360 Tasting Notes

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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I’m having this tea this afternoon. Silly me. I was thinking this was a shu. If I had known it was a black tea I would have waited for a different day when I only have one black tea (had one this morning). One black tea a day is my limit for black teas.

I also botched the brewing a bit. Wanted to use my new fancy teaware and it was hard figuring out the difference between that and the directions from Whispering Pines as I had a reduced water capacity. All in all , it still came out pretty decent.

Just like everyone else I was amazed when I smelled the dry tea. It had a wonderful maple candy aroma.

When it’s really hot I mostly just get the sweet maltiness of the black tea in the taste but the aroma is all maple candy. As it cools , that sweet maple taste comes through stronger. Wow! I couldn’t make too many infusions because my stomach was a bit upset having a 2nd black tea for the day but enjoyed what I had.

Next time I plan on just using the Western brew before I rate this tea. I bet this tea would be pretty amazing cold brewed too.

Flavors: Candy, Malt, Maple Syrup

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This was a sample from Whispering Pines with my last order. I had lost this sample but finally found it last night. It had slipped in with my green tea bin! I’m glad I finally found it.

This tea is delicious. It’s chocolate & malt. Not too strong of a black tea which suits me just fine. It is also very sweet. Some others got bitterness with this tea which surprised me. I brewed according to WP’s directions and I got no bitterness. Maybe it sets in when it cools down. I had finished mine before it could cool. A lovely cup of tea.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Yes, it has a mellow profile.

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Ha ha. I have reviewed this tea so many times. It is my go to non-caffeinated tea for a cold winter evening. It’s getting awfully close to the end of the bag (YS Sourcing order is calling me…) Finally got my Steepster cupboard up to date this evening. The last few evenings I have gone through my excel tea file and rechecked all my teas. I thought I would remove some I hadn’t taken off. I didn’t find too many of those but found a few I hadn’t logged. Wouldn’t you know it? Okay so I can’t find my Golden Snail Tea from Whispering Pines. I logged it on my excel sheet when I got the order. I remember seeing it and I put it with my black teas. I’ve been through ALL my teas and I can’t find it. Little gremlins must have hocked my Golden Snail! Where oh where can it be?

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I love this green tea because it’s so different. I’ve already left a review on it so not going into too much detail. It’s nutty, sweet potato , & slight smoke. I wonder how the new 2015 spring one is going to taste… I’ve had this shopping cart at Yunnan Sourcing full of sale teas for a week. I keep going in to change things but I haven’t ordered yet. Why? I have too many teas! As well, if I order Autumn 2014 on sale, I won’t be able to buy spring 2015 teas. Tough tough decisions.

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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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