567 Tasting Notes

drank Black Tea by Shan Valley
567 tasting notes

T&C TTB Round 2

This may have suffered from being in the TTB, I don’t know. Initial thoughts on smelling the liquor is pu-erh. Being CTC it was pretty much an insta-steep. As soon as I got the water in the cup I took out the infuser basket. It was okay. I didn’t get much of anything like others have noted. It was just similar to some not very good pu-erhs (the reason I haven’t expanded much into them). Dusty, odd and drying.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Sinharaja by Golden Moon Tea
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Okay, I needed to follow the directions, I guess. I was a little nervous about steeping a Ceylon type of tea for 4-5 minutes. But at 3 minutes I get a pretty standard, unremarkable tea with none of the notes that other reviewers have noticed. Gonna have to try it again. Longer time, maybe more leaf.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Soooo glad I caved in a recent sale and bought the YS teas on my wishlist. This is just an amazing tea. I notice this time that if I slurp and aerate the tea, I get a very light hint of smoke and dust. But if I just drink it like a heathen like I normally do, there’s no smoke, only cocoa and malt and yum.

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drank Tanyang Gongfu by Nannuoshan
567 tasting notes

This is really very nice. Extremely cocoa, little bit of woodsy, not smoky enough that I notice. Smells malty but not excessively so. A moderate strength with lightness in the sip, if that makes any sense.

I liked it at about 1.5 minutes, although even at 3 it wasn’t overpowering, just a bit stronger with more mineral tang.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
donkeytiara

I have a sample of this on it’s way to me….thanks for the warning about the mineral tang! (sounds like a racehorse)

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drank Dian Hong by Nannuoshan
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I get the wild peppery taste and the tobacco. It’s not bitter but there is a distinct mineral-y tang to it as it steeps for longer periods (And wow, does it get dark when you let it go for more than about 3 minutes! It’s almost black!). The scent is lightly smoky and heavily malty, especially when dry.

I don’t get any subtle notes from this. It’s fine but I have had other Dian Hongs that I prefer. This was part of a group order though and it was super nice of them to include bags for the tea we were splitting so that each of us would have a labeled bag and instructions! So high marks to the company, even if this particular tea is not my favorite. :)

And I think the instructions as printed are somewhat off. The English translation may not be quite right. 6 grams is not the same as 4 teaspoons. I think that 5 grams = 1 teaspoon. The instructions say 6 grams (4 teaspoons) to 1/2 liter of water. That would be either 4 teaspoons per 16 ounces (which is pretty close to how I would normally steep my teas) or 1 teaspoon per 16 ounces (which would be very light for me), depending on which is correct. :) So I may not have hit the recommended parameters. I used 1 teaspoon for 6 ounces. Maybe I overpowered the more delicate notes by overleafing.

I did this by little glass teapot method. :) 30 seconds, 60 seconds, much more seconds. :) Overall, I preferred the 60 sec steep to the others. 30 was far too light and more than a minute was too strong for me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I let this one leave my cupboard for awhile but no longer! I find I have slightly more descriptors for it than I had a year ago (and wow, how time flies!).

This has a honey smell of hay, molasses and oats. It smells like horse feed. I used to love that smell… It was my one of the things that made getting out in the freezing winter to feed the horse worth it (other than the horse, of course!). So this tea brings back memories of a very long time ago it seems.

The flavor is malty with molasses and honey both. A wonderful Assam.

Cameron B.

Aww, I love it when tea invokes fond memories like that. :)

Sil

Yaaaaaa!

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I can’t be the only one who has tasted this tea… But it doesn’t seem to be in the database, so…

I wish I had tasted this generous sample that was included with my previous order before placing my Black Friday order… This would have been on the order without a doubt. Mandala has so many lovely teas of this kind that I will admit I find it hard to distinguish between them. Not because they are so alike, but because my powers of description seem to be so limited!

This smells (and tastes) like a deep, dark chocolate and a savory broth at the same time. Like an 85% dark chocolate but without the winey notes often found in that. My husband thinks I’m crazy – sitting here with my hand wrapped around the top of this tiny cup, exhaling so that the steam fogs my glasses and then inhaling the scent of this tea! There is a dusty hay note in the background as the steeping time increases and a roundness that reminds me of not very sweet fruits. Not a bit of bitterness or astringency.

I really can’t tell you how much tea I used – half of the sample. I think about 1.5 teaspoons. I should get a scale to be more precise, I know. I steeped in my little glass pot and tasted at 30, 60 and more seconds. I think I prefer 60 seconds but even up to 5 minutes and more, this tea is simply wonderful. And the leaves are beautiful! Fuzzy wuzzy twirls of tea!

Update: If I slurp like you are supposed to the most magical thing happens and I start tasting the floral notes! Amazing!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Sil

i don’t think i’ve even seen this one on their site before… so annoyed i missed on our their sale…stupid vacation

Nicole

Haha! I made my order on my phone while on a road trip in the middle of New Mexico because it just had to be done! And you were somewhere nice and warm so it seems like a decent trade off. :)

Garret

I love this black tea, for sure! I’m a bit obsessed with it, perhaps. I am so happy that you are loving it. You are the first to review it because it is a new tea for us. I tried a sample of it and said “gotta have it.” Sil… shoot me an email and you know I’ll honor the sale price for you. That’s what we do for people like you. :)

boychik

i was abt to have a cup. just got it last night ;)

Sil

Garret – I don’t mind waiting for the next great adventure from your company. I have a few black teas I need to restock haha

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drank Ambangulu - Tanzania by Tea Time
567 tasting notes

Sil was nice enough to share some of this with me. It’s a pretty nice CTC. A bit of maltiness in a fairly moderate strength tea. Steeps quickly of course. On the wishlist it goes to remind me to get some at some point. :)

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Qi Hong Xiang Luo by Nannuoshan
567 tasting notes

Hm. I’m not really sure what to say about this. It smelled like smoke in the package. I was extremely hesitant about trying it. I was going to give the whole sample to my mom since she likes smoky teas. But, since this was a free sample from Nannoushan, I knew I had to try it and review it. I’m not going to give it a rating, though, since smoky teas are truly not my bag.

The smoke flavor is much less pronounced than the smell leads one to expect. I get some maltiness but a whole ton of savory, brothy notes. Almost like smoky beef broth. I feel like I should have carrots and other veggies in this for a soup! This is the only tea I’ve ever had that reminds me so much of soup.

I would not reach for this, but I will finish this cup. It’s… interesting.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

That sounds awesome. I love smoked meats teas! :)

boychik

Me too.

nannuoshan

Interesting how different persons have different perceptions of the same tea! This is ne of the thing that make the tea world so interesting!
When I drink this Qimen Hong Cha, smokiness is not the first thing that comes into my mind. Rather floral, I would say, with a clear smokiness on the background.

Thank you for your review Nicole, it helps me to better describe the teas also on the product page of the shop.

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drank Hong Yun Black by Butiki Teas
567 tasting notes

Not sure how I missed logging this. I have been having it every other morning. Such a mellow and deep taste to start the day with. Malty, yeasty pastries with fruit and honey. /drool

This is another I’m going to be stuck between wanting to drink it all the time and hoarding it because I can’t get any more of it!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Ysaurella

sounds lovely – it’s a pity !

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