382 Tasting Notes


i had it with breakfast. Today i decided to have @4min. I think its even better. More sweetness coming out. Some people are afraid of smoky teas which could be tamed with tiny bit of maple syrup(Sil and Terri, thank you for your advice). I didnt use any additions today . But i wouldn’t recommend you to have this tea on its own: either with food (cheese complements smoke nicely) or maple syrup.
Did i mention i started my 2nd tin of this tea?

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

i love this tea.

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I love wild teas of Dehong. i tried Light Roast, regular roast, Feng Qing Ye Sheng Hong Cha Wild Tree Purple Black tea Yunnan Sourcing offerings. i tried 2005 Wild Tree brick of Dehong (wet storage noticed, and i loved it).
This puerh has some notes not found in other sheng. its sweet,nutty, herbal, smooth and delicious. Not bitter. Soup is bright yellow . it was a pleasure to drink for 2 days.

I got this sample from Mandala along with others because YS US site currently carry only sample size. they sold out on bricks. But Mandala still has them. I have to have this tea. its a must in my cupboard!


200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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drank Imperial Breakfast by Verdant Tea
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This tea is a sample from very generous Steepsterite. Thank you so much.
I really really like it. It’s maybe hard to pinpoint all the flavors but its smooth sweet creamy some nice spice. It also aging well and has some orangish tint . I spent whole afternoon drinking it. And it’s a must in my exploded cupboard. I should pick it up on US site before it vanishes.

5g 100 ml gaiwan 200F
Rinse/ pause/3/5/5/7/7/10sec etc

Thank you so much for letting me try this gem.

0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

O my gosh, on my list this one goes! A 2005 won’t be there forever, that is for sure! Thanks for the heads up!


I just hope you like it. We all have different buds.


At my age, I don’t have buds anymore.

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this is a generous sample from DeliriumsFrogs – thank you so much.
Omg this is delicious tea.
made western 3g 8oz 205F. Its rich brownie type tea with some longan/plum notes and caramel. Its amazing blend without any flavoring added.

i really like it and it goes straight to my wishlist for Whispering Pines. Thank you Brenden for creating this blend!


205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

So yummy


I’m SO glad you like it!! (although, it’s quite delicious, so I was pretty sure you would). You’re so spot on with the ‘brownie type’, too… mmmm! :)

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3g 200F 3min
this tea is great. its chocolaty and earthy, some spice and touch of smoke, just a bit. some people who dont like smoky teas should not be afraid to try it. Not much sweet potato detected, just tiny hint.
For some reason this tea reminds me (i could be wrong)
Im so glad i picked this tea on the legendary 50% sale in July. it was a joint order and Marzipan made it happen.
Will pick it on next sale( i got 1oz size just to try)

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

Yummmmm – This is my favorite black tea…..

Terri HarpLady

The zheng shan xiao zhong from YS is one of my favorite teas that they sell :)


Love this one!


I love them both :)

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I have a sample of very generous tea friend on Steepster. I had it several times but didnt log it, couldnt find since this tea has another name 2010 Haiwan Ultimate Flavor (thats how its sold on ebay and Aliexpress).
Made it last night in my 120cc Yixing. Used 8g 212F.
rinse/pause/7/5/5/7/10 sec
Let me tell you. this tea is everything I love in shou: rich, smooth, chocolaty, dried fruits(my favorite). by 3rd cup i felt so sleepy, and 5th did the job. Slept 8 hrs straight. Perfect. Now i need to get me the whole cake.

PS will continue tonight, lots of life left;)

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

is Hawaiian tea industry the same as Hawaiian tea factory? i’m guessing its not?


I think it’s the same but maybe name changed a little.


You can get this one of ebay as well.


Yes mrmopar, Dragon Tea House sells it. I found one on Aliexpress,$8 cheaper. Don’t know if I should get fr them or DTH? It’s like sleeping aid. 3 days in a row is not a coinsidence !


Try Berrylleb King Tea on ebay. Highly recommended. Most orders get here in about 10 working days. Good stuff!


Thank you for your advice , mrmopar. I will.


boychik – you must refer to Grandness on Aliexpress at $22.95, right? She is fine as an aliexpress seller and a sale is a sale. The only down side is that it often takes 2-4 days for her to stock the item before she can ship it (the inventory she has an extensive listing but limited capital tied up in inventory). If you can wait a few extra days, it’s worth it. Also, I’ve picked up several Haiwan items from her and they’ve all been authentic as far as I can tell.


Yes, DigniTea. That’s the seller. Sure I can wait, I still have nice chunk left. Thanks for recommending!


I will second Grandness also. Great seller as well.

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