245 Tasting Notes

88

Thank you Derk :D

Autumn 2017 version:
If you like black tea but don’t like oolong, this is the oolong for you. :) I like both and so I enjoyed this interesting roasted oolong that had characteristics of both black tea and oolong. Throughout the infusions, it was never bitter nor astringent. I got sweet potatoes, malt, brown sugar, honey, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), some cocoa. There is some fruit and also a slight floral background with minerality. Earlier infusions were similar to a good black tea, the malt, the breadiness, the cocoa, and sweet potatoes… As I progressed, the spices, a little citrus, and mineral notes stepped forward. Good stuff. :)

Porcelain gaiwan, 5g, 205°F, 110ml, rinse, 8 steeps: 5s, 10s, 15s, 25s, 35s, 45s, 55s, 65s

Flavors: Baked Bread, Citrus, Cocoa, Floral, Honey, Malt, Mineral, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes, Yams

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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88

Really good TGY.

Little greenish balls with a nice floral aroma. Smells vegetal, orchid. The liquor is a yellow color with greenish hues. Although it has the classic TGY notes, it is a nice “sour”, and thankfully not sour as some. It’s just right, in my opinion, as far as TGYs. There is still mouth action in the back but some are over the top, this one is not. It has a smooth and soft mouth and throat feel. It’s brisk and has clear notes. The finish is naturally sweet, vegetal, floral, orchid but not perfumey. It handled boiling water with no problem, no bitterness present throughout all steeps. If you like TGY, this is a great daily drinker.

Porcelain gaiwan, 7 g, 7 steeps: rinse, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 80s, 100s, 120s.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Freshly Cut Grass, Orchid, Pleasantly Sour

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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88
drank Colored Species by Mandala Tea
245 tasting notes

Additional notes on this one:
Sipdown, and saw that they recently came out with a roasted version of this. :D I’m going to have to try that one. Instead of a full gaiwan session like I did before on this tea, I followed their suggestion. A tsp to 8 oz ratio (I did double) for 30 sec infusions. It was really good, and as I noted before, it really is like a TGY without that sour pull on the sides of your mouth. Looking forward to trying their roasted version. :D

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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92
drank Peanut Butter Cookie by 52teas
245 tasting notes

This is yummy.

Roasted nuts, peanuts, lightly sweet, a little cookie-ish, slightly malty. I like the mixture of Assam, Ceylon & Yunnan teas. Nice and smooth mouth and throat feel. I really like this! It’s now one of my favorite of their teas.

Have a great day. Busy one here but a good one. ^^

Flavors: Cookie, Malt, Peanut, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 18 OZ / 532 ML
Shanie O Maniac

You know, I was on the fence about this one, as I was already getting the Chestnut Praline Green Tea, and I didn’t know if I liked Nutty Tea or not. Turns out, I really don’t. But I’m glad this one appealed to you!
BTW: I don’t really like peanut butter cookies either so that also influenced my decision not to spring for this one.

Kawaii433

hehe Yeah I love peanuts, pistachios and almonds… I used to put peanut butter in my coffee with a splash of cream o.O. I understand when you don’t really like something, it is hard to rate it. I’m that way with Jasmine and cantaloupe lol… Mint too.

AJRimmer

I almost made an order specifically to try this tea, but I stopped myself since I still haven’t even opened my January order from them.

Kawaii433

haha AJRimmer, you just don’t know how much I relate to you on this (with all vendors).

Evol Ving Ness

:)

Quick! Buy all the teas!

This may not an unfamiliar thing for us here.

Kawaii433

lol omgosh… Not familiar at all, Evol Ving Ness. haha

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80

Sipdown.

Notes of vegetables, broccoli, artichoke, spinach. Buttery popcorn, some cream, and light floral notes and sugarcane sweetness. Compared to Republic of Tea milk oolong, this is far better (no artificial taste) but compared to some of their other Jin Xuan that What-Cha offers, it is nothing exceptional. I used gongfu style before, but for this sipdown, I put the remainder in a teapot. I think it tastes much better this way. Maybe it just tastes better because it is a sipdown… That means I’m closer to be able to purchase some of my favorite What-Cha teas instead. ^^

Flavors: Artichoke, Butter, Cream, Floral, Popcorn, Spinach, Sweet, Vegetables, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 15 g 18 OZ / 532 ML

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98

This is the second note on this and it’s a sipdown but I just have to buy more. It’s one of my favorites. I had mentioned the banana nut bread taste and instead of using a gaiwan as I did the first time, I made a 18 oz pot with 15g of it with several infusions, starting with 1 minutes infusion and working up. That wonderful banana bread taste is stronger brewing it this way. The baked cherry aroma and notes are so yummy too. I’ve been drinking a lot of black tea and pu’erh lately and boom… Just like that my fickle tea self, fell back in love with a good roasted Jin Xuan. I upped the rating more to remind myself, this has got to be on my shelf.

