could take a little bit more volume. I soon learned that it’s much harder to handle when it’s bigger. The whole thing comes dangerously close to flying apart when I can’t get a good grip on it. I still like it though. It’s nice to see the green leaves through the glass.

This dragonwell is deliciously sweet and nutty with a green bean taste to it. So fresh! Even at the price it is, I would consider getting more of this tea.

Flavors: Green Beans, Nutty, Sweet


The price is not bad compared to other pre-Qing Ming dragonwells :)


I haven’t looked around but you’re probably right. YS has good prices.

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I was expecting this to be pretty bad after reading the other reviews on it. It is true that 2014 was better. It had some nice chocolate notes whereas this one doesn’t but it’s still a nice malty black. I might add some chopped vanilla beans to it to see if I can get some chocolate notes out of it.

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This tea just didn’t appeal to me. I found it was too much like a black tea but not the Chinese blacks. Much more like the black teas in the grocery store. I don’t know- I just didn’t get any other notes off this. The leaves looked pretty though- a nice chocolate brown when infused.

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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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