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I will be the first person again to review one of this company’s amazing puerh.
This was my meditation tea today. I picked this because the ceramic jar was staring me down, and I should treat myself. The dry leaf has a very sharp and dry “green” scent if that makes sense. I warmed up my sheng yixing and threw in a generous amount of maocha. The aroma that filled my tea room was so succulent. I could hint at a deep maple syrup tone. This was such a sweet and warm smell, so I let it set in there for a few more minutes to take in its aroma. I washed the leaves once and prepared for brewing. The steeped leaves turned dark green and smelled of smoked hickory and bitter greens. The flavor was amazing. This was a perfect tea to pick to meditate with. This brew had a smooth smoky flavor with a dry white wood undertone. The flavor was encapsulated with a lasting huigan. The qi I felt was amazing. This was not a brew that had me floored and taken aback by its sheer power. Instead, I was mesmerized. My body became silent and cooled. I was put into a calm and almost sleep like state. I began to feel everything calm down with each additional sip. This tea has some power in it, but it’s of the calm and focused variety. Although, this brew didn’t stand up to a great many steepings (less than 10) it was an amazing tea session. I was so calm by the end of it that I decided to go lay out on the sun bed and take in some rays while I rest. This will be a treat for when I wish to unwind and become quiet for a bit.
Flavors: Kale, Maple Syrup, Oak wood, Smoke
I’m surprised that I’m the first to review this amazing tea. I love being the first one to review on here, but I also get a little nervous… No pressure xP
This was such a delicious brew. The cake is lightly compressed maocha of mudded green and gold with silver strands. The dry cake smells of an autumn leaf pile with fresh peaches. The cake pried easily apart, and I also gathered some maocha to brew up. The warmed leaf intoxicated me with scents of dark wood and red fruits. The taste was amazing; although, this wasn’t what I was looking for in my morning brew. The flavor was light and full. The body was a deep wooded flavor with light nectar tones. This brew left my mouth with a creamy sugary chocolate aftertaste. I was looking for a sharper brew, and this was more aromatic. I still really enjoyed this session and the leaves stood up to a great many steepings. The liquor continued to keep a consistent dark clear brass colour. I always enjoy this companies selection and they never disappoint. This was an amazing uplifting gongfu session!
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Creamy, Dark Wood, Nectar, Red Fruits, Sweet
This is by far perfection in a cup. The leaf consists of small vibrant emerald curled to resemble claws. These delectable treats smell of spring in full swing. The scent was like a deep vegetal garden with flowers blooming all over. I placed these sweet smelling herbs in my yixing and shook em up. The scent deepened to an oceanic seaweed that was mixed with forest moss covered it dew. I brewed up and prepared for my mind to be blown. The taste of this brew brings the phrase “nectar of the gods” to mind. I really can’t describe it. The flavor is rich, creamy, vegetal, floral, and transcending. With each sip, my mouth is left with a thick warm coating of milky goodness, hahah. This is by far the best TGY I’ve ever had, and I highly recommend it to anyone. The aroma, taste, and leaf quality was completely on point. This will definitely be something worth showing off.
Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Honey, Nectar, petrichor, Seaweed, Sweet, warm grass, Vegetal
Bought a 25g sample of this with my last order to Yunnan Sourcing US. IT is described as having a licorice flavor. That is one interpretation but I feel it has more of a grape note to me, like a muscatel darjeeling tea. In any case its quite good, if expensive. It was $12 for the 25g sample although they were running a sale at the time. I only brewed this western style and it deserves gongfu but I’m on my way to work so no time.
I steeped this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.
This tea has just become one of my favorite black teas! Very aromatic, very potent. And a really good value from Yunnan Sourcing at only 6$ / 50g. At the time I got it it was still fresh that there’s a green tint to the leafs once brewed. It has this kind of unique, complex, sweet taste, that stays with you long after the cup is done.
A tea from Dexter. Thank you!
(I have a LOT of teas from Dexter. A lot I haven’t even tried yet!)
This one is roasty/carby/verging on chocolate-dirt for me. It’s totally drinkable, but I think that perhaps it’s just not my “thing”.
Thank you for sharing, Dexter.
Hmm, this sounds like something I would like but somehow I am not loving this particular tea. It is flavorful but also on the tobacco/bitter side of things, at least when you steep it for 2 minutes. So maybe the answer is to gong fu it. I hope I find some way to enjoy it as I now have 50g. Not leaving a rating for now…
Bought this with my recent Yunnan Sourcing USA order. This review is based on a single western style steep so I am sure there are more nuances to the tea. There is a lot of fermentation flavor to this tea, it is think with it. It also has a nice natural sweetness to it. There is one other note too, it has a spicy aftertaste to it, not entirely unpleasant, just spicy.
I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 9g leaf and boiling water for 30 sec.
Flavors: Earth, Sweet
This is a malty ans somewhat sweet tea. When I brewed it I was for some reason thinking it a black tea so I brewed it at the wrong temperature. It is listed on the Yunnan Sourcing USA website under black teas. It is tasty and a good tea but I am not feeling any effect from the GABA. I find GABA to be hit or miss and that usually means miss.
I brewed this twice in a 8oz teapot with 3.7g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for three minutes each infusion.
