50 Tasting Notes


oh la la… an early First Flush from the Rohine Estate India.
Pluck Feb. 14, 2015.

Very green, very nutty, and no bitter notes.

This is a superb FF! One of the best FF I have tasted in years.

Flavors: Muscatel

190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 200 OZ / 5914 ML

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received a 5g sample for my monthly sub from white2tea.

Was excited as I had heard so much about orchid dancongs, and never got around to try it.

long leaf, smells grainy, like freshly baked bread.
steep 2gr. 200 ml. kamjove teamaker 90 C, 1 minute.

I may be doing something wrong, coz I can’t seem to steep this one right. It’s bitter, and not at all the taste I had anticipated..
Tried several steeps, but none was o.k. I guess this is not my cup of tea. Too difficult to get the steep right for an o.k. cup of tea, well, maybe some other time, but for now, a no no for me.

200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 15 sec 2 g 200 OZ / 5914 ML
Luca Jooste

Heloo! Is there a possibili-tea that you come from the netherlands…if so….me too!! :-)

Sandra Vdplaats

Dag Luca,
ja, ik ben Nederlandse. Hoi :)!

Sandra Vdplaats

Hi Luca,
yes, i am from the Netherlands


Neighbors as I thought! :)

Luca Jooste

Exactomundo mr M!!! Nice to have neighbors whom I may possigly swap with eventually :))

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yum! received this generous sample from Hotsoup.
I normally love/drink green/light& medium roasted oolongs, and have not tried a coal -fired oolong before. This one is from 2001 and has been fried each year over and over again…

Initially, it smells like b-b-q. deep smoke with hints of wet woodland and mushrooms. Deep black, roasted nuggests.

liqour: black, almost like a black coffee.

Teapot: my Kamjove teapot, 200ml. 1 min. steeping time

Notes: very thick mouthfeel, cherries, plumps, chocolate, raisins…… it is SWEET. Huhh, that comes as a surprise….
No hints of smoke whatever…. just pure sweetness….

WOW this is complex …. I love it.
Absolutely great. Can be steeped 20 times plus at least.

Will def. look for more examples of aged/deep roasted oolongs!

Flavors: Almond, Apricot, Brown Sugar, Honey, Plum, Raisins, Smoke

Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 200 OZ / 5914 ML

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this is my first try at pu ehr, and I am pleasantly surprised….
it smells like a barnyard, which I try to ignore…

1 tbl spoon, my kamjove 200ml. steeping time 1 min.

red coloured tea, very smooth & warming.
Hints of cacoa. sweet. woodsy…

since this is my first try at pu ehr ripe , I will keep this short, and add more later after

200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 200 OZ / 5914 ML

It took me quite a while to be brave enough to try shou as well. I wasn’t sure, I kept saying, I didn’t want to risk not liking it. So then I got talked into trying just a little. Wow. I loved it.

Sandra Vdplaats

me too, though the smell is will always be an issue….however, since I signed up for the White2Tea teaclub (love oolongs and sheng pu) I decided to have a go at shou. Was ready to pass it on to a friend who loves it… but i fear she will end up with nothing this time. :)


Sandra glad you are enjoying shou!

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another darjeeling from my subscription with Golden tips India.
This pick is from Aug 10, 2013
Grade: FTGFOP1 Cl Tip

Abundant with yellowish/white & soft brown tips.
Doesn’t have distinct muscatel flavour upon opening.

2 and half spoon on the pot (450mg); steep produces rather light golden brew, lighter than most of the darjeelings I had so far….

very faint muscatel aftertaste, alas, for me, I prefer mine bold and with muscatel taste/flavour.
Generally, a good darjeeling though, even better for first time tasters that much rather fancy a less pronounced darjeeling ….

Overall, proper darjeeling and o.k.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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Had this one steep to another 4 min. still a light golden cup. O.k. black tea, but not strong and malty enoubh to my liking.

Quite standard breakfast tea, Grade FOP1
Second Flush

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 400 OZ / 11829 ML

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classic assam from the peak second flush season. Sprinkled evenly with golden tips, the tea make for a bright liquor, a full body with a unique maltiness.

TGOP1 Summer flush.

Malty, strong cup. Had this one for breakfast, and it’s actually quite good. A proper wake-=up tea.

Flavors: Malt

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 400 OZ / 11829 ML

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One of the many assams from my Golden Tips subcription box that I need to review.
Picked this one for breakfast.
Golden brown cup. Malty. Not strong enough for me to get that kick-start in the morning. Just about average.

Flavors: Malt

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 450 OZ / 13308 ML

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oh la la….. stop the clocks, cut off the phone…

and find yourself in (Darjeeling) Heaven…

Wonderful, wonderful tea. Great muscatel flavours. Smells great, and tastes even beter! Advised to stock in bulk :)

Flavors: Muscatel

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 200 OZ / 5914 ML

I just tried this tea, and I agree! ;-)

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48 y/o mom of 3
freelance translator, proofreader and writer; Tea addict
black teas: Assams & Darjeeling teas
Green: Japanese Sencha & Gyokuro
Oolongs: Grand Pouchung, aged anxi rou gui, Huang Jin Gui, aged oolongs, Darjeeling oolongs
pu ehr: mainly sheng, trying shou pu ehr! so far so good :)-
Favourite home brew: London Fog and Chai Latte


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