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drank Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong by Yezi Tea
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Unique. Not Scotchy, but unique. It’s certainly spent time over a fire. It’s smokier than I like. To me, this is like inhaling charcoal. As it cooled, it got even harsher. Glad I tried it, but wow, this one isn’t my thing at all. I can’t taste anything beyond the smoke. Of course, I may not have steeped this properly, either. Always room for that possibility. :)

Sil

i don’t remember getting any smoke at all from this one haha of course it also didn’t taste like scotch either

Nicole

It is highly possible that I didn’t steep correctly. I tend to a one-size-fits-all steep method and some teas likely don’t respond well to that approach. :)

TastyBrew

Yeah, i don’t remember smoke either. But I do remember burnt toast. So maybe when you really burn toast it turns smoky :-)

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

I am excited to try this tea since I love smokey teas, and…if the article I am groggily skimming is correct Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong is basically higher quality Lapsang Souchong. So that is awesome.

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Deliciously delicate and yet so full of flavor. I love teas like this, that have so much complexity … so many layers to explore.

Silky and creamy texture, slightly vegetative and sweet.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/10/03/wen-shan-pouchong-oolong-tea-yezi-tea/

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Aroma: Straw, light woody smoke
Liquor Color: Light golden amber
Liquor Flavor: First steep was at 30 seconds. Flavor was light, tasted straw with a mild sweetness and light smoke aftertaste. Second steep, I accidentally left for 2 minutes, was a lot more complex, a bitterness came through along with the smokey taste. Really woody. Astringent.
Notes: This didn’t seem as intense as the other Puerh I tried. I’m guessing it wasn’t aged as much? Overall, it was a nice mellow tea. This reminded me of a mate beverage called Chimarrao that’s popular in Brazil.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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This is my favorite oolong and I am currently testing different brewing methods and thoroughly enjoyed today’s brew.

In a 10oz Teapot:

60 second rinse and discard

2:00 minute steep – lite yellow brew with a very floral aroma. Strong flavor with a slight floral taste and no bitterness.

2:30 minute steep – A darker yellow brew with a floral aroma but not as strong as the previous steeping. A much more robust flavor profile in this brew with a nice rounded flavor with a slight sweetness lingering on the tongue.

3:00 minute steep – same color as the previous brew with little floral aroma. This steeping was extremely smooth and buttery. A nice rounded flavor and a lingering sweetness that left me wanting more.

another 3:00 minute steep – almost identical to the previous brew.

I’m looking forward to trying this in my new yixing and am thinking of buying a gaiwan soon as I have heard it is the best method for brewing a TGY.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Jin Pin by Yezi Tea
113 tasting notes

I like this one a lot. It’s similar to the Qing Pin tea from the same company. It’s very flavourful and not bitter at all. It has a cocoa smell but it doesn’t really taste like it. I prefer the Qing Pin over the Jin Pin just because I find the chocolate taste is stronger.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

i second that!

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drank Qing Pin by Yezi Tea
113 tasting notes

I absolutely love this tea. I haven’t tried brewing it gong fu style yet, I used an infuser mug. It has very strong chocolate notes, even more than laoshan black from Verdant in my opinion.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

sooooo goood!

ifjuly

this is one of my favorites from yezi!

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drank Qing Pin by Yezi Tea
4840 tasting notes

I had this again today because that is a semi sipdown. I’ve finished off the bit from the BBB Box that tastybrew sent us and now i just have the ounce that i recently purchased myself for black friday haha. Still a win since it’s an “older” tea out of my cupboard haha I love this one. not much more to say beyond the fact that it’s a good, tasty, tasty black and another find offering from Yezi tea. I’m glad tastybrew found them!

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drank Qing Pin by Yezi Tea
905 tasting notes

My Yezi Tea order arrived last week, very impressed with how fast it got here! I’ve been wanting to try the yeas but I’ve been busy and harried for new teas. Finally got something sent out at work today, so I feel free (er) tonight!

So onto the tea! The reviews intrigued me, fruity, but similar to laoshan black? Had to try it! My 1 oz bag had a nice little keep-fresh pouch in it, never have gotten one of those in tea before haha. The dry leaves smell slightly malty and roasty. I steeped my davidstea perfect spoonful (prob 1.5 tsps) for 3 minutes. The resulting liquor.. Wow, it smells soooo good! Like laoshan black but maltier, toastier, and a slightly smoky scent. Actually, it kind of reminds me of the smoky hint in yu lu yan cha! Huzzah, very interesting aroma!

