624 Tasting Notes

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drank bang wei 2007 Spring by Tea Urchin
624 tasting notes

2016 Sheng Olympics

This tea is from yesterday. I didn’t know which one to choose so I closed my eyes and reached in the bag. Shared this one with Hubby who liked it enough. Neither of us are used to too much caffeine though so I didn’t go too many infusions.

The few infusions I had of this were great. It was smooth , silky, thick , & creamy. Not any fruity or apricot flavour I get from many shengs but I still really liked it. It was the thick creamy taste that I really enjoyed.

This tea had quite a kick to it and both Hubby and I only made it to infusion 5. I feel like a tea this good is just a waste for someone like me. I don’t get many infusions at all from my pu’erh’s and I don’t like leaving the leaves for the next day.

Here’s my pic from yesterday:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BCBZmHINDGG/?taken-by=ubacat

Flavors: Creamy, Smooth, Thick

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I didn’t brew this tea exactly the way it’s supposed to be brewed. I left a glowing review on it a year ago but the tea is old now (one year) and I brewed at 80C for 30 sec in a mug instead of doing the lighter temperatures.

It’s still good but not amazing like I tasted before. Like I said this tea is pretty old. Freshness makes a huge difference on the greens. This is the last of this tea.

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2016 Sheng Olympics

I had this tea a few days ago already but just getting around to leaving my review now.

It didn’t look like a lot of tea in the package so I dumped the whole thing in my gaiwan and brewed away. 1st and 2nd infusions were great. Very little bitterness & fruity. It had a nice creaminess to it. That was before the leaves unfolded entirely. Next infusion was way too strong for me. Yes, I used too much leaf for me. I like my teas on the lighter side. So I took some out and continued brewing on the rest. I was a bit disappointed. All the next brews kept getting more and more bitter. The creaminess disappeared. As for the fruitiness, I think it was still there but the bitterness was throwing me off. By the way, I brewed this with 90C water. If I had any left of this I might try even lower temperatures. It started out fine but became too bitter and astringent in later steeps.

Flavors: Bitter, Creamy, Fruity

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I’ve already left a review on this one but enjoyed it yesterday and just felt like leaving one again.

This tea is from Autumn 2014 and it’s still good! Not just good- excellent! I have an Imperial Gold Needle from Tao Tea Leaf and it’s not as good as this one. This one is the best!

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Looks like I’ve missed reviewing this tea but I’ve had it quite a few times. Had it this morning and it’s a wonderful green tea. I am so happy with all the Laoshan teas I got from Verdant Tea on their sale last fall. They are all so good I will probably always keep them in my cupboard.

As for this tea, it’s fresh with lots of nutty sweetness and green bean flavours. Also borders a bit on the deep spinach side. An excellent cup to start off the day!

Flavors: Green Beans, Nuts, Spinach

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea is so good. I was watching a movie when I had it so I didn’t take notes or pay extreme attention. I just knew it was really really good.

It was like sweet hay and floral. I kept smelling and tasting the floral notes throughout which was what made this white tea very exceptional to me. I am putting this on my “must have” list for when I do a Yunnan Sourcing order.

Flavors: Floral, Hay, Sweet

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I purchased this tea sample when Steepster Select was having their sale last year.

It was really hard to break this tea up. Even after 4 infusions it was just starting to break up.

It brewed up a golden colour but the taste was very light. It reminded me of fresh mineral water from a gurgling brook. The package said there was a floral finish to it. I didn’t really pick that up but there was a bit of earthiness to it.

I normally like lighter teas but this one just didn’t grab me.

Flavors: Earth, Mineral

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Had this one a couple days ago but kept a few notes on it.

The first couple of infusions were very light with light vanilla/floral notes. The tea had a silky feel to it which I like.

Infusions 3-5 had a bit of bitterness creeping in, more apricot notes coming through and the vanilla/floral notes seemed to disappear. Other than the first two infusions, it was pretty much a typical young sheng.

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Used half the sample for this tea and brewed gongfu today. I was doing a little reading up on the tea on YS’s website with Scott’s blog about the tea and how it’s processed while I had my first infusion.

This tea has no bitterness. Not surprising since it’s a 2005 tea. It brews up a dark golden colour. As soon as I tried this tea , I loved it but had trouble figuring out exactly what it was I loved. It was juicy and had a thick mouth feel to it. It wasn’t a light sheng, definitely a full body. It was only after it cooled down that the sweet honey notes became more prominent. That’s what I was loving.

I did about 5 infusions and then I was done. I can’t get past 4 or 5 because I just can’t drink that much tea. The tea was pretty consistent though. A really good quality sheng.

Flavors: Honey, Thick

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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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