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Freebie with my latest order — thank you!

I don’t remember much about this either. I followed Song Tea’s brewing parameters for this tea and it flattened all the high notes. It was smooth, sweet and a little dry-roasty. Overbrewed yet pleasant. I would need more and prepared with my own parameters to see how I feel.

Flavors: Dry, Fruity, Malt, Red Fruits, Roasty, Smooth, Sweet, Thin, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Leafhopper

I’d be interested to hear what you got from Song. Did you buy more of that Ruby Eighteen? I was also very intrigued by their White Dragonwell, which is a blend of Longjing and Anji Bai Cha.

Sakura Sushi

FWIW, Song’s Eighteen is my absolute favorite unflavored black – there is nothing you can’t do with that tea: hot, iced, milk, straight, gongfu, western, it always comes through. I just went out to San Fran last month and visited the storefront. They didn’t have Eighteen, but I picked up “A Different Eighteen” and “Ruby” which they had brewed up in the shop and was delicious. Neither of these are Eighteen, and the names can be confusing, but I would vouch for getting your hands on some Eighteen once it comes out.

Leafhopper

Oops, I was actually talking about A Different Eighteen. I didn’t know they had multiple versions of Ruby Eighteen.

Sakura Sushi

Yep! They have Eighteen, Ruby, and A Different Eighteen. The Eighteen hasn’t been available in awhile, but I always try to keep an eye out for it. A little expensive as teas go, but so good it’s well worth the money. I haven’t opened A Different Eighteen yet, but once I do, I’ll review it on Steepster to give my thoughts on it.

Leafhopper

Wow, a Ruby trifecta! :) I’d love to get my hands on some of these teas!

derk

Leafhopper, I didn’t get anything new but did get a third round of a few favorites: A Different Eighteen and Dragon Phoenix Tender Heart.

White Dragonwell was interestingly savory in a chicken soup way. It is something I’d like to try fresh at some point… much further down the sipdown route!

Leafhopper

It’s interesting that you compared the White Dragonwell to chicken soup. I was hoping for the floral/citrus notes of an Anji Bai Cha combined with the nuttiness of a Longjing.

I couldn’t close my tea cupboard door the other day, so I understand about sipdown goals. In hindsight, buying over 300 g of green tea for my big comparison project has created some inventory issues. :P

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This is my last Song sample from Derk. I’m always a bit wary of roasted teas, but I’ve had decent luck with them lately. I steeped 6 g of leaf in 120 ml of 195F water for 25, 20, 25, 30, 30, 30, 45, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds, plus some long, uncounted steeps.

The dry aroma is of chestnuts, ginger, cookies, florals, and vague fruit. The first steep has notes of toasted rice, chestnut, butter, honeysuckle and other florals, ginger, cookies, and very pronounced mango. I’m impressed by how many dimensions this tea has instead of knocking me over the head with roast. The next steep has more of that Dong Ding nutty/buttery/charcoal/toasted rice profile, but with mango, orchid, pine, and ginger. It has a thick, silky texture and an aftertaste that lasts for minutes. Steeps three and four give me green banana (thanks, Derk!), mango, chestnut, florals, and toasted rice. That mango aftertaste is especially lovely! More mango shows up in the next couple steeps, though the roast is slightly more apparent. I get some grass, banana, toasted coconut, and the caramelized sugar sweetness that Derk mentioned. The next couple steeps are a bit drying, but still have that lovely chestnut, butter, and mango profile. The tea starts to lose its florality and acquires more toasted rice, grass, and nutty notes, but the mango is very persistent, lasting well into the long, uncounted final steeps.

As I mentioned, I haven’t had much luck with roasted teas, but this one is exceptional. I love the mango, but even without that, it has lots of nuance and texture while letting the roast play out in the background. Whoever roasted this tea is a master of their craft! It’s also $45 for 30 g, although price doesn’t always equal quality when it comes to roasted teas.

