Eco-Cha Artisan Teas

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I think I got this one from a reddit swap or sale. I used 5g in a 100mL gaiwan with 200F water. The dry leaf, which was comprised of larger than average little nuggets, had a nice and creamy “green” aroma. Once rinsed, I smelled notes of sugarcane and popcorn.

The first steep was vegetal with a bit of sweetness – it actually reminded me a bit of broccoli. After that, I got about seven steeps of creamy, milky, floral, sometimes sugarcane flavors. The tea had a nice thick texture to it, matching with the milky flavor. It also had a bit of a throaty feeling for a couple of those steeps. Less regularly, I got nectarine aftertaste and an occasional cucumber note. I gave it three more steeps after that, but those ones were pretty flat and dead. This one wasn’t as crisp as some High Mountain oolongs I’ve had, but it was still quite nice.

Flavors: Broccoli, Creamy, Cucumber, Floral, Green, Milk, Peach, Sugarcane, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 100 OZ / 2957 ML

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Thankfully a friend sent some of this to me. ShanLinXi is my favorite type of oolong. All the feels. This one is a bit lighter in terms of thickness than some, it the size of the leaf and the feels are on point.

This is easily one that can sit in the cupboard for who cares how long or short and it will continue to brew nice. Quaility leaf with a smooth taste. Provides an enjoyable session with multiple infusions. I’ll need to try all of their SLX and see if one has the thickness and depth I want, even if this is solid… I’m getting more selective :)

Daylon R Thomas

I felt like a moron for not waiting for the summer crop. It was $14 bucks for 75 grams.

Zennenn

Have you tried the Red Blossom and Song slx samples? Would love to know how you think they compare.

Liquid Proust

I have only had BTT, TCT, Eco, TS, and some direct SLX. I have wanted to try Red Blossom, Tea Trekker, CS, and Tea Masters in regards to SLX.

MrQuackers

Why is ShanLinXi your favourite type of Oolong?

Zennenn

No! I sent you samples of Song and Red Blossom along with a Misty Peak cake for puerh newbies months ago.

Zennenn

Dang, I hope it didn’t go missing in the mail.

Liquid Proust

O.o what kind of packaging? I know I have it

Zennenn

Oh, good. Crappy blue ziplock freezer bags, more than likely. :) Or, if I had them at the time, 4 by 3 inch clear plastic 4ml resealable bags.

mrmopar

The mail is giving us all fits right now.

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75

I’m not normally a fan of four seasons oolong, but, for the price, I had to pick some up. This is a pleasant and affordable oolong offering. Will be picking up more during the next purchase!

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Green

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90

I used a few more leaves this morning mid gong fu-western. First steep was 50 seconds, 2 min, 1 min so far. I still get the florals and the hyacinth, but now I get the sugar cane sweetness to it. Sugar cane is a weird note for me anyway. It’s sweet without crystals tracing into my stomach. I’d describe it more as a grassy, green sweetess-like the smell of sugar, or the air between sugar crystals in your mouth. Or how Vanilla is sweet without it being, well, straight sugar. Those are the more vivid descriptions brought to you by flowery approximate language.

Like the description says on the website, it’s more like fresh greens than anything else with a cleansing aftertaste. It still reminds me of a Tie Guan Yin. But getting that much out of 20 grams of tea for $2 is awesome.

Now it’s time for the teas demographic: a little description I haven’t included in a while. I would recommend this to a newer drinker as something to try just to know how complex, light, and subtle this tea varietal can be. In essence, it would be an educating tea to say “Jin Xuan’s can be flowery and light, but they taste like buttery fresh greens usually. This is a great example of it. Get more if you like it, or make only a few more stops with other teas if you don’t .”

As for more experienced drinkers, I would think this is more for someone who likes their oolongs, and their Jin Xuans light. Or someone who likes delicate teas. After going through MANY Jin Xuans, this is probably one of the better flavored ones. I am biased to the florals, which is another thing that might deter or welcome drinkers.

I’m curious if the winter crop is any creamier or sweeter, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this is more floral overall.

Important note: it is a spring crop from 2016.

