366 Tasting Notes

90

So vegetal. Steamed green beans, spinach, asparagus, slightly nutty, buttery, slightly sweet, some nice chestnut notes, stonefruits, umami…

Really enjoyed my sample of it yesterday. Would love it get more and give it the gongfu style treatment. This time, I use my new TeaVivre glass and 185℉, grandpa style.

Flavors: Asparagus, Butter, Chestnut, Spinach, Stonefruit, Umami, Vegetal

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93

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Sipdown.

Over 300 reviews on this tea, so here are my quick thoughts… It’s good stuff. I always feel that TeaVivre’s teas are underrated. I really enjoyed this batch, and will probably get more. Sweet potatoes, malt, lightly floral, peach and stonefruit, baked bread… Smooth mouthfeel, nice aftertaste.

It was great gongfu style and great with milk this morning (a new & necessary habit I picked up so I can drink some black tea in the morning since my tummy is hating me these days).

Highly recommended.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Floral, Fruity, Malt, Stonefruit, Sweet Potatoes, Yams

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C
ashmanra

One of my faves!

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80
drank 2017 Grandpa's by white2tea
366 tasting notes

Additional note:
Sipdown. Last time I tried it grandpa style (cause the name lol) and this time I’m taking it through the full gaiwan treatment hehe. I put the 8g ball in a 110ml gaiwan and doing short infusions with boiling water. Starting at 10s, adding 10s each time.

I wanted to make an additional note for myself (and others) that the aroma that I got after the rinse was soil, dirt (not sure if I smelled the wet leaves before) but the flavor of the first 10s infusion was so clean and it has such a pleasant smooth mouth-feeling.

It is so mellow and carefree. Savory, slightly sweet. Nice cha qi, somewhat stimulating, mood lifting but relaxing. I’m certainly going to enjoy this throughout the night. I think I’ll get a few more on my next order to bring on short trips.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 tsp 4 OZ / 110 ML

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88

Larger than usual pearl balls. Pretty to look at, dark and gold mix.

110ml Gaiwan, 212℉, 5 steeps: rinse, 10s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s. The wet leaves smelled heavenly, like a dark chocolate fruit bar. The balls unraveled fairly quickly. A strong aroma of a mixture of dark malted cocoa, strawberries, dried berries, and honey.

The taste is lighter than the aroma but with the same aroma notes. Dark chocolate, malt, honey, and fruit notes. The taste lingers for a long time after the sip. I think this would go wonderful with a dessert. It’s always so yummy to take a bite of cake or donut and then chase it down with a great tasting tea as the taste mixes with the dessert. Every sip, I thought about that. lol I don’t have any sweets in the house but I’ll have to get some to try it sometime with this tea. I don’t recall thinking that particular thought with any other black tea. I really like it, and recommend it for a great daily drinker.

Hope you are all doing well. Me… It’s always same ol’ same ol’ and working on sipdowns, trying to behave and not buying too much of any new tea for now.

Flavors: Berries, Chocolate, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Dried Fruit, Honey, Malt, Strawberry, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
Boiling
Teatotaler

I really want to like this tea. This morning I used six pearls in 300 ML water at 100c and brewed for three minutes. All I got taste wise was a weak brew that tasted of wood and wet hay with a slight chemical note :( . No chocolate, fruit, honey or sweetness of any kind. This was my fourth attempt with this tea. Any suggestions, Kawaii433? Everyone else seems to love this tea.

Martin Bednář

Kawaii433: tea looks so good! But how I am doing? Yay, I made 3 exams last week, which is kind of cool. But I am thinking that I would love week compltely free and alone somewhere enjoying just teas. I am kind of overwhelmed with school stuff. So it is quite meh.

Kawaii433

Teatotaler, I liked it best with a 110ml, ~7g, short infusions. It is a light brew but I don’t get wood or wet hay or a chemical note. I did try it at the 3 min and 5 min infusions, that was good too but seemed even more light due to the higher volume.

Kawaii433

Martin, yay for you!! 3 exams out of the way is always such a great feeling <3

Martin Bednář

3 gone, 3 to go!