Flavors: Banana, Butter, Caramelized Sugar, Charcoal, Chestnut, Coconut, Cookie, Floral, Ginger, Grass, Honeysuckle, Mango, Nutty, Orchid, Pine, Roasted, Silky, Sweet, Toasted Rice

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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94

My scale arrived today and it seems to be working okay, but I’m on a roll with these samples from Derk. I steeped 6 g of leaf in 120 ml of 195F water for 25, 20, 25, 30, 30, 30, 45, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds, plus some long, uncounted steeps.

The dry aroma is of orchids, honeysuckle, other florals, and cream. The first steep has notes of orchid, honeysuckle, narcissus, cream, and grass. The orchid really blooms in the second steep, and I get lots of cream, butter, and pine. You know an oolong is good when you start thinking about misty high mountain forests. The butter and cream are very apparent in the next couple steeps, as are the pine, honeysuckle, and lush orchid. The florals continue in steeps five and six, with a little more grass but no bitterness. The grass and spinach get stronger near the end of the session, but the orchid holds its own and makes these final few steeps quite enjoyable.

This is a beautifully floral, creamy tea that doesn’t evolve much over the session but does a few flavours really well. It has an ethereal, high mountain elegance. I imagine it would do very well bowl steeped, and while I’m not as enthusiastic about it as Derk, this is an excellent oolong.

Flavors: Airy, Butter, Cream, Floral, Grass, Honeysuckle, Narcissus, Orchid, Pine, Smooth, Spinach, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
Marshall Weber

Love the misty notes! Would like to try Song at some point, but the price is too much for me right now.

Leafhopper

Agreed, Song is expensive. I actually got my three samples of their tea in a swap with Derk. For me, I’m not sure this tea is worth the high price, but their Ruby 18 might be something I’d splurge on. I haven’t tried the Dong Ding yet.

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95

I finally have the time to devote to this generous sample from Derk, which I’ve looked forward to drinking for a while. I love everything about Ruby Eighteen except the tannins, and it appears that this tea may be pleasantly low on them. I steeped 6 g of leaf in a 120 ml porcelain pot using 195F water for 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds, plus many longer steeps.

The dry aroma is of milk chocolate–covered cherries (thanks, Beerandbeancurd), wintergreen, and malt. The wintergreen aroma from the wet leaf is amazing! The first steep has subtle notes of milk chocolate, cherry, earth, malt, tobacco, tannins, and wintergreen. I get a nice blast of wintergreen in the second steep, plus milk chocolate and very realistic-tasting stewed cherries. Maybe there’s some other stewed fruit in there as well. I notice hints of orange along with the cherries in the next two steeps, as well as wintergreen, malt, wood, herbs, tannins, earth, and fainter chocolate. The tea is beginning to be noticeably drying in the mouth, but who cares when I also get that wintergreen aftertaste? Steeps five and six have less chocolate, but still have that pronounced menthol/wintergreen hit, plus more tobacco, honey, and raisins. Steeps seven and eight are more tannic, drying, malty, earthy, and herbaceous, though still yummy and minty fresh. I detect some raspberry at the bottom of the cup. The next few steeps have higher levels of tannins, but also wintergreen, a bit of cocoa, honey, malt, minerals, earth, and cherry. The aftertaste is of honey and maybe a bit of sassafras, which is missing in the actual tea. I couldn’t let this tea go, even when it was mostly sweet, malty tannin water.

I was right to wait until I could savour this beauty. It did have some tannins, but those chocolate-covered cherries were wonderful. This is the most wintergreen-heavy Ruby Eighteen I’ve had, with the best variety of fruit and most balanced profile. This tea has probably ruined me for any other Ruby Eighteens for a while.

Thanks, Derk, for the sample! Let me know if you decide to buy from this company again because I want more of this tea!

Flavors: Cherry, Cocoa, Drying, Earth, Herbaceous, Honey, Malt, Milk Chocolate, Mineral, Orange, Raisins, Raspberry, Sarsaparilla, Stewed Fruits, Tannin, Tobacco, Wintergreen, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
derk

You’re very welcome and I’ll be sure to let you know. Probably around April is when my cupboard will have decreased enough in size to warrant another purchase.

