10 Tasting Notes

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drank Master Spring by Taiwan Sourcing
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A great, affordable tea! This tea has something for everyone, it’s very approachable yet has a lot of complexity that anyone can appreciate. My session moved from predominantly spicy cinnamon notes to sweeter fruity biscuity notes, though it consistently had a very nice tartness in the back of my mouth. At 16c/g, this is definitely one of my favorite daily drinker taiwanese oolongs.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cookie, Fruity, Pleasantly Sour, Sweet

Preparation
4 g 2 OZ / 70 ML

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90

This is one of my favorite teas of the Oldways yancha lineup. The first few infusions had a prominent berry note that I can only describe as raspberry. Through the session, it moved more towards a smooth, sweet creamy caramel.

Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Raspberry

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 2 OZ / 70 ML

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80
drank Da Hong Pao (2015) by Old Ways Tea
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This is a very smooth yancha with a nicely settled roast. Its aromas remind me of toasted coconut flakes.

Flavors: Coconut, Nuts, Sweet, Toasted, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 2 OZ / 70 ML

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95

This tea has a lot in common with Yang Qing Hao’s 2006 Shenpin Chawang, but at one sixth the price. It has a full, dark body and explosve fruitiness. The dry leaves had almost no smell to them, but as soon as the water hit them, a perfumy fruity aroma hit my nose.

Flavors: Camphor, Overripe Cherries, Stewed Fruits, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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85

This is the only tea that has given me a strong calming effect in every session, on top of this it has fresh notes of strawberry and grass. Steeping it hotter than recommended gave me notes of beetroot.

Flavors: Grass, Nuts, Rice Pudding, Strawberry

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 120 OZ / 3548 ML
TeaLife.HK

Thanks for the review zambz!

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60

This isn’t a bad tea, but not an exciting one either. The body reminds me a lot of premium tianxia from the same vendor, but this lacks the citrusy edge that I really enjoy from the tianxia. As they’re the same price per gram, personally I would much rather have tianxia. In fact, if you buy a whole cake, tianxia is actually cheaper per gram because it’s 400 grams.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Mushrooms, Sweet, Yeast

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec 8 g 8 OZ / 240 ML
TeaLife.HK

This one’s waking up: was asleep from GD dry storage, but is much better now. I may suspend it from sale for a while and see how much it improves!

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80

This is a really good aged sheng at a reasonable price point. I finished up 100g before ordering a whole cake, note that the cake is 400g as opposed to the more traditional 357g. Brewing in a large nixing pot from the same vendor really brings out the citrusy notes, and I get a lot of finished tea from 8g.

Flavors: Blood orange, Citrus, Sweet Potatoes, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec 8 g 8 OZ / 240 ML

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100

I bought a blended brick through Emmett, and he was kind enough to send me a free sample of this tea. I brewed the whole sample in my 120ml jianshui pot, and got a fantastic result. Some of the strongest qi I’ve ever felt along with mouthwatering aroma and a robust, thick body. I don’t have the budget for a whole cake of this, so this review is written based only on the experience I had with my sample, not bearing in mind the price.

Flavors: Overripe Cherries, Plums, Raspberry, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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80
drank 2017 Fo Shou by Chawangshop
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It’s been a while since I last drank this tea, yet I vividly remember its forward aromas of pear and peaches. The roast had already settled nicely last year.

Flavors: Caramel, Peach, Pear

Preparation
8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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90

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Flavors: Cherry, Dark Chocolate, Leather, Oak wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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