373 Tasting Notes

90

Added thoughts. Having this today. This one is far better, in my humble opinion than the Yunnan Sourcing one. It is so citrusy, fresh, clear taste, unlike others there is barely any earth notes though if that’s your thing… Blahblahblah. :P I already wrote about it twice before I believe.

Having it grandpa style, with a slice of TeaVivre’s dried lemon in it. Yummy.

Flavors: Citrus Fruits, Citrusy, Dried Fruit, Tangerine

Preparation
Boiling
ashmanra

I was thinking I need to place an order soon. Glad I saw this before I do so. I have not had a chenpi in sooooo long.

Kawaii433

@Ashmanra <3 I knew I should’ve ordered more when I got my refill of their buckwheat tea. I will order this next time I make an order with TeaVivre too. If I had more, I would have gladly sent some!

ashmanra

No worries! I had my last sample packet of Lu Shan Yun Wu and I really need to place an order for some fresh greens, anyway! Of course, I got distracted looking at all the pretty teaware…

Kawaii433

@ashmanra The pretty teaware gets me every.single.time. lol

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80

No funky taste. Citrusy, mushroom, earthy, fruity, and citrus rind notes. Bought this years ago so it’s longer than 4 years aged ripe by now :P. I don’t like camphor but this one has very mild notes of it so it is nice. It is slightly sweet, a little bittersweet. Super dark reddish liquor with a mixture of tangerine and earthy aroma. Having it grandpa style. I put it in a glass mug, rinsed it with boiling water, and have been drinking it today. Sometimes these types of teas taste a little too medicinal for me, but this one does not. It’s very mellow. ^^

Flavors: Bittersweet, Citrus Zest, Citrusy, Earthy, Fruity, Mushrooms, Sweet, Tangerine, Tangy

Preparation
6 OZ / 177 ML

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84

After the last few days of drinking gyokuro, I wanted to switch to something more mellow. Mandala Tea sent me this sample (2021 Silver Strand) and it is one of their few teas that I haven’t got to try.

Prepared it in a 150ml silver gaiwan with 160F water. I put the entire bag in (maybe 6 grams?), after a 10s rinse, I did 5 infusions total beginning with 15s infusions and adding 15s to each subsequent infusion.

I really loved the way the wet leaves smelled after the rinse. There was a tart, tangy smell of artichokes, asparagus, maybe melon. The liquor was transparent light yellow. The smell of the liquor was about the same but just very light compared to the wet leaves.

The taste was very pleasant. A pleasant sweetness, and creaminess to it. As I went through the infusions, there was a very slight bitterness towards the end but not much, it stayed a good cup till the end. It has a soft mouthfeel, so creamy on the palate and ends with a little bit of a dry tongue. Super delicate umami, vegetal notes. Fruity melon notes every now and then, light mineral notes. Flavorrs of tangy artichokes, asparagus throughout.

Not disappointed. I drank those 5 infusions so fast. :D

Man, it sure feels good to be able to drink any type of tea again and not worry about my tummy. lol ^^

Flavors: Artichoke, Asparagus, Creamy, Fruity, Melon, Spinach, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
derk

I happy you can enjoy again what you love <3

Did this have an aged taste to it given its age?

Kawaii433

Derk, thank you. I am happy too! The sample they sent me was the Silverstrand 2021. I’ll go put that in my note hehe. Thanks.

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90
drank Gyokuro "Yame" by Lupicia
373 tasting notes

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95

Additional notes: It is still hands-down the best mini tuocha to this girl. It really never disappoints. The brew is a very dark color shou with a pleasant nutty aroma, the taste profile is always complex to me, minus the heavy unwanted tastes of other shou(s). Hints of hay, chestnut, chocolate, earth, comforting natural sweetness like burnt sugar or caramel. Silky, creamy texture.

Extremely comforting on a cold day.

Typical gaiwan procedure: 212℉, 5s rinse, 10s, 20s… Etc. Drank it all day. Lasted many steeps.

