Joseph Wesley Black Tea

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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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drank Qimen by Joseph Wesley Black Tea
130 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
239 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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Are we at the point where there are too many high-end, farm to cup tea purveyors? It’s very easy to be seduced by the burgeoning websites touting personal relationships with family farms in China or Estates in India. How much variety is too much? How often is the Chinese black tea from X an upgrade from the one you’ve been enjoying for a while? Maybe the answer is a resounding, “Variety is the spice of life!” But it’s a question I ask myself as I find fewer and fewer of my forays into the offerings of new (to me) sellers end up replacing the teas I’ve come to love and drink regularly.

Now, this is not meant as a criticism of Joseph Wesley’s teas which I’m trying for the first time. I really enjoyed his high end Qimen (not reviewed yet) and this Bai Lin is certainly pleasant. But is the Qimen better than the ones I’ve had from Upton, a place I’ve been ordering from for years and from whom I can order a whole variety of excellent teas? Hard to say. When I go to the store, I can choose between 20 different kinds of olive oil or yogurt but the myriad of choices just makes me anxious (or maybe it’s just the fluorescent lighting).

Anyway, back to this tea, which I’m finding hard to categorize. It’s not as chocolatey as its nose suggests it will be; it’s actually more vegetal and grainy. I think I went too heavy on the leaf the first time—when I used less, I had a better result.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Joseph Wesley Black Tea

Hey, Doug. I’m sorry to read that you’ve reached your existential crisis with our teas. But, it sounds like you’re in a really good place with your available options of tea. I hope that we find more people like you who have taken such time and commitment to sample so many teas. Keep up the great work and keep spreading your love. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the Qimen! -Joe

Doug F

I have the same problem with books and music. But I do think your Qimen stands out from the rest and is actually a bargain to boot, so I plan on reordering. I do like your focus on black teas as I’m not a big drinker of greens or oolongs. And again, no reflection on your business or teas; if there are enough loose leaf tea drinkers to support everyone—that’s great!

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

It’s been fascinating for me to discover not only the diversity of responses to our teas but also with the reaction to my little project: Joseph Wesley Black Tea. Thank you for your openness and especially for taking time to write a review. I sincerely appreciate the feedback.

TeaBrat

lol on the existential crisis comment. it’s fun tasting new teas but I reached my peak on that about 2 years ago and am less inclined to want everything under the sun.

Doug F

Me too. I’m trying to become more of an essentialist, but it’s hard.

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85

Pulled this one out to enjoy this morning and it was a great decision! smoke…some fruity notes and a little bit of malt. this is a medium sort of black…not too strong and not too wimpy. I’d like to try this one alongside the qimen from JW just to see which i prefer. Maybe when i get back next weekend!

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drank Qimen by Joseph Wesley Black Tea
6482 tasting notes

started the day out earlier this morning with this one. As i added two teas to my cupboard yesterday, i’m trying to find a way to get those spaces back pronto! ihad just enough of this one left to enjoy it this morning and save a cup’s worth for terri :) yay for tea sharing. I quite enjoyed having this one in my cupboard but i’m glad i still have the other JW teas to drink now that this one is all gone. :(

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drank Qimen by Joseph Wesley Black Tea
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drank Qimen by Joseph Wesley Black Tea
6482 tasting notes

delightful cup of tea form this morning. I am quite enjoying this one, though i didn’t have the time to brew it gonfu, it’s still great and gave me a couple resteeps. :)

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drank Qimen by Joseph Wesley Black Tea
6482 tasting notes

I’ve had this one a couple times now without writing a review.

chocolate. honey. smooth. slight floral note. middle of the road in terms of strength.

I’m glad i have this one to try. It’s well worth it, though i’d like to try it out non western style i think.

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69

I’ve come to a realization today.
I’m really not that huge on teas with chocolate notes. I mean, I like the Golden Monkey teas that have chocolate notes in it, and GO is pretty good-not my favorite and still don’t know for sure if I’m gonna buy more again. Like I went into GO thinking it was gonna be super vanilla-y. So I was pretty disappointed when it was just chocolate tea basically, but it was more of a deep, richer chocolate…if that makes sense? So I liked it, and I still have a little left, I really should drink the rest soon to see if I still like it. Feel like I used to be bigger on things tasting like chocolate-but only like a deep richer chocolate like GO. I rarely even eat chocolate. If I do it’s because there’s caramel with it or it’s combined with matcha or something.
This tea kinda surprised me. It was a strong flavor but it really reminded me of milk chocolate which I reallyyyy do not like to eat. Even if it’s a chocolate bar filled with caramel it’s just not that good when it is milk chocolate.. White chocolate I like though. Dark chocolate, I have to be in the mood for and that’s becoming more and more rare.
Milk chocolate…just no.
So yeah, I mean, if you LOVE teas that have chocolate flavors this is one for you! It really is chocolatey. It also has hints of like wood….kinda musty actually-even though that sounds horrible, like the chocolate is the main flavor so it’s not bad.
Not my favorite tea, but I have been wanting to try it for so long, so I’m excited I finally did! (:

Flavors: Chocolate, Milk, Musty, Wood

Kristal

I love chocolate, but strangely I’m not big on chocolate teas either.

