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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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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
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! :)
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 :)
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. :)