Flavors: Chestnut, Chocolate, Creamy, Earth, Hay, Sweet, Warm Grass, Wet Earth

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 OZ / 150 ML
tea-sipper

oh this DOES sound like the best mini tuocha.

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90

Really liked this one. It’s super toasty. It is a stronger buckwheat flavor than most with a nice round flavor of roasted nuts. So perfect for those cold evenings.

Almost out though. Hard to find I guess. Hope you are all doing well <3!

Flavors: Nuts, Smooth, Wheat

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
tea-sipper

Good to see you pop in on Steepster with an occasional note. :D

Kawaii433

Thank you tea-sipper! <3 I always watch you guys, just not good at posting :P

Evol Ving Ness

We do notice when you do drop in though. Hi!

Kawaii433

Evol Ving Ness <3 :D

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75

Got a bag of this and well, it’s not often I make 1 liter of tea so not sure why I bought it lol. I almost always gongfu cha it. Been drinking it cold brew and it’s pretty good. I think it’s overrated on Amazon but it is still decent barley tea. Good roasted flavor, roasted barley notes, that is. I think I prefer my barley even more roasted for a fuller flavor but it’s still a very convenient way to make it since they come in bags for 1 liter.

Flavors: Roasted, Roasted Barley, Toasty

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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90

Additional notes (2 years later ^^):
The profile is still similar to good Anxi Tie Guan Yin. The dry leaves are green with a TGY light aroma, floral aroma. I’ve learned that I’m not really a Dan Cong fan but I do enjoy this version. I got a very light nutty taste, as well as some light citrus and fruit notes, and green vibes. Spinach, asparagus… Vegetal. So it’s very complex with the fruit and vegetal notes and a finish of light sweetness. It has a very slick feel to it, buttery.

I put in 8g in a 160 ml gaiwan, rinse, 10s, 20s, 30s, 1 min. and a few more.

I made it through my surgery on the 5th and I was ok’d for Barley tea (been drinking a lot of TeaVivre barley tea yum) but I thought I’d have something a little different today. My esophagitis/Gerd seems fixed but I won’t push it quite yet. :P

I hope you are all good. <3

Flavors: Butter, Citrusy, Nutty, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
Boiling 8 g 5 OZ / 160 ML
Mastress Alita

Glad the surgery went well! I love mugicha, I’ve been drinking oodles of it iced over the hot summer.

Kawaii433

Oooh I will make the next iced :D. Thank you Mastress Alita!!

ashmanra

Oh, I might need to DM you. GERD for years and esophageal spasms for two years now.

tea-sipper

Good to see an update. I hope the surgery will keep doing its job! :D

mrmopar

Hope it helps. My wife struggles with Gerd as well.

gmathis

Keep getting well!

Kawaii433

Thank you all! It has definitely helped :D. Ashmanra, you can DM me any time you have any questions about it.

derk

<3 to you Kawaii. So happy to see your ills have been remedied.

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85

Well, 5 days away from major surgery. Fun Fun. lol Nothing is more irritating that all the surgery clearance tests. Since that is all done, I guess I can relax. I’ve never spent the night at a hospital before so not liking being away from my kitties. However, it is what it is. ^^

I’m still drinking tea but staying on the mild side if there was ever such a thing. I bought all the different types of Genmaicha from H & S and I think this is the last to review. Matcha, brown rice, bancha. As you all know I wasn’t a fan of the Genmaicha with sencha. You all are right, bancha all the way. Anywho, I steeped for 3 minutes with 175º water as per H & S instructions. Nice instant bright green liquor, medium body with a popped rice aroma, slightly vegetal. The taste was definitely vegetal, like spinach but some say artichoke. It is very savory, roasted notes all over the place so although you get the delicious matcha taste there is a roasted flavor, some notes of nuts, as well as some citrus notes. I was kind of surprised at first at the fruity notes. It actually goes really well together.

