425 Tasting Notes

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I had to review this tea again. Apparently my hubby is trying to fatten me up. I don’t know what’s his actual plan but he started bringing desserts 3 rd day in a row.
Today he went to some Italian bakery and got lobster tails, cannolly, apple strudel and rum soaked ( I don’t even know what the actual name) BOMB.
Omg it’s delicious but too much. I was cutting tiny pieces.
Back to the tea. Since I got 100g( the min in a shop) I have to use it. This tea was perfect with pastries. The citrus in tea really complimented these rich sweet pastries.
Everybody enjoyed it including me. Now back to make sure everybody finished their homework.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nicole

Wow! That all sounds delicious! :)

mrmopar

He got it cause he loves you.

boychik

Nicole, it’s just proved that tea needs second and third chance.

mrmopar, I suspect he is getting sweets because he wants them ;-)

yyz

Well at least he’s bringing them back to share. :-)

boychik

yyz, sure he doesn’t want to gain weight alone, haha. But I forgive him because it was delicious. You know this type of bakery probably like 30-40 yrs in business far from main streets but there is always few people in line. Very reasonable prices.

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Ok i dont want to whine, but seriously. i couldnt not open the tin. Period.
As much as i appreciate tight covers on the tins this is too much. No wonder i havent open it since the end of June. Who has time to struggle in the morning ?!

back to the tea. I really like it. bready, chocolaty, rich, strong ,nice, sweet but not overly. lovely. Made it Western. 3g 8oz 205F 3min. resteep @7min.

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

Maybe time to re-home the tea in an easier container :)

boychik

Steph, you are right as usual. I got plenty of empty tins. But I had to open it at least first time :p

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Its not a first time try. I wonder why i didnt log it. I thought i did.
Anyways, since its not a new tea i made it in my Yixing. i decided to use more than usual because i think my Yixing “steals” some flavors.
its great tasting shou and its really hit the spot.

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Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 4 OZ / 130 ML
Kirkoneill1988

Awesome picture :)

boychik

Thank you Kirkoneill1988

JC

I like this one! The Yixing will steal at first, but eventually should give back (round some rough edges in ‘Bad Boy’ Puerhs) :P

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Today i got my Aliexpress order which i placed on 11/08. super fast. the tea is pretty good. I’m not sure whats the real name of it because it doesnt look like traditional DHP. Leaves are thin, medium long, golden tips. i quiet enjoyed a gongfu session of it this afternoon
6g 100ml gaiwan 195F
rinse/ 3/5/5/7/10/10 sec etc
the dry leaves smell incredibly like dark rye bread. there are some chocolate, rye bread, raw nuts noticed. Slight tobacco and sweet potato shows up in later steeps . this tea and Laoshan Black are seem to be related. i wonder whats the real cultivar name of it.
i purchased it thru this seller
http://www.aliexpress.com/snapshot/6313062997.html
the leaves on a picture are different from the actual one. thats alright, i dont mind, because the tea is delicious

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

Yum, it sounds quite different then the one I have from them. The one I have is quite floral as I remember it.

AllanK

It looks like the price on that is cheap, only $6.78 for 150g. Can’t go wrong with that if it is decent tea.

boychik

Allan it was a sale. It back to $11. I can send you a sample if you want. I got another DHP fr the same seller. It’s ok but not great

AllanK

Looking closer at the website they raised the price but it is still cheap. I may have to buy some.

yyz

Allan if you don’t need it right away. Wish list it, they often have sales, also look for their other promotional offers. They often have further deals combining other items.

Yang-chu

beautiful colour.

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i got just one small mini brick with my recent order. it looks so cute. i had to brew the whole thing around 10g. it was hard to separate and i didnt want to break those gorgeous full long leaves.
To my surprise it wasnt heavy roasted at all. But it was pleasant despite that im not huge fan of floral notes. its very fragrant and sweet, not bitter at all.
I may get more of these. They all vacuum packed and i think it will be nicer with takeouts than green tea. Green tea i find finicky even though i have a variable kettle. they do get bitter no matter how careful I am.
You can steep this brick forever and it doesnt go bitter.

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Doug F

Pressed Oolong. Very cool!

JC

Ha! nice. I bought a Da Hong Pao Heavy Roasted cake and that killed my palate lol, I should have gone with this one.

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This is my 400th note. how ironic
last night i had a session 2007 Naka Qiao Mu Bamboo Raw Chawang Shop
I got it based on Cwyn review. yes, i got stoned. not immediately. after 5 steeps. i was very happy smiling then fell asleep and couldnt get up. I still feel drugged. Flavor wise its very pleasant, bittersweet stonefruits and spice. 6g for 100g gongfu glass teapot

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

Sounds really neat :D

Cwyn

Omg you got the actual wrapper, and it is so cool with the people paintings on it. O.o mine was wrapped in just plain blank paper. Had to chuckle at your write-up here, sooo perfect! :)

boychik

@ Cwyn ok,now you gotta tell me what to drink to get back to normal, haha

Tea Pet

Oo! That one has been on my wishlist for a while!!

