579 Tasting Notes

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One of my new Spring 2016 teas from Tealyra. I thought when I bought some spring teas I would probably buy from Yunnan Sourcing ; but I needed some herbal teas and couldn’t resist a few of the new spring teas!

This doesn’t have a pleasant smell from the bag. I can’t explain exactly what it smelled like dry but it’s not exactly a pleasant smell.

Brewed up, it’s entirely different. Sweet with hay and cucumber notes. A fruity floral aroma and a bit of apricot in the flavour too. Delicious!

Flavors: Apricot, Cucumber, Hay

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drank Wenshan Baochong Oolong by Tea Ave
579 tasting notes

I reviewed this year over a year ago but I still dug up an extra unopened sample a few days ago when going through my teas. Today I have finished off the last speck of this tea. Over a year old and it’s still outstanding. Floral with a creaminess to it.

Still…. I am glad to cross another one off my tea list even though I loved this one. Down to 160 teas. At one time I though around 120-130 was reasonable. Then it ballooned up to about 190 around Christmas. I want to try to keep all my teas under 100 (maybe even 80) but if I can get down to 130 I will be happy!

Ubacat

Well, crap. so much for getting my tea list down. I just saw 20% off at Tealyra and placed an order for some herbal teas I needed plus some I didn’t need just to get the free shipping.

Evol Ving Ness

This is the problem of having your finger on the pulse of the tea world: you find out about sales and then it’s all over. I filled up my shopping cart at Tealyra and walked away. I need to do far more shopping in my home stash which overfloweth.

Evol Ving Ness

How long I can stay strong is another question altogether.

Ubacat

I’ve been good from Jan to March. April I broke down and placed a tiny order at Grand Tea to get some new 2016 white teas. I could feel it building up after so long of hardly any tea shopping.

Evol Ving Ness

Oh, I’ve been breaking down regularly from the new year onwards.

Ubacat

I don’t feel so bad now. ;-)

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This is my tea from yesterday.

I really enjoyed this one. Found it very buttery with a bit of fruity taste. Could also pick up faint notes of vanilla. It was very smooth and silky on the tongue. Early steeps didn’t have any bitterness at all but steeps after No3 seemed to have a bit of bitterness creeping in. I wonder if that was because I put too much leaf in the gaiwan? I tend to like my teas on the lighter side and when it comes to sheng I always seem to get a little too much leaf for my liking.

Anyway, if this tea was still available , I would probably order a cake since it was that good.

Flavors: Butter, Fruity, Vanilla

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Having this one this morning. I just brewed in my mug, 30 sec, 80C. It’s very nutty & buttery. I was expecting deep green taste and even though it’s there , the nutty/buttery flavour is what I noticed first. I also pick up vanilla. I wonder if the nutty/buttery flavour is coming from the jackseeds? Overall a pretty good tea. Seemed perfect brewing only for 30 sec.

Flavors: Butter, Nutty, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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2016 Sheng Olympics

Are Dexter and I the only ones to try this tea yet? It looks like it.

I picked this tea yesterday because it was a silver needle puerh. I love the white tea pureh cakes. I didn’t see the age of the tea right away… Then I smelled the dry and it smelled faintly of that darned cow dung again. I figured “oh well, it’s pretty faint this time. Give it a chance.”

I gave it 3 rinses just to be sure and did a quick infusion after that. What a surprise! It was like floral fruit. I know that really doesn’t make sense but I kept thinking floral even though I wasn’t getting a floral aroma. We think of floral as a scent and fruit as a taste. At least I do but this was just like floral fruit to me. Next couple of infusions were the same. I took a break from the tea drinking and went back to it later. Somehow it wasn’t quite the same after sitting even though I did a quick rinse.

This was a pretty amazing tea and if I didn’t have too much tea already, I would buy a cake.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity

R.F. Hill

Looks like I’ll give it a try this weekend!

