Featured & New Tasting Notes

Fantastic tea! They use a jin xuan milk oolong, barrel aged in Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Whiskey.

The flavor is so balance with the whiskey, without being overpowered. I got notes of butter, milk, woodsy, caramel, grass, floral, and fruit. No strange alcohol notes. This tea does well western and gongfu style, resteeps very well, though I think western does a better job.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/tennessee-oolong-steven-smith-teamaker/

Sil

oh nice…this sounds delicious!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

80

Tea Swap Session, Backlog

I used to think that charcoal roasted teas were so horrendous to the point that I avoided trying and/or buying any at all. However, through recent tea swaps, I’ve been seeing them pop up in my boxes from tea friends. Lo and behold, I do like some charcoal roasted oolongs/tea if they’re done correctly.

Notes: I was surprised when I discovered that this tea wasn’t similar to licking the bottom of a piece of charcoal; rather, it had plenty of other, unexpected notes attached to it: cornflakes, mineral, and buttery notes throughout the cup.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Keemun by Golden Moon Tea
2248 tasting notes

The Lord looks after fools and drunkards. I guess I was a fool.

I saw a coupon code for a Golden Moon sampler and tried to order it. I couldn’t find a place to put in the code so I quit trying, but I did comment on the company Facebook post that it wasn’t working for me and I really wanted to try their Keemun.

Big dope slap to myself at lunch when I pulled this off the shelf and realized I already own it. To be fair to myself, it was a gift, so I wasn’t the one who placed the order with the company. I still should have known I had it since I have almost finished the tin, though!

This was served with a tea lunch with egg salad sandwiches and thin potato wedges. It is a great tea sweetened or unsweetened, and I went with “un.” It is good hot or cold. It has a touch of fruitiness but still that lovely light scrape of dry cocoa I like.

Helena

Lol!! It’s always interesting when you forget you have tried something and still have it in the cupboard. I would never do that (lies through her teeth)

Fjellrev

You’re way ahead of yourself!

mrmopar

You are just ensuring that you don’t run out.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

80

Tea Swap Session

I’ve been meaning to start reviewing teas again…So, I started a “plan” on getting that done: Drink tea every week and write a quick review on each one the following Monday.

Notes: It had a nice buttery, savory note throughout the session. I had started this session with 4-5 steeps before allowing the leaves to rest a few hours before concluding the session (one thing I’ve noticed with a lot of teas is that they tend to change once they’ve rested a little while). Throughout the remaining 3 steeps, I allowed the water temp to increase (190F, 195F, & 200F) with each steep, to see how far this tea could to be pushed; which, I must admit, can be pushed after it has been mostly “brewed out.” However, the 200F steep didn’t really do much with the tea since it had mostly lost all of the flavor prior to the last. This definitely was a good tea, though. I’m not one to boast about green tea, but this was definitely one worth trying.

Flavors: Broccoli, Butter

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

This is an oldie but goodie. This sample has been languishing in my big chest of tea, I have no idea for how long. I served it yesterday with breakfast and again today with Hungarian Apple Soup.

Husband doesn’t like black tea except with milk and sugar so he likes for me to make other types of tea when he is joining me. Breakfast would normally be a black tea for me or when my kids join me, but I have to find something he will Iike that still goes well with breakfast food.

This one fit the bill. The baked fruit and nut flavors gave it the strength I want in the morning, especially with scrambled eggs and cheese, toast and cherry preserves, while the smoothness satisfied hubby and kept him out of the sugar bowl.

We had a guest for lunch and served it with the soup and cheese sandwiches made with Dubliner by Kerrygold, followed by chocolate cookies, and my friend said she enjoyed it. A former coffee drinker, she is now more fond of white and green teas but she still liked the lightly roasted goodness.

I am going to miss this one, but not for long. I am running low on oolong tea so I see a Teavivre order in my future.

Fjellrev

Oh, that’s fantastic cheese. Your whole menu sounds killer awesome.

Rasseru

DELETEless than a minute ago
I tried an aged goats cheese in France the other week that was so strong I couldn’t breathe through my nose. Never in my cheese eating life have I experienced anything like that. Nice having a French girlfriend :)

ashmanra

Oh my! I can’t imagine! I love cheese, so much cheese, so many KINDS of cheese. But I don’t think I have ever had one that made it hard to breathe!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Incredibly aged for only three years. Great stuff.

