254 Tasting Notes


I’m not the biggest fan of floral oolongs, but this one is quite nice! Comes in a nice 8g “pillow” cake shape, leaves are a mix of green and brown. Brews a dark gold color. Very strong floral aroma. Flavor is honey, flowers, and raw green bean. Lasts a good number of infusions.

Flavors: Floral, Green Beans, Honey

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Small wiry black leaves with a strong chocolaty aroma. Brews a light orange. The chocolaty taste doesn’t carry over into the taste, it’s more molasses, persimmon, and sweet potato with hints of cinnamon and licorice. Nice tangyness.

It seems there is a lot of variation in Lapsang Souchong teas, and I’m enjoying all of them!

Flavors: Fruity, Licorice, Medicinal, Molasses, Sweet Potatoes, Tangy

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Big burly leaves with a typical “sheng-y” smell. Brews a golden yellow. Low-moderate bitterness and astringency. Tastes of minerals, citrus, melon, and green wood. Nothing mind blowing, but a pretty good and reasonably priced young sheng!

Flavors: Citrus, Green Wood, Melon, Mineral

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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drank Wuyi Da Hong Pao by Dazzle Deer
254 tasting notes

Got this in Dazzle Deer’s 11.11 sampler deal. It’s a pretty good, pretty standard Wuyi oolong. Fruity, roasty, mineral, slight cannabis note. Doesn’t last many steeps.

Flavors: Cannabis, Fruity, Mineral, Roasted

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Pretty darn sure I’ve logged this tea before, but Steepster isn’t showing it. This is a nice clean lower fermentation shou with a strong mineral note. Slight brown sugar sweetness and a fruity flavor.; banana? Moderately thick brothy body. Unlike most shou I get a bit of "qi"feels.

I saw an AWESOME concert last Saturday that had me up all night, and I’m still recovering from it. I had work yesterday and today, so caffeine is my best friend right now.

Flavors: banana, Broth, Brown Sugar, Earth, Mineral

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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One of my grandmothers, my dad’s mom, passed away last week. Last night we had a visitation and this morning was the funeral.

Today I drank several teas; YS Assamica gold needle black, YS Fou Shou Wuyi oolong, and YS Shan Hou sheng.

I will miss my grandma greatly, and funerals are of course no fun (I would like a very casual/non-traditional funeral when I pass) but it was great to see the many family members and family friends that I normally only see at Christmas or not at all.

We had a gathering after the funeral at my dad’s house and enjoyed some of my grandma’s favorite foods and drinks; Cuban sandwiches, wine, Millano cookies, and brandy Alexanders. It was a great time reminiscing and reconnecting.

I brewed some dian hong and shared it with a few people, all of whom enjoyed it. One said “It’s kind of like Earl Grey… but better!”

It was all quite nice until everyone had left but my uncle, cousin, and grandpa (who lives with my uncle in Texas). My dad and uncle went to see my grandparents nearby house which is for sale. When the came back the were screaming at each other with wide variety of expletives. My dad and uncle have had a rocky relationship for a long time, and both were slightly drunk, but things broke down to a shouting match and my dad told my uncle never to set foot in his house again.

It was gut wrenching and really hard to watch after my grandma’s funeral. Me and my younger cousin could do nothing but stand by and watch. My dad was crying and grandpa tried to console him. All in all a beautiful day ruined.

I turned to wine until I found myself a bit tipsy and then went for some strong young sheng. I think I’ll cook dinner tonight and try to console my dad.


I’m sorry for your loss. Lossing a grandparent is truly the end of an era. It’s unfortunate the events that followed must have added a great deal of additional stress. Hopefully, cooler heads will prevail after they’ve had time to cool off and to think about constructive solutions to their conflict. Perhaps a third party they both respect could assist them to resolve their disagreement?

Evol Ving Ness

My condolences to you. It’s a hard hard thing.
Unfortunately, death brings out all the family disagreements and splinters which manage to be carefully hidden in normal times. A very sad thing but common in so many families.
I hope all this can be peacefully resolved.


Agreed. Very well stated.


My friend from a long ways back. I can feel for you. My family has seemed to split after my fathers passing. I have done what I could to keep them together but it is to no avail. Maybe one day. I will put you in my prayers for peace and comfort as this is a hard time to go through. If you need anything you know how to get in touch with me if you need to.


Sending prayers your way.