Now I need to compare Vietnam Medium-Roast Jin Xuan Red Oolong Tea. That was my other favorite What-Cha tea (plus the sticky rice one, of course).

Flavors: Baked Bread, banana, Cherry, Nuts

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 15 g 18 OZ / 532 ML
Kittenna

Onto the wish list this goes! This sounds amazing!

Kawaii433

:D I saw Eastkyteaguy’s review and did the same thing. I glad cause I really love it!

LuckyMe

It’s going on my wishlist too. This tea has earned so many accolades on Steepster.

Kawaii433

LuckyMe, to me (and I say that emphatically since taste is subjective), it reminds me why I love oolong. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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90

Bah, I forgot to write a review on this yummy tea.

Update on those people upstairs that caused 7 cop cars, ambulances and more to come to our unit. They were evicted. Apparently, the guy beating the dog and his girlfriend wasn’t a tenant here and so because I called 911 on them, they were also busted for having extra pets (I didn’t know about that) and the guy wasn’t on the lease. So there ya go. It’s finally over and they are out. Looking forward to the next neighbors (not).

Back to the tea… Great tasting notes/reviews on this tea (which is why I purchased it) so I just wanted to put my two cents in. Lots of delicious notes. Fruits, nuts, cocoa with honey and caramel sweetness, malt and minerals. :D

Flavors: Almond, Cocoa, Fruity, Malt, Nuts, Spices, Toast, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
Kittenna

Sometimes things just work out! Hopefully the new neighbors will be pleasant or at least, not annoying.

Kawaii433

I sure hope so :D.Thank you for the good and positive thoughts, Kittenna!

Evol Ving Ness

I’ve had 18 years of good neighbours and just 3 of the crappy ones, so there’s that. Hope the next ones are either normal or better.

Kawaii433

Thanks Evol Ving Ness… Here’s hoping to good neighbors. That pretty good odds right there. hehe

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95

Thank you Derk for this great Da Hong Pao. I began loving Jin Xuan right away but now I think I prefer a good Da Hong Pao these days. Not sure though, it’s just been a while since I drank the former. I’m fickle. I just love good tea. This is a good tea, and it’s also been sold out so I’m glad that Derk sent me this sample off my wishlist!

The texture is nice, very smooth and thick as described. I prepared it as their website suggested. I should’ve done gongfu style to get a full flavor profile but either way, it’s a good one. I’ve been distracted by work and have missed some timed infusions so hence my choice for longer infusions. I did three steeps: 3m, 4m, and 5m.

It is heavily and heavenly roasted :) and it has such a wonderful sweet roasted and minerally taste along with fruits and nuts. Lately, I prefer heavily roasted teas over green teas and this was just right… Not smoky nor campfire-like but perfectly roasted and toasted.

Flavors: Fruity, Mineral, Roasted, Roasted nuts, Smooth, Toasty

Preparation
6 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
derk

yw, Kawaii

Kawaii433

Derk, did you have a good time the other day?

derk

Yes! I left a comment on one of your other tasting notes :)

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90

8g of huge dry brittle medium brown leaves, the kind when you’re walking along a path, and they crunch underneath your feet. They barely fit in my teapot. The dry leaves smelled of dust, soil, dirt. The liquor was super dark, like espresso. The rinse smelled of wet earth, mud, and dirt. After the first infusion, the aroma changed. The liquor had a strong earthy, wet and rich soil aroma, and now a very faint aroma of dirt. The taste and feel were really not what I expected from the aroma either. First of all, mouth and throat feel. What comfort. It was so smooth, almost slick on my tongue, no astringency at all… And yet, the finish gave me a very slight powdery feeling or graininess on the tip of my tongue.

The way I’m going to describe the taste may not sound so appealing. It was like digging up a huge tree, and taking a bite of the roots. I know, I know, sounds strange but it is uniquely good. I looked forward to more infusions. In the second and third infusion, I got some spice, cinnamon-like, some minerals, some wet rocks. As I went through infusion after infusion, it was indeed relaxing, calming, each time looking forward to filling my teapot up. The finish was a subtle sweetness, with a little spice in the exhale, root-earthy-rock mixture. Hard to describe but it was an experience and I swear, if I were creative, this tea could help me write about nature.

