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Fuding white tea sold by golden coast tea club in oakville, Ontario.


Review: gongfucha ru Yao dragon teapot.

Dry leaf: sweet, spices.

Wet leaf: roasted, Sweet, pepper.

Light steep; I taste/smell: (smell) slight floral. (Taste) slight —> pepper, roasted (?). Light -→ floral, roasted peanuts, metallic (Iron).

Medium steep; I taste/smell: (smell) slight floral. (Taste) light to medium
—→ floral, roasted peanuts, roasted, metallic (iron) (copper?), garden, pepper. Medium floral.

Heavy steep; I taste/smell: (smell) slight floral. Light sea water. (Taste) light —→ floral, pepper, sea water.

All in all a yummy tea. Although the brick (whole looks about 25g-35g), it’s ten bucks for a brick. I think I might order more sometime. I rate a 95/100. Yummy tea. Nice and mellow. Nice hui guan and cha qi.

If you can google the store, I suggest you try it.

Flavors: Floral, Metallic, Peanut, Pepper, Roasted, Roasted nuts, Spices, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 5 g 6 OZ / 165 ML

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Enjoying some Phoenix ripe brick. It’s been sitting for like 5+ months lol I found it like two weeks ago among my stash! :D a new note! SAND! It’s like a mix of camphor and sand taste. The camphor is strong too!

Flavors: Sand

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Gong ting ripe puerh cured in king orange from yunnan sourcing

Took a gamble, Used whole item.

Ru Yao dragon teapot gongfucha

Dry leaf: musty, oranges , spices, Earth.

Wet leaf: earth, cookies. Berries(?) peach(?) spices, very sweet, Oranges.

Light steep; I smell/taste: (smell) Medium —> earth, oranges, cookies, berries(?), peach(?). strong sweetness. (Taste) slight
-→ spices, bitterness. Light —> oranges, tangy. light to medium -→ mud, sweet, berries(?), dough, barley.

Medium steep; I smell/taste: (smell) Medium —> earth, oranges, cookies, berries(?), peach(?) , sweetness. (Taste) light to medium
-→ mud, dough, spices, berries(?), peach(?), tangy, barley, oranges. Strong sweetness.

Heavy steep; I smell/taste: (smell) Light berries(?). (Taste) slight spices. light —> tangy, oranges, dough, medium to strong -→ mud, earth.

All in all I rate a 85/100. Yummy aromas and flavours. I definitely
recommend trying. Maybe not the whole orange at first. I took a gamble and it was 95% worth it. Still I suggest using half first ;) . Relaxing cha qi and smooth huiguan.

where to buy: https://yunnansourcing.com/products/gong-ting-ripe-pu-erh-tea-cured-in-king-orange

Flavors: Bitter, Cookie, Earth, Mud, Musty, Orange, Roasted Barley, Spices, Sweet, Tangy

Boiling 6 OZ / 165 ML

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1999 hua yuan “Jing brand” raw puerh tea cake from yunnan sourcing.


Ru Yao gongfucha

Dry leaf: sweet, musty.

Wet leaf: earth, sweet, musty.

Light steep; I taste/smell: (smell) little —> earth, clean, fruit(peach?). (Taste) light -→ earth, honey, fermentation, sweet. Mineral, metallic(?).

Medium steep; I taste/smell : (smell) light —> berries (blueberry/cranberry). (Taste) light to medium -→ earth, honey, fermentation, mineral, metallic (copper/iron). Light forest floor.

Heavy steep; I taste/smell: (smell) light —> seawater, rain, berries(?). (Taste) light -→ earth, fermentation, sweet, bitter. Light to medium —→ oatmeal, grains, barley(?), mineral, metallic(copper), forest floor.

All in all, the best semi aged sheng I’ve ever tried. I like everything about it. I rate 100/100. I cannot find any flaws in it. If there is, let me know. I recommend you buy a sample.

Where to buy: https://yunnansourcing.com/products/1999-hua-yuan-jing-brand-raw-pu-erh-tea-cake

Note: although I cannot afford a cake, I think I may be able to buy samples once in a blue moon.

Thanks Scott Wilson for the free sample!

Flavors: Berries, Bitter, Blueberry, Cranberry, Earth, Fruity, Grain, Metallic, Mineral, Musty, Oats, petrichor, Sweet

Boiling 5 g 6 OZ / 165 ML

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2014 spring drunk on red with snow chrysanthemum sundries feng quing black tea mini cake by yunnan sourcing.


Ru Yao dragon teapot. Gongfucha.

Dried leaves: peppery

Wet leaves: peppery, dill pickle. Floral.

Light steep; I taste/smell: (smell) light —> mineral, floral(?), pepper. (Taste) light -→ mineral(?), pepper, floral, dill pickles, ketchup(?).