DigniTea

It is something special. We are indeed fortunate Cwyn recommended this one for I doubt that I would have purchased it on my own. And I’m delighted you are purchasing from Cha Wang – I’ve ordered many times and I really enjoy the items I’ve picked up there. Try one of their Chawangpu cakes sometime – low price for the quality of the tea leaf used.

Sil

Oh man. I really want to try this one now!

Doug F

That’s how I felt yesterday after the Gao Shan Zhai.

boychik

@ DigniTea, i only got few samples because my main purchase was Yixing. it has a crack and i believe it didnt happen during transit. everything was packed beautifully. Pot was in a very pretty plush padded box. no way it got damaged. now i need to send an email. Sigh…

DigniTea

Sorry, that’s unfortunate luck. Given the distance traveled and the way carriers pack small boxes into crates, bins, etc. You can understand how things crack or break during transit either to him or to you. He’s a good guy to work with so hopefully there will not be a problem. We all take a chance when we order online so the big question is how does the merchant handle the problem. I often take photos including the box/packing to attach to my tea seller’s email when there is a problem. Good luck correcting it.

TeaBrat

@boychik – I am hoping they just send you a new one, it’s not like they could sell the cracked pot to someone else….

Sil

so sorry to see your pot was cracked :( that’s sad… long wait, cracked pots pooooooh!

Kirkoneill1988

did you find any particular stone fruit taste? ie. peach

Cwyn

Aw sorry about the pot. At least a chance of replacement, I broke one during seasoning once, total loss. I do have one Chawangpu Yiwu cake, haven’t tried it yet though…dunno what to take to recover, usually I pass out and stay passed out, haha!

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bought it yesterday by accident. i was with my kids at American Museum of Natural History. We spent the whole day there. on a way to subway station my DD noticed this tiny shop. i wouldnt cause it was dark already. But she was like lets go inside.
The lady (she actually is a owner of these 2 shops) talked me into this tea. And i bought 4 oz without trying. Im ashamed. i dont need any more tea especially flavored one. Sigh….
Im trying it now. 3g 8oz 200F
Not bad, not great. just meh. Bergamot is barely there. Citrus is not strong either. it has some Kusmi similarity. But i prefer Anastasia. its strong and does the job.

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

Shaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame! :P

boychik

Yep, i have an excuse – i was tired, tea free for 8 hrs. at least its not Lipton ;)

Cameron B.

I forgive you. I may swap you for a sample of this sometime, it was one I was curious about from them. :)

boychik

Now Im thinking maybe because its Russian blend. but honestly we didnt drink anything like this in Russia. Mostly Indian and Ceylon.
Oh, sure. 4oz is a lot. i will send it to you;)

mrmopar

DD is that a “designated driver”? That was a great place for the kids to visit though.

boychik

lol, mrmopar, my middle daughter is always DD. even her name starts with D. She is special to me despite being a middle child ;)

Ag

Oh man, I love the AMNH. I could probably spend a week or more there and never get bored (then again, I did anthro/bio in undergrad, haha).

boychik

@ Ag, i really dont know how many times we’ve been there. we buy a membership every year. Every time we go something new discover. this time we explore Human Origins and Cultural Halls. Amazing. i used to be tax accountant btw in my previous life (boring!)

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had this mini tuo couple days ago.
Such a cutie. And delicious too. i think i liked it more than loose form.
Gongfu 100ml glass pot, 212F
2 rinses/5/5/10/10/10/15/15/20sec
its pretty resilient. Color is beautiful. taste sweet and rich, and creamy.
i have to pick more of them.
Thank you Garret for the sample, i enjoyed it a lot, as usual;)

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

Very nice!

awilsondc

I liked the loose better myself, but this is such a young tea. It will be interesting to see how it does with a few years on it.

Cheri

I had this in the mini form first, and I really enjoyed it. I also bought myself a full size cake.

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drank Pu-erh by Harney & Sons
425 tasting notes

Another long forgotten tea. i found it while organizing my teas
Since the time i got it i’ve tasted some pu. so now i can compare.
This tea is not my fav. Gave two rinses (usually one rinse for me)
its earthy, peppery spicy with strong tobacco note. i was craving some sweetness, some stone fruits. nope.
i guess im just got spoiled drinking good sweet rich shou…oh well, cant like them all

Gongfu
7g 100ml 212F
2rinses/pause/5/7/7/10/15sec etc

Edit: l0-15 min after I finished my session I got this strong sweetness . Quite good. I will finish the tin but its not repurchase for me

Flavors: Earth, Pepper, Tobacco

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Sil

yay for tea organising!

boychik

thank you Sil! now its time for sipdows ;)

Kirkoneill1988

was it tea bag? the last tea bag of puehr i tried had a shrimpy taste

boychik

Kirkoneill, it is loose puerh, not a bag. its not fishy, just not my taste

mrmopar

Welcome to the “enlightened stage” I hit it also and found how much I have changed.

boychik

@mrmopar, Im so lucky sampling the best puerh! I think it’s good to have something so so once in a while to appreciate more what you have ;)

mrmopar

I agree 100%. Paul at White 2 Tea and Marshaln call it “tuition” tea. I know I have had my share of it.

Kirkoneill1988

even if it was fishy I don’t mind it. but that’s good its loose leaf :) loose leaf has better flavor in my opinion

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