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My first class was canceled today, which means morning teatime! More samples from the generous LiquidProust. This one I was a little dubious about, since I had the ripe version of this Lao Cang toucha in a Portland tea shop last summer, for $24/100g!! Jesus, talk about a markup. Luckily, I only bought one ounce before I realized it wasn’t for me.

Anyway, the first steep of this tea is awesome! Sweet, and delicious rice aroma and flavors coming out the gaiwan and cup. If it stayed like this, it’d be a 100. Sadly, it does fade—later steeps are more musty and less sweet, and betray the less-than-stellar sheng underneath the flavoring. If I were to drink this again, I’d steep it western to distribute that first steep over the entire session.

Still, that first steep kind of makes the whole session worth it! Mm, sticky rice…

Kirkoneill1988

one of my friends said “sticky rice tea” smells like stinky gym socks

JWhisk

Ha not sure about that one, could be your friend has some really funky gym socks :)

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This tea was sent to me accidentally instead of the tea I originally ordered. When I reached out to Royal Tea Bay they were apologetic and quickly, actually very quickly, sent out the correct tea. Now I have a kilogram of this tea. At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about it but after some experimentation I am really beginning to appreciate it. For me it is best brewed in my gaiwan. It has a pronounced smokiness to it that reminds me of the gunpowder green I used to drink, reminds me of hot rocks around a campfire. After a couple of quick rinses the smokiness moves to the back and leaves a thick smooth broth. It tastes like incense burning on a rainy day with the windows open, of wet rocks on a forest floor. The aroma is reminicent of a candle burning on a cold night. It has has both a sweetness and a richness to it and just a touch of astringency that leaves a bright taste at the end. I brewed 8g for 10s, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40 ,50. I may just keep going.

I am thinking of attempting to age a portion of this bundled in cloth. I have no idea what effect this might have on it but it might be interesting.

Flavors: Ash, Mineral, Smoke, Wet Earth, Wet Rocks

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
mrmopar

I have some in the pumi now. I think I have 100 grams give or take.

just john

I would be interested to hear what you think of it mrmopar!

mrmopar

I drank it a while back. I may need to get it out again.

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This is an interesting one. this comes to me from MissB and is tightly compacted. I let is sit for a while after a 10 sec steep. almost all the water was absorbed in to the cake. My first couple of steeps of this one, i was getting an almost menthol like taste…bordering on mint…but really faintly. it was a weird experience. the aroma of the tea however, was much more earthy/leathery like. Later steeps the tea was much more cedar and wood with almost an aftertaste of smoke but not strong.

this was an interesting tea and one i might consider purchasing in the future.

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100

new taste:

if steeped a while it has spicyness to it! :D

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100

an amazing tea! (one of the best shou puerhs ive ever tried!)

when i smell the leaves dry, i smell a tad bit of mustyness.

when i smell the leaves wet, i smell earth.

when i smell the brewed tea, i smell earth and sweetness.

when i taste the brewed tea, i taste mild earth and lots of sweetness.

the color of the brewed tea is a chocolaty brown.

i rate this a 100 because the tea is just perfect!

many thanks to liquidproust for this amazing sample.

Flavors: Earth, Musty, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 7 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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100

A new flavour!

If I suck on the leaves like a candy, I taste smokeyness!
Oh and after 4 or 5 steeps I taste smokyness!

Flavors: Smoke

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100
I recieved some of this tea from kittylovestea

It still is tasty and nice. For those who have not seen my full review, please look for it.

Many thanks!

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100

ive grown to enjoy this tea a lot since its the only sheng left i like that i have. (the other sheng i have tried and still have i don’t like as its too weak for me. so i did not review it).

i also took a nice chunk out of the strainer and sucked on it like a candy for a little while. quite bitter. but it got enjoyable after a while.

this tea is lovely!

new score: 80 -> 100

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100

a decent tea :)

when i smell the leaves dry, they smell musty.

when i smell the leaves wet, they smell green and like honey.

when i smell the brewed tea, i smell somewhat strong honey aromas.

when i taste the brewed tea, i taste somewhat strong honey and mild spices. also i taste a tad bit of fruityness.

when brewed, this tea is a dark orange and somewhat amber color.

i rate this a 80 because the flavors/aromas are a little below perfect, but there is no smokeyness. (im not sure if liquidproust said there was any or not).

many thanks for this tuo liquidproust.

Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Musty, Spices

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 7 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML
stock man

there’s any bitternes?

Kirkoneill1988

if you suck on the leaves like a candy, then yes. but not in the brew

stock man

perfect! :)

Kirkoneill1988

Too bad I’m out of the tea. I could have sent you the last little bit :(

Kirkoneill1988

But then again, your toung could be different than mine and you could taste bitterness

stock man

the best option is try it. If can send me the link by pm it would be great.

