Had another one before bed, this time it is ripe puerh and osmanthus (桂花熟沱). I’ve never heard of that flower before, and it could have stayed that way. Yuck! Maybe it’s an acquired taste, but I can’t find anything to appreciate about it. I couldn’t get past the first two steeps.

Individual rating for this would be about 40 (leaves a bad taste in my mouth). The other two ripe puerh I’ve had were ok, so I don’t think the tea itself is horrible.

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DaisyChubb

Oh no, Osmanthus leaf is one of my favorite additions to blended tea, maybe the leaf itself has a better flavour than the “flavouring” or the flower?

Dorothy

I think that either the flowers were not good quality (or good enough), or it’s a bad addition to ripe puerh.

DaisyChubb

You’re probably right on both accounts!

Dorothy

Thanks for the reassurance about osmanthus though. I’ll try and keep an open mind if I try anything with that flower again. :D

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DaisyChubb

Oh no, Osmanthus leaf is one of my favorite additions to blended tea, maybe the leaf itself has a better flavour than the “flavouring” or the flower?

Dorothy

I think that either the flowers were not good quality (or good enough), or it’s a bad addition to ripe puerh.

DaisyChubb

You’re probably right on both accounts!

Dorothy

Thanks for the reassurance about osmanthus though. I’ll try and keep an open mind if I try anything with that flower again. :D

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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

What my tea ratings mean:

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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