I don’t know if it’s my water (unfiltered city tap) or what, but I get very little tannin from this tea until late in a session.

Leafhopper

Were you using less leaf? I dumped the entire sample into my teapot.

derk

I’ve been bowling this at ~1g:100mL. It’s a strong tea; 1g:20mL might be too much for gongfu.

Leafhopper

Yes, I think so. I’m surprised the tea doesn’t get tannic when you bowl steep it. I’m definitely considering getting 60 g of it in spite of the price. I’ll see what I think once I try the other Song samples. :)

derk

I brewed 3g in a 300mL mug with steeper basket today, filtered bottled water maybe 195F and still experienced very little tannin in comparison to other Ruby 18s. Mystery.

Leafhopper

I’d love to solve this mystery with more of this tea! :P I’ll try 5 g in 120 ml if I have it again.

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drank Huang Mudan by Song Tea & Ceramics
1577 tasting notes

Can be brewed with a variety of parameters to produce such varied experiences, from sweet and light yet rich, to something substantially driven by an umami with a deeper, grassy vibe. Somewhere along that continuum, you can strike pure gold. Interesting ‘fatty’ feel that’s not quite like the usual butteriness of green teas but something more like pure animal fat, though it doesn’t taste or smell anything like that feeling. Glassy, viscous liquor; little hairs catch the sun like flecks of glitter. It’s so crystal clear.

I didn’t give this stunning tea the attention it deserves. Fancy stuff. Recommended for experimenters with a love for the finer things.

Flavors: Brisk, Broth, Buffalo Grass, Burlap, Caramelized Sugar, Ginger, Herbaceous, Marigold, Mineral, Pineapple, Rice, Rich, Spicy, Sweet, Umami, Viscous, White Pepper

derk

Got a freebie with my last order so tried it out a few times grandpa style in a mason jar. Bright and sharp with a light broccoli? character. Not quite a green tea taste which makes sense given the stunning golden color of the wet leaf. Better in ceramic than in glass. Much preferred steeped in a basket infuser.

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April 2022 harvest

Chicken soup, sweet chestnuts and grassy. Viscous, round, bright and juicy. Good aroma, taste and texture. Not a delicate tea — it can handle 200F water just fine, creating a slightly different taste profile compared to the recommended 185F. More of a refreshing, brisk character prepared in a porcelain cup with steeper basket compared to a glass gaiwan.

This tea is over a year old and it is starting to get that dry grassy taste of aging Chinese greens but the overall flavor profile seems like a mix between regular green dragonwell and a yellow tea.

Interesting tea for sure and good but it never fully commanded my attention and appreciation. If this tea appears in Song Tea’s fresh harvest catalog next year, I might buy another bag to see how it tastes at peak freshness.

Flavors: Anise, Bright, Brisk, Chestnut, Chicken Soup, Chrysanthemum, Dry Grass, Earthy, Ginseng, Grassy, Juicy, Nutty, Roasted Nuts, Round, Savory, Sweet, Toasty, Viscous

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec 4 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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92

Sipdown. Soo good and smooth. Borders between creaminess of green Jin Xuans, but with a little bit of floral notes bordering on jasmine, heavy on orchid. Love it, and sad to see it go. I fortunately have a dragons trove of oolongs right now.

tea-sipper

oooo… a dragons trove of oolongs. Great image. :D

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92

Thank you DERK! I really wanted to try this one, and am thankful for swapping to alleviate the problem of getting samples.

I did this semi gong fu, though it was closer to Western at 2 minutes. I really don’t have too much to add, but it’s texture heaven. Heavy on the creamy and ghee butter profile with some florals in an evergreen direction, maybe hyacinth in some ways. It’s actually similar to the Milk and Honey oolong I got from Floating Leaves, and it’s super smooth and welcoming. I was able to brew it over and over for about five rounds and gave me impressions of sunrise over dewy mountains.

