296 Tasting Notes


Second round of samples from the courteous people at Nannuoshan! I wanted to sample all of their Tieguanyins so as to compare the huge differences there are just by processing the leaves differently. I will be trying one each of these a day for the next three days. Something nice and relaxed for the crazy weather that’s going on for the next three days! I would love to try them side by side, but all of my gaiwans are different sizes.
So I used my 150ml gaiwan, 4g leaf, at 100c water for 1 minute each infusion

Now, I don’t usually like roasted or oxidized oolongs. But, I figured, ‘Hey, it’ve never had a roasted Tieguanyin before!" I love the way modern TGY tastes. The light roast is so enchantingly smooth, and… that is a review for another time.

On to this tea! It is a toasty and roasty brew that still retains it’s fragrant aspects. It is sweet, like brown rice syrup. I am detecting a bit of ripe stone fruit. This is like drinking the equivalent of a late summer dessert. Peaches sprinkled with brown sugar baked into a crispy browned crust.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Roasted nuts, Stonefruits

1 min, 0 sec 4 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

I love roasted TGY, it was the tea that got me addicted to oolongs and tea as something that can be art rather than just something to drink :)


I’m sipping the non-roasted version right now. :D


Cool! That one is next :P

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Happy Year of the Goat! I got my Nannuoshan samples today, and immediately drank both of my Taipings side-by-side to compare them. So I measured out 3g and got to it!

Appearance: Smaller than the other Taiping. The leaves are darker, a rich forest green. I can see the artisanship by the slight wrinkles at the edge of the leaf.

Dry Leaf Aroma: Freshly washed celery, savoy cabbage
Wet Leaf Aroma: later steepings produce a maple sugar-like sweetness. Buttered Spinach
Liquor Colour: Soft but bright spring green

Steep #1: 150ml, 60sec, 80C. Thick and intensely smooth mouthfeel. No astringency.
Steep #2: 150ml, 60sec, 80C. Slightly sweeter than the last. Smells and tastes like mirepoix sautéd in butter, minus the onions.
Steep #3: 150ml, 1min 30sec, 80C. Still fresh, but lighter in flavor.

The bottom line: This tea earns it’s Superior title with it’s smooth and rich mouthfeel. I like to think of this comparison as a competition of man vs. machine. Once again, man wins!



Flavors: Butter, Celery, Maple

3 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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drank Taiping Houkui by Nannuoshan
296 tasting notes

I got my Nannuoshan samples today, and had to crack both of my Taipings and compare them! So I measured out 3g and got to it!
Appearance: Large leaves! Much flatter and longer than the superior. You can see clearly the markings of the metal mesh they were baked on. The color is a vibrant green, like young grass.

Dry Leaf Aroma: Vegetal, like bok Choy. A very light kissing of delicate flowers.
Wet Leaf Aroma: Savory and buttery. A light sweetness present.
Liquor Colour: Nuclear green, one shade brighter than the superior

Steep #1: 150ml, 60sec, 80C. Slight astringency, savory and light mouthfeel.
Steep #2: 150ml, 60sec, 80C. Pretty satisfying, buttered vegetables.
Steep #3: 150ml, 1min 30sec, 80C. Liquor still bright green, tannins became more drying. Still smooth.

The bottom line: While this tea carried out a lot of flavor in the first steeping, it lost a good amount in the subsequent brews. This was a turbo-charged version of the superior. The differences were slight, but quite noticeable. It’s not hard to see which one is considered the higher grade.




Flavors: Bok Choy, Butter, Vegetal

3 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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I have been chipping away at this tea for a couple of days now. I got this as a sample and as part of my mystery box. I like the creamy, malty cake batter and the nutty cashew notes. But, it’s not something I would miss.
I think I will be adding this to my stash sale thread post. I know it will find a good home!

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Yezi is having a sale for CNY, and I came across this tea once again. Now I’m thinking about getting more of this, ‘cause it came highly recommended. I got a sample in my Black Friday order and hadn’t tried it out until now. I used the whole 5g sample in my 150 ml gaiwan. i did a short rinse of 5 sec and then started with 5 sec increments. Methinks it could have been better with a slightly longer initial steep after the rinse. Ah well.
So! This sample answered my questions! … well, almost.
1. Is this any good? Yes, very.
2. Should I get more of it? Yeah, couldn’t hurt.
3. Why do they only offer it in 3.5oz and full cake size???

Le sigh.

Yezi is so odd with their sizes. Some of their teas sell by the single oz, some start at 2oz, and with most of their Puerh, the bidding starts at 3+ oz. I guess I am getting another sample. Maybe one day I will cave in and get the whole goddamn cake.
But not this time.

Flavors: Citrus, Earth, Fruity

195 °F / 90 °C 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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From the month Amoda Tea Box – January 2015

I got my February box in the mail today, so before cracking into those teas, I wanted to finish the last one from January’s box. I don’t know why I was saving this tea, perhaps I think it just got pushed off by all the other stuff I had to drink at the time. Que Sera Sera!

Wowza. This is not your average white. On the dry leaf, it smelled sweet, like candied orange peel and sweet summer melons. There was a touch of haylike floral scent to it as well.
The leaves produce a light straw liquor that smells honey sweet. The wet leaf has a hint of smoky sweet potato. The brew….
DIS tea, yo. The brew tastes like a sweet, summer melon, malty dream! It’s like the ‘diet’ version of my absolute favorite black teas in that it is a light and sweet version of my coveted chocolatey, malty, desserty Fujian Blacks.
This is definitely a white tea for people who don’t like white teas.

