Joseph Wesley Black Tea

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drank Assam by Joseph Wesley Black Tea
955 tasting notes

I’m not quite sure what to say about this one. I am always happy to try tea that my friends generously send me, but in general I don’t really like Indian black teas.

This is light with some high notes. It’s not as acidic/astringent as I normally find Assam teas. The fact that I’ve drank three cups of it tonight must mean that it’s not that far out of my comfort zone. I guess that also means that this is not a typical Assam. I’m sure this is a quality tea – JW has great teas, but it’s just not to my tastes/preferences.

Thanks Sil for the opportunity to try it. :))

Sil

haha no problem – better that you get a chance to try it before you buy it! :)

Dexter

I agree – I would never buy Assam for myself. Is nice to get to revisit it from time to time. You never know when your tastes change.
Best part of getting random samples is that you get to try stuff you would never chose for yourself. Always a fun adventure

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It’s not too often that I get teadrunk off of an oolong, but 47 Instagram photos later, here I am. The first time I had this tea, I used 4g in a 100ml gaiwan (actually, the 100ml gaiwan that Joseph Wesley so generously gave away, which was to me :-) and it was just ok. Both Cwyn and Boychik have both recommended not to skimp on the leaf, and they were right. So this time I crammed about 7g into my tiny little 100ml yancha pot, which was as much as it would hold, and used boiling water and short steeps. The result is a tea that is nothing short of fantastic. Sweet, roasty, nutty goodness, with a lovely mineral aftertaste and lingering mouthfeel. My only regret is that I bought only 25g.

boychik

yay! i got me 75g because his limited editions sells out.

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90

Very good.
Really enjoying this! There is a certain profile of oolong that really gets me, and yes, this is IT. Roasty. A bit fruity. Peach maybe? Highly oxidized. Mineral notes. Honey.
I can’t wait to try this in a gaiwan. and now I’m sad there’s only 25g. Le sighs.

Kirkoneill1988

is this an oolong?

Indigobloom

Yep, the only oolong JW sells!

Kirkoneill1988

hmm… interesting

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86

This company has recently sparked my interest, for I had never noticed them until just recently. I enjoy their product appearance, and I knew I had to give them a go. I acquired some of this tea, so I decided to brew it up. The leaf consists of small delicate ebony curls that give off a sweet musky cherry scent. I was also picking up some dark chocolate tones. I placed them inside the warmed teapot and gave them a shake. The scent became a sweet butter or molasses scent. I was still picking up the chocolate tone, only it became much more smooth. I washed the leaves once and prepared for brewing. The steeped leaves transform towards more sharper tones of malt, dark wood, and burnt sugar. The flavor began as pure buttery molasses. The taste was sweet, smooth, and lasting. The second steep brought more maltier and wood flavors. The next steeping session slowly pushed the tea into a rough and robust direction. I really enjoyed this tea, but I believe it should be brewed western instead of gongfu. I know that I should explore more from this company, and I am happy to have tried this.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BAGFeNqTGZQ/?taken-by=haveteawilltravel

Flavors: Butter, Cherry, Dark Wood, Molasses, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
boychik

It’s good either way

Haveteawilltravel

Yes, I agree, but I think it’s a long steeped tea.

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93

Uhhhhm ok so this tea? so good. So so so freakin good!
The first steep was wonderful. Even after it had cooled a bit, I found the flavour to have an essence of warmness about it. Like sitting by a fire, but not too close.
Something creamy in there as well. I found that there were fleeting hints of cocoa as well, but never for long enough for me to grasp it.
The second steep was good too, more like the traditional high quality keemums I first fell in love with and then couldn’t find again, years ago. Not quite as warming or dark, with definite emerging cocoa notes this time, and an edge of creaminess. Finally, I noticed a lingering honey like sweetness in the aftertaste.
It’s been a long time since I was excited about a third steep, so fingers crossed it delivers!

