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When I was in vancouver last weekend, I went to the chinese tea shop with my friend, and Daniel made like 5 or 6 different teas just for us to try (me and my friend didn’t ask for any of them, or even to try teas, some of the other people did and he was just so excited to show us his teas, he just kept making more other ones), anyways, it was a lot of fun. He made this in what I assume was a really well-seasoned yixing because it tasted unbelievable, like I distinctly remember it tasted exactly like I was getting the last bits of mango that are on the pit of a mango and you’re trying to scrape off the last little bit with your teeth.. anyways, so I got my first yixing pot there, which was $15 because it’s a marriage pot, the lid fits really well and is almost the same colour, so I decided to use it for dancong because dancong is amazing

Anyways so I’m brewing it in that. at 98C

I get honey notes, and a rock sugar-like sweetness, light fruitiness somewhat reminiscent of lychee, a but of mint, some bark notes, there’s a cinnamon toastiness to it as well. It has a lovely tingly exciting mouthfeel with a lovely toasty aroma. I don’t really know what else to say about it, it doesn’t seem to complex. I get a bit more of a perfumey floralness, light and a bit more of a soapy texture a bit later into the session.

I like it, I might expect a little bit more at this price point (~$0.50/g) but it is really quite good.


i’m intrigued now if a seasoned yixing would add to the fruitiness, I might have to get one if thats the case – usually porcelain is advised but for the dancong with the same lychee/mango taste I would love a pot that made this flavour more pronounced


I thought that was how yixing works, lol he was also using spring water that could’ve been the difference as well

Rasseru I just mean what flavours it would pronounce , the fruit or the roast or whatever

If the fruit gets more I would like it, but any more bitter & it might ruin the more delicate ones


You could always get one and not use it on the more delicate ones :o


Haha yes I could.

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I pulled this one out to try it again and i had a little more success today that previous times. I’m still not getting the intensity that others have with this, but there are some definite honey notes that are coming through.

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i don’t get it. Lol. Pulled this one out today from omgsrsly to try. After a number of steeps and different temps and times, i just don’t get it. Tastes like not very much of anything to me. I’m hoping that maybe next time i pull this out i’ll be able to figure it out, though if i can’t…well there’s more for everyone else, since i know most folks have really loved this.


Love this – it’s like apricot honey.
IMHO – gong fu – boiling water – flash steeps.
If you tried that then maybe it’s just not for you…..


i’ve got more to play with :)

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Mmm. This dark honey is from OMGsrsly. It’s pretty delicious. I’m both a fan of white tea and eating honey syrup so this was always going to go over well.

If only me and puerh got along like this all the time.

Flavors: Apricot, Hay, Honey, Malt, Tangy

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KimcheeKat kindly gave me a sample of this in a swap a while back. I waited too long after I finished it to write a good review but I have been unwilling to remove it from my cupboard until I made a note reminding myself that I should buy this given the opportunity. So here is my note to self: This tea is excellent, buy it.

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Another one from OMGsrsly!!!

I’ve heard nothing but good things about this one, so I originally meant to save it for last, but I am the least patient person in existence, so that didn’t happen. OMGsrsly was generous enough to give me a sample big enough for two sessions anyway (thanks!!), so I still have a bit to hoard away.

The leaves are kind of silky-fuzzy, heheeeeee. I liked the way they felt against my fingers when I was picking off a chunk to brew.

This tea really is super heavy on the honey sweetness, and I’m noticing a hint of woodiness coming out in some of the longer steeps. It feels like it should be a dessert tea…like I’d be breaking the rules if I drank this before clearing my dinner plate of all my veggies. Anyhoo, it was yummy and I’m happy to report that my sweet tooth has been Appeased.


This one is seriously The Best that I’ve tried. :D Glad you enjoyed!


Me too – Best Moonlight I’ve tried :))


It’s sooo good, thank you for sharing!!


Scurries off to add to list for Sunday. So glad the two of you connected! I thought you might have similar flavor palates.

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I started my – can I drink pu’erh at work – experiment today…….

