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I had this earlier today but couldn’t log it because of steepster issues. I don’t remember it much now – just that it was nice and then it cooled and was awfully bitter. Damn. But I’ve had a few great Yezi teas, so I’ll just focus there.

Thanks Sil (189)

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This was one of the samples I apparently ordered in my sleep one night. I did a good job! I didn’t really know much other than “black tea” but if I had to guess, given my limited experience, I would have guessed a Yunnan just from looking at the leaf. I love Yunnans so that’s good! I can’t say that it’s so very different from others that I have had, but it was a very enjoyable cup and obviously a high quality tea.

Stephanie

The Jin Jun Meis that I have tried were super honey tasting!

Dexter

Jin Jun Mei is usually Fujian :))

Marzipan

Oh good, see, I learned something today!

Dexter

I find it really confusing too – for a long time I thought that Yunnans were my favorite style of black teas, then I learned that most of my favorite Yunnans were actually Fujian. If you like Yunnan, you will probably like Fujian too. :))

Marzipan

I have been reading the Harney book to self educate a bit, but I haven’t made it past the white chapter yet ;)

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Tea-lephone

What a fun TTB! :D The idea behind it is so cute it makes me feel like I’m back in elementary school transforming “my dog is dark brown” to “it’s Dill’s deck now.” tehehe.

This tea is wonderful. Thank you Kiwidelight for choosing this tea. I never would have picked this out for myself but it is really delightful. It is a delicate black tea with luscious honey notes. Astringency does not exist in this tea’s vocabulary but smooth caramel does. And oh that malt…mmm.. making my mouth water… thank goodness it has given me four steeps..tehehe^.^

Flavors: Caramel, Honey, Malt, Smooth

Sami Kelsh

Oh man, I remember telephone! Heck, sometimes I feel like I’m basically playing it at work, albeit with a switchboard that was made in like the 1930s. :p

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Yi Fu Chun is described on Yezi’s website as a smoky black tea…I have an aversion to smokiness in tea, as I’ve been chased out of my home twice by wildfire. I don’t exactly associate smokiness with relaxing around a campfire, more like frantically trying to find pets and belongings to evacuate. SO, I was hesitant to approach this sample.

In the packet, the dry leaf smelled sweet and slightly cocoa-y…hmmm….no smoke! Okay then, steep time!

I am wonderfully surprised by this tea. Yi Fu Chun has similar notes to Fujian blacks that I have had before, but the notes are much more restrained. The bottom note is certainly a deep cocoa flavor that sits on the tongue a bit longer than the sip lasts in your mouth. Then comes mid notes of slight malt/grain/cannabis. The top note is a touch of floral, though I can’t quite place it through my allergies today. It is a similar profile to LB by Verdant and Bailin Gongfu by TeaVivre, but dialed in for a warm summer day. I am appreciating the delicateness of these sometimes cloying notes in the humid (yes, today it is humid. Global weather patterns are weirder and weirder these days) summer day in the Southern California arid heat.

Flavors: Cannabis, Cocoa, Grain, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML
Lee

I got a really large “bowl-like” infuser basket for Western brewing to let my tea really brew evenly for Western style. I tried this one this morning with the new infuser and it brought out lots more smoky notes than I had in the past. Still had its good ole cocoa and subtle sweet too,,,love this tea!!

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drank Yi Fu Chun Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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MzPriss commented yesterday that she liked this better than the Jin Jun Mei. BETTER than Jin Jun Mei? Ok – that’s all I needed to hear for this to become my “inspired by my dashboard” tea of the day.
OMG she’s RIGHT. This is amazing, fantastic, everything I LOVE about Fujian Black tea.
I was at work and I drank about 7 mugs of it through out the day. I don’t measure or time at work – some had long steeps, some had short steeps, some more leaf, some less. Every steep was different, and yet every steep was wonderful in it’s own way. Less steep time, lighter, brighter more fruity. Longer steep times, deep, dark, bitter chocolate. It reacted exactly as it should have. You can pretty much do anything to this tea and it will handle it. If you don’t like it, play with the steep parameters, it changes greatly with steep time. This is very close to being my perfect black tea. Thank you MzPriss for the inspiration.

MzPriss

Oh I’m so glad you liked it! I liked it so much I ordered some after my samples. If it wasn’t close to bedtime, I would have some.