The later steeps were a little bit more subdued as I improvised based on how open the leaves were and the changing aroma, but there were fruity green traces. I probably should have done it again, but it’s I got the creamy butter profile I wanted from it. I’m not sure how else to experiement since longer steeps give a more rounded body. I’ll finish it quickly, though I won’t rate it quite yet. I definitely like it.

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Evergreen, Floral, Green, Smooth, Sweet, Thick

derk

You’re welcome, Daylon.

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A gift from derk, and leaves she esteems highly, so… an honor.

I christened my first proper tea bowl with this tea. I was terribly patient in seeking a bowl, and patient to find its first leaves… sitting quietly with it today felt easy and comforting. Patience gets a thumbs up.

It’s been a long week of work-related-but-phenomenal classes, and I head out for a straight 48 hours of actual work in the morning. These minutes were welcome respite and afforded some reflection.

The orchid is just so. So grounding, but so light; so beautiful, but so… hm, practical. The evergreen lets the florals hang in a way that feels tenuous… ah, but they persist. I watched the leaves unfurl and churn and resituate and drop, absorbing water like inspiration for the next right thing. I thought about the so-many hands that had touched them before I sat dumbfounded, watching them rewind.

I need to watch more tea leaves.

Flavors: Butter, Evergreen, Orchid, Vanilla

ashmanra

Phenomenal classes sounds wonderful. I love School, and books, and learning! Getting to do some hands on stuff now will be equally exciting for you, I hope!

beerandbeancurd

Ugh, me too! I wish someone would pay me to go to class for a living!

Leafhopper

Yes, watching tea leaves unfurl can be magical. :) Where did you get your tea bowl? I’ve been thinking of getting one, but they’re all so expensive.

beerandbeancurd

It’s funny you say that, because the website sells the most expensive, ridiculous indulgences I think I’ve ever seen. But the bowl was reasonable for handmade from an artist who really seems to have his heart in it.

https://www.abask.com/en-us/products/ingot-objects-tea-bowl-2202202013?variant=43490846671064&gclid=Cj0KCQjwgLOiBhC7ARIsAIeetVCqchENJzElsbrzVNA_xqo0ff4WCKGN8qdueggJ0xk7su_7RojqKLMaAk2gEALw_wcB

ashmanra

That is lovely!

Daylon R Thomas

Derk, can you save me some for our swap lol? I’ve got all the roasted Japanese ready. I need to try out the Yuzu smoked tea too!

derk

Daylon – certainly

Daylon R Thomas

Sweet. Same Address? I’ve got all of the smoked tea.

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drank Huang Mudan by Song Tea & Ceramics
3316 tasting notes

April Sipdown Prompt – a grassy tea

This is another gift from derk! Thank you!

The company offers a really long description on this tea – all about the tea garden and their methods and worth a read if you like that sort of thing.

I steeped this in my smallest porcelain pot and the little spears went ping like pellets of TGY do as they fell in. So cute! I picked them up and dropped them in again just for fun.

The dry leaves smelled like warm peas in buttery juice. This was not at all like the description. I searched for the scent of marigold which is quite distinctive but I didn’t find it. Steeped, the aroma changes completely. I went with their longer style recommendation. Now the broth is savory, like a light Japanese soup broth, as well as sharp grassy. Although I do not smell marigold, I do get that this mouthfeel which is very brisk could remind me of such. The savoriness brings in the pepper note, but not like the heat of peppercorns in chai.

Those hard little spears are now soft and cuddly in texture and color. Second steep went the shorter way, just one minute. Now we have more of the buttered peas aroma and less of the savory soup aroma, but surprisingly this is still quite brisk.

I think lovers of Japanese green teas would like this one. Thanks for the opportunity to try something new out on the patio on a crisp spring morning, derk!

MiepSteep

I will look out for this one next time I’m in SF! Sounds delicious

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On the warm leaf: chocolate covered cherries, raspberry jam, Andes mints… seriously, the milk chocolate is unmistakable. Wow.

