483 Tasting Notes

i got a sample recently and decided to try last night.
This tea is really good. it has no storage smell or taste. at all. just aged ripe shou, extremely clean but i wouldnt say its flat . its rich,creamy, fruity( more like red fruits),some malt and super clean. its a pure pleasure to drink 2002 tea without any mustiness or fermentation flavors. if only Chawang shipping wasnt that tricky.



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

Sounds delish. How many infusions?


I lost count. Had sessions over 2 days. 15? Maybe. I use almost 8g for 100ml and I tend to have very short steeps. So it lasts longer I think


Oh wow. I always worry about the leaves going bad after keeping them out for more than a few hours. In my tea class they said it shouldn’t stay out more than 8 as that was when the bacteria levels spike. But nothing was said about the leaves, just the tea!!


Ok, I do save leaves all the time. Never had any going bad. Now that it’s hot and humid I take it out on a saucer and spread and let it dry. In winter months I was leaving it in Gaiwan or Yixing. My winter temps never higher than 66-68F. I don’t like to put steeped leaves in a fridge. It doesn’t taste good after. I always hit with boil water so no problem.


Yeah I’ve tried the fridge thing too. Awful haha

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I’m more active on IG nowadays. I follow Happy Earth Tea. they have beautiful pictures. Once they mentioned tasting session of Spring 2015 teas in Rochester, NY. I really wanted to try those teas and they offered to send me some samples.

Today i was brave to face First Flush Darjeeling. Ive had some before but it was never a success. FF tend to be more finicky. i wasnt paying attention to temps and time at that time (maybe like 8 yrs ago roughly). so i gave up.

Im so glad that they sent me samples outside of my comfort zone. I used website parameters. instead of 1tbsp i measured 3g. 190F 8oz

The dry leaves have intoxicating aroma of spring wild flowers. they are long greenish grey color.
Once i brew it the aroma of tea was so strong. the tea is refined, delicate, appropriate for afternoon teatime.
it has apricot, nectarine flavor along with raw nuts, slighly citrusy. it does develop slight astringency almost by the end of the cup. not unpleasant but rather welcoming.
This tea is complex and ever changing. it had different notes by the end when i finish it.
It doesnt require anything. no sugar ,no milk. no cheese.
It should be savored on its own.

I did try to resteep @5min. it was decent but not even close to a first cup. Darjeeling teas usually not very good with resteeps and its fine by me. one cup of this tea is enough to think about it.

im so glad i was able to try such an exquisite tea. Thank you Happy Earth Tea for sending it my way




190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

Love the glass cup! I only ever resteeped a darjeeling with any success one time. At a Fairmont hotel. Bagged, oddly!


Drinking mostly Chinese teas that resteep easily i had to test it out. But I’m not disappointed because this tea is too good


That makes sense. I often forget to resteep but then I’m mostly a black tea girl :)


ive actually been enjoying some darjeeling teas lately too. Some are pretty good. i still brew in a gaiwan tho. ha

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drank Yiwu 2013 autumn by pu-erh.sk
483 tasting notes

I received this tea as a free sample with the purchase of teaware. Peter was so generous . he included 4 samples of shou and sheng. Thank you so much !

This tea is beautiful. the chunk consisted of intact leaves. Smelled so good.
it was roughly around 7g.
Went with my 95ml gaiwan. The tea opened up around 5-6 steep. it is smooth, creamy and incredibly clean taste. Some bitterness,not excessive and easily controlled with short steeps. it gave me so much positive energy. I felt relaxed and happy. A little sleepy too. Today is my 3rd day of drinking it. Still strong.

7g 95ml gaiwan 205F rinse/pause/3/5/3/3/5/7/sec etc




205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 95 ML

:) :) :)

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Im so behind with my tasting notes. Rainy day is great to sip some tea.
This tea is part of my sampling set. very generous samples of 50g each.
3g 8oz 200F 3min
this tea is excellent. So sweet and malty and smooth. Practically no astringency, maybe as it cools it becomes noticeable. i find it with all indian/Ceylon teas. You should drink it while its hot. resteep was excellent @ 5min. not short of flavor at all. Sweet and smooth.
Im guessing if i would brew it longer some milk and sugar would be nice. i prefer it without any additions.

Thank you so much Curious Tea for the great opportunity to try your wonderful teas. I love the quality, taste and presentation. Highly recommended.




