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drank Chrysanthemum Nest by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

I tried “rinsing” the pu-erh twice with boiling water. Then steeping it for a short time and drinking it. Not exactly David’s way but something I picked up from a tea book. (Hey I am a pu-erh noob, cut me some slack! hahaha)

It tastes better, but I am still not crazy about it. Its flowery and earthy. Like you wandered into a garden the morning after it had just rained.
On the 2nd steep (counting real steeping, not including the two I chucked out), it was especially mouth-watering. Unfortunately there is this funky aftertaste present with each sip.
If this is from the chrysanthemum flower, then I am beginning to think I don’t really care for that type of flower. If it is the pu-erh, well then I really ought to find some good pu-erh one of these days because I am tired of being so disappointed.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Jaime

Have you tried lowering the temp on the first steep? I usually do one rinse, then steep for 3-4 minutes at about 180 F when I’m making pu-erhs. I’m not sure how well it’d work with this one, but maybe it’ll help get rid of that aftertaste?

Dorothy

Hmm, I didn’t think about that. I’ll have to give it a shot sometime. Thanks for the advice.

Jaime

I experimented a lot with my first pu-erhs. Lower temps make a more appetizing-to-me tea.

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Jaime

Have you tried lowering the temp on the first steep? I usually do one rinse, then steep for 3-4 minutes at about 180 F when I’m making pu-erhs. I’m not sure how well it’d work with this one, but maybe it’ll help get rid of that aftertaste?

Dorothy

Hmm, I didn’t think about that. I’ll have to give it a shot sometime. Thanks for the advice.

Jaime

I experimented a lot with my first pu-erhs. Lower temps make a more appetizing-to-me tea.

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I don’t log tea every time I drink it. Tasting notes tend to be about either one style of brewing or a new experience. It is helpful for me to look back on my notes and see what a tea tasted like or which steeping parameter worked best for me. I try to mostly short steep tea unless it only tastes better with a long steep. I’d rather experience what a tea tastes like over 3 or 12 steeps than just 1 to 3 long steeps.

When I write “tsp”, the measurement I use is a regular western teaspoon. Not a tea scoop

How I rate tea:

99-100: Teas that blow my mind! An unforgettable experience. Savoured to the last drop. I felt privileged to drink this.

90-98: Extraordinary, highly recommended, try it and you won’t be disappointed (and if you are, mail me the tea!)

85-89: Wonderful, couldn’t expect more but not a favourite.

80-84: Excellent, a treasured experience but not a favourite.

70-79: Good but could be better. Above average.

60-69: Average, unexceptional, not something I would buy again. Slightly disappointed. I’d rather drink water.

50-0: Varying degrees of sadness

No rating: Mixed feelings, can’t decide whether I like it or not, not enough experience with that sort of tea to rate it. A dramatic change of heart.

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