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This is a fairly nice Bai Mudan. Mellow and sweet with a slight vegetal note and a light menthol-like cooling effect. It is good, but I’ve been spoiled by the awesome Bai Mudans from Wuyi Origin and Yunnan Sourcing. This one just isn’t quite as flavorful.

*Edit: Rating increased as it gave me a REALLY good tea high, wow….

Flavors: Green, Menthol

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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98
drank Long Jing Lao Shu by Dazzle Deer
268 tasting notes

Four, count them, four samples down and reviewed in one day, which is very unusual for me.

This tea has fairly small leaves for a Dragowell. Nice, yellow-green coloration. Brews almost clear and I wonder if I should have steeped it longer, but the taste reveals that that is not the case. Very smooth and buttery, slightly vegetal (edamame and a bit of asparagus), and just a hint of floral. A second or so after you sip you get hit with a nice round sweetness that I can’t quite pin down. The aroma lingers in the mouth a lot like a good sheng. Very clean tea with a lubricating mouthfeel.

I would say that this is the best tea I’ve sampled from Dazzle Deer, and probably the best Dragonwell I’ve had. The only think I can knock it for is that the tea soup gets bitter quickly if allowed to cool. Unfortunately it’s out of stock…

Flavors: Butter, Soybean, Sugarcane, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 OZ / 120 ML

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96
drank Golden Tree by Dazzle Deer
268 tasting notes

Third sample of the day; I’m trying to empty my sample bin to make room for incoming Black Friday orders.

This is the Dazzle Deer sample that I was most excited about; I like my oolongs roasted and the degree of roasting appears similar to my beloved Mountain Tea Amber Oolong.

Looks like a nice medium-heavy roast. Brews a medium-light orange. I used water at the recommended 212F temperature and the tea handles is just fine. The taste is indeed quite similar to the Amber Oolong! Strong rock sugar sweetness, dried fruit, barley, resiny cannabis-like quality, baking spices, and a slightly tart pineapple finish. Warm, mellow, roasty aroma. I don’t get any floral notes, which is surprising for being an Anxi TGY-related varietal.

I like this tea a lot, and will have to get some more so that I can do a side-by-side tasting with the Amber Oolong.

Flavors: Cannabis, Dried Fruit, Mineral, Pineapple, Resin, Roasted Barley, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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92

Loose leaf shou: the very thought strikes fear into my tastebuds. My first puerh was a loose leaf shou and it very nearly completely turned me away from puerh and I’ve had a bias towards cakes ever since. This one proves my bias unfounded as it is very tasty and clean.

Fairly small leaf material, but not a lot of buds. Smell its typical shou. Brews a dark brown-burgundy. Tastes of clay, nuts, and earth with a molasses sweetness. Nice, velvety feeling in the mouth. Lasted plenty of infusions and even the longest ones turned out tasty. Very clean shou; absolutely no fishy flavors or funk. Nice overall, not the most unique or complex but very easy drinking.

Flavors: Clay, Earth, Mineral, Molasses, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
mrmopar

I remember those days. As well as the tea leaf as big as your hand.

tperez

Would you believe that that’s been five years ago? Thanks for being a great tea buddy!

mrmopar

Yep we have been in this thing for a while now! A buddy not necessarily so, an enabler, yes!

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94

Very small leaves for a Yunnan black, covered in golden fur. Almost looks like a Jin Jun Mei or other tippy Fujian black. Tastes of sweet potato and wood with a marshmallow-y sweetness and thickness, almost buttery. Sweet potato casserole tea? This would have been a perfect tea to share on Thanksgiving! This is smooth and mild tea, but can get a little sour if overbrewed.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I completely overdid it on the tea orders over Black Friday Weekend… I ordered from:

-Teavivre: Hong Song Zhen black(haven’t tried before) and Tanyang Gongfu black(super yummy), four little ru yao cups, and some samples. Everything I bought was 20% off, I had a ten dollar off coupon from the “lucky draw” and ten dollars worth of rewards points. Got over $50 worth for under $20 including free shipping.

-Mountain Tea Co.: 10.5 oz of their Amber oolong at 10% off. Most of their teas are decent but the Amber oolong is a killer roasted oolong for the price. Stocked up as a daily drinker. $40 dollars shipped, but it will last me a long time.

-Yunnan Sourcing: This is where I went overboard. I had told myself no more YS orders this year. However, I ended up ordering two aged sheng cakes that I had sampled and liked, three (cheapish) ripe cakes, three blacks at 100g each, three tian jian hei cha 50g each, and eleven 25g puerh samples (mostly 2016 autumn and 2017 spring sheng). Over two kilos of tea!

Flavors: Dried Fruit, Marshmallow, Nutty, Oak wood, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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I’m not the biggest fan of floral oolongs, but this one is quite nice! Comes in a nice 8g “pillow” cake shape, leaves are a mix of green and brown. Brews a dark gold color. Very strong floral aroma. Flavor is honey, flowers, and raw green bean. Lasts a good number of infusions.

Flavors: Floral, Green Beans, Honey

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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90

Small wiry black leaves with a strong chocolaty aroma. Brews a light orange. The chocolaty taste doesn’t carry over into the taste, it’s more molasses, persimmon, and sweet potato with hints of cinnamon and licorice. Nice tangyness.

It seems there is a lot of variation in Lapsang Souchong teas, and I’m enjoying all of them!

Flavors: Fruity, Licorice, Medicinal, Molasses, Sweet Potatoes, Tangy

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

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Big burly leaves with a typical “sheng-y” smell. Brews a golden yellow. Low-moderate bitterness and astringency. Tastes of minerals, citrus, melon, and green wood. Nothing mind blowing, but a pretty good and reasonably priced young sheng!

Flavors: Citrus, Green Wood, Melon, Mineral

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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drank Wuyi Da Hong Pao by Dazzle Deer
268 tasting notes

Got this in Dazzle Deer’s 11.11 sampler deal. It’s a pretty good, pretty standard Wuyi oolong. Fruity, roasty, mineral, slight cannabis note. Doesn’t last many steeps.

Flavors: Cannabis, Fruity, Mineral, Roasted

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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