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1/24/2015 10g/12oz/212F/15sec This is a lovely tea, generously shared with me by gschuschke. I’m still figuring out the best brewing params for it, because the tea I am getting in the cup just doesn’t feel like the best tea that is in this leaf. It’s a Dan Cong and me thing – I just can’t seem to coax out their best features.

Happily with this gift, I have enough leaf to experiment with a variety of brewing techniques.

This cup is a lovely light gold, with a creamy vegetal/honey aroma and taste. Like fresh picked spring peas pureed with a bit of cream and drop of honey.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
The Finest Brew Co.

Hi Anna, am I correct in assuming you tried brewing it gong-fu with a Yixing pot or a gaiwan?

AnnaEA

I’m having it gonfu today! I pulled out my little clay pot, and leafed it 1g per 10ml (so 8g – almost didn’t fit in the pot!). I’ll write a tasting note for today’s gongfu later. later. The above brew was in my small Chinese porcelain tea pot. I was able to brew three pots that tasted well – the fourth was a bit watery, so I left it at that.

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drank Reserve Qilan by Verdant Tea
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1/23/2015 The last 3g in my tiny water chestnut “yixing”. A year later, this is still one of the best teas I have ever had the pleasure to drink. Peaches and marble and a delicate toastiness. I drink the last of it today with joy and a little sadness.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 2 OZ / 59 ML

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11/13/2014 tea for a sick AnnaEA 6g/100ml gaiwan/ varying temps. Last of my sample.

I spent the afternoon with this and I never really got a whole lot of specific flavors or tastes from it. BUT, I just wanted to keep drinking it. Later on I brewed a puerh I know I’ve always liked in the past and it didn’t really taste good anymore – it was full of strange unpleasant notes I’d never tasted in it before. I’m not sure about if this is a good tea and if I like this or not but it was definitely interesting.

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11/ 4/14 am tea 1 teabag/12oz 212F water/ 5+ minutes

Just a nice strong English breakfast tea to drink with breakfast. Not noteworthy or extraordinary, just satisfying and hearty. Like a good warm wool scarf.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Lapsang Souchong by Steepster
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9/22/14 builders tea with breakfast 12oz/212F/whole packet/five minutes or so?

Nice tea, excellent with milk and sugar. Exactly the pick me up I wanted on this cold rainy Ohio morning. Pleasantly smoky and rich.

A lot of the steepster teas are strikingly similiar to teas I get from Upton, and this one is no exception. I wonder if Upton wholesales.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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10/20/14 gong fu 100ml gaiwan/sub 200F water

I did not measure the tea, so maybe 3g? This tea is delicious! Lovely light edamame creamy greenness. Pale gold liquor, and a wonderful toasted rice aroma.

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10/20/14 morning gong fu 5.5g/100ml gaiwan/212F
The more I drink this tea, the less I enjoy it. The wet leaf smells wonderful, so I think I just need to figure out the right brewing. Gong fu this morning and yesterday didn’t show it well, so I think I’ll try western.

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10/20/14 morning gong fu 1 tuocha/100ml gaiwan/212F

These little guys never disappoint. Just a nice yummy puerh.

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10/19/14 evening yixing 12g/8oz/short steeps/212F

Tangy smoke and leather. Yummy.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 12 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Christopher F.

sounds lovely.

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9/19/14 sunday yixing. 8g tea/8oz water per steep/short steeps
Earthy dry mineral goodness. Surprisingly light, possibly because my teapot is very young. A taste like pine forest after rain.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g
boychik

decrease water volume. i do 6-8g for 100 ml for shou. especially its aged, so not that strong. Just my 2c ;)

AnnaEA

I’ll try that. I think I want to get a smaller pot for puer – the 8oz is nice for a get together, but too much for me alone.

boychik

if you are going to get one, i recommend not to exceed 130ml. 100ml i find is ideal for 1 person. Btw, good to see you ;)

AnnaEA

Thanks! It’s nice to be back online. A smaller pour has really brought out the richness in this tea, and some nice berry notes.

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