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This tea is rich and smokey. Sweet for a second then pleasantly bitter, with an astringency that coats the mouth without feeling to dry. It tasted earthy, damp and woody. Very smooth. It is a lovely autumn orange color when brewed. Brewed gong fu style, 5 grams in a 60ml gaiwan. Ten second wash, 1st infusion 20 seconds, 2nd infusion 35-30 seconds, etc. Lost track of how many infusions I did because the flavor continued to intrigue me after many steepings!

Flavors: Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Decayed wood, Moss, Mushrooms, Smooth, Sweet, Wet Earth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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100

This tea is delicious! Very floral and buttery. Hardly any bitterness, it is mellow and satisfying with a delightful aroma. It brought to mind toasted coconut and honeysuckle. It feels thick in the mouth, and nourishing. I could drink it often. Brewed Gong Fu style, 5 grams in a 60ml gaiwan. Washed for 15 seconds, first infusion 15 seconds, 2nd infusion 20-25 seconds, and so on.

Flavors: Butter, Cannabis, Coconut, Creamy, Honeysuckle, Nectar, Pastries, Roasted, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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100
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
358 tasting notes

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Flavors: Almond, Cherry, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Marzipan, Nuts, Nutty, Spices, Spicy, Stonefruits

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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This was a shincha originally bought back in 2014 and stored until just recently when it was time to revisit. I’ve got to say that even with age this is just as amazing as I remember. The usual grassy goodness but also so much more…like a buttery miso soup. I have several other Japanese green teas stored and will slowly start to drink them down and share if there is interest in older stored green teas. This was a shared tea session which is always nice and a great excuse for larger teaware.

6g of beautiful bright green leaf, 290ml Masaki Tachi Shigaraki Kyusu, with a 20s first steep at 190F, second at 5s, third at 10s and a fourth and fifth at 200F for 45s and 60s. Served in an
Oni hagi warikoudai yunomi by Yamane Seigan.

Part of "A Week of Tea Exploration” suggested by Lion on Steepster, day two of seven, green tea.

The session:
https://instagram.com/p/BFxQ_zxBUrQ/

The tea:
https://instagram.com/p/BFxTA0PhUvB/

The teapot:
https://instagram.com/p/BFxU40TBUi2/

Preparation
6 g 10 OZ / 290 ML

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85
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
349 tasting notes

Upping my rating for this tea because it is fast becoming one of my favorite teas.

Flavors: Almond, Spices

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75

I went up to Philadelphia for a day trip with some friends. At Reading Terminal Market, there is a merchant selling dried fruit, spices, coffee, and tea in bulk. It was tiny, bins everywhere, and it smelled like heaven. I limited myself to only picking up a few teas, though I easily could have bought more, especially given how cheap the prices where! I got 4 types of tea, 2 oz for three of them and half a pound for the fourth for about 25 dollars.

Tonight, I remembered I hadn’t unloaded the tea from my shopping bag, so I transferred them over from the plastic baggies the clerk at the store used into plastic Chinese takeout containers, for want of anything better. I will do for now.

So, first tea up was the Rooibos Peppermint Patty. This is a lovely before bedtime tea. Despite the sprinkles and chocolate chips in the tea, it’s not very sweet. I might have to add some sugar or almond milk in it for extra flavor depth. But the peppermint definitely comes through.

It also smells heavenly dry.

Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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80

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Flavors: Blackberry, Creamy, Floral, Green, Milk, Sweet, Tannin

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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Drank the autumn all day at work today; lasted a solid 7 hours at four steeps an hour, I drink a TON at work.

This stuff is great. I tell new pu’ heads to try Bang Dong or Jingmai because they are light and easily understood while being tasty. Simple brew with some floral undertones. This leaf withstands those long spa treatments that we drink the bath water from quite well. Interested in seeing how the spring taste now, but this is solid… did someone say Bang Dong is coming to the 2017 Sheng Olympics?

Rui A.

Last week I ordered samples of this one and the Autumn version. Thanks for the review and now I am looking forward to receive the samples even more.

JWhisk

How’s the autumn compare to the summer? If I remember correctly there’s a big price difference between the two

ccr

The spring is fantastic. Unfortunately, I can’t speak to the autumn, as I haven’t tried it, but the Bang Dong was up there for me next to the much higher priced spring cakes (Mu Shu, Da Qing Gu Shu)

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This leaf smells like my brothers bo which make me worried… I’m not even joking, how is that possible?

