269 Tasting Notes

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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92
drank Jiri Horse by teabento
269 tasting notes

Thank you Tea Bento for the lovely samples!

This one has small, wiry, brown to black leaves with a strong cocoa aroma. The brewed flavor is dried grass, dark chocolate, nuts, and grain with a milky texture. Very tasty!

Flavors: Cocoa, Grain, Grass, Milk, Nutty

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

this one sounds nice for the autumn and winter.

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90

Small jade leaves, many with a bit of white fur. Tastes of buttery chestnut with hints of sugarcane, green grass, and lemon juice. Very refreshing. A nice dragonwell.

Flavors: Butter, Chestnut, Grass, Lemon, Sugarcane, Umami

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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60
drank Earl Grey by Tea Forte
269 tasting notes

My dad is a dentist, and like this time of year for many years past I’ve been whisked away for a Florida Dental Association convention at the beautiful fantasy world known as the Ritz Carlton Naples for a week long escape from reality! It’s a beautiful hotel, but I’m smacking myself for not bringing any tea.

Tea Forte is what’s available for hot tea here, if only the teas were as good as their adorable packaging… This is an okay Earl Grey, but not one I would actively seek out. Malty, slightly floral, and citrusy, but it doesn’t really taste like real bergamot.

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Malt

Helena

An okay tea is better than a bad tea.

tperez

Yes! I’m very grateful for the ok tea, I would probably wither away if they had no tea or just something really bad.

tanluwils

I don’t drink much black tea, but will turn to Earl Grey if I’m at some function. I find it helps me digest those Continental breakfasts! I see you’re from Clearwater. i’ve spent some time in Tampa where my uncle lived. I envy your proximity to nice beaches!

tperez

Clearwater does have great beaches! I don’t know if you’ve been there, but I frequent Honeymoon island beach/state park.

tanluwils

It was so long ago. I may have picnic-ed there.

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86
drank 2017 Mang Fei by gylxtea
269 tasting notes

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a tasting note; I’ve been working a lot and when I have time to drink I’ve been reaching for Yunnan blacks that I’ve already logged.

I haven’t finished my Gylx Tea samples; despite being good I just haven’t been in the mood for young sheng lately.

This one is lightly bitter with a prominent shengy gasoline/alcohol note alongside green wood, minerals, and pine. Later steeps mellow out with a slight honey sweetness. Somewhat generic and not as good as the Bang Dong but an enjoyable brew nonetheless.

Flavors: Alcohol, Green Wood, Mineral, Pine

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

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80

Brews a medium yellow-orange. Taste of honey, citrus, and dry leaves with a hint of cinnamon spice. This is a decent tea but not nearly a mellow and complex as Teavivre’s 2011 Shou Mei.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Cinnamon, Fruity, Honey, Lemon

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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90

Brews a light gold, noticeably less green in smell and taste than the 2016 shengs I’ve been drinking.

The taste is moderately sweet and the mouthfeel is moderately thick, slight bitterness. Flavors of sugarcane, green wood, white grapes, pine, heart of palm, and a mild peachyness. Overall pretty nice, though not my favorite from YS’s collection.

Flavors: Green Wood, Peach, Pine, Resin, Sugarcane, White Grapes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 90 ML
apefuzz

Love the Qing Mei Shan. What would you put up as your favorite YS production?

tperez

I liked it quite a bit too! Hard to pick a favorite, but I think I’d go with the 2016 Shan Hou… that one really did it for me.

tanluwils

The 2014 QMS is almost an entirely different tea.

tperez

Interesting, I’ll have to try it

tanluwils

The 2015 one is evolving for sure. It’s becoming more fruity with that dry white wine grape-y-ness.

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88

I bought this tea a year or so ago, and when I tried it I though it was terrible; like a dirty, funky wet dog in the mouth. So it sat in the back of my tea cupboard and rested. Today I opened it up, and it’s like a completely different tea!

The dry aroma is very sweet, and if I didn’t know better I’d guess it was a black tea. Brews a light orange. Like the smell the taste is sweet, a bit like burnt sugar. There’s notes of malt, green wood, and dried herbs. Specifically like dried herbs that have been aging in your mum’s spice cabinet for far too long. It’s sort of like a combination black tea, sheng pu, and roasted oolong. Doesn’t last many steeps however.

This is a nice tea now, and makes me want to further my Tian Jian exploration

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Green Wood, Herbs, Malt, Roasted

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

I love accounts of how different a tea is after some time has passed. I bought this one last year and haven’t had it yet; definitely need to give it a try sometime soon!

tperez

It’s a tasty tea now! I think aging is one of the most interesting things about puerh and hei cha.

apefuzz

Lol – wet dog in your mouth. I don’t know if I was that put off by it when I first had it a year or so ago, but it definitely is a delicious tea now!

Cwyn

I love this brand of dark Anhua heicha. I own three, each from a different vendor. I really get the black tea and betel nut flavor this is known for.

tanluwils

I’ve had that happen (looking and tasting like hongcha) with my tian jians too. They do morph in interesting ways.

tanluwils

The 2015 YS WuLong Tian Jian will give at least 7 tasty steeps.

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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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