255 Tasting Notes

drank Baiyun Rougui by Daxue Jiadao
255 tasting notes


did not rinse. first try yesterday, so not a fully formed opinion, but wasn’t particularly wowed like I was with the DXJD white tea set last weekend. This is comfortable and at standard entry level oolong pricing, this felt par for the course for the price (vs. some of the entry OWT and TSR options iirc). and I didn’t take notes, but all I remember is a light goji berry scent on the lid at the end. Otherwise, my impression was that I should’ve just bought an extra cup from them instead of 50g of this.


I’ve been eyeing that white tea set. It would be great to hear your thoughts!


Caveat that I’m not a huge white tea drinker, and this was the only other time I’ve tried silver needle except the TShop one. The TShop one is great in taste but gave me anxiety every time I drank it, but other people I had try it really liked it so it might be a me thing. Anyway, I enjoyed the set, and it was fun having a friend over to run through them together. The 2023 was very enjoyable, and reminded me of a less sharp floral TShop one that was more comfortable to drink.

Here were my notes from an individual session of that: “5/90/212. wet leaf has strong sugar snap peas and later reveals rose-like florals (if you’ve ever walked through a rose garden, they can smell wildly different, not what the rose/lychee edged note of perfumes would have one believe), before ending as general steeped green sweet-edged notes. taste has sweet honeyed notes, and a green quality (not mint, but something fresh) and lingers somewhat”

I didn’t take notes for the wuyi and the 2020 since that was with a friend. The wuyi was sharper and flatter, and the 2020 is a more honeyed and rounded, gently sweet version of the 2023 from what I remember. If I had the money, I’d purchase the 2023 or 2020, but skip the Wuyi.

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Finishing random sample packs.

YQH Longtuan Fengmei 5/90/212

some smoke in wet leaf.

Quick rinse followed by 10s steep.

1. Lightly woody, and rounded sweet, floral aftertaste on front of tongue w/ some heady feeling. Decent texture

2. Medicinal and hint of bitter that evolves back into the deep floral that coats the mouth.

3. Darker woody and somewhat floral, somewhat sweet. Some background mushroom like note.

4. Not much taste upfront (maybe sour woody), but a vegetal tinged floral in the breath

5. Mint like but very light

6. Dying out, leaf taste w sweet floral edge

7. Stopped here. Thinned out woody taste, slightly honeyed note

Overall this was pretty nice. Maybe it’s due to its youth, but I’ve been trying to drink through my Qi xiang cake and it’s simply nowhere near as pleasant in taste or feeling. At any rate, I’m no longer in my caking phase, having realized that I do not have puer often enough so I have no plans to buy any.

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Have had this tea for a while and despite breaking up half the cake chunks a while back for convenient access, I’m rarely inclined to reach for it. My sessions have been okay, but not very exciting or particularly enjoyable, but not sure if my preferences have just shifted. If I could go back, I would not have caked it


We call this tuition tea


I’d take a sample off your hands? I loved the Xishi Shenpin and was looking for a cake but only found this…how would you compare them if you’ve tried the 2007 Xishi?

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5.7g/100mL duanni pot. Not very memorable or impressive in any aspects, but it was late night and the first thing I saw in my sample box. Was very boring last night, hard to believe the other review I wrote for this was for the same tea.

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5.3g in a 90 mL hongni pot.
wet leaf aroma of grape jam, smoke, toast, and wood.

1st: honeyed taste. edge with some astrignency and malty taste like oversteeped hongcha. 2nd: not strong taste, but a floral aroma on breath.
3rd: grape jam and smoky.
moves to base steamed/oversteeped young ish sheng taste thereafter. Guess the additional heat retention of the pot did it no favors. Still young and heady in effect, so not too comfortable. Probably will pass on caking this one.

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5.3/130 pot. boiling after rinse in gaiwan. light YQH house smell, but also light smoke and fruit. Has been set aside and aired out further.
1st: mushroomy, some bitter and very slight warmth. some sweetness builds in back of mouth, and it’s almost dried cherry-like. maybe some cough drop/apricot notes, but I also just ate my gummy vites earlier.
2nd was darker and almost malty, with lighter aftertaste. quickly falls from here to a more woody and thin tea. sometimes sharp w/ fine astringency on tongue. after 6th, moved to a mug where it gave up. essentially, mushroom note is pretty integrated throughout. not the worst YQH i’ve had, but hardly my favorite.

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Brewed last 5.3g of sample in a pot today and seemed transformed. Admittedly I have been distracted by other things in the past few sessions, but there’s a fullness that wasn’t present in previous sessions. I’ve used roughly the same ratio at 5.1-5.4g w 90 mL, just in a gaiwan and never felt like it was dialed in properly. Always too hollow and light/floral, or just too bitter/sour, and I couldn’t understand the hype for it. Today’s felt more full and balanced, and the smokiness was a nice complement. I would’ve been tempted to cake with the recent discounted price, but I think it’s too late now and based on the past sessions, seems like too much of a gamble based on my preferences and brewing style.

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6/90. dry was raisin, a bit of sour, spices. wet leaf is woody, spicy.
1. medicinal, woody, cinnamon, raisin. mineral/celery coating on tongue.
2. smoky, roasty, medicinal, woody sweetness. aftertaste extends into throat
3. kind of one note. bright, something like clove

remaining 3.7 in a mug. got stiffed .3g lol. aroma is nutty and butter cookies. taste is roasty, minerally, and kind of sweet

It was okay. Not sure if I’d repurchase

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5/90. 212f, one rinse. honey, smoke, vegetal in rinse.
first steep was sweet and smoky, with some fruit and floral.
2nd was still fruity, with some vegetal young taste. something strong and almost rubber like taste.
3rd was slightly sweet and extends into throat.
4th was pushed by accident, but turned out nice. a floral sweetness and tropical fruit note. later steeps die off somewhat gracefully, with a flattening woody note and some astringency, and I got bored so I tossed it.

Can’t see myself caking, but the sample was nice. Overall, some focus and not overly heady, but nothing in taste is particularly exceptional. I think from BHYJ I’ve only tried the ’17 wan gong, and I remember that tasting better to me (more extensive, sweeter aftertaste and structure), but was also quite heady and probably not ready to drink yet.

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6.5/90. wet leaf is roasty. 1st: taste is woody and then sweetens quickly in mineral/celery aftertaste. good mouth feel. 2nd: forgot about it and was bitter. some floral in the edges. liquor smells of honey. strong lingering celery/mineral in aftertaste. 3rd: similar.

1.8g in Yeti w/ boiling. not memorable at all.

Can definitely do better at this price point.

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Just a chronicle of a stranger’s tea journey. Keeping old notes up to see progression, but no longer really believe in all of them. Trying to learn!!

As of 4/21/21, I will no longer assign numerical ratings to a tea unless it is terrible enough to warrant one. There are a fair amount of solid teas out there, and reading mildly subjective reviews from others > very subjective numerical rating that gets skewed by Steepster’s calculating system anyway.



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