Berylleb King Tea(ebay)

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87

This cute little pu square was sent to me by Sarsonator, thank you sweetie.

Quick rinse and first steep is like a pale version of what it should be…i didn’t let it steep long enough, its super compact.

Second steep and…whoa! This doesn’t taste like shou…it tastes like roasted coffee beans!

Very dark and rich, slightly bitter just like a strong black coffee.

Now, I don’t drink a lot of coffee but I enjoy a cup once in a while. And I drink mine black, so this is very reminiscent.

I would say it resemble Special Dark a tad. Certainly as rich and full bodied.

Third steep and it’s still not completely loose, this will render many steeps.

And it provides a pretty intense qi, made my heart beat a little faster and gave me tons of good energy. Really, i see this as a potential regular morning cuppa. I think it would do as good brewed western style cause it doesn’t have a very complex flavor profile. The steeps tasted almost all the same.

I agree with Sarsonator’, a must try to all the coffee lovers out there!

Here’s a look:

http://instagram.com/p/yP_u8SQhzr/

http://instagram.com/p/yQBOn1wh2q/

mrmopar

I always let these mini’s sit for about 30 minutes after the first rinse. This lets them slowly open up for good brewing.

TheTeaFairy

That’s such a good idea, will sure keep that in mind :-)

mrmopar

Yeah those little ones are so tightly compressed it is hard to get them to open any other way.

ashmanra

Great idea, mrmopar! Dope slapping myself for not thinking of it.

mrmopar

Ashmanra big hands little tuos and small tea picks don’t mix.

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89

I was going to make the 2008 Song of Chi Tse, but my Golden Shousy teapot isn’t done seasoning yet, so I thought I’d give one of these a try. They were given as a little tea gift from Berylleb.

This is a really interesting tea. I did two rinses, not because of flavor, but because it was hard to get the leaves to open. The wet leaves smell exactly like COFFEE.

It’s pretty amazing. I wasn’t expecting THAT! There are certainly other flavors here, but I can’t get past the coffee. It’s not just the scent. This tea tastes like coffee.

I know we are all tea lovers around here, but if you also dig coffee, then this is definitely for you!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
AllanK

Isn’t it great that Berylleb adds free samples to everything!

Sarsonator

Yeah, and the samples are really good!!!!

mrmopar

Told you guys, they are the best seller on Ebay.

Sarsonator

Totes! I am very happy with my order. :)

mrmopar

I have 2 packages enroute from them now. Did you use the link for them?

Sarsonator

I ordered before you told me about your connection. Is that what you mean? I will go the other route next time. :)

mrmopar

Yeah that is an Email for “direct connection” for them.

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93

Brewed this one western style this morning. Some puerh teas don’t take western brewing well, either they are too earthy or too bitter. This one is good from the first steep although it is certainly good gongfu style as well. I’m not getting as strong notes of chocolate this time, ah well but its sweet and tasty.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 6.1g leaf and boiling water for 30 sec.

Flavors: Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 18 OZ / 532 ML

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93

This tea is excellent, almost but not quite stellar. It has very little fermentation flavor left, just a touch, barely perceptible. This is on par with a good quality puerh cake at least, if not the very highest quality. It is good. I might just put in an order with Berylleb for a half kilogram. I only bought 100g. In the initial steeping I detected notes of cocoa or chocolate. By the fourth steeping these notes had deepened to dark chocolate. There were other sweet notes as well. This is a very relaxing tea.

I brewed this 5 times in a 207ml Taiwan Clay Teapot with 7.6g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, and 30 sec. There were at least five more steeps to this tea but I have had enough caffeine for one night. It got only a little weaker in the fifth infusion. I should have given it one minute instead of 30 seconds. This was a damn good tea.

Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 207 OZ / 6121 ML
Sarsonator

Sounds pretty super, A!

Tealizzy

Mmmm! Sounds awesome!

AllanK

It was good.

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91

This is an excellent oolong that lives up to the phrase “competition grade”. It is slightly sweet and slightly bitter, but it is bitter in a good sort of way. It has some of that characteristic oolong flavor common in Dong Ding oolongs but it is not overwhelming. It might be described as a musty flavor but I don’t know if that is right.There is also a mild honey flavor to this tea. This is is the first time I gave this the full gongfu treatment.

I brewed this four times in an 180ml celadon teapot. I used 190 degree water and 5g of leaf. I brewed it for 15 sec, 15 sec, 25 sec, and 35 sec. This was without a doubt one of the best oolongs I have ever drank.

Flavors: Honey

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 180 OZ / 5323 ML
AllanK

Brewed this in a brand new pot received today.
http://instagram.com/p/sSpCHdTDW2/?modal=true

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