89 Tasting Notes

94

Wow, what a great brew. The dry leaf is fairly roasted. Nice bouquet of cereal and faint floral. I used a small celadon tea pot and the soup was bronze indeed, sweet honey, apricot pit, thick but not too roasted. Very good structure throughout its steeps as I’m at 10 now and there is still a lot of flavor and color. Cant wait to try the Dong Ding I purchased from them as well. Taiwan Sourcing, don’t miss it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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94
drank Golden Peony by Tea Urchin
89 tasting notes

Truly a high grade yancha. Abounds with flowery aromas equaled by the flowery fruity flavors (peony/apricot) with a touch of honey. Used a 120ml yixing pot which rounded the flavors. Lasted quite a long time which shows a supreme example of tea perfection. Felt a nice relaxed comfort all the way through brewing and imbibing. Will be re-ordering in the future as they are out of stock at present. The price is agreeable to the tea’s value. Thanks Tea Urchin

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86

Been brewing this as a mostly afternoon tea. Took me a while to narrow in on the best brew pattern, Darjeeling is not my forte. The thing is, I wanted to not like this tea for that reason even without tasting it. Too much fuss, then one day my hubby wanted a pick me up and since he was the guinea pig I made it for him. He’s not a refined tea critic but he knows what he doesn’t like and this tea received an “OK” from him. Well if its good for the goose……it tasted “OK” for me too, so now I guess its time for expending effort and do my whole Mike the Martian thing and do a “waiting is” and “grok” this tea. I used the suggested brewing method and thought it too pale, so I added more tea and reduced the time and now it is fit to serve Jubal. Flavor is of sweetgrass and faint peach. It really shines with a hint of honey. Guess the lesson is get out of the comfort zone every once and a while and allow yourself some mystery.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 240 ML
boychik

That’s what I did recently. Arya Ruby fr Happy Earth tea is amazing. I was avoiding Darj FF for a long time

BigDaddy

It’s a science unto it’s self. Too many variations to put my inexperienced tongue through, but there is retirement.

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64
drank Choco Shou by Camellia Sinensis
89 tasting notes

Nice Pu, not into chocolate flavors unless milk is involved. I tried all combo. I steeped it with water alone which did not give me a good choco flavor, then added a little milk, again to watery, added 1/2&1/2, no go, then steeped it in hot milk but the Pu flavor was dissipated and not enough of the choco. In the end I got what I kind of wanted by adding extra cocoa to a 1/2 water 1/2 milk. Too much work for me. Plus wasted alot of tea in the process. I like Camellia Sinensis just not this one.

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90

I rarely try blends, can’t get my head around some of the single varietals let alone a blend. This was my sip down for this morning, reaching far in the back of the cupboard and dragging out the days winner. And what a winner it is. Lots of flavors on the tongue, smoke, leather, tobacco, pie crust, and a hint of citrus. Blew my mind. This tea blend, if it becomes available again, is the perfect gift for my close knit tea friends as well as myself.

scribbles

I loved this one. I am so disappointed that I didn’t buy it. Hopefully it comes back.

BigDaddy

Definitely a good purchase when available, looks as though I will be now expanding into more “Damn Fine Tea”.

scribbles

Double Knit is another fave of mine. Lightly smoked and malty.

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86
drank Black Tea by Guilin Products
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My friend brought me back this tea from China on her recent trip. Its from a tea company/plantation that boasts of having 300 different tea seed genes they keep for 5 of the southwestern provinces. This tea is of fine grade and brews nicely into a deep crimson hue. I’m assuming its loose Liu Bao as there is no descriptor other than black tea on the box it came in. Faintly sweet, dark stone fruit and a pleasant dryness makes for a nice mid-morning brew.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cherry, Drying, Plums

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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94

Smmmooooothh. Subtle smoke and a fresh red tea flavor underneath. Very small leaf, come’s in a packet. Used a standard gaiwan, short steeps lasted for about 10 steeps. Nice product, and very enjoyable whenever you need a hint of smoke, say with a bowl of oatmeal, topped with smoked salmon and a poached egg. Yummy.

Flavors: Graham Cracker, Pine, Smoked, Smooth

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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92
drank Mi Lan Xiang 2014 by Tea Drunk
89 tasting notes

Gongfu with yixing. Used more tea than usual and steeped at a lower temp to allow this yummy tea to last. The yixing softens the already sumptuous floral, fruity flavors and balances the steeps in the long haul. Tea Drunk has great teas, but for me their oolongs are out of this universe. This is what I want and expect in a MI Lan Xiang.

Flavors: Apricot, Honey, Honeysuckle

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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90
drank Fuding White Peony by Steepster
89 tasting notes

Not a white tea drinker. Can’t get my taste-buds to pick up on the subtleties. Not with this tea. Brewed as directed and thought it was going to be pale insipid and I was wrong. Golden hue with flavors of hay, fall leaves and a hint of sweetness which my be the nutty expression from the package tasting notes. I like this tea and I want more. Curious if Steepster will divulge where this came from?

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85

Butter, sesame seed, seaweed, full flavor and mouth-feel. Brewed as directed. Tasted better than expected and will keep in the back of my mind when looking for some greens to buy in spring 2015.

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