Yezi Tea

This is one of my favorites also, but my husband is totally crazy for this tea :) I have to make a cup of Yi Fu Chun every morning before he leaves apartment. He claims he can’t function without it…

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Some people sleepwalk, apparently I sleep tea order. I totally have an email confirmation for this from four days ago, but only vaguely remember ordering it. But it showed up today.

It was a quiet day at work (calm before the storm) and I shut down early and decided to Gong Fu this. Five infusions later, I love it. I can’t say it’s so very different from the Eastern Beauty from Green Terrace, but that could just be my untrained taste buds. It was all yummy and honey fruity awesomeness though. I would definitely order it again.

Cheri

Sleep tea order. Too funny!

TheTeaFairy

I might be suffering from the same affliction then, marzi…that would explain things.

Cameron B.

I’m really excited to try more oxidized oolongs! Definitely going to pick up a couple from Stacy during her sale. :) That Gui Fei in particular sounds wonderful.

Terri HarpLady

Sleep tea ordering disorder? Without a doubt, I’m a fellow sufferer…I also occasionally go into a Tea Ordering Trance,

christeana1

Butiki is having a sale!?

Ubacat

I think that sleep tea order thing is contagious on Steepster! I’ve done it!

sherapop

You are too funny, Marzipan! It’s true: tea-site surfing late at night can be dangerous…

Stephanie

Zzzz….tea….zzzzz… ;)

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drank Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong by Yezi Tea
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SIPDOWN! and it’s a good once since it’s 1 of 2 teas i had left from december. so woot woot for me. 13+hr day but at least i can smile at a few things :) There will be more yezi orders in the future because i love their “red” teas and their service!

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drank Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong by Yezi Tea
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drank Jin Jun Mei Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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I’ve been drinking this tea at work for a couple of days now. The last time I wrote about it, I thought it was finicky and “white wine up you nose” odd.
It seems to have been behaving since then, and we are friends once again. While this is not my favorite Jin Jun Mei – it has been really pleasant the last couple of days.

TheTeaFairy

It knew it better behave!! i approve that you bring such good teas at your workplace :-)
(Now can I get my maocha?)

Dexter

You cannot bribe me with compliments…..
If you want maocha – then that counts as EITHER your SALE tea for July OR your Aug purchase (it also pushes back sheng pot purchase). ;))

TheTeaFairy

Hmmm….we do sound like a married couple, haha! Then be it, that august purchase can be pushed to September…this way I can have WP AND BUTIKI…in JULY!!!

Sarsonator

Wow, Dex… you’re tough. Are you for hire as a Teahab Purchasing Restriction Agent? You’d know this in hockey terms as “The Enforcer” :p

I’m only half kidding. I need help.

Dexter

Yes you can have WP and BUTIKI in July, but then NOTHINGNADAZERO tea orders in August – then back to ONE order per month starting in Sept….

Dexter

Sars – I’m not sure I’m very good at this – I usually get told about the rule breaking AFTER the fact…. LOL – I usually pretty good at talking out of orders IF informed BEFORE it’s placed. LOL You are almost close enough that if you broke the rules I could come down and “Enforce” in person. ;))

TheTeaFairy

Dexter does a GREAT job with me…many times she has helped me “sleeping on it” instead of clicking the evil “order now” button!!

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Sars, needs you too….do you even know Dex what I can only imagine she just spent on a pu’erh starter kit???

Sarsonator

TTF! You snitch!!!!

Sarsonator

Snitches get stitches!

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Try to find me in my woods, its full of traps!!

Sarsonator

Dex: For realz. You need to start a business. Teahab Enforcers, Inc. You can hire agents in different parts of the country so you can physically restrain people, if needed.

And listen up, Foxy. I could find you ANYWHERE. All I have to do is follow the smell of the tea. So there. :p

MzPriss

Why didn’t I know about the starter kit?

MzPriss

I like this tea some – but I really like Yezi’s Yi Fu Chun way more. Dexter – I need an enforcer.

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Then come on over my dear Sars, the kettle is on :-)

Sarsonator

MzP: You did know! It’s not exactly a kit, per se. I just ordered all the teas you two told me to get! I just posted them all on the Today’s Mail thread. Dex… I need you…

TTF: If we lived closer, I would make you help me drink all this!!! :)

MzPriss

If we all lived closer we would have tea parties all the time

TheTeaFairy

You guys, first, I’d I need a peeing device attached to me at all time. Just sayin. I spend way too much time in my bathroom. (Too much information???)