Flavors: Malt, Smooth, Sweet

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

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drank Tie Guan Yin 1993 by Nannuoshan
483 tasting notes

this tea is a part of the samples for review . thank you so much NanNuoShan tea for the great opportunity to taste such wonderful tea.
i used the whole sample.
6g 100ml porcelain gaiwan 195 F
rinse/pause/10/7/5/5/7/10/15sec etc
I brewed this tea for 2 days,increasing temp to 200F and steeping time. Its very giving.
The roast done beautifully. its not stale, overly charcoal. Just right. Sometimes aged oolong leaves some scratchy aftertaste on my throat. this is not the case.

It is very smooth and fruity. So juicy, peachy, maybe even nectarines and some raw nuts. later steeps reveal some citrus notes.

i was very happy with this tea and would consider ordering it.



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

Gorgeous photos and really lovely sounding tea. :)


Thank you * DeliriumsFrogs* ;-)


This was my favorite sample from Nannuoshan! I am so glad I got more.

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This is a sample , part of generous package sent to me for review.
Non Smoky Lapsang Sauchong.
i used my usual parameters. Entire sample of 6g
6g 100ml porcelain gaiwan 200F
rinse/pause/ 5/3/5/7/10sec etc
This tea is rich and sweet like dark chocolate. No astringency or bitterness. Sweet and smooth and pleasure to drink. Some may add drop or two of maple syrup (I have to always mention Sil and Terri since its not my idea). it rounds up all the flavors.

Thank you so much NanNuoShan tea for your wonderful samples





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

I would love this. Happy that you are enjoying it. :)


i need to try this one… sounds yummy!


Sil, you tried this tea ….


Thank you Dexter. Im having a lot of fun sampling. But then i have to write reviews….


hahahahaha i so didn’t see my tasting note when i went to check lol

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drank Da Hong Pao by Nannuoshan
483 tasting notes

This tea is part of sample package sent to me for review.
i went with entire sample which was about 6g
6g 100ml gaiwan 195F
Rinse/ pause/ 5/5/7/10/15 sec
This tea is medium roast Da Hong Pao.
Its nice ,sweet and not overly roasty .
I would say its very safe for the people interesting in yancha but afraid of roasty or punchy flavors.

Thank you so much NanNuoShan for the opportunity to try your teas




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

Tea looks really good and I like that cup too. :)

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This tea is part of very generous box of samples . Thank you so much for such a great opportunity to sample your great teas.

i went with the entire sample which was about 6g .
95ml gaiwan, 200F rinse/pause/3/5/5/5/7/7/10sec etc

The tea is wonderful. I was cautious not to oversteep it, so my steeps were very short, some even flash.
started mild, then progressed to a nice minty cool and spicy flavor. i cannot say i experienced any harsh bitterness or astringency. It was very pleasant. i really liked that minty cool freshness.
Later steeps lost the mint flavor but again no bitterness ( or maybe im getting used to it so i dont notice haha)

i highly recommend to try this tea. i really enjoyed it.





200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 95 ML
Dr Jim

Good point on over-steeping. I steeped this at my normal rate for pu-erh and decided it was just too harsh to drink now, but potentially a very good tea in 10 years. When I dropped the steep times in half (at the 4th steep) it was once more approachable.


I think I tamed it with short steeps knowing Mahei is brutal ;)

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drank Yunnan Golden Tip by Curious Tea
483 tasting notes

I received a box of two samples of my choice to review.
Let me tell you. i haven’t seen 50g samples. Ever. it was packed nicely.

Today i tried this tea.
my usual parameters 5g 120ml teapot
rinse/ 10/15/20/30 etc
this tea is sweet and so smooth. thankfully not much of sweet potato (im tired of sweet potatoes;)
its more caramely, malty,some floral and honey and spice. long lingering sweet aftertaste. Some slight astringency , not unpleasant but rather welcoming. to make it complex and interesting

Thank you so much Curious Tea for sending me this sample. its sure a winner !





200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML



Sil, it was really tasty. im impressed


I love all the pictures, especially that last shot!

  • DeliriumsFrogs*, thank you dear. You are very generous to me. you always love my pics.

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i learned the bad news today. Steven Smith lost his battle with cancer. I love his teas.

This one is one of my favorite Yunnan Black( Red ) tea.
i brewed it Western today. my usual parameters 3g 8oz 200F for 3min

This tea is wonderful. its smooth and sweet but not overly. Im getting tired of sweet potato notes. thankfully this is not this kind. Some floral and savory. very enjoyable cup.



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

i wish i had 49 in my cupboard still to mourn his passing


i dont have 49 either. i wasnt happy with last year harvest.


that is sad… :(


Cancer is an asshole :(

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I’ve stopped rating teas long time ago. Couldn’t be happier ;D


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