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drank Jin Jun Mei Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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This is the only non-sample sized tea I got in my Yezi Tea order. Thought I’d like this one best. But gotta admit, kinda disappointed by this one.
It’s pretty earthy above all. Once you get past that you begin tasting sweet potatoes. But mostly just earthiness. It will probably grow on me since I have an ounce of it, but…it’s just alright for me right now.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet Potatoes

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I’ve had this sample for awhile, while I got over my fear of shou. Now that it’s done, I’ve been diving in!

This had some earthiness, but it wasn’t crazy. It wasn’t bad at all, but it didn’t wow me. Anyway, I liked it. It just wasn’t luuuuuurve.


I was afraid too but that mandala sampler helped ease the way! It’s like a whole new world opened up!


Absolutely. Once I figured out a way that worked for me, I have been having a blast trying all the shous!!!!


There’s nothing to fear but fear itself… ;)


LOL. I’m not scared anymore! Woo!


I love that last sentence. There’s no better way than to describe pu’erh with the way you write.


I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who had a fear of shou.

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I was a little hesitant to try this tea because of the supposed smoke in the description, but it seems to be positively reviewed so I will give it a try! Sipping… I’m glad that there isn’t a bunch of smoke here. It’s earthy, smooth and tastes a bit like caramel and milk without any heavy sweetness. This is another tea that I would like to be stronger. The flavors are all nice, but are quite faint. It’s difficult to enjoy the more delicious elements because the earthiness sort of takes over for me.

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Brewed with glass test tube steeper. Steeping times: 45, 60, 75, 90, 120.

The leaves are dark green and long and twisty, like gnarled branches in an old forest. They are perfect for the test tube steeper. I liked watching them become enlarged and turn into a lighter green. Very alive and plant-like. The dry and wet leaf aroma alike are thick with vegetal and buttery notes. After the second infusion, the wet leaf began to smell like dried pineapple. The liquor is bright green with fuzzy particles, yet clean with a bright personality. Texture is a little creamy. Flavors of spinach, bok choy, and sugar snap peas are present, and the aftertaste is predominantly floral. Overall, the feeling is fresh and clean. Good for all year round: complements warmer months, evokes spring warmth during winter.

This is the only Wen Shan Baozhong I’ve had, but I really like this. One of my favorites of Yezi.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Cameron B.

Yay, someone else thinks of gnarled branches when they see leaves! :D

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drank Li Shan Oolong Tea by Yezi Tea
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Origin: Li Shan (Pear Mountain), Taiwan
Leaf Appearance: Spinach green color rolled balls with scents of vanilla wafer
Method: Gaiwan 200F immediate rinse-45"-55"
Liquor: Pale Spring green with Orchid scent
Flavor: Floral, creamy, sugarcane

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Sugarcane

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 3 OZ / 88 ML

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From Fujian.
Dark brown strip-style leaves smell minerally and like a burnt Almond Joy candy bar if ever there was such a thing.
200F Gong Fu
immediate rinse-45"-55"-60"
Liquor has a light pearl color with a floral scent. The flavor is creamy, vanilla orchid, baked coconut husk.
Leaves open up to be forest green in color. I have never had a Da Hong Pao this mildly roasted before. It is subtle and lightly toasty not heavily roasted and coffee- like. This is a very enjoyable Oolong.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Orchid, Vanilla

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 3 OZ / 99 ML

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drank Jin Jun Mei Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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I have never written a note on this tea! That is not good haha because I loveee this tea. Yesterday I was going through my cupboard and found this one and thought yeah, I want that tomorrow. So I made it for the morning at work today. Yes, the flavors are a bit muted from the travel mug, but this is a delicious light black tea just dripping with honey flavor. Like this is a HONEY tea. A favorite black tea of mine that I definitely do not drink often enough. This is fresh honey from the comb on toast with creamy butter underneath. Or a cup of cream mixed with honey. Whatever it is, honey is the dominant note and it is just so yummmm.

In other news, I am still ridiculously tired..I think my sleep schedule got messed up beyond repair with the long weekend (late nights, relatively early mornings) as well as the cat waking me up with his meowing at various times in the night (different each day, sometimes 2 am, 3 am, 4 am….ughhh). This weekend hopefully I can recuperate and fix up my body, I am zonked at work again.

