374 Tasting Notes

86

They keep this one under the table, so you either have to know about it, or they have to offer it to you. I totally fell for the gimmick of this and decided to buy an ounce. It did turn out to be a very nice tea. The florals were well balanced with other flavors and there was a nice buttery taste to it. I’m still a new tea drinker (at least when it comes to anything besides English and Irish black tea blends), and I haven’t had many other spring Tieguanyins. I’ll have to try this alongside a couple of others soon.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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90

This is another delicious Wuyi tea from Red Blossom. I prepared this gongfu style using a porcelain gaiwan. I would love to do a side-by-side tasting against come of their other Wuyi cultivars to find out why people consider it to be so special, but I only had a small sample and decided to appreciate it on its own and not to try to analyze the experience.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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77

This was a nice tea to end my day with. Maybe I just don’t have a real taste for Tieguanyin that is this green. I find that the floral tastes are too overpowering for me to have this tea alone. I do, however, love this tea with a granny smith apple.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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91

My adorable dachshund grabbed this sample off of my shelf the other day, and I took it as a sign that it was time to try it. I drank this from a tea bowl, as the company’s website says it was first served to them that way. The first aromas I noted were artichokes and green apples. I could also taste artichoke strongly. There are floral notes that I can’t put my finger on too. This tea is lightly creamy, and when all of the broth is gone, the leaves smell sweetly tart like citric acid. Very enjoyable!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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81

I haven’t had the opportunity to taste many raw pu’erhs, but this one might be my favorite yet. It still tastes “green”, but it doesn’t have that sharp, bitter flavor that I normally associate with raw pu’erh.

This was a cake I purchased to experiment with aging pu’erh, and I am looking forward to seeing how it changes with age.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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Tea means so many things to me, it is so deep and it is revealing new meaning to me all the time.

Tea is a mindfulness practice, and a doorway through which to explore different philosophies, cultures, and historical times. Tea is hospitality and a way of communion. Tea is an art, a ritual, and a tradition. Tea is a complement to the foods I eat (preferably vegan desserts) and is something I enjoy collecting and curating.

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