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86

thanks again for letting me try thes dexter. so much fun getting to try new things :) enjoyed this one sometime between today and 3 days ago hahaha

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86

noms. another sample from dexter that i had earlier today. Unlike the other, this one is super tasty and delicious. I steeped it a couple times and while the first steep was my fav (as usual) the second one was also quite enjoyable. Malty, honey, chocolate goodness. thanks dex!

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86

thanks for sharing this one dexter! overleafed this cup a little today and it turned it in to a malty cup of bold deliciousness haha. having fun trying my samples from friends today :)

Final Count: 83

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86

Another one from dexter this was delicious. need to have another cup though since work distracted me!

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81
drank Yunnan Pearl by Red Blossom Tea Company
7973 tasting notes

Sooooooo perfect for this morning’s cup of tea. This is just what i needed to get me going this morning for my running around/cooking/cleaning that i need to do.

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81
drank Yunnan Pearl by Red Blossom Tea Company
7973 tasting notes

i’m back from vacation. While it was a great vacation…i got to drink NO tea because a) the water had a dirt like quality that i wasn’t loving and b, the kettle at the place we were staying at was just…NO.

so i’m happy to be back drinking tea… sadly i got carried away with catching up at work while drinking this one so i don’t have a lot to say yet. the colder it gets, the more chocolate notes poke through, but i for sure need to have this one again. Glad dexter was able to send enough for me to have a couple cups :)

Evol Ving Ness

Welcome back, Sil! I am not going to ask where you were because I have been away from steepster and out of the loop. I will read up and maybe all the mysteries will reveal themselves. And if not, then I will ask.

Evol Ving Ness

And also, no tea! oh, horrors.

gmathis

No tea = no vacation :)

Sil

gmathis = true!

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91

10/10 would recommend. This is a pricey tea but very worth it. Very clear notes of wildflower honey, floral nectar, and cantaloupe. A delicate, floral flavor (hits all of the high notes), yet a ridiculously creamy, smooth mouthfeel and an immediate 回甘 (sweet finish) that just doesn’t end. Do yourself a favor and try it.

NOTE: Just going off the dry scent in my warmed gaiwan, I found that the charcoal roast was a bit heavy for my liking, so I rinsed the tea. Normally I don’t do this for Phoenix oolongs (to make sure I don’t waste any fragrance since that’s the area in which these teas excel), but I would say that this tea actually benefited from the rinse – if nothing else, the flavor was certainly not diminished by doing so.

Flavors: Cantaloupe, Cinnamon, Cream, Earth, Floral, Flowers, Fruity, Honey, Melon, Nectar, Smooth, Spices, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 125 ML
Rasseru

you dont give high scores lightly either do you

Ben Marcus-Willers (馬維彬)

Haha no, I suppose not – the more tea I drink, the more picky I am too.

I try to judge teas purely based on the scale I list on my profile. I’m looking for complexity (flavor + finish, scent, aroma), texture, how well the tea represents its category (or if it challenges the category – I always love this), and my overall feeling (would I buy the tea again?).

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56

Incredibly aromatic / floral but not sweet at all, this is a very interesting Ya Shi Xiang, or as Red Blossom calls it, “Persimmon Blossom Fragrance”. The dry fruit sweetness typical of Phoenix oolongs is replaced with nutty / cereal grain notes.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Bell Pepper, Bitter, Cacao, Floral, Fruity, Leather, Molasses, Nutty, Oak wood, Osmanthus, Wheat

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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91

This season’s harvest is sublime! Incredibly creamy, with a nice balance of sweet and smoky tones. Complex and interesting, but most importantly delicious. If I had to describe this tea in one word, it would be “yummy”.

Flavors: Campfire, Char, Citrus, Coffee, Cream, Grass, Lemon Zest, Marine, Meat, Milk, Seaweed, Smoke, Sweet, Tangy

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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80

Lovely tea. The notes are hard to discern, although the “apricot” from Red Blossom’s site does a reasonably good job at getting at the experience. Strangely lacking in vegetal tones despite how unoxidized it is. There’s also a “powdery” vibe, though perhaps that’s a psychological effect of the fuzzy/powdery aesthetic of the leaves themselves.

The more I drink the tea, the more I love it. When I first got it in the mail, I wasn’t that dazzled. But a month or two into enjoying these silver needles, I actually look forward to sitting down to it.

Flavors: Apricot

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec 7 g 12 OZ / 360 ML

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65

Milky in aroma and on the palate, yet very timid in flavor overall. I wasn’t impressed. By no means offensive, it’s also by no means remarkable unless you appreciate watery subtlety.

Flavors: Milk

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 45 sec 9 g 12 OZ / 360 ML

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85

I’m not a fan of Indian Assams, so I was excited to try this Formosa version to see if it could turn me around. It did. Gone is the disgusting bitter astringency of the Indian variety. What’s the left is a smooth, delicious Assam that is all you could hope for. There’s not much else to say. It’s a big favorite of mine for the first cup of the day.