Laying on my bed enjoying the relaxation and pressing buttons on my phone. I think I’m in for a long session and maube a tea nap

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

70

Nothing to add to my previous notes.

My last cup of this was delicious.

You drink and drink and drink and finally, at long last, it is done: tea as an ongoing lesson in impermanence.

Sipdown.

Rosehips

Well said! But there is beauty in the impermanence.

Evol Ving Ness

Indeed. Seize that sip.

Evol Ving Ness

This moment will never come again.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

This is an awesome puer, especially for the price. The notes are clean and bright, tasting of mineral amber and rocks, rock sugar, stone fruit, and floral. The body is heavy and thick. Wuliang H has plenty of energy too. I got 13 good infusions.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2016-wuliang-h-essence-tea/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML
tanluwils

Nice review! I know what you mean by a tea being too powerful for as a workplace tea, but not complex enough for an amazing session. That being said, I have a Mangfei and Mengku tea that were at that stage even after they had a year to settle, but are now nuanced enough, and just as powerful as ever, for a good session. Perhaps this tea, too, will require another year to really come into its own.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

85
drank Orange Passionfruit by DAVIDsTEA
1661 tasting notes

Whew, what a day. I had a pretty good job interview today, ran into a former coworker and had a nice visit, was bad and ate delicious food at the food court (feel terrible now but damn, that mini DQ Blizzard for Miracle Treat Day was for a good cause! And I’m not ashamed to admit that I enjoyed the Pizza Hut personal pan pizza), plus picked up this and a bunch of other blends for the sale price. I wanted to grab another steeper, this time for my mom, but can’t seem to find anymore of those $9 ones despite checking two locations over the past couple days. Oh well.

And psst, that maple fudge talk a few of us were having the other day? I picked up some Maple Walnut Fudge at Rocky Mountain Chocolate, plus some Chocolate Pecan fudge since it was BOGO half off. Ugh! So ashamed, but I won’t try them until tomorrow since I already failed at the calorie game today.

ANYway, onto this tea. I have tried this in store not long after it came out and I wasn’t too impressed. I liked it but it seemed a little too sweet. Something possessed me to grab a tin of it today and I’m glad I did, because brewing it at home, it’s a lot more orange juice-like. I get a swig of that infamous DAVIDsTEA passionfruit flavouring at the beginning of the sip but it rapidly dissipates. But I’m not upset about that because this hits the spot for those times when you want orange juice but don’t want to drink your calories, you know? It tastes pulpy.

Helena

Meh I love my OJ. There are good calories and bad calories. As long as you aren’t eating/drinking empty calories and instead getting nutritional calories your okay even if you go over your count. People fixate too much on the numbers, they often forget the difference. OJ is only bad if there is too much sugar. I love the stuff with extra pulp (pulp=fibre btw)

Helena

I hope you like the fudge!! I found some of my Maple Pecan Oolong from Butiki so I shall log that tomorrow :D

Fjellrev

I love OJ with extra pulp too. So delicious. I treat myself to it every once in a while. My problem is that the one time I’ve ever lost weight was when I obsessed over calories, cut major calories, and weighed everything. I kind of fell off the bandwagon lately with that but need to start up again soon.

I’ll let you know what I think of the fudge! It sure looks fantastic.

Oh man, Maple Pecan Oolong. How I wish that was still available.

Helena

I use MyFitnessPal but I don’t weigh anything. I just put in the general setting so I get an idea of what I’m eating without being controlled by it. I lost a good deal of weight that way. I also bought a fitness tracker (fitbit back then) I have since upgraded to a Garmin 230 so I get my steps and gps tracking of my bike rides.

Fjellrev

I’m on MFP too! I’m glad to hear that weighing everything works for you. I know some say that calorie-counting and weighing can be unhealthy psychologically. Are you liking your Garmin? I have a Polar Loop at the moment. It’s great for tracking steps, and the chest strap is good for gym activities but it’s bad at accurately detecting when I’m standing for long periods of time.

