283 Tasting Notes


Mysterious packet with ‘this tea sucks’ on it came through the letterbox from Mr Bad Pasty.

Has that cloudy thick fruity sour thing, with a touch of mentholated medicine in it, also a leafy Yiwu-esque something.

I think its a white 2 production, 2 late?


If it was 2 Late, that tea most definitely does not suck ;)


oh yeah, it doesnt suck.


GǔShù HuáZhú Liángzi ‘16 pu-erh.sk apparently. good thickness up front but wasnt so good later.. the first 4-5 steeps were my fave, those were nice. Got a bit jittery from the strength of it though, but i’m a caffeine wuss

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Slight fruity flavours intermingled with the classic lesser milk & vegetal perfumed TGY aroma. With the sourness coming from an apricot-like place, it works differently than coming from a milky or vegetal place.

Also tastes very ‘fresh’, ‘natural’, ‘good’, rather than ‘perfumed’ (which is what I expected being a winter harvest. (Not saying one is better than the other, its just in that area of taste). I actually thought ‘vine-y’ for the greenness. Quite similar to how the imperial grade from YS compares to more perfumed examples, like the whispering pines one.

This is very up my street, maybe the most no-fuss TGY i’ve had in ages. The balance is very good, and nice longevity.

So happy this was added as a sample, it might have slipped under my fruity Oolong radar!

Flavors: Apricot, Cream, Floral, Green, Milk, Spinach

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drank Taiwan GABA Oolong by What-Cha
283 tasting notes

Love this stuff.

Burnt honey with a glossy, almost cloying sweetness-effect. Vanilla aroma.

I cant believe these GABA teas get such mixed reviews, whats not to like about burnt honey & vanilla?

I do it gongfu, slightly more aggressive than for shengs. Nom factor 10

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Honey, Vanilla

Daylon R Thomas

Maybe it’s that tea because a lot of the reviews for it are pretty positive.

Daylon R Thomas

And I know that I really like it.


I think they may get negative points from some because of the marketing as GABA teas. Do you perceive a different body-mind effect when drinking them?

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drank Butter Flower by White 2 Tea
283 tasting notes

This is a review from memory, as I have had a busy weekend & been drinking tea on the move, so its a bit short.

This Oolong was a nice surprise, the perfume has elements of Tie Guan Yin, alongside the more expected Dan Cong Aroma. What was also nice was that the subtle buttery flavour had a citrus edge which is also reminiscent of the aforementioned green Oolong, that reminded me a bit of sour yogurt. Again, a nice surprise.

Another nice aspect was that it was quite forgiving to brew and remained nicely balanced – well, until the body gave out and I was just left with lovely fragrant water.

Thinking back, and if I had more to try it might come across like a Jin Xuan-Dan Cong, with a citrusy-milky thing, but at the time all I could think of was Tie Guan Yin had a baby with Ya Shii.

Flavors: Butter, Citrus, Cream, Floral, Flowers, Yogurt

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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Its a small sample given in my last chawanshop order. Smells in the packet very old and dusty.

Taste is quite mellow really, tastes aged – not fruity but just old and stuff. reminiscent of a mellow shou puerh, but with a thinner-transparent soup. A slight oil & salt on the tip of my tongue but generally its unsalty/mellow.

Aroma is mellow leaf-pile. Apparently the mellow is a classic three-cranes style.

Not the best i’ve tasted, lacking depth & richness and the flavour is a bit dusty & old & twiggy, but if you like that/shou lover that wants to try everything, you might like it more than me. Its so cheap!

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Dust


mmmmm, dust for the tasting.

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Checked my notes – ‘Tastes like varnish wooden fruit, by steep 10 I thought yiwu’

Yeah I wont give up my day job to review tea quite yet. ..

I found this to be quite straightforward with its flavour & experience. Each steep did its thing, which was that aged varnish-bitter woody fruit taste (only way I can describe it), without much fuss. ’Twas ok. The front of the sip was the same as the end, not much in the way of a taste journey. It lasted throughout the day, and I particularly liked the later steeps when the taste changed to a hot-dark-milky/rounded base with some sour bitter lift.

It was ok – didn’t set me alight with complexity but its a cheap cake, so yeah recommended for the price – it also might be in sheng limbo-age, I don’t have enough data to know how this will progress when stored for a good few years nicely. Cheap enough to give it a try though :)

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I’m finding as I get more into my whirlwind romance with the bitterness of young sheng that I am beginning to look for some with age on it when I want more but different. I find them a bit easier.

This has about 10 years on it which is my ballpark/laymans age where (i) can really experience what ageing does to puerh.

The first few steeps were light, and I was pushing the timing, getting to [email protected]:30 where the cakes bitterness suddenly popped up alongside a nice tart/tannic fruit. I just smelled the gaiwan and got subtle cumin & yummy fruit which made me think of mango chutney with cumin & fenugreek. Nom. It doesnt actually smell like that but for some reason makes me think of it.

Classic aged woodsy notes, and tobacco in the bitter taste. I am enjoying the departure from my usual young sheng/region training I have been really working on last year. I am appreciating the bitterness of tea like this more due to that. Slight raisin fruit under all of this as well. Its tannic but a nice tannic.

its a nice exploration taste fruit being the most subtle, wood/age in the middle & bitterness on top. Not bad at all for the price, which is really cheap. At this present moment its even cheaper for anyone outside of the UK. About 10p/gram, really fairly priced.

I was hitting it with 10g/100ml gaiwan & quite long steeps.

Flavors: Bitter, Raisins, Spices, Tannin, Tobacco, Wood


I like this one too.


You mention the ‘bad shan’ side of it – this means Ba Da Mountain, right? What are the characters of Ba Da tea?


Fruity and some floral to some Bada mountain productions.


I find Bada more grassy with some dried figs in there. I should try some What-cha.


Oh you should, i’ve found some really nice teas from countries i didnt even think produced tea.

Also there is a dark tea section separate from black tea which has some border teas. All reasonably priced

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This was an interesting tea. Dragon well to me was something I tried first almost 10 years ago & I have always known it to be on the savoury side, while this one had a really good incense-like-aroma, I first thought it had been perfumed somehow I was so surprised at the different taste.

I think the balance between the slightly-nutty green flavour & this roasty-almost-(cinnamon? i’m adding this a day after the fact)-incense was well done. Its rich & good, asparagus, and while I wouldnt say its really zesty zesty, there is some in there (citrus zest?)

I havent got much experience with dragonwell, or green teas in general, but I liked this for its incensed aroma which permeated into the taste experience (i like teas that dont cheat me by smelling amazing but then not tasting good to back that up), or maybe it is just well balanced/good processing.

Thanks to Chelsea/Tastethetea for a lovely bag of goodies :)

Flavors: Asparagus, Cinnamon, Citrus Zest, Green, Roasted, Sweet

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90+ is godly

80-90 is something i would buy again.

60-80 ok, but probably more bland or basic in their flavour.

0-60 something tastes wrong with this one.

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