Wet dog coming off the pour again — this must be par for the course with Ruby 18? Wintergreen here, too (where the Floating Leaves R18 had it everywhere except the nose). Herbaceous.

First pour tastes of baker’s cocoa, tannin, leather, tobacco. I can’t locate any fruit, mint, or sweetness.

After the first pour, wintergreen is now fully apparent in the wet leaves… medicinal and herbal like a Ricola cough drop, menthol cigarettes… immediately after the next pour there was a distinct celery seed and water chestnut aroma (which changed again before the next fill… smells in the pot are all over the place, haha).

Second pour, wet dog is still heavy on the nose, with ripe fruit and more wintergreen. The taste is more cooling, and I’m able to pick out some wintergreen where I wasn’t in the first pour. Quite drying throughout my whole mouth, with crunchy tannins and cherry. Cocoa seemed to have mostly dissipated, until I took the last sip and found chocolate covered peanuts at the bottom of the cup.

Back to the leaves: chocolate covered cherry and wintergreen now that they’ve cooled a bit. The leaves might be the most interesting part of this tea.

Several more steeps. Some indistinct florality. Biggest pulls are mint, milk chocolate, cherry, tobacco — and it all completely works together. The tannins are what give me pause, which I know is common with Ruby 18s. (derk, I’m shocked you didn’t get any going grandpa style! Maybe I should have followed your lead.) If I had more leaves, I might try this at a lower temperature? Even still: Song recommends 5g in 150ml at 205 degrees for a full minute, and I’m only at 3.5g/150ml at 195 degrees for about 10-15 seconds! I think my tongue might turn to leather if I cranked that hard.

A delightful journey, and probably the most interesting Ruby I’ve had so far. There is so much to uncover here. Thank you so much for the absolute treat, derk!

Flavors: Celery, Cherry, Cocoa, Crisp, Drying, Herbaceous, Herbal, Jam, Leather, Medicinal, Menthol, Milk Chocolate, Mint, Peanut, Raspberry, Red Fruits, Tannin, Tobacco, Wet Dog, Wintergreen

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Something told me to drink it grandpa style. It’s unlike any Ruby 18 I’ve had. Sweeter than any other, softer, complex. No tannic bite at all, which is often an occurrence with this cultivar. Incredible balance of aroma, flavor, texture.

I have a few samples of new-to-me Ruby 18s from Leafhopper to try so it might be hasty of me to say after drinking this tea that there is now no other Ruby 18 for me. Song Tea is going to ruin my tea budget. Their selection thus far has been some of the best leaf I’ve had. The teas make me want to do nothing more than to sit with them and feel, rather than taste.

I will return with more another time.

Song pairing: The Flamingos — “I Only Have Eyes for You”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvzNeh4Mq1o

ashmanra

You sent me a Ruby White once that put me on Cloud Nine! Tea memories….

Leafhopper

If this is better than What-Cha’s Ruby 18, I’m in trouble!

TeaEarleGreyHot

I will have to compare this to Brandy Oolong from TeaLyra, which is also a ruby 18.

derk

It’s definitely worth a try, TeaEarleGreyHot! I could send you a sample if you’d like. And I hope you enjoy yours, Leafhopper.

ashmanra – I’ll never forget your note for that tea :) I’d love to have that particular ruby white again.

derk

Oh yeah, ashmanra – Mountain Stream Teas’ Earth Ruby White is another really good one.

ashmanra

derk: I will definitely give it a look!

TeaEarleGreyHot

Derk, you reminded me that I got a large cake of “experimental” white tea of Ruby 18 a few yr ago from TeaLyra, which was very brittle and crumbly. Flavour wasn’t great, either. It may have improved somewhat with age, and I’ll dig it out soon for another session!

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100

One of several teas brought with me for camping. Brought my trusty bowl for bare bones tea sipping. Boil water in my backpacking pot/stove setup, fill bowl, store rest of water in the old Aladdin Stanley thermos.

