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1/20/14 Evening pot. 3g/6oz/190F/3min. This finishes off my sample of this. The tea brews a pellucid pale gold green, with a heady aroma of clover honey and spice. It is light in the mouth, smooth and with an astringency that fades as the tea cools. The changes in the taste as the temperature changed were lovely, from a bright ping in the first sips to a sweet dryness in the last.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

Wonderful review!

AnnaEA

On an interesting note, I met a woman at tea club this past Wednesday who had recently been in Thailand on a tea industry trip. Apparently Thai grown teas are still extremely uncommon on the western market.

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drank Pu Erh Dante by Adagio Teas
84 tasting notes

1/20/14 Afternoon cuppa. 3g/6oz/212F/5min after a wash. The aroma is nice, earthy and stabley. Very dark in the cup. The taste is strong, a little bitter. It has the enjoyable woody taste I expect from this tea. I’m relieved – I hadn’t drunk this in a few years, and after the unpleasant brew I got from the yixing I was worried the tea had gone off.

Caveats – I’m not experienced with pu-erh teas at all and have very little context for these tastes and qualities.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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1/20/14 Midday tea. 3g/6oz/175F First steep – 2 minutes. Very much the same tea as the pot tasting. 2nd steep – 2 minutes. The aroma and color in cup are lighter, but the flavor is still bright. A touch more astringent. The tastes don’t hang on the palate as long. 3rd steep – 3 minutes. This infusion is less golden in the cup, more a ‘summers first green is gold’ shade. The aroma is more vegetal and astringent. The taste has smoothed out and lightened a lot. This might be the last steep the leaves can support. 4th steep – 3min30sec. Both the tea aroma and color are very light now. The brew feels much lighter on the tongue, and the primary taste is a light astringent tone. I’m not going to try for a 5th steep.

A nice progression all in all.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C
Masculini[Tea]

I’ve yet to try it brewed this way, but I plan to tonight. Thank you for the insight and I hope my findings are as good as yours.

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1/19/14 A late night pot during a time of crisis. 3g/6oz/212F/5min. A strong and slightly bitter tea, very dark in the cup. A strong aroma of bergamot that enhances the drinking.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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1/19/14 First morning tea for stuffy nose. 3 tsp tea, 1/4 cup milk, 1 tbs sugar, 1 quarter of fresh ginger, 8 oz boiling water. Sugar, milk and ginger in the mug first, boiling water poured over, steeped until I get around to drinking it, but never fewer then five minutes.

Caveats – my single cup is never as good as when Uncle Lakhi makes the big pot of it on the stove whenever we get together.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
yyz

Straight ginger is my favourite Chai as well!

AnnaEA

My favorite thing about using fresh ginger is how easy it is to make more or less intense – whole coin, softer ginger flavour. Break the coin up a bit, more gingery! I can adjust while I drink, which is awesome.

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drank Pu Erh Dante by Adagio Teas
84 tasting notes

1/18/14 Late evening yixing practice. 3g/6oz/212F/5min after a 200F wash.
Disappointing, but I’m not surprised. The tea itself is pretty old – from 2005, and the teapot is very new. It’s my first yixing style pot, and this is the first real brew I’ve done in it, so I’ve got no clue how it brews. For this brew I followed the brewing directions on the tin, which last time I drank this tea (sometime last spring) made a decent cuppa brewed English style. This brewing made a bitterish tea that tasted primarily of stale hay and dirt. Tomorrow I’ll brew a cup with my usual technique so I can evaluate the tea itself, and decide if I want to keep using it with the pot.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I picked this up last year sometime when I was checking out a Japanese grocery store in Columbus. I tried one bowl of it, and determined it is not a drinkable matcha, so I use it in smoothies and sweets.

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1/18/14 Afternoon tea. 3g/6oz/190F/4min Just a plain oolong. To borrow a beer term, this is a session tea. Pleasant to drink when I want to drink a tea just as a background to doing other stuff. I’m almost out of this tea, which I got from Upton in 2011.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Relax by Village Herb Shoppe
84 tasting notes

1/17/14 Before bed cuppa. 2tsp/12oz/212F/15min. Brewed before bed to help me sleep. Nothing special – light minty aroma, light minty/chamomile taste. More a medicinal tea then a drinking tea. It was a gift, and I am enjoying it, but nothing I’ll seek out for the future.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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1/18/14 A potful for the afternoon. 3g/6oz/212F/3min. Had a cup earlier, and had to make a potful. I was right, it is wicked good with milk. The fantastic smoky aroma and brisk liquor buddy up with the milk to make a cup that drives off the chill and makes the whole world seem a finer better place.

caveats – drinking this made me want to read Wodehouse

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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