As fit the flavor…. wow. Talk about complex. So many things going on that are good! First off, a rich toasty malty black tea, rich, deep. It leads into a slightly smoky hint, but more like a toast smoke, or roast, nothing like lapsang. Then, this soft, almost creamy sweet aftertaste. Mild, but there. I can’t identify it for the life of me lol. It’s definitely a fruitiness, it also is somewhat in the middle of the sip… So intriguing! And so good. Most similar to yu lu yan cha to me, but with a sweetness, some fruit, not as robust and harsh (in contrasting the two, I still really like my yu lu haha).

Overall, very good. So many notes and goodness. Interesting enough and likeable enough I might reorder a bunch… :D, I’ll have more cups before deciding haha.

ETA – I get an earthiness a bit like sweet potato, but different from other blends. Maybe just earthy? Gah. This one’s a tough one to describe.. I just suggest trying it lol.

Sil

Love these teas! Think you’ll have fun with them :)

MissLena

I’m excited to try the Jin Jun Mei and the oolong samples :D so far I am impressed with Yezi!

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drank Qing Pin by Yezi Tea
4840 tasting notes

oh man.. another delicious tea for the morning but now the mail is here and i’m like OMG! what do i drink first!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! so glad that once this little batch from tastybrew is all finished up, i have the additional ounce i ordered from yezi. i am super happy with their teas!

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Qing Pin by Yezi Tea
107 tasting notes

I’m sipping down the last of my samples from Yezi Tea

First steep(3 minutes): Rich aroma of damp forest. The flavor is more like old leather with undertones of chocolate and cedar. Very powerful, yet balanced and well integrated. Good finish.

The second steep was significantly less powerful, yet held all the same flavor components. It seemed more refined; almost like tasting a Bordeaux wine after a California Cabernet. I preferred the first steep, but only slightly.

This isn’t my favorite style of tea, but it was of such high quality that I enjoyed it a lot, so gave it a good score.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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A really wonderful Jasmine pearl, one of the best Jasmine Pearl teas that I’ve tried. Very aromatic, but without tasting perfume-y. Delicious, exotic, and soothing.

No sharpness from the tea or the jasmine, just a soft, luxurious flavor. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/09/12/jasmine-pearls-mo-li-hua-green-tea-from-yezi-tea/

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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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drank Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong by Yezi Tea
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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Sample sipdown (136) I picked this one up with my last Yezi tea order just to try another white tea. They generally not my favourite, but i keep trying to see if there are any that knock my socks off like the one i tried from MF.

This one is tasty, but again falls short, only because of my inability to really appreciate white teas. It’s not overly floral and there’s a smooth, sweetness to this that i quite like. Overall a nice little tea, though folks who appreciate white teas will likely enjoy it much more than me :)

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drank Qing Pin by Yezi Tea
4840 tasting notes

had a cup of this in the morning. Another tea from the BBBBox from tastybrew! I love how confusing this tea is :) it’s chocolatey and sweet and fruity and peachy and my mouth is all over the place. haha It really is a neat tea and another great tea from yezi!

TastyBrew

The aroma of this tea pretty much blows my mind.

Sil

heh there’s a reason i ordered another ounce over black friday :)

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drank Jin Jun Mei Black Tea by Yezi Tea
344 tasting notes

I may not have used enough leaf for this cup. I am comparing this to the 2 other teas I received from Yezi Tea. This is my least favorite of the 3. A little weak, a little more bitter than the other two. Still a good cup of tea, but if I had to choose I would choose one of the other 2 to buy again. I am comparing to Gao Shan, and Qing Pin.

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drank Qing Pin by Yezi Tea
344 tasting notes

I am trying this along with 2 other teas I received as a sample from Yezi Tea’s, Gao Shan, and Jin Jun. I would put this slightly above Gao Shan. This is sweet and smooth and delicious.

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I haven’t been able to drink a cup of tea in a week. I manged to pick up hand foot and mouth from my daughter and the blisters in my mouth have been angry at any hot or cold liquid. It is freezing outside and to try to warm up a bit I decided to try a hot cup again. I am trying all 3 of my generous samples from Yezi.

This is very yummy. I haven’t done much tasting with straight black so to be able to try 3 right next to each other is really fun. I get a bit of a bitter sweet, chocolatey taste from this one. I would definitely buy this again, and in comparison to the other 2 that I received, Qing Pin and Jin Jun, this ties with Qing Pin.

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This is a seriously awesome black tea!

A bold, very satisfying black tea – it’s got some heft to it. One of those teas that I like to drink in the morning because it can get me going on the days when I’d rather be sleeping. (Which is most days.)

A nice, bittersweet cacao note with caramel-y undertones. Rich and rewarding. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/08/30/gao-shan-high-mountain-black-tea-from-yezi-tea/

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