137 Tasting Notes

96

This tea is good, end of statement. It is among the very best. The cedar, vanilla, and tea blend perfectly. There is strong notes of vanilla and cedar in the early infusions. The cedar slowly gets weaker while the vanilla seems to get stronger. Even in the sixth steep the vanilla is strong. There is no bitterness to the tie guan yin tea used for this tea, it is very smooth. I steeped this six times and it did not appreciably weaken at all. It was strong tea throughout.

I steeped this six times in a 150ml gaiwan with 5.5g leaf and 190 degree water. I steeped it for 15 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, and 2 min. I have not yet thrown out the leaves and may go back for more.

Flavors: Cedar, Vanilla

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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72

This was another purchase from the asian grocery store. It is not half bad, not great, but better than I expected. It has a very strong raosted barley taste, very strong. There is a little bitterness but not much. There is also very little sweetness. It qualifies as drinkable tea, but not good tea.

I brewed this once, western style in an 18oz teapot with 175 degree water and 3 tsp leaf for 3 min.

Flavors: Roasted Barley

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

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88

This is an excellent ripe puerh from Yunnan Sourcing USA. I did not have time to gongfu this today but brewed it western style. Still I get nice notes of either plums or apricots, not sure if I would have gotten them had I not added sugar. This is a mildly sweet puerh with a moderate amount of fermentation flavor left. It is not overpowering.

I brewed this twice in an 18oz teapot with boiling water and 8g leaf. I brewed it for 45 sec and 25 sec.

Flavors: Plums

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec 8 g 18 OZ / 532 ML

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78

Drinking this one again today, decided not to give up on it. I did change the brewing parameters. I lowered the temperature significantly and lessened the steep time. The sour notes are now mostly gone, thank god. The peach flavor is slightly tart but is not bad. Still this is not a tea I would buy again.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 160 degree water for 2 min.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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78

This tea was not bad and not great either. It had strong notes of camphor but they were not overpowering or unpleasant. It also had strong sour notes as well. These persisted throughout all four steepings and were quite prevalent. If you like camphor and don’t mind sour notes this tea might be for you. The next time I brew this I will try 190 degree water and see if the sour notes are less strong. Perhaps the tea will lose the sour notes as it ages.

I brewed this four times in a 207 ml Taiwan Clay Teapot with boiling water and 8g leaf. I steeped it for 10 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec, and 15 sec.

Flavors: Camphor, Sour

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 207 OZ / 6121 ML

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78

This tea is not bad and not great. It is slightly bitter and slightly sour. I falls into the category of “I wish I hadn’t bought four ounces” tea. The peach flavor is not bad, just a little off.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 190 degree water and 3 tsp leaf for 3 min.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
TeaBrat

I know the feeling… :)

AllanK

As I bought 4 ounces I will try brewing this at 175 degrees and see how it is.

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90

This tea is good. While it may be called Brandy Oolong the notes I am getting are pure red wine. They are strong and sweet. There is no bitterness to this tea and no astringency or malt flavor.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 190 degree water and 3 tsp leaf for 3 min.

Flavors: Red Wine

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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83

This was tasty with a lot of fermentation flavor to it. I only had one of these and either I wasn’t using enough tea ( I used the whole thing) or it is a fairly weak tea. I only got four good steeps out of it no matter how much time I gave it. I steeped it in all about seven times. The four times where I got tea of relatively good strength were good. The last three were weak. I would probably have noticed some nice notes to the first four steeps but I admit I was not paying attention as I was watching Haven.

I brewed this in a 130ml Yixing teapot with boiling water and one mini tuocha, about 3g. I steeped it for 15 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 5 min, and 10 min.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 130 OZ / 3844 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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