362 Tasting Notes

This tea i picked on recent 50% sale. Awesome Marzipan organized our join order and shipped teas to everybody. That’s great idea to have join orders. I wish i got that idea earlier.
Gongfu method
5g 100ml 195F
rinse/ 20/10/10/10 etc
This tea has absolutely amazing smell, after thinking couple minutes i decided it smells like cannabis. i never smoked pot but i know the scent. its unmistakable.
when hot its very roasted, but as soon as it cools its very sweet nutty taste. some tongue tingling. i will report tomorrow if i get high from this tea

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

Waits…

mj

lol also waiting…

apt

it’s the Bei Dou cultivar, one of the cultivars considered to be genuine Da Hong Pao. As for the aroma of Marijuana, it sounds like some dank ass loud shit. You just got yourself some Purple Kush or maybe some Blue Dream or Sour Diesel. 420!

boychik

still awake, not high, haha
Just the aroma is so strong. apt, i had to Google it,haha
I just know the smell because it became pretty common in my neighborhood.

Stephanie

ROFL dank ass

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When Tea Pet mentioned that is the best rice mini tuo I really wanted to try. I already have some Lao Cang and from Puerhshop.com. this one is very rich, clean and more potent. I like it. i had some stomach ache after the BBQ but this tiny tuo did the trick.

Flavors: Rice

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
Stephanie

Mmm, rice touchas are nice :)

Tea Pet

Yayy!!! I’m glad that you like them too!

Kirkoneill1988

i did not know it fights stomach aches :)

boychik

Shou is very good with digestive problems. i like rice tuo for this , rice flavor makes it extra soothing and delicious.

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drank Rou Gui A by jing tea shop
362 tasting notes

Another tea from my recent order Jing Tea Shop. Spring 2012
I like this tea. its not as complex as Mi Lan Dancong. But i shouldn’t even compare them.
It seems like its medium roast. dont think this tea is old. thru reading TeaDB i found it gets better after a year
http://teadb.org/wuyi-oolong-compendium/
Anyway, this tea is yummy. its rich with dried fruits with cinnamon( very nice ,not overwhelming). Gongfu method 6g 100ml gaiwan 200F
Many short steeps of 5/10/15sec.
I cant say its my fav because its the only one i tried. i would like to compare it to other Rou Gui.

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

I think I’ve read that article about 10 times and still need to read it more times, so much info packed in it.

boychik

Agree. The guys are awesome. Looking forward for more episodes and articles from them

apt

some people will recommend waiting up to 3 years before consuming. Essence of Tea says to wait 3yrs. I think 2 is enough.

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Spring 2014
I’m so impressed with this tea. Unfortunately due to my inexperience with Dancong
I probably won’t be able to do the proper review.
I’ll try to do what I can. It’s incredible. It’s like fruit cocktail (. I’m not even able to pinpoint every one). Lychee, mango, pineapple, maybe cherry. Some raw nuts. Around 4th steep some bitterness creeped. But nothing offensive. And loooong sweet aftertaste lingering in my mouth.
Gongfu 6g 100ml 195F
Many 5/10/15 secs
Highly recommended, thanks apt!

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

one of my favorites! glad to hear you liked it

boychik

I think I’m going to order more of it. I just want to finish tasting others

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I was smitten today. This tea is like nothing I tried in my life.
4g 100ml 195F
Rinse/10/15/15/20/30 etc
Leaves are long. Maybe like an inch on average and some longer
Smells intoxicating. I’m very new to this type of tea so it’s hard to describe all the notes. Overall it’s like drinking semi sweet champaign .
So glad I ordered from JTS. Thank you apt for recommending

Preparation
0 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Nicole

Smitten? Oh my.

apt

try it with 6-7g for 100ml, Dancongs are better with a bit more leaf. Glad you liked it, tell me how the AAA compares!

boychik

Will try. Thanks;)

Stephanie

I luuuuuv dancong

mj

I’m happy you found a tea that impressed you so much :)

boychik

I want to try AAA today . I hope I will be able to find the difference.

boychik

Thank you mj, this tea is unique to me

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This sample came to me from caile – thank you so much
The leaves are very thin, slightly curly. i wanted to “pet” them,haha
Western method Teavivre’s parameters
2tsp 8oz 195F 4 min (Teavivre recommends 3-5)
dark, wine notes along with some bread cake, no smoke.
decided to add1tsp of maple syrup to see if it would make it bread cake. and it did. like raisin bread cake. so good. delicious.
Resteep @6min was a little weak. I wouldnt bother. I have enough to try gongfu.
Thank you for sending me sample , i truly enjoyed it. Will pick up on BF sale(OMG i already planning BF sales)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
mrmopar

I just spent my BF money. Guess I will have to sneak the order in.

boychik

If I’m busted than i say its either samples for review from companies, or swaps from tea friends. My hubby cant believe that ppl share tea for free. he thinks I’m crazy. i prefer this way ;)

TheTeaFairy

I love this keemun, one of my favourite,

caile

Yay, I’m glad you enjoyed it!
Hoping for good BF sales too. ;)

Terri HarpLady

One of my fav keemuns too

looseTman

FWIW: Superfine Keemun Mao Feng is a new non-organic TeaVivre Keemun for 2014, not to be confused with the more familiar similar sounding Organic Superfine Keemun Fragrant black tea.

