133 Tasting Notes

80

I got this tea as a sample and just to try it I steeped it western with the 5 g sample pack in 8 oz of water, which is not my normal method. I was only going to do one steeping and I was not sure how long to go, but I went with 2’30". The tea has the aroma of a light raw pu-erh and a similar color. It is earthy with a background flavor of plums.

Flavors: Earth, Plums

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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76

This white tea has a deep amber color and an aroma of hay. It tastes of hay and wood and it is a little soapy. I found the 2011 cake to be much better.

Flavors: Hay, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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81

I get a malty aroma from this tea. It has a mild sweetness with flavors of wheat and brown sugar. It is a good cup of tea, but not one that will make it into my regular rotation.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Wheat

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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86

It has a nice sweet hay aroma that I get with most white teas. There is a really pleasant sweetness to this tea with flavors of hay and cucumber. It has a strong flavor and a lingering aftertaste that is delightful.

Flavors: Cucumber, Hay

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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83

Light oolong with an amazing orchid aroma. It is light, sweet, creamy, and floral. This tea is creamy floral goodness in a cup.

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Orchids

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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42

This tea has a subtle malty aroma and I can see why it is called pine needle by the way the dry leaves are hard, thin, and pointy. It is malty and earthy but I am not getting much flavor out of this tea. It is bland with an astringent aftertaste. I wish I did not power through it and just made another cup of tea.

Flavors: Astringent, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 g 5 OZ / 147 ML
TeaVivre

This tea is organic black tea, and when it compares to other Dian Hong, it’ll have a light taste. If you don’t mind, would you please let me know your brewing method on this tea?

A-House

4 grams of tea in 5 oz of water just below boiling. Rinse and three steepings of 1 min., 2 min., and 2 min. 30 sec. I combined the three steepings in one glass. It could have been too little tea, too high of a temperature, and/or to long of a steeping time, but it just didn’t turn out that well.

TeaVivre

If you try it next time, you can use 90℃ water to brew it with a little longer time for the second and third infusion. If you have a gaiwan, you can try it in this way:
5g tea,10s, 15s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s at 90℃.

Hope you’ll find a way to get its best flavor and wish you a nice weekend!

TeaVivre

@ A-House, I’ve tried this tea for several times recently. Here I think you can try this new brewing time to get a better result for this tea:
Teacup: 90℃, 5g, 3 – 5 mins
Gaiwan: 90℃, 110ml, 5g Tea, 20s,30s,40s,50s,70s,100s

If you have any feedback about it, please kindly let me know.

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88

This tea has a nice bready aroma. It is rich and sweet with flavors of raisin bran cereal, molasses, and maple syrup. I really enjoy the flavor of this tea. It has a nice balance to it and a pleasing aftertaste.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Maple Syrup, Molasses, Raisins

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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76

This tea is a dark oolong with a baked orange aroma. I get a fruity citrus taste with flavors of orange and maybe a hint of floral on the back end. It is not a flavor profile that appeals to me, but it was not a bad tea with decent sweetness and no astringent aftertaste.

Flavors: Citrus, Orange

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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84

This tea has a pleasant nutty aroma. It has a nutty flavor with hints of grass and a nice brothy texture. It is an excellent green tea.

Flavors: Broth, Grass, Nutty

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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84

This tea is a medium oolong with a baked floral aroma, which is contrary to its name. Ya Shi Xiang, according to Teavivre’s description, translates to Duck Shit Aroma. I guess the person who named this tea only fed his ducks flowers. It has a buttery sweet taste with flavors of flowers and a little creaminess. There is a touch of savoriness and the flavor is quite complex. This tea is definitely something I would drink again.

Flavors: Butter, Floral

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 g 5 OZ / 147 ML
Rasseru

The story goes that the farmer had a tree of such amazing aroma that everyone came from miles around to take illegal cuttings. So when they asked where the good tea came from he told them the wrong tree.

If they asked about the right tree he would say ‘no, not that one, it smells like duck shit’ and the name stuck

A-House

Thanks for the back story. I figured there was an interesting tale behind the name.

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