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90

I need to try this tea again. I attempted gong fu, but I did not use enough leaves for that session. What I’ll write is very similar to what Luckyme described.

I tried 45 seconds, and I get a very light creamy floral-something that reminds me of lilac, or more accurately hyacinth. I hesitated hoping it wasn’t leftover soap staining my vessel.

So I switched out vessels, and I get more of the same florals after three minutes. Still incredibly light, but lightly buttery and lightly vegetal. I do get a little bit of a savory vegetable taste, yet they are softer compared to the florals. It does remind me something of a Tie Guan Yin, or even closer, Mandala’s Unflavored Jin Xuan, but lighter like the Tie Guan Yin.

The next time after 4 and half minutes, there was some sweetness coming out, but floral sweetness. Vanilla popped in my head, but more as an after tone of the hyacinth.

The next at five minutes was a little bit more vegetal savory, but light and floral as ever.

I need to try this again. I’m pretty impressed that the hyacinth floral was the strongest aspect of this, but I have hopes that I could get this tea to brew sweeter. All this $2 for 20g, then $12 for 150g…that is a bargain.

Upon the correction later, starting at 3 minutes Western at 180 F, I get more of a fruity note in the middle of tasting it. Maybe something close to a pineapple skin. I do not quite get as much hyacinth, but a strong floral character remains with a lightly buttered vegetable background.

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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A late night tea session. Updated tasting notes later…

Preparation
Boiling 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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An afternoon tea session care of a tea friend via a tea swap.

I seriously want to marry this tea and make little tea babies. A mixture of brown sugar toffee, almond, cocoa and sweet yam in both the aromatics and flavor notes. I’m in love.

5g, 120ml, boiling temperature with a 30s first, 10s second and climbing 5-10s with each subsequent steep with an eventual 120s final infusion.

The dry leaf:
https://instagram.com/p/BHSdktshXoW/

The session:
https://instagram.com/p/BHSknsnBB4r/

Preparation
Boiling 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
Daylon R Thomas

I wish they sold that still on the website. It’s only been available in the really expensive gift packs. Though it’s pared with a Shan Lin Xi which has become a favorite, it’s still so expensive…but I do spend that much per month on teas lol.

CWarren

I am fortunate that this was a sample from a kind and generous tea friend. Those gift packs are pretty cool though especially the reusable boxes.

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A late afternoon tea session that went into late evening.

Dry leaf aromatics like fresh baked bread and roasted coffee beans. The liquor, a beautiful golden yellow hue, was just simply smooth roasted dong ding goodness. Some roasted peanut notes with extremely subtle florals trying to peek through.

6.6g, 100ml Purion, 190F with a 30s first, 10s second and climbing in 5-10s intervals from there.

The dry leaf:
https://instagram.com/p/BHQAJpQBDVQ/

The session:
https://instagram.com/p/BHQmbhKhdyb/

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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An evening tea session care of a tea friend via a tea swap.

Aromatics like fresh out of the oven honey baked bread. Flavor notes of chocolate, light malt and hot buttered caramels. Simply intoxicating. Major tea high.

6g, 100ml, 190F, 45s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 30s, 45s, 60s and 120s.

The dry leaf:
https://instagram.com/p/BHLJC0ChCPH/
https://instagram.com/p/BHLLZ75BDWY/

The liquor:
https://instagram.com/p/BHLL3DbhJZY/

The wet leaf:
https://instagram.com/p/BHLLnnbB6Wd/

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Daylon R Thomas

I’ve wanted to join the Eco-Cha club I’ve had myself. 75 gram samples is still a little bit much for me as much as I enjoy them, if I am in fact correct about the monthly serving. It would be nice to get a constant serving of their Shan Lin Xi. I’m also very excited about trying their regular Jin Xuan.

CWarren

@Daylon R Thomas I just joined the club but from what I gather it is a 75g sample and some other item such as a teacup, etc. I tend to drink anywhere from 5-10g a session so it would go pretty quick for me, plus the occasional gifting and/or tea swap. So far the teas that I’ve received as tea swaps have been phenomenal.

