355 Tasting Notes
Picked this this morning because I wanted a new puerh but didn’t want to go to the trouble of breaking a cake. This is very tasty and sweet. I am not sure just how sweet because I added sugar so it is very sweet. I’m afraid I am not getting the specific notes in the steepster write up but it is good.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 7.1g leaf and boiling water for 30 sec.
Picked this one up from Teavana today because it smelled good and was very low in cafffeine. One nice thing about Teavana is they rate their teas by caffeine content so I know this tea does not have much. This tea is interesting if a little too fruity. Sometimes Teavana does fruity very well. This tea is decent but not great. I am hopeful that it won’t keep me awake. I would rather be drinking puerh but the caffeine often kills me. I don’t want to be awake all night from the caffeine so this tea is a compromise. As a blend of green tea and green rooibos it is lower in caffeine still.
Drinking this tea is a bit like drinking sangria without the alcohol. The flavor of the rooibos is strong and does not mix entirely well with the jasmine tea.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 3 min.
Flavors: Peach, Strawberry
The puerh I drank earlier is keeping me from sleeping so I am drinking this. The unpleasant tasting Valerian Root in this tea has a mild narcotic effect and has helped me sleep in the past, sometimes. This tea desperately needs sweetener to counteract the Valerian root. I added honey and agave nectar. They seem to work better than sugar. We will see if the tea has the desired effect. I will know in the morning, or in two hours if I am still awake.
This is a very expensive ripe puerh that I bought a sample of with my last order from Yunnan Sourcing. It costs about $120 a bing. In my opinion, it is not worth the price. I am glad I bought a sample. I so wanted to love this tea but I don’t. The first thing I tasted in this tea surprised me, fermentation flavor and quite a lot of it. It has barely aged at all and has more fermentation flavor to it than some 2012 teas I have drank. The fermentation flavor lasted until the fourth steep at least. There was a distinct sour note throughout all the steepings I put it through. Even in the last steep I gave it, the sixth steep, there is some fermentation flavor left. There was a fair amount of bitterness in the early steepings too, at least through the first three steeps. It did eventually get sweeter. I think this is an overpriced tea in the least.
I brewed this six times in a 220ml gaiwan with 8.2g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 10 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, and 30 sec. It did have strength going for it in the early steeps but that did not last. I think I would have gotten another four steeps out of this tea.
This tea is certainly one of the best oolong teas I have ever tasted. It tastes strongly of coconut and berries or fruity notes. There is only a hint of that characteristic oolong bitterness. This is damn good tea. I will have to buy more when I use up my coupon for Mandala tea.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 2 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 30 sec.
Flavors: Berries, Coconut, Fruity
Brewed this western style this morning. This is another winner of a loose ripe puerh from Mandala Tea. I did not realize I had already written a tasting note on this one. This has notes of chocolate and is very creamy in texture. It is sweet. Evven brewed western style in the first steep there is almost zero bitterness, just a barely perceptible amount. Adding a little sugar to this makes the chocolate notes taste like hot chocolate. This is good.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 6.2g leaf and boiling water for 30 sec.
This is a fairly sweet green tea with notes of cream and honeysuckle. There is also a strong floral and vegetal component to the tea as well as a slight sour taste. Lat night I drank rooibos in the hopes of getting to sleep. I couldn’t sleep a wink, I think because of caffeine withdrawals. Ironicallu, lack of caffeine can cause sleeplessness. Hopefully there is enough caffeine in this to keep me from going through withdrawals but not to keep me awake.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 4 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 1 min.
Flavors: Cream, Floral, Honeysuckle, Vegetal
This is a sweet puerh with notes of apricots and stonefruits. I bought a sample of this with my last order to see if it was worth spending nearly $300 on. While it is really good puerh, for me to spend that on a raw puerh the words tea drunk would have to be involved. I felt no effect from this tea at all, although it was relaxing. The fact that I drank it without sugar is proof that it was sweet, I always add sugar to raw puerh. I wanted to get the full effect from this tea without dulling the effect with sugar, there was no effect anyway. I would not say that I experienced any major qi with this tea. It was good though, sweet and smooth throughout. There was a slight sour note in the first two steeps that soon disappeared.
I brewed this 13 times in a 125ml gaiwan with 5.1g leaf and 200 degree water. I steeped it for 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, 2 min, 2.5 min, 3 min, 3.5 min and 4 min.
Flavors: Apricot, Stonefruits