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drank Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong by Yezi Tea
4729 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
346 tasting notes

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
697 tasting notes

:((
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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89
drank Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong by Yezi Tea
4729 tasting notes

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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86
drank Jin Jun Mei Black Tea by Yezi Tea
341 tasting notes

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
1848 tasting notes

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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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88
drank Qing Pin by Yezi Tea
888 tasting notes

I had a lovely visit with my friend last night, went for an excellent dinner, watched Disney movies and caught up on life :) I gave her a bunch of my teas to try and also helped her make a Steepster account, NerdLor :D all in all an excellent visit and hope I can see her more often this summer!

I had a cup of a new tea this morning but didn’t take any notes lol so I’ll save that one for later, this is the second cup of the day and man oh man, there are creamy chocolate notes and fruit today! Like actual cream in here, a honeyed type of cream..it just turned out wonderfully on this fine first day of summer! See previous notes!

TheTeaFairy

Welcome to your friend Nerdlor, I’m now following her then :-)

MissLena

Awesome! I don’t know how much she will post, but she will probably read lots of notes :) I’m so excited she’s on steepster now!

Sil

Woohoo! I got a follow from her lol hope I don’t bore her to death lol

TheTeaFairy

Sil the only person you could possibly bore would have to be a blind person who can’t read braille :-)

MissLena

Haha I am sure she won’t be bored! Your notes are great :) so many teas I have not tried! Lol :D

Sil

Yes but I’ve been soooo busy lately that my tasting notes are all like.zomg so tired. TEa. good. Yay night.

Lol

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89
drank Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong by Yezi Tea
4729 tasting notes

nomity nom noms….. this was afternoon tea today since “evening” tea consisted of uh a bunch of alcoholic drinks :) i love this one with just a splash of maple syrup to enhance the smokey factor :)

Final Count: 198 [Fake Cupboard at 123 with the addition of RiverTeas yesterday]

whatshesaid

Fake cupboard?

Sil

it’s my cupboard minus all the 2-3 cup samples that cavo, miss b, variatea, roswell strange, yyz, boychik, terri, angel inundated me with in basically a week’s time. I’m still trying to get to 100 by July 1st in my fake cupboard lol

Terri HarpLady

cheater!!!
:p

Sil

Hahaha oh I failed in my goal….but I was curious how close I could have gotten if I didn’t get all those samples lol

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89
drank Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong by Yezi Tea
4729 tasting notes

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The aroma has elements of cedar, peat, and dry grass. The taste is very slightly of honey and flowers, somewhat like chamomile but is mostly masked by the signature aged taste of puer, woody, a bit peppery and smokey, there’s a slight aftertaste of five spice. and lingering peppery quality. There’s also a bit of green bean in there somewhere. It’s slightly astringent. I’d call it more of an intense puer than a mellow one.

Flavors: Flowers, Green Beans, Honey, Peat, Pepper, Spices, Wood

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

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87
drank Qing Pin by Yezi Tea
341 tasting notes

This sample is another from KiwiDelight. Thank you!

This is putting me in tea heaven tonight! This is taste slightly sweet, with a honey-sh flavor. This has the wonderful breadish taste and is just pure delicious. As before, I think I like this a bit more than Jin Jun Mei. I think Jin Jun Mei has a much stronger cocoa flavor and this is a bit more bready flavored. They are both wonderful though!

TheTeaFairy

Oh, tea heaven is my favourite place! Sounds very yummy :-)

Cheri

I agree! Tea heaven is a wonderful place to be.

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

This sample comes from KiwiDelight. Thank you!

I tried this back in December when i was first starting to taste straight black teas. It is interesting to read what I thought of it then. I am really enjoying this tonight. I didn’t realize this was such a rare tea. This is coca, with hints of caramel and honey. It is really hitting the spot! Thank you for sharing one of your favorite KiwiDelight. I am glad I got to try this one again.

TheTeaFairy

This is expensive, I keep only one brand in stock. So good!

KiwiDelight

Always a pleasure to share favorites :3

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My last cup of this, aww… My sample from Yezi was big enough for two cups since this is such a fluffball tea. Since I think I neglected to say last time, the dry leaf is amazingly creamy smelling with notes of honey and sweet hay. I can’t wait to to try a creamy flavored bai mudan (I’m looking at you, Cantaloupe & Cream!). This time I elected to add a little more than half a teaspoon of honey because I felt it would go beautifully. And it did! Om nom nom. Creamy and hay-like with just a touch of honey taste on the back of the tongue. So far, white tea kind of reminds me of a milder version of honeybush.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’ve been drinking green and herbal teas for weeks. I feel like I need a break and a good ol’ cozy Chinese black tea. Plus, it’s been chilly, overcast, and rainy here over the past couple days and it will be like that tomorrow. I don’t mind cold but where is the sun? :(

So I broke out Yezi’s Jin Jun Mei. Hands-down, one of my favorite Chinese blacks. The leaves are tiny, slightly twisty, hairy, and a mix of brown and tan (cute little things). I brewed them in Verdant’s test tube steeper, a perfect instrument to become acquainted with a tea’s nose and to smell this one’s wet leaf aroma, which so much like fudge brownies. The liquor is golden, fuzzy, silky, full-bodied, and flavorful; and is full of malt, chocolate, and honey goodness. Overall feel is a hug.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
TeaTiff

After reading your review today, I must have your sample tonight!! This sounds really yummy.

Lariel

I almost ordered that, but went for oolong instead. Ergh.

