254 Tasting Notes

drank Qimen by Joseph Wesley Black Tea
254 tasting notes

So fortunate to be able to try this. Leaf is gorgeous. Compared to the #5, I would say this is more delicate/less bold but just as flavourful and delicious. This one seems lighter on the spicy fruitiness but is even sweeter and more floral. The aroma really is incredibly beautiful! Another tea I could easily drink everyday. :)

boychik

i need to pick more before they run out of it ;)

caile

haha! :)
I especially loved the aroma of this one, and I even made it my easy gaiwan – I almost forgot about it but I had bought that same one you have with the goldfish!

looseTman

easy gaiwan – Picture / link?

caile

This is the one I have although it is sold out now in that link. I really like it.
http://m.ebay.com/itm/Goldfish-Hand-Grabbed-Porcelain-Gaiwan-Tea-Cup-Teapot-150ml-5-3oz-/350927580204

boychik

My fav gaiwan. I got others easy ones but still prefer this one. So glad that you came back

looseTman

Thanks for the link! I’m trying to decide betweena a tradional gaiwan & an easy one. Please consider reviewing your gaiwan here:
http://steepster.com/teaware?Gaiwan=on.
- http://steepster.com/teaware?sort=new
- http://steepster.com/teaware/shanghaistory/66892-goldfish-hand-grabbed-porcelain-gaiwan-tea-cup-teapot-150ml
Thanks!!

looseTman

“So glad that you came back”
Did you mean me? (I never left.) If yes, thank you boychik! That’s so very kind of you!! I’ve had a series of challenges and just haven’t felt up to writing reviews. However, I typically visit every morning and read the black & pu-erh reviews as I enjoy my morning tea. I also make sure to keep up with the tea sales.

My lack of a gaiwan that comfortably fits my medium-sized hand has also kept me from reviewing teas that should be brewed gungfu style. Most recently, I’ve been considering traditional & easy gaiwans made by Ru Kiln. Two examples:
http://www.dragonteahouse.biz/moon-white-ru-kiln-celadon-gaiwan-110ml-3-72oz/
http://www.dragonteahouse.biz/ru-kiln-kinking-celeste-celadon-gaiwan-170ml-5-75-fl-oz/
I understand they’re thicker and thus are recommended for brewing higher-temperature teas. I welcome any thoughts or recommendations.

boychik

@looseTman sorry, that reply was for caile. She was absent for some time.
Regarding Gaiwan I do like mine. My hands are small, like 12 yrs old girl and sensitive. I gab no problem with using my Gaiwan. It’s easy, good quality and not expensive. Ru kiln are better for puerh. 130ml is a good size. Not too big not too small. Just right. if you will not find this Gaiwan on rebeccali store send her a message. The lady replies right away. Maybe she will bring it back on site. I bought 3 or 4 times. Always great experience, shipped right away, got within 10 days. Never bought any tea from her so cannot vouch. I generally don’t buy any tea on eBay or Aliexpress.

boychik

Gab = have

boychik

Those ru kiln gaiwans more expensive than on Aliexpress. You don’t need 170ml Gaiwan. I think it’s big especially for sampling. White 2 tea has very attractive ru kiln Gaiwan 95ml for $20. I have it as well. It’s very nice.
Another option is glass gongfu teapots. They are around $12 on eBay. You cannot burn yourself with those ones. I recommend not bigger than 130-150ml. The smaller the better.

caile

Those are good recommendations boychik.
That gaiwan I have measures about 120-130 ml to just below the inner brim but I don’t fill it up that high; usually around half or so.
looseTman, I’m the same as you with not being up to writing reviews lately but still enjoying reading them. And, I do love reading your reviews by the way, as they are perfectly detailed and always interesting. :)

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I haven’t been reviewing much but I was excited to get to try a few of joseph Wesley teas, thanks to a generous tea friend. This was the first I chose, and wow, now I know what I have been missing all this time – this tea is fantastic!
It brewed a rich and fragrant cup that tasted of spiced fruits and caramel with some smokiness and very light floral – so sweet, so tasty! Resteeped for a few cups which were all delicious.
This is a tea I would easily drink everyday!

SimplyJenW

I love this one, too! I had this today!

caile

yay! I was wanting to try this for quite awhile so was very happy – it was really good!

boychik

Yay! i love this tea too :)

caile

:)) It was such a delicious treat!

sren

Sounds amazing… Hello, wishlist!

caile

:) This is one I’m keeping on my wishlist!

looseTman

YUM! How does Keemun Congfu compare to TeaVivre’s Keemuns, especially their Premium Keemun Hao Ya? Thanks!

caile

It has been awhile since I have had Teavivre’s so I can’t really compare. I have the premium keemun hao ya on order from their recent sale though. :)

looseTman

Excellent! I look forward to reading your comparison!

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drank Early Bird by Tippy's Tea
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Upon opening the bag, the dry leaf has a distinctive lapsang smoke smell, which is quite nice and different from my other usual teas.
Brewed taste is delicious and full-bodied with malt, smoke and an almost salty note. This makes a perfect pot in the morning and I really like it a lot!

boychik

I sent you PM ;)

caile

Got it – thanks! :)

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Somewhat earthy with smoke and a bit of mineral. There are also red wine and hints of very dark chocolate notes that linger. Needs ample leaf which makes a tasty, enjoyable cup. Re-steeps weak.

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drank Serenity Now by DAVIDsTEA
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Brewed hot then chilled.
This turned out to be a lovely blend. For me, it is different from other similar fruity infusions due to the addition of lavender, which I have not had in tea before that I can recall.
Tastes somewhat typically fruity and tart from the hibiscus but not overly so. But most interesting is the spearmint and lavender which add a lot of interest both in aroma and flavor. A bit of rosy floral as well.
I enjoyed the small amount I picked up to try and will likely get a bit more to have over the summer. I also want to try a cup hot which is something I do not usually do with fruity tisanes but hoping this will be a nice evening drink once in awhile.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Not So Vanilla by Tippy's Tea
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This turned out to be quite a lovely vanilla tea.
There is a smokiness to the golden monkey base in this which is especially noticeable when the cup is hot, and I initially thought this had keemun in it. As the cup cools, the vanilla becomes more prominent and is smooth, sweet and fragrant. A hint of tanginess remains throughout but is quite delicious and dessert-like. Vanilla still noticeable in the resteep but the tea is weaker.
A nice afternoon or evening treat.

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Love of tea.
My favorite right now is black.

I also enjoy Chinese green teas once in awhile, am exploring pu-erh, and rediscovering oolong.

I enjoy finding favorites and what I like to keep in my cupboard.

Likes: cacao/chocolate, coconut, caramel, bitter
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