2728 Tasting Notes

90

This sample was sent to me by a Steepster friend. It is a really nice sheng, I am enjoying it this morning. For such a young tea, it is pretty mellow. It has some really great flavors, it’s lemony, sweet, melon, floral and a tiny bit of smoke. There was a small bit of bitterness in the first two steeps that has mostly gone away now that I’ve reached steep #3 and #4. Mostly it’s sweet! It’s good to have some shengs that don’t knock you over with harshness. The price is still reasonable too (today it’s $39.00 for a 400g cake).

I am tempted to buy the cake, just not sure if it would fit in my mailbox and otherwise the post office will lose it… :( Anyway I am really glad I got to try this one!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

YS always gets me with the high shipping costs…I keep almost ordering and then not :(

JC

This was me two days ago :P

mrmopar

Not bad for a purple bud for sure.

TeaBrat

Are the purple buds supposed to be on the stronger side? I don’t know much about them.

DeliriumsFrogs

I keep doing the same exact thing Stephanie…. I make a cart up, see the shipping, and back away from my computer. lol (their teaware is SO REASONABLY priced, though! A few of the cup sets have me drooling…and those are definitely worth the shipping cost…)

JC

Purple varietals are not my thing, but I’ve come to respect them. I find them to be a lot more ‘throaty’ than your regular Puerh and with age usually delivers a ‘darker’ sweetness, to me like dates raisins with a lingering tart in the back of the throat. I like Puerh versions, but I have to admit I can’t stomach the black tea made out of them so far.

TeaBrat

Dragon Tea House has free shipping, I am just saying… they are one of my favorite vendors at the moment.

DeliriumsFrogs

I haven’t heard of them! Thanks, TeaBrat! Gonna’ go check them out right now. :)

JC

Don’t do this TeaBrat! I’m trying to save LOL!

TeaBrat

DeliriumFrogs – you are welcome :)
JC – you came to the wrong place mwa ha ha!

JC

Damn you!… It would be a mortal wound if you.. provided the link :D

mrmopar

Purple buds can be bitter on the palate but this one is amazing. So easy to drink and very sweet!

JC

I think I may have an unopened sample of this one, maybe I should give it a try soon. I’ve mostly had purple bud as black tea and well.. not for me, but I’ve had good Puerh so far. If you have other recommendations keep ’em coming!

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85

I got this sample from Mandala a while back. My tea knowledge is still growing after all this time. I thought all dancong teas were from Phoenix mountain so that’s what I was expecting, Now I see it’s from Wuyi which is also good as I like Wuyi oolongs a lot.

This got steeped up in the yixing this afternoon. It has a bit of roasty quality that reminds me of burnt sugar. For me the predominate note is fruity, peach and nectarine notes. There is a bit of minerality in the finish and it leaves a long sweet aftertaste in your mouth. I accidentally did one steep where I forgot the time and left it steeping too long, then it became sort of bitter and chalky. So.. I wouldn’t recommend doing that but 20-30 seconds seems like a good steeping time for it.

Not destined to be one of my favorite oolongs, but still a solid choice, nice every day drinking tea.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Mineral, Peach

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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90
drank Black Orchid by Mariage Frères
2728 tasting notes

I just got back from hanging out with my sweetie and I feel so sleeeeeepy. It’s been a rainy weekend and I just feel like doing nothing but drinking tea for the next few hours. That might be a bad idea since I already had 3 cups of coffee today but maybe I’ll switch to something green or white soon.

This is an awesome afternoon/dessert tea. One of my favs from Mariage Freres so far. I think they need to create a sampler pack. Is there one? I’ve never seen one. Anyway this is nice, the black tea base is smooth and velvety and leaves a good background for the vanilla and chocolate notes. I prefer this with a bit of sugar. Tasty stuff.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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78

Not feeling so great today for some reason. Just woke up from a nap and it is raining, so I thought some puerh would be nice. These are mini coins about the size of a silver dollar and they have a divider down the middle, which makes them easy to split apart. I used 1/2 a coin in the yixing.

The original packaging looks like it comes in a bamboo tube, which is nice. I should have looked more carefully at the website as the 50g sample is $4.99 but the whole tube of 22 discs is only $7.99! A much better value.

I feel this is a pretty good shu for the price. It is chocolate-y and smooth and I am picking up some camphor notes. The only downside is what I feel is a slight musty smell, which isn’t readily apparent. I wonder if this is due to the bamboo? Overall it’s smooth and fairly tasty. Not the best shu I have had by a ling shot but a good every day type of tea.

I need to do something with my puerh samples soon since they are over running my kitchen!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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86

This is another tea from Yunnan Sourcing Dark Tea of the Month… I am enjoying my club so far!

As the description says, the flavor of it is something between a black tea and an oolong. It is light bodied with a sweet and somewhat flowery base. Aroma of the tea is somewhere between floral and chocolate which is my best guess for how to describe it. The aftertaste is so sweet it seems like it’s sweetened with honey. If you’re a fan of Oriental Beauty tea you should look into it.

This is a good tea but I personally prefer black teas with a bit more heft in them… might be nice as an afternoon tea instead of a morning.