Thanks Amoda, for splurging on this tea! I may have to pick some of this up on your site :P

Flavors: Honey, Honeydew, Malt, Straw

150 °F / 65 °C 1 tsp
Roswell Strange

This is the only one from the January box I’ve yet to try – should I be doing that tomorrow on my day off? I don’t know why, but I wasn’t really excited about it until seeing your review…


I thought that too! I saw it an was like, “Eh, a white tea? Really?” but I was pleasantly surprised!

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I forgot that I had ordered this! I am currently just trying to get through my smaller sizes of Butiki’s so I can have room in my cupboard.

This is such an interesting blend! The banana is so spot on.. I mean, how does Stacy do it? There is a creamy note from the nuts and the butterscotch that carries on to the buttery goodness of the oolong. I was amazed at how little 3.5g looked in my gaiwan, but when I steeped it a couple more times, it filled it up quiet substantially. ahh, jade oolong, you own my heart!

The walnut and the banana flavors are quite hardy, I am still detecting a hint of both on my 5th steep.
I feel so lucky to have had this tea in my cupboard!

Flavors: banana, Butter, Creamy, Nutty

3 g

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Wow, I don’t know why It was so hard to find this tea in the database. I searched ‘Detox,’ ‘Detox Kusmi,’ and looked through the Company’s page under Yerba Mate and green. I was this close to making an entry for this tea from scratch and am I so glad I did not!

My technological incompetence aside, I initially got this tea in sachet form as a sample from my last Kusmi order. I keep it along with a couple other teabags in my purse for emergencies; I.e. when I forget to bring my infuser basket and/or better loose leaf to work.

Disclaimer: I HATE it when teas are marketed for their health benefits. Just from a real tea drinker standpoint, that is not why I drink tea. I know that, especially where I am living, that may be the only way to sell tea to the masses. But nothing makes me grumpier than those shitty and shifty Instas that randomly follow me, selling “SUPER SLIMMING MEGA WIEGHT LOSS DETOX CLEANSE” teabags for outrageous prices. It’s basically death to the art that is tea.

But all those stigmas aside, I like the taste of this sample. It has two different kinds of mate, ‘green tea’ (What kind? I wanna knoowww!) lemongrass and lemon flavor. It’s a nice and refreshing cup. I can easily make this myself, and I probably will. This tea could be so great cold-brewed.

Flavors: Grass, Herbaceous, Lemon


Completely agree. I know there are those who drink tea for the health benefits and I don’t hold that against them – anything to keep good teas being sold! But folks who drink it only for the health benefits make me feel sad for them. They are missing out on another world of “why” when it comes to tea. :)


Yes!! I do drink functional herbal blends from time to time, as well as make my own. But they are for common ailments like a migraine or an upset stomach. I think those medicinal blends differ from the ‘weight loss’ teas I see a lot.

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drank Coconut green by Zen Tea
296 tasting notes

There is nothing more refreshing than the combination of green tea and coconut. I picked this one up on a whim, because coconut seems to be one of my favorite flavors. I like how fresh this one smells; like freshly washed cruciferous vegetables and cream of coconut. The coconut in the blend is in small pieces, and oddly enough, bright green. Perhaps that is what they were talking about with the ‘flavoring’?

I am pleased as punch with the bright green liquor and the warm and creamy scent of the coconut. I steeped this twice, and the second infusion was not as good as the first. This would be a good take-to-work tea for me because I can just make it in my french press and not feel bad about only steeping it once. :P

I plan on cold-brewing this in coconut water eventually. As if it really needs MOAR COCO!

Flavors: Coconut, Grass, Green


I found bright green coconut in a green oolong tea that supposedly didn’t have flavoring or additives. Maybe the coconut is good at soaking up the green from the leaves?


I too have gotten the green coconut!

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I dream in tea.

My name is Maddi. I like to take boiling hot showers and meditate in my closet. I think and talk about tea so much that it has become a punchline of sorts with my family and coworkers. Besides my unhealthy obsession with the drink that gives me life, I do yoga frequently, I make green smoothies out of any vegetables and fruit in the nearest vicinity, I am obsessed with Korean Dramas, I run as a form of moving meditation, and play video games with my easygoing and forgiving boyfriend. I used to cook for a living, and I almost always eat at least one waffle a day.

Favorite types of teas:
Aged Oolongs hold my heart. Sneaking their way in are Korean Greens. Roasted oolongs and I are not on speaking terms as of late. Black teas of all types, but especially Fujian and some Yunnan are nice indulgences more often than not. I know and love Japanese greens more than any kind, while Chinese greens bore me. Certain White teas thrill me, but most have me changing the channel. I love using my Yerba Mate gourd, we have become steadfast amigos. Puerh and I are still getting to know each other, and while sheng is playing hard to get, shou is there to hold my hand when no one is looking. I sometimes make my own functional herbal blends, and if there is a hell, it is filled with Rooibos. Above all else, direct – trade tea is my favorite.

LEAST Favorite Flavors/Flavorings
Herbs, if they are out of place (I’m talking to you, thyme)
Strong Bergamot
Chocolate (added flavorings)
Cloves/strong cinnamon

MOST Adored Flavor Profiles
Majority of chai
Stone fruit/melon

“Tea is naught but this:
First you heat the water.
Then you make the tea.
Then you drink it properly.
That is all you need to know.”
- Sen No Riyku


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