786 Tasting Notes

Mmmmmmmmmmm I love Mandala pu’erh. This one is no exception. It’s just so comforting. Love how smooth it is. Love how dark it steeps. It just makes me happy.
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Hoping everyone on the East Coast is safe and warm.

Sophia

i just saw your profile, may i know have u ever drinked fu brick tea with “Golden Flowers”?

Dexter

I’m going to have to say no. I’m not even really sure I understand what Fu tea is. I have a brick of Anhua dark tea and several pu’erh cakes but thats about it. :))

Sophia

yes, u r right. what u mentioned that anhua dark tea is what i said to u " fu brick tea" , have u tasted anhua dark tea yet? what do u think of the tea? may i have your suggestion??

Dexter

http://instagram.com/p/wU-g-2uE33/
This is what I have. Its lighter than what I would normally expect from a Chinese black tea. It has some roasted, nutty flavors like I would expect from a dark oolong. Just a hint of the earthy/musty that I associate with a ripe pu’erh. It different than anything else I own. I like it and would like to try more.

Sophia

yes,fu brick soup is lighter ,smoother, and it has a softer taste with a little darker colour,i think lots people love the tea not only the taste of itself, but also its healthy care function .

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And continuing on with my sample sip downs at work today, this was the one I was drinking later in the afternoon and was by far the best of the bunch.

The dry leaves in this are just beautiful, all nice golden and fuzzy. As for the taste all I have to say is WOW sweet potato!!!! Oooozes sweet potato. I’m getting some chocolate, cocoa in the aroma, but I can’t really actually taste them. I’m sure if I’d been at home I could have coaxed the chocolate notes out, but don’t really have that luxury at work. There is no doubt that this is a quality tea.
Thank you scribbles for sharing this wonderful tea. :))

looseTman

+1 for scribbles

Dexter

Scribbles is awesome, amazing, so very generous. :))

Fjellrev

Sounds wonderful!

looseTman

Dexter – I totally agree!

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

I justed noticed your review and am happy to read that you enjoyed the Bai Lin Congfu. As you already noted, this tea is a real work of art. Cheers, Joe

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This was my second sample sip down today at work…. I can’t believe I haven’t written anything about this before now. I’ve had it for quite awhile…

Today this was really fruity, grapey, maybe even a little wine ish, light, delicate – not bold enough for me. Nice, pleasant but not something that I need to keep in my cupboard.

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I’ve decided that I have quite a few black tea samples lying around. Some are company samples, some are tea friend samples, some are the last little bit of something I bought. This week’s mission is to drink up all (most?) of these little bits and pieces – so today at work I drank the last of 3 different teas. This being the first of them.

Not a huge Assam fan, I don’t hate it but it’s not my favorite. I thought this was was a little dry, a little astringent, pretty mild, some fruity notes, nothing really offensive just not my style. I don’t think I need to buy anymore Assam, I’m just going to make the decision that they aren’t for me and only buy the styles that I really love.

OMGsrsly

More Assam for me! :D

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For me all Della Terra teas have a similar taste – must be the base they use. This one is no exception. I’m not getting any pumpkin at all just overly sweet caramel. All the bits of stuff in it are just adding to the ooozing sweetness – there are caramel bits, marshmallow bits, and sprinkles…. Happy that this one is gone….

Ysaurella

Do agree with your comment Dexter.

Sil

yeah there are maybe 3 teas i like from della terra but not enough to have ordered in…over a year?

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drank Cherry Jubilee by Herbal Infusions
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Drinking the last of this today. It’s ok – I’m not finding the medicinal qualities that others disliked. It is lacking in cherry though (that could be age though) – so I tossed in a little Cherry Passion from River Tea and all is well in my world….

Nicole

I just can’t find a cherry tea I really like. Might have to look at this one. I broke down today and finally tried one of the Petey’s Bing Cherry ginseng drinks since they were on sale. That was a mistake. It was awesomely delicious and they don’t go on sale very often.

