1258 Tasting Notes

I’m spending the weekend going through tea samples I got from the Steepster puer TTB many trips to my house. I am not sure what round this tea was in.

This tastes old, musty, rotting forest floor, super stank pu. It is good and I know people here who love dat musty old rot pu would love this tea! The age has done this tea well.


Goodness, that is an old tea. I am new to puerh, and I thought 2004/2005 was pretty old!

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Cheap old tea! This 1982 tastes like a liubao and not Sun Moon Lakey anymore. It is musty old water logged books, ash, charcoal, wet stones and more must. Ride this tea a long time and it cleans up to sweet, mineral and camphor.

I really didn’t like the thin body on this one and I was really unimpressed my tea was very twiggy and had a rock in it. But hey, it’s $5 and 1982, what did you expect?

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/1982-sun-moon-lake/

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From the Dark matter group buy, steeped during a google hang out with other steepsters.

First steeps were quite weak, but mineral and wet pile. I went crazy and did an aggressive long steep and got one excellent cup of rich, thick, earthy, and smooth. The next infusion however was horrific as it was so bitter it was rising up my nose. It is really impressive to get bitter out of a shou, hahhaa! So yeah, maybe take a more moderate approach to this tea and insane like I did.

Overall not bad, if I had some more I’d experiment again.

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From one of the Puer TTB

This one is sold out now, but was a pretty decent price for age. The notes are pretty nice, a good chugging. Nice mineral notes, bit of camphor, with a nice apricot fragrance. Slightly dry feeling.

I got quite a few infusions, say 12 or 15.

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Very true to the name, 2016 Daily Drinker is a daily drinker. Open your mouth and guzzle it kind of tea. Steep it well (200f or lower) and you’ll get something pretty mellow, unoffending, and not very bitter. There is a bit of thick body and the notes are sweet like raisins and some vegetal arugula salad. If you are new to puer, this would be a great tea. The price is great too for something that is ready to drink now.

If you are not new to puer and don’t want a daily drinker, this puer is too basic for you as there isn’t much that stands out. The wrapper is freaking sweet though.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2016-daily-drinker-sheng-puer-white2tea/

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

Man I love their wrappers

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drank 2016 Diving Duck by White 2 Tea
1258 tasting notes

hashtag Peanutpool.

This is the first 2016 (not including Fade) of the White2tea line up I tried. This puer has a yiwu character of soft, sweet, apricot, bit grassy, and quite light in taste. What makes this tea good is the thick loose custard body and floral fragrance after each sip. Push it hard and you can get some delicious apricot explosions. The tea has low dryness, no bitterness, no smoke. You can chug Diving Duck as it is so easy to drink. Hard to say whether a newbie pu drinker would like this as it is pretty subtle, but yet not complex enough for a long time drinker. It would all have to go down to personal taste on what you like in a young sheng.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2016-diving-duck-white2tea-tea-review/

Number rating this tea is hard, i keep bouncing 85 or 90. A screw it, no number rating for you duck.

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

I like the custard adjective. Actually I love custard, so a real visceral food comparison.

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My favorite out of the 2016 Floating Leaves High Mountain oolongs. This one has good balance of floral, buttery, and sweet with a thick body. The thick creamy body is what I like best about this oolong. It does well gaiwan or bowl style. I even boil this oolong and it doesn’t get too dry.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/hooty-tea-travels-floating-leaves-tea-seattle-part-22/

I did a 5 oolong comparison. I found ShanLinXi was my favorite. The DaYuLing tasted better (gaiwan only, it wasn’t good in a bowl), but the ShanLinXi price is much better for me, haha!

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oooooh this made me crave a nice oolong! it’s super hot outside though, i may not get around to it for a few more months. sigh. putting this one on my wishlist.

Daylon R Thomas

95 is a pretty high rating. Darn. What would you rate the others?

Oolong Owl

yeah Im too lazy to put them all on steepster. Dayuling 95, lishan 90, alishan 85 or 90, hehuan shan 70 or 75.

Daylon R Thomas

Still, that’s promising. I’ve always wanted to try a good Dayuling. Then again, there’s Andrew’s next group buy with some Hawaiian green tea…


Ive had good Dayuling with these wondrous apple & pear notes, i’ll try to remember which one it was


I agree, Shan Lin Xi was my favorite of the bunch as well!

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I love this sheng, it is a puer texture junkie’s dream. The tea is super oily thick! The notes are fruity, char, browned butter, peppery, amber, and hay. It gets more savory with each steeping. I got 16 infusions. The dryness is minimal and it is complex, yet easy to drink.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2008-bana-tea-company-limited-edition-sheng-tea-review/

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

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drank Black Bean Oolong by Oolong Inc
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Black bean oolong, wth?

This oolong is for all the people who love that roasty smoky taste, but the black bean improved it by removing that bitter element of smoke. What you get is a sweet, roasty oolong smoke and a bombproof tea that you can grandpa or gongfu. I gongfu’d mine and it was bright, roasty, and sweet with a unique savory brothy taste. You’ll love this one especially if you like houjicha, roast barley teas and high roast oolong. I can see this tea being awesome iced!

Full review on OolongOwl http://oolongowl.com/black-bean-oolong-oolong-inc-tea-review/

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Wow! I never heard about a tea with beans, it’s very interesting! Very nice review on your blog!

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drank White Pearls by Adagio Teas
1258 tasting notes

Giant white tea ballz! This white tea clocks in 4 to 5 grams each, rolled giant bai mu dans. I did gongfu, 200f. Early steepings are sweet, creamy, coconut, linen, hay, honeydew rind. Later steepings get musty, medicinal and tart. 11 steepings total.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/white-pearls-adagio-tea-review/

Trying to find this tea in the steepster database and I found they have a 4 to 5gram green tea version!

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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.

Other stuff I’m into that sneaks into my tea notes: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, metal music, drawing, painting, cooking, photography and nail polish.

BTW, my Steepster cupboard is not even close to accurate and I track my teas on a spreadsheet. Last update 573 Teas – August 2015.


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