952 Tasting Notes

80

Overall I liked this tea. It was bittersweet at the start. There was a bitterness for about the first three steeps. There was a sweet note along with it. There was a fair amount of fermentation flavor. I’d say it lasted until around the fourth or fifth steep, about average for a young ripe puerh. There was also a bit of a sour note that briefly crept it. I’d say around the sixth steep. This didn’t seem to last and was replaced with another sweet note. Chestnuts come to mind, but that is just an opinion. If an unpleasant note hadn’t crept in for a while I would give this a stellar review. As it is it is just a little above average.

I steeped this ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with 9.7g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. I’d guess there were about two more steeps to this tea. It does not seem like a tea that will last twenty steeps. It was fairly light colored in the tenth steep. The price makes this one I will still recommend. At $25 this is a good price.

Flavors: Bitter, Chocolate, Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 9 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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90

2016 Sheng Olympics sampler. This tea is really, really good. It had little bitterness and an apricoty sweetness from the beginning. It was very smooth. The only thing I wonder about this tea is why they bothered to lie about it’s age. Even if in reality it is from 40 or 50 year old trees it is good enough to stand on it’s own. They weren’t using the age claim to charge a premium so why did they bother. This is certainly among the best young sheng I have ever drank. It is right up there at the top. I gave this tea fourteen steeps in a 60ml gaiwan. If I wasn’t at my caffeine limit I bet it would have gone twenty steeps. Again, I wonder why they didn’t just let this tea stand on it’s own.

I steeped this tea fourteen times in a 60ml gaiwan with 3.1g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, 2 min, 2.5 min and 3 min. Again if I wasn’t at my caffeine limit this tea would have easily gone twenty steeps. I seriously wonder why they felt the need to lie about it’s age. But there is little doubt in my mind that this is not from an 1800 year old tree. I think the thread on Transparency in the Tea Industry proved that.

Flavors: Apricot, Stonefruits, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 g 2 OZ / 60 ML
Rasseru

After all that drama it was a good tea. Very weird – they could have had really good reviews here and none of the bad image they ended up with. Strange

AllanK

It was an excellent tea filled with sweet notes. I would buy one despite the controversy if they still had it in stock.

JC

Probably the reason is the price, difficult to say it is worth that they claimed if they didn’t tell the story. But I don’t know why the need, there are plenty of good and cheap tea out there so they had a good market to begin with.

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80

This tea is fairly good as ripe puerh goes. I didn’t find it spectacular but it was very tasty. It was a good solid performer. It seemed like a high quality brick as bricks go. This is just an opinion. There was a fair amount of fermentation flavor. It was not of the more unpleasant sort. It lasted pretty much until the fourth steep. It was sweet with little bitterness. There were some notes of chocolate in there It developed a fruity taste in later steeps too. This is a good solid performer at a good price. At $67 for a 1 kg brick it is reasonably priced. The only problem for most people is I don’t think he sells samples. This is one I would buy again on the unlikely prospect that it it is still in stock when I finish this brick.

I steeped this tea eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 10.1 g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. I would say this is comparable in quality to some similar bricks I have bought from Yunnan Sourcing or Puerhshop. It was very good overall.

Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 10 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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This tea tastes pretty good in the end. It is, however a fairly low quality mini tuo cha in my opinion. I base my opinion on quality on the amount of dust I observed and the fact that it was pretty much played out at ten steeps. I think a good quality ripe will go at least fourteen or fifteen steeps. It was fairly bitter in the start. There was also a sour note in the first steep. There was a hint of this note in the second steep and it was gone by the third. The flavor of the sticky rice permeated this tea for all ten steeps. It is an interesting, sweet flavor. I don’t think there is a description of it in the flavor note catalog and I’m not sure how to describe the note anyway. In the end this was an enjoyable tea. Not as good as some other sticky rice mini tuo cha I’ve had. I need to find my sticky rice mini from Yunnan Sourcing and make a comparison. Inevitably, after my move I know where none of my tea is so this won’t happen soon. As to the year of this tea, I didn’t notice a lot of fermentation flavor but the sticky rice flavor tends to cover up the fermentation flavor so who knows. The sticky rice mini from Shanghai Story was better than this one and contained less dust.

I steeped this tea ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with two mini tuo cha or 9g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, and 2 min.

