1546 Tasting Notes

77

Bought two of these in a recent order. They are generally a safe bet in ripe tea as COFCO usually produces a good ripe. This tea was overall very good although mind you not spectacular. It had a nice taste to it. There was a fair amount of fermentation flavor that was not too unpleasant it having matured for a few years. If it had ever had a fishy taste it was gone now. It was fairly bittersweet at the start too. The bitterness, like the fermentation didn’t last too long. I have been sick the past few days so I really was making no attempt to get the specifics down. So there could have been some chocolate taste in there but I don’t know for sure. I know it was a very nice tasting ripe and the price was quite low. I forget what I paid but I am pretty sure it was under $15. For a standard, factory ripe produced in huge quantities this is pretty good. I can only imagine how big the batch of this tea was.

I steeped this ten times in a 160ml solid silver teapot with 14.2g 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. It would certainly have gone a few more steeps. Has a nice dark color in the tenth steep.

Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 14 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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85
drank Framboise Chocolat by Lupicia
1546 tasting notes

This is a very tasty black tea. There is a nice balance between the chocolate flavors and the berry flavors. It does not come off as tasting artificial at all. It is good.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper withi 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 minutes.

Flavors: Berry, Chocolate

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

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80
drank Strawberry by Lupicia
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Got this in my order yesterday. It is pretty good. It has a nice strawberry flavor. The flavor does not come across as artificial to me. It is good.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for three minutes.

Flavors: Strawberry

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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75
drank The au Chocolat by Lupicia
1546 tasting notes

There is definitely a note of bittersweet chocolate to this tea. It would be more to my tastes if it was more sweet and less like bittersweet choclate. There id definitely a chocolate note. I amnot really sure what type of chocolate they add to this. Still it is fairly tasty. As I recall last time I ordered from Lupica they were out of this and I had wanted to try it. Got it yesterday in what was my second or third order with Lupica. I like their teas so I will order again.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for three minutes.

Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate

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

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83

This tea was strong, punchy and bitter. The bitterness lasted until around the eighth steep. After that it became sweeter. It became quite tasty just took a long while to get there.

I steeped this tea twelve times in a 150ml gaiwan with 8.2g 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, and 2 minutes. This one might age well. Will put it away for a year and see what it tastes like.

Flavors: Bitter, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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100

Drinking this again to see if I still like it as much as the first time I drank it. It is certainly one of the best ripes I have drank. There was a sweet note from the start with little or no bitterness. There was a certain amount of fermentation flavor but it was not too strong and didn’t last all that long, maybe four or five steeps. I am not sure if I would say this had chocolate notes but it certainly is possible. I would describe the sweet note as a dates note or something similar. This is probably the most expensive tea in my collection. Unfortunately he does not sell samples of this. As I understand it he has only a few bricks left. The question I ask is this really ancient tree. The claim of 500 to 800 year trees is not as obnoxious as those claims of some sellers. This probably means the bulk of the tea comes from 500 year old trees. But as I trust the seller and he was not selling this for a suspiciously low price I tend to believe him. This was priced where you would expect such old tree tea to be priced. I tend to believe Larry at Purepuer. The tea went 16 steeps and would have gone a couple more had I the patience for the long steeps. It is said that only ancient tree material will go for so many steeps but I don’t know if this is true. I’m sure I could have gotten twenty steeps out of this tea. It was a little weaker in the sixteenth steep but it was still noticeable as tea.

I steeped this 16 times in a 160ml solid silver teapot with 14.4g 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, 3 min, 3.5 min, and 4 minutes. I still think this is among the very best ripes I have ever drank and I have had a lot of different ripe tea. This one was clearly fermented properly. It was not in my understanding a huge production batch like some. This makes sense as they have only so many leaves from 500 year old trees. I don’t know how large was the production batch but I would suspect not more than 50 bricks or so.

Preparation
Boiling 14 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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85

This is one of the more expensive ripes sold by Tuocha Tea. It is good but not quite spectacular. It started out a bit bitter with a fair amount of fermentation taste to it. I didn’t find the fermentation taste unpleasant or fishy. It developed a nice sweet note in the end.

I steeped this tea ten times in a 160ml solid silver teapot with 14.1g 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, and 1 minute.

Preparation
14 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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81

This is an excellent ripe that could use a couple more years of aging. There was a lot of fermentation flavor through the first four or five steeps. It was initially bittersweet in nature. The fermentation was not of the unpleasant sort. A sweet note developed after the bitter left. It was good.

I steeped this ten times in a 160ml solid silver teapot with 14.1g 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, and 1 minute.

Preparation
Boiling 14 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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79

This was over the course of twelve steeps a nice tea. It started off bitter sweet. After the leaves opened up it was just bitter. Then a sweet note developed but there was a bitter aftertaste. Soon this disappeared and it was just sweet. Not sure what to call the notes so I won’t try to describe them.

I steeped this twelve times in a 150 ml gaiwan wiih 8.1g 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, and 2 minutes.

Flavors: Bitter, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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95

Drinking this for the third or fourth time. It is definitely a good ripe. What I am asking myself is was it worth the price. It think their are some subtle notes to this tea that most ripe doesn’t have. I think it is definitely better than the average ripe. But I have not yet convinced myself that it was worth the price.

There was a fair amount of fermentation flavor and an initial bittersweet note. After a few steeps the fermentation went away and a sweet note remained. Overall this was excellent tea.

I steeped this 16 times in a 160ml solid silver teapot with 14.9g 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, 3 min, 3.5 min, and 4 min. If I wanted to continue I am sure this tea would go 20 or 25 steeps but I have just drank an awful lot of tea at 16 steeps.

Preparation
Boiling 14 g 5 OZ / 160 ML
BigDaddy

Sounds intriguing, price be damned.

obritten

Yea I’ve been trying to figure that out myself since I reviewed mine. It really is a fantastic ripe that lasts much longer than most but I’d like it more in the $150-200 range

Cwyn

It’s way too early to decide on the price. This is a brand new tea. Give it 5-10 years.

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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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