So sorry to hear about the loss and strife. Strength and comfort to you and your family.


Thank you all for your support. Hopefully the disagreements will cool down with time.


Sorry to hear about your loss. It’s very unfortunate to hear about your father’s falling out with your uncle. I hope they can find it in their hearts to overcome this. Sending good thoughts.


Tperez, I am so sorry. My heart goes out to you at this time. Remember all the happy things about your grandmother as a tribute to her, remember all the times she was strong and all the times she was loving, and know that it is still in you, all that she gave. Everything is changing all the time. I will be praying for your comfort and that the bad situation will change. I have seen relatives make peace after complete breaks, even tho it took time, it did finally come about. Until then, peace to you all, and hugs from my soul to yours.


Amen. Simply beautiful.

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Attractive Bi Luo Chun style tightly rolled leaves. The flavor is nice, but somewhat generic for a Yunnan black with a strong maltiness, slight sweet potato, dark chocolate, fruit, and brown sugar notes. Good daily drinker.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Dark Chocolate, Fruity, Malt, Sweet Potatoes, Toasty

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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drank Liu Bao by Ming Ming Tea
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Bought this in a small paper bag from my local shop (Ming Ming Tea, who generally has pretty good tea) about a year ago. I drank it once, thought “eww” and put it into storage until now. Here goes it’s second chance.

Brews a nice deep burgundy color. Tastes of cardboard, mineral water, and rich soil. Not bad per say, just nothing enjoyable enough to make me want to keep drinking it. I choked down two infusions and then tossed the leaves.

It’s better than I remember, but still not good.

Flavors: Cardboard, Dirt, Mineral

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

40! – Another Hall of Shame nominee!


Haha, I’ve had worse teas, but this one was pretty bad!

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The leaves are really big and fat with lots of golden fur. Opening the bag I get a really strong chocolaty, woody aroma. Brews a golden orange, and WOW chocolate! It’s super chocolaty, almost artificial tasting. Combined with the milky/creamy texture, this tea reminds me of chocolate milk made with Hershey’s chocolate syrup. Subsequent infusions reveal other flavors, particularly dry wood and dank red clay. Borrowing a flavor note from Denny on TeaDB, there’s something here that reminds me a bit of pencil shavings.

This tea is really rich, the mouthfeel is almost like an Irish stout. Personally I prefer teas that aren’t so thick in the mouth, but that said this is still an awesome brew. Chocolate lovers beware, this may be your new favorite!

Flavors: Chocolate, Clay, Milk, Mineral, Wood

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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I put a kilo of this tea in my last YS order as a white tea aging experiment. I somewhat enjoy fresh white tea, but I’ve really liked the tastes of the aged whites that I’ve had, and I thought it would be fun to watch this one transform over the years.

Flavors of dry grass and flowers, peach, and fresh herbs like basil or thyme. It has a minty cooling quality that lingers in the mouth. Somewhat malty, but certainly different than black tea type malt. Very tasty! It may prove harder than I expected to leave this one alone and let it age, though the kilo should last me quite a while.

Flavors: Dry Grass, Floral, Malt, Mint, Peach

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

High quality white tea is a real treat. I was considering purchasing some of this one, as I prefer the Fujian whites to the Yunnan ones, but I purchased a 250g of baimudan from Wuyi Origin because it’s the best white tea I’ve ever purchased. I will add some of YS’s Fuding white tea to my next order just to compare.


Sounds good! I haven’t ordered from Wuyi Origin yet, but I’ve been thinking about it


Ack I missed the WO one when I made the order, should have got some


I think high quality white tea is one of the rarer treats of the western tea drinker. It’s really easily overlooked because of the lack of hype. This keeps the prices lower, through!

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My name is Thomas,

I’m a long time coffee and tea lover, but only started my journey into the world of loose leaf and high quality teas about six years ago.

My favorites are pu’erhs, Yunnan blacks, and roasted oolongs, but really enjoy greens when they’re fresh. I’m not much into flavored teas or jasmine/florals, but I love a good cup of chai or adding a spice or two to my teas sometimes.

Currently working on a degree in nursing.

Other than tea I’m a nature lover, guitar picker, and unabashed nerd.

My Rating Scale:
95-100 Wowza!
90-94 Pretty darn good
80-89 Nice
70-79 Decent
50-69 Potable
0-50: Blech.


Clearwater, FL

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