2661 Tasting Notes

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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

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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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drank Electricitea by Cardamom & Curry
2661 tasting notes

I am done with this blend for now, it’s been a busy weekend and I might have overdone it on the Super Bowl Snacks! Rooibos is nice and soothing for the tummy. I wouldn’t say there is anything special about this blend as it only contains rooibos and lemongrass. I added some of my own dried ginger to the mix which was a nice compliment. I’m not too sad to it go however…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Mike

I like how rooibos mixes with vanilla, but I’ve never had it with lemongrass…sounds interesting! I find that I like black and green teas by themselves, but I think I like rooibos better with a little flavor. Thanks for the post!

TeaBrat

I find rooibos definitely mixes well with lemony things. And yeah, it’s kind of boring on its own!

Mike

Haha, cool. I’ll have try some rooibos lemon teas!

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drank Chocolate Rose by Tea Forte
2661 tasting notes

This tea is definitely not a winner…. dry leaf smells so promising but the tea itself has no real chocolate flavor to speak of, too much rose and a weird artificial after taste. This was improved somewhat by the addition of soymilk but I might throw away my remaining samples unless any of my followers want them.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
carol who

Bummer. I haven’t had any Tea Forte teas lately but I remember not being impressedwith their chocolate.

TeaBrat

There aren’t too many chocolate teas I really like, but this was a bummer

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All I have to say is YUM! this tea is super delicious. And thank goodness because I got 50g of it with my Dragon Tea House order.

I’ve had some yellow teas that seem bitter and fussy, but not this one. It is sweet and delicious, with notes of chestnuts and sweet corn. I would have to say it reminds me a bit of a long jing green tea but also has some of the same sweetness as a nice green oolong. The tea has a very mellow and soothing energy with a thickish mouthfeel that lingers. Heavenly! This is the only yellow tea I currently own and it’s definitely a good one.

Steeped in my big Lupicia cooler because I just wanted a lot of afternoon tea :D

http://instagram.com/p/yfh2ajoLdf

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
TheTeaFairy

Oh i need to remember this one, sounds awesome!

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Part of a beeng sample I got from Dragon tea house…

I happen to be quite fond of Xiaguan teas for raw puerh, though I don’t think they are for everyone. They can be quite smoky and bitter, but this tea is from 2006 so I was hoping it would not be too rough.

This has a wonderful exhilarating aroma that just reminds me of walking through a forest of pine trees. The tea liquor itself has a honey like sweetness with a definite bitter finish and lingering smoke flavor. I wonder what this would be like with another 15 years of aging! It is starting to mellow out nicely, but still kind of aggressive with a big energy kick. I do like these traditional shengs a lot but sometimes a more mellow tea is nice too, especially if bitter and smoky is not really your thing ;)

This rates pretty high on my personal enjoyment scale but after about the 6th steep i got sick of it.

At least I don’t have to worry about breaking the cake: http://instagram.com/p/yfTiEgoLWe

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

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wow, I haven’t had this tea in a while. I couldn’t get it out of the bamboo tube and ended up pounding it on the counter, which was actually quite therapeutic.

I have decided I hate my local post office. I made an inquiry with the USPS 1-800 number about my lost package from Yunnan Sourcing. The post office claimed they called me and they closed the case but I never got a call! Even worse they don’t answer the phone. I can see I will need to find some kind of a mail service if I want to have any tea packages delivered in the future. It’s just so stressful and annoying to have to deal with this.

Anyway about the tea… my first notes on this were that I thought it was mellow and earthy but today it seems more assertive, smoky and bitter than I remember. It should be mellowing out more over time, I would think? Of course it could be I have just used more tea in my pot than the last time I tried it. I did break off a pretty big hunk and am keeping my steeps very short.

I must say this is a very energizing sheng, it’s uplifting and perking me right up!

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

Yikes, I’m so sorry about your package. :( So does that mean that you have to just suck it up and accept the loss because they won’t go about trying to track it down anymore? Will Yunnan Sourcing send a replacement package?

TeaBrat

I may go down there in person to see if I can get an answer from the post office but it appears they are not going to do anything. I am getting a replacement package, hopefully I get it SOMEDAY!

Fjellrev

That’s scary how they give up like that, but I’m glad to hear you’re getting a replacement package. Fingers crossed it will actually grace you with its presence!

mrmopar

Hope you get the second in. I would raise a little h—l at the Post Office after all no disrespect to any of them we do pay their salaries and should be able to get a valid answer about any issues.

AllanK

In order to get the tea out of the bamboo tube take a heavy duty chefs knife to the top of the bamboo tube, about 1/6 of the way in. Once you do this put enough pressure on the tube to finish breaking it and it will open right up. I think puerhshop has this technique on their page somewhere, don’t know where though.

TeaBrat

mrmopar – I will go down and talk to them soon. By the way that post office gets bad reviews on Yelp! Other people have also complained that they never answer the phone and lose packages. It seems like an epidemic problem!

boychik

I ordered boots for my daughter before Christmas. I truly believe they delivered to a diff place. I couldn’t find any answers at my local PO . I was nice and then I was mad. Nothing helped. I called the company and they sent replacement overnight by UPS. UPS did it right as usual. I feel bad for the company to replace it though. It’s not their fault

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Thank you, Veronica for sending me some of this tea!

First thing you notice about the dry leaf is that it smells really chocolate-y. I was definitely surprised at the depth of this tea. Very full bodied with cocoa & malty notes and a slight bit of bitterness in the finish. Bittersweet chocolate? yummm. I actually enjoyed this one better with soymilk. If I had another sample I would probably steep this for only 2 minutes which might yield a smoother cup. Anyway I’m really glad I got to try this. It’s quite a good morning tea, however will not rate for now. I had to use some nasal spray earlier which might be affecting my tastebuds.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Maddy Barone

I like that one too!

TeaBrat

tasty it was… -Yoda

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drank Tokio by Lupicia
2661 tasting notes

This came in my holiday gift sampler from Lupicia (which came in this year’s Happy Bag).

The green tea base is very light and delicate, I’m not sure about the flavoring though. It’s fruity, and reminds me of bubblegum like others have suggested. I got a mixture of berry and orange from mine. It’s not altogether unpleasant but not one of my favorites from them. I’d like to try this as a cold brew if I have another sample teabag, I’ve a feeling this would be really good iced.

I don’t know what I can do to actually wake up and get motivated, but it’s time to get off Steepster for a while and stop procrastinating!!! ;)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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