436 Tasting Notes

For me this tea is a little like a collage of food memories. I smell blackcurrant like ribena but taste a sharp mix of cherry, grapefruit and grenadilla, mixed with crushed almonds, and a spice note that reminds me of barfi ( an Indian milk sweet), flavoured with rose water, cardamon, pepper, and cinnamon and a reference to Vanilla.

In the second steep the cherry notes are much more apparent.

Its very warming and makes me think of fall and winter. The tea brews to a maple colour and has a thick dense texture provided by the tannins in the base and the spice.

Quite a lovely, fruity, spicy tea with nice almond notes apparent. Thanks JustJames for this fabulous sample. I quite like this tea but I think I like Thé de Lune even better.

3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

You make this blend sound heavenly. Definitely gotta get my hands on some.

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I finally got around to opening my 2013 box of this tea. Still a cupboard staple for me. This seasons tea thus far is sweeter and warmer tasting than the previous year and a much less floral. Red fruits, and sweet red wine and sweet plum dominate the top notes with cocoa, and brown sugar notes rounding it off over light malt and slightly less biscuit than the 2012. Aftertaste is of brown sugar. Still really love the tea from this estate. I love that I can buy it locally. Maybe I’ll be able to try the pink box this year as well?

Edit to keep the cocoa and red fruits dominant keep the steeps shorter and use closer to a level TSP/225 ml rather than a heaping, and use a temp between 90-95*C.


Where do you pick this up?


You can find it at many Indian grocery stores. It can go quickly when it’s in. In Mississauga Dundas fruits and vegetables at Dundas and Hurontario almost always has it. Some years they get the pink box as well. In Toronto, I would check the stores on Gerard first. The packaging looks almost exactly like the picture. The tea comes wrapped directly from the estate and the month and year of harvest is stamped on the box.

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Long Jing and my desire to find out more about it was what brought me to steepster in the first place, because of this it will always have a special place in my heart. I’ve been drinking green teas all day and this was a nice tea for the evening as it was more savoury, rich and warming than the sweet fruity greens I had been drinking. This tea started out sweet and savoury and ended with spicy floral notes reminiscent of some green Oolong’s. I detected flavour notes of snap peas, sugar cane, spinach, clover and orange flowers, sweet grass and cinnamon, and orchid, light chestnut warm fresh mown grass and home made rum. This was a lovely transition into evening. Thank you so much to Teavivre for this lovely sample. I am sorry it took me so long to get to it. I went from nursemaid to being sick myself!
Dry tea smells rich and sweet and a little bit nutty.
Bright grass- olive green.
Pale sepia tinged yellow green broth

45s. Cooked fresh peas crossed with spinach, cream, and a hint of chestnut.

Savoury sweet tone with bitter tones of spinach, creamy nutty chestnut in the back ground hint of sweet cooked snap peas and a tone that slightly reminds me of coffee. Feels warming and robust and is a nice transition from the fruity, sweet rizhao greens I’ve been drinking all day. the taste is sweeter with reference to sugarcane as it cools. It has tones that remind me of the homemade rum you get offered in South America.
60s. Tea has a brighter yellow green broth. Smells brighter and fruitier with a citrus tone mixed into the sweet snap pea tone.

Creamier, sweeter and slightly greener tone. All of the above tones present as well as a tone that reminds me of breathing in the scent of fresh cut grass on a warm humid day. Something warm and spicy is underneath it which has hints of sweet grass mixed with cinnamon.

70s faintly floral tone orange blossom mixed with clover. Stronger spinach and spicy grass tone over snap peas and sugar cane with light nutty tone underneath.

120s. Return of sepia tones. Floral note still apparent in scent. Floral, slightly grassy tone more apparent in flavour, less bitter spinach tones, broth is thinner, flavour references a light flavoured green dong ding oolong

170s similar flavour to above but a little more savoury.


Great note as usual. I wish I had your taste use and ability to put it into writing.


Tastebuds ( hate autocorrect )


Eeeehhrrrr I can’t wait to get mine!!! Thank you for the lovely tasting note :)


Thanks! I hate autocorrect as well. It kept on making jing king for this note and it is absolutely hilarious when I use my tablet in different languages. It often corrects it to things that are not consistent with the current language.

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This tea makes for a nice robust everyday tea. It is not as sweet as some of the new style non smokey Lapsang’s I’ve had and that doesn’t really bring out those lovely sweeter molasses/honey caramel tones I love in these teas until later steeps. It does have a lovely mix of roasted sweet potato, charred bread crust, cocoa, dark honey, at times dark chocolate, molasses, rye bread and currants. I’m still searching for my chocolate caramel tasting lapsang and I have others that I prefer in my cupboard but this is a nice robust tea.

