555 Tasting Notes

95

I am really enjoying this green tea this morning. It’s not like a Sencha but does have some notes the deep greens sencha’s have. It reminds me a bit of my Rizhao green (when it was fresh- my Rizhao is getting old now). It even looks like Rizhao green with the dry tea. It’s a dark green curly leaf. There’s a sweet nutty and green pea flavour that Chinese greens have along with the grassy, green flavour from the Japanese teas. Also picking up a bit of fruitiness. Just like so many Japanese teas, it is so fresh. Just love how fresh it tastes.

The price is excellent on this tea too. I only paid $12.32 US for 100g. That’s amazing. I got a Japanese tea tin too and it’s so beautiful. Only paid $4.40 US for that. Overall, with the shipping which was reasonable too I only paid $22.00. I placed my order at the end of February and it arrived from Japan yesterday. How good is that? I am very impressed. I know the exchange rate to Cdn is crappy right now but overall very happy with my first order from this company. I will definitely order again in the future.
Here’s my picture of the tin and tea:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BCq8gpJtDBH/?taken-by=ubacat

I was telling Hubby how proud I am of myself for only ordering one tea. He just rolled his eyes but I know everyone on Steepster understands. How often have I gone to place an order for one or two teas and it blooms into 10 or more? Too often! Yes, I know my cupboard is full but this one tea is a real treat.

Flavors: Grass, Green, Nutty, Peas

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

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80

This tea tastes very mineral to me. Hardly any bitterness. Just a small amount that makes it quite pleasant. I’m not getting any apricot or fruity notes I get from some young shengs. Earlier infusions were thick and silky on the tongue – a bit creamy. It was a bit less on later infusions. A bit of sweetness. Overall a nice smooth sheng.

Flavors: Creamy, Mineral, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
0 OZ / 0 ML

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80
drank 2015 Tokoron Shincha by Marumasa
555 tasting notes

Brewed at 75C for 30 sec. Very vegetal, grassy tea with a bit of astringency. A bit of sweetness too. I am feeling very sleepy this afternoon and brewed this one to try and wake me up but it doesn’t seem to be working. It was a pretty tasty cup.

Flavors: Astringent, Grass, Sweet, Vegetal

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75

2015 Sheng Olympics

This is my third time trying to leave a review for this tea. First time I got the filter turned on on my keyboard and couldn’t type anymore. 2nd time got interrupted and hit back losing my review. lol Lets hope the 3rd time works.

This tea is moonlight tea and chrysanthemum pressed together. First couple of brews the chrysanthemum is strong. Tea was very strong of chrysanthemum with a dill flavour. Not bad but since I love moonlight tea , I was disappointed that I couldn’t get much from the moonlight tea.

Infusions 3-6 more of the honey notes came through from the moonlight tea. I barely got any malt notes from the moonlight but supposedly this tea will age and the malt notes will come out when it ages. Chrysanthemum intensity came down a bit and blended well.

Overall, not a bad tea but I think I like moonlight tea on it’s own. Same with chrysanthemum.

Flavors: Dill, Honey

Lion

My impressions were just the same as yours!

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80

I’ve had this tea since Oct last year and have had it a few times but forgot to add it to my Steepster cupboard. So just leaving a review now.

I don’t think I’ve had a bad tea from this Aliexpress seller. I might have brewed this one a tad weak this morning but the flavours are still coming through. I especially love the unique fruity taste this green has (I am talking about tai ping hou kui in general and not just this tea.). This one is definitely fuity with a mild nutty flavour. A very light tea that’s pretty smooth. Very little astringency.

I brewed this one in my mug this morning instead of using my testtube gaiwan that I usually use. I chipped the edge of the infuser last time I trying to get some leaves out. The glass is so delicate!

Flavors: Fruity, Nutty, Smooth

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50

I was not looking forward to trying this tea. The idea of drinking turmeric and ginger sounds pretty gross to me. However, it’s not quite as bad as I thought it might be. It’s actually drinkable and if someone loves ginger and turmeric they might like this tea. Actually I DO like ginger and turmeric in food, just not my tea. The lemony touch makes it go down a little easier. It’s nice and warming on the throat so not a total waste for a tea.

Flavors: Ginger, Lemon, Spicy

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70

2015 Sheng Olympics

This tea was a bit disappointing. I used about half the sample in my tiny gaiwan at 90C. First couple of infusions were pretty good. It had a full mouth feel and was a bit astringent. There was only a touch of bitterness. A little fruity.

After that the bitterness seemed to get worse with each steep . It was also very dry on the finish of each sip. I tried lowering the temperature of the water but it didn’t seem to help. I only made it to steep 5.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Fruity

Liquid Proust

It looks like based on reviews between all three, this is the least liked. I have yet to drank it but seeing those flavors I will go with 80c and short steeps

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83

This oolong is pretty good. It has long and twisty leaves. Brews up sweet, buttery & floral. The 2nd infusion wasn’t as good but I think that’s only because I just brewed it in a cup. This tea needs gongfu brewing.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Sweet

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75

I’ve had this tea for awhile and can’t believe I didn’t leave a review for it. I guess I was too busy trying to sip down all the samples I have!

I brewed this for 1 min at 80C. It’s got a nice rice roasted flavour from the rice. There’s a bit of astringency and slight grassy sweetness from the green. Not bad but definitely not a “supreme” tea as they’ve named it. I still could give this a try at even lower temperatures and see if there’s a difference.

Flavors: Astringent, Roasted, Sweet, warm grass

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

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83

Enjoying this one this morning. I’ve had this tea before from Spring 2015. I even have some of the Spring 2015 still in my cupboard. I really liked it then but the dry leaf smells different from the two. Autumn has more of a fruity scent and the Spring has more of a straw scent to it. I will have to brew both up together and see if there’s a big difference. It might also have to do with the Spring one starting to age.

I brewed this at 80C in my tea mug. It’s strange a few reviews say this tea is astringent. I found very little astringency in it. Maybe it had to do with the brewing. It’s a sweet nutty tea with a bit of fruitiness. There’s a bit of green pea in there too. It reminds me a bit of some bi luo chun teas. Think I will try this one at 70 to see if I get more fruity flavour from it.

Flavors: Fruity, Green Beans, Nutty, Sweet

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

Want to correct my note about how the dry leaf for the Spring one smelled. When I opened the bag I got straw. but when I let it sit for awhile , it was more fruity.

Rasseru

I think there might be a confusion, or broad interpretation on the term astringency and how it relates to dryness

Ubacat

Interesting! Thanks for the link.

Rasseru

interesting read as well, nice responses from others too

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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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