Flavors: Fruity, Honey

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 45 sec 7 g 12 OZ / 360 ML

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75

I purchased the Spring 2016 incarnation of this tea, and have now enjoyed it several times. The scent of the steeped tea is classic high mountain Taiwanese oolong: soothing and slightly milky. On the palate, I got quite a bit of florality, some fresh/vegetal elements, a light brown sugar vibe, and yet little to no milkiness. Very pleasant, but in the same genre, I still prefer Red Blossom’s Mi Xiang Tung Ting.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Floral, Vegetal

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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95

When I took a whiff of the steeped leaves, I suspected I was in for a treat. There was this autumnal quality — not spicy, but clearly warm and milky. And when I took my first sip I went, “Oh, yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.” It’s delicious. While Red Blossom’s site says orange blossom, honey, tropical fruit and buttered rum, I got exactly zero of those from it. What I did get was a florality, but it certainly wasn’t orange blossom + there was a flavor of what I can only describe as something exquisitely “comfortable”, milky, and like tonka beans or another baking spice nature has yet to invent. It’s as if I were drinking rice pudding in tea form. Hands down my favorite tea.

Every time I drink it now, I wonder if I’m really going to like it as much as I remember. I do. It’s amazing. And even as I purchase other mountain/high mountain Formosa oolongs, this is still by far the best example of them I’ve yet had. It’s silly how much better this is than all the others.

Flavors: Floral, Milk, Spices

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 180 ML
Ubacat

mmmm Buttered rum. Sounds delicious.

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75

The tasting notes on Red Blossom’s site make this tea seem like magic. And for $30/oz., I was expecting as much. Sadly, it’s quite bland. Smooth and pleasant enough, with the light taste of some indiscernible fruit, it’s nothing I would look forward to having again. Yet I bought a couple ounces, have had it a half-dozen times now, and will be clearing it out, little-by-little.

Revisting the tea a few times since I first reviewed it, I’ve found being more heavy-handed with the initial dose makes it much more interesting. It makes for a pricey cup of tea, but the appeal is there.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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88

After almost a year long hiatus where I drank mostly puerh, black, and green tea, I thought maybe my love for plain white tea would have simmered down. Thanks to OMGsrsly, I can now put my doubts aside.

I love you white tea. I love you so much. the milkiest Milk Oolong, the nuttiest Dragonwell, and the sweetest black dessert tea have nothing on you. Marry me.

Flavors: Cream, Hay, Lemon, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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This is a very generous sample from teafriend .
8g 90ml Yixing teapot 212F
Rinse and short steeps
The brew is dark, thick and rich. Flavors are unusual, savory, some spice.
I really enjoyed it. It also had a strong qi that sent me into nice nap. It was pretty refreshing.
Thank you so much teafriend for sharing. I wish I could get more of it, but it’s not available on Red Blossom website

https://instagram.com/p/BG6wh7nBwkY/

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Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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This tea is amazing. I got super generous sample from teafriend. Very unusual notes I don’t find often in aged Sheng. It is savory and sweet. Fennel, allspice, cinnamon comes to mind. Really good with longer steeps I pushed to a minute and longer. Very dark and syrupy consistency.

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Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 2 OZ / 50 ML

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It’s pretty good! Sweet, malty, dark, and earthy. No complaints. I brewed this in my travel gaiwan with boiling water, starting at 30 seconds and adding 15 after an initial rinse.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 g

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Dry, it smells like dates and chocolate. I put about 5 grams in a 6oz gaiwan. After rinsing and letting the gaiwan lid rest over the leaves for a minute there is a more pronounced chocolate smell, like chocolate covered fruit and leather. The first few infusions (starting at 45 seconds and adding 15 to subsequent ones) gave a roasted, chocolaty with subtle peach flavor. It does have a drying quality in the back of the throat, though it is by no means unpleasant. In later infusions it begins to back off of the roasted flavor and becomes more fruity. I only got 4 infusions before it started to die out.

Flavors: Chocolate, Dates, Peach, Roasted

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g

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Yesterday I came home and had a headache so I took about 10g of this and dropped it in my kyusu. This is not normal for me… 10g is a lot of loose leaf to use at once.

I steeped this five times and had really strong and thick liquid. Really enjoyable, but I can’t make a remark on the tea for what it should taste like when correctly brewed.

In general: San Lin Xi is some of my favorite anyways because TU sold me all that 89 and it’s lovely :)

Daylon R Thomas

I can’t wait to try the Shan Lin Xi from Eco-Cha that LuckyMe is sending me. Can’t get enough of that Green Oolong varietal. If San and Shan are the same thing, different spelling.

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90

The scent and flavor are unmistakably that of passion fruit. Delicious. There’s also a subtle sweetness, though I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s clearly honey-like.

Flavors: Passion Fruits, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 4 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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85

Sipdown this morning and a little bit more realization for tea preference. I crave Dan Cong’s for mild caffeine or warmth during cold days. It’s nice to know that I really don’t need a large quantity of Dan Congs or Yanchas when I crave them.

Now, the remainder of this tea was particularly fruity, being something between orange and apricot. The nuttiness, the florals, and the wood notes were there two, but superseded by the fruity taste. This does not make a bad slow wake up tea, and I was glad to enjoy it for the last time this morning.

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