143 Tasting Notes

88

Been buying/drinking this for years now, along with the Imperial Mojiang Golden Bud, and I have to tell you its been bliss. When ever I need to take a break from sampling all the other teas, its so refreshing to go back to old friends, meet up and draw in a deep nose full of malt and savor the honey nectar. Best teas ever….no, but damn good and always consistent throughout the years.

Doug F

Yes! Yes! Yes! Though I might have to disagree a bit. The Imperial Mojiang is one of the best teas ever IMHO.

Rasseru

im nearly out of my gold, I need a go-to tea blanket for cold nights, I will check these two out

BigDaddy

And the price!!! Who could resist

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90

Amazing white Nilgiri, who knew. The flavor profile from Teabox is spot on with an addition that this soup is so sweet as to be nectar from mother nature herself. It may be the sweets leftover hangover from Halloween but I swear I taste candy corn.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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86

Been liking all the Glendale teas from Teabox I’ve tried so far and this is no different. Smooth thickish brew, pale yellow with the requisite vegetal buttery goodness, but then throw in some spice, peppercorn and floral hints and you have a nice sipping experience

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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86

This looks like a Mao Feng and tastes like one too. Bright yellow gold liquor with butter and seaweed note,s nothing overpowering just a subtle well made tea. The low caffeine is good for me in the afternoon.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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86

This is a Chinese famous green tea by way of Nilgiri, yep Nilgiri. It pays to go into these tasting with preconceived notions of how could this possibly be good. That way there are no disappointments when you sample and aren’t impressed or it just tastes awful. Well it also pays off in the opposite. Low expectations in this case yielded a very pleasant surprise. Steeped according to direction this is a very impressive Long Ding, not the best but very representative of high quality. Flavors of hay, barley and almost corn with a gentle sweetness and a touch of astringency. I had two different steeping the second was a little more tea (double) and lower temp 160 but there was a bit more astringency that was taking over the profile so stick with the suggested brewing guidelines.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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94

Definitely a great example of yancha sourced by this shop. Very expensive but it makes up for it in quality. Hand made of medium-high roast this tea from the foil package smelled so inviting, I literally drooled on myself. Brewed up a nice coppery tan with traditional gongfu in a thick walled gaiwan. Fruity floral aromas as soon as the first bit of water hit the leaves. The flavors are so perfectly blended that none stands alone, raspberry, chocolaty smokiness. Full bodied even after 7 steeps and a essence of the rock creeps in around that time. First class Tie Luo Han for those who want to pamper themselves.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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82

Way outside my comfort zone with this sample from Teabox. I’m getting to the last 8 tea sample from Nilgiri and half are green teas. The dry leaves are drab green slightly twisted and large. There’s no perceptible scent other than hay. The wet leaves are bright green and waft of cooked asparagus. The soup is pale pale yellow green with flavors of muted fiddlehead, asparagus and a slight hint of white pepper when first on the tongue. There is a bit of sweetness that pops up in the aftertaste. Pleasant surprise for I had no idea India made green teas. Nice boost too. 2.3g/3min 180ml/180°.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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88

Really decent cuppa. Followed guidelines which proved spot on to the descriptors once again from Teabox. I would add to those notes of spice (fenugreek, malt and barely clove) a hint of citrus as well orange upfront and lemon on the finish. Nice atringency with just enough bitterness to remind you this is a stand up black tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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92

You really need to be able to mind read some of these Nilgiris. Label says black tea but its anything but oolong. Mega florals, citrus and as Doug F put it “fresh tomato essence” make for a very pleasing tea. I usually follow the brewing guidelines, I did for the winter version, but messed up with too much tea falling in the wet pot so I used 6g in 220ml, steeped for 60 secs then 50, 90, 120, 240. I wouldn’t recommend doing the brewing in this fashion as it does impart a bitter aspect in the soup that although it doesn’t bother me, it will to someone, so beware. Almost all of Teabox’s teas are brewed 2-3 grams in 180ml and 190F for 4-5 minutes, stay with that and you can’t go wrong.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 6 g 7 OZ / 220 ML

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80
drank Yin Si by Yunnan Sourcing US
143 tasting notes

This was a free gift sample from YSUSA. It was about 50 grams and other than the name, no other descriptors. Dry leaf aroma of hay, wet leaf of asparagus, grass and butter. The flavor profile is typically green with the requisite nutty vegetal butteriness with a slight bitter and astringency. I would definitely purchase this tea, but will have to see if it is offered on YSUSA next year.

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