1112 Tasting Notes


In case you didn’t see my note in the “what did you get in the mail today thread” this tea was the BEST surprise! Stacy liked my idea from the custom blend contest so much that she made it even though it didn’t win! I got an ounce of it in the mail yesterday and I had no idea it was coming

Flavors: Berries

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

haha glad you liked it :)


Sounds tasty!

Roswell Strange

On my shopping list… I have to finish off some Butiki teas before I can justify getting more, but I’m excited by all the new ones!


Awesome that Stacy did that! My Hubby would probably love the blend, he likes berry teas and line in his cokes.. So I’m thinking he would go for this one.


I’ve been drinking it a LOT and giving samples to friends, so I already need to order more :D


I really like this. Thanks so much for giving Stacy the idea!

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Thanks to Single Origin teas who provided a sample for review!

This is a nice green oolong! A little nuttier than I am used to. I am enjoying the nutty flavor but I tend to prefer brighter greener oolongs, I think. Ones with a tangy note. This one has a gentle floral element that I like though!

This one is nice and pretty sweet though! I steeped it western style.

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It has been way too long since I drank my first and favorite sheng. SO GOOD! I need to drink this more often. I also need to order another cake before they are gone! Guess I need to work on another Mandala order soon :)


new cakes are coming, you know;)


Do you like sheng as much as you like shu? Have you tried very many? I’ve only had a handful so far!


Nope, just a few. Some bitterness i just cant tolerate. Wild Monk is my fav.


i can tell you what i like (at least for now): i like shu that has sweet profile, dried fruits and leather is good combination for me. i would like to sample some sheng even if it has some bitterness, it would be tolerable and i could control with lower temps and super short steeps


I would very much like to try more shengs as well :)


Hello, you two! Wild Monk 2014 is here (though not on site yet, but we can always accomodate)! Also just in is a new cake (and mao cha) we call “Autumn Song”, also a sheng pu’er. Reviews in store here so far have been great. The 2014 Wild Monk (autumn 2013 picked leaf) does not have near the smokier sweet of the 2012 version but is truly delightful. I’ve already had several sessions with both.

The 2012 Wild Monk will soon be a thing of the past. We are going to hold on to 28 cakes for further aging in our vault and that means we probably only have a few weeks left of them at the rate they are going. Sad, but true…

And BC… I love both shu and sheng and you are right about water temps and shorter steeping times. With younger sheng, alot of our customers brew with water at 195 and slowly up the water temp through the various infusions. So fun to experiment. My favorite thing about great sheng, no matter how I brew it up, is that is always leaves me feeling really wonderful and open. I love that. I love tea :)


Thanks for the info Garret, I will definitely order one more 2012 cake before they are all gone! Hopefully I will have time to do so sometime today or tomorrow. I’d love to sample the 2014 version for comparison!

Thanks for being such a great purveyor of tea, and sharing your knowledge and love of it with us here on Steepster! I love tea, too :)


Oh no! I need to order another cake! Ack! I hope there are stroll come left by the time I get back from vacation…


I just put an order from Mandala tonight. Sure to get me in trouble…


a naive question: what is the difference between Sheng (raw) and Shu (cooked). I know the Chinese words, but don’t know what they mean in terms of puerh…thanks

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Crazy day at work…oversteeped this and it is super astringent now but I still LOVE IT! YUM! hahaha :)

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drank Crimson Horizon by Butiki Teas
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Extremely simple yet very satisfying :)

Thanks again Jennkay

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WOWIE! This is good shu! Thank you boychik! I can’t believe how many amazing teas you sent me.

This shu is great. So smooth and creamy. I haven’t the words to describe it, but it is very enjoyable. Not very earthy and definitely not a trace of “dirty” flavor here. Very balanced.

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More shu for my belleh! Thanks boychik!!!

This one is REALLY GOOD! Super smooth, and smells just like basmati rice, which I love. Then I got to read about how both are scented with pandan leaves and geek out about it. Fun tea all around! :D


i love basmati rice too;)

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Another awesome puerh from boychik! I’m so grateful to have had all these really excellent samples to try :)

My guts are still recovering from my crazy weekend so shu is in order again today. This one started out very earthy/woodsy. Later steeps became a lot sweeter and almost fruity with some earthiness left over in the background. I love experiencing how these develop into different flavors as they go.

Also I know lots of people on Steepster have been saying that shu really helps with belly issues, but yesterday was the first time I’d experienced it first hand! I’ve been drinking shu for a while but generally my tummy is pretty tough so I’ve never tried to use it sort of medicinally like that. It really seems to help though! No more rumbly guts :)


That’s great!


My little one had tummy aches last night. so i fixed him a cup of shu. its a magic. in abt 10-15min he stopped complaining.


Only drawback is I can’t drink it late at night. Too much caffeine!

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drank Dark Rose Tea by TeaSource
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Thanks so much Amanda Wilson for sending me a very generous sample of this tea!

I had an AMAZING day yesterday you guys! HUGE all day outdoor art fair with incredibly beautiful weather, and then a gallery opening in the evening. The theme of the gallery show was a movie mashup- The Big Lebowski in Little China, LOL. Anyway both went great, and my Lebowski piece sold within an hour of the opening starting and I’ve already taken two reprint orders! WOO!

ANYWAY, yesterday was long and good but I reached for this tea because I may have had a little TOO much fun at the gallery opening (it was at a bar/cafe) so I reached for this one assuming the cute little compressed heart was some kind of puerh…

I’m not totally sure it is! It sure tastes more like a black tea to me. Nice and dark and malty. Also I think the rose adds a nice subtle sweetness but is not too overpowering. Very nice tea. I will enjoy drinking the rest of this sample packet for sure, whatever it is :)


That is so great, Congratulation Stephanie :-)


That’s awesome, good job!

Terri HarpLady

Yay Stephanie! Is there a photo?
This tea sounds interesting too!


Ok guys here is my Lebowski piece! I added a watermark so the internets can’t run of and steal it ;) http://twitpic.com/e1nngt It looks really great printed out, I made it a 16″×20″ :)

Terri HarpLady

That is awesome! :)


Omg Stephanie, that is huge!!! I love it. Congrats!!!


Congratulations!! That is wonderful!


Thanks everyone! I’ve been working in photoshop for a living for the past 10 years, but I think this piece was the most fun I’ve ever had in photoshop! :D


Wow, awesome! Congrats!

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Yay! So glad you like it! I agree, even though it is a Dark Tea (Hei Cha, or whatever other names exist for it) it does taste a lot more like a black tea.

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Was feeling lazy this afternoon and my coworker was making a Starbucks run, so I had her get me an iced green tea latte (not a frappe!)

It is very sweet and full of matcha and hitting the spot! I will be caffeinated up to my eyeballs soon :)

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Graphic artist, printmaker, lover of tea.

I love pretty much every type of tea camellia sinensis can produce. I like herbal teas sometimes but I can’t stand rooibos. I’m recently becoming a puerh addict.

Butiki, Verdant, Mandala, TeaVivre, Yunnan Sourcing, TeaUrchin, White2Tea and Den’s are my favorite online retailers so far.


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