373 Tasting Notes

drank Hong Jing Luo by thepuriTea
373 tasting notes

This is another bilochun style black it has loosely curled black nuggets with prominent golden tips. It smells of smokey cocoa. Taste wise it is closer to Teavivre’s black dragon pearls than my other bilochun style black tea from Zen Teahttp://steepster.com/yyz/posts/225415. With Teavivres tea having a slightlier creamy texture and taste. I actually prefer this one though.

I steeped this tea 4 times ( 60, 80,110,300s). I found it a little less resilient than zen’s Phoenix Pearls.

The scent is smokey, with cocoa, honey and light nutty notes. It brews to a coppery maple colour.

It tastes of light smoke with a cocoa mole sauce note with later steeps referencing a hint f the flavour of Chile. The cocoa smoke lies over citrusy malt tones and a touch of honey. Later steeps release a light nutty tone as well. Overall a nice savoury, cocoa noted tea.

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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
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This tea is getting a little old but is still very nice. The dry tea is a dark bilochun style nugget with some lighter brown notes and a few golden tips present. It smells very sweet of honey and cocoa. This tea remains quite sweet and retains it’s honey cocoa grainy malt notes throughout its steeping. Like others have noted it is quite a forgiving tea.

After a rinse and a one minute steep I had a deep maple colour brew with a scent of cocoa, honey and grainy malt. It tastes of honey, cocoa, a barley grain note, and aslfalfa with malt more present as it cools.

I steeped it again for 80, 110, 180, and 300s. The tea became slightly sweeter in the later brews with the malt rising in the early ones than blending more evenly with the other flavours a slightly nutty note appeared as well. Altogether a nice honeyed, cocoa tea with grainy, nutty notes. Quite enjoyable.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this well balanced oolong courtesy of a sample sent to me by the thoughtful Dexter3657. This green oolong has a really nice soft, sweet blend of floral notes (gardenia/lily/sweet Williams), fruit peaches and vanilla sugar, papaya, citrus notes and hints of pineapple, mineral notes, cream, and the sweeter tones of artichoke. I may prefer a slightly more biting floral green, but I enjoyed the soft sweet floral notes of this oolong.

I steeped this tea 8 times after a rinse (30, 30, 35, 40, 50, 60, 85 and 105s).

The dry leaf smells of fruit, peach and pineapple, vanilla and a light floral accent of lily and gardenia. They are tightly rolled and are a bright spruce green with light olive accents.

30s. Light green tinged yellow brew with a peach tinged with citrus pineapple scent with a floral green top note.

It tastes of gardenia mixed with citrus notes, pineapple, cream, peach, a hint of something powdery and vanilla. A nice mix of fruit and soft floral, with a silky texture.

30s. Slightly deeper yellow brew.
The flavour is a green floral mixed with sweet Williams, cream, warm peaches, papaya and pineapple. It is very sweet and has notes of warm cooked snap peas and vanilla.

35s. Deeper flavour with a green vegetal note of sweet Jerusalem artichoke. There is a softer green floral with lily and gardenia, peaches sprinkled with vanilla sugar and cream. There is a freshening feeling in the front of the mouth.

40s. Mineral note, light gardenia, lily, peach, snap pea, sweet cooked peaches, cream, with a vanilla hint. Still a creamy texture.

50s. Similar but more intense flavour than 40s, with greener peach, vanilla note, artichoke and gardenia breaking down into a nutmeg like note.

60s. Sweet, slightly more fruity than floral.
Tastes of a mineral green soft vegetal note, peach and gardenia.

85s. Savoury with gardenia, nutmeg, cream and stronger artichoke note, faint reference to aftertaste of peach.

105s. Vegetal, mineral, gardenia, cream.

Sorry I posted this in the wrong place originally.



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drank Yunnan Green FOP by Capital Tea Ltd.
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This tea is a really nice blend between the sweet and savoury. It’s scent is blend between bright fruit and light smoke and once brewed it releases a perfume of smoke,rich, sweet plum, sweet corn/ pea note and a hint of spice.

