432 Tasting Notes

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.

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

awesome!

Cheri

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.

boychik

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.

boychik

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

Cheri

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.

Cheri

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/

Cheri

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!

boychik

jelly ;)

Cheri

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.

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

Beautiful pot!

Kirkoneill1988

awesome! so are the pics! :D

boychik

Thank you Fjellrev and Kirkoneill1988.

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.
Gongfu
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.

Preparation
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

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

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I love this tea, tin is gorgeous and a little rubber ducky is cutie.
It is the best of both worlds – Indian and Chinese teas. Bold, malty ,a little spicy, some smoke(pleasant, not harsh, and mostly dry leaves). It’s very balanced and once brewed very easy to drink (for me). Perfect blend.
people who dont really like smoky teas should not be afraid. its not that noticeable while you drink it. And you can always add some little maple syrup to bring it to a different level.
I have in the same family Two Tigers by DevoTea(discontinued). Love them both!

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

Just ordered a tin :)

boychik

i hope you like it.

Sarsonator

Sure sounds good!

Sil

aaaaah terri! so jealous!

Terri HarpLady

I couldn’t resist!

ifjuly

I love the dry leaves aspect too, boychik! Weirdly, I get apples and cinnamon too, but I think that might just be psychological projection, ha.

boychik

Not weird, you are gifted with super buds ifjuly ;). I cannot be precise due to my allergies.

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drank Imperial Breakfast by Verdant Tea
432 tasting notes

This sample came to me from Terri – thank you so much. Turned out i didnt sample everything you sent me.
Made it western, 3g 8oz 205F 3min.
Tea is rich chocolate and bread from Laoshan Black and puerh, has some faint mineral notes of Dao Hong Pao. its balanced tea and i like it a lot.
Thank you Terri.

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

Glad you enjoyed it! I usually give this one a 5 min resteep :)

boychik

will do. i kept the leaves from yesterday.

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i decided to enter this tea under Mandala as well as Yunnan Sourcing since Mandala currently carrying these bricks. They are sold out on US site but fortunately Mandala has them.

I love wild teas of Dehong. i tried Light Roast, regular roast, Feng Qing Ye Sheng Hong Cha Wild Tree Purple Black tea Yunnan Sourcing offerings. i tried 2005 Wild Tree brick of Dehong (wet storage noticed, and i loved it).
This puerh has some notes not found in other sheng. its sweet,nutty, herbal, smooth and delicious. Not bitter. Soup is bright yellow . it was a pleasure to drink for 2 days.

Thank you Garret for having this tea . I have to have it, its a must in my cupboard!

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Thomas Edward(Toad)

I love the Dehong teas at YS, i havent had this one tho, i still needs to try somemore Mandala teas too

boychik

if you love Dehong teas i guarantee you love this one

Terri HarpLady

I also love teas from Dehong

boychik

You introduced me to Dehong teas Terri! so grateful ;)

Terri HarpLady

:) glad to spread the love!

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