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Thanks so much for this one, MissB! If this is what Jin Jun Mei is usually like, I’m in love. Right away, the scent of the dry leaves is like a baked bready dessert covered in cocoa powder. I think this tea singlehandedly invented that dessert in my mind. The flavor is similar to the scent in this deep amber brew. Cocoa powder! It’s kind of like a keemun with the flavor profile and hints of smoke mixed with a tea like Laoshan Black (which makes sense if they’re both Fujian). Caramel, chocolate, and something special to this tea, some unique flavor I can’t figure out. I love it though. Both steeps were the same. I have a few more teaspoons to enjoy!
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // 12 minutes after boiling // 2- 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // ?? min

Nicole

I have a couple I can send your way for comparison – PM me if you want samples. :)

tea-sipper

Oh gosh, but I just received a package from you…

Nicole

No worries. :) I’ll have some for awhile. Whenever you want. :)

tea-sipper

Only if you really want to and also can find other things you want me to throw in the swap package. :D

Nicole

LOL, I’ll take another look. :)

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drank Persimmon by Royal Tea Bay Co. Ltd.
11 tasting notes

Royal Tea Bay is one of my favourite eBay tea stores, so I was poking around and noticed the persimmon leaf tea. It intrigued me, because I’ve had goji leaf tea before and really like it. I wondered if it was similar. Since I drink so much tea, I’m always looking for caffeine-free teas and if they are beneficial to health, then all the better. The persimmon leaf tea has huge leaves and I had to break them up to get them into my infuser. The dry leaves didn’t have a very strong smell, so I steeped for five minutes to try and get as much taste and aroma as possible. The brewed tea has a mild aroma and light colour. It had a slight peppery taste to it and was vegetal. I found the tea mild, but I’m not sure if it’s because I didn’t use enough of the leaves for steeping. I’ll try using more next time.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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83

For once, a black tea that is not offensively chocolatey, salty, smokey, or strong! What a pleasant experience! This makes me look forward to testing out my fresh Jin Jun Mei that Liquid Proust bought directly from the source in China.
The tea, though, is from the lovely MissB. It is malty and thicker feeling without being cloying or bitter. It’s dark and a little sweet without making my stomach upset. It smells quite sweet, but is not so sweet on the sip. Maybe a little woody or minerally, but melding with the maltiness; it reminds me of sweet potato skins, if that’s not too weird!
Thanks for the sample, MissB! I’m having fun playing sample roulette by dipping my hand in my sample box and coming up with something random!

Flavors: Malt, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Liquid Proust

Let me know how they compare :)
I’ve tried two other so far and the stuff I bought seems to be more potent as of now, but I’m always searching for the best!

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My sip down of the day, this tuocha came from Sil and although the label didn’t say
‘sticky rice’ on it, as soon as I unwrapped it, I could smell it, and even more so after the rinse. My kitchen smelled like sticky rice, making me think of that awesome sticky rice, mango, & coconut milk dessert. I can’t eat most grains, although I confess that I do occasionally eat some rice. It’s a little rough on my digestions, but sometimes I get tired of the cauliflower rice alternative and just want to chew something starchy. Especially when eating curry.

So…the tea…meh. It’s ok, but not something I’d want in my collection. It doesn’t taste bad, but I’m just not really enamored with having my tea taste like rice. Still, a change of pace, and it’s always good to drink something novel from time to time.

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GCTTB
This is really outside my comfort zone, but that’s what I like about TTBs, getting to try things I would never buy or swap for. :)
This isn’t as rose/floral as I thought it would be. It’s actally pretty interesting. Nice woody, mineraly, dark oolong with just a hint of rose. Those flavors actually work pretty well together. I still don’t think I would buy this, but I’m glad I tried it. I’m putting the rest back in the box for someone else to try.

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Our final tea of the evening (for by then it was evening, and I was learning the mesh knitting pattern of my new shawl project!) with Dinosara was a tea sample I got from MissB. I don’t know how to describe this tea other than extremely unique with an indescribably good smell that reminds me of… something… I just can’t place it but it was so good! I think this may have to be the first tea of all my samplers lately that I’m going to have to buy a goodly amount of! On the the steep records:
10 seconds: Creamy sweet, almost vanilla flavor, which is just fantastic! There is a bit of crushed green something on the sip that contributes a freshness to it.
20 seconds: Indescribably good smell in my aroma cup that would continue through the rest of the steeps. Maybe fruity, maybe floral? Light astringency, but a vanilla and butter aftertaste that is fabulous.
30 seconds: A bit beany now, but that wonderful smell continues.
35 seconds: Mildly green beany, but good almost-vanilla still on the sip and aftertaste.
45 seconds: losing the smell, and the astringency is up. Reminds me of buttered collards.