With the filtered water and colder ambient temps and forest environment (redwood, Doug fir, Scotch pine, huckleberry, tan oak), this was so much more floral than brewed at home with my usual unfiltered tap water. I actually enjoy it more at home. It’s foggier here, and warmer. Goes better with the tea. I’d rather be in the woods, though. This city living ain’t for me.

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100

Bowl tea again. Will I ever have this leaf any other way?

Mellow morning, overcast with a light rain falling straight down. Woke up to the solemn and soulful call of the owl that moved into the neighborhood several months ago. Enjoying the cool moisture coming in through my bedroom door to the garden. The cool dampness permeates my space and body. Simple and quiet, just the way I like it. This tea speaks to me. It has a strong sense of self.

Should be a good evening for dinner at my favorite sushi place.

In other news, I got a birthday email from my health insurance provider this morning. “Your doctor has a reminder for you about an upcoming screening or test.” Log-in, read the message. They want me to come in a for a mammogram. I’ve hit 40. I’m officially old. HAHAHA!

After sharing this hilarious moment with Kiki, she came into my room with a flyer she got in the mail this week. “Our free lunch, your lasting legacy. Kiki, you’re invited! Join us for a FREE Informational Luncheon (that’s a word often uttered by those of advanced age)(at Round Table Pizza) to learn the Benefits of Preplanning for Cremation.” Her 70th birthday is coming up in a few weeks. She said, “Let me put that in my file,” and tossed it in the recycling. We had a laugh so hard that my cheeks and abs are sore. It’s a year of milestones for us couple of old coots.

beerandbeancurd

Happy birthday and welcome. I’m digging this decade, though just within the past few weeks I think I’m squinting a little more. Alas.

When you prepare bowl tea, do you drink from the bowl or spoon it into another vessel? It sounds cozy.

Cameron B.

100?! I guess this one needs to go on my wishlist…

Daylon R Thomas

Happy birthday! And I almost got this one. Kinda regret not getting it.

Martin Bednář

Happy birthday and say hello to Kiki!
And what an awesome tea!

ashmanra

Happy birthday! I didn’t remember that ours were so close together! That must be a really awesome tea to get a 100, and please go get that mammogram. I’m glad I did.

Mastress Alita

Happy birthday! I hit 40 last year (officially over 40 next Friday) but my doctor hasn’t been pressing about that matter yet.

gmathis

Hang on…the AARP invites can’t be far behind!

tea-sipper

Happy 40, derk!!

DrowningMySorrows

Happy birthday!
I’m not quite to 40 yet but realizing this summer will be my 20 year high school reunion has me feeling a little old too.

Jen vB

Happy Birthday!

LuckyMe

Happy birthday, welcome to the 40 club :-)

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100

Another bowl tea. Hm. Can be soft and quiet but really wants to shine as crisp and clear in a sense, with a dark, grounding depth and fortitude not expressed in Qing Xin cultivar. Difficult to describe. This is Ruan Zhi, a popular cultivar in the plantations of Thailand. But this leaf is grown on Taiwan, Shan Lin Xi.

My imagination is running away. I feel an enclave of tall, triangular conifers, housing the beauty of orchids in their bark… surrounding a small pond dark, opaque and cool, ringed by hand-carved cold stone. It’s almost a blue-green association, or cyanobacterial. The tea also elicits the feeling of the Temple of Light in God of War Ragnarök. Warms the throat like a pillar of ethereal buttery light.

Preparation
Boiling 10 OZ / 300 ML
Daylon R Thomas

That sounds ethereal and epic. I’ve had one Ruan Zhi that was really good from What-cha, but have not had any that were on the same level.

Leafhopper

Agreed, that tea sounds interesting! I always love your tea descriptions.

Martin Bednář

I want to release my imagination like you do sometimes!

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Still some prominent floweriness despite the roast. Viscous and sweet, complex chestnut and toasted rice flavor soup with a brisk tannic quality. Extra-strong aftertaste lingers though sometimes it can lean a little too drying like a greenish banana. Returning sweetness develops from the throat, like the Maillard reaction and sugary toasted coconut chips. I feel my ears and sinuses open up with cooling sensation. Seamless.