Back to the tea briefly, overall, a delicious tea that I highly recommend!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Creamy, Honey


I hate when the cat does that. Usually only when I really need a good night’s sleep does that happen.


Oh, my cat does that to me too sometimes, and he does have a tendency to do it during nights when I’m super tired, or when I need to wake early the next morning.


Haha my cat unfortunately is in the habit of doing it EVERY night…I might have to keep him in the basement a few nights until he gets out of it lol it’s gradually building up to a mountain of tiredness. :( ah the things we put up with for our cats lol


I love honey! I can’t wait to try this.

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drank Li Shan Oolong Tea by Yezi Tea
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I was surprised by this one. Yezi describes it as “bitter yet sweet” but I happily get absolutely zero bitterness in this tea. It is beautifully sweet and very strongly reminds me of Bailin Gong Fu. It’s a nice hearty tea with a lovely body even though I under-leafed it. The first 15s steep was a little light, but the second is just lovely. Smooth with notes of sweet cream and a touch of malt.

Rinse, 15s, 30s…

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 g

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drank Jin Xuan Oolong Tea by Yezi Tea
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Gong Fu
Quick rinse – 45"-55"
Creamy vanilla wafer scent and flavor to the dry leaves and liquor; thick mouthfeel. No bitter or astringency and naturally sweet. Very good quality Oolong!

Flavors: Cookie, Cream, Vanilla

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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I am having the same issues with Yezi samples as I had with Butiki samples ages ago….I’m making weak tea. waaaaaaaaaah!! This time the victim was Jin Jun Mei. I didn’t even post about my attempt with Ming Hong, because I was so disappointed with the outcome. But I’ve decided to forge ahead with this review because I even though weak, I can still pick up on some fascinating business happening in this cup of tea.
Yes, it looks like a Yunnan…a dian hong perhaps… but this tea has a few notes that certainly separate it from that crowd. There is a smoothness to this tea that holds a touch of astringency, which is different from most of the Yunnans it resembles. Bottom notes of chocolate and sweet potato skin form a solid base for the woodsy grainy smoothness that sits in the middle of this tea’s flavor profile. Top notes are a touch of orchid and perhaps a touch of grape skin, which is where I’m getting the touch of astringency from. All these notes are very subtle in my cup (due to a bad steep) but they are there, creating a layered intricate tea with much to offer the person holding the cup. Even if they do mess it up….

Flavors: Grain, Grapes, Orchid, Sweet Potatoes, Wood

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Jin Pin Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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This was good I liked it, Not my favorite Yezi black tea, but nice enough for an everyday at work black.

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This is a very interesting tea. The first cup was smooth and quite light. It reminded me a bit of Joseph Wesley’s Bai Lin Congfu, only softer. I’m now on my second cup and it seems to have changed its tune a little bit.

The sip starts out rather savory and brisk. It seems to become a little bit sweeter and I detect some mild floral notes in the finish. There is something that lingers in the background that adds strength and astringency. It doesn’t take over, but is quite noticeable. I don’t seem to catch any smokiness which is definitely good news for me. I wish that it could be a little bit more sweet as I think it would make the tea more interesting, but it is still enjoyable.

Overall, I think that I liked the first cup a bit more, but this is a nice tea for the morning or for the afternoon when you need a little boost!

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Time to bust out my Yezi pu’erh samples! I’m working from home today, so I figured I could try the 3 pu’erhs they included as samples in my prior orders.

Method: The Yezi site says to use 30 sec to start, then increase by 10-15. Seemed too long, so I did – 5 g, 3 oz, rinse then 15-20-25 seconds, 205 degrees, ru kiln gaiwan. Long pu’erh steeps make me nervous!

Aroma: I’m guessing this is a ripe pu. Please correct me if I am wrong. It smells cavey and earthy. I am learning to appreciate these aromas more, but I admit that they still make me a little uncomfortable.

Flavor: I blended the first 3 steeps into one mug. The flavor is also earthy, but I do catch pleasant little hints of chocolate. I’ve had some pu’erhs with a sharp taste, but this one is very smooth. I like it, but I want to like it even more than I do. It feels very thick and substantial and the aftertaste is actually more pleasant to me than the tea itself.

Here’s pics in my brand new gaiwan:

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

Yep you are on the way!


