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I have a conundrum, I am very hungry and need to get out of my chair to do some things, but there is a sleeping cat in my lap. When I try to move she makes this pitiful mew and starts whapping me with her tail, for such a tiny cat her tail is ridiculously strong…so here I sit with my leg and backside falling more asleep because I don’t want to wake my cat up. I am hoping that me typing (and therefore making the arm her head is on move) will wake her up and send her to find a more comfy spot, but consider she is drooling and super content, I think I am stuck for a while.

Today’s is Thursday, so that means it is time to plunge into the depths of my notebook piles to have a Throw Back Thursday review, specifically Yezi Tea’s Wen Shan Pouchong Oolong Tea. This #TBT reminds me of three things: 1. I need to drink more tea from Yezi, 2. I need to drink more Pouchong (or Boa Zhong, dialect depending) and 3. I need to dedicate a Yixing to Pouchong because having a Yixing teapot dedicated to each kind of Oolong is a fantastic idea. So, this Pouchong is from the Wen Shan district of Taiwan, which explains the name. The aroma of the curly green leaves is like a spring themed explosion in my nose, there are intense notes of orchid, honeysuckle and lilac accompanied by fresh vegetation, mown hay, and a hint of sweet chestnut at the finish. It is powerful and heady, like being in a humid conservatory where everything is floral and intense.

Into the gaiwan it goes, this was back when all I had was one gaiwan, before my crazed addiction to gaiwans really took off. Once giving it a steeping I can say that the entire room smells like flowers, my notebook is very clear that it was intense, and also the letters list off the page a little, I remember this tea having an affect on me, it was my first Pouchong! There are notes of orchid, honeysuckle, wildflower honey, and a hint of orange blossoms, it is so sweet and heady. The liquid is unsurprisingly very floral, the expected notes of honeysuckle and orchid are present, but there is still the hint of orange blossoms and chestnut, blending the wet and dry leave’s notes.

First steeping, the taste is sweet and floral, I would even go as far as to say this tea is sublime…even if saying that feels a little silly. The mouthfeel is smooth, not as creamy as some oolongs can be, but more like the smoothness of a green tea, the taste while being intensely floral is also delicate, that is probably my favorite things about Pouchongs, how they balance the heady and delicate so elegantly. There are notes of orchid and honey suckle, along with orange blossoms and fresh vegetation.

The aroma of the second steep is much headier, the orchid note is the most prominent followed by honeysuckle and lilac. It smells pretty, a very evocative tea that fills my mind with flowers. The taste takes its cues from the aroma and steps its floral game up, along with its sweetness, and its vegetation. Come to think on it all the flavors from the first steep are presents, just all of them are more intense.

Third time’s the charm! The aroma of this steep is no where near as intense as the previous, it is still very floral but it is in the same intensity level as the first steep. The notes are a blend of orchid and orange blossom, with just a touch of honey. The taste is quite mild and surprisingly buttery this time around, the initial buttery and slightly vegetal notes fade to honey sweetness and a lingering orchid taste. Gotta love teas that have a floral note that sticks around after you are done sipping it!

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2015/02/yezi-tea-wen-shan-pouchong-oolong-tea.html

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I got this sample from someone, but I don’t remember whom. Sorry. All of my samples got all mixed up by my well meaning spouse. He was just trying to help. Unfortunately, I don’t know who sent what anymore.

On to the tea.

Sweet and floral, light, kinda buttery. Delicious. Very delicious.

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drank Yi Fu Chun Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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Don’t remember much about this as I had it at work and my attention wandered. I do remember caramely goodness and then as it cooled a very deep woodsy feeling with a teensy bit of smoke hiding out. Ost sent me this in a swap – thanks so much! I may not remember many specifics but I do remember that it was extremely tasty.

MzPriss

LOVE this one

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drank Jin Pin Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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My last Yezi black tea sample! I’ve enjoyed all their teas so far, though they tend to be a bit expensive for my tastes. This is actually one of their cheaper black teas, so hopefully I enjoy it as much as the pricier ones. The leaves are medium-sized and while they’re long and slender, they’re not wiry-looking. The color is a medium to dark brown with some golden tips included. Dry scent is hay and potatoes.

