355 Tasting Notes

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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.

Flavors: Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 18 OZ / 532 ML

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drank Calm Me Teatoxy by Teatoxy
355 tasting notes

Its nearly 3am and I am drinking this tea in the hopes it relaxes me enough to get to sleep. That is what it is supposed to do. It is fairly bitter and somewhat sour but I don’t care I just hope it calms my nerves and lets me sleep.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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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

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
AllanK

The puerh I drank the other night was too strong for my Ambien to work right. This does not have enough caffeine to interfere.

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drank Moonlight Snooze by Simpson & Vail
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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.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
AllanK

Last night this helped me relax and sleep after too much caffeine.

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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.

Flavors: Earth

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 7 OZ / 220 ML
AllanK

I think that there is more misinformation about caffeine in the than information. One tidbit of misinformation is that older puerh has less caffeine. I think this idea is balderdash. This older puerh had a lot of caffeine, I am feeling its effect right now. I think I will switch to green teas on night where I have to be up before noon the next day. They have less caffeine.

AllanK

That should have read, I think there is more misinformation about caffeine in tea than information. Why can’t I edit a comment to correct a typo.

SimpliciTEA

Thanks for your review.

It is annoying that you can’t edit a comment; I just delete the old one and submit a new one, that is, if I think the edit is important enough.

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drank Milk Oolong by Mandala Tea
355 tasting notes

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

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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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.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 18 OZ / 532 ML
Tealizzy

Ooh, sounds yummy!

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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

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
TeaBrat

I couldn’t sleep last night either!

AllanK

I am thinking of giving up on giving up on caffeine. If no caffeine makes it impossible to sleep at all, better off a green tea with low caffeine and no withdrawal symptoms.

cookies

Have you tried hojicha at bedtime? I have it about every night and it doesn’t affect my sleeping patterns.

AllanK

No I haven’t but I think most greens have less caffeine, at least that is what my gastroenterologist says.

cookies

Yes, and houjicha supposedly has even less because of how roasted it is. Kukicha (and hoji-kukicha) are also good because apparently the twigs/stems don’t contain as much caffeine as the leaves.

TeaBrat

Maybe you could just drink caffeine in the morning. I find if I drink some later in the afternoon it does give me problems.

AllanK

That was exactly what I had done the night I had complete insomnia, I stopped drinking caffeine around 12 or 12:30 in the afternoon and didn’t sleep a wink. Last night with a green tea I slept good.

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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

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 125 ML
TeaBrat

that is a pretty expensive cake!

AllanK

That is why I only bought 2 10g samples. They were about $8.50 each. I figure this tea session was almost $5. I don’t think I’m going to buy it.

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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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