Helena

I love my Garmin but I turned off the inactive meter. I don’t weigh anything for MFP. Honestly I mostly just guess. It’s more about being aware of what I’m eating than counting the actual calories :D I never use a chest strap with my Garmin and the 230 Forerunner doesn’t have a built in heart monitor. I like it that way so I can wear long sleeves and put the watch over top. If I want to I can pair it with a heart monitor and other fitness stuff but I really don’t care. I’m Aedon2 on MFP you can add me if you like.

Helena

I just bumped the MFP in discussion so you can see other steepsters that use it as well.

Fjellrev

The awareness is what matters the most, really. Awesome, I’ll find you on there!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
1710 tasting notes

Stay with me on this one… Last night we had meatloaf and mashed potatoes. I washed it down with a iced tea brewed from random black teas. It gets interesting. My wife makes her meatloaf with oats (no bread crumbs) and uses chili sauce and Splenda brown sugar instead of ketchup. When I grabbed the tea it tasted for all the world like a really good rose tea. We made a gallon of the tea poured into a dispenser. I filled a glass bottle to drink. I used the same bottle before dinner and the tea was a normal tasty blend of teas. Same with the bottle after dinner. The flavor change with dinner was so unique and unexpected I thought I would share. Looking forward to trying again with leftovers.

Rasseru

I was drinking tea the other night after a curry and when it lost flavour it tasted amazing. I carried on drinking hot water and it tasted like cardamoms. beautiful.

There was a cardamom seed stuck in my tooth

ashmanra

I LOVE meatloaf and mashed potatoes, and there is little,on the face of the earth that is better than leftover meatloaf sandwich. Lucky duck.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

85

I originally expected this tea to be darker than it was, but after looking at the leaves closely and the other reviews on here, I decided I needed to try this one once. Western or Gong Fu, it was a good experience. This is closer to a greener Dan Cong, but the distinct violet taste displayed a unique character that I don’t see in many other teas.

I feel unoriginal in copying them, but the notes displayed pretty much describe it: Floral, creamy, clean, buttery, sweet like violet and accented by a nutty roast. The roast is more prominent Western and showed up later steeps Gong Fu, and the combination with the creamy florals made me think of steel cut oatmeal. The profile is fuller in Western starting at 3 minutes giving you at least three more solid rounds, while Gong Fu gives time to differentiate the tasting spectrum. The liqour is also lighter, giving more of a Gao Shan or Bao Zhong yellow hue as the leaves turn into a healthy light green kissed by purple. The overall tea is soft no matter what, and was approachable for my brother who does not care much for straight oolongs. He reused the French Press for seconds.

I cannot say that I’d make it a staple like I might with the Toba Wangi Baozhong, but it is a unique tea that I am very glad to have on hand. I would not say no to it if I were offered it again, and it is good enough for me to chose over some Dan Congs. The violet and creamy notes are very unusual in this very oolongy oolong, and they endure most cups when brewed. It is better offered to an intermediate drinker of oolong or those looking to expand their terroir, although the soft profile makes it very easy to drink.

I’d rate it between 80-90. The quality is great for the price, and the tea is unique enough to stand out on its own. As for those who have tried it, I’d love to see your thoughts on it.

eastkyteaguy

I’ve got a sample pouch of this in one of my tea totes. Around the end of the month, I am hoping to spend 2-3 days doing a Toba Wangi tea shootout with this, the Golden Needle Black, and both the Needle and Redolent greens. I’ve been curious about this producer for some time, so now that I know that this is at least a solid tea, I’ll probably go through with my plan.

Daylon R Thomas

That sounds like fun. :)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

79

I’m really getting into some of these Nepalese black teas. This was both my latest acquisition and latest conquest. I found it to be a basic, yet respectable black tea very much akin to a traditional first flush Darjeeling.

I prepared this tea in the Western style. I steeped approximately 3-4 grams of loose leaf material in about 8 ounces of 194 F water for 5 minutes. No additional infusions were attempted.

First things first, let me just say that What-Cha has a well-deserved reputation for sourcing quality leaves, but I was initially let down when I opened my pouch of this tea. It appeared to be nothing but broken leaves. I figured I shouldn’t just judge the tea by my perception of the leaf quality, however, so in I dove. Prior to infusion, I picked up mild, inviting aromas of Muscatel, grass, hay, and herbs underscored by a hint of citrus. After infusion, the citrus scent grew stronger and I began to pick up on aromas of malt and almond. In the mouth, the tea offered up notes of malt, grass, hay, straw, almond, toast, Muscatel, lemon zest, and pungent herbs. The finish was malty, nutty, and slightly grassy with herb, Muscatel, and citrus undertones.

