374 Tasting Notes

This was a sample Yang-chu sent me. I tried it today and was using short steeping methods at first. 20s, 30s. On the 3rd steep I forgot it and it brewed longer. Not sure how long but over a minute for sure. It was the 3rd steep that tasted the best. More flavourful with deep honey sweet nectar flavour and hay notes. Even though the other steeps were lighter the honey nectar flavour kept drawing me in for more. Not sure how to rate this tea. I definitely liked it but haven’t decided if I love it so no rating.

Flavors: Hay, Honey, Nectar

Dexter

Interesting – I was also reading the comments on AllanK note. The cake that I tried I did sort of like this – 5g 150ml 90C for abotu 30 sec to start and added time from there. The loose one I had I treated more Western… not 3 min steep but more than a minute. I enjoyed how both of them turned out, but I really feel like there are different styles of it out there and need to learn how to tell them apart…. shrug dunno – but I’m going to buy samples from everywhere that I can reasonably do that and see what happens. :)

Ubacat

Yeah, it seems not all of them respond well to the exact same steeping methods. They definitely can handle longer steeps than pu-erh.

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95

Got this sample from Allan and have finally got to try this tea. It’s been out of stock for ages it seems.

I’ve been lazy lately when it comes to brewing my tea so no gongfu brewing. I just brewed up Western style. When I smelled this from the bag I could smell the cedar. It smelled so good!

It was really delicious brewed up. The floral from the oolong and the vanilla notes seemed to blend together to become a floral vanilla. Heavenly. Then there’s the buttery flavour of the oolong underneath followed by the very light cedar notes. Yep , I love it. Still out of stock I see on the website. I’ll just have to snap some up when it becomes available.

Flavors: Butter, Cedar, Floral, Vanilla

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

Glad you liked it. I have been lazy and western brewed it too.

Ubacat

It’s a great tea. Glad I got to try it. Thanks Allan.

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85

It’s been awhile since I’ve had this tea. When I pulled the bad out of the tea tin, I noticed I had written a note to keep brewing time shorter than two minutes. That’s my standard time for most greens. I had remembered this being quite strong.

So I pulled it out this morning and brewed it up keeping it to one minute brew time. From my last review I said this wasn’t the best bi luo chun I’ve ever had but I enjoyed it. Yes, I have to say the same but this is still a great cup! Nutty, sweet & vegetal. Probably even better than when I had it the first time because I kept the brew time short and it’s not too strong. I enjoyed it so much I’ve brewed a second cup this afternoon. I have so many teas, I rarely go for the same type of tea twice in one day.

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drank Rose Oolong by Tea Ave
374 tasting notes

I looked forward to trying this oolong from TeaAve. It really is a wonderful oolong.

The rose in this tea becomes a part of the oolong. Each mouthful is rose & butter. I also love picked up the rose aroma from the cup. The rose is so subtle in this tea but definitely not shy either. I know this review is short but I am just not in the mood for long reviews today. This tea is still amazing!

Flavors: Butter, Rose

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

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90

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

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

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.

Ubacat

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

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78

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

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

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78

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

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

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87

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

Preparation
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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