14 Tasting Notes


I’ve almost finished the 50g bag. It was my first GABA oolong, and likely won’t be my last. The texture of this tea really stands out to me—it’s thick and has a wonderfully full mouthfeel. It tastes of cooked fruit alongside some of that bready taste of a roasted oolong. Very complex and fascinating to drink, I love the way that the sweet taste of cooked fruit mixes with the spicy (not spicy as in hot but tasting of spices). Definitely one to come back to. The GABA does make me feel less anxious, it’s different from a tea-drunkeness and more like a mellowed calm.

Flavors: Bread, Cherry, Dried Fruit, Spices

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Third tea of the day, getting a bit of caffeine before class. Did this gongfu style because why not. Malty, smooth, and a nice caramel undertone. As others mentioned, mouthfeel is thick and satisfying. Good kick of caffeine as well, of course. Not much more to it. Very nice black tea.

Flavors: Caramel, Malt, Smooth

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

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I’ve had this tea for a while now, and I’ve also wanted to make a steepster review for a while, so this one will be my first!
I’ve had a lot of really solid oolongs from What-Cha, as he is the seller from whom I made my first three “true tea” orders. Wonderful vendor by the way, always sends a nice handwritten note and a free sample.
Onto this Tie Guan Yin, the first of its kind I’ve tried. It is a very nice tea. The last two or three times I’ve had it, I’ve brewed it Gongfu, but it also worked really well Western style. Today, I used a fair amount of tea, enough to fill my 120ml gongfu up to the brim when expanded. I also used F203 degree water whereas in the past I’ve used the suggested 194. I like these parameters as it makes for a stronger brew (obviously) and the taste was not much more dimensional when I used cooler water so I think it was an improvement. The taste profile is very nice—light, fresh, with a hint of spinach underneath the sour vegetation taste. Overall, a crisp and enjoyable experience. Not much evolution over brews, I’m on the fifth now and the lighter notes have been taken over by generally a lower EQ version of the taste with which the tea began. Recommended.

Flavors: Pleasantly Sour, Sweet, Warm Grass

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 tsp 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Hi there! I’m Drew from northeastern USA. At 21 years old, I’m slowly aging into a decent raw hu’man. Since first getting into “true tea” in 2016, it has become a staple of my life. I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks, but when I drink tea the frequency of both drops dramatically. Tea is a wonderful way to meditate, enjoy the energies of the world, and to become present in the moment.

Generally, I think I’ll try to stick to these rating parameters:

91-100: Absolutely incredible. Best taste and energy from any tea I’ve had. (NB: I feel like I haven’t had enough teas to put any I have had into this category quite yet)

81-90: I need to buy this stuff in bulk, because I’m in love with it. The flavor/energy combination is close to perfect.

71-80: I really enjoyed it, but something was lacking.

61-70: Not bad, but not mind-blowing either. I may not drink this specific varietal again, but I likely want to try other kinds of this tea.

51-60: Meh… I’ve given this tea multiple chances, and it’s not for me. Not offensively bad, and I recognize that some people may like it, but it wasn’t for me.

0-50: Yikes. You should consider not buying this.

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