557 Tasting Notes

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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85

This tea was in the YS monthly package for January I think. I am really enjoying white teas lately being brewed at 90C. They are just so good at that temperature.

So this tea has an autumn leaf taste to it. There’s a bit of hay and it’s thick sweet tasting. A bit of fruitiness but not as much as some other white teas I’ve had. Overall, I really liked this one.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Hay, Sweet, Thick

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

“Autumn leaf taste”, such a great description! Instantly created the desire to try the tea.

Rasseru

I just was about to review this one as well. at around 70c I got a really nice pear thing going on. I’m sure I reviewed this one before though, hence why I re-upped the tea today – is steepster really eating reviews?

Ubacat

S.A., That’s what I got when I tried it. You might get something different like Rasseru. You never know.

Rasseru, that’s really interesting you got such different notes than me by brewing it at 70C. I loved it at 90C but think I will give it a try at the 70. It appears more of the fruity notes comes out at the lower temperatures.

Rasseru

It was like apple and pears – you know how they are a similar floral nature with a hint of citrus? it was like that. very subtle but thats how they came together for me. Maybe it was the subtlety that created these thoughts.

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85
drank bang wei 2007 Spring by Tea Urchin
557 tasting notes

2016 Sheng Olympics

This tea is from yesterday. I didn’t know which one to choose so I closed my eyes and reached in the bag. Shared this one with Hubby who liked it enough. Neither of us are used to too much caffeine though so I didn’t go too many infusions.

The few infusions I had of this were great. It was smooth , silky, thick , & creamy. Not any fruity or apricot flavour I get from many shengs but I still really liked it. It was the thick creamy taste that I really enjoyed.

This tea had quite a kick to it and both Hubby and I only made it to infusion 5. I feel like a tea this good is just a waste for someone like me. I don’t get many infusions at all from my pu’erh’s and I don’t like leaving the leaves for the next day.

Here’s my pic from yesterday:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BCBZmHINDGG/?taken-by=ubacat

Flavors: Creamy, Smooth, Thick

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95

I didn’t brew this tea exactly the way it’s supposed to be brewed. I left a glowing review on it a year ago but the tea is old now (one year) and I brewed at 80C for 30 sec in a mug instead of doing the lighter temperatures.

It’s still good but not amazing like I tasted before. Like I said this tea is pretty old. Freshness makes a huge difference on the greens. This is the last of this tea.

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75

2016 Sheng Olympics

I had this tea a few days ago already but just getting around to leaving my review now.

It didn’t look like a lot of tea in the package so I dumped the whole thing in my gaiwan and brewed away. 1st and 2nd infusions were great. Very little bitterness & fruity. It had a nice creaminess to it. That was before the leaves unfolded entirely. Next infusion was way too strong for me. Yes, I used too much leaf for me. I like my teas on the lighter side. So I took some out and continued brewing on the rest. I was a bit disappointed. All the next brews kept getting more and more bitter. The creaminess disappeared. As for the fruitiness, I think it was still there but the bitterness was throwing me off. By the way, I brewed this with 90C water. If I had any left of this I might try even lower temperatures. It started out fine but became too bitter and astringent in later steeps.

Flavors: Bitter, Creamy, Fruity

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90

I’ve already left a review on this one but enjoyed it yesterday and just felt like leaving one again.

This tea is from Autumn 2014 and it’s still good! Not just good- excellent! I have an Imperial Gold Needle from Tao Tea Leaf and it’s not as good as this one. This one is the best!

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95

Looks like I’ve missed reviewing this tea but I’ve had it quite a few times. Had it this morning and it’s a wonderful green tea. I am so happy with all the Laoshan teas I got from Verdant Tea on their sale last fall. They are all so good I will probably always keep them in my cupboard.

As for this tea, it’s fresh with lots of nutty sweetness and green bean flavours. Also borders a bit on the deep spinach side. An excellent cup to start off the day!

Flavors: Green Beans, Nuts, Spinach

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

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95

This tea is so good. I was watching a movie when I had it so I didn’t take notes or pay extreme attention. I just knew it was really really good.

It was like sweet hay and floral. I kept smelling and tasting the floral notes throughout which was what made this white tea very exceptional to me. I am putting this on my “must have” list for when I do a Yunnan Sourcing order.

Flavors: Floral, Hay, Sweet

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70

I purchased this tea sample when Steepster Select was having their sale last year.

It was really hard to break this tea up. Even after 4 infusions it was just starting to break up.

It brewed up a golden colour but the taste was very light. It reminded me of fresh mineral water from a gurgling brook. The package said there was a floral finish to it. I didn’t really pick that up but there was a bit of earthiness to it.

I normally like lighter teas but this one just didn’t grab me.

Flavors: Earth, Mineral

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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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