659 Tasting Notes


This is really, really tasty. Fresh spring in a bag is the scent of the dry leaf. Pretty, twisty, long green leaves.

Smooth, buttery mouthfeel. Green and fresh, a cup of vegetables.

Did this gongfu to start with. About 20 seconds and it was deeply green and smooth. Next steep was 40 seconds and added a heft of buttery richness. Third steep for 60 seconds started to thin out. Fourth steep also 60 seconds but at a lower water temp was pretty much done.

I want to try this again but western or grandpa instead of gongfu. I liked it gongfu, but I think I could really like it in one long steep. Also, after trying the green from Shang and loving it done at a higher temp, I intend to try this one like that as well.

Liquid Proust

Is this part of the 2015 Kickstarter teas?

Liquid Proust

This makes me want to drink mine ever more… I didn’t even know the first shipments came in, I am pretty excited to go home!


That is a way cool idea!

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I don’t even know what to call this tea besides probably the best green tea I’ve ever had. Shang graciously shared this with me today when I stopped by the store. It was a green from a friend of his so he isn’t selling it unfortunately. There isn’t enough to sell! It is from a farm that has been abandoned and let grow wild for the past 15 years. So a Chinese Wild High Mountain Green, I guess it would be. :)

It is a high mountain green made from all buds. The tiny little needles standing upright on the bottom of the pot were simply gorgeous. The scent of the dry leaves was heavy and like inhaling a basket of freshly picked vegetables. Amazingly enough, this was prepared with boiling water. In previous experience of greens, if someone had made it with boiling water I’d have expected bitter and undrinkable tea. Not so with this one.

The steeped tea was like a thick broth, savory and sweet with heavy notes of artichoke and asparagus and just… green. If color has a taste, this is what green tastes like. I felt like I’d eaten a plate of things that were really, really good for me.

The 2nd steep was sweeter even still. The 3rd is getting a little bitter after sitting grandpa style in a takeout cup for over an hour but no where near being unpleasant. The flavors are a little fainter and the brothy notes not quite as strong but it’s still a superb green tea.

It’s a good thing there isn’t enough of this to sell. As rare as it is, it would be really expensive but I’d still have to have some. Maybe I could rent out my cats. :)


That sounds amazing. I don’t have a lot of experience with green tea, but your description sounds like the experience I had with AU’s Staring at the Sea. The first sip was like "…asparagus? no, roasted artichoke! " So good.


I don’t have much green tea experience either. I haven’t found many that I like so I don’t try them often.

Picture of steeped leaves: http://s1165.photobucket.com/user/dagony/media/IMG_4929_zpsuo5jdatk.jpg.html


Renegade “forgot-to-mow-the-lawn-for-15-years” tea. Love the notion, and it sounds wonderful! (Think that would fly with the city nuisance department if I just let mine start growing? “No, it’s not neglect…I’m growing tea…”)


Sounds worth trying to me! :)

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Haven’t been reviewing much because stupid busy and also have been drinking favorites as comfort and to de-stress. :)

This is still a superb EG for bergamot lovers. The tea is super smooth, the leaves are big and beautiful, it’s just an extremely well done tea. I got to sit down with Tyler from Hugo Tea last week in his new digs and have some tea and chat about the local and global tea scene. He’s a passionate and knowledgeable guy and it was a very pleasant afternoon. I hope their new location works out for them – at the very least because it’s close to me! :) And more importantly because these hometown boys need to be supported in their efforts to bring better tea to the public.

As an aside, why does Yunnan Sourcing hate me so much? Just last night I closed my eyes and hit the purchase button on a large tea tray, a cha hai and a large gaiwan from Umiteasets and today YS puts their teawares on sale. >.


Send Scott an email. he will honor you a discount, pretty sure


Sorry Nicole, i need to read slowly. i thought you placed an order from YS before the sale was announced. didnt see Umi lol


Oh, you better believe if I ordered from YS the day before I’d have been begging for the discount. :) But I am now spent out on tea ware for awhile I think. Until I see a must-have pretty, of course. :)

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drank Golden Assam by Tao Tea Leaf
659 tasting notes

An average Assam. Nothing super strong but pretty smooth and moderate. No rating since I know my taster is off still.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I can tell my tastebuds are still not back to normal after this recent bout with sinus/bronchitis junk. This one was not as tasty as my previous note indicated. Still really good, don’t get me wrong, but I’m off still. Things are hugely busy these days so I’m not logging many notes as I’m sticking with old favorites that require little concentration.

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This is once again, an amazingly smooth and moderate black from What-Cha. Very unlike other Kenyan teas I’ve had. I know that orange is unrelated to any flavor the tea possesses, but rather to the grade of leaf. However, like donkeytiara, I also get a little hint of orange in this tea. It’s mainly moderately malty and light with no bitterness or astringency, even as it cools. Really, really good.

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Just now getting around to trying this one. It’s a nice, medium body moderately malty tea. Nothing I’ll keep on hand but will certainly finish. :)

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I get no citrus from this but it’s a tasty tea with raisin notes. It’s good. Not one I’ll order but good. Thanks for sharing, Maddy Barone!

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This was an interesting tea. It looks like rosemary.

It is definitely fresh in aroma and taste. At first it was a bit offputting as it smelled lightly of fish to me but that is nowhere in the taste. The first sips are smooth and buttery, like a lightly oxidized oolong. It’s not one that will make me shift over to white teas over my beloved malty blacks, but it’s a unique white that is appealing and light.

Thanks for sharing this, KS

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Ho-leeeeey cats, this is good stuff.

Malty, sweet, woodsy but not too woodsy and with a scent but not taste of coconut. Even more coconut smell as it cools down and I stuff my nose deep in the cup. And yes, the cup is clean so I’m not getting coconut impressions from a previous tea. :)

This I need to have around always. This is beautiful and completely delicious.

Oh, and this was my first order from Golden Tips. Overwhelmed by the samples thrown in doesn’t even begin to cover it. There are as more samples in here than tea I actually ordered, I think! Color me impressed. :)

update turns out that while I wasn’t imagining the coconut smell it was on my hands from my shampoo. LOL

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

uh oh… sounds delicious!!


This sounds amaze-balls… You may have just convinced me into my first order with Golden Tips… Doh!!


I’d be happy to share some before you order, beelicious. PM me if you want.


Thank you! will do :)



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