Sarsonator

Aaaaw. I want a tea party! No one else I know likes tea this much.

MzPriss

They make those LTF – I think they are catheters.

TheTeaFairy

(I want something more girly though)

MzPriss

(a _pink_catheter?)

Dexter

Have yo’all SEEN my cupboard?!!!!?? I can’t take on anymore clients…. you mention Dex talk me out of buying this tea – hey I can do that no problem, but UMMMM I go and look at it and the next thing I know it’s arriving in the mail….

TheTeaFairy

Oh, poor Dex…I do try to help you sometimes…does it count????

Dexter

MzPriss – “but I really like Yezi’s Yi Fu Chun way more”
I’ve moved this into my purse for a work tea tomorrow – it will be my “inspiration tea from my dashboard” tea for tomorrow. Thanks for the suggestion.

MzPriss

You’re welcome. I like it a lot. I bought more after I had the sample.

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drank Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong by Yezi Tea
4674 tasting notes

oh december teas… how you will be gone from my cupboard..someday! lol i have one more cup of this left since today there was just a little too much tea for a sipdown heh. i’m actually not terribly upset by that because i rather enjoy this one with just a little maple syrup…yes VariaTEA… A LITTLE! not a tablespoon! lol

Terri HarpLady

LOL
Did I mention that our YS order came? I’m still working on filling your birthday box, but I promise everything I send will be primo stuff, not some lame crap ;)

Sil

i’m working on your box toooooo! and not to worry my dearest tea sister…you do need to tell me if you want me to pick anything up from TeaG for you when i’m there though!

Terri HarpLady

Have i ever tried any teas from there? I guess I’d better start perusing their website, eh?

VariaTEA

what’s a little? Is that like 1/2 a cup?

Terri HarpLady

LOL, VariaTEA, I always just free hand it :)

VariaTEA

I did too and ended up with a cup of maple syrup toned down by just a bit of tea :P

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drank Yi Fu Chun Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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Someone mentioned sugar cane for this tea and I have to agree. It does have a really mellow sugar cane, malt and fruity waft up the nose. Still REALLY like this tea!

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drank Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong by Yezi Tea
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I’ve been drinking this at work for the last couple of days….. It’s a strange one.
I normally like Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong – but this isn’t what I was expecting. I didn’t get any smoke at all (I wasn’t expecting full out Lapsang, but was expecting a little). There is something boozy in here – it says scotch, but that’s not it. I’m getting more wine, grape, alcohol and it’s not working for me.
It’s too bad, I like Yezi, but this one just isn’t for me. :((

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This Tie Guan Yin is the best one I’ve had yet. I will not go into much detail as I think Yezi Tea’s description of it is perfect. To summarize, it is very sweet and vegetal with light floral notes of orchid and a bit of a resinous camphor note. It has undertones of caramel and honey. Very sweet and rich oolong, love it!

Flavors: Camphor, Caramel, Honey, Orchid, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 100 OZ / 2957 ML

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Origin: Logu, Nantou Co.; Taiwan
dong ding (Dong Ding) = mountainous oolong producing area of Nantou county, Taiwan, literally Frozen Summit (冻顶 or 凍頂)
Dry Leaf: Buttery, daffodil-scented yellowish-green tightly rolled pellets on stems.
Method: 4oz Porcelain Gong Fu pot 5grams tea 3oz water 200F No rinse
45 seconds first steeping then 55 seconds for the second steeping
Wet Leaf: Mostly 2 leaves on a stem. Honey and daffodil-scented. Leaves dark forest green now.
Liquor: Light spring green color, scent of the daffodil and honey.
Flavor: First infusion – Buttery flavor and mouthfeel. Not too floral in flavor, it is more on the nose—which is perfect.
Second infusion brought a touch of balancing bitter (but not harsh) and the liquor is a darker spring green color. Very good floral Oolong.

Flavors: Butter, Flowers

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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drank Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong by Yezi Tea
4674 tasting notes

soooo close to being done with this one. This + maple syrup today was a happy time. :)

Dexter

Glad you enjoyed it – this didn’t work for me today. I need to get my attitude adjusted back to appreciating my black teas (considering how many/much I just ordered).