It was recently pointed out to me that if I drank two pu’erh sessions a week, I have enough pu’erh to last 7 years. I need to be drinking more pu’erh – so, I took some of this to work today. I know, I know – I am incredibly fortunate in my tea making supplies/ability at work, but pu’erh is a finicky animal that needs to be taken care of. Dealing with chunks of cakes didn’t seem like a good idea, so I just took some tou.

I don’t think I would take anything “special” to work – and I certainly don’t have space to set up a gong fu situation but using my steeping basket in a mug was ok. Rinse, rinse, quick steep – go back to desk. Can’t take the cup to the desk with it still steeping – I forget about it and then it’s way icky. The other interesting thing is you a different tea every steep – some strong, some mild, some water not hot enough. It all adds up to different flavors coming out. I’m not sure this is the answer to my problem, but if I can drink some of the “just ok stuff” at work then that SHOULD help reduce my stash. Need to keep working on it…..


Good idea. I like the thought of steeping and then bringing it back to my desk. But there’s no where to put my basket etc, other than the staff fridge…


Have you tried combining a whole series of gong fu type steeps in a travel mug and taking that to work?


Bringing the basket back to my desk is fine as long as it’s not still in the cup steeping. Our new coffee station at the back of the room is really good, but the water isn’t hot enough – I know poor me, I need to walk all the way to the kitchen to get 200F water.

Lindsay – I’m spoiled – I drink and make pretty good black tea at work all the time – black works, it’s nice to have good tea all day. LOL tea in travel mug wouldn’t make it TO work. I know first world problems and I should not be complaining..


My work desk is less than idea. It’s a fairly small stone table – not enough room, and SUPER cold.


LOL This is why I can’t quit my job – cheap hotel discounts and great tea making options at work. :)
Stone table as a desk – I would not like that….


It’s terrible. I’ve started wearing wrist warmers. BRR. The space was “designed” and is not actually a useful space…


I drink cheap Sheng grandpa style sometimes at work. You have to make sure you’ve eaten something or it can make you feel nauseous and I use less leaf than I do for gongfucha sessions but it can be pleasant when I’m in the mood. I haven’t attempted shou yet though.

Christina / BooksandTea

I’ve been using up random Teavivre and YS samples at work, and *yyz*’s method is similar to mine – I use a little less, steep it for a little longer, and I can usually get a good 2-3 steeps. The hot water dispenser is far enough away that I think it offers a good steep time.


So is this a pretty good company, do you think?

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Thank you to Dexter for sharing this unusual tea with me.

I can’t remember if this was a sample gift or a purchase… it’s been a while. :D But it is unusual, I mean, 1000 year old trees? And as a black tea? Ok. I’ll try.

It smells a little smoky. A little like an Assam. A little like chocolate-dirt. The tea is really a very pretty amber colour.

Oh, this is quite sweet. I rinsed, and my first steep is about 10-15 seconds. It has a hint of carbs to it, but nothing like the honey black I just tried. It’s also almost floral-grapey like a Darjeeling, although it doesn’t have the perfumey notes of a very fresh/green leafed Darjeeling. And there’s some smoke in the background, but it’s more like tobacco leaves that have been warmed, than true smoke.

It’s also quite thin. Maybe that’s because of the shorter steep, but it’s somewhat unexpected.

I’ll have to drink more of this tea tomorrow, it’s not really what I was looking for tonight. But it’s really interesting.

Thanks so much for sharing, Dexter!

TBH, I think it’s this tea:
Just “Old Tree”, not specifically 1000 year old tree.

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 140 ML

Dunno – that’s the one he gave us saying it was “special” – I would have just entered it here as it was labelled.


It is labelled “1000 years old tree” but I checked the website, and based on the pictures, it looks like what I linked. The flavour profile seems in the same ballpark as well.

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Aged oolong seems to be my weakness and what I keep searching for. When I received this as part of the angel swooping in because my Halloween partner hasn’t appeared on Steepster again, I was quite excited.
The first thing to note is that I don’t believe this was reroasted from the original roast. The second thing to note is that the roast was a light to medium and not a full blown one. These are both initial thoughts as I looked at the leaf and smelled it. Upon brewing it I am more confident that those two things are true.