Teatotaler

Thank you, Kawaii33! I will try your brewing parameters. I refuse to give up on this tea!

Teatotaler

Martin, good luck on your remaining exams! :)

tea-sipper

Kawaii – Every sip!? I wish you would have had a dessert to go with this tea! haha

Teatotaler – I also usually find this the weakest of black dragon pearls, so it isn’t my favorite. For that reason it’s one of my least favorite black teas from Teavivre. But they can’t ALL be favorites.

Kawaii433

Martin, good luck with the rest of them!
Teatotaler, you’re very welcome. I hope you find the right parameters.
tea-sipper… HAHAHAHAHA omgosh, ok maybe every other sip LOLOL

ashmanra

A sentence that has never been spoken in my house – “I don’t have any sweets in the house…” LOLOL Good for you, you must be a healthy eater! My husband proposed when I gave him a pound cake, so he gets one every June 21st…and a bunch of cakes and cookies the rest of the year!

tea-sipper

I’d say “that must have been a GOOD pound cake” but you probably hear that a lot. :D

Kawaii433

lol it must be the best pound cake!

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85

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Sipdown and this was pretty good as an overnight cold brew. :D The floral notes were more pronounced in the cold brew, still has some malty, honey sweet, yam notes, no bitterness. I prefer the gongfu cha taste profile better because of the strength of the brew, strong malty, yam, cocoa notes, subtle rose but it’s just so lovely watching the dragon balls and the pink rose petals in it unfold in my 1-liter mason jar. So pretty :D.

Flavors: Flowers, Honey, Malt, Rose, Spices, Sweet Potatoes, Yams

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90

Really enjoyed this the other day. I got it as a free sample. :D

I had it before from their pu-erh sampler but didn’t review it. I’m glad I had a chance to try it again. The dry leaves were small (Te Ji grade) strips, dark. The wet leaves gave off an aroma of leather, earth, some hay and those aren’t my favorite aromas hehe but the dark burgundy liquor was clean, absent of any strong fermentation aromas and tastes. The taste profile was plummy, earthy, some cocoa notes, some grape notes. As I went through my several short infusions, the sweetness came out more and more, as well as some mineral goodness, leaving only a hint of the earthiness behind. The first few infusions had a distinctive dryness, like that of wine. By the 4th and 5th infusions is was more smooth, more fruity and a delicate sweetness with interesting spice notes coming forward. The aftertaste was fruity, sweet, minerally, and spicy.

Gaiwan, 7.5g, 110ml, 10s rinse, several infusions starting at 10s, 15s, 20s, 30s, 40s and more until I was no longer counting steeps or timing infusions. It gave me a nice, relaxing energy. Energetic but calming. Was perfect for what I needed on the day my laptop died lol. I’m on my new laptop today and I finished setting it up and adding all the programs I had on my other one. Worst part about getting a new computer.

Flavors: Cocoa, Earth, Grapes, Hay, Leather, Mineral, Plum, Red Wine, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
Kittenna

I hate setting up new computers. Probably part of the reason half my files/programs aren’t on my current one…

Kawaii433

Kittena, yeah, I keep all my data (photos, documents… Etc) files on an external now. Been there too often. Good idea about the programs. Maybe I’ll go that route except for the ones that I can’t.

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85

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Sipdown. Enjoyed these little oranges. I put the whole orange in and poured boiling water, no timing, no fuss, can not oversteep it. Does not get bitter, just a pleasant citrus flavor, lasts all day. Recommended to those who don’t drink pu-erh tea but want to try orange stuffed with black tea instead.

Oh and my laptop died. No warning, no bluescreen. Just gone. The HDD is still good so I took that out and the ram card so all is not lost. The motherboard was fried. Sooo, I ordered a new gaming laptop,.. An expense I wasn’t looking forward to. Bah. :)

Have a great & productive day all.

Kittenna

Interesting! Sounds like a tea I should consider if I make a YS order.

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90

Upping this puppy from 90 to 93. I already wrote a review of my gongu experiences but today I had 2 tsps in 8 oz, 3 min and then 5 min second steep. It is so good. A clean, yummy pu-erh with cocoa nibs that really come through with long steeps.