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This tea is fantastic. i love heavy roasted Yancha. the roast is skillfully done so it has no ashtray taste. i tried it twice and placed an order last night for another 75g. since its Limited edition tea. last year Da Hong Pao and Qi Lan were sold out pretty quickly

The brew is deep red color. its mix of fruity floral and some roasted nuts in the background. this kind of tea i always brew with boil water and short steeps. it gives me nice long lasting sweetness.

Btw Joseph Wesley tea is having giveaway of their brand new gaiwan on instagram. He asked me to help him with it. its gorgeous and very functional. thick, flared so you dont burn fingers and coated with pretty porcelain glaze. the giveaway is till December 21. international too. go try your luck!

https://instagram.com/p/_UqdruBwn1/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
Sil

oooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhh

OMGsrsly

Yesssss, giveaway!

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90

Thank you to the Steepster friend who gifted me this tea. This is one tasty tea. There was virtually no bitterness and little astringency. I detected no malt in this. The Steepster description of chocolate and raisins is fairly close to accurate. There were a variety of sweet notes to this tea. This is my first taste of Joseph Wesley teas and I like it. I will have to add their name to my list of companies to order from. This is I have to say one of the smoothest black teas I have had. No unpleasant notes to it. It was clearly processed right.

I steeped this ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with 7g leaf and 200 degree water. 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. This tea was not done at ten steeps but I am at my caffeine limit for the day. This tea keeps going more like a puerh than a black tea. Quite nice.

Flavors: Cocoa

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
Stephanie

Really tasty tea!!!

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90

Finally getting around to gong fu-ing this. It is so superior this way. Usually is, right? Also, definitely don’t skimp on the leaves and it will reward you. Richly. Huge uptick on the rating now.

Flavors: Cocoa, Mineral, Toasted

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
kevdog19

Gongfu every day. Far superior… Spending the extra time to prepare the tea is well worth it in the end.

mtchyg

Absolutely. I am getting more and more away from western style. I like it for some things occasionally. But gongfu usually produces a better result.

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90

This is a solid heavy oxidized oolong. A wonderful soothing mineral flavor with a soothing mouth and throat feel. A warm delightful roasted scent is evident on the leaves. Many steeps can be had from this. It is currently part of the limited edition portion at Joseph Wesley. It is a lovely tea and I am happy to have purchased it. I brewed it Western style and am excited to try this Gongfu in my gaiwan.

Flavors: Floral, Mineral, Roasted

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 15 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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82

I think I am going to need to try brewing this one again. I followed the brewing instructions that came with the tea and it left me feeling like this tea wasn’t as flavorful or bold as other teas of similar quality. It is a good tea. It is just, as brewed, not quite on the level of others that I have had. I’ll update as needed.

Edit: I brewed in a gaiwan gong fu style this time around with slightly cooler temps. Seemed better flavors came out this time around.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
boychik

I make these teas gongfu style only. I think you can easily go 3-3.5 min

mtchyg

Yeah, I’m going to try this one gongfu in the future. I mean, I can certainly taste the potential here. Just, in the way that I made it this time, it kind of underwhelmed. I think this just speaks to my evolution with tea. In the past, I don’t think I would have been experienced enough to point out or even realize some of these things.

Indigobloom

That might be too hot. I brewed mine at about 180/185.

mtchyg

Funny you should comment on this today because I tried it again but this time in my gaiwan tonight. I brewed it at about 185. I liked it better this time around.

Indigobloom

Ah, in that case I’ll forgo trying this one at a higher temp! Not often I see a black tea brewed below (near) boiling

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88

This has been my tea of the week. I wake up thinking about it and am excited to get to work to make a cup. It has been the perfect addition to my morning. It even received tin status this week.

Shae

I just ordered a sample of this one! My box from Joseph Wesley arrived yesterday so this may have to be the first one I try. If you wake up thinking about it then it must be good. :)

boychik

you know they have promo 2015HOLIDAYS 20% off. im going to get tea for two set
http://josephwesleytea.com/products/tea-for-two-1
two chawan and can of tea(your choice) $36 free ship. i think its a great deal!