KiwiDelight

Lariel: Always a next time ;)

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backlog from yesterday because it was a blah day and i wanted nothing to do with anything lol Still sick and going in to work over the past couple days has me slipping back a little so it’s a work from home day today…aka drink lots of tea! so apologies to your dashboard :) I had this yesterday and it was delightful as always. I’ll likely be restocking this one as i am a fan. The last little bit of this is off to a friend since i noticed today it is neither in their cupboard, nor have they tried it heh

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

Backlog. Received in a swap with KiwiDelight!

It’s been a little while since I had this one, so I’ve only got my notes to go by.
This was my first Jin Jun Mei. It was light, woodsy, and a little drying on the tongue. Floral and grape-y like a Darjeeling. There was a malty feeling left in my mouth after swallowing. Hints of olive oil…and a little sweetness. A very pleasant, quiet and mellow tea! Enjoyable but not something I’ll likely be reaching for in the future. (: Still good.

Flavors: Chocolate, Floral, Grapes, Malt, Orchid, Sweet, Wood

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120ml Yixing pot
Steeping times: 5s rinse, 45s, 55s, 70s, 85s, 100s, 115s*, 175s, 205s*, 265s

First steep: Perfumey taste, light greenish yellow liquid. The leaves opened up a lot already!

Second steep: Lighter perfume taste. The leaves have now fully overtaken the yixing pot.

Third steep: Still perfume, with a bit of a bitter aftertaste that I’ve noticed with oolongs.

Fourth steep: The perfume flavor is beginning to lighten up a bit and the bitterness has magically vanished.

Fifth steep: Sooo much flavor still left in this! I’m definitely gonna push it past the recommended 6 steepings :)

Sixth steep*: Wooow and just like that almost no flavor. My fault though, I should have known to add more time than 15 seconds for the 6th steep

Seventh Steep: Ahh, yes and extra minute did the trick. The flavor is back! Noticing more sweetness this time around :)

Eight steep: Wow, very noticeably sweet this time! Except I added extra water to bring down the sweetness and ruined the cup :(

Ninth steep*: I can’t believe they seriously suggest only 5-6 steeps. What a crime! This steep has come back down almost the 6th steep level so I’m gonna bump up the next steeping time for one final hurrah.

Tenth Steep: The perfume flavor is mostly gone now and has been replaced by a sweet taste :)

*increase steeping time next time around for better flavor

Here is photo of that last steep: http://instagram.com/p/pEoGQvguIu/

Well, all good things must come to an end. This was probably the best oolong I’ve tasted. You can tell that it’s very high quality. For the record, I’m sure I could have gotten another few steepings out of this! This was just a 5g sample, but I think I may buy a few ounce someday :)

Flavors: Bitter, Perfume, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
KiwiDelight

Such a pretty pot!

KiwiDelight

So cute :3 And holy cow, that’s cheaper than the ones you find in Chinatown’s tourist shops!

madametj

I know how to find a deal. lol

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drank Li Shan Oolong Tea by Yezi Tea
241 tasting notes

This is my second steep for these leaves. I lowered the time from 4 to 3 minutes and then added another 30 seconds since it’s the second steep. The brew smells very green and floral and still has a touch of peach fragrance. The tea has a mild to medium vegetal taste with a lot of floral flavor still. The peach is still there, but it has devolved into more of a vague sweet fruitiness that I wouldn’t have identified as peach if I hadn’t tried the first brew. The floral in this cup lingers on the back of the tongue for quite some time after a sip. There is also a faint bitterness at the end that is not entirely unpleasant. Overall, still a very tasty tea! :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheTeaFairy

Great description :-) I love high mountain oolongs with a passion!

Cameron B.

This is the only oolong experience I’ve had but it was definitely very tasty! :D

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I must say, I am very impressed with this tea. This is my third steeping and I can’t believe the jasmine flavor is still there! It has definitely become milder with each time, but I think I may actually like this brew the best. I can taste more of the green tea and it’s becoming a little less mellow, which is a good thing in my book. Starting to get more vegetal and hay notes too. Delicious with just a small amount of sugar! Big thanks to Yezi Tea for giving me the chance to try this tea for free. :)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Li Shan Oolong Tea by Yezi Tea
241 tasting notes

This is my third and final free sample from Yezi Tea, and it is also my first ever straight oolong. The dry leaves had a surprisingly strong peach smell, which made me very excited to try this tea. Since the packet did not include brewing directions, I looked around on various websites and found a lot of conflicting instructions. XD

I ended up brewing it for 4 minutes, which I think may have been just a little too long. Next time I would go for about 3 or so. The brew has a very strong floral smell with just a touch of fruitiness. The tea itself also tastes very floral (a little bit too floral for me, but I attribute this to the overbrewing) and there is also a very noticeable peach flavor, which I love. The tea itself tastes like a strong green tea to me, but it was a little bit bitter since I let it brew too long. I added a very small amount of sugar to help bring out that yummy peach flavor.

Overall, I really enjoyed this tea, and I feel I will love it when I steep it again for a shorter duration (I will most likely try 3 minutes). I will most likely give it a rating after trying it a few more times. I really appreciate the opportunity to try some awesome teas for free. Thanks, Yezi Tea! :D

Flavors: Floral, Peach, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
madametj

After I brewed mine they commented and told me that instructions were on their website. I found out they recommend boiling water! Definitely hotter than what it seems everyone’s been using :P

Cameron B.

Yeah, but it seems like the instructions on their website are for Gongfu/Gaiwan brewing and I do mine Western style in a French press. :(

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It’s amazing how the flavor of this tea gains depth with each steeping. This is my third time around and I have enjoyed it each time. This brew has a strong and very deep straw flavor with just a touch of sweetness. There is still a hint of floral in the aftertaste. Thanks again to Yezi Tea for the free sample of this tasty tea!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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