425 Tasting Notes

First steeps were very mild but i knew its deceiving. on a 3rd steep it hit me. it is strong bitter tea but i like it a lot. only few months ago i probably wouldnt be able to drink it. Besides being bitter its incredibly smooth, even creamy. and there is a sweetness comes in the end of the sip. very happy i was able to try this sample. its a swap from Instagram member. i need to ask him if he is on Steepster.

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5g 95ml gaiwan 205 F
rinse/ pause/ flash steeps , then increased to 7-10-15 secs

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 95 ML
MzPriss

It’s punchy for sure. But I like it

Cwyn

I’m seriously thinking of push aging mine. There is no way I’m gonna live long enough for it to age naturally.

mrmopar

Cwyn, You can send it to me to age in the “pumidor”…

TeaBrat

I may skip this one, I have enough bitter shengs for now :D

Cwyn

Mr mopar, yeah I might do that.

MzPriss

I’m putting mine in the shengidor. When the shengidor is finished, which it almost is. Thanks mr mo!

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drank Taiwan Ruby by Zen Tea
425 tasting notes

I was desperate getting nice quality white tea cup. White because it shows the true color of the tea.
its not that easy. The cup had to be around 80-90ml and not too thin. While i like thin cups they are not practical for me. its too hot to hold them. and im always afraid to break them.
So Zen Tea Life has pretty extensive Korean ceramic pieces which i happen to love. And i found my perfect cup there.

They got new Taiwanese teas . I had to add a sample of this tea.
Its delicious. made gongfu 5g 100ml 195F
Leaves are gorgeous, long full,not broken. had many steeps. it has usual Taiwanese black tea profile of fruity longan sweetness and raw nuts.

Zen Tea never disappoints me with quality of teas, teaware, pricing and careful packing. And i got it in two business days from Canada.

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

YAY!!! The cup (which is exactly the type of thing I need…need? maybe more ‘want’, but it feels like a ‘need’! haha), sounds so perfect! I haven’t looked at their teaware before, but now I have to check it out.
Gorgeous pictures, too. :D

looseTman

How does this Taiwanese tea compare to similar offerings from Butiki and TTC?

boychik DeliriumsFrogs, i will send you PM.

looseTman, the tea is very good. $20 for 100g . and you can get a sample, their samples are 20g. Pretty generous. This is not Taiwanese Assam,so I cannot compare it Butiki’s PTA, but Taiwan Ruby #18. i’ve sampled some TTC black teas. Some I liked , some were ok, or so so. its not side by side tasting but I assure you it is very good tea.

AnnaEA

Red #18s are interesting teas. Eco-cha has a nice one, lots for rich sweet sundried tomato and minty notes. They set me up with ’12 and ’13 from the same farmer, and it was really fascinating to taste the two side by side. Clearly the same tea, but so different at the same time. Like the same girl dressed for an upscale restaurant one night and beach bonfire picnic the next.

sansnipple

lol, never seen a tea seed in a black tea before, only in puerh bricks

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92

I’m so sleepy. I thought this tea would give me a nice boost. It did, nice and gently. It’s very smooth, not bitter or doesn’t need any additions if you make it @200F for 3min

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Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheTeaFairy

Yum, “ze tiger”!!

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Marzipan sent me this tea. it was a total surprise along with our joint Tao Tea Leaf order.
I love smoky teas. And i love this tea. smells pretty strong but doesnt taste too smoky/ashy to me. in fact, its quite sweet. i didnt need any maple syrup which i usually add to LS.
I really enjoy this tea during our Juno Blizzard all morning. thank you so much Marzi for sending this tea to me. im sure this 50g wont last a long time ;)

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

I saw Sil say something about putting maple syrup in LS the other day, and I had never heard of that before! I have some LS from zen tea that I can’t decide if I like or not, and I think that trying it with maple syrup would be delicious. Adding maple syrup to my grocery list….

Also, STAY WARM!! Thinking of you in that blizzard!

Stephanie

Hope you are nice and cozy in the blizzard, boychik!

boychik

DeliriumsFrogs, its Sil’s and Terri’s idea of maple syrup. Zen tea does need some MS, just a bit. this one doesnt. i was surprised. This tea was so comforting. Thankfully its not that bad. Tomorrow – back to school ;)

boychik

Thank you Steph, im drinking tea non stop. very warm. cant wait till tomorrow when my family will go back to work and school, haha

DeliriumsFrogs

Maybe I just don’t like LS, then, if I’m wanting to drown the zen tea LS in maple syrup. haha
Your pictures are lovely, by the way. :)

Cheri

I find that most smokey LS need just a little bit of maple syrup (the real stuff) but there are some that I think need more than others. I have yet to find one that I wouldn’t add MS to.

