256 Tasting Notes

94

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

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

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90

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

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

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.

tperez

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

Rasseru

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

tanluwils

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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90

My first impression of this tea sample was “too wet”, but after letting it acclimate for a week or two it’s a very different tea. My sample is tightly compressed and appears to be from the “beenghole” so I gave it a wash and let it open up for about five minutes.

Brews a medium orange. It has a slight mulch-y note in the beginning, but that fades with subsequent infusions. It has a very prominent butterscotch sweetness as well as notes of wet rocks, chestnut, and lightly roasted coffee. The soup has a broth-y quality and slight spiciness that reminds me of a good bowl of pho. Like Scott says this tea has a good balance of age and complexity.

I like this one quite a bit and think it will improve with further dry storage. I’ve been wanting to grow my collection of aged/semi-aged sheng and I think a cake of this and the 2006 Changtai Tian Xia Tong An will be the next additions.

Flavors: Broth, Butterscotch, Chestnut, Coffee, Spices, Wet Rocks

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 90 ML
apefuzz

I’m sold. Great review.

tperez

Thanks! It’s a good tea for sure

tanluwils

I was eyeing this one. Glad someone reviewed it here. The butterscotch and chestnut notes with teas good viscosity had me sold. Should age well.

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Drinking a mix of samples from Gylx tea: Bang Dong and Ba Nuo. Going hard with 13g in my 120mL gaiwan. Bittersweet with notes of pine and apricot with a floral aroma. Hoping for some “cha qi” because I could definitely use it today…

Flavors: Apricot, Floral, Pine

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 13 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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90

This is a nice white peony, very smooth and mellow. I taste white grape skins, dry grass, and floral aroma that reminds me of dryer sheets. Not the most complex or intensely flavorful tea, but very comforting and enjoyable.

Flavors: Dry Grass, Floral, White Grapes

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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79

Very herbaceous, almost medicinal tasting tea. Flavors of old dried herbs, specifically basil and mint, and also has an oatmeal-like smoothness. Very slightly floral and slight honeyed sweetness. A bit of walnut astringency.

Flavors: Floral, Herbs, Honey, Mint, Oats, Walnut

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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88

A pretty nice Shuixian with strong minerality and notes of licorice, lily, and nutmeg with a peanut-like roastyness. Very lubricating in the mouth.

Flavors: Floral, Licorice, Mineral, Nutmeg

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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95

Tasty and unique black with sweet notes of ripe plum and honey balanced by savory notes of soy sauce, peppercorn, and toasted grain. So far this is my favorite tea I’ve tried from Teabento.

Flavors: Honey, Peppercorn, Plums, Roasted Barley, Soy sauce

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

Wow, that sounds really interesting. I hadn’t really been interested in teabento’s offerings that I’d seen so far but this looks like something I’d try.

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88

A very mellow and tasty Dancong with strong orchid and nectarine notes accented by minerality, leather, green wood, grain, honey, and wet earth. A very rich and complex brew

Flavors: Grain, Green Wood, Honey, Leather, Mineral, Orchid, Stonefruits, Wet Earth

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

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80

Big, twisty black leaves. Brews a medium orange with an earthy aroma. Mild and slightly sweet with a definite plummy flavor and a slight mushroom note. Mild with and earthyness like decaying leaves.

Flavors: Earth, Mushrooms, Plums

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

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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.

Location

Clearwater, FL

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