Flavors: Chocolate, Floral, Honey

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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92

I have been enjoying this tea a lot in the past two days. Somehow I never “got into” dan cong oolongs like some other people have. The good ones are really wonderful though. The leaf itself smells very roasted and flowery. True to the name, the tea liquor is sweet like honey with a flowery aroma. I am breaking in a new yixing just for dan cong oolongs so I will post some pics soon.

This is nice when the steeps are kept fairly short. Some dan congs will turn bitter very quickly. So I recommend doing some experimentation as to your optimal steeping time. This is nice around 30 – 60 seconds of steeping. It works well for me as an afternoon tea.

So far I am quite pleased with all of my Yunnan Sourcing selections from Dark Tea of the Month. I have only one other dan cong oolong, so I was happy to add it to my hoard… err… collection

Flavors: Honey, Orchids

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Kirkoneill1988

I’ve never tried dan cong before

TeaBrat

you need to try it some day. I would recommend this one, it’s good!

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88

Didn’t sleep too well last night for some reason, but I am up getting my caffeine injection for the day.

This is another of Yunnan Sourcing tea of the month club, I have the Autumn 2014 version. Beautiful, dark slender leaves that are stick like in shape. I haven’t been a huge fan of all dian hong black teas I’ve tried in the past, but I like this one. It smells like a cup of spicy hot chocolate and tastes malty & sweet. there are some interesting notes in here for sure. Something roasty and something kinds spicy like cinnamon.

A very smooth tea with no astringency or bitterness. I am sipping on it plain but it would also be ok with a splash of milk. Something tells me I will need a LOT of tea to get through this day!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp
94

This came as a selection in the last Yunnan Sourcing dark tea order. I’m surprised that I’m the first one to review it.

What a wonderful shu, I love it. I did a quick rinse but from the first steep it is really mellow with chocolate notes. I wonder if there is something about the mushroom name of the tea that lends itself to a mushroom flavor? Because this tastes a lot like Shiitake mushroom to me. It has a sweet flavor with a really creamy aftertaste. I am so glad I got to have this in my selection of the month. I would definitely recommend trying it! Summer yummy.

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Mushrooms

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec
jschergen

I like that one too. Pretty great value.

TeaBrat

thanks for confirming my tastebuds :)

TeaBrat

interesting, it sounds very similar

jschergen

Yeah, I agree Tman. Pretty certain it’s the same tea.

mrmopar

Yep, looks like that’s the same one.

Kirkoneill1988

I shall try this someday

looseTman

TeaBrat, Do you have any suggestions for Dexter?
http://steepster.com/Dexter/posts/296961

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Here’s a sheng I picked up with my latest Dragon Tea House order.

When I first sipped it, I thought it was a very light tea without a lot of bitterness but I was wrong! The bitterness definitely sneaks up on you so that by the time you’re finished with one cup it’s really strong. Very sour, makes your mouth pucker!

It doesn’t have many sweet, honey like notes to counteract the bitterness. I would say it has some lighter haylike flavors in the first couple of steeps. I am not detecting any smoke in this tea.

3/4 steeps – the tea is still so strong that I had to add some hot water to dilute it. When it’s diluted it’s a lot less strong and I am detecting some sweeter notes coming forth. This is a very potent tea however. Always the risk with young shengs.

5/6 steeps – I am getting the same result. The tea needs to be diluted to make it drinkable. Maybe by around 20 steeps this will start to mellow out more. It’s definitely a potent tea… needs to be aged for about 10 years probably. Not sure how to rate this one for now.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec
boychik

i can take bitter tea as long as sweet aftertaste is following. i also like sheng that is “juicy”, producing more saliva . Put it away. its too young to judge

TeaBrat

yep, it’s only a sample so I can put it in my tea storage warehouse, aka the closet ;)

mrmopar

2 years from now and it will be different. I have one stored we could do pics on Instagram to compare.

Indigobloom

Wow that sounds like a young one for sure. How much did you buy?

TeaBrat

I just got a sample, 50g. It was super energizing too, almost to the point of giving me an anxiety attack!

Indigobloom

Yikes. Maybe you can blend it with a different one

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This morning I am drinking a sample here I got from a friend… the 2nd time I’ve had it in the last couple of weeks.

It’s interesting the different type of flavors you get from sheng. Compared to a smoky, sour tea like a Xiaguan, this is much more mellow and more of an every day drinking tea for most people. I’m getting the sweetish/brown sugary notes, with a definite bittersweet flavor in the finish. I’ve tended to like the “Yiwu” shengs I’ve had in the past. I like the more relaxing energy I am getting from this. Not sure how to rate this one right now.

Seriously tempted to buy some but why is TeaUrchin shipping so expensive? $20 flat rate for China Post airmail? Seems like a lot if you are ordering something small.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
JC

It is a harsh price, especially after paying those prices! lol. But I do have to say that they package their teas really well, if that makes the difference.

TeaBrat

Now I am curious How do they package them?

mrmopar

You get the cake packed carefully in a nice storage box. They do package well and they usually toss an extra “goodie” in there.

JC

yeah! I agree that the price is high, but they have to be the best out there when it comes to how intact the cakes arrive.

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