352 Tasting Notes

This tea is amazing.
gongfu
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

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

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

Cwyn

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
352 tasting notes

Gongfu method
4g 100 ml glass teapot 205F
15/30/45/1min
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!

Preparation
4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Stephanie

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

Stephanie

You should come chat with us boychik!

boychik

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

Stephanie

Oh that definitely sounds more important! :)

looseTman

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

boychik

i believe you:) i bought that one too

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Day 2 of my not very successful trying this tea.
Continued gongfu. This is so much better than yesterday.
I lowered temp to 190F.
I recently tried sheng with 212F and loved the results, but not with this tea.
Definitely low temp, short steeps. Like 5/10/15 sec
I got notes of smoky meats and bell peppers. Enjoyed this way.

. I think that parameters on a website to steep for 3 min will scare inexperienced people away. Sorry just my 2 c.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Ahhhh thank you so much for pointing that out! I totally need to change that – it’s the default for new products. Thank you! :D

boychik

Anytime;)

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I promised to lovely TheTeaFairy to try this tea. I got just tiny 5g sample because I had a feeling…
And I was right. This tea is not for me. It’s floral. Like lilacs, lily of valley, gardenia. Leaves are gorgeous. Smells intoxicating floral.

On the bright side I gave it to my dd and she loved it. I saw that happy smile. I asked what is it, she replied oh it’s smells like trees in spring.

It rains for 2 days nonstop and looks like fall :(

People who are into floral oolong would absolutely love this tea.

Ps no almond or any nut flavor detected by me. Maybe this named after almond flowers? Just guessing:)

Gongfu
5g 150ml glass teapot 190F
Rinse/5/5/10/15

Preparation
0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Cheri

This sounds like a tea I would love. I like DD’s description.

TheTeaFairy

Awww…lovely dd :-)
Thanks for reviewing it…we did get pretty much the same then, except I did get the nuttiness of it in the early steeps. Glad you ordered only 5g, good call!

boychik

I think it would be great grandpa style with low temp

boychik

Phoenix Dancong I associate with florals. I think I tried something once long time ago. Cannot recall the company. As much as I love 25g samples there is nothing wrong with this tea. Just not for me. (. If every tea would be my cup, omg, no place to live)

mj

boychik, exactly! “No place to live” haha

TheTeaFairy

I do love florals a lot, but I usually get a lot more roasted notes in Dancong than this one provided.

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This LS is magical. It’s not harsh charcoal ashtray flavor. The smoke is subtle to compliment the chocolate notes. But it’s there. I would compare it to a chile spice dark chocolate which brings chocolate to a new level.

Half way I added tiny bit of maple syrup. OMG. Maple syrup is meant for smoky teas( thanks Terri and Sil)
But… But maple syrup masked that slight minty flavor which was surprising too.

I did resteep@5min. It was very very good. This time I didn’t add anything except I had small piece of cheddar on a side.

Very enjoyable experience. So happy I picked this tea on recent 50% sale.

Western 3G 8 oz 205F
3min/ 5min

Preparation
3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
boychik

When I get home I want to try side by side with Joseph Wesley’s

DigniTea

I picked up this one in the recent sale. Looking forward to trying it.

boychik

I hope you’ll like it as much as I do ;)

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Nice shou. Clear burgundy soup, clean sweet taste. Some coffee notes. I wonder if it will be good as breakfast tea. Long lingering sweet and sour taste. Maybe like citrus. Smells like when you soak dried fruits with boil water.
Gongfu
6g 100ml 212F
rinse/ pause/15/15/20/30/45secs etc
The more I drink it, the more i appreciated quality of this tea.

Flavors: Citrus, Coffee, Dried Fruit, Earth

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

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mj sent me a surprise sample of this tea. She is awesome.
Sample is super generous .

I decided to do gongfu. It works all the time.
But today i wasn’t lucky
4g 100ml 205F
rinse/5/5/5/10sec, its hay, mellow, some sweet paprika. some bitterness, nothing major. no sweetness (hui gan) . bummer

i thought that maybe i should try WP parameters
1tbsp 8oz 190F 3min ( i did rinse it, i always do)
Nope. Very bitter for my taste.

Came back to my gaiwan. read some previous notes. TTF made it with low temp like 175F and short steeps. Tried that and i think its my favorite parameters. as it cools completely i notice some slight sweetness.

Thank you so much, mj. you gave me big sample to play.

mj

You’re welcome! I had to put some tea in there, right? It felt wrong not to! It looked like you like sheng and this was my only sheng, so I was happy to share :)

Sarsonator

Oh super!!! I am really wanting to try this one!

Blodeuyn

Now I am curious! I’ve got this one on the way.

mj

Sarsonator, I’d be happy to send you some :)

Sarsonator

Thanks so much, mj! I just arranged a trade with ost for some Arbor Mist LOL

boychik

You are so sweet mj!

TheTeaFairy

Yes, I have noticed that some are getting astringency. I really don’t get any out of this one. I even drank it laoshan style yesterday and it was as smooth as silk. I hope your next time will be better, thanks to lovely mj’s giant sample, you get to experiment :-)

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
352 tasting notes

This sample i got from ifjuly loong time ago.

Today I decided to run side by side with Golden Monkey Paw by California Tea House
http://steepster.com/teas/california-tea-house/3166-golden-monkey-paw

H&S version is heartier, maltier and earthier. its very rich cup but today I think it was too rich for me. And earth flavor distracted me for some reason. some peppery notes emerged as it cooled at the end of the sip.

i resteeped both teas at@5min. Meh. Didnt care for either. Kinda flat and boring.

Im glad i finally tasted both, long overdue.
Thank you ifjuly for the awesome samples you sent me. Still havent finished your endless box ;-)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
JC

Nice! I love side by side tastings. I often discover things I didn’t notice before in separate tastings.

boychik

while i did lame comparison i realized that i dont care for GM at all. Now i need to find a home for Teavivre’s GM (not that anything wrong with it;)))

TheTeaFairy

Very nice!

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This sample i got from ifjuly loong time ago. I dunno why i didnt try it.

Today I decided to run side by side with Golden Monkey by H&S

This tea is lovely. Sweet, flavorful and simply nice. Rich with sweet potatoes and malt but not heavy.
H&S version is heartier, maltier and earthier. its very rich cup but today I think it was too rich for me. And earth flavor distracted me for some reason. some peppery notes emerged as it cooled at the end of the sip.
i resteeped both teas at@5min. Meh. Didnt care for either. Kinda flat and boring.

Im glad i finally tasted both, long overdue.
Thank you ifjuly for the awesome samples you sent me. Still havent finished your endless box ;-)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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