Stay safe out there, and I’ll be back after I’m back on my feet.

Flavors: Citrusy, Fruity, Roasted, Roasted Barley, Roasted Nuts, Savory, Spinach, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
tea-sipper

Wishing you a quick recovery! I was enjoying one of the teas you sent today, actually. :D

gmathis

Wishing you well!

mrmopar

Wishing you a quick recovery as well. Hope you are on your feet again quickly.

amandastory516

Sending you good thoughts, and wishing you well!

ashmanra

Prayers and best wishes!

Leafhopper

Wishing you a good recovery!

Lexie Aleah

Well Wishes!

derk

Can’t wait to see you back and in better health!

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90
drank Obsx Wuyi Yancha by white2tea
373 tasting notes

Additional notes: Sipdown but sad to see this go.

It was a very cherry-tasting yancha. A nice and strong presence of dried cherries with wet wood notes, lots of minerals, floral, and barley. Extremely complex, changed every infusion. As before, it was smooth, a good mouth and throat feel. Although complex, the cherry was present throughout all the infusions… Always ending on a fruity note with a hint of barley.

I’ve had to significantly cut down my tea consumption the past few months due to GERD. I’ll be going into surgery in a couple of weeks. Sucks but… I can continue when I get out. :P As always, I keep reading your reviews, working on sipdowns.

Stay safe out there. Delta variant is a nasty one.

Flavors: Cherry, Cherry Blossom, Roasted, Roasted Barley, Stonefruit

tea-sipper

I’m hoping your surgery goes well and wishing you the best of health! I also wish others were not dismissing covid as much as they are.. even if enough people received the vaccines, no one knows what future variants will do.

Courtney

I hope your surgery goes well!

I agree wholeheartedly about covid tea-sipper. It seems like most people around us (coworkers, family, and even friends) are all of the mind that we’re just ‘back to normal’ and covid is gone. It’s not sitting well with me.

Sil

yes! omg i’m with you guys on that one. Husband was out for a drive and detoured just to drive on the niagara parkway and the falls was wall to wall people outside not wearing masks just everywhere….

derk

Good health to you, Kawaii. Check back in with us when you can <3

Martin Bednář

We are in “back to normal” mood as well. I hate it; luckily I will get second dose on Friday. It’s not the win, but it is at least something that decreases the problem.

Kawaii433

Thank you all. I go in for surgery on August 5th. I look forward to having a super good comeback so I can drink all the tea I want. Rawr. :D

Kawaii433

Martin, the second dose will keep you from dying from any variant at the moment and that is really something <3.

Martin Bednář

Well said Kawaii433! If I don’t end up in the ICU, I am fine :)

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Longtime casual tea drinker. In the past, mainly Matcha, Gyokuro, Sencha, Genmaicha… Etc. I like all teas: Green, oolong, black & pu’erh (prefer ripe over raw).

Chanoyu (for matcha prep) and Gongfu cha (for other types of tea) are the main ways I prepare my tea (Gaiwan, Yixing teapot, Kyusu). I drink all tea… Usually unflavored. This past year, I’ve tried many flavored now because of all of you lol. As long as there aren’t artificial sweeteners, it’s all good.

Favorite stores: TeaVivre, What-Cha, Mandala Tea, 52Teas, Whispering Pines, Bird & Blend, Yunnan sourcing, White2Tea, Lupicia.

The flavors I dislike: Artificial sweetener, lavender, violet, any strong floral-perfumey tea; cantaloupe, papaya, honeydew, rose, licorice, anise, jasmine, any mints, leather.

Favorite flavors: Citrus fruits (especially grapefruit & tangerines), granny smith apple, bananas, guava, mango, tamarind, watermelon, stonefruits, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, milk, cinnamon, creme, bread/pastry, nuts, toasted, roasted.

I generally don’t add anything to my teas unless they are flavored, then I may add a splash of milk.

As I explore, my ratings may shift. 90+ generally means I’ll keep it on my shelf.

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