492 Tasting Notes

Im so behind with my tasting notes. Rainy day is great to sip some tea.
This tea is part of my sampling set. very generous samples of 50g each.
3g 8oz 200F 3min
this tea is excellent. So sweet and malty and smooth. Practically no astringency, maybe as it cools it becomes noticeable. i find it with all indian/Ceylon teas. You should drink it while its hot. resteep was excellent @ 5min. not short of flavor at all. Sweet and smooth.
Im guessing if i would brew it longer some milk and sugar would be nice. i prefer it without any additions.

Thank you so much Curious Tea for the great opportunity to try your wonderful teas. I love the quality, taste and presentation. Highly recommended.




Flavors: Malt, Smooth, Sweet

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Tie Guan Yin 1993 by Nannuoshan
492 tasting notes

this tea is a part of the samples for review . thank you so much NanNuoShan tea for the great opportunity to taste such wonderful tea.
i used the whole sample.
6g 100ml porcelain gaiwan 195 F
rinse/pause/10/7/5/5/7/10/15sec etc
I brewed this tea for 2 days,increasing temp to 200F and steeping time. Its very giving.
The roast done beautifully. its not stale, overly charcoal. Just right. Sometimes aged oolong leaves some scratchy aftertaste on my throat. this is not the case.

It is very smooth and fruity. So juicy, peachy, maybe even nectarines and some raw nuts. later steeps reveal some citrus notes.

i was very happy with this tea and would consider ordering it.



195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

Gorgeous photos and really lovely sounding tea. :)


Thank you * DeliriumsFrogs* ;-)


This was my favorite sample from Nannuoshan! I am so glad I got more.

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This is a sample , part of generous package sent to me for review.
Non Smoky Lapsang Sauchong.
i used my usual parameters. Entire sample of 6g
6g 100ml porcelain gaiwan 200F
rinse/pause/ 5/3/5/7/10sec etc
This tea is rich and sweet like dark chocolate. No astringency or bitterness. Sweet and smooth and pleasure to drink. Some may add drop or two of maple syrup (I have to always mention Sil and Terri since its not my idea). it rounds up all the flavors.

Thank you so much NanNuoShan tea for your wonderful samples





200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

I would love this. Happy that you are enjoying it. :)


i need to try this one… sounds yummy!


Sil, you tried this tea ….


Thank you Dexter. Im having a lot of fun sampling. But then i have to write reviews….


hahahahaha i so didn’t see my tasting note when i went to check lol

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drank Da Hong Pao by Nannuoshan
492 tasting notes

This tea is part of sample package sent to me for review.
i went with entire sample which was about 6g
6g 100ml gaiwan 195F
Rinse/ pause/ 5/5/7/10/15 sec
This tea is medium roast Da Hong Pao.
Its nice ,sweet and not overly roasty .
I would say its very safe for the people interesting in yancha but afraid of roasty or punchy flavors.

Thank you so much NanNuoShan for the opportunity to try your teas




195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

Tea looks really good and I like that cup too. :)

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This tea is part of very generous box of samples . Thank you so much for such a great opportunity to sample your great teas.

i went with the entire sample which was about 6g .
95ml gaiwan, 200F rinse/pause/3/5/5/5/7/7/10sec etc

The tea is wonderful. I was cautious not to oversteep it, so my steeps were very short, some even flash.
started mild, then progressed to a nice minty cool and spicy flavor. i cannot say i experienced any harsh bitterness or astringency. It was very pleasant. i really liked that minty cool freshness.
Later steeps lost the mint flavor but again no bitterness ( or maybe im getting used to it so i dont notice haha)

i highly recommend to try this tea. i really enjoyed it.





200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 95 ML
Dr Jim

Good point on over-steeping. I steeped this at my normal rate for pu-erh and decided it was just too harsh to drink now, but potentially a very good tea in 10 years. When I dropped the steep times in half (at the 4th steep) it was once more approachable.


I think I tamed it with short steeps knowing Mahei is brutal ;)

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drank Yunnan Golden Tip by Curious Tea
492 tasting notes

I received a box of two samples of my choice to review.
Let me tell you. i haven’t seen 50g samples. Ever. it was packed nicely.

Today i tried this tea.
my usual parameters 5g 120ml teapot
rinse/ 10/15/20/30 etc
this tea is sweet and so smooth. thankfully not much of sweet potato (im tired of sweet potatoes;)
its more caramely, malty,some floral and honey and spice. long lingering sweet aftertaste. Some slight astringency , not unpleasant but rather welcoming. to make it complex and interesting

Thank you so much Curious Tea for sending me this sample. its sure a winner !





200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML



Sil, it was really tasty. im impressed


I love all the pictures, especially that last shot!

boychik DeliriumsFrogs*, thank you dear. You are very generous to me. you always love my pics. <3 <3 <3

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i learned the bad news today. Steven Smith lost his battle with cancer. I love his teas.

This one is one of my favorite Yunnan Black( Red ) tea.
i brewed it Western today. my usual parameters 3g 8oz 200F for 3min

This tea is wonderful. its smooth and sweet but not overly. Im getting tired of sweet potato notes. thankfully this is not this kind. Some floral and savory. very enjoyable cup.



