106 Tasting Notes

96

This is pretty delicious. The last of my sample from the $5 promotion. On the milder side for a Wuyi oolong, with a strong mineral flavor as well as fruit (reminds me of lychee) and slight floral and spice notes.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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88

Smooth, sweet, and slightly floral. Very resteapable, 5g brewed my full kettle plus one more steep, which few teas do. This was enjoyable, but didn’t really “wow” me like the other Yezi samples have.

However I’m yet to find a white tea that does wow me, so this might very well be an amazing one. I picked this as a sample sort of hoping to find a white tea that would amaze me, but it may be that I just don’t like whites as much as other teas. :P

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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98

Another “wow!” from Yezi. Deep cocoa flavors with a touch of caramel, sea salt, and musk. Slightly red-winey, like Verdant’s Laoshan black. The brew is full bodied and bold but smooth and gentle at the same time. Really really nice black tea for special occasions.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec
TastyBrew

Yeah, this one is a definite keeper.

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96

Took advantage of Yezi’s three free samples, and got the package in the mail yesterday with a surprise pouchong sample.

Very fresh and sweet with mild spinach and honeysuckle flavors. Just a small sip fills the mouth with its buttery flavor and aroma. Really nice, and one of their more affordable teas to boot!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec
mrmopar

Had to get in on this too. You can probably guess what I got!

tperez

Haha, their pu looked interesting, can’t wait to see what you think about it

mrmopar

Got two of them and the one you just had!

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98

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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87

Good Jin Xuan. Creamy and fairly sweet, the leaves are smaller than most, and are ever so slightly floral

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75
drank All Day Oolong by Teascent
106 tasting notes

Pretty good tea. Brews up a deep amber color surprisingly quickly. Slightly floral sticky rice aroma. Standard Taiwan gaoshan flavors; rice, magnolia, nutmeg, and fresh greenness. Not a head turner, but certainly an enjoyable tea. Would be a nice tea to drink with a meal.

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89
drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavana
106 tasting notes

My brother gave my step dad a bit of this and a gravity steeper for Christmas, but it appears it hasn’t been touched :(
It looked a bit lonely, so I decided to brew some up

This is pretty good! Medium body and not quite as “Fuijian-y” as most. Sweet brown sugar notes and also a bit of raisin and yam. A bit malty/roasty as well.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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90

Very sweet and buttery with just a touch of honeysuckle and fresh cut grass. I like this a lot! Reminds me of a mix of Jin Xuan and Ti Guan Yin. Brews up a surprisingly gold color despite the very green flavors and appearance.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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96
drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
106 tasting notes

Cleaned up my desk today (gasp!) and found a pile of tasting notes that I hadn’t posted yet :)

Thanks for this sample from Autumn Hearth

The dry leaves are plump, furry golden buds with a deep honey aroma.

1st steep I over-brewed a bit, but the tea was still very mild and smooth. Malty brew with rich brown sugar and yam flavors, and a touch of mineral and linen qualities. Later steeps showed a bit of nutty pistachio flavors, and progressively became richer and creamier with vanilla notes. Towards the end it began to thin out and better display the black peppercorn flavor.

The best part of this tea was its thick, silky, almost syrupy mouthfeel, which really set it apart from other Yunnan blacks for me. Very smooth and creamy.

Very nice tea!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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My name is Thomas,

Long-time tea and coffee driker, but I only started getting into the world of good quality teas about three years ago.

My favorites are pu’erhs, Yunnan blacks, and Taiwanese oolongs. I’m not much into flavored teas or jasmine/florals, but I love a good cup of chai or adding a spice or two to my teas sometimes.

Currently taking a break from school, working in Orlando Florida and trying to find my place in the world.

I’m a music lover and have played guitar and violin for quite a while and have also learned to love the sounds of the sitar and hindustani music in all its forms. I’ve become a bit of a guitar “grease monkey” and find building, modification, repair, and dissection to be even better than playing sometimes.

I also love hiking/camping and downhill longboarding when I have the time to make it out to somewhere hilly.

My Rating Scale:
95-100 Wowza!
90-94 Pretty darn good
80-89 Nice
70-79 Decent
50-69 Potable
0-50: Blech.

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Orlando, FL

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