435 Tasting Notes

i know i reviewed this tea before. Steepster eats older notes… Sigh…
This time i’m tasting a new version. I liked the older one but this just blew my mind. It is liquid chocolate people. Without any sugar or maple syrup. You dont have to guess the flavors. Bold yummy chocolate, maybe some malt, but not much.
i still have an older one, and was hesitating if i should get another once. Im so happy cause this one is so much better and richer (not that anything wrong w/older one ;)



205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

Brings up web page to place order…….


yeah i really liked the old version…new one came out after i ordered..


I’ve been trying not to order more tea, but this one keeps popping up. I may have to order.


Me too, Cheri! Must resist!!!

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I just cant start my day without this tea. its awesome with eggs and cheese. i just cant think of other tea that would go so great with the breakfast. 205F @4min
yea, my taste buds changed a lot for the past year


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

Eggs and cheese my fave :)


I love drinking that perfect black tea with eggs and toast in the morning. :)

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drank Qi Lan by Joseph Wesley Black Tea
435 tasting notes

The story how i got the sample of this tea you can read in my previous note:


Qi Lan (奇兰, English: “rare orchid”)
i didnt know what to expect since its my first Qi Lan. i was sceptical and pretty sure i wouldnt like it as much as DHP. I was wrong.
Leaves are gorgeous, long and twisty. very complex, juicy,sweet and roasted. i’d say its medium roast, doesnt overpower other notes, complements nicely. it is so aromatic.
Around 2-3 steep cannabis arrives. I’d say that hui gan is much stronger than in DHP. Sweet and minty, long lingering aftertaste, long after i stop my session. i had 6 strong steeps, but still keep the leaves. few steeps here and there yesterday and before yesterday. i suggest not to oversteep, it gets bitter easily. even when its bitter the aroma and sweetness is incredible.

my parameters:
6g 100ml gaiwan 195F
3sec rinse/pause/10/7/5/5/7/7/10sec etc

Thank you Joseph Wesley for the opportunity to try these incredible teas. im looking forward to when you decide to put them for sale!




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

Oooh I love that teaware


Thank you Lee. I got it fr Verdant last year. I don’t use it much, afraid to break it.


I’ve had the reserve Qilan from Verdant, and a different one brewed for me at a tea club meeting. IT does bitter very easily, but so amazing if I can avoid it! Like peaches made of marble.


You know what, I even drank the bitter one. didnt want to waste any drop ;)

Doug F

The photos are an extra treat! Thanks.

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

;) – thanks boychik!


@ Doug F, thank you. its so addictive. like tea.

@ Joseph Wesley, it was a special treat ;-)


Such pretty tea and teaware.


Thanks Fjellrev, the tea is awesome.

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let me start this note by saying how happy i am being on Steepster. If i wouldnt be on Steepster, i wouldn’t discover so many facinating teas. I wouldnt come to NYC Coffee and tea festival. i wouldnt get bunch of teas including Joseph Wesley teas. And i can go on and on.
A few day ago i got 2 teas from Joseph Wesley to sample. These teas are not on website. I will include some Joe’s quotes.
“They were sourced for the restaurant is going to be a pretty special place. It’s actually been listed on numerous “most anticipated” restaurants in the US lists. When Michael Symon opened his first restaurant in Detroit his executive chef was the guy opening this new restaurant. Fortunately, the guy in charge of the front of the “house” is interested in tea and has very similar philosophy to tea as I do. Not only are they going to be serving a nice Da Hong Pao and my Dian Hong Congfu when they open, they are committed to serving seasonal teas, meaning they are only going to offer green and white teas within 4-5 months of harvest and will switch back to Oolong, black and dark tea in the fall and winter. We’re training the servers so that they can can properly prepare the tea table side. It should be interesting. Needless to say, I’m excited to see how it works. You can follow along here: http://www.seldenstandard.com/ Hopefully they open soon! I threw in a sample of another Wu Yi Oolong Selden Standard will be serving – Qi Lan Oolong. The chef, who is not familiar with teas, particularly liked this tea because of its aromatics. "

