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I have a full Gong Fu tea set now! I have a tray, utensils, a Cha Hai, 9 sipping cups, and a Gaiwan! Finally, a proper gaiwan. Though Gaiwan is glass, it has worked out nicely. Can’t wait to show it off.
So I christened the set with this tea, and got twelve yields out of it. I was able to balance the profile far more with these materials than I have with my Xiangfu tea pot lately. It was so nice that my roommate, Rich, really liked it and he’s only had oolong once. Mind you, it was flavored, and he thoroughly liked this one.
My only complaint about this tea is that it is a little on the lemon grass side of jade, but I continue to enjoy it. Now to see if 50 grams the right amount of or too little of a purchase.
Note to self: finish you’re other tea before you decimate your expensive ones. Though you are savoring your Dayuling, be smart about it. Yes, you are getting all kinds of florals from this one. Yes, you might want to try Berylleb’s other Gaoshans. You’re next big order if you run out of things will probably be Berylleb and or What-Cha…
I have so many notes I gotta backlog…Well, I went to the Coffee and Tea Festival at the Detroit Institute of Arts and enjoyed some frickin’ amazing cardamom Turkish coffee, jasmine, Taiwan Assam, and Alishan tea after a ceremony. This sampling with the gorgeous art and atmosphere that is already at the DIA made for an awesome day…especially with really great quality Mediterranean food afterwards. Plus more tea including this tea.
I finally get to try this one, holy crap! This has been on my wish list for so long and I finally had the courage to get some.
I knew that this tea was going to be on the veggie side, but I did not expect the tea to be as GREEN as it was. Unlike a few other jade’s I’ve had, the more grassy qualities matched mint more than anything else which impressed me. The hyacinth and lilac were there, but the florals were a closer to lilies and maybe rose for me. The rose is also a bit of a weird note, which I will update after more experience with it. The fruit quality pops up way more in the third steeps, and they are the usual Li Shan nectar fruit notes, but I am not sure how to describe them. How that sweet fruit note combines with the florals and the mintyness makes me think of blue cotton candy a little bit, but grassier and tarter. It made me think of cotton candy flavored floss like Rasseru described.
The Summary: a flexible resilient “clean head, clean feeling” tea with a great display of notes in a light, green body. I actually agree with Rasseru’s 86 rating, though I might put it at an 88 depending on how I am feeling. I have had Gaoshans that I definitely prefer over this one considering the price and the green taste. It was almost closer to a green tea than a regular oolong for me. I know it’s a jade oolong and they are more like green teas by default, but this tasted greener than some of the BaoZhongs I’ve had. I wonder how might it have tasted if it were fresher, but for $19 for 50 grams, this was a deal that I am very content with for great quality.
You know I will write more notes of this one for the future.
Well, this is very interesting. Got 5 grams of this as a sample from someone’s stash, I believe. The dark, rolled leaves smell a bit vegetal to me, and once washed the roasted aroma emerges. Since we only had enough for one session, decided to give the wash a taste. It’s sweet. Like stevia sweet. rhinkle is not a fan.
First steep still has some of that sweetness in it. It’s smooth and light in flavor. It has a hint of something that reminds me of the aged ginseng oolong we had recently—guess it’s the age—but, overall, it tastes like diluted Throat Coat to me.
Third steep tastes like what I would imagine roasted stevia to taste like. I guess I can grab some stevia out of the garden and roast it to see if it actually /does/ taste like this. Getting a hint of something like cocoa/coffee-like, as well.
Again, very interesting. I’d drink it again.
Flavors: Roasted, Sweet
I picked this sample up from Berylleb Tea on Ebay when I ordered a backup gaiwan. I’ve wanted to try some more Xiaguan stuff to see how it is, as I’ve enjoyed what I have had from this factory before. The leaf smelled quite smokey – I was a little worried.
Thankfully, the smokey notes did not translate into the flavor of the tea…at all! I was pretty shocked, because they were quite prominent in the nose. The flavors of this tea were decently simple and consistent. I got notes of dates with an appreciable thickness in the early steeps and a little bit of throat feel as I swallowed. A couple steeps in, the tea developed a slight floral flavor as well, maintaining a decently thick texture. In some of the later steeps, the sweetness became more honey than fruity, but the date/raisin notes returned in the last few steeps. Wasn’t a whole lot going on, but that which was there was pretty tasty. It would probably be better with age, but I find myself able to enjoy these younger factory sheng so long as they aren’t too smokey.
