Berylleb King Tea

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Was drinking this earlier today and thought that it was a pretty solid Keemun. A little malty, a little fruity. Didn’t really get any roast or smoke so that worked for me.
Pleasant enough tea – I would drink this again.

Thanks Sil for sharing. :))

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100

Good western. Better Gong Fu.

I really wonder if I could turn some into Earl Grey. The natural fruitiness of the tea might interfere, or it could make a smooth compliment.

Liquid Proust

This is the tea I want to smoke marshmallow into.

Daylon R Thomas

I could totally see that happening :)

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100

Still love this one. Now I sipped down what I could before a potential swap. This really is a favorite.

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100

Personally one of my favorites because of memories. Here’s the old description of it from random steepings: " In terms of taste it is actually closer to a Loashan for me having weird berry notes, some almost like lychee. Definitively sweet in every steep, with more pronounced chocolate in steep 2 at fifty seconds, and caramel in steep four for me. So glad I have a decent amount of this. Got a little buzzed on steep 1." I still get the same experience from it, whether at 15 seconds or 30 progressing Gong Fu at 195 degrees F. Also good western with less leaves.

I’d recommend it as a good tea to try from Berryleb if you are curious about the different dimensions Dian Hong may have, or if you want to try a good black that Berrlyeb offers. It might be less impressive for more experienced drinkers, or it might be what they are looking for if they want both the usual notes of a Dian Hong with some berry notes. A good tea no matter how you rate it.

Flavors: Berries, Caramel, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Lychee, Smooth, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 7 OZ / 207 ML

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From Dexter! Thank you so much. :)

So I’ve done some half-assed semi-gongfu brewing of this tea. A couple steeps were overdone and made my teeth feel weird, but generally I’ve enjoyed it. It’s quite rich, and… raisiny, almost. I would consider getting more, even though jin jun mei isn’t my favourite style of tea, so that says something about this one.

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75

I bought it from berylleb in 8g vacuumed sample pack.
First infusion (45 s):
I would say that this tea is good introduction to oolongs with floral (orchid) note – at the beginning present mostly in smell. This note is really subtle, doesn’t irritate in any way. Taste is only slightly vegetal. After 15 mins when tea cooled down I started to taste floral notes as well. Interesting. Quite good for first steeping.
Second infusion (90s):
Floral smell is at same level as on first infusion.

Final: Considering I’m not fan of teas with floral notes this is quite good tea. It is nice and relaxing so I’d recommend it to anyone who is fond of smell of orchids.

Flavors: Flowers, Orchid, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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I get a mild malt with tanginess from this and a bit of honey. There isn’t anything that makes me say “Ooo, have to have this over similar Yunnan Sourcing teas” though the price is certainly right. It is close to some honey blacks, but the mouth feel afterward is much more drying than those have been for me and not as much honey sensation.

I hope I got this entered correctly and not in duplicate. There are so many names for this company. I searched through all of them I could find and didn’t see this listed.

This is my first tea from Berylleb. And honestly, their name makes me smile every time I see it. I want to pronounce it Bellyreb and that makes me think of a good ol’ boy in overalls with a round pot belly. Not the most PC of associations, I grant you. But the picture of that drinking tea from a China cups tickles me.

I am glad to have tried this. It was a pleasant morning cup. Thanks again, Liquid Proust!

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95

One of the first teas that made me interested in Taiwan Oolongs. Butter smell is in pefect harmony with the whole impression.
Personally I steep it around 7-8 times…basically one teaspoon for whole working day at the office.
As Leon and some other members mentioned, I started with less then one minute for first steep time.
Highly recommend!

Flavors: Butter, Fruity

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 250 OZ / 7393 ML

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90

Wow, I’ve been using too many leaves and wasting my money because of it. Thank heavens I realized how strong this tea was even with 7 leaves alone. I brewed it 30 seconds and it was incredibly almond-like, nutty with a sweet floral honeysuckle background. This tea is not nearly as robust as the Oolong Supreme Dan Cong, but it is very light, subtle, and filled with flavor. I figured out what I wanted from the brew, so my review improves. My rating also improves significantly because the less leaves needed means the more money saved.

