455 Tasting Notes

drank Qimen by Joseph Wesley Black Tea
455 tasting notes

As soon as I heard that Joseph Wesley has this limited edition for sale I placed an order for 50g. This tea is exceptional quality and taste. Each leaf is perfect thin curl. I made it western 3g 8oz 200F for 3min. The color was amazing bright orange. The tea is complex. It is even hard to describe. Somewhat floral, nutty. It is not heavy and would be perfect as breakfast or afternoon tea in summer. So refined. Doesn’t need any additions. Just perfect. No bitterness or astringency detected.

Next time I’m going to Gongfu it. I’m pretty sure it will taste even better. I would be able to pick up more notes.

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

so happy i have this one too!

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

I keep procrastinating on this one. I really should just buy it, it sounds amazing.

boychik

I need to get more of this before it disappears :)

Sil

i had paypal money, so that’s the only reason i could get some. no more for me…so i may just not open it until it’s sold out lol

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drank 2015 Poundcake by White 2 Tea
455 tasting notes

This tasting note for Baby Gourd i got with my June Club offering.

its soo darn cute. i felt sorry to behead it but i had no choice.
Surprisingly easy, it took me just few secs. i guess i was just lucky finding the right spot.

5g 80ml glazed shiboridashi 200F
rinse/pause/ short steeps
I like this tea. its sweet, smooth, thick, creamy, some bitterness later on but not major. And i got sweet aftertaste long after i finish drinking it
I think its enjoyable for pu head and safe for beginner.
Im very happy with my Club subscription. thank you Paul ;)

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 80 ML
jschergen

Wait.. You didn’t brew the whole thing at once? Weak sauce!

Wait.. You didn’t brew the whole thing at once? Weak sauce!(I actually used very similar parameters and got very similar notes off it.)

boychik

I have no guts like Cwyn! lol So do you think i should use more leaf next time. Someone on IG tried 10g for 100 and said it was too much !

paxl13

at 6g for 95ml it was awesome! :)

jschergen

Na. I think you’re good. Pretty similar to what I use.

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i got this sample along with other tea i “won” on IG. I didnt answer the question 100% right but the winner was so generous and passed it on me. Tea people are awesomely generous!

Im a big fan of Yancha. i always eager to try since its so different and so delicious.
When i opened the pocket i was smelling it at least for 15 min. Crazy right? like i have nothing to do! but the aroma is incredible. roasted nuts and cannabis!
I had to look thru my window in a case someone was smoking a pot right outside. no, the street was empty, haha

my usual Yancha parameters
6g 100ml gaiwan, 195F rinse/ short steeps 3/5/7/10/15 etc

it is sweet, roasty nuts, some earthiness and mineral notes in later steeps.
i enjoyed it a lot.

Thank you Great Horse Tea for sharing this sample with me. Goes on my wishlist!

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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This is a free sample from my recent order.

I’m not a huge fan of Dancong. its tricky to brew even though im super careful. In addition, I do not like florals in my tea. it must be heat or something but i woke up after late late nap with cravings for Dancong.

This tea is incredible. Fresh, green and not floral. The smell is intoxicating of freshness and nuttiness.
First steeps remind me green beens and young potatoes. savory delicious.
Later on it picked some spice and floral notes, but florals werent strong which is YAY in my case.

The tea was very refreshing, deliciously sweet. Thank you so much Scott for sending this sample my way. i would never pick it on my own.

To conclude, we should not drink only “comfortable teas”. we should try new ones, train our buds and perhaps discover new favorite.

Steeping parameters
5g 100ml porcelain gaiwan 195F
rinse/flash steeps/3/5/7sec

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

I like your conclusion. I almost never drink Oolongs, but maybe this tea will get me out of my comfort zone.

boychik

Doug F, that was my case. i drink pu, yancha and hongcha. but i think its like learning curve. we cannot get stuck in the same teas. it helps appreciate and pick up notes in sheng. this oolong is so weather appropriate. its more complex than green tea and it didnt get bitter. also i really like Taiwanese oolongs i picked from their new site Taiwan Sourcing. of course i only picked dark roasted ones for now ;) Delicious

Doug F

Yes, the new Taiwan site caught my eye. I know Yunnan Sourcing is known for their pu-erhs but I find their blacks and greens to be outstanding.

