164 Tasting Notes

84

Just finishing this summer tea off, found in the back of the cabinet. Hasn’t lost any of its flavors at all, mild buttery spinach flavors, an alluring saltiness with a hint of sweet as it goes down. Zero astringency, sturdy enough for 4 resteeps, makes me long for the warmer weather.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 7 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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88

Top notch Jade, oozing like buttah on the tongue but not too thick. Highly aromatic, good staying power. Quite the nice specimen.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec 10 g 7 OZ / 220 ML

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86

Bright, light, right. Excellent everyday tea reasonable priced with the flavors most look to in a Jade. Sweet, clean, heady aromas, hint of butter, spinach and camellia. Came as a free sample, with a sweet note.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

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88

Came as a free sample, and I can see why. Such a lovely tea, full figured, redolent, well nuanced, begging to be purchased. I can add no more than what was described by Haveteawilltravel, the review speaks volumes.

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92
drank Shui Jin Gui by Tea Drunk
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96
drank Da Hong Pao by Tea Drunk
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Oh my, not to be morbid but when the cremator hits the button I hope he puts as fine a roast on my arse as this selection of Da Hong Pao from Tea Drunk. The flavor also is phoenixed with a perfectly balanced and clear yan yun. Simple yet complex perfection.

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92

Weird, drinking this tea is like tasting an oatmeal cookie. It’s definitely sweet, caramelized, and a hint of dark fruit. Brewed this in a small thick walled gaiwan, the flash and first brew were wasted, but as promised in the site description the 2nd-6th are a joy on the tongue. After 6th steep it levels out to a passable ending with just a hint of sourness.

Preparation
7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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84
drank Huang Mei Gui by Verdant Tea
164 tasting notes

I’ve enjoyed these Wuyis from Verdant, they are well made teas with fine structure, well balanced roasting, and processing. But I find them all too the same. This one has all the nice features of Wuyi but I did not freak on the florals which this tea builds its reputation on, it is also not that longlasting either in the mouth or in the steeps. Yet it is good tea

Daylon R Thomas

I’ve wanted to try their green oolongs, but the descriptions really did not represent a lot of variety, nor was I impressed by the Tie Guan Yin’s they offer.

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86
drank Amber Forest by Totem Tea
164 tasting notes

Butternut, caramel, sesame goodness in a nicely roasted Jin Xuan. Great length, moderate energy, an overall fine tea.

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90

I may be an old fuddy duddy, but I like my Tie Luohan to be smoky and deeply roasted. It grounds me as there can be no doubt that what I perceive to be Tie Luohan is that tobacco thick liquor that dries the tongue and pushes rock minerality into the crannies of my parotid glands till you cry uncle.
This tea I drank this morning is a sheep in wolves clothing. The heavy roast canine fur has been replaced with a softer wool and yet as much as my mouth wanted to reject the softer wool it, well, was a softer wool and who doesn’t like a softer wool! There are also some floral notes upfront and the dryness is there. So I guess I can live by this lighter style, yet sometimes I want a nasty smelling tongue numbing stogie instead of a kretek.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 5 OZ / 140 ML

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