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90

The first time was wonderful. It was like drinking orchids with almonds and dried cherries. Of course, the session was Gong Fu with 4 grams in a little less than five ounces. The flavors got sweeter, smokier, nuttier, and better. Other times were disappointing and it tasted like a bland oolong with a little nuttiness, not much else. Sometimes it could be too roasty for longer steepings. That’s why 10-20-30 seconds is better.

Drinking it now in a giant tea ball, it opens more and opens up nicely. I change my mind on this one too much. I either love it or am too bored with it. There’s little in between. I’d recommend it to experienced drinkers for sure, but something too exotic for newbies. It really has to be brewed with precision.

Flavors: Almond, Cherry, Dried Fruit, Flowers, Honeysuckle, Nuts, Orchid, Osmanthus, Roasted

Rasseru

Does it develop nicely western style?

Daylon R Thomas

I could have sworn I replied. It does not hold up as well as the Shui Xian does Western, but even then, the first steep of the Shui Xian is best at a minute Western. This tea, however, is a lot more delicate in terms of notes. It only develops nicely in the few seconds from 10-30, but it should be left at 10, 20, and 30.

Rasseru

Its happened to me a few times when using my phone, posts dont show up.

Maybe im wording wrong, I mean letting the flavour develop in the cup as it cools (after you take out the leaves) – I like the change in some Oolongs, and particularly like them when they hit about 80 or 70 degrees, when sometimes sweetness starts coming through.

I have read somewhere that some Oolongs are best drank when they are this temperature.

Daylon R Thomas

You taste the smoother notes as it cools more like almond, cherry, and the sweetness. And I can totally see why oolongs are better at that temperature.

Rasseru

Sounds like my kind of tea – smoke with almond & cherry coming out over the course of the mug.. And the price is nice as well

Daylon R Thomas

Keep in mind that it is VERY subtle though, so don’t expect them to be obvious unless that is exactly what you are looking for.

Rasseru

i’ll have to try some of berylleb’s tea, I can see you are really on the fence with this one!

Daylon R Thomas

Now, I definitely recommend it. I got bigger leaves in the last cup and the yummy flavors in full.

Rasseru

haha, what weight & temps did you use, do you remember?

Daylon R Thomas

185 degrees Fahrenheit or 85 C at first, then I let it cool down a little bit as it steeps. I’m bad about measuring weight. I usually eyeball it by getting two to three generous hand pinches into a six and half ounces vessel, picking larger leaves if I can. I do know at least that it does not exceed 5 grams. 3-4 g is the best estimate especially Gong Fu. I prefer closer to 3 grams Western. Again, for me, it depends on the leaf sizes. I use less if I have bigger leaves, more if I have smaller leaves. Hopefully, this word soup helps.

Rasseru

yes, understood, im more or less exactly the same, 3g western and more gongfu, and temps around 90c

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75

need to get a few sipdowns in since tea friends exploded my tea quantities heh. Last of this today was another decent enough cup, though noting spectacularly WOW. :)

OMGsrsly

Teasplosion! :D

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75

drink, drink, drink. so many tea, so little time. a decent cup for this morning, but nothing exciting to say about it. :)

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75

bumping the rating up on this one – not sure if it’s just a time factor, in that when i first started drinking it, it was too fresh but this seems to have mellowed out and is tastier than when i first started drinking it. there’s much more flavour happening here which makes me a happier camper.

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75

my taste buds might be having a weird day today. This tea, which has been average at best, is rather tasty today, while my tiger assam is not quite right. on the upside, if my taste buds have changed, this is a nice cup of tea now lol

Lindsay

haha, “note to self: good tea for when taste buds are being weird”. good to know. :)

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75

PUlled this one out again. it’s still a sort of average tea, though i am getting a few malt notes today as it cools. Not a bad tea, but pretty average.