Terri HarpLady

oh…thanks looseTman! I didn’t notice that…so I haven’t tried this one yet!

boychik

i really want to gongfu it, cause resteep was rather meh
Is it normal for Keemun not to have a good resteep? im so spoiled with Yunnan

TheTeaFairy

Lol, +1 terri :-) thanks loosetman, will have to try that…

TheTeaFairy

I don’t resteep keemun…

boychik

the pic on website is not accurate. The brew is brown .

boychik

But Spring Keemun by A&D is very good at resteeps.

looseTman

Many don’t resteep well. However, Premium Keemun Hao Ya will reliably and consistently provide 2 resteeps (3 cups total)Western brewing. These results are based on having enjoyed 1.7 kg to date.

boychik

looseTman, you are Keemun expert, i know;)
i like when tea resteeps well at least once. this s why i probably like gongfu method a lot. some teas are just endless

looseTman

1.7 kg definitely provides familiarity. It’s very hard to beat TeaVivre Keemun.

TheTeaFairy

Nothing beats Gongfu IMHO. But a good mug is something I also need in my tea life :-)

looseTman

Premium Keemun Hao Ya provides 6 Gongfu steeps: 15s,25s,40s,70s,100s,130s – http://www.teavivre.com/keemun-hao-ya/

boychik

i cant say i tried a lot, but now im thinking i really like China Keemun by Nina’s Paris
http://steepster.com/teas/ninas-paris/34952-china-keemun
very rich flavor and I’m not afraid of smoke

boychik

i should try Premium Keemun Hao Ya. i think i ordered a sample

looseTman

I’ll have to try that one.

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drank Dan Cong Red Tea by jing tea shop
362 tasting notes

I got my order today. I was so excited because I got 3 tea packages after “starvation” mode.
This tea. It’s very complex,changing from one steep to another.
Gongfu method
4g 100 ml gaiwan 205F
10/15/20/20/30 etc
The leaves are midnight black, very thin and very long like Daddy long legs. Scale to the rescue.
First steep was pale yellow, longan or grapes, juicy and some raw nuts,maybe cashew?
Second steep was totally different. Smelled like brownie, tasted like brownie with some faint cherry note
Later steeps were more citrusy, like grapefruit, longan came back with more cherry note pronounced. Some steeps were kinda floral in Darjeeling way.
This tea was quite an experience. Rich, multifaceted , satisfying
Thank you apt for suggesting me Jing Tea Shop. I’m very excited to try new teas.

Preparation
0 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
apt

wow! sounds like some of this is being added to my next JTS order.

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I enjoyed this sample for 2 days.
I love it. First of all id like to report that i brew sheng with boiling water. yes. its much better because it doesnt taste like mellow smooth green tea anymore. i dont want mellow green tea, i want something special, some punch. it wasnt bitter either because thats the tea or maybe my taste buds changed. either way im happy sheng drinker.
First several steeps were amazing. what would you say to potato chips flavor but without grease? sweet, slightly bitter, delicious. some slight tobacco. those flavors of chips and tobacco were very interesting and made me hungry. Burger would be the best but i had only chicken in my fridge. anyway its too late for after midnight snack. Time to go to bed before i get some other food cravings.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
MzPriss

I’m so glad you did this note, I was looking at this last night and thinking about it.

Stephanie

Nice to hear other people are creative with their sheng brewing. I’ve never done mine at boiling but I do prefer a longer steep most of the time ;)

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enjoying my night cup of tea
usual gongfu method
leather, cedar, prunes. very rich, dark, calming
So happy I restock this tea on Mandala’s recent legendary sale.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
yyz

Sounds wonderful.

TheTeaFairy

Oh, I just love this one! Very rich and leathery…

Dexter

re the leather word, I went to look at my tasting note for this tea – see what I said about it, and I’ve never written one. I don’t think I’ve had this one? Is that possible? (it’s not in my cupboard, and I’ve never logged it…weird) Really happy that you both love it. :))

boychik

Steepster eats my notes sometimes. but do you actually have it?

TheTeaFairy

That’s what Phatty cake is made of dexter…I’ll put some in your box.

Dexter

I"m actually really confused. I don’t actually have any right now, but I don’t think it’s possible that I’ve never tried this. I went looking for a tasting note and couldn’t find any indication that this has ever been in my cupboard. Weird. Fairy it’s fine, you really don’t have to. I’m just really confused….

boychik

Dexter, i think you should try it. 1 tablespoon won’t ruin your numbers

Dexter

It’s not the 1 tbsp it’s the “I’ll put it in your box” that concerns me. :))

TheTeaFairy

Haha! The box is almost empty, don’t you worry ;-)

Dexter

LOL ok. I have some stuff here for you, but was going to wait and include it with the YS once it gets here. :))

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drank Shiva's Breakfast by Butiki Teas
362 tasting notes

Lovely Stephanie sent me a sample. I tried it 3 ways
First – plain. Robust and smooth, some florals and malt. Perfect breakfast tea , not on empty stomach. Egg and cheese on a crossaint.
Second- with condensed milk. While it was yummy I probably overdid it. Because when it cooled became too sweet for my taste. I’m partial to condensed milk and can eat it right out the can. Gross, right?
Third – splash of milk and maple syrup. Dessert in a cup. Let me just say this tea was gorgeous chocolaty color. Not every tea takes milk well. Sometimes it looks murky and disgusting . Not this tea. Fabuloso with milk. Maple syrup just tiny bit rounded out florals and malt.
To conclude, no additions as a breakfast tea and milk + maple syrup as afternoon
I resteep it @5min. Was very satisfying cup, almost like original

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

No such thing as overdoing it on condensed milk! And I think everyone could eat it out of the can with a spoon, they just don’t admit it. ;)

Sil

mmmm not me! lol

TeaBrat

what a lovely name…

Stephanie

My husband makes a chai mix to add to straight black tea out of sweetened condensed milk. So, you adding it to tea makes perfect sense in my book! Glad you enjoyed :)

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