It may have been due to my remaining somewhat congested from the most recent sinus infection, but I found this to be a very basic tea. It was pleasant and approachable, but it was also somewhat simplistic and lacking in depth. I could see it making a good afternoon or evening tea, though people who like to really delve into the subtleties of the tea tasting and drinking experience (like me) will probably be expecting more.

Flavors: Almond, Grass, Hay, Herbs, Lemon Zest, Malt, Muscatel, Straw, Toast

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
What-Cha

This was the first tea I bought from Aishwarya and sadly was a case of the tea they sent being very different from the sample they sent me for evaluation, which was mostly whole leaves with a more refined taste.

I priced the tea lower than I would have to try and make up for the lower quality and will most likely not be ordering from Aishwarya again.

eastkyteaguy

You know, the bad thing is this is still quite nice for a broken leaf tea. BOP grade teas tend to be underrated these days. I know I’ve had some good ones. I haven’t settled on a numerical score yet, but somewhere in the 79-84 range feels about right considering that this is quite tasty for what it is. I’m sorry they pulled the old bait and switch on you though. That sucks. I would totally understand if you never ordered from them again.

Arby

Honestly, I think BOP makes an excellent cup. I don’t think wholes leaves necessarily mean better tea. As long as it isn’t finely crumbled or tea dust, I’l happy with it. I actually prefer stemmy teas/twigs or BOP because I find they sometimes have better flavour.

What-Cha

eastkyteaguy Thanks for being so understanding, I’m glad it wasn’t too disappointing. I might give Aishwarya another chance, as their Golden Tips sample was very nice but will be a lot more cautious and order no more than a kilogram to start with.

Arby I very much agree that BOP can be very good, it’s just the issue in this case it meant the tea was quite different to the one I sampled, being more malty and astringent while the sample was a very light and delicate citrus.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

82
drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
1661 tasting notes

Oh my, I’m trying this as an iced latte for the first time and it’s wonderful. Chocolate coconut truffle with 2% milk. Swoon.

Evol Ving Ness

How do you make an iced latte?

Fjellrev

I basically add two Perfect Teaspoons of tea to my new gravity steeper (hence why I have recently started trying the icing method over my usual cold brewing method), add around half a cup of freshly boiled water, let steep for around four minutes (although I let this one go a little longer), then poured over a pint glass full of ice and topped off with 2% milk, maybe around 100ml worth. All in the eyeballing with the water and milk amounts, really.

I know people like to still froth the milk but I don’t care enough.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, Fjellrev! It’s all coming together for me now. :)

Fjellrev

Hey, me too haha. I totally get why so many people like this gravity steeper now.

Helena

Wow… when I say iced I just made it with cool water and toss in some ice. I feel so uncivilized now.

Fjellrev

Don’t! Up until getting this steeper last week, I just used to lazily cold brew everything in a large jug, and my idea of a latte was just pouring a bunch of cold milk directly from the carton into my mug.

Evol Ving Ness

Did you get a DTs gravity steeper? I am on my second one now. They are good products. Though I went off using it a while ago and went to my Libre clear travel mug w screen as a daily go-to.

Fjellrev

Yeah, I got the smaller one that is on sale for $9 right now. Figured why not at that price. Yeah, I still find mugs with infusers to be my first choice for steeping hot tea but this little guy has really changed the way I’ve been doing my cold tea.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

We started drinking this late last night. We are moving youngest into her own room this week and it involves painting (including the ceiling – what a pain in the neck!) and finding a home for all my crafting supplies. (Gulp. I buy those like I buy tea.)

Last night’s four steeps were all Western style and combined two at a time. The predominant aroma was mushroom. Or maybe I should say MUSHROOM. I haven’t had a powerfully mushroom pu in a while, so this was a refreshing change.

This morning as we have it with breakfast, i am struck by how creamy this is. This is smooth and mild and has a silky mouth feel.

