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Bought this tea from Dragon Tea House a while ago and am just now getting around to trying it. It is pretty good. There was a fair amount of fermentation flavor in the early steeps. It was what you could describe as thick and creamy too. It was sweet in nature. I was not paying close enough attention to it to say there were chocolate notes but that is possible. It did develop a fruity flavor in later steeps. Unfortunately Dragon Tea House must have sold out of this, it is no longer on their site. In fact I had to take my own picture for the catalog on this one.

I steeped this ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with 8.5g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. If I wanted to continue I’m sure I could have gotten a few more steeps out of the tea.

Flavors: Earth, Fruity, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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72

Thank you Liquid Proust for this sample!

Tasting #1 – Steep Time 2 Minutes
Light in color, a distinct roasted aroma is noticeable right away. Very faint flavors, indistinguishable from aroma.

Tasting #2 – Steep Time 4 Minutes
Darker in colosr, stronger aroma, but nothing new to add. Flavors are more distinct, but still of a roasted quality. Not like the toasted rice in genmaicha.

Tasting #3 – Steep Time 6 Minutes
The flavors have deepends, less roasted and more savory. Very comforting once it has steeped for long enough to experience all the flavors.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Oats, Roasted nuts, Toast, Wheat

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I have determined that the samples I have been drinking the past few days must be from Cameron B. I had only tried one tea from this swap when a kitchen clean up resulted in someone putting these in a container on a shelf over my head, not hard to do since I am five inches shorter than my daughters and 13 inches shorter than my husband. So thank you, Cameron!

Bohea perplexes me. The first one I ever had was smokey and strong, or so I thought at the time. I liked it, though. Then I got one that was so weak I didn’t like it, until I looked up the instructions on the company website and it called for double the amount of leaf. Using those parameters the tea was good.

So I made this in my Kamjove so it would be easy to make adjustments as I saw how this one behaved.

At 5 grams of leaf per 200 milliliters this is about like the Pluff Bohea instructions I have. After two minutes steeping, the liquor is pale for a black tea but typical of a Bohea. The taste is very nice, reminiscent of a rock oolong, with toasty toasty bread flavor, and little to no smoke. It leans toward heavily toasted bread.

With the assistance of Alexa, my trusty Amazon Echo, I am resteeping at the dining table. If you are not familiar with the Echo, get off Steepster right now and just go buy one on Amazon. My husband was ambivalent about my purchase but now he is talking about getting another one for our room. We love her.

Steep two – as good as the first and now the toasted bread flavor lingers and expands with every breath. It definitely reminds me of some of the Rock oolongs I have tried. Very nice!

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65

Thank you again, Liquid Proust!

I was kinda disappointed with this one. Great mouth feel like a buttery milk or any other mountain oolong I’ve had, but a little bland. All I got was roasted, butter, and salt notes with every steep, with only a little bit of variation. I tried to do it Gongfu, 15 second rinse, then 50 seconds, then nearly two minutes, then three. It might be better western, it might not be. I admit that I’ve gotten pickier with every cup, but I was wanting something more.

Flavors: Butter, Roasted, Salt

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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65

Nice jasmine tea with sublte taste of jasmine.

Flavors: Jasmine

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86

I got this in the mail yesterday from an Ebay seller and tried it right away on opening. :D It was only around $5 with shipping so I just had to buy it as I was looking for some more Wild Tree teas. I was hoping it would be a lot like Teavivre’s Nonpareil Yunnan Dian Hong Ancient Wild Tree and it is slightly, but the Teavivre has a little bit of extra specialness that I love – maybe that tangy quality which is why I was looking for a Wild Tree tea in the first place. At least this tea is something that I can really enjoy and I’m not disappointed in it. The leaves are large and dusty black resulting in a light brew. The taste has that flavor that I’ve only found in Fujian teas, though it is tough to describe (like a volcanic/charcoal flavor). Otherwise, it’s like burnt sugar or caramel with tobacco and a little of that tangy flavor I’m looking for. On first taking a sip, it has a tanginess and tobacco but then like a wave on the sea shore, an incredible sweetness washes in. Very unique!
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // 10 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep

ETA: Today I tried the Teavivre Ancient Wild Tree steeped the same way and it is actually a LOT different. The Teavivre is much more like plums. So both teas are delicious but very different.

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85

This tea brews up darker than any other white tea I’ve had. It is good. While it may be partially because I added sugar, this tea has a honey sweetness to it and sweet notes of what I would call nectarines. This tea is better than expected. Can’t say whether I will feel an effect from the GABA, none so far but I’m not finished drinking.

Brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 185 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Honey

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Tealizzy

Do you ever Gongfu your GABA teas? That’s when I feel the effect. Totally felt it after three steepings on the Mandala black one.

AllanK

This morning I brewed this western style and usually I have my GABA teas in a hurry before work so I have no time to gongfu them. I have thought that perhaps I would feel more effect if I gongfu it.