Kirkoneill1988

i was going to order some but i decided on replacing it with fancy grade dragonwell. (i adore dragonwell). i hope my parcel arrives soon. i spent almost 200$ on it :(

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drank Finbarr's Revenge by The Devotea
425 tasting notes

revisiting. This is a perfect Assam. very smooth. no additions needed. i would call it elegant. it was comforting. no astringency, no bitterness. perfect !

http://instagram.com/p/yM2EDtBwoF/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

Oh, i LOVE your photo! Elegant, indeed! :D

boychik

thank you DeliriumsFrogs. i tried lol

juliebeth

that IS a nice photo! and your description sounds like an impossibiliTEA, i mean, an assam that doesn’t cry out for milk and sugar? hmmmm. i may have to check it out.

boychik

ok juliebeth, the temp was 200F and 3min. it works 99% for all Assams and Darj. This particular is extra smooth.

Mike

A blend of Assam and Ceylon, nice. I’ll have to try this one out! Thanks for the recommendation!

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sipdown of old version. i do have a brand new tin ;)
made gongfu. 5g 100ml. Rinse/ short steeps.
Delicious tea. i came to conclusion that chinese red teas have to be made gongfu. having long steeps turn them spicy bitter with earthy notes. for many people it is not appealing . I really enjoyed this tea. perfect breakfast tea. it is replaced by the same better quality better leaves. but they dont taste the same. im glad i still can have them both ;)

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Fjellrev

Nice collection of goodies!

boychik

Thank you Fjellrev ;)

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drank Dan Cong Red Tea by jing tea shop
425 tasting notes

Revisited. This tea is delicious. in my previous note i used 4g, this time 5g. thats my ratio nowdays 5g for 100ml. as previously mentioned its citrusy, longan, grapes and raw nuts. Still love it. i would restock at some point
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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Stephanie

Sounds amazing

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drank Red Queen Cupcake by Butiki Teas
425 tasting notes

today i tried this tea . it was on my wishlist and Stephanie was so kind to send me in Christmas care package.
it was delicious. it does have espresso notes ( i love espresso). Strawberries and chocolate are great addition. the tea is so pretty to look at. smells and tastes heavenly.

Thank you so much my #teafiend for making my dreadful afternoon so yummy and cheerful. i need to make that last order w/Butiki.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
boychik

this is hilarious ;)

Stephanie

So glad you enjoyed

OMGsrsly

Making Fiends is amazing. :)

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i had a session last night. people, this tea is so good. Nobody should be afraid to try even if you never had puerh before or had some unpleasant experience.
Its clean, sweet, creamy and delicious. Very easy to drink, no any off putting smells or tastes. Just pure goodness. my hubby enjoyed it as well . im training him, i think he has some preferences already. before it was tea is just tea. now dont give me this, can i have something i tried 2 days ago ;) also he is teasing me why am i giving my Yixing a bath.
i got lots of pics last night

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Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
AllanK

This tea lives up to the name gold needle, as gold needle puerh is supposed to be good. I don’t know who came up with the name, maybe Dayi.

Cheri

Soon….soon, I will order this one.

boychik

you will love it Cheri !

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Cheri, there’s only two left right now! The rest will take a couple months to arrive still.

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i know i reviewed this tea before. Steepster eats older notes… Sigh…
This time i’m tasting a new version. I liked the older one but this just blew my mind. It is liquid chocolate people. Without any sugar or maple syrup. You dont have to guess the flavors. Bold yummy chocolate, maybe some malt, but not much.
i still have an older one, and was hesitating if i should get another once. Im so happy cause this one is so much better and richer (not that anything wrong w/older one ;)

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looseTman

NW sounds wonderful! My 1st WP order (CM) is to arrive this week & it fortunately includes WP.

boychik

it is. dessert in a cup without any additions. did you order the cake ?

looseTman

Yes, I ordered a cake of 2012 Huron Gold Needle Shou Pu-erh, 2013 Shou, as well as an oz. of their Fujian Black.

Fjellrev

Wow, sounds truly divine.

boychik

I’m looking forward to your tasting notes. If only Steepster wasnt hiccuping :( i have no patience and time.

looseTman

I completely understand. I compose in MS Word & paste into Steepster. Hopefully, our favorite tea suppliers will notice that the website issues are affecting forum particpation & will encourage Jason to correct them w/o further delay.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I sent an email out yesterday…doubt I’ll be getting a response though :/

looseTman

Thanks Brenden. Any other ideas or insights?

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I told Jason that I could put together a crowdfunding thing to pay for a web engineer to fix the site, which would be super easy…but it’s up to him wether or not to do this…so I think we’re all stuck at this point until he makes his next move :(

looseTman

Thank you for offering crowdfunding assistance to Jason. That was very kind of you!

looseTman

There’s also a Steepster member, Blodeuyn (a professional web developer) who graciously offered to help 3 months ago. See: http://steepster.com/discuss/9388-steepster-member-w-slash-forum-tech-support-background

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