483 Tasting Notes

i got this sample along with other tea i “won” on IG. I didnt answer the question 100% right but the winner was so generous and passed it on me. Tea people are awesomely generous!

Im a big fan of Yancha. i always eager to try since its so different and so delicious.
When i opened the pocket i was smelling it at least for 15 min. Crazy right? like i have nothing to do! but the aroma is incredible. roasted nuts and cannabis!
I had to look thru my window in a case someone was smoking a pot right outside. no, the street was empty, haha

my usual Yancha parameters
6g 100ml gaiwan, 195F rinse/ short steeps 3/5/7/10/15 etc

it is sweet, roasty nuts, some earthiness and mineral notes in later steeps.
i enjoyed it a lot.

Thank you Great Horse Tea for sharing this sample with me. Goes on my wishlist!

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

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This is a free sample from my recent order.

I’m not a huge fan of Dancong. its tricky to brew even though im super careful. In addition, I do not like florals in my tea. it must be heat or something but i woke up after late late nap with cravings for Dancong.

This tea is incredible. Fresh, green and not floral. The smell is intoxicating of freshness and nuttiness.
First steeps remind me green beens and young potatoes. savory delicious.
Later on it picked some spice and floral notes, but florals werent strong which is YAY in my case.

The tea was very refreshing, deliciously sweet. Thank you so much Scott for sending this sample my way. i would never pick it on my own.

To conclude, we should not drink only “comfortable teas”. we should try new ones, train our buds and perhaps discover new favorite.

Steeping parameters
5g 100ml porcelain gaiwan 195F
rinse/flash steeps/3/5/7sec

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Doug F

I like your conclusion. I almost never drink Oolongs, but maybe this tea will get me out of my comfort zone.

boychik

Doug F, that was my case. i drink pu, yancha and hongcha. but i think its like learning curve. we cannot get stuck in the same teas. it helps appreciate and pick up notes in sheng. this oolong is so weather appropriate. its more complex than green tea and it didnt get bitter. also i really like Taiwanese oolongs i picked from their new site Taiwan Sourcing. of course i only picked dark roasted ones for now ;) Delicious

Doug F

Yes, the new Taiwan site caught my eye. I know Yunnan Sourcing is known for their pu-erhs but I find their blacks and greens to be outstanding.

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This tea is a sample for review. Thank you so much WymmTea!

Im really impressed with presentation. each sample is wrapped with handmade paper with sticker attached .
Upon opening ive noticed very big leaves. Huang Pian are older leaves that rejected because they dont look pretty. taste wise they are sweeter and less astringent than perfect young ones. farmers usually keep them to themselves.
i enjoyed this tea. it is bitter sweet, clean and full of flavor. With longer steeps it develops astringency but i always try to stick to very short steeps especially with young sheng.

6.5g 70ml gaiwan 200F rinse/ short steeps

Thank you so much for the sample Wymmtea. it was a nice experience

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 2 OZ / 70 ML
WYMMTEA|惟餘莽莽

We just had this yesterday too! short steeps always work well for this puerh:)

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i got this sample for review – thank you so much Crimson Lotus tea.

When i opened the pouch it smelled smoky, grassy and sweet.
This tea is delicious. almost no smoke detected in a brew. just faint to make things interesting.
I enjoyed it a lot. many steeps yesterday and i continue today.
7g 80ml gaiwan 200F rinse/short steeps. few secs, i didnt time them.

Guess what ,my son was very curious and asked me if he can try. he had 2 tiny cups and declared it delicious. its easy to drink, no harsh bitterness often associated with young sheng, no astringency ( but again i kept my steeps short). lovely tea overall.

Im so glad i was able to try this tea, thank you so much Crimson Lotus Tea

PS no stomach issues i usually experience with young sheng. yay!!!

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 80 ML
Haveteawilltravel

Thats awesome :)

Crimson Lotus Tea

“Kid Friendly. No Tears Tea” :-D

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Morning session . Trying to sip down my enormous amount of hongcha.
Love this tea.
7g in 150ml pot. I always rinse it.
It was delicious and lasted me all morning into afternoon

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Sample from Happy Earth Tea – thank you so much.

This tea was quite successful. i stopped buying First Flush Darjeeling because they are very temperamental. Too hot, too long and you can ruin it.

I faced the challenge lol
It was easier than i thought.
3g 8oz 190F just few sec under 3min.
I didnt cover the pot either. i was afraid to burn the leaves.

it is highly aromatic, light and brisk. Astringency creeps up as it cools so i recommend to drink it while its hot. it has some resemblance with yunnan greens in floral grass and nuttiness.

overall Im very happy with the session. i should not be afraid of FF.
Thank you so much Happy Earth Tea for the opportunity to try something i wouldnt pick up on my own. It was a great learning experience.

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 45 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

they can be difficult

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Tea of the morning . i had to revisit. also Im trying to sip down enormous amount of red teas i bought last year. So many of different companies. i think it will be easy because they are in 25-50g pouches.
This tea is very nice. leaves are gorgeous. tastewise i’ve had better ones. not that anything wrong with it. its just not complex enough. Kinda the same from steep to steep.