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80

It should be noted that I didn’t gongfu this, just brewed it western style before work. It is a fairly tasty puerh with very little fermentation flavor, although it has some. It has a nice sweetness to it. I’m not really picking up on the complex notes this morning although it also has some. I have no way to know that this is actually from the 1990s as claimed by Dragon Tea House. My assumption is it’s more recent. I can’t even be sure it’s royal grade. It’s not bad tea and it wasn’t expensive.

Steeped this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 30 seconds after giving it a 10 second rinse.

Preparation
3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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79

This tea is very malty. There are some subdued chocolate notes behind the malt. It’s a little too malty for my tastes. So far no effect from the GABA but I haven’t finished my cup yet.

I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Tried this one yesterday, and didn’t feel up to logging. Tried this one for the first time…I got it because it sounded just different, and maybe like something I’d like. I got it super cheap for one, so figured it wouldn’t hurt. Plus I also thought it might be a bit floral-y. Glad I didn’t waste my money too much…
Never had this kind of oolong before.
But it was super super sweet. Like it tasted like someone dumped a bunch of sugar in it. And like there were orchid hints in the background of the tea…but mostly it just tasted like sugar. It was so so weird. I don’t really know what to make of it, so I’m not gonna rate it…I’m gonna try it one more time before I decide its fate…it came in two bags, and I’ll probbaly put one of the bags up for sale because I don’t think I can deal with that kind of overly sweet tea…But I’m definitely gonna try it again…it is just so different. And I’ve never seen it on any other tea website….I don’t know. It’s just odd to me!

Flavors: Sugar, Sweet

TeaBrat

definitely sounds weird to me!

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Last one from Dexter today, though not the last tea i’ve had. Dry this smelled like absolutely nothing to me. wet, there was a horses sort of smell to me. Initial sips of this one had a strange sour taste to them….then it was more like hay…and then there was a slight bitterness to it. Overall, this was a weird sort of taste. Some echos of honey were in there as well… interesting. thanks again dexter!

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Soo I don’t know exactly what I expected this tea to be…but I had really wanted to try it when i put in my order.
This tea was kinda flowery and grassy-it reminds me more of a green tea rather than an oolong to be honest. It’s definitely not a heavy or overwhelming tea. It’s very very light. And the dry leaf aroma is hardly even there.
Probably one of the lightest oolongs I’ve ever had. Well, least I got to try it. xD
But I won’t drink it again. It’s an interesting tea, but not for me.
Going on the “to sell” list. xD

Flavors: Flowers, Grass

Skysamurai

Do you want to do a swap?

Ost

Normally, I’d probably say yes, but I have a crap load of samples from swaps or just from orders that I’ve been needing to try…sooo I am just gonna sell this one. I’ll sell it cheap though, if you’re that interested in it, well I’ll sell it cheap either way. But it’s 50g minus 1tsp, just opened it today, and put it in a ziplock bag to help keep it fresh since those bags don’t have a seal on them, Skysamurai.

Kirkoneill1988

ill have to try it and be a judge on it too

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83

my notes on this one seem to have poofed, though i know i’ve had it before. long and the short of this is that it’s a really nice tea. It’s not a fruity sort of tea, nor an overly malty one. It sits somewhere in the middle with a roasty, caramel, burnt toast sort of feeling to it. A medium strength in brew…and something i ended up gulping through this morning in an effort to try and wake up! :)

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76

I’ve had this a couple times now, though apparently not written a note about it. I had this yesterday and it was a really plesant cup. Jin Jun Mei’s have typically not been a preferred type for me – they’re often hit or miss, but this one isn’t bad. Middle of the road though, so nothing spectacular. Smooth brew, sort of a slight chocolate note going on…not really malty or anything like that. Better note next time i have it – will write while drinking :)

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I had tried this earlier using my prefered moonlight 80C water temp. It was nice a little sweet, a little hay like, maybe some honey. Of the moonlight cakes I bought, this was my favorite.
conversation was happening today regarding the best way to steep moonlight and OMGsrsly said….. boiling water, flash steeps. Really? OK I never use boiling water and certainly not on a white tea, but I respect her opinion so I tried this tonight using her method. Wow, I was wrong. This method takes this tea to another level. It really brings out the honey notes, there is some subtle fruit notes in the earlier steeps. Later steeps and this is becoming more like a black. The changes in the steeps is more pronounced. I need to revisit some of the other moonlights in my collection.
Tea friends are the best, thank you so much for making me try this. :)

Ubacat

This got me thinking. I remember how much I loved my first moonlight and then some of the others paled in comparison. That’s because I first brewed it with boiling water! Then I was told to use lighter temperatures which I did when trying all the rest.

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Morning brew let down…
This was like an oolong oiled up in a bit of salt and then given to me in a warm cup.

Daylon R Thomas

I got the same reaction. I chose it for this mornings tea, and it was kinda bland. There’s definitely some complexity, but I only got a roasted taste with hints of salt and butter. Nice mouth feel, but not that flavorful.

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