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I am enjoying this twisted green tea this morning. It is very delicate, vegetal , and light. Perfect for a spring morning. There’s a bit of green bean in there and a faint chestnut. As I take a sip it’s followed by a light sweetness too. I really like it but it’s not my favourite type of green tea. I prefer ones that have a bit more greenness, umami, deeper & sweeter chestnut. However, I would soon get bored with all my greens if they were all alike. This one is definitely different.

Flavors: Chestnut, Green Beans, Vegetal

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

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Dry this tea smells like cow manure. I gave it 2 quick rinses with water at 95C and then did a quick 3 sec infusion. Still smelled like cow manure. Threw it out and did another infusion. Still smelled like cow manure. Tasted it. Yep, tasted like cow manure. Next infusion it started to get smoother and lose the cow dung taste. Even a bit better next infusion but far from a tasty tea. I think this would have probably been good on infusion 10 or more but I threw it out before that. It did have a good cha qui . I am just not into the aged shengs too much. The energy feel is good from them but I prefer the taste of a younger sheng.

mrmopar

Mooving on with this I guess. Lol! You made me laugh a bit.

boychik

I like it ;)

Ubacat

Yep, moooving on. lol

Boychik, I have one small sample left if you want it.

boychik

Thanks, I have a cake ;D

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Had this one today. What stood out was the creaminess of it. I only had a few infusions but they were all good. No bitterness. Smooth and creamy with a bit of sweetness. Also a nice stone fruit taste with a bit of sourness. The sour note was not unpleasant at all. In fact quite nice, adding a new dimension to the tea.

boychik

is it like citrusy?

Ubacat

I didn’t get any citrus notes but the stone fruit notes were a bit different than other shengs. Apricot seems to be a common note with some shengs but this one was not quite apricot. I couldn’t really describe it so I just said it was stone fruit.

Rasseru

I really like the flavour of purple teas. It took me a while to get my head around the complexity but I love them now

Ubacat

I liked this one right away and would consider buying a cake (only $8 for 100g) but I have too many teas right now. I’ll just put it on my wish list in my Yunnan Sourcing account.

Rasseru

haha the ever growing wishlist …

Ubacat

It is getting pretty big!

Yat-Fung Yeung

Is Purple pu-erh really Camellia Sinensis? The leaf just not look right and the taste is not like tea either. The taste is good, definitely no complain about the taste. I did not have the exactly same brand as your though.

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2016 Sheng Olympics

I love this tea! It’s floral and fruity (grape) with a nice mild honey sweetness. Hardly any bitterness. Very smooth. It’s such a light sheng. I could drink this all day (which I have been today). I’m just annoyed I didn’t buy a cake of this when it was available. Oh, well, I’ve got plenty in my cupboard to sip down.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Grapes, Honey

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This tea is a bit strange. It’s got a good jasmine flavour to it but I’m getting all kinds of other flavours as well. I can’t really pick out the white tea from the green but it still blends nicely together. I think I can pick out the honeysuckle but there are 3 ingredients that are foreign to me. I don’t know what these taste like:
Bee pollen
blue pea flower
dried star fruit

It might be the bee pollen I am picking up. Just wondering what those above things taste like. It’s a strange mix to add to the tea but it does work. LP, you are very creative. Can you give a little insight into this tea? I’ve read your tasting note on it and saw your Facebook video but still wonder… why star fruit? Why bee pollen? What is blue pea flower?

Flavors: Honeysuckle, Jasmine

Liquid Proust

That weird taste is probably blue pea flower. It’s that flower people were using as a tea that became popular because it brews blue. I don’t like the taste because it’s like a wild funk that won’t leave you alone; however, others seem to like it. One day I just decided that I wanted to have ‘fairy dust’ on one of my teas and well, floral was the way to go… but then I realized it has to be sweet and colorful, so I did what I did. Hopefully all of that makes sense.

Ubacat

Thanks for the info.

I did a google on it now and all these blue tea pictures came up. It is very pretty. Finally found one that says it tastes woody and earthy. Interesting! It has many health benefits too. First time for me even hearing about it.

Rasseru

nothing you do makes sense btw LP

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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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