Yezi Tea

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Being fairly new to loose leaf tea, I am still figuring out which teas I prefer.

I took advantage of Yezi Tea’s sample promotion and received this tea along with their Puchong oolong and their Dragonwell green teas.

I was blown away with the fullness and varying flavor profiles this TGY offers. So much so that I returned to Yezi Tea to make it a staple in my cupboard. Yezi Tea offers a great selection of fine quality teas, has phenomenal prices, offers three free samples with every order, and has very cheap and quick shipping.

I highly recommend Yezi Tea’s to any tea aficionados and newbies alike.

I will provide a more thorough review after I receive my order and have the opportunity to play around with my steeping methods.

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96

A sample from Yezi! I wanted to try this one since it was compared to scotch, it had to be their strongest black tea and the furthest from the Laoshan Black flavor profile (sorry Laoshan!) But I have no idea, since I’m not familiar with scotch. I used two teapoons of these black, long and twisty leaves that smelled very sweet and like some fruit I couldn’t place, or maybe sweet potato.

Steep #1 // a few minutes after boiling // 2 min
The cup color isn’t very dark – light brown. The first sip is actually woody, but not in the way that steeped-too-much tea leaves are like. Otherwise it’s tough to describe – it’s a little of everything, hints of smoke and spice, a bit of chocolate and sweet potato.. but many other things I can’t place either. I felt like I had sipped this tea before, and looking up Tealux’s Ying De, I think it was that one. (A big thanks to Steepster for aiding the tea portion of my brain!) It both looks the same and if I can remember correctly, tastes the same. However, this blend is from the Fujian province of China while the Ying De is from Guangdong province of China. At least they are both from China. Though this one is Fujian, I do not get the charcoal flavor that I usually associate with Fujian teas.

Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
Very much the same as the first cup just deeper and more delicious. I think the instructions at the top of the description page for this tea are not for western brewing. (Also for the Ying De I thought the second steep was better as well.) I think I like this sort of flavor better than Laoshan Black. I can’t say how much it’s like scotch but I love this one!

On a side note, I feel like I’ve been watching a ton of movies I’ve missed through the years.. classics I should have watched (also for some reason many movies that seem to be Abed’s favorites from ‘Community’). I feel like movies are the biggest gap in my pop culture knowledge (compared to music, books, and TV). But anyway, I saw Aliens last night and it was AWESOME… not really sure why Abed would want to dress as the alien for Halloween though!

Sil

mmm i love this one!

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84

I’m trying to gradually work through some of my samples of puerh. In part because i know of SOMEONE who needs to try more, so i can split my samples in two haha! I’ve had this one before, and i found that this time around, i didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first time. While the first few steepings were light and enjoyable, over the last few that i had, there was an almost metallic taste that developed that i was not a fan of. I’d be willing to give this one another shot in a future yezi tea order though, as i generally have enjoyed most of their teas..esp since the first time, i really enjoyed it!

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This was a sample that I picked from Yezi tea. Their samples are individually packaged and i love that their black teas are in red bags, while the puerh are in black. Nothing major, but i like it :)

I’ve been drinking it this morning and i’ll try to capture some notes since this is the first tasting note.

I did an initial rinse of this and then steeped for 30 seconds. The aroma was very subtle and didn’t give much hint as to what the brew would taste like. Initial sips found this to be very mellow and mild, but not lacking in taste. There was a fresh taste to this, while still feeling like a puerh. It felt like a tea that hadn’t quite aged as much as i’d prefer.

More to come later, but initial impressions are that I can see myself getting more of this in the future. It’s not quite as developed a puerh as the ones that i love from Mandala (still my favourite puerh vendor) but this is nice. I’d be curious to see how this ages.

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drank Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong by Yezi Tea
496 tasting notes

I brewed this for my 12 oz Zojirushi tumbler. Man… I forgot how great this tea is! So complex and warming! Just the right about of smoke and a good heap of malt. So smooth!

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drank Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong by Yezi Tea
496 tasting notes

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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drank Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong by Yezi Tea
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 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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74

Very new experience to me. I put off trying this sample, since I’m not a green drinker, and wanted to do it justice. The aroma is remarkable, and the flavor astonishingly smooth. Mildly astringent, but buttery and warm. yum.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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76

This is one seriously floral oolong. It’s very light, very sweet, almost entirely devoid of savory notes. It’s got that unidentifiable jasmine-but-not-jasmine thing going on, floral-wise—I shared this sample with my mom, and she said the floral note (which I’ve gotten in lots of other green oolongs, although never quite to this extent) is honeysuckle, so there you go. Although I’m generally all for floral, I’m finding it a bit much here. I’m used to TGYs being more savory and having a bit more depth, and I do prefer them that way.