I just placed some orders with YS, White2tea, and Tea Urchin. I went with small cakes and sample sizes, but I am going to be in pu’erh city soon. I got mostly shengs, but I also bought some shous to try to expand my palate there.


I’m really loving TeaUrchin Sars :)


I am loving their selection and labels, Steph. I wasn’t really loving the prices, but I do hear that their teas are very high quality. I only ordered samples from them. There’s no way I am forking over $180 for a tea cake without being completely and totally in love with it. I’m so glad companies selling pricier teas have samples we can try first.


Yeah, I’ve had a ton of samples, but never a whole cake. I’d love to have one some day, especially with a pretty label :)


Nice! Try around, some people have preferences, just don’t go overboard with samples lol (I was guilty before lol).


Ha! Yeah, I do tend to go overboard on pretty much everything. I admit it. :)

I’m hoping that out of the samples, I’ll find some lower priced teas that I can get to enjoy on a daily basis as well as some teas that might be better for aging.


I added some pics of this brewing in my new gaiwan. I am going back to do the 4-5-6 steepings now!



Thomas Edward(Toad)

Thats a GREAT gaiwan!!! i loves it


Thanks! I am a sucker for things with a filigree sort of look!


Oh, and I am on steeps 7-8-9 with this, and it’s still going!


You got one the of the lacy gaiwans!!!! Yay! I had real trouble deciding which one of them to pick. Don’t you just LOVE it?


I do love it!!!! I just thought yours was so pretty, so I finally caved and bought the other pattern. Now I’ve seen that they make matching cups, so those are in my wish list too!


Oh hell! There are cups? I love mine very very much. Just don;t let it’s little bottom sit in any shou on your tea tray. I had to soak in Garret’s mircle stuff AND scrub with a toothbrush for a long time.
How are you this morning sweetness?


Good tip, thanks honey belle. There are cups posted on the Teaware Lust thread. They match my gaiwan, but I’m assuming there must also be cups to match yours. I’ll try to find a link for you. :)

My morning is off to a slow start. Couldn’t get out of bed, so I am late to work, oops!

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I am so worn out! I spent the day redoing my room to make room for my newest treasure. Ben’s parents wanted to get rid of an antique writing desk that had been in their family for at least three generations, possibly four. In a near spastic fit I claimed that thing in a heartbeat, I have a real weakness for antiques and desks, so it was the double treasure. Now I just need to get another tea kettle so I can have tea in the bedroom and in the tea lair!

Today’s tea is from Yezi Tea, Yi Fu Chun, a tippy golden tea from the Nanhu Mountains in Fujian, China. Apparently these mountains are covered in a dense fog 200 days a year, meaning the tea that grows there is more or less kissed by clouds, it seems to make it a bit whimsical to me. Add the fog to my intense love of fuzzy golden teas (they are just so cute!) and that makes me a happy tea sipper, or at the very least an interested one. Oh my that is a pleasant and heavy aroma, it seems the leaves collected the dense and heavy feeling of fog rather than the wispy one. There are notes of oak wood, molasses, cocoa, and a touch of smoke. It is intense, not sweet, but more like a rich molasses cookie and cocoa powder.

After the golden leaves have been steeped (and have left their delicate fuzzies behind) the aroma is still strong in the real of molasses and chocolate, though this time it has a sweetness the dry leaves lacked, also a tiny hint of loam. The liquid is even sweeter, retaining the chocolate notes but adding in some delicious stewed plums and cherries.

I decided to do something a little different with this tea, I brewed it Western Style! The first steep is incredibly sweet, like a bit of peaches and honey mixed with my tea! There are also notes of molasses and oak wood with a slight hint of smoke at the finish. The tea manages to be very rich while maintaining an air of lightness about it.

For the second steep the aroma is sweet, with notes of stewed fruit and roasted peanuts, there is a delicate hint of smoke at the finish. The taste is much richer with notes of oak wood and roasted peanuts, this fades to molasses, and lastly a delicate hint of smoke and peaches. Kind of like the way peaches cooked on a grill tastes, this lingers as an aftertaste. This tea is delicious and very smooth, I like it!

For blog and photos (including my cat pretending to be a secretary) :

Flavors: Honey, Molasses, Peach, Peanut, Smoke

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

That desk is GORGEOUS. I can’t believe they wanted to get rid of something so beautiful.