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drank Assam by Joseph Wesley Black Tea
6482 tasting notes

tea from earlier today. We’ve had a nice lazy-ish sort of day today as our first weekend where we were both in town and for the most part, he wasn’t working. I enjoy this one, but it’s not my favourite assam. it’s a little drying while also feeling very juicy. That being said, i still really love these offerings from JW and they always make for an enjoyable cup to reflect on.

boychik

is this a new harvest? i have a new one. havent tried yet as im between 2 houses. Packing my tea to send back

Sil

mmm i picked this one up…in june.

boychik

i got it couple weeks ago. Joe said its a new harvest

Sil

oh nice!

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drank Assam by Joseph Wesley Black Tea
6482 tasting notes

I thought i’d try this one out today. Monday morning and i wanted something i was fairly certain i’d appreciate. Turns out, i was right. This is a bolder assam, not very malty – more on the sweet side. No bitterness, just a relatively smooth cup. Better review of this one when i can have it in a mug instead of my travel mug :)

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85
drank Assam by Joseph Wesley Black Tea
726 tasting notes

So this is the second tea from my first ever order from Joseph Wesley Tea!!! I loveee assam teas, so I got a sample of it. Well, all the teas I got were samples except their Limited Edition TGY that is INCREDIBLE!! I don’t know why I never logged it, it totally slipped my mind! D: I’ll have to do that soon.
Anyway so this is the second one I’m trying!
And holy shanghai!! IT’S ANOTHER HIT! I ADORE this tea!
Since black teas seem to be hit or miss with me these days, it felt like a huge surprise that I loved it so much! The main flavor of course is malt, which is one of my fav flavors in black tea! Tasted a bit of maybe honey…it was kinda sweet, and also kinda a bit chocolate-y. I think I oversteeped it a tiny bit so it also had a bitter note in there.
But overall it’s a total win in my book! I definitely will buy this again. And I am pretty sure it’s gonna be a staple on my shelf.
Another win by Joseph Wesley Tea!!!! :D :D :D

Flavors: Bitter, Chocolate, Dark Bittersweet, Honey, Malt, Sweet

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94

WOW this is DELICIOUS!

I accidentally oversteeped it and it took it like a champ. Super smooth and creamy and malty and sweet but also a little savory. Addictive and so so tasty!! I can’t wait to try it again but more carefully and see what other flavors I can pull from it. YUMS

Tealizzy

Accidentally oversteeping it is the way to go with these! So yummy!

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drank Qimen by Joseph Wesley Black Tea
455 tasting notes

As soon as I heard that Joseph Wesley has this limited edition for sale I placed an order for 50g. This tea is exceptional quality and taste. Each leaf is perfect thin curl. I made it western 3g 8oz 200F for 3min. The color was amazing bright orange. The tea is complex. It is even hard to describe. Somewhat floral, nutty. It is not heavy and would be perfect as breakfast or afternoon tea in summer. So refined. Doesn’t need any additions. Just perfect. No bitterness or astringency detected.

Next time I’m going to Gongfu it. I’m pretty sure it will taste even better. I would be able to pick up more notes.

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

so happy i have this one too!

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

I keep procrastinating on this one. I really should just buy it, it sounds amazing.

boychik

I need to get more of this before it disappears :)

Sil

i had paypal money, so that’s the only reason i could get some. no more for me…so i may just not open it until it’s sold out lol

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drank Qimen by Joseph Wesley Black Tea
798 tasting notes

When I saw this one come out, I had to pick it up. I love Qimen, and I already had a couple other JWT teas on my wishlist, so another excuse to make an order!

The leaf is really curly, thin, and a nice rich black color. I used about 4.5g and gongfu brewed it. My first impression was that it reminded me of another Qimen I liked from Nannuoshan Tea. Like that tea, it has a lot of complexity, and the notes are delicious! This one has the usual smokiness, with notes of chocolate and honey! These flavor notes were really distinctive, and I loved it! It was also super smooth. I kind of forgot about my fourth infusion, but I didn’t need to worry about it getting bitter at all. I’m so glad I now have 50g in my cupboard!

looseTman

“I love Qimen …”
Agreed! Keemun is an excellent way to wake up each day.

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85

I’m sad my review for this has disappeared.
My palate lately seems to have died and a lot of teas have been tasting the same.
But here is my take on it anyhow. This is a really fruity tea. It reminds me of fruitcake in that dried fruit soaked in alcohol way. Quite wine-ey. There is some mild astringency, just enough to be pleasant. Overall, a very good Darjeeling. It sets the bar high!
Too bad I only have a bit left. Would be willing to send it to anyone wanting a taste

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This was the tea I was most excited to try because the notes about caramel sounded so good. Unfortunately, all I got was malt. Not bad, but not great. I really like Classic Chinese and the Lapsang, and even the Dian Congfu better.

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This was a tasty keemun. It had some smoke, some fruit, and some caramel. Pretty good. The smoke lasted throughout several infusions. I probably would have preferred it to change a bit more, but overall, it was good.

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So, I totally didn’t realize this was a non-smoked lapsang until I brewed it up. That’s okay though…you know why? Because it tastes amazing! It has a subtle hint of smoke, more like a keemun than a smoked lapsang, but there were notes of malt, cocoa, caramel, fruit. Mmmm! Later infusions brought out the caramel even more. Absolutely delicious, and probably ranks up there with the Classic Chinese black tea. :)

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