The steeped tea… smells exactly like French fries to me. Excuse me while I sit here and sniff it for a few minutes… Wow, it tastes very potato-y as well! Totally French fries. There’s also a light sort of green vegetable flavor as well as a slightly sweet and rich caramel/molasses touch. Mostly though, I taste French fries. There is perhaps a touch of fruit near the end, some kind of dried fruit, perhaps prune? Overall, this is a nice mostly savory and thick tea. It’s almost bitter, but not quite there.

Flavors: Caramel, Dried Fruit, Molasses, Potato, Smooth, Thick, Vegetables

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This was one of the samples I purchased from Yezi when they had free shipping and a percentage off for Cyber Monday. The leaves are on the small to medium size, and they’re slender. Mostly dark grey/brown with a fair amount of golden tips. Dry, they smell very sweet, almost like sugarcane. There’s also a strong hay aroma.

Mm, the steeped cup smells both sweet and savory, like ham with a thick brown sugar glaze. The liquor feels thick and silky in the mouth. It tastes mostly savory, like thick rye or wheat bread with malt. But then there are also nice complementary sweet notes, like molasses and dark dried fruits. There’s also a dark caramel undertone providing richness. Overall, a yummy thick and satisfying cup, though I’m not sure I’d pay the price Yezi is asking for it.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Brown Sugar, Caramel, Cocoa, Dried Fruit, Floral, Malt, Molasses, Rye, Smooth, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

The first tea to debut my new 3 oz gaiwan!

5g tea
90 ml water, 212F
3 infusions: rinse, rinse, 2s, 5s, 10s

This tea packed a punch for it’s little 5 grams. You could just see the flavor jetting out of it right away as the water was still pouring. A bit of a chocolate taste going on in the background, but note much as to speak of. Almost generic tasting, but in a good way. I guess you could call it “a well rounded blend”? I like shou, so tasting like shou’s not a bad thing right? :P My point is that while it’s not very complex in taste, it was still very enjoyable. After only 3 steepings I could tell that there were many many more to come so I’ve left it to enjoy again tomorrow.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 5 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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Quite nice. This is the only Jin Jun Mei I’ve had so I’m unable to compare it to anything, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I didn’t find it as anything terribly special about it, just a nice cup of black tea with typical malty notes of grains and cocoa, but enjoyable none-the-less.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Jin Pin Black Tea by Yezi Tea
256 tasting notes

Ost included a sample of this in her Christmas Card. Thank you, Ost!!

Brewed in a test tube steeper. Steeping times: 20, 40, 60, 120.

The dry leaf smells uncannily like caramel-filled chocolate candies, while a rich smoky and somewhat chocolately aroma arises from the wet leaf. The liquor is a beautiful golden orange color, and has silky smooth texture. Very clear, except for the fuzzies from the leaves – makes for a nice sight when you hold the steeper in the light. Flavorful and full-bodied. Offers fudge and caramel with a bold smokey note.

I’ve come to learn that smoke in teas doesn’t appeal to me unless it’s lapsang souchong, but this is a delightful and well-made black tea nonetheless.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Steeped this gongfu, of course, and couldn’t be more pleased with the results.

Although Yezi recommends an initial steep of 30 seconds, adding 10-15s per additional steep, I opted for far shorter initial steeps: 10s rinse, then 5,10,15,20,25,30,40,60,90,120,240, and 360 seconds.

I had a black cherry aroma mixed with something else, something earthy and old; when I say old, past-their-prime tangerines, I don’t mean it badly, but maybe that was it… it’s got that great earthy pu-erh aroma as long as you look for it. As pu-erhs go, this is pretty light.

This tea can get bitter quickly if you don’t keep an good eye on it, but if checked it’s fantastic.

Preparation
Boiling

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Lovely stuff! Ridiculously thick leaves give off an incredible floral aroma; the dry leaves are nothing short of intoxicating.
The tea’s liquor is buttery are soft; light but compelling.
Highly recommended.

Thanks Yezi!

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

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so what’s really terrible is that I have been overwhelmed lately with trying to get the house in order so that it’s one lest thing to worry about next year in addition to wedding planning, and my mother cale up this weekend to go dress shopping…etc…etc.. so i had this sample probably 4 days ago…and didn’t get a chance to log it…and my notes have disappeared from the office. SOOOOOO all i can remember was that this was a very light brew…and refreshing. Something i’d be willing to pick up again…if nothing else just to be able to write a proper note on it lesigh

Fjellrev

Wish I could help you, Sil!