I need to do a gong fu session with it sometime, but it has been great by the (large) pot. I think six steeps are the limit on this one for me. The final one took a while to color up but had nice flavor when it did.

gmathis

“…but I can’t give that away…I might use that. With my kids.” (The kid thing immediately makes my hoarding sound noble :)

ashmanra

Yes! I sit here right now surrounded by the 48 bottles of glitter THAT I KEPT after making a bag to give away…

Evol Ving Ness

What a happy thing glitter is!

ashmanra

Evol Ving Ness: Twenty-four bottles of the glitter (it was in a boxed set) were purchased while I was high on pain medicine after finding out that my cancer surgery would have to be repeated as I didn’t have clear margins and they wanted to do a mammogram just TWO WEEKS after my segmental mastectomy to see what we were dealing with While I was under the influence of whatever they gave me before the mammogram, my daughter drove me to lunch and then the craft store, where I fortunately used coupons for my purchases. Apparently I made a card when I got home. I was very confused when I found said card because I did not remember buying the dies to cut out hearts and wondered how the heck I cut them out, until it slowly filtered back into my brain that I had gone to a craft store while high. I am grateful that I am thrifty even while under the influence.

gmathis

At least you had something to blame it on. I just have no self-control and I’m on coupon mailing lists for Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and Jo-Ann’s. I think we may need a support group.

ashmanra

Definitely a support group and not an intervention!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

92

This is a really good black tea. Its soft glossy dark syrup sweetness, with some spicy fruit, a bit long the lines of a very nicely balanced dongfang meiren. Low malt, ripe wood flavours. Lasts a good amount of infusions. Does not get sickly like some oriental beauty can. Some good fruits in there too – raisins? stonefruity

I’m not a big fan of blacks really, but this one took me by surprise. This and the other black I got from what-cha (the taiwanese wild chan cha – 25% off this august as the tea of the month!) are some of the nicest black teas i’ve tried in a good while.

I brewed it gongfu and got a load of steeps from it, i’m really sure black fans will be able to get a lot of pleasure from it western style as well. You can get a whole lot of flavour from it & possibly create a much more complex cup than I got – its nice and gentle gongfu.

Rasseru

yeah its a pretty epic black tea – actually I am going to try it western in a mo with the other half of the sample and see how it goes.

Sil

nice, i’ll keep my eye out for your thoughts. tossed it on to my wish list…hoping to get to another what-cha order “soonish”

Rasseru

Just tried it – compared to gongfu it is stronger, tree-sap, fruity aromas, spiced fruit and other things. More raisin notes. Dates? I preferred the exploration gongfu – but i’m not a black tea person so your mileage will vary a lot more if you are.

I could definitely taste it being special, thats for sure. Theres a distinctive fruity aroma that reminded me of a candy I couldnt place, but its melded with the darker bolder flavours. Reminded me a bit of the YS wild arbor assamica if you know that one.

If you like all that stuff its a great cup!

Rasseru

It does have the usual black tea woodsy malt(ish) flavours but not dry & chocolatey like dian hong

Terri HarpLady

Sounds like something I’d enjoy!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

I got back in town from a 10 day road trip on Sunday and this whole week I’ve been lagging, just not really on my game, dragging myself through weed pulling (maybe my garden IS too big?), errands, and a few household things. After my meditation this morning I went out into the garden & collected a few volunteer white turnips, a bunch of red carrots, a beet, and a pile of Kale. I had a student for an hour, ate a bowl of leftover Asian greens and chicken soup, and a cup of some unimpressive but drinkable black tea. One of the perks of being a self-employed musician is teaching from home. It’s a mellow job that can include pj like clothes & lots of tea. I only had one student today, so the rest of the day and most of tomorrow are mine. No gigs this weekend either!

That means I have time for a gongfu session or 2, and this tea was long overdue for some quality time. I had a love affair with Purple teas 3 years ago, and bought a ridiculous amount of this one, because it’s just SO awesome! It’s one of those teas that defies explanation, because although it is technically a black tea, it has qualities of an amazing oolong, with incense like aroma’s and after aromas and a fruity taste, but it also is kind of like a sheng puer with a real mind clarifying kind of energetic tea buzz, and like a sheng, it will help clear out your sinuses a little if you have allergies. For me this tea is more about texture, which is ultra smooth & clean, and the overall ambiance of how I feel. It’s a feel good tea. And it also tastes good, sweet and fruity in the early steeps, more herbacious near the end.