Scent: Roasted sweet potato, dark chocolate red fruit, dark rye and honey

15s. Roasted sweet potato, charred bread crust, cocoa, honey and currants underneath.

20s. Stronger dark chocolate notes, with dark rye and a touch of honey with red fruit under Neath. Not overly sweet. Hint of molasses and dark chocolate, robust roasted grains note . fruit and honey underneath.

30s dark honey, rye bread hint of cocoa and dried red fruits.

40s. Honey, cocoa, grain and red fruits. not as strong as last steep increase steep time.

70s molasses, cocoa, grain notes,

Cocoa, grain notes and honey.

120s. Dark,honey with grainy malt note a bit of cocoa and a little astringency


Joseph Wesley LS was very good.


Wow, that’s a nice review, lots of good stuff going on :-)


Boychik, I should try their samples some time, they seem to have some nice teas. I’m really looking for something I received as a sample from a dealer who’s nor selling right now. The tea was amazing. It actually tasted like a caramel chocolate oolong. I have some I really like but they either don’t have the right texture, are more fruity or sweet potato dominated or have strong molasses tones. I really like them, but they are not the one I’m looking for. This is a nice tea though and often available for good value through aliexpress.


do you want a sample?


Sure! I’ll pm you.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
436 tasting notes

Currently sipping on steeped ginger with fresh lime. Actually really enjoyable as sick as I still am. For a stronger ginger make a decoction ( simmer it on the stove for around 10 min or so) otherwise steeped is quite pleasant.

Tasted some of my teas when sick so far the jinjunmei has been the best with cocoa notes becoming somewhat more apparent but at times some of my more astringent teas have been pleasant.

Being sick, I’ve spent more time surfing the internet which resulted in a mini aliexpress buying spree…looking forward to the arrival of some new spring teas!


Hope you feel better soon… Did the shopping help just a little?


Feel better


Thanks! I don’t know if it makes me feel better, it’s kind of like a dangerous slippery slope… So many teas:). However it’s kind of fun looking up more info on teas and their producers. One of the companies is sending me some random samples for review, so I am curious and excited about what he’s going to send me. Its not so much the money I have to watch its the volume. I getting around 700g of tea!


Oh my! 700g??? Major cupboard explosion!!


Just 700 grams? That is only like 2 puerh cakes.


That puts it into perspective;). I said it was a mini buying spree 4 teas only! Plus whatever samples the one distributor is sending me:)….


Had to have a little laugh!


Hope you’re feeling better soon. That always happens to me too when I’m sick. watching the home shopping channel or on the internet. It can get a bit costly!


Hope you get better,,,tea buying will make you better,,,it’s so fun :)

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
436 tasting notes

Feeling incredibly horrible right now, so I’m resorting to my aunts old school and probably toxic mixture of neo-citran and earl grey. I last had this when my aunt rescued me from my house during reading week when I could barely crawl out of bed!

Having fun with family history searches and found out my grandmother was alive at least 3 more years than I thought, and was a roommate with Bette Davis at Cushing’s Academy. She is incredibly difficult to track down because she had several legal and professional names and the ImDB has merged her info with another person! Otherwise I only get references to her as foot notes to my Grandfathers scandalous but exciting life.


Oh, feel better soon… I have to adk: neo-citran and earl grey in the same cup? Lol, I like the idea! Your grandparent’s life story sounds awesome!!


That is such a cool history! Hope you start feeling better soon.


Yes in the same cup! It both deepens and intensifies the flavour and makes you feel a little bit closer to normal instead of catatonic! As more and more media is digitized, I’ve been able to find out more and more tidbits of information and bits about their personalities. I’ve been lucky in that I’ve benn able to track most of my family ligns into the 1700’s. Many people I’ve talked to have crazy stories in their family history. I met one person who found out that his grandfather was a three times bigamist as sanctioned by the British merchant navy no less!

My grandfather was by all accounts brilliant but became addicted to money, and risk and that was in the end his undoing but he did it for quite some time!

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Lately, I’ve found that when fresh my Yunnan teas have been one of my most diversely flavoured tea types. They pretty well all have cocoa, honey and grainy/malt note which are the last notes to dissipate as they age, but diversify with fruity, herbaceous floral, leather, licorice, sweet potato, and mineral notes.

This tea may not have as complex a flavour profile or as thick a mouth feel as some of my others but what it does uyave is rich, pleasant, and comforting. It makes a nice, comforting everyday tea, especially for those who love distinct cocoa notes.

The dry leaves are longer thinner and more tightly wound than most of my current Yunnan’s. There is about 75-80% golden tips with short downy trichomes. The dry leaves smell comfortingly of malt, grain, cocoa, and a hint of alfalfa.

