115 Tasting Notes

83

Great young sheng! I got this tea from my recent KTM order, and it really is tasty and more. Beautiful leaves with a great proportion of buds, complex aroma both in the dry and wet leaf albeit could use a bit more potency. Liquor is vibrant and clear. Flavour is pretty nice and decent, great florality blend with a nice tinge of bitterness and minerality + fruitiness. Texture is super oily, nice smooth tea in the mouth. Character for this tea is pretty exceptional, great steep variability, keeping the session interesting through steeps through the change in flavour profiles from a more bitter upfront profile to a strong body profile to a lingering sweet profile.

Finish & aftertaste is pretty great too, lovely lovely aftertaste of herbaceousness and florality that permeates in the mouth, slight oily + astringent finish to it as well. Cha-qi is the biggest criticism of this tea. Definitely a slight buzzy cha-qi present but not enough to be decent or exceptional for that matter and it wouldn’t stand out compared to other shengs. Steep longevity lastly is pretty decent with the tea lasting up to steep 12+.

This tea does well in many parts but if it had a slightly better cha-qi and had an extremely outstanding quality to it, it could be very well be a high 80s tea for me.

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Fruity, Herbaceous, Honey, Honeydew, Mineral, Oily, Papaya, Smooth, Sweet, Traditional Chinese Medicine

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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80

Wonderful, wonderful black tea. I got the 2022 harvest of this tea from my recent YS order, and it’s beaten most of the black teas I’ve drank out of the park. Good things about this tea first. Beautiful leaves with a rich wet leaf aroma and a nicely nuanced dry leaf aroma, with a wonderful vibrant liquor with a thickness to it and a beautiful golden sheen around the cup. The flavour especially in the first steeps is phenomenal, a great balance of florality with malt and citrus notes, topped with spices in a beautiful delicate yet potent concoction. Texture is decent with a nice smoothness and juiciness to it. Character is decent as well with some steep variability. Finish & aftertaste is decent with a nice astringency at the tail end and a lingering malty flavour. Cha-qi is wondrous and creeping with a great buzzy feeling at the end.

The biggest criticism I have of this tea is it doesn’t have the greatest steep longevity, topping out at steep 6-7 and its flavour dying down at around steep 5. But for the price, what a great daily drinker with a nice kick to it as well. Highly recommended.

Flavors: Alfalfa, Chocolate, Creamy, Cumin, Floral, Honey, Juicy, Malt, Mineral, Potato, Smooth, Spices, Sweet Potatoes, Wet Rocks

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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65
drank Jade Star VII by Mei Leaf
115 tasting notes

Weak tea. I got this tea from my recent Mei Leaf order, and it really just lacked potency and a fair bit of nuance as well. Beautiful leaves with a nice proportion of buds, decent aroma but could be more potent, as well as a decently vibrant liquor. Flavour is weak with a slight typical white tea nuance of hay and florality in it. Texture is decently okay, nice smooth and slightly juicy. Character is poor to average as the session is very unidimensional and uninteresting. Finish & aftertaste is average to decent, slight lingering hay note with a bit of a spice finish. Cha-qi is almost unnoticeable and steep longevity is poor to mediocre, lasting up to steep 7-8.

Overall, a weak tea that isn’t worth the price. Unless you’re a fan of hot water, I wouldn’t recommend buying this tea. I’ll be experimenting more with this tea though, as maybe I’ve missed something out for what it’s worth. Maybe I’m just too critical of potency, as I could see someone who likes something light become acquiescent to this tea.

Flavors: Floral, Grassy, Hay, Herbs, Honey, Juicy, Smooth, Spices, Watery

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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70
drank Guei Fei by Camellia Sinensis
115 tasting notes

Borderline decent tea that just falls short. I got the 2022 harvest of this tea from my recent CS order. Beautiful leaves with a nice but slightly weak aroma and decently vibrant liquor. The flavour is decent but could use more potency, and the texture is average to decent. Character is average, not a lot of steep variability. Finish & aftertaste is decent as well, nice malty note lingering at the tail end. Cha-qi is unnoticeable, and steep longevity is relatively decent, topping out at steep 8-9.

Flavors: Acidic, Citrusy, Honey, Juicy, Malt, Mineral, Oily, Roasty, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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70

A yancha that just barely falls short for me. I got the 2021 harvest of this tea from my OWT order, and it’s good but not good enough. Leaves that were beautiful but quite heavily dusty, rich aroma especially in the wet leaf and vibrant liquor. The flavour is decent, good roastiness paired with mineral and fruity notes. Texture is decently smooth as well, with a relatively average character, with average steep variability. Finish & aftertaste is average to decent, nice mineral lingering note. Cha-qi is non-existent, and steep longevity is poor to average, lasting up to steep 8-10.