I brewed this tea four times (45, 55, 70, 100s).

The dry leaf are dark olive to khaki tightly twisted wiry inch long leaves that produce a golden yellow brew.

The tea is smooth. The first notes are savoury, with light smoke, salted butter, a roasted vegetable note (sweet green pea mixed with a slight bitter spinach), over honeyed plum, pepper and a hint of nutmeg. The aftertaste is sweet plum intensifying under a light spinach note. The tea has a rich creamy texture and maintains a consistent flavour over ateeps with only the light smoke dissipating while the rest of the tea sweetens.

The tea offers a really nice value. It has really nice fruity aspects, a thick texture and a pleasant savoury note. Another really nice tea from Capital Tea Ltd! Once again thanks for the sample.

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

On my wish list

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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This tea presents quite a lovely impression of a strawberry pie made from cooked fruit with just a touch of cinnamon and only slightly sweetened. These are among my favourite types of pies, ones where the fruit is allowed to shine and its freshness is highlighted. Very nicely done!

This tasting note is more a series of impressions brought to you thanks to the generosity of CrowKettle who sent this to me as a surprise.

Scent: Graham crust, strawberry slightly green bright note, cinnamon, bright note from the tea

Broth: deep orange gold with a hint of red.

Taste: Light strawberry that becomes more apparent in the aftertaste with a hint of sharpness from the hibiscus. Hint of pastry that offers a thickness and a certain smoothness to the tea. Cinnamon note blends in with the flavour of the base tea which has a certain richness, a touch ofbitterrness, honey and a certain brightness. Pleasant but not in you face flavouring. The strawberries are like slightly under ripe berries that have been left out in the sun after slicing with a very subtle floral note blending into the fruit. A touch of woodiness is present either from the cinnamon or the base tea. Enjoyable with the flavouring developing and becoming more apparent as I sip down the cup.

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 225 ML

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drank Cream Caramel Rooibos by Zen Tea
373 tasting notes

I think this is one you have to be very careful with when measuring out the leaf. You have to make sure you get enough caramel pieces and I think it does better with a little bit more leaf than less. The first time I had it I underleafed it and it tasted of slightly sweet watery rooibos. This time I used 2tsp for about 11oz of water. It came out smelling like nutty skillet toffee. The rooibos is still there contributing a little dryness and a nutty woody note, but the flavour is of vanilla cream caramels. Pretty nice tonight.

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This tea is rich and thick and oddly reminds me of coffee. Not the particularly great stuff but the instant aircraft stuff that is slightly stale and requires cream. I know not a raving endorsement, but I actually did enjoy this tea. Maybe it comes from fond memories of drinking way to much of that stuff.

I appreciated the richness of this tea with its mix of smoke, cocoa, tobacco/nicotiana, dates and honey tones. It had a nice robust flavour and a creamy texture. Thanks for sharing this Dexter3657, I wouldn’t mind keeping some of this in my cupboard but only in small amounts.

I used 4 balls in 200ml of water.

1 min
Scent. Smoke, cocoa,honey, leathery tone, spice hint of nicotiana

Taste. Spicy leathery tones over smoky cocoa with dried fruit almost date like note. Smoky coffeeish tone. Pretty smooth and robust.

80s. Spice, cocoa, smoke,, coffee note, leather, honey.
Smoky coffee tone, cocoa, leather, slight tobacco note, date.

110s. Spice,leather,cocoa,fading smoke tone,light tobacco note.

Nice balance of above flavours, creamy mouth feel.

130s fading fragrance and taste but much the same in scent and flavour.

160s. Leathery tabacco notes some cocoa with a sweetness underneath.


Sorry that this isn’t a hit with you – I really like it, but then I really like all black pearl teas…. instant aircraft coffee :(( LOL


I did actually like it, but not enough to get a ton of it. Thanks for letting me try it though. It saved me purchasing a lot of it. I guess I prefer Yunnan’s with less tabaccoish notes. I liked the smokey element to it though.