Flavors: Bitter, Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 9 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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This tea would justify a very high rating, perhaps 90, it’s that good. This was among the best ripe I’ve had in at least the last few weeks. It was sweet with little in the way of bitterness. No smoke, no wet storage taste. There is just one thing I firmly believe about this tea. They lied about it’s age. The first thing I noticed in the first steep of this tea was a heavy fermentation flavor. The flavor more commonly found in a tea from 2013 or 2014, not something brand new, but certainly nothing with a lot of age on it. A tea from 1999 should have at least noticeably cleared. This one had not. If they had just told the truth about it’s age I would probably given this tea a 90 or so. As it is I will refrain from giving it a number. I will still recommend this tea. It is good and worth the price. It is only $16.99. It’s just definitely not very old. I could lodge an EBay case about it but probably won’t. If I had paid a lot I probably would. As it is I may want to order from the same seller again. In any case I gave him feedback on this tea before trying it. I fail to understand why they lied about it’s age when it is an excellent tea, well worth the price they charged. It had nice sweet notes to it, perhaps plums or dates in the end. It probably had notes of chocolate in there but I was too busy being annoyed that it wasn’t from 1999 to notice the specifics along the way. Again, I will recommend this tea, just know it’s not from 1999 unless they kept it vacuum sealed or something and it didn’t age at all in sixteen years.

I steeped this tea ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with 9.7g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. I could definitely get a few more steeps out of the leaves if I wanted to. They were not played out at ten steeps.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 9 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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83

Bought this tea recently with an Amazon order. It has dark black leaves that smell intensely sweet. The tea is roasted in taste but only slightly. I added sugar to this tea so I’m not sure if it tastes without sugar as sweet as it smells but I think so. Overall this was an excellent value. I think I paid less than $9 for three and a half ounces in a nice tea tin. It will probably be one that I finish off rather than see go to waste. I buy too much tea and never get around to selling any so too much of it gets stale.

I steeped this tea one time in a 160z Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for three minutes after a 10 second rinse.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Ubacat

Is that the same as Tao Tea Leaf in Toronto, Ontario? The name looks almost the same and I think Tao Tea Leaf sells some on Amazon.

Sil

pretty sure they’re different – one in toronto and the other in portland

AllanK

I think The Tao of Tea and Tao Tea Leaf may be two different companies but I’m not sure. Sure way to find out, do separate web searches, see if there are two websites?

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86
drank bang wei 2007 Spring by Tea Urchin
952 tasting notes

2016 Sheng Olympics Group Buy. This is a nice tea. It is very smooth with little bitterness. While its got some sweet notes it does not have the apricoty sweetness of the 2011 Bang Wei Spring. It has aged into something quite pleasant though. There is no hint of wet storage in this tea yet it has aged somewhat. It has a nice dark colored tea soup. It has not yet developed any unpleasant aged flavors. It is quite good.

I steeped this twelve times in a 100ml gaiwan with 7g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 mini, 1.5 min, and 2 min.

Flavors: Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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95

2016 Sheng Olympics sheng sampler from Liquid Proust. This is without doubt one of the best shengs I have ever drank. It had very little bitterness and a sweet taste from the start. I would have to use the word apricot to describe the sweetness, apricots and stonefruits definitely. I gave this ten steeps and may go back to two more if I reheat my Anta Pottery Clay Boiler again. I don’t know how much this one cost and I’ve never ordered from Tea Urchin but I definitely want one. I think I want to buy one and store it it my pumidor for the long term. However, since I also want to go in on the group order from Yanqqinghao with Emmet I may have to wait on this.

I steeped this tea ten times in a 100ml gaiwan with 6.3g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. The tea was not played out at ten steeps, I’m sure I could get a few more from it and may go back to it after I finish this review.

Flavors: Apricot, Stonefruits, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Liquid Proust

Excited for this and interested in how you view the 07 :)

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drank Almond Plum Perfection by Teavana
952 tasting notes

Decaf and Herbal TTB. This is likely the last tea I will drink from this TTB. I plan to seal up the box a little later tonight. This is very sweet. Tastes a little artificial like many Teavana teas taste. It really is quite nice in some ways and I think it would be excellent iced. Another reviewer mentioned it tasted like almond extract. I don’t know if the flavor of the almonds is from extract but it is possible.

I steeped this one time in a Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 7 minutes.

Flavors: Almond, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I am Allan. I live and work in Long Island, New York. I have been amassing a tea collection for nearly two years and have spent way too much money. I now try to buy mostly Puerh as I like it most and it lasts nearly forever. Black tea has a habit of going bad. If anyone is interested in tea swaps I am open to ideas and have quite a cupboard.

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