2165 Tasting Notes


Yes, I really do still have some of the autumn picking of this from 2012. It’s nearly autumn of 2014, so I figured I should get a move on and drink this one down. It’s not like I am running short on green tieguanyins from Verdant (I am really not). Yesterday I drank this one gongfu and then today I had a western steep of it. It was delicious both ways!

I always forget how amazing these are. Floral and almost candied, and the autumn carries a hint of butter as well. Yuuuum. I could drink these TGYs all the time!


Good to read that after 2 years this tea is still good.

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One last cup of the awesome spring harvest of this tea. I always considered Bi Luo Chun to be not really my kind of green tea because it is often really vegetal and beany. But this one is amazing! Sweet, honeyed melon is a big part of this tea. I highly recommend picking up some of the current harvest if you enjoy green teas, because it is really lovely. Thanks again to Angel and Teavivre for sending me a sample of it!

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Another short tasting note for this sipdown, which people may or may not see with Steepster being so wacky!

As I have said many times before, this is one of my favorite green teas. I’m not a big connoisseur of green teas, but I’ve had a good number of varieties, and to my taste it doesn’t get much better than this. Lots of natural, nutty chestnut flavor, a bit of butter, but not too much, a bit of sugar snap pea. I think it’s the nuttiness that I love. Yum.

Flavors: Butter, Chestnut

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

we can see it ! and this tea sounds really nice – as you I am not a green tea huge drinker but Teavivre may make me change, their greens are wonderful.


Teavivre does have so many amazing green teas!

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I guess I still don’t know what exactly is in this tea, since I haven’t dug out the info sheet since the first time I had it. I don’t even know if I still have those info sheets or where they went in the move, so I may never really know, haha.

This is pretty tasty overall, and not really floral despite the “bouquet” designation. The dragonwell (probably dragonwell-style laoshan green, right?) is so buttery that the tea almost borders on savory. It gets a bit sweeter and lemonier as it cools, and it would probably make a tasty iced tea.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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More blends! I haven’t had most of these in a while, so it’s nice to try them out again.

I definitely enjoy this blend. A bit creamy/marshmallowy, sweetly floral, a tiny bit fruity. It is a bit of a spring bouquet, but I like it that way.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Here’s another of my blends club teas that I am trying to drink up. I really did not expect to like this one… too many “weird things” in the blend. Not to mention that one of the base teas is a Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong, which is listed as “smoked” and I hate smoke in tea! But it turned out really tasty! Consider my horizons expanded.

No smoke flavor in this one, just a tasty blend of spices and malty black tea, with hints of cream and a bit of piney-ness (but not too much!). It honestly reminds me more of fall than spring, but it’s almost fall anyway. A nice blend!


This is totally a fall tea! Maybe because where I’m at it rains more in the fall than spring haha. A rainy day tea indeed, might have to have it tonight :)

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I drank the last of this tea down as a cold brew yesterday. I had ordered this one on a whim and didn’t expect to like it all that much, but I actually really really enjoyed it. I decided to sip it down as a cold brew mostly because I am trying to make room in my cupboard and weed out some of the Dammann teas I’m not in looooove with, but I am sad this one is gone. It was fantastic as a cold brew too. Tons of figgy and berry jam flavor, and yay, no lavender!

Flavors: Fig, Honey, Jam, Strawberry

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Wow, Steepster is really f’ed up, isn’t it? Even the discussion boards aren’t working right. Hopefully it will work itself out soon.

I have realized that the best way for me to work down my cupboard numbers is probably to regularly drink up the Blends Club blends that I receive every month. It’s tempting to hoard some of them because I can’t get any more of them, but I have to fight the impulse and just enjoy them for what they are. Most of them I probably wouldn’t restock anyway, although I tend to find them tastier than some people. It helps to like florals in the Blends club (it also helps to like licorice and fennel, but I deal).

Anyway, this tea is quite tasty. The cocoa and berries go well together. Will happily drink this one regularly and will be a bit sad when its gone.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

i’m still feeling ripped off by the last month… sigh

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drank Shekwasha Oolong by Lupicia
2165 tasting notes

I’m marking this as a sipdown even though I have a tiny bit left, because what I have left is mostly crumbs and will just be used up in a different cold brew. I’ve been cold brewing this one and it has been AMAZING. Really, really delicious and refreshing. Just lightly citrusy, and really a perfect iced tea. Would definitely buy more of this for cold brewing in the future.

Iced 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Interesting…is it really greeeen tasting?


The base tea is basically the same as their Ripe Mango Oolong, I think. You’ve had that one, right? It’s the longer, pouchong-like green oolong leaves instead of the rolled ones. Not sure what makes it greeeeen tasting (:D)… I guess it’s not really very vegetal or very floral?


Haha that helps lol :)

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I am going to try to drink this tea up soon as well because it is old. Fortunately when I bought this tea (in Beijing) it was super fresh, because now it is something like 3 years old and it’s still delicious. Pretty amazing! A delicious jasmine green, somehow even more delicious than most pearls I’ve had. Which is why I’ll be sad when it’s gone, even though its time has come.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-86: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
85-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.


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