246 Tasting Notes

90
drank 2016 Orange Drop by White 2 Tea
246 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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92

Quick note while it’s still fresh in my mind. It’s really good. I had it yesterday and am having it again today. Barely oxidized, very green with fruit notes and a non-perfumey floral taste. Also TGY-ish. Super creamy mouth-feel and sweet finish. I really feel my “tea analysis ability” shortcomings today… lol. There are no review notes on this one so thought I’d write a quick one in hoping others will try this and review it.

Yixing teapot, 6.2g, rinse, 13 steeps, 5s, 10s, 15s (I’m right here right now), 20s, 25s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 1m, 1m30s, 2m, 2m30s, 3m

This was my second favorite out of the Dan Congs I tried yesterday.

Flavors: Floral, Freshly Cut Grass, Fruity, Pleasantly Sour, Vegetal

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 130 ML
Kittenna

That’s a really appetizing name for a tea…

Kawaii433

lol Kittenna

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94

Yesterday was a YS Dan Cong day. I drank the following teas:
Honey Orchid “Mi Lan Xiang” Dan Cong Oolong Tea * Spring 2018
Winter 2018 “Snowflake Duck Shit Aroma” Dan Cong Oolong Tea
Wu Dong Chou Shi Dan Cong Oolong tea * Spring 2018
Classic “Mi Lan Xiang” Dan Cong Oolong Tea * Spring 2018

Yixing teapot, 6g, temperature varied, rinse, 13 steeps, 5s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 1m, 1m30s, 2m, 2m30s, 3m

Wu Dong Chou Shi was my favorite of all of them. For one, I’ve never had such a green Dan Cong before. Togo wrote a great review on it. It was reminiscent of a great TGY in that it was very green, grassy, fruity, some floral but not perfumey as the other Dan Congs. It was a nice thick, creamy, viscous mouth and throat feel with a sweet aftertaste. Like TGY it had some sour notes but it was subtle and delicate.

I’m seriously falling behind writing reviews but I’ll try to catch up. I have a lot of each so when I revisit them, I think that’ll be a good time to do it.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Grass, Pleasantly Sour, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
6 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

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90

Long fuzzy green strips, pale yellow-greenish liquor. The liquor smelled like buttery lima beans, spinach, zucchini vegetable broth. There was an undertone of orchids with plenty of notes of stonefruits, such as apricots and peaches. On the second and third infusion, It was like yummy chestnut broth, umami, seaweed, spinach, sugar snap beans, lima beans, so vegetal with minerals. Lots of natural sweetness of honey and sugarcane and a long sweet finish, pleasant mouth and throat feel. Very nice.

Porcelain gaiwan, 4g, 185℉, 4 steeps: rinse, 30s, 50s, 70s, 90s

Flavors: Asparagus, Butter, Chestnut, Honey, Lima Beans, Soybean, Stonefruits, Sugarcane, Umami, Vegetable Broth, Zucchini

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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96

Nice and calm Sunday and thought I’d go through each of the Whispering Pines black tea that I have in stock to re-evaluate them. Sometimes when I get a lot of tea in, my head starts spinning lol. It’s nice to note which ones you really want on your shelf.

Instead of gongfu style, I’m putting 2 g in a 60 ml porcelain gaiwan for 3 min and 5 min.

Yunnan Gold Tips, Wildcrafted Dian Hong, and Golden Orchid so far. So, I had to stop and make an additional note on this one… This one is so good.

I want more. :)

Update: Just finished North Winds (Imperial grade), Ailaoshan and Golden Snail (this one was for 5m/8m instead of 3m/5m). The rest of my day will be Jabberwocky, Cocoa Amore, and Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black.

I’ll be playing Civilization 6 Gathering Storm, watching the news, maybe watch a musical later tonight, maybe finish a couple of books. Haven’t been in the mood to knit the past month so nah on that one. lol

You gotta love free days. Have a wonderful Sunday, all. ^^

note: I’ve done this with What-Cha, TeaVivre, Mandala Tea… Etc. It helps me realize which ones I really like.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 2 OZ / 60 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Wow. Your day reminds me of the time I got a new espresso machine a million years ago. I spent the day making a gazillion pots of expresso. And spinning. I may have been up for a week.

Enjoy your sessions.

Kawaii433

lol Evol Ving Ness, yeah I’m already kind of running around doing things that I needed to do. I don’t know if I can sit here and play a game now haha.

Evol Ving Ness

Carpe diem! I enjoyed your enthusiasm. :)

Kawaii433

You too! :D

tea-sipper

Oh cool, I love the idea of trying one shop of tea at a time. That would probably make me more overwhelmed though. haha. Also, you get a lot of stuff done in a day. I should be getting more done today. :D

Kawaii433

lol well, I admit that while I test all the ones I bought from a shop in a day, my shopping habits, unfortunately, don’t follow that pattern. I’m still all over the place haha.

Sil

i just wish it was easier to order from WP. Hard to hit the free shipping threshold when 1-2 teas are in stock at a time. US to Canada you need all the help you can get between the exchange and shipping.

Kawaii433

Yeah, I can see that being a problem especially being in Canada. Let me know if I can do anything over here to help you out (buying, shipping… Etc.)

Kawaii433

All done :D. Just in case anyone is wondering. The taste profiles of Cocoa Amore, Golden Orchid and The Jabberwocky were top 3 for what I like. First impressions are usually correct. It was still fun nevertheless. I have done a full gongfu session with all before today but haven’t done a review note on either NorthWind or Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black yet. Those are really good too.

