349 Tasting Notes

drank Wuyi by The Tea Merchant
349 tasting notes

Got this on recent 50% off sale. Just the smallest 1.5oz size. Now i wish i got more.
i really enjoyed this Wuyi oolong. The flavors are very pleasant. not bitter, not overly roasty. just right. Sweet, roasty, nutty.
usual gongfu treatment
6g 100ml 195F
rinse/pause/ 10/5/5/10/15sec etc

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Everything I tried from Tao Tea Leaf was a winner( I’m in trouble for liking many teas, no space to store them)
This one is incredible.
Gongfu method
6g 100ml 200F
Rinse/pause/3/3/5/7/10 etc
I lost count of steeps. It’s so flavorful and complex. Fruits, nuts, some roast,cinnamon and cannabis. Very noticeable in first 3-5 steeps.
I need to reorder it because I got only 25g to try.
That was a joint order with Marzipan and other 4 ppl. I hope we will do it later in December( Boxing Day )

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

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Received my Anniversary order today. So happy since we are going to Philly for 5 days. I wouldn’t want to leave my package unattended. Guess what, mail lady left it on a top of the mail box. She didn’t bother to bring it on the deck. Anyone driving by would be able to snatch my box. The saddest part is it probably would be non tea drinker.

Back to the tea. I made it according to Teavivre’s parameters.
175F 3G 8 oz 2 min

The cup is beautiful golden color and very aromatic . It’s chocolaty fruity and very smooth. Perhaps too smooth for me.
i wonder why Teavivre suggests such a low temp.
Last year notes are 195F. Should I increase temp? Anybody tried new harvest and have better parameters? Resteep was not bad but kinda flat.

I think this tea would be perfect for some beginners into loose leaf or someone who is afraid of strong or smoky flavors


The notes on my sample size of this were 194.


That makes me think that maybe you have last year sample. I went on website and it is 175F. Did you like it? It has profile similar to Bailin.


Weird, I’ve only needed to go that low with one of my tippy black teas otherwise it would get this vitamin C tinge to it.


I will try 195F next time. It makes more sense. I’m just wondering if I care for Keemun a all…


“at all”


Loved it. I reviewed it a few days ago.


Perhaps Angel could give us an update on brewing TeaVivre’s 2014 Keemun teas?


Marzipan, How did you brew your sample?


My package says 176 degrees for 1-2 minutes, and my first cup of this tea turned out good, but I may have had it on a day I microwaved my water at work, so who knows how hot that was! Probably was hotter than 176.


195 for I think 2 mins.

Terri HarpLady

Oops! I always brew it a boiling temp!


Me too Terri


What quantities? tsp. (g) / oz. Thanks


dear all, the Recommend Brewing Guide on our web is the best taste for us. And everyone is different, so the best taste for you is different. You can try different temp./quantities to find a best way for you to brew the tea.
Good luck.

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This tea is amazing.
6g 100ml gaiwan 212F
rinse/5/5/10/10/15sec etc
Its a sample . i have it for some time. But i was stupid enough to try only today. YS sold out those cakes. i can only pick up sample size 25g on US site. thats what i will probably do.
Its very smooth. sweet, bitter(nothing major)
Sweetness is lingering in a mouth for a long time
I enjoyed it a lot

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

Too bad it sold out preventing you from buying a cake. This one is worth owning IMHO.


I have this and paid a lot more for it than what Scott was charging. A tea shop in my state gave me a sample with their store label on the tea. Ordered a cake and was shocked it turned out to be YS label. Told the tea shop it was shady selling, won’t go back there.

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drank Ying De Black Tea by Tao Tea Leaf
349 tasting notes

Gongfu method
4g 100 ml glass teapot 205F
I combined all steeps in one huge mug. Each steep was really good but not much of a change of flavors. Next time I’ll make it western.
This tea is lovely and so comforting. Rich chocolaty malty, some nuts.
I would drink it anytime of the day.
So glad I picked it on 50% sale . It was a join order and Marzipan placed order , packed and sent back to 4 of us. I would do it again in a heartbeat!

4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

Marzipan is awesome. These teas sound nice too! YAY!


You should come chat with us boychik!


Thanks, I might. Hubby comes tonight. We will replace windows tomorrow . I need to make it neat somehow;)


Oh that definitely sounds more important! :)


I thoroughly enjoyed this tea. Believe it or not, Tao Tea Leaf’s Jin Ping Gong Fu Black Tea was even better!!


i believe you:) i bought that one too

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