Nice desk…and really pretty secretary kitty.


Beautiful cat! I had a tortoise shell as a child as well. She adopted us. Someone abandoned her poor thing. Beautiful secretary. My aunts and uncles fought over my grandparents. Enjoy it.

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

I know!! I would have gotten rid of something else to make this thing fit. So silly to me.

I will have to pass along the compliments to my little fuzz ball :)

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drank Qing Pin Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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Life has been challenging for me the last six weeks or so, and now just when I thought I was getting back into some sort of normal routine, it reaches out and kicks you back to the ground.
This is a really nice black tea. It’s reacting well to my weird steep parameters at work. It’s exactly what I need this morning. I’ve overleafed it a bit, and that has caused a little bit of bitterness – but in a good way. Makes it a bit stronger, a bit more breakfast blend ish.
I’m just going to take some comfort from some good tea and hope this day passes quickly.




I hope things get better soon, Dexter!


Chin up, buttercup. Sometimes when life kicks me, I like to run up behind it and pull its trousers down. Life doesn’t seem to mind, but it makes me feel better anyway :p


Looking back, some of the darkest times for led me to the biggest gains. I hope the same is for you!


I’m sorry, Dex! I hope things get better.


sending a hug

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Origin: Wen Shan District, Taiwain
Dry Leaf: Scent is nutty, buttery and leaves are deep forest/spinach green color. They are thick, twisted threads.
Method: 4 oz porcelain gaiwan 200F 45" then 55" steep
Wet Leaf: Floral, buttery, tangerine scent. Medium to large size leaves that had been twisted. All the leaves have carefully had the large part of the stem removed. Very precise and uniform leaves.
Liquor: Light, clear, golden pineapple color. Smells fruity and sweet. Subtly floral.
Flavor: (45") Creamy mouthfeel, subtly floral, buttery. Absolutely no astringency or bitterness. Very high quality Oolong.
(55") Still buttery and very good. Even after the leaves have opened up fully there is no astringency or bitterness. Very smooth Oolong.

baozhong (Bao1 Zhong3) = very lightly oxidized tea (formerly?) wrapped in paper during drying, literally the Wrapped Kind (包种 or 包種) – in Taiwan this word is often applied to any oolong

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Flowers, Nutty

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

Ooohhh I love pouchong!


This one is delicious!


i had an aged baozhong last night


i also have babelcarp bookmarked :P


Cool :)


I wish-listed this one :)


Oh good, you will like :)


I’m wish-listing this as well. And I need to wait as I just got a Yezi order recently.


:) :) :) So good!! :) :) :)


Yezi has some good stuff. I’m in total love with the Yu Fu Chun – that is some addicting stuff, so I’m putting this one on the list for next order.


Yi Fu Chun is one of my absolute favorites,,,it stays in my cupboard


I got it as a sample. I went to Yezi to try the Jin Jun Mei, because I wanted to try one and everyone said that was the best one. And Yezi had the three samples thing and the Yu Fu was one of the ones I got and OMG it was so good. Jin Jun Mei was fine, but the Yu Fu was AWESOME! I hoard-ordered some of it.

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I think I’ve been drinking this tea for pretty much the past three days. Thank you to Albertocanfly for sending this to be through the Tealephone.

My littlest teapot definitely isn’t about the size of a gaiwan. (I really need to invest in one… maybe.) It holds maybe a full 8oz, or thereabouts. I think I’ve gotten through maybe 7 steepings, but while there is a little bit of flavor left if I leave it to steep a long time, it’s mostly just colored water at this point. Steeps are 212*F, starting at 1min and adding 15 secs for each additional steep…. with a little bit of lag time for me walking back to the pot and pouring it out. =)

So, the dry leaf smelt fruit, and it was still really compact, not too many loose leaves.
The fishy puerh smell didn’t really fade until maybe the third or fourth steep, but the liquor was smooth and nice throughout. The liquor was a very saturated red at first, and it gradually got lighter in saturation, but it’s still on the red-golden color. It did really come out to be as red-gold, I think the name golden peacock is very apt.

I’m glad this came in the Tealephone, I probably never would have tried it otherwise. Thanks again Albertocanfly!


The TEAlephone has been one of the coolest things I’ve been involved in here. I love it.

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