1105 Tasting Notes

drank Nahan 2014 by Tea Urchin
1105 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample Marzipan!

I really enjoyed drinking this tea all day at work. It is definitely my kind of young sheng. Bold, punchy, strong cha qi and nice pleasant bitterness to sweetness balance. Creamy and floral too. The only thing that would have made it more perfect is if it had some fruity notes and a little bit more sweetness. I enjoyed the heck out of it though and would happily drink it again some day!

I had a crazy busy day at work and I’m serious, the tea definitely helped me! I get like a calm energy from sheng sometimes that is super perfect for stressful days at work where I need to be energized but not jittery or overwhelmed. Very centering/balancing :)

DigniTea

This cake is made from high quality material and was probably produced with hope for aging potential. Even as you describe your experience with the tea, it speaks of promise and will likely be a great tea one day. Meanwhile, it sounds as though you had a very interesting session with it. I have a sample myself but I’ll wait 6 months or so before I try it.

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drank Praline Horizon by Butiki Teas
1105 tasting notes

This is exactly what I was expecting and just as delicous as I had hoped :)

Sil

yaaaay

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I’m not sure how or why this works so well, but it does! OMG DELICOUS! :-O

Sil

jealous!

Butiki Teas

I’ve been stalking Steepster to see a review of this. Yay, glad you like it! I was super happy with how it turned out but curious to see if others enjoyed it too.

Roswell Strange

I was very close to getting this one because the combo of flavours is so different! Still not totally sure I made the right call ;)

Cameron B.

I do love both cantaloupe and coffee, they just sound like they would be so odd together! I’m glad it came out tasty.

Butiki Teas

Cameron B-The espresso is very light and really there just to temper the sweetness of the cantaloupe and add depth.

Stephanie

You don’t think coffee as you are drinking it, for sure.

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drank Yiwu 2006 Shun Shi by Tea Urchin
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I may have reviewed this tea before under a slightly different name. I’m a little confused about it!

ANYWAY a sample of this tea was part of my Christmas gift from Marzipan

Stephanie

Steepster appears to have mangled this one. Alas!

Sil

mangled?

Stephanie

Yeah my note is incomplete…steepster ate a big hunk out of the middle

Sil

OH haha well it doesn’t look mangled at least..

looseTman

Did you share this issue with Jason?

cookies

I had the same issue. I posted about it in the Steepster Bug Thread.

Stephanie

This is the 3rd or 4th note I’ve had this happen to. I’ll email him later when I have time. Thanks guys!

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Drank this one all morning while at work. I enjoyed it but failed to write detailed notes as I drank. Tea good…but Stephie fails at Steepstering :P

AllanK

I never write detailed notes.

Ubacat

That happens to me all the time. LOL

boychik

oh i love this one. a lot !

DigniTea

Glad to see that you enjoy this one.

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drank Gulistan by Dammann Freres
1105 tasting notes

Nice and fruity…slightly marshmallowy/bubblegummy. I will enjoy this once iced :)

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Thanks for the sample Cameron B

Apparently ginseng is NOT for me. It tastes a little sweet and a little like oolong but mostly it tastes like licorice and medicine. So, WARNING, if you do not like the taste of licorice beware of ginseng!

Tealizzy

I always wondered about ginseng oolongs…doesn’t sound like I need to explore them. :P

Kittenna

Haha, I didn’t find ginseng quite as bad as licorice, but I totally get the comparison!

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Got a sample of this one from a Steepster friend. Thanks!

Nice clean rich shou with a delicate rose scent. Not a lot of rose flavor but I actually prefer it this way!

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YUM! Enjoying my sample of this tea from a friend today :)

It’s all powdery bittersweet cocoa and spices. Smooth, but not very sweet or creamy. No funk here at all. I am really digging it. Sometimes shou really hits the spot!

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Aged sheng appears to be growing on me! That or I’m starting to find styles I actually enjoy.

I stole this sample from Marzipan when I went to her house a few weeks back :D Ok I didn’t steal it, she was very generous and willing to split some of her White2Tea samples with me!

I am drinking it today because Cheri was drinking it yesterday and the day before and talking about how awesome it is on Steepster chat! I agree, this is a very nice one :)
Still having trouble describing aged flavors. This one is sweeter and “cleaner” tasting than some of the others I’ve had. I guess some aged sheng tastes like raw, green lumber to me and this woody taste is more of a ripe, almost fruity wood with a more complex taste. Like the difference between the smell of a cheap piece of plywood and a fancy piece of apple or cherry wood maybe? I’m getting a little abstract here, sorry!

Cheri

Yes!!! these are words I was trying to think of! It’s almost fruity with a complex sweetness to it. It just was so….WOW!

boychik

i loved this one. A lot. Sarcy didnt like it and shared a sample with me. Cheri, i hope you wont change your mind !

boychik

also i want to add that i have a problem with some wet aged sheng or shou. They make my throat dry and scratchy. some flavors just dont work for me. but this one is beautiful. Fruity !

Cheri

I’m totally down with splitting a cake with you, boychik. Working my way through the rest of the w2t that I have so I can decide if I want anything else.

boychik

yay. Me too. i made it my priority samples. want to break Often now.

Cheri

I think I’ll probably just get some more samples of other things again…which will probably lead me to asking if someone wants to split a $250 cake….

Stephanie

Weird, now that you mention it boychik I may have experienced that dry scratchy throat thing! Cheri is trying to tempt me to get in on this order…not sure yet ;)

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