1226 Tasting Notes

From one of the group buys (dark matter?)

Maybe it is my brewing parameters, or queued in my senses due to current life events, but when I steeped this up and the first two steeps, this tea tastes just like that weird plastic sweet scent of new black garbage bags. SERIOUSLY.

Later steepings is malty and coconutty. It did not resteep well though, I got 5 and it died. The flavor is light despite the high gongfu ratio.

I think this would of been better western or 1g / 10ml or jam as much leaf as you can in the gaiwan and flash.

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 0 OZ / 13 ML
Gooseberry Spoon

I had luck western steeping this, but I noticed it was rather lighter with resteeping some other blacks.


I had a similar issue with the subtlety and was told by What-Cha that western parameters were better suited for it.

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drank Mint Sencha by Pique Tea
1226 tasting notes

I did not like this one. It had the qualities of their sencha tea crystal (which was vegetal and buttery) but with an oversteeped swampy spearmint flavor. I think what was more disappointing in this mint flavor had potential to brighten the instant tea, adding freshness that it lacks, but the mint was just overstewed tasting to fix anything.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/pique-tea-crystals/

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drank Sencha by Pique Tea
1226 tasting notes

I wasn’t a fan of this one. It was mellow, marine, vegetal and buttery, but it lacked that fresh grassy taste that I associate with senchas. This product is instant (just add water) so you are getting something easy to make and you don’t have to worry about water temperature, however you lose fresh and complexity vs loose leaf.

This one is much better iced, likely the best use of this tea crystal.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/pique-tea-crystals/


I suppose one has to trade something for convenience :(

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drank Jasmine by Pique Tea
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One of the best (maybe 2nd best) of the Pique tea crystals I tried out of 4. The base is green tea, the jasmine is light, with a peachy floral vibe and a bit of dryness. It is way light for a jasmine tea though, it is certainly for someone who wants a green with a hint of jasmine.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/pique-tea-crystals/

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drank Earl Grey by Pique Tea
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Best of the 4 Pique tea crystals I’ve tried. The bergamot level is on the light side, but the black is a noncomplex classic ceylon tasting base. A little bitterness and brisk.

Cool, it is more sweet and bergamot. Also makes a nice latte, but be sure to dissolve the crystals in hot water first if you are doing an iced latte.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/pique-tea-crystals/

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From the April White2tea club

This puer I drank with about 1 month of rest time on it, fresh from the club. I felt it needed more time. It had some great notes, green grapes, floral, and a dry tartness, but it was quite light and delicate. I’d describe this tea as Cute.

Anyways, I’ll be revisiting this one after awhile. At this stage I quite like it, more than other White2Tea’s shengs at this price point of $25.

Full review at Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2016-fade-sheng-puer-april-2016-white2tea-club/

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML

Nice notes. I don’t know if you noticed, but even it it does have that Huangpian astringency it still has a very good amount of body/thickness. I’m leaving mine aside to age for a year and check it again. Possibly repeat in another year.

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Oh yeah JC, the texture was nice and silky. I’m debating on getting another Fade to keep for longer aging as the price is pretty good.


definitely go for it. I don’t see this one being a gamble, more like a sure thing.

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From the Puerh TTB

To start off, I steeped this one quite aggressive as I was feeling in YOLO sheng mode. That was a bad idea with this tea – the flavor is pretty harsh. It is strong, soggy ashtray of menthol cigarettes, and a prominent sour bitterness that lasts a long time after each sip. The texture is a slick feeling in the mouth, and the dryness is moderate, but whoa, the most bitter bulang I’ve had. The smoke is light, it tasted like it got drowned out at some point.

But yeah, a new sheng drinker should likely stay clear of this one, or steep it low, around 185F. If you are a sheng drinker who loves bitterness (more bitter than W2T New Amerykah) have at it. The loooong aftertaste is quite pro, if you like bitter.

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 0 OZ / 14 ML

The smoke is such a shame.

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This houjicha can change profile depending how aggressive you steep it. Lower leaf (3grams 5oz) I got something lightly roasted, corny and sweet. Steep it 6grams and its rich, more roasty, and tastes bready like an unsalted pretzel. Feel free to go boiling water with this green and oversteep. It doesn’t get too dry other than a bit of a squeaky popcorn texture.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/tencha-kuki-houjicha/

Boiling 6 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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From the Puer TTB 4

This is a pretty light sheng. The taste is very clean, with a gentle fruity sweetness. I got around 9 steepings, with the final ones being a touch dry, giving a squeaky clean mouth feel, with notes of steamed grass. A good sheng for someone who likes whites, greens, and delicate young shengs.

I didn’t get much cha qi, actually this one made me sleepy, haha!

200 °F / 93 °C 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
1226 tasting notes

This is super melon tasting and sweet! This green rooibos tea tastes just like those green melon asian candies. It also makes a great iced tea.

However, the melon is strong and overpowers the green rooibos base. The good thing is this rooibos isn’t watery, but this tea is pretty much like drinking melon juice. I like it, but I can see if not appealing for some people.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/golden-honeydew-rooibos-lupicia-tea-review/

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I was raised on floral oolongs and green teas, mostly “beauty” teas. Early on as a kid, I can guzzle an entire pot of tea (or two) at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant.
These days I like adventurous and interesting tea blends. I’m fearless in trying new teas! I’m into oolong, pu’erh, white, green, black, guayusa, mate and herbals. I’m not into red rooibos but I keep buying it anyway.

The tea brand that got me started into loose leaf teas was DAVIDsTea. I used to live in Vancouver Canada and had access to their shop, however that is now limited since I moved to southern California.

However, the perks of living in the US is ultra cheap, fast shipping! Since then, my tea stash insanely expanded.

Other stuff I’m into that sneaks into my tea notes: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, metal music, drawing, painting, cooking, photography and nail polish.

BTW, my Steepster cupboard is not even close to accurate and I track my teas on a spreadsheet. Last update 573 Teas – August 2015.


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