85 Tasting Notes

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2/17/14 Tea failure. I didn’t notice that we’d bought different water than usual until I took a sip of this tea and tasted nothing but flat dishwater. I’m disappointed especially because the leaf smells fantastic, and I am yearning to taste the tea properly but I can’t get for the right water until tomorrow morning. Commence wailing and gnashing of teeth.

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2/16/14 Morning pot. 3g/6oz/212F/5min 5 minutes was a little too long for this tea – too much astringent/bitter is overpowering the berry. Still drinkable, just less then ideal. I forgive myself – it’s probably been over a year since I’ve brewed this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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2/13/14 Tea for the sick. 1 tuo cha/212F 100ml gaiwan 12oz/4min. These are a perfect single serving size , and brew up a nice dark red liquor. The aroma is woody and barny and good, and carries well into the taste. Supposedly they are different flavors, but so far they’ve all just tasted like shu pu-erh to me. I’ve brewed gongfu style, and western style, and this tea shows well both ways.

I bought these on a whim, because they were so cheap – 3USD for 9, straight from China, with free shipping. I am very pleasantly surprised by how nice they are, and will probably order one of the larger lots.

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4/10/14 A sample from TeaTiff! Thank you for sharing! 3g/6oz/212F/4min. A non-descript Rose Congou. Nothing wrong with it, nothing noteworthy about it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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2/10/14 Sample from TeaTiff. 3g/6oz/212F/4 min. I love this! The rosemary and lavender dance around in the tea, and the bergamot and rose hang out in the aroma, and together it’s just a lovely citrusy cuppa.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML
boychik

Interesting. Very unusual ingredients for EG

TeaTiff

I am glad you liked this one. It wasn’t one I was excited about drinking so I am glad it found a better home.

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drank Lychee Rose by Market Spice
85 tasting notes

2/10/14 Sample from TeaTiff! 1.8g/6oz/200F/3min. Very light cup with a nice rose/lychee fragrance. I wish I could have leafed this more heavily – I can tell I would love this brewed more strongly. The lychee and rose play well together.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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2/10/14

3g/6oz/180F/3min. A western style brew. This made a lightly vegetal faintly astringent green tea. A pleasant but unremarkable cup, something I would say, ‘hey, nice tea’ about if I got it in a restaurant, and then chug and ignore through the meal.

Edits to follow for different times/temps/quantities.

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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
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2/8/14 Sipdown. I drank this this evening.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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2/8/14 Sipdown. 4ish g / 12oz/212F/4 min approx. Nice. Tasted like a proper green tea to me – grassy, a little buttery, slightly astringent.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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