Thank you so much, Derk for this experience :D

Yixing teapot, 8g, 130ml, 205°F, who know how many steeps, 5s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 35s, 45s, 55s, 65s, 75s, 85s… Etc.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Dirt, Earth, Mud, petrichor, Smooth, Spices, Sweet, Wet Earth, Wet Rocks

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 tsp 4 OZ / 130 ML
mrmopar

I am meeting Derk today in Cali. Todd will be joining us too.

Kawaii433

Ahhh that’s wonderful!. I just know you’ll all have a great time <3. Enjoy your tea and company.

mrmopar

I know. Can’t wait! I brought goodies..

Kawaii433

I hope you had fun :D. What tea did you all drink together?

derk

At an Ethiopian restaurant, we commandeered a few tables by an accessible power outlet. With a couple platters of food set out, Todd, mrmopar and I drank puerh while mrmopar’s equal half had an Ethiopian coffee. We had a very powerful and bitter Jing Dong, a 2013 NaKa, a 2003 Menghai 7542 and something else? I think I overdosed on great tea and even better company!

Kawaii433

Oooh that sounds wonderful and so fun, Derk <3

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90
drank 2016 Orange Drop by White 2 Tea
245 tasting notes

I’ve been trying a lot of gong ting in orange and tangerines lately. I bought one from White2Tea and wish I got more now. They are expensive. One is $4.00. I had so many infusions yesterday I lost count. It began as Yixing gaiwan, 110ml, rinse, 5s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 30s, 35s, 40s, 45s, 50s, 55s, 60s… And then I just kept filling my gaiwan up, used it all day.

The tea is meant to be drunk with the orange and all so I just put the little orange in without breaking it up as their site suggested. The fruit is tiny, young and unripe unlike the others I tried. It was so tiny and cute (yes, I went there lol. I love cute things.) and it did have a greenish hue. I especially loved the first 5 infusions because of the “fresh green bite”. Their site says you “can toss out the first 2-3 steeps, and drink the next 12 or so.” No way, I loved that part! :) It changed from a slightly astringent green taste to a very mellow mandarin and earthy ripe pu’erh taste. I broke the orange up towards the end of the day to get even more of that rind taste.

I think of all the Xinhui Green Mandarins I’ve tried so far, this was my favorite. I’ll have to do a comparison again if I can get another. I think they sold out… /cry. Note: I have two more to try: YS Tangerine Stuffed with 4 Years Aged Ripe Pu-erh Tea and YS Gong Ting Pu-erh in Tangerine “Golden Horse 8685” Ripe Tea. Maybe I’ll do those this week.

Flavors: Citrus, Citrus Zest, Earth, Orange, Orange Zest, Wet Earth

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 4 OZ / 110 ML
Mastress Alita

No, someone with “kawaii” in their username loves cute things?! Color me shocked.

Kawaii433

haha Mastress Alita :D

Kittenna

I had the exact same thought, haha!

Kawaii433

hehe :) Here is a weird tidbit… It’s one of two middle names hence my nickname since I was a kid. o.O

Kawaii433

I wrote to them and they are out forever. /cry

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Longtime casual tea drinker. In the past, mainly Sencha, Matcha. I’m currently into Oolong & Pu’erh.

Gongfu cha is the main way I prepare my tea (gaiwan or Yixing teapot). I drink all tea… Usually unflavored. I do try some flavored now. Just as long as it doesn’t have any artificial sweetener.

Favorite stores: TeaVivre, What-Cha, Mandala Tea, Yunnan sourcing, White2Tea, Lupicia. (Note: I love the teaware from TeaVivre and Yunnan sourcing.) Good experiences with 52Teas, Harney & Sons, Whispering Pines

Flavors I dislike are artificial flavors, especially artificial sweeteners. Strong lavender, violet, any strong floral-perfumey tea; cantaloupe, ripe papaya, sweet honeydew.

Can handle a little of the following: Rose, licorice, anise, jasmine, mint, spearmint, peppermint, leather.

Favorite flavors: Citrus fruits (especially grapefruit & tangerines), granny smith apple, bananas, guava, mango, tamarind, watermelon, stonefruits, all fruits except cantaloupe, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, milk, cinnamon, creme, bread, nuts, toasted, roasted.

I generally don’t add anything to my teas.

As I explore, my ratings may shift. 90+ generally means I’ll keep it on my shelf.

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