56 Tasting Notes


Very sweet. The batch I have is more on the green side. So it has the bready/pastry flavor of DD along with some green and some floral tgy like flavor. I like it <3 . Its a different flavor than the medium DD I got from Taiwan tea crafts, but I can say that I like the both of them.

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Its pretty darn good. Reminds me of a more complex, less astringent, lipton black.
If you like lipton but want to try some loose leaf black tea this would be a great one to start with.
I followed the gaiwan instructions.
<3 I had to add milk and sugar after the rinse and first infusion but otherwise it was super!
But I still prefer green teas.

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following : Gaiwan 3oz Tea: 1p 6 steeps: rinse(10s),10s,10s,10s,15s,20s,30s

Rinse: dark colored brew, wet leaves smell like barn yard hay.
1st steep: Still smells of barn yard hay. ruby red brown liquor. :/ tastes like dried grass.
2nd steep: :? :/
3rd steep: :/
4th steep: :/
5th: it’s not really… astringent…. or too bitter…. its just a wierd “hay” flavor. :/
Quitting. I just don’t like it. Le sigh. atleast I have pu erh a try :)

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used ~1.5 teaspoons tea, in a 75 ml (2.5 oz) gaiwan, with ~170* water, brewed for:
rinse,20s,35s,70s,120s. as per website instructions.
First infusion: slightly astringent. has a weird flavor. hmmm… Not sure I like this one yet.
second infusion: weird flavor is leaving, now its taking on an orchid like taste (like tgy).
third infusion was better as well. Not sure I like it or not. may have to have it a few more times to decide.
fourth tastes much better. :)

170 °F / 76 °C

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I didn’t look at the description before I brewed it. I assumed it was an oolong.
It’s light, air, and has an “open air” kind of flavor. Slightly fruity and sweet. I thought it was odd for an oolong, oh but wait its a white tea! Hmmm… my first white tea… I Kinda like it. Not sure really what to think of it but it seems like a good starting point.

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Drank it again. Oh, its tasty. I like to sit out in my garden and pretend I am in an open prairie enjoying the fresh air. This tea just reminds me of fresh air, calmness, and freedom.
On days when I can’t escape the city, i can at least drink this and pretend I can escape.

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Doing short 30sec – 1 min brews.
Raises eyebrows
I can’t even describe the flavor. it has an openness to it.
the wet leaves smell like jasmine. with a kinda… fresh air woodsy smell thing going on…
Its somewhat similar to Tsuei Laun that i had from tea from tawain. but this one is not at all fruity.

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Its interesting. Tastes like my other fuka from o-cha (Sae midori) but more sour and has a distinctive citrus flavor. It tastes like… someone dropped some citrus powder in my tea. its ok, but i don’t think I would buy it. the gyo i tried was good and I’ll probably buy that :)
If you like astringency this one is for you~!

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I got some lovely samples from Yunomi yesterday. decided to celebrate by first week of work at new job with a Shiboridashi of gyokuro.
The first infusion I did at 120* F for 30 seconds, It was light flavorless and only slightly green.
The second infusion I did around 140* for 30 seconds to a minute. This one reminded me of the Fuka sae midori from o-cha.
Third infusion was around 140-150* and i think I did 1 minute. Tasted like a kabusecha but grassier, and no strong cucumber peel flavor. Very well rounded. super green in color.
Fourth infusion probably 140-150* very green in color. and very sweet like powdered sugar.
I got 5 and 6th infusions but they were more sweet and weak green flavored.

I still have some left and will try another round of brewing. I probably made some mistakes with this first round, but all in all it is good and the flavor changes were both surprising and lovely.

In general most of the infusions were very sweet, no astringency.
Later note: I took the used tea leaves and tried to eat one. the flavor was over powering. Next time I will use the leftover infused leaves to make fridge green tea. or maybe mix with rice.

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I also should specify that I brewed it at half strength.
I have a 3.5 oz shiboridashi and I used only one teaspoon of Gyo.
Next time I will measure the water so that I am using the recommended ratios. I just didn’t want to use all of my sample gyo the first go around.

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I like tea.
I started with Lipton’s black tea, then tried grocery store brand green tea, then the Sencha Matcha mix from the republic of tea, and now I’m getting my feet wet in the world of real Matcha.



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