Mike

Ahh, tin status, haha! I was thinking about upgrading a couple teas to a tin this week…love the term. :P

TeaTiff

@Shae, I hope you like it! It is a pretty good keemun. @boychik- I was eyeing these, but I have told myself no more tea until Feb! @Mike- I finally broke down and ordered a crap ton of H&S 4oz black tins. I love having my favorites in tins. Much easier access, then my sealed bags in a box somewhere.

Mike

Nice! I’ll have to invest in more…I have a few tins, but not nearly enough! I’m buying the Harney and Sons English Breakfast, and one or two teas at a local place near my sister’s house, then nothing until February, haha!

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88

So I think this is the tea I am currently drinking. It maybe a similar version as I remember the note from JW saying something about being out of the Keemun, but here is a sample of something. It is good stuff! Yum yum yum yum. This is just what I needed this morning to get me going. Baked bread, with a deep hint of cacao. The teas I have tried from JW have been missing what I will call the “base” for me. They are light and airy. This one has that extra umph that is rocking my world this morning. I hope that this is the same tea that is in tin #5, because a tin worth is on its way from Beorhthraefn.

keychange

I know what you mean about too many teas being too light and airy. Love some good oomph myself!

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This was the afternoon tea for me today, and to be honest I do not know what to make of it. The best words I can use to describe it today are soft. It was like it left me hanging a bit. The flavor was there. The upper range of light and fruity, but I guess I was expecting more base to really give it more of a hearty edge. I haven’t had many, if any, Dian Hong, so i think it was purely poor expectations for me. I will keep experimenting with my sample. For me I got a light sweet bread flavor out of this tea that was really smooth.

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This is not what I was expecting, but that is not a bad thing. This is very very smooth. I get almost a smokey flavor, a woody note and almost cherry like flavor to this. This is way more savory than I was expecting. It is one of those snuggle in a blanket on a cold day kinda teas. I am picking up no astringency. I could definitely sip this all afternoon.

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95

Sooo goood! Qimen is gorgeous – delicate leaf with a honey, fruity, and dark chocolate flavor with a hint of smoke and floral. I did mine gongfu style for 8 infusions and even with a really long final infusion it didn’t get overly dry. Nice complex black that is easy to drink.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/limited-edition-qimen-from-joseph-wesley-black-tea-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
Lindsay

Gorgeous teaware in that post too. :)

KiwiDelight

Beautiful wet leaf.

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93
drank Qimen by Joseph Wesley Black Tea
159 tasting notes

When I’m not drinking Pu-erh, I’ve been instinctively reaching for a few select black teas, one of which is this Qimen. It’s like pouring black-cherry and tobacco infused honey that has been stored in oaken casks down your throat. So smooth, immune to over steeping and light enough to drink any time of the day. 50 grams gone; I’ll have to double down.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
TheTeaFairy

Whoa! Awesome description, that tea is exactly that!!!

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drank Qimen by Joseph Wesley Black Tea
159 tasting notes

The small, expertly-crafted leaf portends an excellent tea, and this Keemun does not disappoint. The dry leaf has a voluptuous chocolate smell which mixes with roasted chestnut when the leaf is infused. I like to drink this in a glass mug to see the rich, reddish liquor, redolent of cinnamon.

Chocolate, cinnamon and clean tobacco flavors are in perfect equilibrium and the tea sparkles on the mid-palate. As it cools, a cotton-candy sweetness emerges. The taste persists in the mouth and throat for a while after the session.

From dry leaf to aftertaste, this tea is a wonderful experience.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
boychik

I love this tea ;)

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drank Qimen by Joseph Wesley Black Tea
240 tasting notes

So fortunate to be able to try this. Leaf is gorgeous. Compared to the #5, I would say this is more delicate/less bold but just as flavourful and delicious. This one seems lighter on the spicy fruitiness but is even sweeter and more floral. The aroma really is incredibly beautiful! Another tea I could easily drink everyday. :)

boychik

i need to pick more before they run out of it ;)

caile

haha! :)
I especially loved the aroma of this one, and I even made it my easy gaiwan – I almost forgot about it but I had bought that same one you have with the goldfish!

looseTman

easy gaiwan – Picture / link?