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This tea is a sample for review. Thank you so much WymmTea!

Im really impressed with presentation. each sample is wrapped with handmade paper with sticker attached .
Upon opening ive noticed very big leaves. Huang Pian are older leaves that rejected because they dont look pretty. taste wise they are sweeter and less astringent than perfect young ones. farmers usually keep them to themselves.
i enjoyed this tea. it is bitter sweet, clean and full of flavor. With longer steeps it develops astringency but i always try to stick to very short steeps especially with young sheng.

6.5g 70ml gaiwan 200F rinse/ short steeps

Thank you so much for the sample Wymmtea. it was a nice experience

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 2 OZ / 70 ML
WYMMTEA|惟餘莽莽

We just had this yesterday too! short steeps always work well for this puerh:)

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i got this sample for review – thank you so much Crimson Lotus tea.

When i opened the pouch it smelled smoky, grassy and sweet.
This tea is delicious. almost no smoke detected in a brew. just faint to make things interesting.
I enjoyed it a lot. many steeps yesterday and i continue today.
7g 80ml gaiwan 200F rinse/short steeps. few secs, i didnt time them.

Guess what ,my son was very curious and asked me if he can try. he had 2 tiny cups and declared it delicious. its easy to drink, no harsh bitterness often associated with young sheng, no astringency ( but again i kept my steeps short). lovely tea overall.

Im so glad i was able to try this tea, thank you so much Crimson Lotus Tea

PS no stomach issues i usually experience with young sheng. yay!!!

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 80 ML
Haveteawilltravel

Thats awesome :)

Crimson Lotus Tea

“Kid Friendly. No Tears Tea” :-D

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Morning session . Trying to sip down my enormous amount of hongcha.
Love this tea.
7g in 150ml pot. I always rinse it.
It was delicious and lasted me all morning into afternoon

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Sample from Happy Earth Tea – thank you so much.

This tea was quite successful. i stopped buying First Flush Darjeeling because they are very temperamental. Too hot, too long and you can ruin it.

I faced the challenge lol
It was easier than i thought.
3g 8oz 190F just few sec under 3min.
I didnt cover the pot either. i was afraid to burn the leaves.

it is highly aromatic, light and brisk. Astringency creeps up as it cools so i recommend to drink it while its hot. it has some resemblance with yunnan greens in floral grass and nuttiness.

overall Im very happy with the session. i should not be afraid of FF.
Thank you so much Happy Earth Tea for the opportunity to try something i wouldnt pick up on my own. It was a great learning experience.

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 45 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

they can be difficult

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Tea of the morning . i had to revisit. also Im trying to sip down enormous amount of red teas i bought last year. So many of different companies. i think it will be easy because they are in 25-50g pouches.
This tea is very nice. leaves are gorgeous. tastewise i’ve had better ones. not that anything wrong with it. its just not complex enough. Kinda the same from steep to steep.

Anyways, i did enjoyed it. Because I love Chinese Red(black) teas

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Sample from Happy Earth Tea – thank you so much.

i tried this tea using my parameters and failed. I used 6g for 100ml and 200F. short steeps didnt help because it became quite strong vegetal and astringent.

i strongly recommend you to use their parameters (unless you are familiar with this tea and know what you are doing)

Next try (thankfully it was a nice sample enough for 2-3 sessions) i did exactly as written on their website for gongfu:
Cover the bottom of your vessel you are using with a single and uniform layer of tea.
Use boiling water.
Steeps: 1 min, 30 secs, 40 secs, 50 secs, 1 min, 1:10 mins

It did work. what a difference, like 2 different teas. it is floral fruity, some nuts. the roasting done really well without unpleasant ashy aftertaste.

its still not tea for me because im not comfortable with strong floral notes. But if you fan of floral oolong i think its really nice quality tea.

Thank you so much Happy Earth Tea for sending me generous samples i probably wouldnt pick on my own. It was a great learning experience.

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