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A sample from a while back – also a sipdown! According to Yezi’s instructions you are supposed to use 5-6 grams and my sample package says 5 grams. It also says one teaspoon for 3 ounces of water, so I basically had 3 teaspoons for my 9 ounce mug. I had to guess on steep time… since I really don’t get the 15 seconds they mention.

Steep #1 // just boiled // 2 min
The fragrance of the dry leaves are amazing. I just know I will love it. The taste is very nice – smooth, a little smoky, malty, a little sweet, much like Laoshan Black. It’s VERY nice. The three teaspoons used probably make it tastier than the Laoshan that asks for one teaspoon… but should I really have to use three teaspoons? It definitely isn’t astringent or bitter or overdone. Just a nice cup all around.

Steep #2// just boiled // 3 min
Another lovely cup of tea… just like the first cup. I am starting to love and appreciate these types of black teas more, but they still aren’t my favorites. Honestly, it might be my palate or that I’ve sipped my Yezi samples months apart, but all three of the black teas have really tasted the same to me. The only difference might be with this one, since I used three teaspoons rather than two teaspoons with the others. I wonder if anyone else can taste a difference. Also, these Yezi teas do not have as deep a flavor as many of the Teavivre teas… those are more like dark chocolate even if I only use two teaspoons of leaves. I won’t start comparing to every black tea here!

Steep #3 // just boiled // 4 min
Another lovely cup but not as good as the other two. Nothing else new to add!

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89

Dark oolong that is amber in color and has an aroma that draws you in. This tea has a nice honey sweetness and the flavors I am getting are a little fruity with a mix strawberry and apricot. On the back end I taste a subtle flavor of a light oolong with floral and vegetal notes. The taste of this tea is quite complex and very delicious.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Qing Pin Black Tea by Yezi Tea
90 tasting notes

This tea has a nice malty aroma. Very enjoyable malty flavor with cocoa and a little hay with a nice sweetness to it. The aftertaste is light and pleasant. This is a delightful tea that is light and tasty.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Jin Xuan Oolong Tea by Yezi Tea
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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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55

Very, very grassy, and quite astringent. I followed the brewing instructions on Yezi teas to a T (hah, geddit). The first brew was a bit too strong for me but subsequent brews mellowed out a bit and it became more enjoyable. My experience with green tea is limited, but this is a solid tea. I’d probably enjoy something with a milder flavor.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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So far, this is my favorite Tieguanyin. I got about seven infusions out of it, from yesterday to today. Very relaxing to drink. I will definitely write more about it the next time I drink it. :)

Seventh steep brewing photos:
http://tea-pet.tumblr.com/post/73378289610/beauti-full-leaves-xiv

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

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195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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drank Qing Pin Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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85

Light oolong that is yellow in color and has the aroma of sweet flowers. The flavor is light and sweet with vegetal and floral notes with just a hint of orange at the end. The texture of this tea is very smooth. Definitely a tea I would drink again.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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I know that I’m not supposed to drink green tea… but, I just… I just had to. I am a Long Jing fanatic. If I had to choose my favorite green teas it would be Genmaicha, Long Jing, and then Gyokuro. I used to drink at least one of them every day when I was younger. Thus, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try this one (Thanks to LiberTEAS!).

It is wonderful. Grassy, light, crisp, pure, subtle, slightly nutty. Very long length. The aroma is similar to fresh, clean grass in a pristine meadow. The liquid was a very pale yellow-green. It is everything you want in a good Long Jing.

Complete side note: My significant other brought me a vegan, gluten-free Earl Grey and Chocolate Chip cookie. (I hate him/love him for this.) And surprisingly it went well along with the third infusion of the Long Jing.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec
AlexaK.

Hmm, tea and cookies! Yum!

Tea Pet

It was an amazing cookie… I felt so guilty though… I actually just ended up making it my dinner. :p

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175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Jin Xuan Oolong Tea by Yezi Tea
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A top notch Oolong. Sweet and creamy! my first cup was so smooth and light, and subsequent infusions became more intensely flavored. Notes of flower, but not an overly floral tea.

The texture is silky and milky. The flavor is so delightful. This tea yielded lots of infusions, so take it through its paces!

here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/11/07/jin-xuan-oolong-tea-yezi-tea/

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drank Jin Pin Black Tea by Yezi Tea
680 tasting notes

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