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Earthy kind of green, with a little creamy butter grassy kind of flavor. The grassiness isn’t like a bright, spring green, but a darker, shadier green.

It is a little salty, in a way that reminds me of ramen broth. It becomes nutty in the 2nd steep. It’s not bad, but I still prefer Japanese greens.

Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Earth, Grass, Salty

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Backlog 3 Oct. 2016

Old books with deep earth. More to come later with another session.


Beautiful description!

S.G. Sanders

Sometimes I only jot one little note down and just enjoy the session. I really love the profile to both the dry and wet leaf. The flavor is as I had described, and hadn’t lasted as long as I expected (7 steeps). However, it was nice. Sometimes you don’t need a lot of description to get the profile right on point. However, I’m just short on time to write as much as I’d like to. :)

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The dry leaves smell of prunes, apricots, tobacco, wood and something a little spicy. The wet leaves smell more strongly of tobacco with apricots in the background. Really wish I could have this as an incense or air freshener, lol! This one has me looking a bit weird because I keep sticking my nose in the pot and inhaling as if I might be huffing something illicit. _

Steep/Time: Notes
1/8s: Silky, sweet. Tastes of grass, honey and a bit of stonefruit. Finish is soft in this cup and I’m picking up a nice floral note in the aftertaste.
2/8s: Oh this is good! More honey and fruit in this steep with a clean, crisp finish. Long lasting huigan
3/10s: Little more body/thickness in this steeping. Same honey, grass and fruit notes.
4/10s: About the same as the previous. Love the sweet, slightly astringent finish
5/12s: Fruit and honey fading a little bit as the grassy note become more prominent.
6/12s: Really clean taste. Clear, light amber brew.
7/14s: Noticing more sweetness towards the back of the throat.
9/16s: Took a break, so this one was a little light.
11/20s: Same honey and grass.
13/60s: No bitterness, nice astringency. Grass, fruit and honey.

This is a pretty tasty tea. Just wish it had more punch in the cha qi department. I was drinking on an empty stomach most of the day so if there were any qi to be had I should have felt it.

Flavors: Fruity, Grass, Honey

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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I normally don’t review a tea after only one sample, but I have had other years of this same tea and wanted to compare. I’m putting the rest of my 25g away to acclimate to the same storage conditions as my 2011 cake as well as to settle down as this is still a very young cake.
A solid, reliable tea. The dry leaf has an extremely strong floral scent to it which I enjoyed. Surprisingly little bitterness here, although I steeped this relatively safely. Unfortunately the lack of bitterness also warned of a relatively simple brew. The tea was very good and a perfect example of young sheng, but didn’t necessary change much between steeps or last past 8 steeps. I expect my notes to be quite more detailed and possibly different when I revisit this, but for now this cake gets my thumbs up which is all this initial tasting/review is for.

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drink, drink, drink.. a little more deep than the spring version from 2015 i’m also drinking.

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Another from terri. This one is…“ok.” it’s not a bad cup of tea, but it’s not quite up my alley. i think it’s because i’m getting a little of that roasty oolongish note that i’m not a fan of. still though, glad to try it and it’s certainly not a bad cup. thanks for sharing terri!

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This is a very famous tea in Qingdao which I tired various versions of when there.
This one is a top-pick though. My favorite character in green tea is sweet ‘huigan’ and umami flavors that linger long after each sip, but these often wash out rather quickly and green tea can become ‘flat’ after a few infusions. Usually for such teas I brew with far fewer leaves for a just a few long infusions. I find this one lasts gongfu style though, and even returning to the leaves a few hours later for another infusion, it still retains its charm and those lovely flavors I want to find in a green tea.

160 °F / 71 °C 7 g 150 OZ / 4436 ML

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If you have no problem with a little bit of wet storage aroma, and like a clean & tasty aged tea, this could be it. What this tea does not have, and probably that`s why it is still kind of very affordable for a 16 years old Yiwu: no high tones of dried fruits or in any way very complex aroma nuances and not a very good mouthfeel (it is rather thin).
But I would definitely not call this tea boring or flat, or not complex at all… it is just what it is, good aged well tasting tea, without aroma explosions or any super-special sensation.

Flavors: Almond, Coffee, Leather, Molasses, Wet Earth

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Thanks terri! i hadn’t tried this one (hers is the autumn 2015 version) and this is a really nice one! malty, bold, delicious. exactly what i needed in a tea today!

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This lightly fermented shou is a prime example of needing to be aired out, age, and storage. Go look at all the other reviews here and it’s all over the place. I drank this, looked at the reviews and it sounds like a different tea compared to reviews a year ago.

My Green Miracle goat got pretty well aired out, sat for months in the open, then I threw it in my shou pumidor. I got no dry, funk, tart, nor mutated fermented stank that people mention here. Notes I found were primarily mineral wet stones, with some rounds of dirt earth, caramel, clean, and fresh taste. Bit of a green essence to it with some crisp cold breaths.