Dexter

I LOVE cherry tea – and I agree it’s hard to find a good one. I’ve tried a gazillion of them (I understand that everyone’s tastes are different) and what I’ve found that works the best for me is adding cherry tisane to a base that I like. I haven’t found my favorite cherry green – but I have a green that I like and I add cherry tisane to it (ditto white and black). My two favorite cherry tisanes are: Cherry Goddess from Tealux and Pondi Cherry from New Mexico Tea Company. I hope that helps…
http://www.tealux.ca/cherry_goddess
http://www.nmteaco.com/Pondi-Cherry_p_404.html

Nicole

I know like NM Tea Co.‘s stuff. I’ll have to put that on my list and add it to my next order with them. Thanks, Dexter!

Dexter

I love how beautiful NMTC labels are and I really appreciate that you can buy them to put on your own tins…. I don’t order from them enough, I think they are getting overlooked as I keep trying new things – I should really move them up on the priority list to purchase from. :))

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Having a little sheng tonight. I thought the first few steeps with a little harsh/bitter but it did mellow out in later steeps. This one is a little bit too green for me. I don’t think this is bad, just not really to my tastes.
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drank Yu Lu Yan Cha Black by Verdant Tea
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Now this tea I’m really sad to see go. This is awesome – you can do anything to it and it’s always great. Awesome tea for me at work.
Oh well – I have a ton of other black teas in my cupboard – just need to decide which are good for work…

Sil

i wish i’d picked up more of the most recent harvest….er the one before the one that just came out

Dexter

This one was crazy dark bitter chocolate. Amazing – but it’s no more, so I"m just going to move on… :(

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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
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I like this tea, but I’ve decided that it’s too finicky for work. This is fine as long as the leaf amount and steep times are reasonable, doesn’t do so well if you leave it for 7 minutes on your desk. This often happens and I have several teas that can handle that type of treatment soooo – I’ve enjoyed this while I’ve had it but not terribly up set that I’ve finished it.

OMGsrsly

I do this one grandpa style all the time. 1/4 to 1/2 tsp leaves, my timolino full of water, and I’m off.

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Wow this is good!!!!
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Edit: I need to write more than just it’s good. This is a perfect hybrid between a fuzzy golden bud Yunnan black tea (malty, sweet, chocolatey, sweet potato) and a really nice smooth ripe pu’erh (earthy and subterranean). There is nothing nasty in this tea. It’s flavorful without being in your face. I love it. Great way to step outside my comfort zone into the wonderful world of shou pu’erh.

yyz

Yay! I’m glad you like your new purchase!

boychik

ok since you like Allan suggestions and streetshop88, here is another one im getting from them. Allan sent me a sample. AMAZING.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/2014-year-Supreme-Yunnan-MengHai-LangHe-7599-Puer-Puer-puerh-Tea-Ripe-Cake-/331373126445?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item4d2760a32d

DeliriumsFrogs

Dexter…. I adore your tea photos.

boychik… is that a WHOLE cake for $7!!??

DeliriumsFrogs

Ok… I see the cake is $25 (I’m sleepy…gah! lol)… That’s still a great price, though, right??

Dexter

boychik – I’m frightened – I haven’t really been exploring pu’erh too much but I’m starting to get interested. There is just so much to learn and so many to try…. I got that order in 10 days – NEVER get stuff that quick from China. Well packaged – nice teapot – amazing tea – I need to write more about it than what I did. Based on this one order I have nothing but good things to say about this seller. I will be buying another of these cakes and I’ve marked that one you mentioned – I probably won’t buy a whole cake, but will get a sample of it. Thank you. :)

Dexter

DeliriumsFrogs – thank you – my photos aren’t as good as a lot of them on Instagram, but it’s fun. :)) At 25.00/357g – that’s 0.07/g or 7.00/100 compared to what I’ve been paying for some of the black tea I’ve been buying recently it’s a steal….