caile

This is the one I have although it is sold out now in that link. I really like it.
http://m.ebay.com/itm/Goldfish-Hand-Grabbed-Porcelain-Gaiwan-Tea-Cup-Teapot-150ml-5-3oz-/350927580204

boychik

My fav gaiwan. I got others easy ones but still prefer this one. So glad that you came back

looseTman

Thanks for the link! I’m trying to decide betweena a tradional gaiwan & an easy one. Please consider reviewing your gaiwan here:
http://steepster.com/teaware?Gaiwan=on.
- http://steepster.com/teaware?sort=new
- http://steepster.com/teaware/shanghaistory/66892-goldfish-hand-grabbed-porcelain-gaiwan-tea-cup-teapot-150ml
Thanks!!

looseTman

“So glad that you came back”
Did you mean me? (I never left.) If yes, thank you boychik! That’s so very kind of you!! I’ve had a series of challenges and just haven’t felt up to writing reviews. However, I typically visit every morning and read the black & pu-erh reviews as I enjoy my morning tea. I also make sure to keep up with the tea sales.

My lack of a gaiwan that comfortably fits my medium-sized hand has also kept me from reviewing teas that should be brewed gungfu style. Most recently, I’ve been considering traditional & easy gaiwans made by Ru Kiln. Two examples:
http://www.dragonteahouse.biz/moon-white-ru-kiln-celadon-gaiwan-110ml-3-72oz/
http://www.dragonteahouse.biz/ru-kiln-kinking-celeste-celadon-gaiwan-170ml-5-75-fl-oz/
I understand they’re thicker and thus are recommended for brewing higher-temperature teas. I welcome any thoughts or recommendations.

boychik

@looseTman sorry, that reply was for caile. She was absent for some time.
Regarding Gaiwan I do like mine. My hands are small, like 12 yrs old girl and sensitive. I gab no problem with using my Gaiwan. It’s easy, good quality and not expensive. Ru kiln are better for puerh. 130ml is a good size. Not too big not too small. Just right. if you will not find this Gaiwan on rebeccali store send her a message. The lady replies right away. Maybe she will bring it back on site. I bought 3 or 4 times. Always great experience, shipped right away, got within 10 days. Never bought any tea from her so cannot vouch. I generally don’t buy any tea on eBay or Aliexpress.

boychik

Gab = have

boychik

Those ru kiln gaiwans more expensive than on Aliexpress. You don’t need 170ml Gaiwan. I think it’s big especially for sampling. White 2 tea has very attractive ru kiln Gaiwan 95ml for $20. I have it as well. It’s very nice.
Another option is glass gongfu teapots. They are around $12 on eBay. You cannot burn yourself with those ones. I recommend not bigger than 130-150ml. The smaller the better.

caile

Those are good recommendations boychik.
That gaiwan I have measures about 120-130 ml to just below the inner brim but I don’t fill it up that high; usually around half or so.
looseTman, I’m the same as you with not being up to writing reviews lately but still enjoying reading them. And, I do love reading your reviews by the way, as they are perfectly detailed and always interesting. :)

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I haven’t been reviewing much but I was excited to get to try a few of joseph Wesley teas, thanks to a generous tea friend. This was the first I chose, and wow, now I know what I have been missing all this time – this tea is fantastic!
It brewed a rich and fragrant cup that tasted of spiced fruits and caramel with some smokiness and very light floral – so sweet, so tasty! Resteeped for a few cups which were all delicious.
This is a tea I would easily drink everyday!

SimplyJenW

I love this one, too! I had this today!

caile

yay! I was wanting to try this for quite awhile so was very happy – it was really good!

boychik

Yay! i love this tea too :)

caile

:)) It was such a delicious treat!

sren

Sounds amazing… Hello, wishlist!

caile

:) This is one I’m keeping on my wishlist!

looseTman

YUM! How does Keemun Congfu compare to TeaVivre’s Keemuns, especially their Premium Keemun Hao Ya? Thanks!

caile

It has been awhile since I have had Teavivre’s so I can’t really compare. I have the premium keemun hao ya on order from their recent sale though. :)

looseTman

Excellent! I look forward to reading your comparison!

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