Anyways, i did enjoyed it. Because I love Chinese Red(black) teas

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Sample from Happy Earth Tea – thank you so much.

i tried this tea using my parameters and failed. I used 6g for 100ml and 200F. short steeps didnt help because it became quite strong vegetal and astringent.

i strongly recommend you to use their parameters (unless you are familiar with this tea and know what you are doing)

Next try (thankfully it was a nice sample enough for 2-3 sessions) i did exactly as written on their website for gongfu:
Cover the bottom of your vessel you are using with a single and uniform layer of tea.
Use boiling water.
Steeps: 1 min, 30 secs, 40 secs, 50 secs, 1 min, 1:10 mins

It did work. what a difference, like 2 different teas. it is floral fruity, some nuts. the roasting done really well without unpleasant ashy aftertaste.

its still not tea for me because im not comfortable with strong floral notes. But if you fan of floral oolong i think its really nice quality tea.

Thank you so much Happy Earth Tea for sending me generous samples i probably wouldnt pick on my own. It was a great learning experience.

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Happy Earth Tea were very kind and sent me samples some time ago.
I apologies it took me so long to try and review. they sent me delicate teas i wasnt familiar with. due to my allergies i didnt want to try them.

This oolong is lovely. its sweet smooth and quite complex. it went thru many steeps and i believe i still can resteep it. It has some fruity notes , lychees i believe or maybe grapes. those two are pretty close. some raw nuts.
Overall this tea is very smooth and sweet without any bitterness. not floral (thank you, im not huge on floral teas). Roasting done beautifully without any ashy/bitter undertones.

Thank you so much Happy Earth Tea for sending me this tea. im not sure I would pick it on my own. it was a great experience

Ps i did my own parameters (i forgot they give their parameters on website). i dont know, maybe i had to follow their but in my experience when i use 5-6g of tea i try to give quick steeps for the fear of becoming bitter
5g 110ml gaiwan 195F
rinse/pause/ 5/5/7/7/10sec etc. many many steeps lost count

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Last night session.

I am not a fan of young puerh. its always bitter, astringent, many times smoky. tastes like hay and tobacco. No matter how careful im about temps and steeping time. plus it gives me stomach aches.

This tea is magnificent. it totally changes my view on young sheng. its buttery smooth, clean and sweet. like faint fresh peas and so creamy. at the same time it does tastes like sheng. i had many steeps and saved leaves for tonight.

I do not recommend you to drink it on the go. It should be savored. Each sip.

And i was soo tea drunk. i could barely type on my iphone. Giggling all the time like child. i call this tea Happy Tea. it didnt make me stoned. its not like Naka when i couldnt move. it just made me very happy. All my troubles disappeared.
I need this tea.

Thank you so much Crimson Lotus tea for the sample. This tea goes on my shopping cart.

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

I dont rate teas but on a scale of enjoyment its solid 100

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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Stephanie

:D :D :D That is quite a review!

KiwiDelight

I haven’t been able to become tea drunk in weeks. I’ve been looking forward to trying this more than the shou and I’m a shou person.

boychik

Thank you Stephanie ;)

boychik

I’m a shou person. the more I drink quality sheng the more appreciative I get. There are days when I crave sheng, especially now with hot weather. This was good kind of drunk. Happy drunk ;)

Indigobloom

What is Naka?

boychik

Naka is the region. Sheng fr Naka is very powerful. I get stoned. Not something I’m looking for often

KiwiDelight

Heck lol I just realized I received a different sample. Oh well, my mind does silly things. adds to wishlist

I’m very much on the same boat, except I have to be extra carefully not burning my fingers while handling the gaiwan during spring/summer. The high water temp scares me a little…

boychik

KiwiDelight, teapot to the rescue! While I have several Gaiwans, they are mostly for testing purposes. I do burn my fingers too. I have small sensitive hands.

KiwiDelight

Thanks for the reference – I’m keeping this in kind. How is it?

KiwiDelight

boychick I’m stubborn. I like playing around with pu erh leaf with the gaiwan lid.

looseTman

The Ove Glove definitely prevents burnt fingers. Since the insulated fingers are thick, it may take a little time to get used to.

Indigobloom

AH now I remember! the only one I know of is from Jalam teas
http://www.jalamteas.com/pages/naka-unfermented-puerh

boychik

Indigobloom, the one i tried is from Chawangshop. i was brutally drunk, stoned.
http://www.chawangshop.com/index.php/2007-naka-qiao-mu-bamboo-raw-pu-erh-100g.html
there is one from White2tea but its a lil expensive. i didnt have a chance to try. supposed to be amazing
https://www.white2tea.com/tea-shop/2005-naka/

Indigobloom

wow that is pricey. I’ll buy it off you if you don’t want the rest of yours (unless it was a fun drunk, then you may wanna keep it haha)

boychik

I only have from Chawangshop. Im not brave to spend $32 on 25g. not yet. maybe if i win a lottery lol. for experience getting so drunk that you cant move and have a hangover the next day Chawang did this job well. its around $10 for 100g

Indigobloom

Love it haha. Teas that tend to make others “drunk” just get me happy and zen/alert. But I’ve only ever had it from samples. Seriously something to consider! :P

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