Kittenna

Someday, I will get more of these teas. Hopefully.

Kawaii433

PM me, and I can send you some :D.

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90

The dry leaves were a mixture of dark and green long leaves, kind of looks like something you’d run into while snorkeling off an island, floating in the sea. It smells of super fresh hay… Like when you go down to the horse stables in the early morning to feed them. The aroma brings back good memories. It’s a vivid aroma. I still can’t say that it’s an aroma that makes me go yum, I’m sure horses think differently hehe. It is an aroma that brings back some precious youth memories, lost youth. The wet leaves added so many more different aromas: Wintergreen, mints in general, flowers, fruits, anise, grass, licorice. As the infusions continued, the mint became more pronounced. There were also sweet cherry notes, subtle peach, cinnamon, and spices, cocoa, malt, roasted yams, honey sweetness notes. Delicate flavors but complex. I wish I wasn’t the only one who reviewed this because I’m sure there is so much more… Just like I think that different temperatures and different tea prep would change this tea as well. It is a medium bodied tea, satisfying with many different notes and aromas but licorice and mint were always there. It never got bitter nor astringent and it has a long minty-cooling finish. I’m not into mint teas but this is very good because of the complexity.

Gaiwan, 7g, 194°F, 110ml, rinse, 9 steeps: 5s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 35s, 45s, 55s, 1m5s

Flavors: Anise, Camphor, Cherry, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Grass, Hay, Honey, Licorice, Malt, Menthol, Mint, Spices, Stonefruits, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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80
drank Yuzu Chocolat by Lupicia
246 tasting notes

Chocolatey, and a nice cup of tea. Dessert-like tea. I don’t get a lot of citrus flavor as Cameron noted so I agree with her. Maybe… Maaaybe a little citrus zest. I do like the dark cocoa flavor, and it tastes more chocolatey than other chocolate flavored teas I’ve tried. I’m thinking the very light bitterness is due to the citrus rind, and that adds to it. I like the base, it’s malty, some dried sweet fruit notes. I recommend it, it’s a good taste, just don’t expect a lot of citrus flavor, if at all. :P

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Orange Zest, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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80

Busy day, dropped this little orange in a mug and added 10 oz boiling water. Steeped it at 25s, 35s, 45s, 55s, 65s and 2 minutes. Subtle orange flavor, pleasant, and I had no problem drinking it, it was enjoyable. I probably could’ve kept going. I really had no idea how to prepare it. I wonder if I should’ve poked holes in the orange. Maybe I should’ve let it steep for much longer. I have a couple more so I will have to try different ways. It was very mild, nothing medicinal or odd, just a nice citrusy cup of tea. Even with the whole orange in there, there wasn’t any bitterness, even with all that rind. That was kind of surprising. :)

Flavors: Citrus Zest, Citrusy, Honey, Orange, Orange Zest, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 10 OZ / 295 ML

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95

This tea was harvested in 2006, so it’s 13 years old now. It was a bold, strong roasty-toasty aroma. The roasted flavor is hard to describe because it’s strong roasted flavor but not campfire like nor charcoal-y. It’s an embracing roasted flavor, and yet they mention the 5 years one they have even more of that taste. How can that be? This was so toasty and full, all-encompassing and had subtle sweet fruit notes. The roasted flavor was the star but it wasn’t the only player. It has lots of mineral rock sweetness, some dark cocoa bitterness with dried sweet fruit, blackcurrant, red berries, some unique spices, and yummy roasted almonds. The roasted taste mellowed as the infusions went and the fruitiness and minerals came forward to offer their dance but the toasted flavor never let up, never gave up the stage completely. It is a complex cup of tea, very smooth and delicious. The finish is long lasting, interesting… After the last sip, I can still smell the toasty fragrance, a stonefruit exhale through my nose… Or is that roasted currant? It’s kind of like jams or jellies on the exhale. The smooth liquor coming in, the roasted almonds and dried fruits on the exhale, and then the curious feeling on my tongue. As Togo mentioned, a powdery feeling.

Yixing pot, 8g, 212°F, 130ml, rinse, 11 steeps: 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 35s, 45s, 55s, 1m5s, 1m15s, 1m30s, 2m.

Flavors: Almond, Black Currant, Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Jam, Mineral, Roasted, Roasted nuts, Stonefruits, Sweet, Toasty, Wet Rocks

Preparation
8 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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drank Jasmin Mandarin by Lupicia
246 tasting notes

Quick note: I don’t like Jasmin very much but this one, it wasn’t the Jasmin that bothered me. There was a strong medicinal taste. Tasted artificial, tasted off. Hmm…

Not going to rate it because I don’t care for Jasmin and there was nothing else positive for me to give it a rating. I won’t ding it negatively because there are some that like the medicinal taste. I don’t.

Flavors: Herbs, Jasmine, Medicinal

Kittenna

The name of this tea sounds amazing. I envision a sweet mandarin-flavoured tea overlaid with with light jasmine. I gather I am wrong. Haha.

Kawaii433

hehe Maybe it was just me… I’m just really turned off by anything remotely medicine-like. o.O lol

Kittenna

I’m about the only person I know who hates cough drops (Halls) because they taste too medicinal, so I imagine I’d feel similarly about this tea.

Kawaii433

omgosh… I can’t even keep one of those in my mouth for 5 secs! lol :)

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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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