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drank Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong by Yezi Tea
4674 tasting notes

another backlog from a few days ago. I’m still enjoying this one, so it’s a safe bet that i am still a fan of Yezi. Hopefully i’ll be able to share some love for them in august when i restock a few of my teas.

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drank Yi Fu Chun Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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This tea is full of warm sweet fruit notes of canned peaches and a hint of mandarin, all mixed in with buttered grains and cocoa. Really tasty and surprisingly rich considering it’s short steep time. Thanks to Dexter for a chance to sample this tea!

1tsp/150ml/90°C

Pretty sepia tinged copper brown broth

20s first scent very fruity like canned peaches, cashew butter, roasted notes, cocoa
Taste. Cocoa, peaches, butter, a sweet grain note in between polenta and oatmeal, honey, if you hold the tea in your mouth and breathe in the peach notes are very distinct and their are also hints of canned mandarins, otherwise the flavours blend into each other. the tea tastes very rich even after only 20s, it is thick and slightly buttery on the tongue.

25s fruit notes slightly brighter and stronger, more honey, cocoa, butter, a little cinnamon, less grain notes, a touch of citrus tinged floral.

40s. Cocoa, grain, malt, sharper more citrus toned fruit, honey, butter, sweet fruit lingering in background with a light floral tone.

70s. Similar to previous steep but maltier.

Sami Kelsh

Ooh, this sounds so pretty.

pyarkaaloo

your reviews are so impressive. you’re a microsteeping hero!

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My first tie guan yin! Very floral and perfumey. Loved it <3

Followed the steeping time on the website and started with 45 seconds and worked up. By the 3rd infusion, I thinking it would haven been better to add 15 or 20 seconds rather than 10, but now at least I know for next time :)

Flavors: Perfume

Preparation
5 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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drank Jin Jun Mei Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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:((
I love Jin Jun Mei – it’s one of my favorite styles of black tea.
I love Yezi – it’s one of my favorite sources for black teas.
Why am I not loving this today ? – it’s seems finicky – not behaving. One cup was good, one cup was not so good – none were amazing.
Seems oddly “white wine, up your nose astringent” (yes that’s something that I’ve made up, but some teas seem like that to me) when it’s really hot. Much better as it cools, but still not the rich malty, chocolate that I’m looking for.
I’m sure this is just me, I’ve had it before and was AMAZING – just hope this is just me having a cranky day – this is too expensive to be a finicky tea…..

TheTeaFairy

Awww, bad jin jun mei….it should behave!

Was there something different with the water at work?

Lol, i compared a tea to white wine yesterday, but it was a good thing!!

Dexter

It could be the water, it could be the haphazard steeping times, it could be my mood – but for a tea to make my top 10 (and I think this should be there) it needs to be able to stand up to the craziness of work….

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drank Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong by Yezi Tea
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i’ve been sort of slackadasical the past week days in part because work has been crazy but also because getting the house in order has taken most of my energy between painting and shopping and moving things and cleaning and…and… and. so apologies for the crapp tasting notes as of late. I’m hoping that tomorrow i can spend some time with my tea and get back in to the groove. :) I’m sure things will get back to normal once i get the house in order lol

I love this tea a lot, though today i did NOT add maple syrup as i often do. I just wanted the tea..and it was my happy place today when i found out that a project that was closed has been reopened and hey….look! sill can do that! i need a new job. stat.

OMGsrsly

re doing the job of 6 people? Or is it 8?

OMGsrsly

O right, hearts. “So now you’re…”

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drank Jin Jun Mei Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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I enjoyed my last cup of this last night. Thanks again to KiwiDelight for allowing me the pleasure. This was a very relaxing tea for me and I definitely see a Yezi order in my future.

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Fantastic coco-ey, bold, dark, black tea from Yezi.
This is exactly the type of black tea that I love.

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drank Jin Pin by Yezi Tea
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I haven’t had pu’erh in a while, even though I adore it. So I decided to crack this open to start the day.

The dry leaf smells of worn leather and sweet tobacco. The taste is smooth and mellow – a hint of damp earth. While I don’t find this complex, I do find it enjoyable and easy to sip.

I’m on my third steep (western style) and I can see that I’ll get a few more steeps out of it.

Thank you Dexter for sharing this sample with me!

gmathis

Love the name of this one! Sounds opulent.

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