Flavors: Dates, Floral, Honey, Leather, Smoke
This one was weird. I bought it on a whim as part of a Berylleb tea order – should have stuck to Xiaguan tuos and factories I’ve actually heard of. Live and learn lol. It was pretty loosely compressed for a tuo, so I broke off 7.5g for my 120mL gaiwan. The dry leaf aroma was an inoffensive barnyard/hay aroma. Once rinsed, the leaves had a very strong menthol smell to them.
The tea in general was much more minty/menthol than any other young sheng I’ve had. It also brewed up a little bit darker than I would have expected a 2013 to brew. There was some bitterness to this tea which, in the first few steeps, was kind of unpleasant – not because it was too strong, as I love me some sheng with a bite, but it was just an odd bitter note. The tea did get a little bit better after the first few steeps, still lots of of menthol and some thick honey-like notes.
Not a particularly good tea, and a very unusual one as well. I probably won’t drink this tuo up anytime soon, but it might be interesting to revisit it as I hold onto it in the future. At least it was cheap if nothing else.
Flavors: Barnyard, Hay, Honey, Menthol
This tea from Berylleb was strong and punchy without all that much bitterness. It was smooth from the beginning. It continued to be strong and smooth throughout all ten steeps I gave this tea. I did develop some sweet notes in later steeps but I would not use the term apricot. They were more subtle. This tea has a potent aftertaste that is somewhat bitter. As to qi, I can say it has a relaxing qi but this is not what some would call a stoner tea, it’s qi was not quite that strong. I enjoyed this tea immensely. It is at least as good as sheng I have acquired from White2Tea or Yunnan Sourcing. It also claims to be ancient tree, from 400 year old trees. While I believe you should take all such claims with a grain of salt, Berylleb has a good record of telling the truth. I tend to at least believe they believe that this is from 400 year old trees. If bitterness is a prerequisite for a good aging tea, this has enough of it I think it. While the bitterness was not at all unpleasant, it was there but not that much of it. In the end this is a good, slightly bitter sheng for an excellent price. It was on sale for $45 a bing, don’t know if it is still on sale, the regular price lists at $90.
I brewed this tea ten times in my new 150mml ruyao gaiwan from Teaware.house with 10.g leaf and 200 degree water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min.
Thank heavens my steeping was off from last time. I actually got a pretty strong caramel note with raw cocoa hidden in the tiniest of drops. I used fewer leaves and less water in my new Xiang Fu travel set. The pot makes SO much of a difference in brewing. Anyway, there will be a lot of back logging after this review. I recently took a midterm, wrote a paper, and now writing two more papers. I need the cha qi very, very badly. So, my orders from Berrylleb, Whispering Pines, Liquid Proust and my trade from Nichole will be the next few up. Expect around seven notes about the following eventually.
Back to this tea, I used two pinches of the leaves, not quite measuring them with accuracy. The pot I have also has a 6.5 ounce carrying capacity as it does not have a lid, and the cup in companion holds three to four sips. Petite indeed. Because I used less leaves and a Gong Fu specific tea pot, I was able to enjoy the Shui Xian so much more. I also admit that my ratings depend entirely too much on my volatile moods. This time, instead of a smoked up woody and leathery drink, I got something more nuanced, sweeter even, and complex. There is a slight floral scent now with the wood notes turning something closer to a roasted nut. Chestnut maybe? This was after a minute at most in steeping. I sipped it gradually, and the notes came in between 45 and 64 seconds. It also had a bit of a creaminess to it. Amanda, is this typical of Shui Xian’s or am I imagining it? Steep two, and even in the aroma, there’s a vanilla scent sneaking through. Sipped it, and it was even in the taste. It needs to brew a little bit longer. If only the water was a few degrees hotter.
There were even certain similarities to Whispering Pines Dark Roast Anxi Tie Guan Yin, though you could definitely tell them apart. I recently had that one today, and holy crap I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. I really want more of that now, but I’m spent! This is also really good. Glad to have the amount that I do. A single dunce in steeping makes a difference. And brewing darker oolongs lighter is a must for me.