I chuckled a little at Song Tea’s galangal descriptor. After sitting here a while with the aftertaste, I think it’s apt. Not the sharp heat and pungency of ginger, but something more mellow and earthy, piney. I will say I don’t enjoy the tea as much with their recommended parameters, so I’m glad there is versatility with this leaf.

Flavors: Banana, Brisk, Burlap, Caramelized Sugar, Chestnut, Cinnamon, Coconut, Drying, Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Gardenias, Ginger, Honeysuckle, Mango, Oily, Perfume, Pine, Plumeria, Rice, Sweet, Tannin, Toasted Rice, Viscous, Walnut

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
Leafhopper

I’ve been meaning to get to these Song teas. Would you suggest bowl steeping or gongfu? I feel bad putting all my leaves in one teapot, so to speak. :)

derk

Gongfu for sure.

Leafhopper

Good to know. I’ve been eyeing that Different Ruby 18 for a while.

derk

Incredible candied mango aftertaste when steeped short. Oily. This tea feels really good.

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Bowl tea. Little sweet-dry roast floats above. Hm. Soft and quiet, something to sit with.

Will return.

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50

Steep:
2tsp
212°F
1 min
Adagio IngenuiTEA 16 oz

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet and roasty
Steeped Tea Smell: bread, bakey, sweet
Flavor: sweet, earthy
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: slightly astringent finish
Liquor: Translucent dark brown

Resteep:
More earthy, astringent, roasty

Second Resteep:
Watery, not worthwhile

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

YouTube Review https://youtu.be/QQafiJTIQi8

TikTok Review https://www.tiktok.com/@circuitswan/video/7095564294900698414

Blog Post https://amazonv.blogspot.com/2022/05/song-tea-company-loose-leaf-black-tea.html

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I got this product as a personal gift.

Disclaimer:
All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank meadow by Song Tea & Ceramics
788 tasting notes

Steep:
3g
212°F
2.5min
kati loose tea system 12oz

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: spearmint
Steeped Tea Smell: herbs, minty, and lemongrass finish
Flavor: herbal, lemony, spearmint finish
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: cool mint
Liquor: translucent green brown

Post-Steep Additives: honey
Comments: delicious

Resteep:
Tasty!

Third steep:
Watery, weak, not worthwhile

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

Purchase Link https://songtea.com/collections/botanicals/products/meadow

Steepster Link https://steepster.com/teas/song-tea-and-ceramics/100131-meadow

YouTube Review https://youtu.be/9gObMoJeu8c

TikTok Review https://www.tiktok.com/@circuitswan/video/7092900637343534378?is_copy_url=1&is_from_webapp=v1

Blog Post https://amazonv.blogspot.com/2022/05/song-tea-loose-leaf-herbal-tea-meadow.html

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I was gifted this product by a friend.

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All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Steep:
2tsp
160°F
1 min
kati loose tea system 12oz

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: cucumber fresh green, fresh mixed salad greens
Steeped Tea Smell: fresh spinach
Flavor: light crisp fresh cucumber salad, sweet finish
Body: Light
Aftertaste: hint grassy
Liquor: translucent light yellow green

Comments: beautiful long twisted leaves

Resteep:
2 minutes
more vegetal and grassy
would try less time or temp next time

Third-Steep:
3 minutes
Bitter and watery
for sure need to change prep method

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

Steepster Link https://steepster.com/teas/song-tea-and-ceramics/59368-fragrant-leaf

YouTube Review https://youtu.be/01wmNhun5PI and resteep-https://youtube.com/shorts/QycNEvY2Y9E

TikTok Review https://www.tiktok.com/@circuitswan/video/7092521461318962474

Blog Post https://amazonv.blogspot.com/2022/05/song-tea-company-loose-leaf-green-tea.html

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I was gifted this product by a friend.

