667 Tasting Notes

June 2014 harvest

Little rolled balls of whole and chopped green tea leaf. Dry leaf aroma is light citrus blossom-grass-vegetal. Wet leaf aroma is strongly brothy with vegetal, roasted chestnut and anise notes. Light yellow, viscous brew. Taste is refreshing and mimics the dry leaf aroma. With the second steep, it becomes more vegetal-chestnut with a hint of anise on the sip. A pronounced lemon taste and a whisper of smoke follow, giving way to a tangy feeling after the swallow. A bit drying with a happy and floral, white peach-like aftertaste. Very nice quality for a green tea 6 years old. Somebody who’s not me has the fortitude to not open their tea packages when they arrive.

2.5g, 250mL, 175F, 3 steeps.

Flavors: Anise, Butter, Chestnut, Drying, Flowers, Grass, Lemon, Orange Blossom, Peach, Smoke, Smooth, Tangy, Vegetable Broth, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 250 ML
Leafhopper

I’m glad I’m not the only one to still have tea from 2014. :)

derk

I inherited so much tea last week, a good chunk of it older. I’m going to figure out some fun ways to disperse it as I sample through almost everything that’s not a single serving!

Leafhopper

It’ll be interesting to see how all that old tea is holding up.

White Antlers

Tea flavored panna cotta!

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This wild tea is gloriously bitter. It reminds me of somebody. Beneath the bitter pill exterior there is a world of depth and insight; a powerful, dark and discerning, truth-revealing energy. A sniper skirting the fine line between good and evil with an intensely romantic preference for cherrywood stocks. Listen to some Deftones and it will make sense.

Anybody have a cake they want to sell? This question applies to anybody reading this note in the distant future — message me.

White Antlers

Sell it?! Oh no-I want to date this tea! : )

derk

I’m trying to come up with something witty but failing.

The Essence of Tea

@derk shoot us an email… we’ve got a few here

mrmopar

I double caked this one.

Martin Bednář

Why the tea reminds me myself? Bitter exterior, but dark, discerning (wonderful word btw) and truth-revealing sounds like me.

But if I want tea like that? Not sure, but worth trying :)

ashmanra

I love this review!

White Antlers

That derk…she’s got a way about her. : )

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Yellow florality top note is underpinned by an autumn leaf-straw body, light creamed honey sweetness with a mellow pine-smoked meat base note from the roast. Slight citric-fruity aftertaste and clean minerality. Unique like the 2018 with less complexity. Comforting taste with high energy. The 2019 is definitely worth a try for a different white tea experience. More robust flavor when brewed with water off the boil.

2.5g, 300mL, 200F

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Campfire, Citrus, Flowers, Honey, Meat, Mineral, Straw

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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2017 harvest.

Cool, slick mineral-pear sweetness. Very floral perfume with gardenias, vanilla, sweet pea and lilac. Some roasted almond and baked bread provide deeper notes. Creamy bulb flowers like narcissus and lily in the aftertaste. Cooling and drying in the mouth, warming in the body. Strong zoning out and calm followed by a caffeine rush. Plenty of longevity brewed gongfu with longer steep times. This was the best Zhangping Shuixian oolong I’ve had.

7.5g, 150mL glass gaiwan, 195F

Flavors: Almond, Baked Bread, Creamy, Drying, Floral, Flowers, Gardenias, Mineral, Narcissus, Nectar, Pear, Perfume, Roasted, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 OZ / 150 ML

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drank Taiwan Red Oolong Tea by What-Cha
667 tasting notes

Thanks for the freebie in my latest order. November 2019 harvest.

More aromatic than full of flavor. Aroma notes of baked fruits, lychee, peach, blueberry, strong woody-floral cinnamon, nutmeg, apricot, brown sugar, golden syrup, rose, wood furniture. Most notable is the sweetness, very much like asian pear with a thinned, almost watery simple syrup. Cooling. Tastes and aftertaste are more retronasal than on the tongue, possessing the same notes as the aroma; very little evolution of flavor when prepared gongfu.

This is a very friendly tea. I would recommend it to those looking to explore oolong!

2.5g, 50mL, 195F, starting at 10s after short rinse

Flavors: Apricot, Blueberry, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Dark Wood, Floral, Lychee, Nutmeg, Peach, Pear, Rose, Stewed Fruits, Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 OZ / 50 ML

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I don’t like pure spearmint, fresh or dried or gum/mints, but sometimes I get wild and eat or drink something that doesn’t sit right with me thinking maybe my tastes have changed. (My definition of wild has changed wildly in the past few years.)

It turns out I’ve made this into my morning wake-up and nightcap every day this week. It’s so sweet and so spearmint and so clean. I can see myself reaching for this when I want mint but not something as strong as my preferred peppermint.

Bananas, though. I will never enjoy a ripe, yellow banana from the peel.

Flavors: Spearmint, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mastress Alita

Banana is my most hated food. I have such a strong aversion to them I can’t even stand when someone ELSE is enjoying one ripe, straight from the peel. O-o

My favorite mint blends are usually a mix of both peppermint and spearmint. Even better if just a hint of one of the lemony herbs is thrown in to add just a dash of citrus to the menthol.

Martin Bednář

I never understood what’s wrong with bananas?

derk

Everything, haha

MandyJS

I feel you on your definition of getting wild. I was promised that my taste buds would change as I got older so I keep trying thinks I generally don’t like in hopes for some magical shift where things suddenly taste great, but that day has yet to come.

By this point I’m on a mission though, so I won’t stop trying lol…

Kawaii433

Sadly, I can’t handle any mint in my tea. hehe at “wild”, derk. :)

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