Medium steep; I taste/smell: (smell) light —> mineral, pepper, seawater(?), floral(?). (Taste) light to medium -→ pepper, sweet, floral, seawater(?), metallic (iron?, copper?), mineral, dill pickle.

Heavy steep; I taste/smell: (smell) light —> mineral, pepper, seawater(?), floral(?). (Taste) medium to strong -→ pepper, floral, dill pickle.

All in all a lovely tea! Very clean, balanced, fresh, tasty, and smooth. I rate a 95/100. I recommend this tea!

Where to buy: https://yunnansourcing.com/products/spring-2014-drunk-on-red-with-snow-chrysanthemum-sun-dried-feng-qing-black-tea-mini-cake

Flavors: Dill, Floral, Metallic, Mineral, Pepper, Sweet

200 °F / 93 °C 5 g 6 OZ / 165 ML

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a very yummy tea if not the best semi aged sheng ever. i love the mix of flavors. i will do a full review around the 15th


just a note: at a little over 140$ CAD i dont think ill buy a cake soon even the sample is a little over 14$ CAD. but slightly better than 2003 cnnp mengsong iron cake which can be found here —→ https://yunnansourcing.com/products/2003-cnnp-mengsong-qiao-mu-iron-cake-raw-pu-erh-tea-cake

i love both

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i received a small sample of lemon slices from teavivre for free with my order.

it would be unfair to do a full review as it’s just lemon slices.

ru yao dragon teapot, gongfucha

one slice: yummy! just a tad weak.
two slices: much better. goes best with two slices and a 265 ml teapot and long steeps.

i even ate the slices. puckery face and all :D

i rate a 90/100. i suggest you try it :D

where to buy: http://www.teavivre.com/lemon-slices-herbal-tea/

does anyone know how to dehydrate lemon slices (or any other fruit) without an dehydrator?

does anyone know the health benefits of drinking hot lemon tea?

195 °F / 90 °C

This is such a nice note! It made me smile! :D

Lemon tea will likely have similar effects to consuming lemons. They have vitamin C and antioxidants. They’re very good for you. Here are the nutrition facts for lemon juice: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1938/2 (If you only drink the tea and don’t eat them afterwards, you will not benefit as much because only drinking the tea will just give you the water-soluble aspects of it. Not all vitamins, minerals, etc., are water-soluble. This is also why teas like matcha where you ingest the tea leaf itself and not just the water, are so much more beneficial to your health.)

I’ve dried citrus peels successfully by putting them on aluminum foil over a heating radiator in the house or using the lowest heat setting on my toaster oven (there’s a “warm” setting which is related to the baking features, I don’t toast them). Just watch them carefully if you try it. It is best if you stay in the same room. They can heat unevenly and get burn spots (sometimes very quickly), so you want to watch them and move them around, flip them, etc., periodically. Cut them into thin slices and try to get them as uniform as possible. That will give you the best results. If they start toasting or there are spots burning, take them away from the heat and let them rest. This way some can still be saved. I say this not to presume that you would make a mistake, but because drying things like this can be very difficult at times. I’ve dried peels many times because I make my own teas with them, but I still occasionally have issues. I think it is as they say: it is an art, not a science.

The smell is wonderful when drying things like this. It fills the house with such a wonderful smell. So, that will be very enjoyable if you decide to try. I hope my suggestions are helpful! :)


ah! a very lengthy, wise, and helpful reply! thank you so much!


You’re welcome! I hope it turns out well! It’s so wonderful to dry things at home. :)

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spring 2017 Lu Shan yun wu green tea by Teavivre

Ru Yao dragon teapot.

Dry leaf: green, grass, sweet, vegetal.

Wet leaf: green,seaweed, vegetal, Spinach, soy sauce.

Light steep; I taste/smell: (smell) light —> green, seaweed, spinach, soy sauce. (Taste) slight bitter. light sweet. Medium -→ green, spinach, seaweed, soy sauce, carrots(?), green peas(?).

Medium steep; I taste/smell: (smell) light —> green, seaweed, spinach, soy sauce. (Taste) too strong. But I taste really strong -→ green, sweet, seaweed, spinach, soy sauce.

Heavy steep: not going to bother.

All in all the lightest steep was nice. I guess this tea is not for me. I rate a 40/100

where to buy: http://www.teavivre.com/lu-shan-yun-wu-green-tea/

Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Green, Seaweed, Soy sauce, Spinach, Sweet, Vegetal

180 °F / 82 °C 7 g 165 OZ / 4879 ML

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Will you be able to find it in a few years? If so, I’m curious how. Please do share your methods. :) I’ve had a hard time tracking down teas from years past that I ended up liking.


well on his old site they had a stock number. they dont have on his new site. well they’ve had cakes from years ago so i can only hope.


@loudao: they pressed about 2000 cakes

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How I rate my tea:

Light steep 15s

Medium steep 30s

Heavy steep 1min or greater

Within the steeps:

Smell then taste.





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