ok, this tea received my usual treatment for Wuyi Oolong
6g 100ml glass gongfu teapot 200F
3sec Rinse /pause/ 15/10/7/7/10/10/15 sec etc
its really hard to explain all the aroma. my vocabulary is limited.
Explosion of juicy stone fruits, raw nuts. it is not highly roasted , just right. so no ashy aftertaste. The tea is very smooth and surprising. each steep is unique. from 2-3 steep cannabis emerged. long lasting sweetness long after i stop drinking.
After that session i kept the leaves, just because . i did few steeps yesterday, before yesterday. I just hate to let them go.

Thank you Joseph Wesley for the opportunity to taste such wonderful complex tea. im not an expert, just tried few DHP, but as of this week it is #1 from what i tried.



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



I love Michael Symon’s ROAST in Detroit. I didn’t know they have tea, too. I may have to ask next time we’re there.


Cheri, it will be in Selden Standard. they didnt open yet. oh, you are so lucky if you can go there. they will have many other teas ;)

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

Cheri, boychik is correct. Roast does not have our teas currently. I was in discussion with them six months ago but the beverage guy I was talking with is no longer there. These teas will be at Selden Standard. Spread the word! As always, thank you for the nice words Boychik.


it was a great experience. thank you for sharing with me.


Joesph Wesley, that’s too bad. But I still love the restaurant. Maybe the new beverage guy would be willing to work with you. More restaurants need good tea.


And ooh! I hadn’t heard about Selden Standard, but now I will definitely try them when they open.

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

Cheri, if you’re in the Detroit area come downtown next Thursday and Friday (Oct. 30 and 31) from 2:00-6:00 to Salt and Cedar on Riopelle Street in Eastern Market and join us for some tea at The Joseph Wesley Tea Den at Salt & Cedar. Lost in boychik’s story is the fact that I had posted the menu for the tea den on Instagram and she reached out to see if I would have available the da hong pao I am serving. I said that I could not, but that I could forward some teas I was using with Selden Standard. The teas for the tea den are of a quality that you’re just not going to find outside of China and, for all practical purposes, would be hard pressed to find within China. It should be fun and it would be nice to meet you! http://saltandcedar.com/


I may just have to skip out of work to try that. :) Does one have to be there the whole time, or is it a drop in whenever kind of thing?

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

you do not have to be at the event the whole time. It’s very informal and casual. Come, drink tea. If you like the tea, drink more tea. If you don’t like the tea, well, you can always walk down the street to the Detroit City Distillery and have a cocktail!


jelly ;)


I can do both – have tea and then have cocktails. I’m an equal opportunity imbiber.

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6g 100ml glass gongfu pot 212F
Rinse/pause/5/7/5/5/7/10 sec etc
Wonderful thick luscious shou. Rich with dried fruits, leather, some wood . Also detected some milk chocolate notes. So smooth and clean. Delightful. Really enjoyed after endless sheng sessions.
Many thanks to my generous tea friend. Your samples are always great.



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

Beautiful pot!


awesome! so are the pics! :D


Thank you Fjellrev and Kirkoneill1988.


i hope to buy a gongfu set soon

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Fantastic tea. Deep red color, clear, thick. Smells boozy, dried fruit and wood aroma. For some reason reminded me Port wine
The price is great: $12 for 357g is excellent every day choice. As I’m drinking it has some drying qualities but nothing major.
6 g 100 ml gaiwan 212F
Rinse/pause/5/5/7/10/15sec etc

Thank you tea friend for helping me discover amazing and affordable teas.

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

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Sample from a very generous Steepster friend – thank you so much.
5g 100ml gaiwan 200F
rinse/pause/flush steeps
This tea is such bright yellow-orange color. Tobacco notes, slightly floral. its quite bitter but then some sweetness comes out later. i was surprised that this bitterness didnt bother me at all. Couple months ago i would just spit it out;)
I did like it and i plan to continue tomorrow. Thank you for the new experience, my tea friend. I’m learning everyday


200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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