191 Tasting Notes

90

A nice a floral medium-light roasted oolong. The orchid note is predominant, but theres also a butteryness like shortbread cookies and a fruity note of peach. Sweetness is moderate but not overpowering.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Green Wood, Mineral, Orchid, Stonefruits

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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82

Small, wiry, dark green leaves. Primarily vegetal with spinach and green bean notes, but also nutty and roasty with a peach-like fruit sweetness. Not my favorite green tea from Teavivre, but nice nonetheless. I think this would be a good tea to drink with a meal.

Flavors: Green Beans, Nutty, Peach, Roasted, Spinach

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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82

From the Pu TTB

A delicate sheng that’s reminiscent of a good green tea. Somewhat vegetal/umami with notes of green wood, honey, and fresh tobacco. Very infusable, very attractive whole leaves. Later steeps have a mango fruityness alongside sugarcane and vegetal notes. Lacking in the punch that I expect from young sheng. Almost definitely a “drink now” puerh.

Overall a very friendly sheng that would serve as a good introduction for someone looking for low bitterness or coming from green teas.

Flavors: Green Wood, Honey, Mango, Sugarcane, Umami, Vegetal

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

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95

From the Pu TTB

This is my first tea from Crimson Lotus. The tightly rolled tea takes a few steeps to fully open up. Nice floral and honey notes on the first steep. Moderately bitter and lightly mineral and fruity. HONEY! The honeyed taste only seems to become more prominent with further steeps. A very nice sheng that I would consider buying, though a bit pricey for me at $6/planet.

I made my first order with Crimson Lotus a couple of days ago; a little black jian shui pot! Did anyone pick one up from them last year? I look forward to trying it out and comparing to yixing

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Mineral

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
KiwiDelight

I bought one of the black Shi Pao pots last year, 100ml. I adore it. I use it for young sheng and it makes the soup so smooth. Congrats on your pot! I’m sure you’ll really like. I’m eyeing one of the red Bian Xishi pots…

tperez

Glad you like it! Mine is a 90ml bian xishi, the smallest pot I’ve ever had, but hopefully not too small

KiwiDelight

It shouldn’t be. CLT also sells 60ml pots.

tperez

I saw that! Personally I’m more comfortable with the 100-150ml range, but I did have a gaiwan about 90ml that I liked

KiwiDelight

I like different sizes for different teas. Larger gaiwan for rolled oolongs, for instance. I seem to be preferring smaller and smaller pots these past couple years. I don’t want to drink from too much leaf, keeping the same water:leaf ratio, especially when I’m sampling (samples are what my stash consists of 75% of the time).

Every time I hold my pots, I’m still surprised at how small they are!

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A free sample from Teavivre!

I’ve never had a buckwheat tea before, but I certainly find this one enjoyable! Very clean and soothing with toasted grain, nut, and buttery notes and a light sweetness. The brewed kernals also make a nice snack. Since I have another sample packet left I think I’ll have to try mixing this with some green tea, maybe the Lu Shan Yun Wu

Flavors: Butter, Roasted Barley, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 6 g 8 OZ / 250 ML
TeaVivre

so curious about the taste if mixed with other teas.

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97

Tried this in the Pu TTB and ended up buying a three pack of shrooms! Starting out my birthday with a session of this nice shou. I think I have strep throat, but that’s not stopping me from enjoying some tea on my birthday.

The first steep has camphor, dark cocoa, and earthy notes with a slight fruityness. It’s really nice and clean, malty, and mineral.

Later steeps give a nice creamy texture and a prominent vanilla/spice note with hints of raisin and dense bread. There’s very little fermentation flavor.

Flavors: Creamy, Earth, Mineral, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Zennenn

Happy birthday to you!

caile

Happy birthday!

AllanK

Saw this review and decided to buy it since Yunnan Sourcing is currently having a sale on ripe tea. Happy Birthday.

mrmopar

Happy birthday young man!

tperez

Thanks for the birthday wishes! I think you’ll like it Allan

TeaVivre

Happy birthday^^

looseTman

Hope you had a great birthday!

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90

A super interesting tea!

The dry leaves are huge! 50 grams came in the larger sized bag that normally fits 100. They’re purple and green and black and red with a musty aroma of pine and ripe fruit.

Brewing it up you get a warm yellow liquid with a floral aroma. There’s a fruity taste like peaches and white grapes, and slightly medicinal like pine and mint. It’s a soft and mellow brew that reminds me of fresh clothes out of the dryer. The taste is similar to YS’s Sundried Purple Buds but overall more enjoyable for me. The wet leaves are olive green to light brown with lots of bud sets.

Flavors: Floral, Mint, Peach, Pine, White Grapes

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
tanluwils

This has received some good reviews. Have you tried the Dehong purple raw pu’er? How would you compare the two?

tperez

I do have a purple Dehong brick! The raw puerh is much more bitter and powerful and medicinal tasting. This is more mellow and fruity, sort of like a purple Dehong sheng crossed with Bai Mudan

tanluwils

Nice! I do wish I had purchased that while it was on sale. But, I now have too much tea and am only purchasing things I’m only purchasing items I’m crazy about. This does seem like a curious tea!

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88

The dry leaves are small and wiry with lots of golden fur floating about, I think the furriest tea I’ve ever seen. It has a slight woodsmoke aroma. Malt, sweet potato, peat, lightly fruity and moderately smoky. Very mild with an excellent silky texture

Flavors: Cocoa, Peat, Smoke, Sweet Potatoes

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

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84
drank 2012 Bulang by The Essence of Tea
191 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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My name is Thomas,

I’ve loved tea and coffee since I was little, but only started getting into the world of high quality teas about four years ago.

My favorites are pu’erhs, Yunnan blacks, and 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 working on a degree in environmental sciences.

Other than tea I’m a nature lover, guitar picker, and unabashed nerd.

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50-69 Potable
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