450 Tasting Notes

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drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
450 tasting notes

Generous sample came from CharlotteZero – thank you
It is nice cup of tea filled with chocolate notes. Perfect for breakfast. There is some slight sour bread notes I pick up. Like at the end of the sip. I still prefer Teavivre Bailin and Joseph Wesley

Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate

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

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it is truly Spring in a cup. pale green, sweet nutty and so refreshing. like sugar peas
165F 1tsp 8oz could be brewed many times. Steeped only for 1min. As cools doesnt get bitter.
i’m not green tea person but I love it.

Flavors: Nuts, Peas

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
ifjuly

sounds wonderful. i love bi luo chun, and to me it represents warm weather for sure. so many fond memories of drinking it all summer last year, yum.

Stephanie

Yum greeny

DeliriumsFrogs

That sounds soooo good.

SimpliciTEA

This is a good one. I will have to write a review soon. I found the first steep to be very flavorful (180F at ~1 min.) but the 2nd and third to be not so flavorful)

sherapop

I am ordering this on your recommendation! (You were right about Scott. ;-))

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I got it yesterday from YS US site. It took only 4 days. I’m still awaiting my order fr China which I placed a month ago. Sigh
Anyway this tea is awesome. Never thought, just gave it a shot. The brew is deep red. Wet leaves smell of prunes. The brew tastes like prunes and some leather. It’s smooth and creamy. Yum. I think I should get more of it.
2 rinses 5/10/15/30 etc

Flavors: Cream, Leather, Stonefruits

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML
sansnipple

Ha, I got another bag of these this week too (have had them before), love how mellow and smooth they are, with (for me at least) a very relaxing almost narcotic qi.

YS also has a 250g brick made of these same nuggets ( http://www.yunnansourcing.us/store/product.php?id_product=36 ) but the brick’s price has gone way too high. I wonder if their younger cha tou bricks are made from similarly excellent material.

sansnipple

haha, I see you actually got 3 of the same things I did! You’re going to LOVE the Mao Feng!

boychik

sansnipple, i have to admit its not a coincidence. I kinda “borrowed” some ideas of your order. And I’m happy i did. Haha, I hope you don’t mind;)

Doug F

I’ll have to include this with my upcoming YS order of Imperial Mojiang

boychik

You should if you like sweet stone fruit notes. No earthiness . I only recommend to drink it at night. Fell asleep like a baby;)

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This is a sample I got some time ago. Never opened. Jasmine just not my thing. I wanted to try to prove myself I’m wrong. The leaves are gorgeous silvery green long and unruly. Brewed in gaiwan 1 tbsp 180 ml 175F. Maybe 5 sec steeps. It is sweet, jasmine is nice and not overdone. While i appreciate the quality of this tea, it is not for me

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 180 ML
Stephanie

I love a good jasmine! This one is superb :)

boychik

It’s yours then;)

ifjuly

wow, we ARE twins. i feel the same way about jasmine, just not into it, and felt the same about this tea when i tried it last spring—i could see how it was a great tea if you like jasmine, but i just don’t.

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Day2. i love this tea. I realized i mistreated it by overleafing. its very nice strong and smooth. The brew is clear. it is leather and some sweet aftertaste.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
mrmopar

Yum! Got to try mine soon.

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96
drank The Black Lotus by Butiki Teas
450 tasting notes

excellent. just right for drizzly gloomy morning. Resteeps beautifully.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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My recent purchase. I don’t know what to think of this. It has very strong leather flavor. So strong it’s like I made a brew out of new leather boots. It has sweetish aftertaste but very faint. Maybe its supposed to be this way. Wasn’t able to find any review

Flavors: Leather

mrmopar

Yeah a new one I think. I have it but have not tasted it yet.

boychik

I think I overleaf it. I took maybe 1 tsp of wet leaves out of pot. It’s strong clean and nice. Another discovery for me today: I added a tiny splash of milk and 1 tsp of maple syrup. I read that ifjuly made a latte with Mandala’s Special Dark. It turned out delicious . The only thing now I have to get smoked bourbon sugar fr H&S. I gave it to my hubby to try and he happily finished the cup;-)

mrmopar

Yeah I actually bought a small scale to measure the tea. I find it hard to judge weight or i did find it so till I bought the scale. I found the shou weighs more with a lesser amount than sheng seems to.

ifjuly

oh, i’m glad you like milk and sugar sometimes with intensely dark sweet pu erhs too boychik! makes me feel a little less like a heathen, haha.

i love the leather element in some pu erh, so i should check this one out!

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This tea came to me from CharlotteZero – thank you!
Dry it is so beautiful. Pure gold buds. i love gold everything! Haha
Seriously gold not a speck of black or silver,or green. used 2 tbsp for 150ml gaiwan
rinse/15/30/45/1min/3min/5min/10min/ etc. this tea is so giving, i still believe there is something left. i might coldbrew it overnight,just to see what happen after so many steeps. it is honey and malt. pretty thick brew. in some steeps i’ve noticed walnuts.
it is complex tea and its hard for me to pin point all the flavors.
Thank you CharlotteZero for giving me a chance to try it. i enjoyed it a lot.

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 4 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML

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