625 Tasting Notes


This tea was from a sample Scott put in my order in February.

It says on their website this tea is usually picked around late Feb or early March. However, I received this sample Feb 17 so it must have been picked VERY early.

The leaves on this look a bit like dragonwell but are very tiny. Brewed up it’s a fresh chestnutty sweet flavour with a floral fragrance. I actually think I like it better than some dragonwells I’ve had and plan on getting more of this tea. I really love it.

Flavors: Chestnut, Floral, Sweet

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I still have some of this left. Since it never gets bad I can hoard this tea safely. Enjoying it today. What a treat.

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This is one of the oldest teas in my cupboard (in terms of when I bought it, not the year).
Looks like I never left a review on it either!

It was pretty good. Two quick rinses and then 1st brew was fruity, no bitterness. 2nd infusion was the best. Really creamy on that one along with the fruitiness. Then the creaminess fell off pretty quick and it was just fruity. Not bad but it doesn’t last many infusions. I am quite happy with that since I can never go more than 6 infusions anyway.

Flavors: Creamy, Fruity

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Garret generously gave me 3 samples with my last order and this was one of them. I wish I had ordered some of this dragonwell! It’s juicy & fruity, slightly nutty, and sweet. I had a dragonwell I bought last year that didn’t live up to my expectations so I was a bit hesitant to try another dragonwell. This one is so good! I would have loved to try it when it was even fresher.

Flavors: Fruity, Nutty, Sweet


It won’t be that long and the spring 2017 crop will be available! I’ll make sure to order enough for you. The farm where this is grown is really nice. I loved hiking around and then sipping this tea fresh from that week. This green tea actually stores pretty well and even at a year + I’ve enjoyed it immensely. Kept air-tight and in a cooler part of a house, this tea keeps pretty well for a more delicate green tea. I’m so happy you are enjoying it!

Garret the Grateful

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I picked up a few extra 2016 teas from YS when they had their sale until there’s enough of the 2017 teas in. I couldn’t resist this one. It looked really different.

In the picture on YS’s website the dry leaves look a very dark dark green. However, to me they look almost black. It’s hard viewing them from the bag so when I took them out and held them up to the light, they still looked black. I never had a green tea before that had black leaves.

I brewed this one gongfu today. I don’t often use gongfu for greens but it adds a bit more oomph to older 2016 teas.

After the first infusion , the leaves are still black. Did I get the same tea that YS has up on their website? My tea leaves certainly don’t look green at ALL. It brews up a bit golden with a grey overcast. Here, I was a bit hesitant to try this. It’s looking like an oolong or black with the colour of the tea. So I took a sip and it was a surprise. Very mild, a bit roasted. It looks like an oolong but not quite like an oolong in taste (although there are similarities). There’s another element to it that I can’t describe. YS describes it as having a umami flavour. I used 5 g and brewed it 30s at 80C.

2nd infusion – 20 sec (chose less because it appeared to be brewing stronger), 90C
I chose a higher temperature because those leaves looked like they could handle it. It definitely brewed up stronger than the first cup and this time getting more of the purple/grey colour of the tea. Also noticed the brewed leaves are starting to show a hint of green coming through. The higher temperature brings out more of the roasted flavour with a bit more sweetness too. This tea has a bit of kick to it too.

YS describes this tea as “Dan Cong meets Yunnan Assamica Green Tea”. It definitely does taste something like a Dan Cong.

Not your typical green, that’s for sure.

Flavors: Roasted, Sweet


Purple Beauty (Mandarin, zi-juan) is a Yunnan variety that they developed in the 80s. Its black color is black-purple like black rice, which is also translated as purple. This pigment is high in antioxidants and imparts a high-pitched floral nature.

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This was a sample Christina gave to me some time ago and I didn’t get around to trying it until now.

I did two quick rinses on this tea and brewed 10sec. This puerh is very sweet and creamy tasting and stayed that way for a few infusions (or at least as many infusion as I could drink , which is only 4). This is one I would like to have a cake of but it’s sold out AND I have too much puerh right now. I am trying to go through any samples I have to reduce my quantity. I plan on trying to get my count down to 15 or less for puerh in my collection.

Flavors: Creamy, Sweet

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Sip down of this one today! It is still one of my favourite herbal blends. The elderberries are forefront in this tea with a mingling of different spices. It goes so good on a day like this. The weather is mild but the cold dampness just seems to seep into my bones. This tea is warming and delicious. I will miss it but pretty excited to bring my tea collection down to 93!

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I do believe my pu-erh seems to be holding up okay in my homemade storage (which is in a wood drawer with a small cup of water and florist foam). I hope to drink down a few of my samples this year. I reviewed this one about a couple years ago but it was reviewed under the 2013 version of this tea. It hasn’t changed a lot in that time. It is still smooth with no bitterness and a nice light apricot taste to it. It’s not very complex but it does hold up well under many steeps.

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This was a sample sent with my last Yunomi order. First brew on this was at 60C for 30sec. The tea was very grassy, astringent and bitter.
Second brew was at 80C for 10 seconds. Still bitter, grassy & astringent. The colour of the tea was a deep murky mossy green. I was not very happy with this sencha. It was too bitter even at low temperatures and the grassiness was too extreme.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Grass

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Green teas are my favourite teas but I also enjoy: white, some herbal,rooibos, raw pu’erh, light oolongs, a little bit of black , and a little bit of ripe pu’erh. I have moved away from artificial flavourings and there’s hardly anything left in my cabinet with artificial flavouring or colours. It is mostly straight teas or tea blends.


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