In a shocking break from my usual, I did NOT brew this one western style—I actually followed Yezi’s instructions. It’s nice to brew like this once in a (very long) while I suppose, but mostly I was reminded of why I do prefer western style. I just really like settling in with a large (or even mid-sized) cup of tea and relaxing; I don’t find all the measuring and timing and general activity enjoyable. Anyway, this time I did four steeps, and I can’t say I noticed a ton of difference from steep to steep. I feel bad for not loving this tea, but I just didn’t. I can tell the quality is high, though, and I can see someone with different oolong preferences really enjoying it. Thanks for the sample, Nicole_Martin!

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drank Qing Pin by Yezi Tea
612 tasting notes

I’ve been boring for what feels like months now, where I just want to dwell a bit on old favorites every day and rediscover why I fell in love with them in the first place. Means a dearth of logging but wonderful tea time as some I feel I almost appreciate more upon revisit. This is a good example. What an excellent tea. This morning was slow going for no good reason at all, and one of those where you wake up having to do approximately a billion little tasks before you can even make your first cuppa. When I finally had a second to do so I wanted it to be failproof satisfying and this fit the bill and how. I’ve had something like 6 cups—I figured I’d waited so long I deserved to do this in the gaiwan and set myself free for 15 minutes, whee—and it’s still going strong, smooth and sweet and clean but rich bordering on hearty. Present but refined. Delicious. Teas that offer so much flavor and depth in a matter of seconds when it comes to steep time still amaze me.

Anna

You could never be boring. Also, you’re totally fancy.

ifjuly

oh you! i love the idea of “fancy” becoming an injoke. :D

i am amazed someone who sees me prattle on on FB about hair buns and cat puke can say such a thing. but grateful too. s been a pleasure running into you on the internets. (:

Anna

Aww. Aww. AWW!

ifjuly

oh, my heart ate my comment. this is what text cache is for!

oh you! i love the idea of “fancy” becoming an injoke. :D

i am amazed someone who sees me prattle on on FB about hair buns and cat puke can say such a thing. but grateful too. (heart) goodness knows it’s quite a shock coming from a lady who jetsets and gets her hair did splendidly and can talk theory and feminism with the best of ‘em. it’s been a pleasure running into you on the internets. (:

…ok. internet group hug with bouncy curls. ha!

Anna

OMG I DIDN’T THINK IT COULD GET MORE BEAUTIFUL BUT IT JUST DID

keychange

teaspoons all round!

Anna

You want to be the big teaspoon, the small teaspoon, or the middle teaspoon, keychange?

__Morgana__

… is wondering whether the hair buns and cat puke were somehow related? Heh.

Anna

Best pet related hair styling product EVER.

Cheri

I cannot stop laughing. Thanks, Anna.

Anna

Yes, this is how I like to introduce myself to new people on Steepster, Cheri – cat puke jokes!

Cheri

In case you can’t see my profile picture, it’s one of my furry kids. In fact, he’s the pukey one. I know all about cat puke and cat puke jokes.

ifjuly

just last night i found out something i kind of wish i could unknow, that all those bouffanty ‘40s hairstyles were accomplished with the use of something known as a “hair rat”—women collected their shed hairs and made them into a little sponge like filler for their up ’dos! i mention this weirdness because now i’m imagining cat puke as a result of one finding one’s hair rat and taking it as a snack. eugh.

cat puke. it’s what brings people together. that or an immature/gross sense of humor.

ifjuly

haahaha, “the pukey one”…oh feline terms of endearment.

__Morgana__

Does every home with more than one cat have “pukey one”? And here I thought we were the only ones.

Cheri

I think so, yes.

Anna

I think every home with no cat also has a “pukey one”, to be honest.

Angrboda

Our two share the pukey duty equally it seems. Luckily they don’t do it very often. Mostly during shedding season.

ifjuly

ours share it too. unluckily all the time during shedding season. and worst of all, their favorite time of day to do it is while we’re asleep at night at like 3am, either right on the bed or right where i put my feet when i get out of bed. :b the first time that happened, husband was in the shower and heard a loud curse word from the bedroom when half awake i stepped in it. now i know to check before getting out of bed. oh cats. “you’re lucky you’re cute!” i only-half-jokingly tease at them.

__Morgana__

Our pukey one is majorly pukey. The others do it much more rarely. We took him to the vet and the vet said there’s really no medical explanation. I suspect bulemia.

