705 Tasting Notes

84

Judged purely on the first few steeps I would have to give this tea a poor rating. It was fairly bitter in the early steeps and there were sour notes. However the tea got better. This would not be one to western brew. The bitterness largely dissipated after four steeps and soon the sour notes did too. What was left was quite good. It was sweet. I would even venture to say notes of apricots like many a good young sheng has. Tuocha Tea sells their tea at reasonable prices. This one was only around $26 if I recall correctly. Their prices are hard to beat. I have only sampled their teas not drank them all but I like their ripe in particular. This is the first of their raws I have drank so the jury is still out in general. I have several more of their raw teas to sample in the coming weeks.

I steeped this ten times in a 130ml gaiwan with 8g 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. The tea was not finished. If I wanted to continue I could certainly have gotten a few more steeps out of it.

Flavors: Apricot, Bitter, Sour, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 130 ML
tea123

$26 (£16.68) for a 500g cake. That’s a lot of tea.

AllanK

Tuocha Tea has excellent prices. There was a big thread on them on Teachat a while back. People were wondering if they sold fakes. In my experience they sell the real deal.

mrmopar

They are the real deal. I don’t think they adjust pricing till they get new inventory in.

AllanK

No they do raise prices but keep them pretty low. The tea I bought two tongs of by accident went up from about $26 to $39.

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86

This ripe is pretty good. It has a fair amount of fermentation flavor left. It has partially but not completely cleared. It was a good price for a 2007 tea too. Only $35 at Yunnan Sourcing if I recall correctly. There were a lot of sweet notes to this tea, even fruity notes in the later steeps but I wasn’t really paying attention to the specifics.

I steeped this eight times in a 180ml teapot with 12g 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. If I wasn’t stopping because of the caffeine I am sure I could have gotten another four or five steeps out of it.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 12 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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80

This is a fairly tasty ripe puerh with a fair amount of fermentation flavor. It is nice a sweet. With only a little bitterness, not much. I only western brewed this this morning as I am off to work shortly. No time for gongfu.

I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 30 seconds after a 10 second rinse.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85

Thank you Boychik for this sample. This is a tasty and delicious black tea. There are notes of malt and sweet notes to it. I gongfud this through eight steeps but admit I was tired and probably missed the specific notes. For those who don’t like malt in black tea this has a very pleasant malt character, not at all overpowering. The maltiness slowly dissipated as I resteeped this. This tea would have essily gone twelve steeps I think but I was at my caffeine limit for the day.

I steeped this eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with boiling water and 7.2g leaf. I steeped it for 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, and 1.5 min.

Flavors: Malt, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
bef

There are other good black teas available online. But just try to find one that is such a good value… I think twodog told me that it would be back online with the autumn recolt.

paxl13

@bef That would be fantastic !!! I will make sure to order some :)

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83

This is a nice, inexpensive sweet ripe puerh from Streetshop88. There was a fair amount of fermentation flavor in the early steeps but I detected no fishiness or funk. There was a sweet flavor and little bitterness. There were fruity notes in later steeps. Didn’t notice if there were any notes of chocolate in there.

I steeped this eight times in a 180ml teapot with 11.7g 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, and 30 sec. I could certainly gotten a few more steeps out of this tea had I wanted to.

Flavors: Earth, Fruity, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 11 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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86

This tea is very tasty. It had a fair amount of fermentation flavor to it. I saw Rich said he detected some fishiness to it. I didn’t find any. There were some notes of chocolate or perhaps bittersweet chocolate. Not really getting a fruity flavor from this one. This is a highly enjoyable tea and the price is right, only $46 at Yunnan Sourcing. That’s not a bad price for a good quality ripe from 2005. It would be nice if the tea soup had completely cleared but it is good. I’d say I detected fermentation flavor through the first four steeps.

I steeped this eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 9.4g 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 could have gotten a few more steeps out of it but I have a desire to drink something else entirely.

Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
tea123

A conflict of palettes on whether fishiness is present. This makes me consider what people regards as fishiness. In a 2005 tea I would think the fishiness would have cleared, but I think it depends on what one considers constitutes fishiness.

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I managed to enjoy this tea but there were some negative notes. There were pronounced sour notes, especially in the first four steeps. There were also sweet notes. I didn’t give this tea any time to acclimate to it’s new environment, having just received it yesterday. I have been told you should give a puerh a week to acclimate. I don’t know if this advice is valid but I have been told by good sources including Scott at Yunnan Sourcing that it may be the case. As to the sour note, I have been told that that is a condition of dry storage so this tea probably did not experience much humidity.

I steeped this tea eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 7.9g 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, and 30 sec. I will say I have generally had good luck with teas from Tuocha Tea in general so am hopeful this one will improve. Perhaps I will clear a spot in my pumidor for it.

Flavors: Sour, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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80

This tea is tasty and sweet with a fair amount of fermentation flavor. I only western brewed this this morning but it is good. No time this morning for a gongfu session. There is very little bitterness to this tea and I am sure I would get more complex notes out of it if I gongfud it. As it is it is sweet and tasty.

I brewed this once with 2 mini tuo cha about 10g leaf and boiling water in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker for 1 min.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 10 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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97

This ripe from Aliexpress King Tea is insanely delicious. This is the best young ripe I have had in a long time. At least as good as anything comparable I’ve had from Menghai Tea Factory. Chen Sheng Hao is known for their raw Banzhang teas but this ripe is good. It was think and sweet in the early steeps with little or no bitterness. There were I think notes of chocolate in there as well as a fruity flavor in later steeps. I noted some notes of spice in there too, but only moderate notes. There was a fair amount of fermentation flavor in the early steeps as this is only a 2013 tea but there was no funk or fishy taste at all. I am really tempted to buy a tong of this tea. Aliexpress King Tea has this about $25 cheaper than EBay at least.

I steeped this eight times in a 180ml teapot with 12g 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. It was difficult to stop drinking this tea at eight steeps but I have to limit my caffeine. I think this tea would go fifteen steeps if pushed.

Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Fruity, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 12 g 6 OZ / 180 ML
tea123

If you’re tempted to buy a tong, then may I should by a…

mrmopar

@tea123 “I should buy a Jian”.

AllanK

That gave me a good laugh. I wish I had space in my apartment or the money for a Jian. I can only imagine the discount you would get at King Tea for a Jian but shipping would be a bitch.

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drank Coffee puerh by DAVIDsTEA
705 tasting notes

Got this for free with my David’s Tea rewards card last week. It is fairly tasty. I just western brewed this today, basically following the directions on the package. I can’t really taste the tea however, the main thing I get is the coffee beans.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 4.5 min.

Flavors: Coffee

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
yssah

i agree.

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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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