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This review is based on me quickly brewing this western style. I’m sure it would be better gongfu but no time this morning. The tea is tasty. It is slightly bitter and slightly sweet. It has a lot of fermentation flavor but not in a fishy sense. When I have time I will gongfu this.
I brewed this once in a Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 8.6g leaf and boiling water for 30 seconds. I did give it a 10 second rinse first.
Flavors: Bitter, Earth, Sweet
This was a free gift sample from YSUSA. It was about 50 grams and other than the name, no other descriptors. Dry leaf aroma of hay, wet leaf of asparagus, grass and butter. The flavor profile is typically green with the requisite nutty vegetal butteriness with a slight bitter and astringency. I would definitely purchase this tea, but will have to see if it is offered on YSUSA next year.
Hopefully, this is the right Dian Hong cake that Andrew gave a piece of. He complained that it tasted entirely too much like a black tea, and after steeping it for 2 minutes and 45 seconds in water cooling way too quickly, I know exactly what he means. I swear I’m drinking an Assam. Now, this is like a GREAT Assam yielding a very dense complexity, being very malty, sweet, mildly astringent, kinda fruity, leather like, and a little bit chocolaty. I do get some of the same malt notes cocoa notes that are closer to a Dian hong, but with the Assams robustness. I need to steep this one so more to get a definite judgement because anything like an Assam or English Breakfast depends entirely too much on my mood. There are some days when I want a strong tea, but I don’t want to be choking on my dehydrated tongue doing so. With that said, this is a really great candidate for a breakfast tea and for those who enjoy more English style black teas.
I’ve developed a sweet tooth for many of the YS wild arbor black teas (which often hail from the same villages and mountains as their raw pu-erhs), so I thought I would check out a different kind of black tea. I was rewarded with a really nice cup, albeit one that is a little tough to characterize. In one sense it reminds me of a red robe oolong, a tea that I’m not particularly fond of, but wedded to a creamy, cannabis-scented maltiness and you get a delicious and forgiving tea that can handle a longish steep and extra leaf. It’s very nice to drink in the evening on the cusp of autumn, when the perfume and dried fruit seem to presage the coming season.
Here’s Hoping TTB (round 5)
For such a tiny, twisted , black leaf this produces one strong cup of tea. While the flavor is intact with this tea, it is surprisingly a thin liquid. The malty/choco notes run across the taste buds with a vanishing mouth feel. While the flavor is quite nice, I want some sort of mouth feel and/or aftertaste to accompany the brewed liquid’s flavor. This would be a nice morning cup though to be drank along with breakfast food as it would not leave a taste in the mouth which would change the taste of the food.
I’ve never considered myself a big fan of green oolongs, but if I keep on tasting teas like this, I may be a convert.
And it turns out this has to have been one of the best teas I’ve had in ages! The dry leaf of this tea looks exquisite: beautiful, dark emerald green nuggets. It smells exquisite, too: lovely, floral, creamy, and fresh. You can really tell that this tea was harvested only a few months ago. Normally the floralness of green oolongs turn me off because they have a weird sort of astringency to them, but this tea is mild and light.
I just grabbed a sample of this from YS. It tastes considerably older than a 2007 due to the humid storage, but it’s really clean. Has a little of that ‘old house’ smell which I love. It’s smooth, floral (rose-y), and sweet. Hardly any bitterness at all. If I have any complaints it’s that it might be a little too smooth. But overall this tea is an absolute bargain!
Flavors: Rose, Wood
Good morning Steepster,
So same brewing parameter as yesterday, but even tho, I brewed this heavily, WARRIOR STYLE… this tea is ‘all about that bass’ :) It’s a very nice bassey Yunnan black tea, not any off taste nor fancy flavors, it just taste like yunnan black and has the texture of heavy cream.
Good tea all around,
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I must confess I bought this tea b/c I absolutely love how it looks. I’m a sucker for the bi luo chun rolled tea but last year I had the green version of this tea and it was way too green for me :) Who would have guessed. So, I brewed this ‘warrior’ style, ~5-6g in 95ml of water with short steeps. Like I would brew a puerh! The resulting liquor is POTENT, BRUTAL and Tasty, it reminds me vaguely of coffee, as it has a weight to it.
Proper review time:
Dry Leaves: Smell of milk chocolate
Wet Leaves: Cacao and Dian Hong smell.
Taste: Oh my, the first infusion have a really clear cacao after-taste, after a couple of infusion that aftertaste become dominant in the taste too. The texture is basically the same as heavy cream or jam :) As state earlier, it’s a tea to be drunk really slowly, I feel it going down into my system very clearely, and like coffee, I feel a ‘returning flavor/weight’.
Anyway, a very good tea. Drink it slowly, BREW IT HARD
WARRIOR STYLE :)
ps: Is there anything I don’t brew hard!! :)
Flavors: Cacao, Malt
This tea is the first one of my big hongcha order I review.
This is a really simple yet delightful hong cha. It taste everything like a hong cha should
taste. There is a bit of a cacao’ey taste and aroma comming through in the later steeps.
A good tea but nothing stellar. Cheap daily drinker…
Flavors: Cacao, Malt
Bought this a while ago and finally giving it a go. I mostly drink oolong but have been somewhat hesitant to buy them from Yunnan Sourcing as I think they are really average teas and not much definition. That said I do like all they offer in greens and pu erh, that’s where they shine. This tea is from the US website and must of been sourced prior to the Taiwan Sourcing site going live.
Dry leaf has usual floral hay scents, the liquor is deep golden with a definite creaminess, floral bouquet and mild char from the roasting. You can get a hint of chocolate from the first couple brews as the website suggests. After the first 6 steeps flavors drop off but still the structure is there in the viscosity and color. I played it out for a total of 12 steeps.
Now I have to re-examine my purchasing to include more oolongs from USUS.
This tea is really quite good. There is little bitterness. A sweet character to this tea. Like the Yunnan Sourcing description says it has a light floral character and is slightly astringent. This cake was a bargain at only $24. Despite the description saying this was wet stored, I didn’t taste any notes of wet wood or mustiness at all. It was certainly cleanly stored if it was wet stored.
I steeped this ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with 8g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. The tea was not finished at ten steeps. I’m sure I could have gotten another five or six steeps out of the tea had I wanted to continue.
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.