Cheri

A friend was just telling me that she read somewhere that if you raise up their food bowl up about 6" or so, so that they don’t have to bend over all the way to eat, and it helps with the puking. She said it worked for her. I’m thinking about trying it. Pukey Penny was puking only occasionally for a while, but he’s back to puking a lot again.

__Morgana__

Interesting. We’ll have to try that.

ifjuly

yeah, thanks for the tip! i will try that…

Angrboda

It could be over-eating, maybe. Luna has done that when she was younger, eating far far too quickly and then the whole thing came up again and you could easily see how some of the pellets had just been swallowed whole. They have a ‘food maze’ now, where I pour both their portions in at the top and then they have to use their paws to get the food out. Slows down the eating pace a lot and entertains the cats. It’s a bit noisy while they eat, but it’s cute to watch.

“Good for you you’re so cute!” Oh I know that statement well. It was directed at Luna when she attempted DIY surgery by removing all her stitches two days after having been spayed so that we had to go and have her re-stitched. By the emergency vet. On a Saturday evening. In the next town over. By taxi. And pick her up again the next morning. By taxi. (We didn’t have a car then and public transport would have taken three times as long) That little adventure cost almost as much as the intial spaying and ear tatooing of two cats!

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drank Qing Pin by Yezi Tea
612 tasting notes

Wow, this is really good. I can’t get over how naturally sweet it is. And it has this wonderful quality of feeling, bizarrely enough, both light and clean as well as bold and rich. It’s hard to explain. But this is beautiful. Often Steepster collectively feels like it prizes smooth black Chinese teas above all, and while I’ve enjoyed the zillions I’ve tried I get bored by a kind of…sameness to the most favored ones. This is a class apart though—for once no sweet potato! Really digging this.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Sil

I’m a fan of yezi’s teas

ifjuly

I am excited about placing an order, especially given all the generous offers they’ve made to Steepsters.

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drank Li Shan Oolong Tea by Yezi Tea
114 tasting notes

I’ve been sipping down teas in anticipation of Black Friday, and decided it was time to try this sample from Yezi Tea. I used the entire 3 grams in 6 oz of water in a series of 60 second steeps.

1st steep: Nose is soft and spicy with hints of straw. Flavor is light and grassy with milky texture. Finish seems more powerful than the taste. As the tea cooled the flavor opened up and became quite buttery, but the spice disappeared.

2nd steep: the nose is more grass than straw, with just a hint of spice. A bit more powerful than the first steep. The first sip just exploded in my mouth: tremendous power! It has an incredibly rich mouth-feel, with flavors dominated by straw and grass, with undertones of spice. The taste transitions smoothly into a long, powerful finish.

3rd steep was less powerful than the second. Mildly spicy nose. Same flavors, but much less buttery texture in the mouth. Finish is still good, but not quite as good as the second steep.

Many thanks to Yezi Tea for providing the sample

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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91

Thank you Yezi Tea for this sample!
A strong bodied, slightly earthy tea which is
reminiscent scent wise of old leather and tobacco. (To me)
this is my first Pu’erh tea, and something of an unusual flavor
remonding me of sour dough bread, but it is not at all toasty
and neither is it astringent.
This is not my favorite tea, and yet I am thankful for the introduction
to the world or Pu’erh via this tea.
This could become a staple for me.
I received this today and have steeped it multiple times.
This tea is very consistent steep after steep, and I like that.
Color of an amber-burgundy garnet.

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64

Not tasting a whole lot. Added 1/2 packet of Stevia in the Raw (I just don’t like unsweetened tea). Flavor is very subtle. Paid attention to the brewing time (1 minute)…finally learning to do that!

Edited: The second steep, I liked a lot better. Added the other 1/2 of the sweetener, and upped the time to 2 minutes. I liked this tea better than I thought I would, and may actually order more (this was a sample for me).

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1 min, 0 sec

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drank Yi Fu Chun Black Tea by Yezi Tea
4923 tasting notes

morning tea from ages ago..thanks again for the taste dexter! Great start to the morning, which is well over. There will be some back logging later i’m sure! :)

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drank Yi Fu Chun Black Tea by Yezi Tea
4923 tasting notes

mmmmmm dexter sent this my way. My other half did a sneaky thing and picked up my tea yesterday but didn’t give it to me until today – he left it on the table for me to find in the morning since he knew i was working from home today. Doctor appointment this morning so it’s easier to go there and come back home than go all the way downtown. This is another yummy tea from yezi! I am digging the sweetness that it in this cup along with a sort of malty finish. mostly though, it’s just good. like nearly every yezi tea i’ve tried. nom nom nom thanks dexter!

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