Rasseru

yeah, I love these. Have you tried the Zi Hong Pao?

Terri HarpLady

I don’t think I’ve tried that one, but I have a few others here :)

Rasseru

its purple tea done da hong pao style, you might really like it. Has that citrus edge purple tea has, alongside a good roast & oolong flavours

Terri HarpLady

I’d probably like that, since I tend to go for the roasty oolongs!

Rasseru

yeah its complex & interesting flavour, you should try it (its YS as well). Not something I can have all the time but when its right its perfect

eastkyteaguy

I just got both the Zi Hong Pao and The Zi Mei Gui in today. I’m working my way through a pouch of the Spring 2016 harvest of this tea at the moment and I have a few others to get to before I move on to the new acquisitions, but I’m looking forward to them.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

82
drank Rocky Road by 52teas
8706 tasting notes

oh man. i really wish i’d been able to get more of this one. It is delightful!

Creamy vanilla, cocoa, pecans, and malt..smooth with no bitterness. Yep. i’d get more of this if it came up again.

Terri HarpLady

Damn, that does sound good, even for someone like me who mostly hates flavored teas, LOL.

Sil

it was super noms.

Helena

Yeah I agree that does sound like a tasty treat.

Fjellrev

Right? I really hope this’ll come back.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90
drank Lemon Pound Cake by DAVIDsTEA
699 tasting notes

Okay I opened this pack and the whiff of lemon kick hit me like I just walked in on someone baking lemon muffins in the oven. In fact that’s exactly how I would describe the taste as a nice yummy lemon muffin.

Flavors: Cake, Creamy, Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML
Helena

I hope this is in the permanent collection. If not I hope they add it. Too tasty for it’s own good.

Arby

It is now in the permanent collection!

Helena

Well I added it to my wishlist. I just need to drink my stash down a bit before stocking new teas :D

Maddy Barone

That sounds lovely. Years ago I got 50 grams of their Ooh La La Lemon. I didn’t like it. Tlo astringent and bitter no matter how I made it.

Helena

I remember having previous lemon teas from DT and being disappointed. I was always looking for a good lemon tea from them and now I have found it.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

100
drank song zhong 2017 by jing tea shop
302 tasting notes

Delightful stuff. Dreamy, soft, fruity, with flowers in my head. Any fuss is kept in the background, little in the way of pungent leafy flavour, and whats there is good.

I noticed a nice energy or vibrancy in the taste – which I love, while being oh so soft. It has that pearlescent streak of fruity sweetness that just lifts it into (insert happy place)

I like the food pairing recommendation on the website – ‘by itself’ :)

Flavors: Honey, Lychee, Peach

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec
tanluwils

To pair food with a good Dancong is an insult to the tea. Pair foods with Earl Grey.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

86

Short notes from holiday:

The roast and fruit taste are mixed together into one thing, I dont even know what fruit it is. Its also mellowed a lot, quite soft.

Nice and rich milky in a galaxy chocolate vs 90% dark chocolate kind of way.

i’ll re-review this when I have more time as now back in tea HQ.

Rasseru

its defo not ‘fruity’ per se.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90

I had stopped trying Xing Reng because I could never “get” the almond fragrance the tea is named after. Time after time it was probably a blended inferior Bai Ye varietal and it would invariably have too much floral perfume. Well I’m glad to say this is a true representative of this fine Dan Cong. For the first pour it is imperative that you place your schnozzola just above the vessel, be gentle, as the hot water hits the thin threads of tea, bingo, almond fragrance. The soup has a lovely flavor, with almond, butter, floral tones, sweet, orange slight sourness in later steepings, just an all around enjoyable brew. I am really impressed by the offerings from this company and will continue my forays into their terroir.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
Rasseru

my next shop to try out! any personal favourites?

