95 Tasting Notes

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
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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
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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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75

Meh, not much finesse for me, have had better, but wouldn’t kick it out of the cupboard either.

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92

Not much to critique here. Just plain good tea. Great flavors of chocolate and pie crust . Moderately thick mouth-feel and sweet after taste. Boiling water is too strong for this tea for sure, as it renders all the flavors in the only two steeps, go with lower temps and it lasts a little longer. Had a dickens getting this and a few other teas from Morning Crane to be delivered but once it arrived all the teas have been top notched. Discerning tea drinkers take notice.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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95

Have been on a sheng binge lately and since my brother-in-law was visiting I thought he would like to try this. We always drink greens and green oolongs together since that’s what he likes., so I figured I would throw him a curve ball. He was in heaven. Dark, smokey and legs for days. I went through 3 liters and still the leaves aren’t unfurled he was blown away by the stature as was I. A most excellent tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 10 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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84

A sample from “Pug”. Very soft and gentle, not much in the flavor profile to exclaim. A starter sheng for sure for those not used to pu erh. The leaf material was of good quality and the spent leaves were still strong.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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