This is a fairly tasty ripe puerh with a nice amount of sweetness, very little bitterness, and a moderate amount of fermentation flavor left. I was also experimenting with my new tea toy, the autobrewer from Yunnan Sourcing USA. The first two steeps came out pretty tasty, the third steep was a little weak. The autobrewer is big at 12oz so I didn’t try for a fourth. It does work pretty well, just like in the video on the Yunnan Sourcing Facebook page. You use a small amount of tea but the autobrewer takes about two and a half minutes to brew so it is more like western brewing. It called for 5 to 7 grams of tea and I used about 5.2g or so. Next time I would try the seven gram amount. I wouldn’t want to load the thing with tea like people frequently do for gongfu brewing because you can’t control the brewing time. You could easily fit 15g of tea in it or 20g but I think you would get ridiculously strong tea as it would still brew for 2 1/2 minutes. The autobrewer is a nifty device but it is not gongfu.
Ordered from the .com site a month or so ago, I decided it was time to liberate it from the tea cupboard in celebration of my brand new Gaiwan arriving from Taiwan tea crafts (such pretty teaware!!).
This tea is pretty amazing, a beautiful green yellow in color, initial brews are incredibly buttery and a touch nutty and vegetal… As the steepings continue the vegetal flavor becomes more prominent. A great baptism for the new Gaiwan!!
First person to review… Well I’ll jump right in! I just recieved this today with my order from scott @ Yunnan Sourcing and it was beautiful. It has filled my cupboard with a sweet cacao aroma. The disk is mostly black with golden “zebra” stripes. It smells of dark cacao and a red grapes. I picked off a generous amount to flash steep in my gaiwan. It can apart easily and smoothly which I enjoyed. Upon brewing, the scent became scrumptious. It smelled of dark fudge and maple syrup. I rinsed the leaves and prepared to consume. I poured out a cup with excitement to taste the delectable brew. The flavor was somewhat disappointing. This is a very decent Dian hong and especially good for the price, but the aroma is misleading. It tastes very bold and robust. The initial flavor is almost identical to Assam. Its a very rustic wood smoke flavor. Its almost difficult to get down with the expectation of a desert flavor. I still enjoyed it thoroughly. Its has a sweetened coffee like flavor. The sweetness does present itself but only until after a few steepings. The flavor of maple sugar and currant fill your senses as a an aftertaste. The liquor is a crimson ruby color and continues this way well into steeping. This is a great value Dian Hong, and its interesting to get black tea in cake form. Yunnan Sourcing never disappoints.
Flavors: Black Currant, Cacao, Dark Chocolate, Malt
so i already have my beloved ceramic Pristine 2-4 cup English teapot/teaball combo and my equally-beloved Teavana easy tea thingy, but i realized i really wanted to try this gong fu brewing style, what with my continued obsession with all things oolong (and interest in exploring puerhs, raw and ripe!). Enter the Glass “Easy Gaiwan” made for Gong Fu Tea Brewing * 200ml.
This thing is AWESOME! now, i have no way to compare it to other gaiwans, not having used/owned one ever before, but this one surely is a fun and delicious way to enjoy an afternoon (or few days’ worth) of tea. the glassness allows you to watch as your tea unfurls during steeps, the little “handles” plus the knob on the lid keep your fingers lovely and cool while you’re pouring the tea. my favorite bit is that the spout pours PERFECTLY, this is coming from someone who manages to spill any liquid that comes within 30 feet of me, so that’s saying something.
at any rate, this was an inexpensive little item, worth every penny, and even my little boy, who normally ignores mommy’s tea habit, watched me brewing with this and told me this little teapot is really cool. LOL!
get one, i totally recommend.
Recieved this in the mail today along with my new “easy gaiwan” from yunnan sourcing – soo excited to try out the gaiwan gongfu style brewing all this lazy afternoon!
first of all – YUM YUM YUM the first brewing of this tea is just amazing , buttery, vaguely ethereal, floral, and oolong-y! i’m loving the gaiwan method, it is soothing and calming. second brew, a little less of the floral, a LOT more vegetal, just chewy and delish. OOOOPS now it is getting late. saving this in fridge for further steeps tomorrow….
This tea is mildly astringent with a fairly strong roasted barley taste. At least that is the closest to an accurate description I can give it. Its not bad and not great in my book. I am sure however that some people would absolutely love it.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.
Flavors: Roasted Barley
There seem to be two alternating flavors in this tea. One I would describe as a sweet flavor, not sure how to better describe it, the other is roasted barley. The roasted barley flavor is not too intense, but mild. The roasted barley flavor also got less intense as I drank my cup. Once this flavor got less intense, a third flavor was noticed. This third flavor I would describe as mildly fruity, but just barely.
I steeped this one time in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min. Overall this is excellent tea. I give it a high mark.
Flavors: Roasted Barley, Sweet
Brewed this one this morning. I won’t change the rating even though it doesn’t taste as good today. My taste buds are off today. I somehow have a cut in my mouth. It hits the spot though.
I brewed this once in an 18 oz teapot with 9g leaf and boiling water for 3 min.
This is an excellent ripe puerh from Yunnan Sourcing USA. I did not have time to gongfu this today but brewed it western style. Still I get nice notes of either plums or apricots, not sure if I would have gotten them had I not added sugar. This is a mildly sweet puerh with a moderate amount of fermentation flavor left. It is not overpowering.
I brewed this twice in an 18oz teapot with boiling water and 8g leaf. I brewed it for 45 sec and 25 sec.