Dexter

yyz- I LOVE my new purchase – both this cake and the teapot – will try the black tea tomorrow. :))

boychik

get youself a sample . who knows, you may not like it. and i just found them on Ali. they confirmed that its the same shop. the selection is not the same but 7599 is $2 cheaper and they give a discount above $50

boychik

Dexter, im afraid to recommend you knowing that you and me, we have a lot of tea. but some you just need. i cannot let you miss out. some pu is just amazing.

OMGsrsly

You people are DANGEROUS.

Dexter

OMGsrsly – and you wonder why I need to share tea….

Dexter

boychik – is this the same cake? It’s worded exactly like StreetShop88 on ebay – is this the seller that you think is the same? http://www.aliexpress.com/item/2014-year-Supreme-MengHai-LangHe-7599-Pu-er-Puer-puerh-Tea-Ripe-Cake-Chinese-Black-Tea/32230862750.html

Dexter

OHHH on ebay they have that tea in 150g cakes – added to watch list….

OMGsrsly

Oh, Dexter. I totally get why you need to share tea. :D (Ooo, more window shopping!!)

boychik

Yes, it’s the same seller. I asked and they confirmed. But you need a sample . What if you won’t like it

Ubacat

Love the pictures!

Ubacat

Dexter, I got a sample of the 7599 from Goshopstreet Tea and let me tell you, it is VERY chocolately! You will love it. And it’s cheap too! I can always send you a sample from my sample if you like.

Sil

oh god you guys are killing me….want. all.

mrmopar

More converts in the making……;p

boychik

haha @mrmopar.
@Sil. you know, sometimes i say nice, sometimes i say lovely. this time i say NEED and WANT immediately (referring to 7599;)

Sil

dexter…if you’re thinking about a 7599 cake, we could always split one…

Dexter

I have lots of thoughts regarding these comments and I’m suddenly very confused at how I want to go about buying tea in the near future. Work is exploding busy – I work with idiots. The old Dex would just buy another of this cake, a 150g cake of the one I posted and 50g sample of the 7599 (and probably would have bought it last night). New budgets and thought patterns are confusing me….. need to ponder how to go about doing this….

Sil

i’m happy to split puerh anytime if it makes sense…

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C.S. Lewis – “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

I needed to update my profile. I joined Steepster 03Mar13. I am just amazed at how much my tastes have changed since then.
When I discovered loose leaf tea about a year and half ago, I didn’t know anything other than my local Davids and Teavana/Teaopia. Stumbling onto Steepster CHANGED EVERYTHING.
Hello, my name is Dex I’m a tea addict.
I’ve been through the “I need to try every single tea out there” phase. I really hope the worst of that has passed. I’ve learned enough to know that I only need to try HALF of all the teas out there. LOL
When I started this journey, I was all about the flavored rooibos and fruity tisanes. Don’t get me wrong there is still room for dessert (chocolate/caramel/nutty) Rooibos teas in my cupboard and I still do enjoy them, BUT I am quickly learning to appreciate the some of the straight teas of the world.
Big bold (but not icky)pu’erh is suddenly my favorite, followed by woody/roasted oolongs. I’m just starting to explore straight black teas, and have found some that I really like.
Generally speaking I’m not into greens at all, only like the occasional green oolong, and white teas are just too mild for my tastes (unless they are fruit flavored). I still enjoy really good fruit tisanes, but am now cold steeping them.
I don’t like floral/herbal blends, and mint anything is not on my preferred list.
I am still exploring new teas, adapting to my changing tastes, understanding more every day how little I really know about tea. Ultimately I would love to find approximately 50 teas that I just “can’t live without” and always have them in my cupboard. That might not be practical, but that what I’m searching for. It’s going to be a fun journey.

All in all, I love this site. I’ve met some wonderful people, and have gotten to try some amazing teas because of them. It really restores your faith in humanity when you get a note saying “oh by the way I sent you some tea”. Wonderful, generous, people here.

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