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A late night tea session thanks to a tea friend who provided me this tea via a tea swap.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel and buttery flavor notes meets vegetal goodness with a nice buttery popcorn finish. Aromatics of fresh made butter and honeysuckle. Beautifully bright buttercream yellow hued liquor.

6g, 100ml, 190F with a 30s wake up and a 5s next with 5s climbs till the leaf waned which was at least seven good steeps of nice flavor.

So good that I joined the Eco-Cha tea club immediately. I look forward to the other samplings I received as part of this tea swap as well as the monthly club offerings.

The dry leaf:
https://instagram.com/p/BHBc0HMhcEe/

The liquor:
https://instagram.com/p/BHBeJE0B5Kv/

The wet leaf:
https://instagram.com/p/BHBfMw9BqFa/

The final leaf:
https://instagram.com/p/BHBpyzyBOvl/

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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88

I was turned off from trying Jin Xuans for a while because I don’t care for the heavy butter taste that most of them have but this one was a real winner. It’s wonderfully floral and has a sugarcane like sweetness that complements the hint of milky flavor. Honestly, there’s not a whole lot of milkiness to this tea, which suits me just fine. This and Shan Lin Xi are my favorites of the Eco-Cha teas I’ve sampled so far.

Flavors: Floral, Sugarcane, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

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86

This is a step above most generic four seasons oolong teas. The flavor profile is a little difficult to pin down as it changes every time. Sometimes it reminds me of TGY. It has the same sweet floral essence but not in your face. Thinner body and more delicate. Using more leaf accentuates its fruitiness and nectar especially when brewed in a yixing teapot.

Though I enjoyed this tea, it pales in comparison to BTT’s four seasons oolong which has a far more complex and memorable flavor.

Flavors: Floral, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

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82

Bought from a reddit tea sale. Used 3g in a 60mL gaiwan with 185 degree water.

Got a lot of floral and some vegetal flavors with a nice creamy texture – not super thick, but noticeable mouth feel. Pretty sweet tasting as well. Leaves seem like they’re pretty high quality, good vibrant green color and not too beat up or anything. In the later steeps I started getting a bit of a crisp, almost fruity note – may be what some have referred to as apple. This is my first Eco-Cha tea – may have to make an order with them at some point.

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Fruity, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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95

I didin’t use any specific steeping times with this since they lack suggestions for gongfu brewing. So I went with feeling and what seemed right, it turned out pretty good actually.

Nuggets are emerald green with light brown stems. They are small and even size. As a winter batch the leaves are quite small. Opened leaves are vegetal green.

Clear light green brew, latter steeps turn more orange/yellow hue. Mild scent. Full-bodied taste with notes of cream, vanilla, milk, fruit, osmanthus and some burnt sugar with woodsy notes. Terrific with really nice silky, thick and creamy mouthfeel. I can already say after couple steeps that this is the best Jin Xuan oolong that I’ve tasted. Others have been too milky or not milky at all, but this is in perfect balance. I’m definitely buying more after I’ve emptied my stash a bit.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Butter, Cream, Fruity, Milk, Osmanthus, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 OZ / 65 ML

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Not what I expected. I should have realized that this four season was a high mountain tea and not the usual Tie Guan Yin. I’ve never had a fruitier four seasons tea that yielded so many cups gong fu. I’d guess eight or nine.

Perfume, asian pear, apple, cinnamon, flowers, and honey were the kind of things I tasted. The fruity taste also had a tropical character which I loved. The cinnamon is a bit of an exaggeration, but there was an odd spiciness that I could at least approximate as cinnamon. Like the Shan Lin Xi, I particularly enjoyed this and would get some more Eco-Cha myself.

And this was all thanks to LuckyMe.

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Still one of my top favorites, and I am so happy I can taste it while sick. I don’t know if my mucus is doing this, but I’m getting a little bit more coconut in the savory body. The lovely confused yellow fruitiness between apples, pineapples, and “Asian Pears” remains.

mrmopar

Hope you get feeling better.

