188 Tasting Notes


Being an old fart, as my nieces say, I rarely use the correct current vernacular, but here goes.
“Dis shitz da bomb yo”.
I’ve only had one version of this tea from a local shop and I drink it there infrequently, although I remember it to be a nice tea. So I saw the sale 12% off all oolongs and went tea crazy and ordered a load. This tea though is a big departure from the oolongs I’ve previously tasted from YSUSA. Those were meh, you get what you paid for but this tea is so well crafted and at a bargain price.
I should have used a gaiwan but its in pieces so I went with my least used wu yi yixing. The aroma is so floral and reminds of honeysuckle, orchids and camellia. The liquor also represents those aromas in its flavor profile with the addition of honey. The mouthfeel is just full and hits initially in the front tip but rounds nicely to finish in the back and sides. The staying power in the aftertaste is the longest I remember since raw pu erh. The infusions are exactly what you expect from a dan cong with 3 & 4 being the most expressive and flavorful and lasting about till 8.
I really like tea surprises, when you have no expectations and get blown away. I will be ordering more of this.

Flavors: Honey, Honeysuckle, Orchid

190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

I am in the same boat with ya!

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I don’t do these types of teas and so I have been brewing this for all the guests along the way this holiday season who were anti caffeine. It is crowd pleasing for sure with the hibiscus and minty freshness and the citrusy anise tones hitting the bittersweet buttons to give a most refreshing herbal tea. My only drawback is that it’s too strong if over-brewed, to the point of discarding and starting over so faites attention.

Flavors: Anise, Citrusy, Hibiscus, Mint

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Last of my Nilgiri samples from Teabox and its been a nice flight. This one brews up a nice dark orange with malty goodness followed by some astringency which provides structure for the flavors to amplify themselves. Some floral and citrus but hardly noticeable. Next journey Assam and Darjeeling. Can’t wait

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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I liked the spring version of this tea that claims its a black tea but had oolong written in the soup. This winter version is almost exactly the same but not as floral or in depth of flavor. I prefer the spring version of this but must admit I have no clue as to which Nilgiri’s pickings I prefer since they are so outside the box.

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Been buying/drinking this for years now, along with the Imperial Mojiang Golden Bud, and I have to tell you its been bliss. When ever I need to take a break from sampling all the other teas, its so refreshing to go back to old friends, meet up and draw in a deep nose full of malt and savor the honey nectar. Best teas ever….no, but damn good and always consistent throughout the years.

Doug F

Yes! Yes! Yes! Though I might have to disagree a bit. The Imperial Mojiang is one of the best teas ever IMHO.


im nearly out of my gold, I need a go-to tea blanket for cold nights, I will check these two out


And the price!!! Who could resist

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Amazing white Nilgiri, who knew. The flavor profile from Teabox is spot on with an addition that this soup is so sweet as to be nectar from mother nature herself. It may be the sweets leftover hangover from Halloween but I swear I taste candy corn.

170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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Been liking all the Glendale teas from Teabox I’ve tried so far and this is no different. Smooth thickish brew, pale yellow with the requisite vegetal buttery goodness, but then throw in some spice, peppercorn and floral hints and you have a nice sipping experience

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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This looks like a Mao Feng and tastes like one too. Bright yellow gold liquor with butter and seaweed note,s nothing overpowering just a subtle well made tea. The low caffeine is good for me in the afternoon.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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This is a Chinese famous green tea by way of Nilgiri, yep Nilgiri. It pays to go into these tasting with preconceived notions of how could this possibly be good. That way there are no disappointments when you sample and aren’t impressed or it just tastes awful. Well it also pays off in the opposite. Low expectations in this case yielded a very pleasant surprise. Steeped according to direction this is a very impressive Long Ding, not the best but very representative of high quality. Flavors of hay, barley and almost corn with a gentle sweetness and a touch of astringency. I had two different steeping the second was a little more tea (double) and lower temp 160 but there was a bit more astringency that was taking over the profile so stick with the suggested brewing guidelines.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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Food and Drink fanatic. Expanding my horizons with new teas. Accomplished cook with a love of wines, liquors, cocktails, coffees and teas.
Semi-retired Interventional Cardiology Registered Nurse


East Village NYC, Red Hook NY, USA

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