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214 Tasting Notes

95

This tea was an impulsive purchase triggered by my recent discovery of assam tea.
I must say, assam in the morning is a really nice start! The leaf is long and twisted, almost look like mao-cha.
I thought id start with brewing it like a darjeeling SF for 3m. As sompared to the indian assams that usually steep for 4-5m.
The result was satisfactory. It is has that strong slightly dry undertone that I love about assam tea. The maltiness is there just as in both assam and yunnans share, however this assam has a very nice sweetness to it. It is almost like i added honey!?! Very sweet aftertaste thats is well balanced by a slight astringancy.

It lacks the oomph of some of the other darjeeling assams i´ve tried but the flavour is wonderful! Perhaps try brewing it for 5m and see if i can get that almost slight bitterness on the aftertaste that is so pleasant with assams.

Time to install a cadancemeter on the bike. Haha my 5year old wants to help, its set up for chaos. ^^

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 7 OZ / 220 ML

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95

Ah, this years harvest of one of my favorite black tea did not let me down!
Superfresh, the aroma when i opened the bag was powerful. It taste like it smells, malty and sweet.

I think that this years harvest taste less honey and more malty. It has an increadibly thick body almost like the thickness of milk! No astringancy at all even when brewed at 90C for 3minutes.

The quality of this purebud tea is top notch and will be restocked as soon as current stock runs low. :D

Three infusions
80C – 1min
90C – 2min
90C – 3min

Brewed in a red clay yixing

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 6 g 7 OZ / 220 ML
Doug F

Good to hear. I’m about to restock!

TeaExplorer

Mine is on it’s way from China as we speak, and am so looking forward to it! Thanks for the early review :)

Terri HarpLady

I need to get on the ball & place an order. I don’t have any of the 2014 teas yet!

TeaExplorer

Terri – You haven’t ordered yet? But it was harvested almost a month ago =:-P

Terri HarpLady

I know! I know!
I even have money in my playpal account!

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85

A package arrived from china today! Yunnan sourcing order has arrived and with it some new and old yunnan blacks!

This one is new, the aroma when i opened the bag was malty and sweet! The tea itself is not really sweet but very malty without astringancy, perhaps a tiny bit fruity?

I found this info about the mao feng varietal.

Keemun Mao Feng (祁門毛峰) – A variety, where Mao Feng means Fur Peak, which is made of only slightly twisted leaf buds and is sometimes noted for a smoother and different flavor. Many people prefer to brew a smaller quantity of this tea for a much longer time than usual, up to 7 minutes, to bring out more interesting tones in the tea.

I will try half the leaf for 7 min, kinda like i brew Indian assam teas.

I really enjoy this one. The taste is rounder and fuller than the golden buds dian hong, yet not as sharp and smoky as the purplevarietals. It is something of its own i guess, havn´t tried that many keemuns.

Anyways its time to get some shut eye!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 6 g 7 OZ / 220 ML

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93

ah a nice afternoontea before the dinnerguests arrive. Today im making Pulled beef with tortilla bread and guacamole. :) smells wonderful!

The tea leaf smells somewhat like da hong pao, although much greener and less charred smell. The flavour is less intense and more spicy.
I tried western style this time and the result was better than gong fu.
Very little astringancy and shockful cinnamon falvour, there is also a hint of cardamon with a spicy feel and a hint of burnt leaf/smoke.
A very pleasant tea!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 4 g 6 OZ / 190 ML
donkeytiara

sounds exotic!

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87

Ah this is nice.
Had a late meeting at work so my usual routine got a bit delayed, came home much to late from the gym for a cup of yunnan black. I thought this might be a good time for some low caffeine white tea.

And in the back in the cupboard i found my tin of Arya Pearl. the dry leaf is wonderfully green and whole. 8g filled up my large banko pot… ^^

Only doing one infusion, seems maybe like a waste since this the is very nice. Light in the extreme but still a complex mix of of flavour. Flowery exotic fruits with a tiny hint of butter. This tea gives of a warming cozy sensation. Perfect evening tea.

Drinking this tea reminds me that all the darjeeling first flush teas is out and ready for purchase! I smell a packet from India coming my way soon…. :)

Flavors: Butter, Flowers, Peach

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 g 12 OZ / 360 ML

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78

Cup of morning assam.
This assam is less malty less body with more sweetness to it. Since i prefer powerful assams this was not what i would consider a breakfast tea. However it has a very pleasant taste.
A hint of spices, perhaps some citrus with a very slight astingancy.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 170 ML

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85

Ah, early morning cup of assam!
It has become somewhat of a habit drinking assam in the morning, especially after i drank the last of the New Vithankande. Will have to restock!

Anyways this tea is woody with some malt and a sweet honeylike finish. It does have a small bite of astringancy. All in all a good cup.

Finally made my first order of 2014 tea. First out was the springteas of yunnan from none other than yunnan sourcing. Will be interesting to try some new varietals and restock the favorites.

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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94

Been hectic as usual not much time for tea, at most a cup a day!
Oh well this time im taking some time to log a wonderful relaxing cuppa. :)

I am very very fond of the minty cinnamon flavour of japanese black teas and this one sure packs a punch. It is hsockful of flavour and high astringancy that perfectly balances the sweet. A hint of bitter cinnamon on the aftertaste and some fresh mint fills the whole mouth. Pure joy!

45s/1m/2m

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 190 ML

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95

Sipdown!
Been drinking this at work lately since it is so easy to measure :) And very tasty!

Sorry to see it gone and looking forward to next harvest.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 6 g 7 OZ / 220 ML

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85

Finally came around to trying out this cake. Been sitting i my cupboard for over a year ^^
But my tradition of sipping sheng whenver i watch the big bang theory is going strong!

I used 5.5grams in a 90ml celadon gaiwan.
wash/10s/15s/25s/30s/30s

Mild smoth start. This is a young sheng, still the flavour is very clean and has some complexity to it. Yet i found i have to steep it for 25-30s to get that small bite of bitter i enjoy with shengs. I might have to purchase an older sheng in the near future. I do love the insanely powerful shengs that just explodes with flavour! The ones where you can do multiple 10s steepings and no longer unless you want it very bitter.

Got my eyes on the 2002 Yong Pin Hao yiwu sheng. Tried a sample a while back and was impressed!

Another thought just struck me. Why dont i drink more sheng and good mao-cha. Everytime i do i think “wow this is good tea” I think the world of sheng will be my next project since i feel just about done exploring yunnan tea.
More assams, taiwan black tea, korean green and Sheng will be this years main attractions. Perhaps i will manage to get a hold of some japanese white as well!

I hope 2014 will be a good year for tea!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 90 ML
Terri HarpLady

I like your sheng & big bang theory tradition!

Jiāng Luo

I am also intrigued by sheng, korean green and taiwanese blacks keep me posted on anything note worthy

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33yo from gothenburg, Sweden.

Recently discovered japanese black tea and are exploring as many as i can get my dirty teacraving pawn on :)

Ratings:

95+: Permanent residents of my cupboard, restock before they run out so i never have to go without!

90-94: Like the girlfriend that make sure to leave a toothbrush at your place, pretty much lives in the cupboard and i see to it i restock when im out.

80-89 : Good tea that i occasionaly restock.

70-79 : Decent tea that is enjoyable but only restock sometimes.

50-69 : Drinkable but sorry it was a one night stand, no more.

0-49 : Seriously, dont come near me ever again!

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Sweden

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