Rasseru

yeah man, hope youre better soon!. I just went to check this out on the website, noticed only one left in stock. Had to try it. – very reasonably priced, good shipping ($6 to uk!)

Its the summer crop so probably not as floral as the winter, but with winter coming up I figured I can try both.

Any others good from them for a bigger winter purchase?

Evol Ving Ness

Daylon, have you subscribed to the Eco-Cha tea of the month club? And if so, what is your take on it?

Daylon R Thomas

Thank you!

Rasseru: um, the winter crop is pretty good and I prefer it ever so slightly. The Spring crop which is what I have is way too savory for me in the first few months, but it felt more balanced as time went on. The two crops were only different by a hint, and personally, I would get the summer crop if it were available because all I want is the basic floral-fruity profile. Their four seasons was surprisingly good and mega apple fruity. Their Jin Xuan which was a Spring Crop had plenty of the sugar cane grassiness/tropical coconut and pineapple vegetal thing going. I’ve always wanted to try their LiShan and AliShan to see how they compare, and I’ve especially wanted to try their AliShan and Wu Yi black. However, the AliShan black is only in a premium package and the other tea is a part of their club. Andrew has also tried this Shan Lin Xi and basically said its a solid standard with quality leaf.

Evol, I’ve always wanted to be in the club, but never have because of budget reasons. One good thing is that you will get plenty of tea even if you do a small package, and if you are in the club alone, you will be getting a unique tea each month. Alexsia Amanda Wilson (Necromancer is a part of her steepster name) is a club member and writes incredibly florid descriptions for each tea. Every other person I know that has tried a club tea has loved it.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, Daylon. Most useful. What small package?

Rasseru

Ive just got my pack (was the last in stock so I had to jump) & its quite sweet vegetal compared to your notes of fruit & coconut, & not very pear-y. Still very nice but not stellar (just imo being very into fruity tea), still $20 inc shipping for a decent bit of very good clean sweet tea.

The nicest part was to get to know eco-cha, they seem like a really nice company, decent pricing, organic & have sold out all their stock almost, so good for them. I am looking forward to the winter crops.

Rasseru

Also, 6 days shipping to the UK? Other companies take note – I will be buying from them again & this is a factor

Daylon R Thomas

Evol-I meant if you get a smaller package from Eco-Cha if you buy from them.

Also, Rasseru: have you ever had this kind of pear?
https://www.google.com/search?q=asian+pear&espv=2&biw=1517&bih=735&site=webhp&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiqwaO3557PAhUC6SYKHQ1lC0IQ_AUIBigB&dpr=0.9

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks for clarifying, Daylon. I hope your cold has subsided.

Rasseru

I actually have but I cant remember what they exactly taste like, they arent the usual UK pear

Rasseru

or maybe I havent, I actually cant remember!

Evol Ving Ness

I have four of these apple-pears sitting here. I need to get on it.

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Well, I officially prefer the winter crop of this. Or I might have liked the four seasons more since the two teas tasted incredibly similar to me when I first had them. After reading some of the tasting notes including the websites own descriptions, there was a good amount of difference per season. I still am very glad to have a mini stash of this because the fruity floral character is something I do not like being without.

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I think I brewed this wrong. More vegetal with a sweet honey, fruity, floral aftertaste. I did notice this was a lot more savory and honeyed than the last time I had it.

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Lion

I am very eagerly awaiting the 2016 spring harvest, which was supposedly in early May, so should be for sale soon. It is my favorite rolled oolong!

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Thank you Luckyme! Finally got to try this!

It actually yielded several cups with about 2 grams in 3 ounces of water, seven to be precise and all of them were fairly consistent in flavor. I did not count the seconds, I just brewed by impulse that was not quite western nor Gong Fu. The third steep was a little over two minutes and the rest were closer to western. I didn’t taste as much coconut as I thought I was going to, but it was there. The tea had a strong floral and fruity smell, and had a light creaminess with a heavy nectar quality. Honey, pineapple, and other tropical fruits were the kinds of things I was tasting with the florals and slight creaminess. This tea reminded me of Hawaii.

I might have to get some of this myself eventually. I may even join their tea club….

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