Disclaimer:
All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

Flavors: Cucumber

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Another swap sample from a kind Instagram tea friend.

Wow, is this a sweet tea! Oodles of brown sugar, honey, sweet corn, some spun sugar as well. A bit of a toasty popcorn note as well, along with rich dried stonefruit notes that remind me of apricot fruit leather. Among these is also the more usual clear mineral notes and thick, sumptuously silky texture that I often find in greener oolong. There’s a touch of gentle floral as well, especially near the end of the sip.

Reading the description, I can totally taste the crystallized ginger note as well, even if I’m not astute enough to describe it on my own he he. A very interesting and unusual oolong, and I’m thankful for having a chance to try it because of the kindness of friends! :3

Flavors: Apricot, Brown Sugar, Caramelized Sugar, Cinnamon, Cotton Candy, Creamy, Dried Fruit, Floral, Ginger, Honey, Mineral, Popcorn, Round, Silky, Smooth, Spring Water, Stonefruit, Sweet, Sweet Corn, Thick

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
gmathis

What a nice treat!

knittingopera

That sounds delightful!

Cameron B.

Just looked at the price tag and almost fainted, wowza! $22 for 30 grams?! I wouldn’t say it’s that good, lol.

knittingopera

woah! that’s expensive! sometimes it is worth it and sometimes you go… maybe when it is on sale?

Leafhopper

Wow, that’s expensive for a Shan Lin Xi! I remember looking at their website, and their porcelain teaware in particular, and wondering if their high prices were justified.

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Another swap sample from Instagram.

This is quite a tasty oolong. It has lovely sweet sugarcane, brown sugar, and nectar notes. The roast gives some notes of toasted bread and autumn leaves, and perhaps a hint of nuttiness as well. There’s just a smidgen of dried fruit, rich yet sweet like golden raisins. Some light floral notes make an appearance toward the end of the sip as well.

I did enjoy this, but it’s not my favorite style. I feel like roasting tends to make oolongs taste more generic to my palate, maybe I just have a hard time picking out the nuances. But I much prefer oxidized and unroasted or very lightly roasted style oolongs!

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Brown Sugar, Dried Fruit, Dry Leaves, Floral, Nectar, Raisins, Roasted Nuts, Spring Water, Sugarcane, Sweet, Toast

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Gongfu!

Someone brought this into the office for us all to try because they were curious to see if we’d agree with the tasting notes of “kettle corn and cotton candy”. I have to say, I am of mixed opinion. The session was overall really lovely and I greatly enjoyed the tea. Over my six or seven steeps, I got a a wide array of light to medium bodied notes throughout the session: airy sweet sugar snaps, ginger lily, kettle corn, and orchid to name a few! So, I suppose I’d say kettle corn is accurate (for me at least – taste is subjective) but cotton candy feels like a bit of a stretch. I suppose you could argue for that “light and airy sweetness” being interpreted as cotton candy, though.

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CR93HoXr5Rm/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzV2A7BM8TM&ab_channel=GingerRoot

Leafhopper

I’ve sometimes gotten corn notes from Taiwanese oolong, so this might not be too much of a stretch. :)

Daylon R Thomas

The only straight oolong I’ve gotten a cotton candy note for was a Dayuling, but even then, it was more along the lines of candy floss. I’ve gotten corn notes from oolong pretty often though. I’ve always wanted to try Song Tea and Ceramics, but never have mostly due to pricing.

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Just finished this one and realized I’ve never written a tasting note for it! I guess that happens. This tea deserves a more detailed note, but I’m simply not going to make that effort. It’s another finely crafted tea from Song, which is such reliable tea vendor. I always enjoy the teas I get from them. All the notes are there: peach, almonds, a slightly creamy note. It doesn’t hold up to many infusions – the third one is pushing it. Do not overbrew this one or it will get too tannic and bitter. Super enjoyable. And now it’s gone. May purchase this again someday, but my current stash is too big and I’ve got to drink what I have.

Flavors: Almond, Milk, Peach

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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