Wuyishan Black

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205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 g 150 oz / 4444 ml

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A rare and innovative black tea from Fujian, China. Sweet and smooth with notes of caramel and sour cherry. Unlike traditional black tea, our Wuyishan Black is made from oolong varietals. This unorthodox method imbues our Wuyishan with complex fruit aromatics and a deep flavor that reveals itself through multiple infusions.

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3294 tasting notes

My steepster select teas came a few days ago, & how could I not start with this one? I am a fan of Wuyi teas, & this one is no exception. It has a deep earthy kind of taste, & a fruity richness. My only regret is that I only get 2 servings. I drank one this evening, re-steeping twice. I may try one more steep, just to see if I can get anything else out of it.


That’s some seriously crazy pricingf or two servings…and I supposed hose are normal person servings sigh

Terri HarpLady

yeah, I’m afraid my membership probably wont last long…

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2816 tasting notes

This tea came in the Steepster select box for December. Definitely has flavors that are reminiscent of a wuyi oolong which is understandable given the origin of the leaf. Very earthy with a hint of smoke, slightly winey and fruity. It’s a bit on the light side for a black tea and doesn’t need any additions. I detect a floral aroma in the tea liquor.

Overall enjoyable but not something I would stock on a permanent basis.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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1271 tasting notes

Steepster Select!

This tea was pretty unique! Smokey apple wood, smooth and cherry with a little astringency at the end. It seems like the perfect tea to sip on, while I watch my husband grill steaks. I’d drink this with a rare steak – the pairing would be lovely!

Ugg, reminds me how my husband eats his steaks blue now. I blame the cruiseship for spoiling him rotten.

Back to the tea, I found this tea to be highlight of the box as it was a unique black tea experience!

Full review of the Steepster Select Dec 2013 box on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/steepster-select-january-2014-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/


Geez. My fingers are now itching to join Steepster Select. Must resist for now. :-(

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1113 tasting notes

Hmm, I dunno about this tea. It is smokey, tart, and a little bitter. I’m not getting much sweetness from it so it seems unbalanced somehow. I can appreciate its uniqueness, but it is definitely not something I would purchase.


Stephanie, who do you like Steepster Select so far, is it worth it? (Not that it matters cause I’m in Canada, but I curious to know!)


I meant «how» do you like, oops.


Well, I was offered a free box, so it was DEFINITELY worth it for me. I’ve only tried this one and one other offering so far. The other tea was a Yunnan black and I preferred it to this one. I think the Select Box would be nice for someone a little earlier in their tea journey than I am, who are still looking to try a whole bunch of different things. (Everything in the box was a straight unflavored tea, BTW) I’m to the point where I kind of know what I like and random boxes where I’m unlikely to actually enjoy all the offerings are losing their appeal to me.


Then we have a similar take on this thing, I too know pretty much where I stand, and although I’m still enjoying trying new stuff, I much prefer choosing on my own. But I totally understand the concept and why it is so popular, this is just my opinion :-)

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2145 tasting notes

With my first sip I realized that this tea is like nothing else I have ever tried. It has an earthy flavor to it, that reminds me of good quality pu-erh, yet still manages to be quite different. Once I moved past that I immediately noticed the deep smoke notes. They aren’t nearly as strong as Lapsang Souchong and instead remind me more of Keemun. I’ve moved away from drinking smoke teas lately, I just don’t enjoy them as much as I once did, but this one stands out from the others that I have tried. Behind the smoke flavor of this black tea lurks a tartness, almost reminiscent of sour cherries. It isn’t immediately noticeable, but every once-in-awhile the flavor peaks through followed up by a hint of caramel-like sweetness.

You can read the rest of the review over on my blog:

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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206 tasting notes

Mehhhh I was not a fan of this. I am not in favor of smokey teas unfortunately. There were hints of tart from the cherry and a taste that reminded me of burnt sugar maybe that was the smokiness combining with the caramel untertones. So therefore I cannot rate this tear out of my dislike in this taste.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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772 tasting notes

Steeped this at lower than the suggested parameters because I’m stuck with just a stovetop kettle at my parent’s place and the meat thermometer said this was at 180 when I tested it at the beginning of the steep.

This is altogether way too smokey for my tastes. I can’t pick up much beyond that. I’ll likely not try a second steep because of it so I will have the second pouch available for trading when I get home. I did not bring it with me. Glad I did not serve this to my mother as I’m pretty sure she would hate it. I wish I could pick up the sour cherry and caramel notes as they sound delicious.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

Or maybe I will put it in the tea box.

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53 tasting notes

Love this. Love the fruity smell and strong oolong finish.

Sorry, I’m biased :)

212 °F / 100 °C 2 min, 0 sec

The office needs tea.


Hi please follow me so I may message you privately, I am having a very poor steepster select experience


@bobcatpretzel, sorry to hear that! I’ve followed you, let’s follow up.

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417 tasting notes

I’m not into this at all. I should have read the tasting notes for this first, because I brewed this being relatively certain that I would like it. I don’t like smokey and I don’t like sour in my black teas, and those are the strongest flavors in this. Second cup I am dumping in a row. :-( If someone wants my other sample of this, message me!

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564 tasting notes

This brewed up twice as dark as I remember it last time. Odd, because I didn’t change anything.

This cup is almost nutty, with a bit of a sweet undertone (the caramel I noted last time again). There is a smokiness to it that I don’t remember from last time, but I’m enjoying the mix of that with the strong cherry notes.

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