Flavors: Caramel, Chestnut, Cocoa, Flowers, Roasted, Smoke, Sweet, Vanilla
Shui Xian was on my hit list, and everything else that I tried from Berrylleb has been great. This one kinda disappointed me. I was looking for a sweet, smoky oolong with more of a caramel note, but what I got was more leathery, staunchly oak like, and smokey. This is a good, complex oolong. It’s just not what I was looking for.
Was there something wrong with my steeping? Maybe. I started with a rinse, then proceeded to soak it for 15 seconds. Too faint, so I let it sit another 15. Woodsy, and earthy with a complex shift in fog and smoke. Tried it again and again, finally turning the method into western for about 2 minutes with water closer to 180 degrees F. The sweetness really showed through this time, but again, not the best oolong I’ve had.
I’m probably going to review this one again because of how skewed I just reviewed it. I highly recommend this tea for people who like really woodsy and complex oolongs, but not for anyone who likes naturally sweet teas. If it doesn’t work out the second time, I’ll probably end up selling or trading it. Otherwise, Berrylleb is an awesome vendor that I will purchase from again. I did get this tea a day ahead of shipping predictions after all.
Flavors: Earth, Leather, Mineral, Oak wood, Sweet, Wet Wood
Another from one of my Liquid Proust boxes – im guessing this is the tea, if not, let me know and i will change it
Its a nice one – classic Dayuling aroma with a hint of candyfloss in there, or maybe sherbet something. some floral perhaps. anyway, its nice.
Taste is a bit more savoury than the aroma, but again, nice Dayuling, its quite a clear one, not too thick or veggie, and certainly no astringency or bitterness or anything bad for that matter. Weirdly i think this has a bit of caffeine in it, not what im used to.
The cup i had was a bit more subtle than i thought it would be – not that thats a bad thing, it also had a nice green aftertaste. i did my standard 3g/3mins/fisheye boil, maybe it can take a bit more of the heat, or a bit more amount of tea to kick up the flavour a bit.
not bad price too! liked it – didnt set my world on fire but i think with a bit of coaxing it could be a really good cup. certainly not throwing it out of bed :)
Flavors: Cotton Candy, Floral, Grass, Rose, Sweet, Vegetal
hmm, another nice, subtle, aged Oolong.
the main thing i get from this tea is that it tastes like coffee cake & cream. and that really is the thing i get when i drink it, it still has a medium Oolong thing going on, but doesnt scream woods or veg or smoke or roast, just coffee cake & a small dollop of cream.
Flavors: Cake, Coffee, Cream
I’ve had three teas from Berylleb which I believe is not enough to make my opinion yet… but with AllanK’s advice/help, I did just spend $119 on only three teas.
This tea how every is funky… like a wild molded grass. I’m not really a fan of it to be honest. Green teas that look like this in general haven’t been my thing; even the one that Whispering Pines had which I blind tasted because I had no idea what it was. Just not my kind of green :/
This tea is not smoky. It is very similar to Yunnan Sourcing’s Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong of Wu Yi Fujian Black tea. I think this one is the better of the two (at least comparing the 2015 from YS). It’s sweet and malty with chocolate notes.
When I was looking on Ebay for this type of tea it’s very confusing whether it’s this type of lapsang souchong or the smoky one. I like both but prefer this one. I just wonder why it’s called lapsang souchong when I thought the name “Lapsang Souchong” meant smoky?
Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Sweet
I’ll be the first one again to review :)
I’ve been craving a good Sheng session, and my Berylleb order came in. I dived into this right off the bat. I opened the package and took in a deep smoky aroma. It carried a slight aged scent. The beeng was of long darkened curls with a few brilliant gold strands standing out. I broke a generous chunk and placed inside my warmed yixing to open up. The scent broadened to the charred remains of blackwood forest after a firestorm. This brew had some intense smoky tones; however, the taste was surprisingly different. The initial sip had a light oak base and a delectably sweet aftertaste. It wasn’t a nectar sweet tone, rather it was a sugar cane sweetness. This smooth taste lasted for quite awhile, and I swear I could even taste the cane itself. The qi from this brew was prominent with the first drink, but it faded soon after. I can still feel a slight subtle presence. This is a great sweet treat. It did not hit the spot though, and I will definitely be exploring my other shengs until I am satisfied, hahah.
Flavors: Char, Oak wood, Smoke, Sugarcane