This is an aged oolong that was charcoal roasted and stored well as it has similar characteristics as that of the aged oolongs from Tea Urchin who has (from my experience) amazing storage. That being said, there is a cocoa malt mixture going on within the tea where the small buttery texture ends up becoming a way for tasting notes of mild roast to be appreciated over the flavor itself. If you steep this out you will find the mild sweetness that I refer to as the candy bar that sat in the sun for four hours and just had to taste to see what it was like to find out it lost flavor.

I used 3.5 to 4 grams of this in a small little vessel and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Much better than a lot of aged TGY out there that has been roasted and wet stored for a small portion of time but is noticeable.

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I wouldn’t normally call a green tea creamy, but this one is! I love creamy, buttery teas, so I was pleasantly surprised with this one! This tea is sweet, grassy and full bodied with a very light colour.

Flavors: Creamy, Grass, Sweet

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this one came to me from omgsrsly and the final verdict on this one is that it’s too earthy for me. even after a number of steeps, there’s a note to this one that i don’t love. Initial steeps were very earthy and musty. I didn’t get the smokey notes that omgsrsly did, but maybe that’s the note that wasn’t jiving for me on this one? later steeps saw this one with a little sweeter note to it but it still carried that heavy, bold, earthy taste to it. Good to know though, and always happy to try new puerh :) thanks lady!



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It’s not a secret – I hate fall. It’s just the saddest season and it means winter is coming.
One of the only things that I really love is Pumpkin Amaretto Cheesecake from a local cafe.
So tonight I went and got a slice and snuggled in with it and some good shou.
This tea is almost perfect for me. It’s dark and bold, but not over powering. It’s fruity and sweet, but still has some aged woodiness. This tastes old without being musty and nasty. Once quick rinse and it’s just amazing.
All is right in my world…..


I should find this one and try it. :)


Your tasting note said that there was a mustiness to it that you weren’t digging… woody and musty. LOL to each their own. I think it’s smooth, sweet and awesome. Drink something that you enjoy.:))


It might have just needed to air out. :)


I should find this cheesecake and try it.

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This tea leads with a light smokiness which leads way to smooth plums. It is fresh and crisp with a slight lingering sweetness. Stands up to many infusions.

Flavors: Plums, Smoke

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This tea is sweet, delicate and full of honey flavour! The dry leaves smell like fresh grass. I will be buying more of this!

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I really don’t know much about this other than the owner gave it to us and said it was special.
Not sure about special, but it is unusual. Sweet, earthy, peachy (apricot?), brassy. A little puerh ish, a little Indian blach, and some stone fruit. Would never have thought China Black if blind tasting this. Unusual, not bad, not my style…..

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I broke this out tonight, and used it to inaugurate my new little gaiwan though I opted to not use the minuscule tea cups that came with it. My husband teased that they belonged to a dollhouse. I used the whole sample that OMGsrsly gave me, thinking with the gaiwan I’d need more leaf but shorter steep.

Because I used a small teacup, I opted to do 2 steeps per cup, following the first one. I’m on steeps 3 and 4 now. Longer steeps yield a darker colour…a dark but translucent honey (almost mahogany), and the taste becomes a little more earthy, and what I expect from a pu erh that’s been aged. I’m not sure I get thick honey, as for the taste, though I am having my steeps straight, so that says something. It does seem to be getting sweeter with the steeps though. The last steep actually went longer than planned, because I forgot to time it, but by the the water had cooled even more, so I think it was ok. As the tea cools, it feels so thick in my mouth, so the thick honey description is coming truer.

I’m very glad OMGsrsly gave me a sample of this to try. I’m glad I used the taiwan for this, though having used this little one, I feel like I want a larger one as well. But my little one will suffice. I just get about 5-6 sips before I need more. I’ll try to get a few more steeps out of this one tonight.


Mmmmmm loved this one – so much fun.


Yep! I’m just making the 5th and 6th steeps now. I don’t mind combining them at this point, since I did not get much difference with the earlier steeps, and it seems that combined, I’m getting a richer steep. I do see room in my collections for a larger gaiwan though…the one I have is so tiny. It’s cute, but tiny.


They were so thick! I’m so glad I got to try it!

