298 Tasting Notes

Classical version of a dry stored tea. There is smoke in the cup and a bunch of the youthful notes still alive and well in this one. The later steeps mix the smoke and wood along with the sharper green notes still left. If any of you can separate the leaves in these Dayi cakes my hat is off to you. I just can’t seem to do it without breaking a bunch.
Still a good one to experience a storage that doesn’t take as many youthfulness of the tea away.

Hope you all have been well. Has been a crazy year and a half for me. I am finally able to unplug from work for a week and not have both jobs going. A bunch of people seem to be mia on here and I hope they are all well as anyone reading this is I hope to be as well.

Flavors: Bitter, Hay, Herbaceous, Smoke, Wood

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

Hello, Cuz! Good to hear from you!


I hope you enjoy your time from work!!


Hey y’all good to see ya! Yeah tea-sipper I have needed a break. Still need to find some people that seem lost to me at the moment. Rich, how is the kitty doing? I am working on a chairman junior at the moment.


ash, we are heading to healing springs in October. May be a side trip if all eases up with this covid mess.


Sounds like fun!

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Bought this one in a sample from Tea Masters. I got a part near the middle of the cake. A little compressed but nothing to worry about. Started with a 10 gram chunk to start with. I gave a 15 second rinse to let it break up a bit.
Ist steep about 5 seconds showed some orange color and a sweetness of the tea.
2nd steep orange as well a little bit darker. Some of the floral came into the cup as a secondary note. There was some bitterness as well.
Subsequent steeps were pretty close to the second steep. I haven’t fully steeped it out yet. All steeps were right off boiling on the water.
I think this is a decently priced mid tier tea from the Kunming/CNNP factory. I think storage has been good enough to take most of the harsh edge off. I think it will develop more as time goes on. For the price on this one it isn’t all that exciting but you could put it in your rotation without breaking the bank on cost per gram.

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Sweet

Iced 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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2006 8582 <601> batch. Taiwan aged. Very nice with some dried fruit in the rinse along with some floral. Got some bite on the back end. probably due to the bigger leaf or some BuLang mixed in there. Sweeter as the cup cools a bit. I seem to prefer these and 7532’s over the 7542’s. Maybe these aren’t as hyped and stay more affordable longer.

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Fruity, Sweet

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

Great to see a review from you after a long hiatus!


Good to see you too Rich. Hope the site straightens out.


There you are!

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Got this from a buy from a friend with a Taiwan hookup.
I got about 10 grams of this one out to brew with. The cake as I got it was fairly dry in appearance. The leaf on the cake showed the signs of the humid storage. They seemed to be a bit older than the cake stated for its age. I would guess some humidity early on and then a lighter storage.
I gave a rinse of about 5 seconds and let it sit a while. The rinse showed color so I knew a bit about the age. I had the old book scent with some of that camphor mixed in. First steep about 5 seconds and color was nice. It has the notes of the storage early in the sip but the sweetness and smoothness of the aging of the tea. It has the camphor cooling and the sweetness on the tongue that seems to linger a while at the back of the tongue.
The cooling and the sweetness with some of the aged date notes are what stand out to me. This would be an easy choice when you wanted a no fuss tea to have every day. Pretty nice.

I am going to list another thing. I am going to be in the Santa Clara/ San Fran area March 7th through March 9th with the better half. I am wondering how to get my tea on the airplane so any tips? Also I know a few of you live in the area and I am fairly free after 1630 on Thursday , about all day Friday and most o=f the day till about 1700 on Friday. I am going to try and visit Alcatraz, ride the trolley car, visit Chinatown and see the Golden Gate bridge. Anyone around and maybe we can do a tea session while I am there. Would like to meet a few of you if we can do it.

Flavors: Camphor, Dates, Musty, Sweet

10 g 100 OZ / 2957 ML
Mastress Alita

I take my tea on vacation with me every time, not once have I had an issue. I make my loose leaf and have never been asked about it… I’ve ever stuffed entire kettles and gravity well infusers into my baggage carry on!


Oh, I was hoping you’d have some time on Saturday. I do have appointments those days and will probably work from home, so I should be available close to lunch time.


Todd I will be available Saturday lunch. I want to do the Chinatown tour. I will message you on here.
Mastress Alita, that is an idea I haven’t thought of. I am going to pack just like that.

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drank 2018 Ghosts by white2tea
298 tasting notes

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Having a sample of this one tonight.
Dumped the sample into the breaking tray. Looks to be bigger leaf and an almost purple hue to the leaf. Ye Sheng maybe? Not sure at this point. Got 10 grams out to brew with. Heated the water and pored some into the easy brewer and dumped. Tossed around. Very fruity almost like grape skin mixed with honey.
First brew after a quick rinse. Whispers of a touch of smoke. Very light. Taste very fruity and just on the tip of the tongue. Sweet on the aftertaste lingering.
Second brew, still flash steeping. Nice and sweet. A little more thickness and the mouth coating is starting. I saw a few buds mixed in so this may be some of the sweetness. I know there are two types of wild tea. Bitter version and sweet which this one seems to be. Starting to carry heaviness and some berry malt to it.
Third steep, a little more of the white grape creeps in. Starting to have a touch of bitterness mixed in as well. Very light though. Almost like drinking a sweet white wine varietal. Pretty close just without the alcohol.

Flavors: Berry, Bitter, Honey, Smoke, Sweet, White Grapes

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

Is that different from this? https://essenceoftea.com/collections/puerh-tea/products/2018-spring-secret-forest-puerh

The 2018 Secret Forest says “We pressed this tea last year and offered these cakes as preorders, which have now sold out.”