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Only my second Da Hong Pao, and if I remember correctly the first doesn’t impress too much and took a bit took get right. Maybe I’m more “capable” around tea now or maybe this particular Da Hong Pao is more user friendly…

Great aroma, touch of spice with some vanilla maybe. I like it. The taste has a roasted hint to it and some more spice. I had about 4 steeps with it staying this resilient.

Thank to Yezi Tea for the sample

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 88 ML
Lion

It has come to my attention from reading articles about Da Hong Pao recently that a great deal of what is on the market as “Da Hong Pao” is not actually Da Hong Pao but blends of other teas impersonating it. The safest way to ensure you get the real stuff is by buying from small companies that source directly from the farmer, like this one with Yezi. I’ve had a couple other Da Hong Pao, but this is the only one I’ve had that I’m certain is authentic. The supply for this tea is very low and in China it is typically only bought to be share with very honored guests because it is not easy to obtain there.

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Pretty good basic Bai Mu Dan – got 3 good brews from it.

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Free Yezi tea sample.

Aroma is light and green; vegetal is too strong a descriptor, this is far more delicate… it’s also mildly sweet.

Taste is where this oolong shines, not only does it withstand a good few infusions, 4 before I found the taste to be too far removed from the first steep, but it also stays right with the aroma; something not enough teas manage. I’ll definitely be buying more of this

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Ming Hong by Yezi Tea
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drank Ming Hong by Yezi Tea
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drank Ming Hong by Yezi Tea
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man, today this is really deliciously malty and tasty. it might help that i accidentally overloafed it a little today – as my tasting notes show that i wasn’t sold on it last time i had it. today – this is fantastic. I’ll have to ermember that for future steeps. there’s a little brightness here in among the malty goodness as well but it’s smooth and tasty!

drank Ming Hong by Yezi Tea
6482 tasting notes

still not sure how i feel about this one. Maybe i’ll try this one gongfu style and see if that helps me settle on how i feel about it. it’s not bad, it’s not great…the flavours are just kinda of all over for me haha

looseTman

Sil, For a full-flavored cup try:
7g Finum brewing basket / 8oz. mug / 203* / 20 sec. / +15 sec for each additional steep.

Sil

i’ll give it a shot :)

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drank Ming Hong by Yezi Tea
6482 tasting notes

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drank Yunnan Jin Kong Que Pu'erh by Yezi Tea
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another tea that i had today..but i’m sick and tired and frustrated and didn’t really pay attention to things because i’m having a no, good, very bad weekend. so there. did it knock my socks off? no. was it a pleasant cupSSSSSSSSSSSSSS….yes. so there.

OMGsrsly

Aww, Sil! :( Hope things get better this week.

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90

Hoo boy….this is tasty! Very smooth and creamy, almost buttery. Yezi teas are quickly becoming a favorite of mine.

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drank Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong by Yezi Tea
726 tasting notes

I don’t know what went wrong with this, but it tasted like manure. Literally. Have no idea why….Maybe was a bad batch. 0_0
Glad it was only a sample :S

Fjellrev

Bleeeeeech, poor Ost. :/

Ost

I’m clearly a very picky tea drinker :P

Kittenna

Oh, weird. I very much enjoyed this one. Sounds like something must have happened to it prior to packaging (if it was freshly opened).

Ost

Yeah maybe. I don’t know. Didn’t oversteep it even. Just came out really bad. :S

teapartyfortwo

Yikes, manure, that’s not good!

Sil

Did you buy this recently? I just picked up the new harvest so I’ll try and remember to try it…..could just be differnt harvest tastes…

Nightshifter

Oh that’s horrilble gag

Ost

I bought it on their BF sale, *Sil. I think I’m probably just super picky haha!

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90

Brilliant stuff!
Aroma of cocoa, and bread.
Taste reminds me of black Dragon pearls, but better!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a lot more of this to drink up tonight.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I can’t give a rating for this tea because of the grassiness and bitter. It is not my choice of tea. I get it as a sample with my Yezi tea order.

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