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This one I’m drinking today. Thank you OMGsrsly for the sample.
I’m really thinking that my tastes are changing.
I really like this – I’m not usually a white tea fan, but this is really nice.
It’s more honey than grass. It’s light but has a really nice flavor to it. Might be just a hint floral. but that’s way in the back more as an accent than out right floral.
Yep – this is good.
Thank you for the opportunity to try it. :))

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I love this – I have lots of moonlight at this is by far the best I’ve tried.
Boiling water – flash steeps = liquid honey with a hint of apricot. It’s just perfect.
When I get the rest of the moonlight drank – I will buy a cake of this.
Thank you OMGsrsly for sharing this amazing tea.


i’ve been saving this one to try last once i get through the other samples heh

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I know that OMGsrsly LOVES this tea and she was generous enough to give me a sample. Thank you so much.

Yep this is a good one. It’s really mild, nice, gentle. soothing – a little sweet, a little fruity (apricot?). ZERO bitter, ZERO astringent. I’m not even getting any musty, aged, pu’erh ness. Mmmmmmm had a nice afternoon with this – and I have enough for another session. Looking forward to that. :)




:) I love super high leaf-to-water ratio to get thick liquid honey goodness. Haha.


LOL Well you gave me two pieces- I used the smaller of the two today. Can try it with more leaf next time….

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I’ll probably be updating this note as I drink the tea. Sample generously provided by Dexter. :) Thank you!

I flash-rinsed twice, and because it was loose pieces it opened up pretty fast. The first steep was still fairly pale orange, and the second steep now is quite dark. It has a bit of musty flavour still that I’m not digging, but it’s reduced even with the second steep so I have high hopes.

It’s fairly sweet (yay!) and kind of woody-fruity. More wood, though. :)

I’ve steeped 7 times now and it’s starting to slow down. The musty flavours are mostly gone, and now it’s a smooth and slightly sweet brew. I’ve enjoyed this very much, although I don’t think I’d buy it for myself.

Thanks so much for sharing!

205 °F / 96 °C 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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I’ve been taking notes…

10s rinse.
10s steep: OMG. Smokey. Weird note I can’t describe. Little sour.
- leaves smell kinda like wet cigarettes
Flash rinse
10s steep: Ugh, still that icky note I don’t like. Very smokey.
10s steep: Nope.
6s steep: Little better maybe, but still too smokey.
6s steep: Less smokey but still that icky taste.
6s steep: More smoke again, a little sweet, a little lingering bitterness.
(Will add later…)
6s steep: Bright, lingering bitterness. Smoke seems to be dissipating, although the leaves still smell icky.

Next day:

Flash rinse.
5s steep: Smells like a woodshop that someone’s also been smoking in. Reminds me of my Grampa, actually, which is weird. Today it’s not super objectionable, but it’s just not a flavour I want to be drinking.
(I’m trying to get as much out of this as possible, since the 5g cost $7.50. That’s a lot for a tea I don’t like, so steeping for educational purposes it is.)
10s steep: It’s a lot more drinkable now, but I think it’s starting to head out. I’ll probably do a few more steeps.

In conclusion, I don’t necessarily think this is a terrible tea. However, it’s not for me. Not at all. I really don’t like that heavy smokey sour flavour and the smokey woodshop smell.

200 °F / 93 °C 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Having this (still from my 50g sample, not the new cake (!!) that I bought) made in my new eensy teensy gaiwan.

Smells like honey. Tastes like honey with a touch of bitter because I’m learning the skill of pouring. Haha. Note to self: flash steep this sucker until it opens up!

4 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

I like the sound of tasting like honey. Also, where’d you get the new taiwan? I’m on the hunt for one. I saw a few at Silk Road, both that I like, but I thing I want to look around a bit more first.


I got it at Treasure Green! They had a ~100-120ml white one for about $20 as well.

Not everything is on their website. :) And they’ll have more in June, I think, once she gets back from her buying trip.


If you want a really tiny one, Dragon Tea House has a bunch in the 50-100ml size range.

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I didn’t use enough tea in my glass gongfu pot. Sadness! So while it’s still tasty, it’s weaker than it was last time and isn’t the expected thick liquid honey-like liquid.

6g is not enough for 200ml. Just FYI.

And eggplant bhartha is too strong to eat along side this tea as well. Even though it was delicious.

6 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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