@TeaGull it is a sample from he previous year. I am intrigued to know if the current compares. I may have to find a swapper to check the new one out. I just wished they had pressed a bigger cake. I dislike the new smaller cake sizes.


I bought a sample of the 2018 and really enjoyed it. It definitely has Ye Sheng in it. It’s got some funky spicy and umami characters to it and a really love long mouthfeel.

Personally, I appreciate the smaller cake sizes, I just don’t need 357/400 more grams of anything these days. But, even this one is a little more than I want to spend right now.


I will probably start downsizing in the future as storage shrinks.
I agree about the Ys Sheng as it seems to have that edge to it.


I tried the 2018 secret garden as well as the Gedeng Guoyolin and Piercing the illusion and they all have that Ye Sheng vibe to them. Nice Chardonnay notes. Kinda like the Slumbering Dragon without the big bitterness. All would be worth caking but I already have enough wild tea to last a while…

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drank 2016 Teadontlie by white2tea
298 tasting notes

Excellent tea. The depth is coming out on this one. I did my usual 10grams to 100ml of water just off boiling and one rinse. The florality aroma of this one comes early. Sweetness almsxt like a gum taste comes in early. The later steeps lose much of the florality and the tea gets heavier and almost a touch viscous. Later steeps had the bitter aspects coming in. I played around in the leaves and would guess a couple of years leaf in this one. Nice leaf, and mostly 2 leaves and a bud. Found a couple that were almost able to stretch across my palm. Good tea to celebrate a bit with.

Happy Fourth of July to all. Let us remember the ones who gave us our freedom and still are on point to protect it.

Flavors: Floral, Heavy, Sweet, Thick

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

Teadontlie was tempting, as it all the right notes for me and was just around my budget….most of which I had already spent on some nice Wuyi oolongs.


I hear ya. It is a good one for sure.

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I got this tea in a package from* Healthy Leaf* for review.

I set myself up some time to do this one. I was given a 10 gram sample of this to try. I heated the water and preheated the gaiwan. I tossed the sample in there after draining the water out and tossed it around. The aroma was pretty light.

Going with the vendors recommendation with a good 20 second rinse since it is a tuo and compressed tight. I let it sit an hour and came back to it.
First brew was light in color and a small amount of aroma woodsy and earthy. The brew was a bit silky and almost creamy in mouthfeel. There is just a tiny whisper of smoke in there. The brew has the wood notes and sweetness to it. I can see the jam note reference.
Second brew brought out some more notes. I can faintly get the juniper the vendor described along with some mineral and sweetness. There is an aftertaste of mint if you let this sit across your palate and breathe in a bit.
Third brew the wet leaf has started getting the whiskey barrel note to it. The brew is darker and full with the smoke coming back in but the sweetness and berry comes at the end.
I expect this one to brew a while and I will add an addendum to this. It keeps getting stronger and may outlast me on the session for today. I have no doubt that this will brew well tomorrow as well.
The thing about this tea is the aging. Not so dry as to not mature and not so wet as to get the mustiness that often accompanies it. This is right and one of the best, so far, Dali Tuos that I have had. I think if nothing else of trying this if you don’t mind the smoke touches in there. A sample if as good as the one I got will give you a great session with this tea.

Flavors: Creamy, Earth, Jam, Smoke, Sweet, Whiskey

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

lol “infected mushroom.”


When did your samples arrive? Still waiting on mine


I wonder if the name is a tribute to the band! Sounds like a fun complex tea!


I got mine in Thursday. Not sure about the band reference unless they are smooooth. I think this will go a few days as it still hasn’t fully broken up yet.

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Brewing this up tonight. I remember sampling a bit when it first came in to see where to store it.
I pulled 10 grams out to brew with. Cake is looser now that it has had time to settle a bit. I tossed the leaf in a warmed brewer and it gave an almost sweet alfalfa note. I rinsed it and got brewing.
First infusion quick steep, comes across sweet and aromatic. Light on the palate as it is still opening up. Let it sit about 30 minutes after this.
Second infusion, a bit more punch to it . Some astringency, maybe a hint of tart and metallic. Let it cool slightly and the sweetness comes back. An almost mint note to it.
Third infusion, still quick steeps. A little more bite/bitter in there. Sweetness still on the last note on the tongue. Gets thicker and has the lingering in the throat a bit. Seems to be good material. Not sure about pricing since it has climbed since I purchased it.

Flavors: Sweet

Boiling 10 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

I haven’t had any of CWS’s 2016 line and am wondering what I missed out on… I hear the Hekai and manmai gushu are very good.


I have the Hekai but untried as of yet.


woul dlike to hear your opinion on the 2016 Hekai – I really liked the 2015 Hekai


@Alexander, I may have to delve sometime this week.

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Been airing this one since I got it. I grabbed about 11 grams out to brew with. I gave it a good long rinse. First three steepings are smoky, bitter and strong. I think this is one to just put away and age. Material looks decent for the price paid. There is some floral hayish lingering in the mouth a bit after drinking this one.

Flavors: Bitter, Hay, Smoke

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 11 g 150 OZ / 4436 ML

I had the 2015 Laoyu. There’s some good base material underneath the smoke – which isn’t too offensive, IMO. I haven’t decided how I feel about it yet, but I do think it’s well worth the price.


I am just hoping it will air out quickly.


Mine aired out within a few months really.


Perhaps storing the cakes in a crock or ceramic container with a non-glazed inner wall will help speed that up?


I have just had it sitting out. I may try to get it in something with some humidity to it.

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