BigDaddy

Gotta say so far all are great but the old bush Shui xian is super yummy. This is the only purveyor that really speaks the oolong language other than Tea Drunk and at a fraction of the price. Enjoy

Rasseru

yeah tea drunk is way out of my price range, I would rather go direct to china. $40 for 7g ba xian is a bit much, unless it enables dimensional travel or something equally fun

BigDaddy

Looks nice, would use it for shou for sure.

tanluwils

i just completed an order with them. I’m really impressed by their Xing Ren Xiang. It has good depth and reminds me of the real old school Cantonese almond cookies made from pure almond!

Rasseru

schnozzola is a great word

BigDaddy

#tanluwils stop making me hungry the tea lust is bad enough!!

BigDaddy

I was going to use proboscis but Jimmy Durante snuck up on me.

tanluwils

Why resist?

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

100

This stuff is the bees knees – I took some tea to sample on holiday in Limousin, France for 2 weeks with no phone signal, let alone internet. And this one was my favourite.

Medium-heavy roast Wuyi goodness. I cannot describe the joy I have had drinking this – the smell & taste & huigans & pure relaxed chi that comes out of the first 5 steeps is something close to heaven. My notes are sparse but it created tasteual colour (yes thats the word) that bordered on magical, for me its the fact there is a Floral-fruity-something in there thats expertly interwoven with the roast that knocks it out of the park.

After that it disappears. Quickly. – and if this was expensive I would be disappointed (later it tastes like really cheap store oolong!)- but its not. Its like 20p/g and this actually added to my impression of it because I dont always want to drink an Oolong you need to dedicate a day or wallet to. So its just a quick sesh of brilliant wuyi.

‘5 steeps in heaven is better than no steeps in heaven’ As they say.

Fjellrev

That is a good saying.

Rasseru

the tea made it up, all credit to her/him/it. Actually i think its safe to assume that teas gender is fluid. har har

Fjellrev

Ba dum tss!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

76

This wasn’t in my cupboard for whatever reason so I think I’m back at 301 :(. Anyways, I made this iced and there is certainly a tropical fruitiness here. There’s also a floral note from the base with pops of juicy watermelon and fresh papaya showing up here and there.

Sil

doh. You probably have a few more of those from teas you gave me. They’re not in steepster. I haven’t created them yet but i think i have 4-5 that weren’t.

VariaTEA

I know Peach habanero salsa isn’t but what more?

VariaTEA

Oh dear lok

Sil

honey pear; caramel puerh; ginger green and yeah the habenero that might be it?

VariaTEA

I thought honey pear was listed but the others don’t have Steepster pages because I sorta just passed them on :P

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90

This was a tea I had been looking forward to reviewing since I bought it. I am a big fan of some of the black and oolong teas produced by Jun Chiyabari, and though I was not familiar with this tea until today, I had heard nothing but good things about it. Well, I am happy to report that I found this to be a very fine black tea.

I prepared this tea two ways. For the first part of the session, I steeped 3 grams of loose tea leaves in approximately 8 ounces of 203 F water for 5 minutes. I then conducted a second infusion at 7 minutes. For the remainder of the session, I relied on my usual single infusion (3-4 grams of loose tea leaves in approximately 8 ounces of 203 F water for 5 minutes).

Prior to infusion, the dry tea leaves produced aromas of chocolate, citrus, wood, and malt. After infusion, I began to detect hints of butter, brown toast, black grape, roasted grain, and cream. In the mouth, I detected rich notes of wood, chocolate, roasted grain, orange peel, lemon zest, butter, brown toast, cream, malt, and roasted almond supported by delicate undertones of brown sugar, nutmeg, and black grape. The finish was woody and malty with notes of citrus, chocolate, and roasted grain providing support.

This was a nice black tea. I was especially impressed by the fact that it did not come off as a clone of any sort of Darjeeling. The chocolate notes were particularly impressive in this one. I would definitely recommend it to fans of traditional black teas who are looking for something unique.

Flavors: Almond, Brown Sugar, Brown Toast, Butter, Chocolate, Cream, Grain, Grapes, Lemon, Malt, Nutmeg, Orange, Wood

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Daylon R Thomas

I downed my sample of it before I could gong fu it.

eastkyteaguy

Daylon, I did the very same thing.

fluffduck

Oh dude, this review is writing checks I pray the tea can cash. This sounds like exactly my jam. If I blow my next paycheck on a crate of this I’m holding you personally responsible.

Sqt

This one was already on my list to try, and this review further reinforces that :)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Filter