Anyways, brewed this up with two infusions in a kyusu to drink. Nice mouth feel that sticks around. Taste is on the low spectrum of floral with some vegetable in there. Was hoping for something stronger. This would be ideal to drink outside or by itself, wouldn’t do well with food. I’m more of a shan lin xi or dong ding type of guy, but oolong is still the best type of tea so this made me happy :)

Daylon R Thomas

Shan Lin Xi have become a preference for me too. But you are a cause for that. Lucky me sent me some of Eco-Cha’s and it was incredibly fruity.

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89

Another tea from a previous round of the GCTTB I think. The package was unopened so despite being a little bit older (I’m not sure how old but I know it not this year’s picking) the tea was still relatively fresh. The flavours were strongly vegetable but with almost none of the bitterness you find in lower-quality green teas. There’s also a lightly savory undercurrent, though it wasn’t super-pronounced. As a whole the tea came across and being very fresh and crisp.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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87
drank Intensely Buttermint by Twinings
2603 tasting notes

Great tea but maybe not the best choice to be paired with my cheesy chicken enchilada dinner

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75

Received this as a sample in my ATR order. It is pleasant, but not something I would seek out. Despite the Nilgiri base, it seems on the mild side. I taste the blackberry — the blueberry, not so much. If I were a blackberry tea fan, I might be more excited about this as it tastes very natural, but there are really just so many other fruit flavors that I prefer.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

Stopped by Teavana mostly to buy tins to store my Taiwan Sourcing order in but I did have them brew me this tea. She referred to it as decaf and I hope she was right about that. This is a fairly tasty flavored oolong with notes from the blood oranges. I do like it. I don’t know the exact brewing parameters. It is pretty tasty.

Preparation
4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

This is good. It’s mild, and just a bit drying, but mint and pine work really, really well together. It’s a nicely balanced blend, too. I like how the flavors come together.

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84
drank 2012 Bulang by The Essence of Tea
144 tasting notes

Brews a medium yellow-orange. Very earthy and woody definitely aged “beyond it’s years”. Thick and buttery with notes of pretzel, citrus, sandalwood, camphor, and vanilla. Slightly medicinal. Moderate honey sweetness and a fairly strong bitterness.

Part of me wants to like this tea a lot, but I get a sort of off putting note that reminds me of over-ripe oranges on a hot day. I suppose that’s a strange thing to taste, but I grew in Florida with an abandoned orange grove in the back yard. It had it’s perks; free oranges and the lovely scent of orange blossoms wafting though the air. It also had it’s downsides though; rotten fruit and rats and rattlesnakes thicker than your arm! Any way you put it the taste of this tea brings me back.

Flavors: Bitter, Camphor, Citrus, Honey, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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75

Drinking this tea I couldn’t help but exclaim “Tastes like chicken!” Not as in it actually tastes like chicken, but as in it’s an excellent example of what a “very ok” sheng tastes like. It’s fairly bitter with a flavor thats slightly vegetal and green like parsley. Theres some honeyed sweetness, and the alcohol/gasoline scent that you get from a lot of fresh factory sheng. Theres a touch of apricot and tobacco, and just a hint of smoke. Brewing reveals chopped and shredded leaves. It’s a very ok tea.

Flavors: Grass, Honey, Parsley

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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From one of the group buys (dark matter?)

Maybe it is my brewing parameters, or queued in my senses due to current life events, but when I steeped this up and the first two steeps, this tea tastes just like that weird plastic sweet scent of new black garbage bags. SERIOUSLY.

Later steepings is malty and coconutty. It did not resteep well though, I got 5 and it died. The flavor is light despite the high gongfu ratio.

I think this would of been better western or 1g / 10ml or jam as much leaf as you can in the gaiwan and flash.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 0 OZ / 13 ML
Gooseberry Spoon

I had luck western steeping this, but I noticed it was rather lighter with resteeping some other blacks.

CWarren

I had a similar issue with the subtlety and was told by What-Cha that western parameters were better suited for it.

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40

I did not like this one. It had the qualities of their sencha tea crystal (which was vegetal and buttery) but with an oversteeped swampy spearmint flavor. I think what was more disappointing in this mint flavor had potential to brighten the instant tea, adding freshness that it lacks, but the mint was just overstewed tasting to fix anything.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/pique-tea-crystals/

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60

I wasn’t a fan of this one. It was mellow, marine, vegetal and buttery, but it lacked that fresh grassy taste that I associate with senchas. This product is instant (just add water) so you are getting something easy to make and you don’t have to worry about water temperature, however you lose fresh and complexity vs loose leaf.

This one is much better iced, likely the best use of this tea crystal.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/pique-tea-crystals/

Kristal

I suppose one has to trade something for convenience :(

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