1233 Tasting Notes

drank Jasmine by Pique Tea
1233 tasting notes

One of the best (maybe 2nd best) of the Pique tea crystals I tried out of 4. The base is green tea, the jasmine is light, with a peachy floral vibe and a bit of dryness. It is way light for a jasmine tea though, it is certainly for someone who wants a green with a hint of jasmine.

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drank Earl Grey by Pique Tea
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Best of the 4 Pique tea crystals I’ve tried. The bergamot level is on the light side, but the black is a noncomplex classic ceylon tasting base. A little bitterness and brisk.

Cool, it is more sweet and bergamot. Also makes a nice latte, but be sure to dissolve the crystals in hot water first if you are doing an iced latte.

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From the April White2tea club

This puer I drank with about 1 month of rest time on it, fresh from the club. I felt it needed more time. It had some great notes, green grapes, floral, and a dry tartness, but it was quite light and delicate. I’d describe this tea as Cute.

Anyways, I’ll be revisiting this one after awhile. At this stage I quite like it, more than other White2Tea’s shengs at this price point of $25.

Full review at Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2016-fade-sheng-puer-april-2016-white2tea-club/

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML

Nice notes. I don’t know if you noticed, but even it it does have that Huangpian astringency it still has a very good amount of body/thickness. I’m leaving mine aside to age for a year and check it again. Possibly repeat in another year.

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Oh yeah JC, the texture was nice and silky. I’m debating on getting another Fade to keep for longer aging as the price is pretty good.


definitely go for it. I don’t see this one being a gamble, more like a sure thing.

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From the Puerh TTB

To start off, I steeped this one quite aggressive as I was feeling in YOLO sheng mode. That was a bad idea with this tea – the flavor is pretty harsh. It is strong, soggy ashtray of menthol cigarettes, and a prominent sour bitterness that lasts a long time after each sip. The texture is a slick feeling in the mouth, and the dryness is moderate, but whoa, the most bitter bulang I’ve had. The smoke is light, it tasted like it got drowned out at some point.

But yeah, a new sheng drinker should likely stay clear of this one, or steep it low, around 185F. If you are a sheng drinker who loves bitterness (more bitter than W2T New Amerykah) have at it. The loooong aftertaste is quite pro, if you like bitter.

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 0 OZ / 14 ML

The smoke is such a shame.

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This houjicha can change profile depending how aggressive you steep it. Lower leaf (3grams 5oz) I got something lightly roasted, corny and sweet. Steep it 6grams and its rich, more roasty, and tastes bready like an unsalted pretzel. Feel free to go boiling water with this green and oversteep. It doesn’t get too dry other than a bit of a squeaky popcorn texture.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/tencha-kuki-houjicha/

Boiling 6 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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From the Puer TTB 4

This is a pretty light sheng. The taste is very clean, with a gentle fruity sweetness. I got around 9 steepings, with the final ones being a touch dry, giving a squeaky clean mouth feel, with notes of steamed grass. A good sheng for someone who likes whites, greens, and delicate young shengs.

I didn’t get much cha qi, actually this one made me sleepy, haha!

200 °F / 93 °C 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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This is super melon tasting and sweet! This green rooibos tea tastes just like those green melon asian candies. It also makes a great iced tea.

However, the melon is strong and overpowers the green rooibos base. The good thing is this rooibos isn’t watery, but this tea is pretty much like drinking melon juice. I like it, but I can see if not appealing for some people.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/golden-honeydew-rooibos-lupicia-tea-review/

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Bana Tea Company has some of the best ripe pu’er. This mini cake is one of their cheaper offerings, but is pretty solid. It tastes a little young, but has a good earthy, bittersweet, molasses, brown sugar, mineral flavor. The last steeps are like drinking dessert with all sugar taste. There’s some dryness early on, but is very approachable mid to last steeps. I got 11 resteeps.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2015-bulang-ripe-puer-mini-cake-bana-tea-company/

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML

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This black is worth playing with steeping methods – gongfu and western give you different results, but both very complex.

Gongfu (boil, 1g 15ml), I got a savory tea of chocolate mole, char, bittersweet, molasses. Later steepings got brown sugar and malt sweet. It was never dry.

Western (190F 4g 10oz), the keemun was a meld of savory, fruity and sweet with a dry finish that wasn’t present in the gongfu steeping.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/05-keemun-congfu-joseph-wesley-black-tea-tea-review/


Love it. I do it both ways too


Never knew the two steeping styles give such different results! I’ve always just done western for all my teas.

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This tastes more like Carrot Cake if steeped 175f 2 minutes. The steeping instructions for 200F for 60 seconds is meh and I didn’t get good results.

I got raisin notes, carrots, lots of toasty rice notes, and fresh green. Pretty good, and lightly sweet. A fun blend!

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I was raised on floral oolongs and green teas, mostly “beauty” teas. Early on as a kid, I can guzzle an entire pot of tea (or two) at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant.
These days I like adventurous and interesting tea blends. I’m fearless in trying new teas! I’m into oolong, pu’erh, white, green, black, guayusa, mate and herbals. I’m not into red rooibos but I keep buying it anyway.

The tea brand that got me started into loose leaf teas was DAVIDsTea. I used to live in Vancouver Canada and had access to their shop, however that is now limited since I moved to southern California.

However, the perks of living in the US is ultra cheap, fast shipping! Since then, my tea stash insanely expanded.

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