I visit a few times daily but haven’t written much. You know all that sipdown work we all slave away to do hehe. My life is always same ol’ same ol’, no complaints. Peace and quiet (except for the new upstairs neighbors that has a crying kid and loves to jump up and down while he’s at it lol) is always this girl’s preference.

I hope you are all well. Thank you all who share their life on here. Good or bad. That is one of the purest joys to me. Helps this anti-social girl connect. ^^

Preparation
Boiling
Martin Bednář

You know what? I am anti-social too in real life. But making tea notes is beating it. And because you guys are here so nice, I share even bits of my life. And I don´t care!

The name of tea is so interesting. I want to order it just because of name :D

Kawaii433

hehe <3 Martin… I hear you!

And oh the tea is wonderful and it’s not expensive. If you do, I look forward to your notes!

Martin Bednář

But the shipping costs are nightmare for me. Or I just need to do order big enough :)

We will see.

derk

waves always nice to see you around, Kawaii.

Kawaii433

Derk :D Hi hi ^^

tea-sipper

I was wondering about how you were yesterday, Kawaii, as I was sipping some Lupicia Strawberry Rhubarb you sent over. :D

Kawaii433

Tea-sipper :D

mrmopar

Me too. About 5 people around and that is all I want.

Kawaii433

Mrmopar, is the five people for a tea get-together? Hehe

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85

Busy day and I have more so hopefully I can add to this review.

Preliminary thoughts: Nice almond notes, as well as the spices, such as cinnamon, cloves, ginger. Stays true to the Wuyi oolong rock teas… Minerals. It says lightly roasted but I would classify it more medium to heavy. Not charcoal-smoky flavor but more roasted flavors and notes. There were caramel notes, some warm vanilla notes. Nice mineral finish.

Roasted, nutty, fruity plum goodness.

Gaiwan, 110ml, 205°F, 9 steeps: rinse, 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 30s, 35s,40s, 60s, 120s

I hope you are all having a great and productive day. ^^

Flavors: Almond, Caramel, Cinnamon, Cloves, Dried Fruit, Fruity, Ginger, Mineral, Nuts, Plum, Roasted Nuts, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
derk

Likewise to you, too. I’m done for the long weekend. Gonna try to put out 3 tea notes a day S/U/M. Only then will I feel truly productive and fulfilled :P

Kawaii433

hehe derk :D That would be productive! And I love your reviews so I completely approve! haha

Roswell Strange

Sounds so good! I’ve debated picking this up from Mandala a few times, and now I’m kicking myself for not having done so…

Kawaii433

Roswell, I hope you enjoy it when you do get to try it. Many noticed peach and apple… I got plum or prune (go figure lol) but it was definitely good. :D

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85

Heya all. ^^

Almost done with this bag so thought I’d share my thoughts. I bought a lot of raw pu’er in my last YS order so I was happy to see that I got this bag of green tea with it. The twisted dry leaves are thin, frail-looking… Had the aroma of hay and fresh cut grass. I put 8g in 110ml gaiwan, and after the rinse, the expanded wet leaves smelled so good. Vegetal, buttered asparagus and spinach, hay, sweet grass.

So far I’ve done 5s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 30s infusions but there are many infusions still left based on my past experiences with this tea. The pale liquor has similar aromas to the wet leaves but I also smell steamed artichokes and a slight chestnut aroma.

It is robust as they say and has a nice aftertaste far after you finish the cup. There is a spiciness to it, I can feel it at the tip of my tongue minutes after. I did short infusions throughout because I didn’t want to experience any bitterness nor astringency. I’ve never had this any other way so perhaps on my last 8g, I’ll try it grandpa style or something. Maybe it won’t get bitter. I don’t know.

Recommended to those who like pungent green teas.

Update: Just had it again, the last of it this morning, and it got bitter with a 1-min infusion. I am usually a gaiwan girl so maybe I did something wrong >.<.

Flavors: Artichoke, Asparagus, Butter, Chestnut, Cut Grass, Hay, Spices, Spinach, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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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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