I got 5 steeps using a little over one TSP in 200ml at 90°C (1, 1.2, 1.4, 2 & 3 min)

The initial steeps brewed to a dark almost coffee coloured or dark oak tinged with gold colour. The scent was of malt, honey, cocoa and hay with butter and longan notes mixing in with these notes in later steeps.

Flavour notes appearing were top notes of longan, malt, clover, blended with dissolved cocoa powder, honey( sweetest in the middle steeps), sweet potato, cream, butter, berry, grapish note, alfalfa and minerals.

I found the tea to be only slightly sweet but well balanced. It is neither sour, sweet or overly savoury. It has a moderate density with little to no astringency with a nice kick of caffeine. The cocoa notes deepen as it cools.

Although it is not as complex or distinct as some of my Yunnan’s, it does what it does well and makes a nice cocoa rich everyday tea!

Thanks Angel and TeaVivre for this lovely tea.


yyz, What an excellent and highly detailed tasting note!


My farm girl background appreciates anybody who knows what alfalfa smells like!


Although I’ve mostly been a city girl with certain respites in the wilderness. I spent sometime on my great aunts farm and in High School, I taught lessons and worked at a stable that raised hunter jumpers and dressage horses and rehabilitated racehorses and had a specialty with problem broodmares. Very familiar with the scent of alfalfa, from growing it and stacking heavy bails of second cut hay.

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Jasmine teas of various sorts are staples in my cupboard, mainly because they work better than chamomile and Valerian as a sophoric for me, and when I can find a heady fruity one they instantly transport me to either the flower markets in India, or my landlords patio at dusk in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

This is a nice dragon pearl and is different enough from my existing one: http://steepster.com/yyz/posts/164356. Whereas my current one has the deep heady fruity jasmine of flowers laid out in the sun, this TeaVivre tea has a crisper cooler jasmine like that which has been just brought out of a cooler in a flower shop. It is not powdery or insency ( until the later steeps), nor overly perfumy, it is slightly fruity, and in the first steeps the tea is very sweet even stevia like. Roasted notes of amber, cream, plum Green peas, later on cooked greens, insence, and other savoury notes are also present.

The dry leaves were smaller and more tightly rolled than my other jasmine with about 25% silver buds visible, with the rest of the leaves being mostly olive green with some brown notes. There is a little astringency in the tea but it mostly has a creamy texture. It has a moderate level of intensity in the jasmine flavour, by the third steep the jasmine and the base tea fully balanced each other. It is by no means as intense a jasmine as my current favourite green jasmine http://steepster.com/teas/sichuan-emei-shan-zhuyeqing-tea-co-ltd/36227-emei-shan-flower-mao-feng-jasmine, but this one is of good quality and easily obtainable.

I would consider getting this tea when I run out of my existing pearls!

@1.25tsp pearls/200ml/85°C
45,60, 80, 130, 150, 180s

Thanks again to Angel at Teavivre for this sample. I will thoroughly enjoy the rest of it.

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drank Jin Pin Black Tea by Yezi Tea
436 tasting notes

This is the second Jin Pin I’ve had and I’ve come to find that I am quite fond of these teas.

This tea has a strong roasted scent in the first steep before it settles down in the background. It has consistent tones of cocoa and butter toffee, and longan.

The initial steep had a fruity top note of longan and peaches with cocoa over roasted grain notes,and a butter toffee where the candy has been slightly overcooked giving a stronger browned butter note and a little bitterness. The tea has a soft and slightly powdery texture.

In later steeps the peach dissapears, leaving only longan, the cocoa transitions to milk chocolate than Ovaltine and a nutty roasted cashew type note appears. As well a malt note becomes apparent. I steeped it 4 times( 20, 35, 50, 90s).

Quite enjoyable. Special thanks to Dexter3657 for the sample!


Oh dang. This tea sounds great!


That does sound really good. Added to wishlist :)

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drank Breakfast in Paris by Tea Squared
436 tasting notes

This is actually pretty nice! It reminds me a little bit of the flavour profile of Andrew and Dunham’s double knit blend, except this one is a little bit more tannic and bitter, and has a denser texture in the mouth.

It has broken leaves, with scattered golden saffron tips and smells of dried apples mixed with apricots and pastry, which oddly does remind me of France, where I often had apricot pastries or pain au chocolat for breakfast.

Itsp Brewed for @ 3 min at slightly under boiling in around 8oz of water resulted in a dark rosewood tinted brew that smelled of apples and plums, Danish like pastries, cinnamon, a spicy floral, a hint of cocoa and icing sugar.

It tastes of bitter cocoa, the deeper tones of malt, cinnamon, apples and plum, molasses, and danishes. It is rich in density and texture. The aftertaste is of brown sugar.

I’m so glad I picked this up at my local grocery store today. Apparently this company is started by a founder of the tea emporium in Toronto. They sell online at http://teasquared.ca

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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