199 Tasting Notes


I had a much better experience drinking this tea for a second time. It was nice and smooth, but still not really for me due to the cocoa notes.

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My sample is listed as 2011, but I’ll put the note here.. Still getting accustomed to sheng.. I had this after the 2008 Often tuo sample, so I was smart enough to change my steeping parameters for this one! Just a little bit of astringency in this with a dry mouthfeel, but a nice subtle sweetness building to a nice creamy texture at steep 7 or so.. Definitely a nice sheng, in my opinion :D

Flavors: Apricot

7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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This is my… counts.. second sheng? Third, maybe? I found it to be really astringent.. But talking to Phi and Veck, they let me know that my temp was too low, so I’d really like to try this one again.. I’m still a super pu noob, so I have lots to learn!

6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

I do this about 200 to 205f.


I had done 185.. I didn’t realize I was so far off until it was way too late


Just the learning curve. We have all been there for sure :P


I sooo have wanted to try this! It looks so good and I hear amazing things about it. Rather, White2tea in general. I’ve yet to have any of their products, someday hahah I’ll get a subscription.

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Finished off this sample today! Very nice jasmine flavor and subtle vegetal notes – great for starting the day :)

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drank Lychee Oolong by Naivetea
199 tasting notes

Holy lychee, Batman!

Wow, so this tea is super strong and delicious. The instructions say to use 1tbsp per 6oz, which seemed ridiculous, but I did it anyway just so I could have the “recommended” brew. I steeped for 50 seconds/40/50 and have the leaves saved to brew again tonight.
I’m not even sure that I could distinguish that this is an oolong because the flavors of the lychee and the natural tea flavor blend together so perfectly. It’s a great dessert oolong :)

Flavors: Lychee

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

This sounds amazing!!


This one is definitely on my list of teas I must try.

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So, this is my first shou.. It’s super dark when brewed and has a smoky/mushroom flavor on the first few steeps, which gets sweeter as the session progresses. I got to try out my new gaiwan and take shou shots out of my tiny cups :P
Steeped very short for five steeps then extended slowly – I didn’t record the times, so I’m not sure. Overall, very nice shou and I’ll be able to get another session out of my sample :D

Flavors: Mushrooms, Smoke, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

Pretty gaiwan!


Padawan! ;}


Yay! Congrats on your first shou!


As Daggerfall used to proudly state on the front of the box: “Prepare to experience your new obsession!”

Happy Pu’ing Kiebs, glad to hear you enjoyed it! :D


@BezoomnyChaiVeck: yeah.. that’s a good catch phrase :)

Congratz on the first pu’ :D Pu is awesome :D


It’s great you had a good first experience!

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Okay, so I had this tea again and had to increase the rating.. I used 3 tsp for 16 oz, then added 1 tsp of a strawberry/apple tisane. It really brought out the natural flavor of the tea and the lychee was noticeable even when brewing at 175. I think the blend just needs a tad more strawberry, so I’m glad that I have some laying around!

Flavors: Strawberry

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Very nice high mountain oolong. Great floral notes, dissolving into subtle sweetness and earthiness.

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Orchid, Sweet

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Golden Monkey by Art of Tea
199 tasting notes

Thanks to Liquid Proust!

This is a pretty good tea. I’m glad that it didn’t taste much like chocolate like a lot of other golden teas. I got a lot of sweet potatoe notes and a nice creamy texture!

Flavors: Sweet Potatoes

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Learning more about tea every day.

Likes: Greens, whites, oolongs, blacks, and herbals! Just depends on the mood :)
Dislikes: Coconut, melon, chocolate, peach, cherry

I also collect antique teaware (Chinese and Japanese).

I’d love to try new types, varieties, etc. I’m still exploring pu-erh to make a complete decision whether to keep trying it or just count it as a loss.

I’d love to trade with anyone who likes something that I might have! I just have to get everything added to my cupboard first :)


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