234 Tasting Notes

88

Ah full and creamy for a first flush, similar to the second flush yet lighter.
The apple is still there mixed with a dry sweetness. Light astringancy.

I would say this tea is somewhere between first and second flush. Very nice, Arya continues to impress me with their consistant level of quality.

Now of to the gym for a late workout… been out enjoying the summer!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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First try from the ample selection provided by Terri. Such a wonderful teabox full of goodies :)
The name of this blend caught my attention, however the flavour was not what i expected. I envisioned a tea mor “citrusy” indead i was welcomed in by the spicy warmth of this tea. I tasted mostly cinnamon/cardamon, reminded me of christmas :)

Lightyears ahead of any swedish blend i´ve tried. Seems i have a new world of tea to explore! Thank you Terri Harplady!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 8 g 17 OZ / 500 ML
Terri HarpLady

Wow! I can’t believe you got my box already! In less than a week! It always takes 10 days to get a box to Toronto.

I really enjoy this blend! Glad you like it!

Dag Wedin

Yes, i was surprised aswell! But i won´t complain. :)
Also recieved a packet from thunderbolt tea today, got to much new teas to try! ^^

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92

Wow!
Read one of Terri:s reviews of a roasty oolong a while back and i´ve been itching for some wuyi gong -fu. Tonight i wathced the final episode of “How i met your mother”, it was… wait for it…. Legendary ;)

To accompany the show i brought out the wuyi heavy artillery and I was not dissapointed.

6g (half-full pot)120ml yixing pot, water from tetsubin.

20s +15 per steeping. clear roasty notes, but it doesnt take over there is some flowery notes as well. Very well balanced! And strong, the last steep i forgot and oversteeped by two minutes. This session got me teadrunk… :)

highly recommended.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
Terri HarpLady

Always glad to inspire!

I’ve never watched How I Met Your Mother. My son Drew (age 25) loves that show, & has said that if he ever starts wearing nice clothes, he will pattern his wardrobe after Barney’s. :)
This will be one of those series that Tony & I watch, a season at a time on pajama days, most likely.

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84

Second attempt @ this tea.
Hm recommended steeptime is 10 minutes@85-90C
First try i used a sado red clay teapot, result was bloody awesome! this time around i used a glaspot and the result is somewhat paler. Somewhat spicy with more than a hint of astringancy mixed with an almost green floral note with hints of burnt butter.

Still this tea sure packs a punch for a white tea, although the taste is more like a first flush darjeeling oolong. Got enough for another try!

Happy teatime!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more 3 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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90
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
234 tasting notes

Ah. Last long distance run before the “göteborgsvarvet”. After 22km of terrain i well deserved some panncakes and a cup of laoshan black. :)
So nice as always. Stock is running low!!

Full of cocoam smells like chocolate :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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67

This oolong was somewhat of a dissapointment to me. I missed the fact that it is lightly oxidised.
Unlike most other light oolongs the leaves is open and curled, looks wonderful. It is a wellproduced tea but im not so fond of the flowery/buttery oolongs. I want a roasted heavy oolong that gets you teadrunk! :)

There is a small sharpness to this tea. I would prefer an alishan if i had to choose.

brewed western style this time.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 7 OZ / 200 ML
KittyLovesTea

I loved this one, rated the full 100. It is very floral and I agree it’s not suited to all. Shame you didn’t like this one, I haven’t tried it Western style yet.

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87

Ah, since my failure brewing this tea a short while back i decided to refer to earlier notes and get a nice pot of tea :)

Since purple tea needs alot of leaf to get some ooomph i did 10g/220ml.

Three infusions: 1:45, 2:15, 3:00. Mixed the second and third steeping in a pitcher.

Great result, powerful with a malty sharpness i´ve so far only found in this purple tea. It has a nice “thick” body.
Been itching for some gong-fu brewing lately but life has been kind of hectic. Perhaps tonight ill do some oolong gong-gu madness :)

Sip on, teajunkies!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec 10 g 7 OZ / 220 ML

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84

Sipdown!
Never much liked this Tea, until i tried it western style. Very full fruity flavour with some astringancy.
Drinking the last of it from a thermos on the train coming home from a trip.
Actually steeped it in the thermos….. :)

Might restock for more western brewing.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 5 g 14 OZ / 400 ML
TeaExplorer

Hmm … going to have to try this one Western … thanks!

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87

Doh!
Forgot how to brew this tea western style. used to little leaf @ half the time.

My proper westernstyle for this tea is 4g/100ml water, 2m/2:15/2:45.
If you want a full strong flavour.

However this tea has developed its flavour since i bought it last year. guess its maturing somewhat. Perhaps i should restock and let this be another year.

The flavour is pleasantly sharp and sweet with some smokiness. blissful!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 6 g 7 OZ / 220 ML

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88

Jummy oh so jummy for the tummy :)

Still the only Shu I like. Les oomph when brewed in a glazed pot with water from electric kettle. Still a nice earthy fruitiness! Smooth and somewhat sweet in contrast to the earth flavour. or is it peat? who knows?!?
Will stick to preparing this in a reductionfired pot with water from tetsubin.

Tomorrow i will try to try out a very nice sheng! While watching the Big bang theory of c ;)

Keep sipping tea and enjoy life when possible!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 14 OZ / 400 ML
KittyLovesTea

Such a happy note to finish on :)
I wish you Happy Steeping Dag Wedin.

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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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