Flavors: Alkaline, Charcoal, Cinnamon, Limestone, Marine, Mineral, Roasty, Smoke, Smooth, Spices, Stonefruit

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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79

Very nice green! I got the 2022 harvest of this tea from my CS order, and it’s one of the better greens I’ve had. Beautiful beautiful leaves with a great buddy look, paired with an absolutely rich aroma both in the dry leaf, which displayed notes of nuttiness, and the wet leaf which displayed potent notes of vegetalness. Liquor is decently vibrant and thick, flavour is decent to pretty good with a nice delicate balance of floral vegetal and bittersweet. Texture is decent, nicely smooth and juicy but could do a bit of work in potency, character is average to decent with some steep variability but pretty unidimensional. Finish & aftertaste is pretty good, nice elderflower bitter-floral lingering aftertaste with a slight astringency to boot. Cha-qi is almost non-existent and steep longevity is decent, lasting up to steep 8 or potentially more.

Overall, a good green which would be a 80-85+ tea if it had a better cha qi and better character.

Flavors: Almond, Bittersweet, Elderflower, Floral, Grassy, Green, Hay, Honeysuckle, Juicy, Nutty, Pastries, Smooth, Spices, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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70

Average to decent white. I got the 2022 harvest of this tea from my Teavivre order, and it isn’t really that great of a tea tbh. Beautiful plump buds with a nicely nuanced but weak aroma. The liquor is thick and the flavour is delicate but not nuanced enough. The texture is smooth but otherwise average, character is pretty unidimenesional, finish & aftertaste is average to decent, nice lingering hay note at the tail end. Cha-qi is almost unnoticeable and the steep longevity is decent, topping out at steep 8 and may go further if pushed.

Flavors: Aloe, Berry, Citrusy, Clay, Creamy, Dandelion, Floral, Hay, Honeydew, Melon, Smooth, Watermelon

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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78

Very decent Puerh! I got this tea from my recent YS order, and it generally is quite good. Beautiful leaves with a decent proportion of buds, rich wet leaf aroma and a decently vibrant liquor. The flavour is quite decent, good semi-aged pu-erh flavour profile with a slight freshness still there, bitter, floral, etc. Texture is immense, juicy and astringent. Character is decent as well, with a good steep variability for the bitter lovers and a nice tail end to the session. Finish & aftertaste is potent, which is nice. Cha-qi is semi-potent, good buzzy feeling, and steep longevity is decent, topping off at steep 11.

Overall, good stuff.

Flavors: Allspice, Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Herbaceous, Herbal, Juicy, Marine, Mineral, Mint, Ocean Air, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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76
drank Bai Hao by Camellia Sinensis
115 tasting notes

Decent Oriental Beauty! I got the 2022 harvest of this tea from my recent order with CS. Beautiful leaves with a great proportion of buds, rich rich aroma in the dry and wet leaf that is complex and nuanced to the max. Liquor is a vibrant orangey red. Flavour is decent, lacking a bit of potency and nuance. Texture is juicy with a slight astringency, but really nice. Character is mediocre, the session was pretty unidimensional. Finish & aftertaste was decent, great lingering muscatel and spice note with a nice airy finish. Cha-qi is almost non-existent, and steep longevity is mediocre to decent, topping out at steep 8.

Flavors: Acidic, Elderflower, Fennel, Fig, Floral, Fruity, Mineral, Muscatel, Spices, Stonefruit

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 140 ML

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75

Disappointing for a supposedly “Competition Grade” tea. I got the Spring 2022 harvest of this tea from my recent YS order, and it’s decent but I expected much better. Beautiful leaves, the most vibrant green leaves of a TGY I’ve seen, rich wet leaf aroma, and beautiful liquour. Flavour was decent, reminds me a lot of vegetable soup with a punch of florality and minerality here and there. Texture was outstanding, verdant and smooth. Character was average though, with little steep variability and a unidimensional profile. Finish & aftertaste was average to decent, smooth and juicy with a lingering vegetal note to the tea. Cha-qi is almost non-existent and steep longevity is poor to average.

Overall, the tea isn’t up to par with its title really. I’d recommend it only by the basis of objectivity when it comes to the standard of the tea, but in relation to its price and its given prestige, sorry but this doesn’t cut it.

Flavors: Cauliflower, Chicken Soup, Creamy, Floral, Juicy, Kale, Mineral, Smooth, Spices, Spinach, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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