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drank Biluo Chun Green tea by Teaful
486 tasting notes

Teaful sent me a package Taste of Taiwan Chapter 1 of samples for review. Very tasteful box with 4 little black boxes inside .

4g /75ml glazed pot 200F
Vegetal nutty and sweet. Very enjoyable. Green tea is my rare guest so it says a lot.
Thank you for sharing this tea with me Teaful, it was very nice afternoon session

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Leafhopper

I was browsing through your Teaful reviews and noticed that you have a lot of glazed teapots that are 100 ml or less. I’ve been looking for such pots and was wondering if you could let me in on some good sources, as they seem to be very thin on the ground. It’s easier to find yixing pots in this range than it is to find ceramic ones!

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drank Alishan Oolong by Teaful
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Teaful sent me a package Taste of Taiwan Chapter 1 of samples for review. Very tasteful box with 4 little black boxes inside .

5g/100ml glazed teapot 205F
Dry leaf smells incredible. I’ve noticed fall teas have more aroma than flavor. But it was good enough for me cuz I take florals in small doses only.
Floral and nutty with touch of cream. Medium thickness. Takes off boil temp well. Went thru many steeps. It was perfect on a warm sunny day.
Thanks Teaful for sharing this tea with me, I really enjoyed it

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drank Jade oolong by Teaful
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Teaful sent me a package Taste of Taiwan Chapter 1 of samples for review. Very tasteful box with 4 little black boxes inside .

5g/ 100ml celadon pot 205F

Nice, floral, nutty and pleasant overall. Surprised how well I took it. I think because it’s fall harvest and florals are not knocking me down.
Thank you for sharing this tea with me Teaful. it was enjoyable session

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drank High Mountain Black Tea by Teaful
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Teaful sent me a package Taste of Taiwan Chapter 1 of samples for review. Very tasteful box with 4 little black boxes inside .
This is the first tea I’ve tried.

4.5g in 85ml glazed pot 205F short steeps

Dry leaf smells of plums, cherries and nutmeg and maybe some other spices.
Tastes like honey with some berry jam hint and citrus. It seems perfect for the summer, not heavy malty but fruity sweet and lemony which was quite refreshing.
Went thru many steeps and it was quite good with longer steeps as well.
Thank you so much Teaful for the chance to try it. It was very enjoyable

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 85 ML

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i got this sample back in August but tried it only yesterday. that happens when you got too much tea and samples EVERYWHERE. Im in a process of organizing them.

Read some reviews about light taste and decided to go a bit heavier than my usual 1g/15ml
So i measured 6g/75ml porcelain shibo
Also i decided to use off boil which usually works with young sheng better in my opinion. it reduces bitterness and especially astringency im not fond of. Bitter i dont care much, bring it on.
I brew this tea in shibo probably up to steep 6 ( didnt count actually) but noticed it was a little pale and losing some flavor.
At this point i transferred to jianshui pot that doesnt lose heat as quickly as porcelain. I’d say the tea went thru 15 steeps at least. by the time i was done i was very teadrunk. it put me to sleep. zzzzzz

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 75 ML
mrmopar

I am lagging a bit behind too.

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This is a very generous sample from teafriend .
8g 90ml Yixing teapot 212F
Rinse and short steeps
The brew is dark, thick and rich. Flavors are unusual, savory, some spice.
I really enjoyed it. It also had a strong qi that sent me into nice nap. It was pretty refreshing.
Thank you so much teafriend for sharing. I wish I could get more of it, but it’s not available on Red Blossom website

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Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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This tea is amazing. I got super generous sample from teafriend. Very unusual notes I don’t find often in aged Sheng. It is savory and sweet. Fennel, allspice, cinnamon comes to mind. Really good with longer steeps I pushed to a minute and longer. Very dark and syrupy consistency.

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Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 2 OZ / 50 ML

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this tea was recommended me by James fr Teadb. its not a first try, ive had it before. yesterday it was quite powerful, i dont remember experiencing such strong qi from this tea. it was very nice, sweet, menthol cool, with quick powerful huigan. But… i think it had so much effect on me that i acted like 3yrs old and hurt my friend’s feelings. Im sorry. it must be a weather too. i have to blame it on something. it wasnt me, its them

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Preparation
6 g 2 OZ / 70 ML
Rui A.

That sounds quite good and I should actually get a full cake from YS.

paxl13

qi is on and off but when it hits you… it’s like being run over by a truck!!!

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drank Gui Fei Oolong by Totem Tea
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i received a box of 4 samples for review.

Gui fei is bug bitten kind of oolong.
quoting from Totem tea website:
“Leaf-bitten teas deserve to be in a category of their own. There are several stories about how Gui Fei’s preparation method came to pass, and it appears that the most reliable story is that in 1999 there was an earthquake in central Taiwan and the tea farmers of Fenghuang village were forced to evacuate. Upon returning the farmers noticed that the tea plants had been overrun with cicadas that had nibbled on the leaves and stems. They processed the least damaged leaves and found that an almost magical transformation had occurred. Tea tasted completely different with an intense sweetness.

Shortly after the cicadas had bitten the leaves the plant created more sugars to heal itself. In addition, the leaves began to oxidize while still living on the bush, as opposed to the post-harvest human-assisted oxidation that commonly happens by tossing and rolling the leaves."

Dry leaf smelled so good of roasted nuts.5g 100ml glazed pot 200F
no rinse/30/15/10/15/20 sec etc
This tea is fruity sweet and citrusy too with touch of roasted nuts. Complex, changing with every steep. so delicious and refreshing during heat wave we experiencing now.
I dont recommend to have long steeps as it becomes somewhat bitter and astrigent but short steeps take care of this problem.

Thanks so much Totem Tea for the chance to try it. I will try your parameters next time with the 2nd packet

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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This is a sample for review.

i received box of samples from Totem Tea. I really like they included samples two of each. its very thoughtful in case I want to try different parameters.

Im quoting from their website. "Taiwan is world renowned for its oolong tea but little is known of its phenomenal Black tea which is often referred to as Sun Moon Lake Black tea due to the location of its growth and production. This black tea is as unique and special as the oolong produced on the special island.

Ruby #18 is relatively new tea cultivar developed in 1999 at the TRES (Taiwan Tea Research and Extension Station) by crossing Assamica with a wild Qing Xin. In the production process the tea is brought to full oxidation, where it develops a rich and sweet brew that has some mi xiang (honey taste) qualities."

The leaf is gorgeous, full, not broken, long and spidery kind
I used my own parameters. and since i have another packet i will try Totem tea parameters next time.
5g 100ml glazed teapot 200F
i dont rinse Taiwanese teas anymore, i find the rinse is so flavorful and hate to throw it
10/10/15/20sec etc
The aroma is intoxicating. the brew is dark reddish amber color.
It is honey sweet with plum notes, raw nuts and unmistakable minty cool freshness, lasting long after ive finished the session. That makes this tea welcoming in a heat of summer.

Thank you so much Totem Tea for the chance to try it, it was very enjoyable morning session

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
mrmopar

Tea lush :P :P

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