Full review on Oolong Owl

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 0 OZ / 12 ML

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Puerh Plus TTB. I am enjoying the bitterness of this tea. It’s kind of like a somewhat insensitive teenage guy. He doesn’t care too much what anyone thinks of him. He makes a few too many jackass observations to be a good friend, and is really pretty shallow, but in a plot twist personality-wise, loves to make you laugh. The kind of guy who would tickle you even though you hated it, and then you’d laugh because you couldn’t help it.

Do I keep this guy around for the laughs? I’m not getting much else, but there’s value in a tea that will bring on the smiles.

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Dry leaf – HERBAL, SPICE, HONEY (fragrant and bitter green herbal like dill, cilantro; dry baking spice: cinnamon, allspice; hints of Mexican hot chocolate and vanilla extract). In preheated vessel – rich fragrant floral, honeysuckle, bitter honey

Smell – VEGETAL, HONEY (bitter green, bitter honey, herbal notes still there)

Taste – VEGETAL, HERBAL, FRUIT, SWEET. Arrival has dill, cilantro, buttered lima beans, and honeysuckle. Development of cream, cinnamon, and fragrant floral (orchid maybe?). Finish lingers on cream, cinnamon, and green apple notes. Aftertaste of peach and green apple, with lingering creamy sweetness.

It’s called Hairy Crab, and I bought it because the name made me laugh. Also, it’s cheap. Better yet, it’s good. Lots of great flavors, it’s dynamic in the mouth and throughout the session.

Nice balance of green/vegetal/herbal notes with sweet notes of honey and fruit. The creaminess and “spiciness” of it were nice surprises as well. Never unpleasantly bitter or “green” or just overly vegetal as many green oolongs can be. Strong hui gan that is refreshing and satisfying.

Price to quality ratio on this one can’t be beat. Great choice for an affordable and delicious oolong.

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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A nice happy medium of an oolong. It’s a little toasty and a little floral and a little sweet.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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Another cup from my tea sister. This has some nice chocolatey notes to it. Smooth taste .

Final Count: 104

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Another one from terri that i had earlier today. This one is another good cup of tea. It doesn’t stand out as a must have , but it was a great tea to have. medium body, smooth, slightly malty.

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noms. another from terri that i may need to add to my wishlist. this was a deliciously tasty cup this morning. Malty with a hint of smoke…so good.

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Another tea from Terri i decided to have this one with another from the same area. I find more and more that the imperial grades from YS are often not for me. this has a bit of malt, but it’s got a thin brew taste to it. There’s a bit of sweetness here and some tannins. Overall, a decent cup, but not my favourite.

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So if you let this tea get almost cold, it turns in to a really chocolatey cup of tea that’s slightly fruity. not a malty cup, but still that nice smoothness that YS seems to carry in their teas.

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First things first – this is a gorgeous cup. I love African rosewood and the silver being almost white is such a perfect complement to the wood color. It feels good to hold and the wood keeps the silver from burning my fingers.

I used this for the first time tonight with a Dian Hong. I compared an unglazed clay cup and the silver rosewood cup and a Crimson Lotus silver cup. I wouldn’t have noticed if not doing it side by side like this but there is definitely a moderating influence that this cup exerts on at least this tea. It sat in the pot for a bit longer than desirable. In the unglazed clay cup, it was pretty harsh. It was a bit more mellow in the CL silver cup but in this one it was noticeably smoother and the bitter edges seemed to fade.

I am extremely curious to experiment with other teas in this cup now.


So neat! I see these are out of stock now. Sad! I have a silver teapot and I agree – it does something special.


I love how they resemble coconuts, its a really natural look


How do you get it to let you review teaware without saying the word “drank”?


Those are quite possibly the best looking tea cups I have ever seen. I am jealous.

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A delicate tea with a touch of earthiness and a touch of sweetness. It has a really smooth mouthfeel and re-steeps well.

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This is my first sampling of any puerh tea. I’ve prepared it gong fu style.
Prior to steeping, the tea smell is light and earthy with notes of straw and sweet grass.

First infusion: 5 seconds
Color: Light red/orange
Smell: mossy and vegetal
Taste: Bright and earthy up front with a lingering straw, wood finish.

Second Infusion: 10 seconds
Color: Much darker red, maple syrup
Smell: deeper vegetal, steamed spinach
Taste: Leather with a slight bitterness on the tail. Sweet light wood finish that lingers. Satisfyingly astringent mouth feel.

Third Infusion: 20 seconds
Color:Dark red amber
Smell: Damp straw, delicate but sweet leather
Taste: Bitter raw leather with sweet straw and spinach

I continued with the infusions until the flavor began to subside . Overall I found this very enjoyable. I don’t think it would be fair to throw a number at this as I have nothing to compare it to but it was a wonderful new experience. Would recommend.

8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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This is worth experimenting with to see if it agrees with you, but I don’t think its for everyone. I did enjoy it. It was smoky, but not so much that I couldn’t enjoy it. A hint of molasses sweetness was sensed in the background.

Flavors: Smoke, Wet Earth

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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