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drank Thé de Lune by Mariage Frères
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Thank you very much JustJames for sharing this fabulous tea with me. It’s scent brings a lot of distinct memories forward while I sip it, ranging from hiking in the bush in the Carolinian forests of Southern Ontario, my friends mother’s cherry torte, and a cream I loved and can no longer get. I love it’s mix of cream, cherries and spice.

The dry leaf contains pieces of what appear to be cinnamon, fruit and cornflowers. After
3.5 min I was left with a fragrant maple blended with copper coloured brew.

The tea smells of vanilla cream, cherries, and white cake. It is a light cherry cream scent, not sharp, closer to maraschino with cinnamon underneath, with a scent that reminds me a little bit of sassafras or spice bush.

The flavour reminds me a little bit of cream soda. Cream tinted with spice bush, cinnamon and cherry almond note. An undertone in the taste, leaves a feeling like cola at the back of the throat. There is a hint of a light almond flavoured fluffy biscuit, almost like ladies fingers.

The aftertaste is of cinnamon, a cherry like fruit note and cream soda/ cola note that lingers.

The base is pretty smooth and rich, mostly hidden by the flavouring but It seems to be contributing a sweet and faintly tart note and enough tannins to give this tea some body.

Thanks again James! I can see why you love it.


Tea of the Moon! I don’t thing I want the tea you’re describing, but I want a tea with it’s name.


Aww, cherries…love this review and the memories :-)


Sounds lovely!


so glad you enjoyed it! i love tea that brings me special places… =0)

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drank Earl Grey by CJay Tea
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Revisiting this tea and increasing the rating as bit, as it has become a staple in my house. I like both the base and the flavouring in this tea. The bergamot is a at about the same flavour intensity as twinings and it is a good compromise between spicy and citrusy and the base adds a good dose of sweetness which is fruity and almost syrupy contrasted with a good dose of both the upper and lower tones of malt. It blends well with other teas as well. At the moment this is my favourite mild-medium level bergamot Earl Grey.

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drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
373 tasting notes

I maybe use slightly above the reccommended water temperature but I still ended up with a very enjoyable series of cups. This one has more of a toffee/caramel note than my other Bailin http://steepster.com/teas/trust-to-trade-ltd/40377-bailin-kungfu , but it has less of the fruity spice notes that one has so it is a bit of a trade off. This one is more resilient though and I resteeped it 5 times. Altogether a very enjoyable and well balanced tea with a nice mix and complexity of flavours. Thanks Dexter3657 for this sample.
Malt fruit, cherry note,spice, faintly floral.

40s. Longan malt, upper and deeper grainy tones, bright shasrp fruit on top. Bitter cocoa cherry note, spice, bright notes at first and dissipate to deeper maslty cocoa tones. Tea tastes quite light at first and deepens to a dense thick flavour note. Cherry note not as prominent as my other Balin but really nice. Spice and fruit is there with similar notes and a hint of caramel under the malt. caramel is almost more toffee to me it has that slightly darker taste that it gets as the sugar mixture moves to a hard candy stage. After taste has a spicy cherry tone.

40s. Caramel,spice cherry notes,malt underneath.

Much sweeter than first steep and smoother. Caramel, cherry floral more, cocoa bitter malt tones.long an note milder blended into cherry spice note. Sweet note at back of throat astringency felt at roof of mouth. Sweet aftertaste.

60s longan, spice, malt

Sweet tone, longan, malt, cocoa underneath, caramel like aftertaste.

90s malt, longan, cocoa, sweet aftertaste.

4min. Sweet cocoa and malt.

1 tsp 8 OZ / 225 ML

Sounds delicious.


What a wonderful description!


wow…all these flavor notes are my cup of tea! i remember being intrigued initially by Bailin Gongfu, but your description makes it sound even better. surely i must try this! yum yum yum.

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