Flavors: Creamy, Green Beans, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 88 ML
MissB

Chestnut – that’s what I got from it. Really surprising green for me.

Equusfell

It skipped right to the third steep when I tried to gong fu it myself today… Strange and not nearly so good. Definitely more chestnutty this time! I was finishing it off because I was about to order some, but now I’m not so sure…

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Equusfell brought this one and it was quite delicious. I honestly was not expecting much, not because I have experience with these type of teas, but because most green teas are just ok to me. This had a lot going on though. The early steeps were sweet and had an almost vanilla-like creamy note to them. The later steeps were more floral and also buttery, almost like a nice TGY, but with different florals. Quite tasty overall; I’m curious how this would perform as a western steep as well.

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This is the most difficult tea I’ve ever tried to brew. I know it’s a yellow pu’erh cake which means I shouldn’t use too hot of water, but dang… I ended up brewing this 7 times until I got it to about what might be considered ideal. 190f is too hot and 30s is too long. I ended up brewing 180f for 10s and it came out rather smooth. I am going to try again at 170f for 10s next time because these leaves seem to be delicate. The tea smells stronger than it taste which is nice and the taste is not something I can describe. I will say that they is no bitterness like many shengs have. The taste is a bit funky, which I expected after reading reviews online. I’ve drank quite few cups of this which should account for something, then again I had to tinker a lot with it. I can tell that the taste isn’t as appealing as say a shou would be for many, or even a sheng at that, but I find it interesting in a calming way as I try to figure out what I’m tasting.
This came from the cake that has a piece of hay in it :) https://instagram.com/p/3AIuZMRYBb/?taken-by=liquidproust
I don’t expect anything bad to come from that though since it’s dried hay and not something like, say, packing tape :p

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95

Oh this tea is delicious. Sooooo milky. In fact it’s so milky I was wondering if it was flavoured but I’m not getting any tongue tingling I get when flavours are added. The package does not show it as flavoured either.

I brewed it in my gaiwan with the infuser this morning. I’m loving this gaiwan and think I will get more like it. I find it a bit annoying to transfer from a gaiwan to a pouring pitcher. This just simplifies the process with it’s own infuser.

So did a quick rinse on the leaves this morning and even from the quick rinse I was reluctant to throw away the water. A beautiful milky aroma was coming from it.

Meant to brew 30 for first brew but it went 50 before I got to it. Didn’t matter. It was still good. There might be a faint floral aroma from this tea but it’s mostly all milky & buttery , smooth & sweet. Yum!

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Milk, Smooth, Sweet

Tealizzy

Where did you get your gaiwan with infuser? I have the awesome multifunctional gaiwan from Teavivre and I love it!

Ubacat

I got it from this seller on Aliexpress. This seller has some really nice gaiwans.

http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/2014-Openwork-Blue-and-white-porcelain-Ceramic-tea-sets-Kung-Fu-Tea-Celadon-Quik-Cup-One/1260729_1890230268.html

And here’s a basic white cheap one from Yunnan Sourcing. I plan on adding this one to my next order.

http://yunnansourcing.com/en/gaiwans/1463-white-porcelain-easy-gaiwan-for-brewing-gong-fu-cha-200ml.html

Ubacat

Forgot to ask- What does your multifunctional gaiwan from Teavivre look like?

Tealizzy

Oh, I see, like an easy gaiwan with strainer. I have one from Teavivre that is more like an in-cup infuser in a glass pitcher. I really like it : http://www.teavivre.com/blue-and-white-porcelain-multifunctional-gaiwan/

Ubacat

Nice! A bit pricey for a gaiwan but it’s really pretty.

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88

Had this one today. Just western brewed with no fuss. It was really good. The base is a high mountain oolong. It was sweet, creamy & peachy. There was also vanilla notes. I can’t remember if there was floral notes on this. It went down pretty quick and I really enjoyed it but will try to take notes to leave a better review for next time.

Flavors: Peach, Sweet, Vanilla

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80

Thank you Ubacat for this sample. This is a nice tasting green tea. It is floral, somewhat vegetal and buttery in nature. If i plain didn’t have too much tea I would be tempted to buy it.

Brewed this once in a Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 2 min.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Ubacat

Glad you liked it! I don’t remember floral notes with this tea but I know I like it as I tend to reach for it fairly often. (I said fairly often because I have a huge tea selection too!)

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