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75

Still not sure where i sit with this tea. I don’t dislike it, but i don’t love it. Maybe i need to try brewing it gonfu or something. There’s a sweetness to this that i don’t typically associate with my favourite keemuns, which is maybe why this is throwing me off. I’ll also have to share this one with a few folks and see what they think. :)

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75

this was a new tea that i tried yesterday. i need to try it again in a normal mug instead of the travel mug but this one wasn’t half bad. decent malty sort of medium tea.

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85

Way better in less time. 5-6 ounces of water with a smaller portion of leaves. I eyeballed the leaves and there were eleven balls at most, maybe less at eight. The ten second rinse was really sweet: it had the cream brulee note that a lot of ginseng oolongs are described to have. I got it again in the first steep at about 15 seconds. I steeped it again for near 20, then 30, then 45, 1 minute, two minutes. Midway, I get some herbs and woodsiness, and later I’m getting more of a peach note typical of a greener oolong. I enjoy this one more now despite my rating being but one point higher than the previous note. I will drink this one more often then before, but I think it’s more of an afternoon or morning tea. Still a great pre-workout.

Flavors: Cream, Herbs, Nuts, Pastries, Peach, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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85

Boy, the ginseng is stimulating. It also cleared up my sinuses somehow. Definitely an effective pre-workout and cold fighter.

Now, it tasted like a dark roasted Tie Guan Yin-very herbal, mildy woodsy, earthy, with a sweet after taste after a rinse and 30 seconds. It was kinda week Gong Fu, so switched to Western at 50 sec, 2 min, 2 min and 30 seconds, and 3 min and 45 sec. Only then did I get a weird, sweet stone fruit and peachy after taste. I enjoyed this tea, but I wasn’t thrilled. I can say that I tried a thing on my tea hit list, and now I possess an effective medicinal tea.
Worth a try for newbies, but might go better with sugar or honey.

Flavors: Dark Wood, Earth, Grass, Herbs, Peach, Stonefruits, Sweet

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

an amazing tea!

when i smell the leaves dry, i smell a tad bit of mustyness.

when i smell the leaves wet, i smell honey, spices and smokeyness.

when i smell the brewed tea, again i smell honey, spices and smokeyness.

when i taste the brewed tea i taste strong honey, mild spices and slight smokeyness.

the color of the brewed tea is dark orange/light amber.

i rate this tea a 100 because of all the nice smells and flavors.

many thanks to liquidproust for sharing this tea with me :D

Flavors: Honey, Musty, Smoke, Spices

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 10 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Drinking the last of this at work today. Way more smokey than I would have thought, not at all what I was expecting. This is a strange China black. It’s harsher than I’m used to, non of the usual notes. Tea and smoke that’s what I’m getting. Weird.
The Jin Jun Mei (Golden Eyebrow) that I got at the same time as this is right up there with my favorite Jun Jun Mei – if I were to order more from them, I would get that rather than this. I’m not saying this is bad, it’s just not for me.

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90

Thanks to Dex and Sil for sharing some of this with me. I’d tried a few yunnan teas lately and they blurred together, but for whatever reason, this one stood out. It’s sweet and malty and just a little bit chocolately. It’s quite nice, even after my 3rd steep!

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Backlogging on this a bit.
This one jumped out at me and said open me up.
I got the usual 10 grams out and decided to put this one in the Yixing.
I gave a quick rinse and actually this one sat a few hours till I got to it.
I did 3 quick steeps to fill up my big old mug. The aroma of the steeped leaf was a bit floral. The brew is still a light gold as I haven’t stored this one as long. The taste was pretty nice. A little bitter some light peach notes and a pretty quick to give the sweetness up. Not too bold or strong but one that should age into a good drinker in time. It does have some pretty nice leaf in there and isn’t a rock hard compressed bing.

Flavors: Bitter, Peach, Sweet

Preparation
10 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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