200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

i wish i had 49 in my cupboard still to mourn his passing


i dont have 49 either. i wasnt happy with last year harvest.


that is sad… :(


Cancer is an asshole :(

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drank Rougui by Nannuoshan
492 tasting notes

I received samples from Nannuoshan for review.
let me just say its creative presentation and i really loved personalized letter.

Today i decided to start with Rou Gui. i sampled a few before so i knew what to expect.
i prepared it according to website parameters.
3g 90C 110ml porcelain gaiwan
rinse/ 60/60/60/90sec
i really loved the aroma coming when i rinsed the leaves. Simply divine. Mix of roasted nuts and florals. But floral notes in this tea are not strong (thank god). its just beautiful compliment to the complex mix of peaches and roasted nuts and cinnamon.

1 steep @60 sec – pleasant, not super roasty, some floral, hint of cinnamon. slight sweetness coming thru. Very aromatic

2,3 steep @60sec- leaves are opening up more, more intense in flavor. but never harsh. i found 2nd and 3rd steep are pretty similar.

4 steep @90sec – very nice and pleasant, not harsh in any way. Some citrus-y notes emerging and cutting thru sweetness of peach and nuts (not roasted any more lol). now im thinking it reminds me nectarines more than peaches.

To sum up: many people are not huge fans of roasted oolong. this one is perfectly fine and safe. Give them a chance, its like delicious fruit compote in your mouth. The sweetness is lingering long after i finished my session.

6g for 100cc and flash or quick steeps. This is my usual parameters . im pretty sure i didnt experience the whole beauty of this tea my way. i have 3g left. i may do it my way and report the results.

For the record I stopped rating any tea long time ago. it is hard for me to put a number. the more i try the harder it is.






195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

ooooh! “delicious fruit compote”… yum.
And, I’m with you on the number rating thing… I just can’t do it.


(loved the instagram pics, too!)

Red Fennekin

Sounds really delicious! I’m with you on roasted oolongs too – they’re really special teas that definitely do not not need to be feared!!


I agree with your comments on ratio. I’ve stopped packing my pot as much as Iused to, but like my Yancha with lots of leaf!!

As long as you’re OK with a little bitterness, bringing up the leaf-to-water-ratio really helps to enhance the body, mouthfeel, etc.


I like roasted oolong when roasted right.

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First steeps were very mild but i knew its deceiving. on a 3rd steep it hit me. it is strong bitter tea but i like it a lot. only few months ago i probably wouldnt be able to drink it. Besides being bitter its incredibly smooth, even creamy. and there is a sweetness comes in the end of the sip. very happy i was able to try this sample. its a swap from Instagram member. i need to ask him if he is on Steepster.



5g 95ml gaiwan 205 F
rinse/ pause/ flash steeps , then increased to 7-10-15 secs

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 95 ML

It’s punchy for sure. But I like it


I’m seriously thinking of push aging mine. There is no way I’m gonna live long enough for it to age naturally.


Cwyn, You can send it to me to age in the “pumidor”…


I may skip this one, I have enough bitter shengs for now :D


Mr mopar, yeah I might do that.


I’m putting mine in the shengidor. When the shengidor is finished, which it almost is. Thanks mr mo!


I’m on steepster and enjoying the NA2 right now :) I love that tea… I’d be curious to see how it aged out but honstly I’m about halfway throught the cake already :)


im picking it up with my next order ;)

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drank Taiwan Ruby by Zen Tea
492 tasting notes

I was desperate getting nice quality white tea cup. White because it shows the true color of the tea.
its not that easy. The cup had to be around 80-90ml and not too thin. While i like thin cups they are not practical for me. its too hot to hold them. and im always afraid to break them.
So Zen Tea Life has pretty extensive Korean ceramic pieces which i happen to love. And i found my perfect cup there.

They got new Taiwanese teas . I had to add a sample of this tea.
Its delicious. made gongfu 5g 100ml 195F
Leaves are gorgeous, long full,not broken. had many steeps. it has usual Taiwanese black tea profile of fruity longan sweetness and raw nuts.

Zen Tea never disappoints me with quality of teas, teaware, pricing and careful packing. And i got it in two business days from Canada.




195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

YAY!!! The cup (which is exactly the type of thing I need…need? maybe more ‘want’, but it feels like a ‘need’! haha), sounds so perfect! I haven’t looked at their teaware before, but now I have to check it out.
Gorgeous pictures, too. :D


How does this Taiwanese tea compare to similar offerings from Butiki and TTC?

boychik DeliriumsFrogs, i will send you PM.

looseTman, the tea is very good. $20 for 100g . and you can get a sample, their samples are 20g. Pretty generous. This is not Taiwanese Assam,so I cannot compare it Butiki’s PTA, but Taiwan Ruby #18. i’ve sampled some TTC black teas. Some I liked , some were ok, or so so. its not side by side tasting but I assure you it is very good tea.


Red #18s are interesting teas. Eco-cha has a nice one, lots for rich sweet sundried tomato and minty notes. They set me up with ’12 and ’13 from the same farmer, and it was really fascinating to taste the two side by side. Clearly the same tea, but so different at the same time. Like the same girl dressed for an upscale restaurant one night and beach bonfire picnic the next.


lol, never seen a tea seed in a black tea before, only in puerh bricks

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I’ve stopped rating teas long time ago. Couldn’t be happier ;D

Puaddict flirting with Taiwanese teas at the moment





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