841 Tasting Notes

This tea is beautiful – the dry leave are just amazing to look at – the wet leaves are just so pretty. I don’t think I should be drinking this one tonight. I was drinking another moonlight tea yesterday that was just spectacular. I think this is paling in the shadow of the other one rather than showing how good it really is. If I had tried this one first I would be raving about it, but IMHO it’s not as good as the other.

OMGsrsly recently wrote about this with words like savory and umami. While I’m not disagreeing with that – those aren’t the words I would choose. The problem is that I’m not quite sure what the right words are. Sheng, sweet, green. hay, lets start with those. Given a cup of this blind – there is no doubt it’s pu’erh – but it’s really mild and that mustiness goes away in later steeps. It is sweet, but later in the sip. It’s not astringent, or bitter, but these is a little sharpness to it.
I like it, I would happily drink more of it – but if I had to choose, the other one all the way.

Thank you so much OMGsrsly for sharing both these amazing teas with me. (I might need you to pick up more of these for me in the future….)
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OMGsrsly

No problem, really. I mean, I have a whole cake I can share. :D The amount of leaf I use ends up filling my gaiwan or pot after a couple steeps. Haha. That might be why I got different flavours.

Dexter

I used the whole 5g sample of this one in my glass teapot, have been drinking it all night – getting sweeter as it goes – I’m going to put the leave in the fridge to cold steep…

OMGsrsly

I’m still drinking mine from last night. If I get up I make Mandala Silver Buds (in the kitchen) and if I’m sitting, I make this one (on my desk). Haha. They taste very different and I think I prefer silver buds out of these two, but the Moonlight over both.

Dexter

This one just keeps getting better and sweeter… I like it more now than I did when I wrote that – it’s really getting grapey really fun.

OMGsrsly

Yeah, I’m noticing that as well. I wasn’t expecting as many steeps as I’ve gotten, and I’m quite happy.

Ubacat

Sounds like a good one.

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ZSXZ is one of my favorite styles of black teas, and this is a really nice version of it. I drank the last of what I have at work today. It is just so good, so chocolaty, no rich, everything I like in a Fujian black tea.
Am I a little sad to see this one go – not really – I’m hoarding quite a bit of 2013 which, IMHO, was even better than 2014. I’m quite sure there will always be a version of this in my cupboard – here’s hoping for 2015.

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WOW – is this ever RED – it looks like red food coloring in cup.
I like it – it makes me happy. This sample is all cherry, maybe just a hint of banana in the back but that might be wishful thinking. Doesn’t matter cherry is one of my favorite things and while this is a little candyish – it’s not cough syrup, so that is just fine by me.
Really tart, really juicy, really cherry – what’s not to love.

Thank you so much Sil for sending a sample of this my way.

Sil

woot! glad it mostly worked for you lol

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I know that OMGsrsly LOVES this tea and she was generous enough to give me a sample. Thank you so much.

Yep this is a good one. It’s really mild, nice, gentle. soothing – a little sweet, a little fruity (apricot?). ZERO bitter, ZERO astringent. I’m not even getting any musty, aged, pu’erh ness. Mmmmmmm had a nice afternoon with this – and I have enough for another session. Looking forward to that. :)
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Sil

awesome!

OMGsrsly

:) I love super high leaf-to-water ratio to get thick liquid honey goodness. Haha.

Dexter

LOL Well you gave me two pieces- I used the smaller of the two today. Can try it with more leaf next time….

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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
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OMG!!!! OMG!!!! Where has this been all my life?!!???
2 tsp in my perfect mug just under boiling for 12 minutes and it is AMAZING. Yes I added a little sweet and a little milk and it’s amazing hot chocolate. It’s not thin, it had a really nice mouth feel.
This one has just a hint of cinnamon and just a hint of coconut – but those are really in the background. This is just chocolatey goodness.
Thank you OMGsrsly for sending this sample my way. I need to find a place to buy some for myself.

Sil

did i send you the maracaibo?

Dexter

No you didn’t….

OMGsrsly

:D I think the sample packs are the most reasonable option online still. It’s available so many places in my hippie town. I could also send you a package if you wanted.

caile

I bought the variety sample pack online which I really liked. I haven’t seen it around in stores but haven’t been out looking. :)

Sil

I can set aside some of the maracaibo then dex. really thought i’d put some in for you.

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drank Anna's by TeaGschwendner
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Now this is what I think a fruity black tea should. This is really good. Nice crisp clean raspberry flavor. Just a hint of black base in the back with a tiny bit of creamy goodness pulling the whole thing together.
This just makes me happy,
Thanks so much Sil for letting me try this one.

Sil

Tea G has some really nice blends. I’m a fan. Not of ALL of them..but of a lot of them. I really hope i get back to chicago soon-ish since i much prefer getting 50g versus the 100g you need to buy online

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Received this as a free sample with my lasts order. Thank you so much Garret for including it.

I’ve been drinking it and playing with the steep parameters all day. I can’t find the sweet spot. The first few infusions seems really bold and in your face, the later steeps seemed weak and uninteresting. Couldn’t find much in between. I don’t hate this, but just feel like it should be more interesting than I could make it. Was nice to spend the day with, but there are much better pu’erhs out there. I’m just going to file this under finicky and move on.

looseTman

with these two keywords: Mandala & organic – Ooh, I’m interested.
Dexter, Did you ask Garret for his brewing recommendations for this particular pu-erh?

looseTman

TeaBrat may also have some helpful suggestions.

TeaBrat

All I did was gong fu as usual and I thought it was great. Sorry can’t offer anything more specific.

Garret

HI! I’d try shorter first infusions, Dex. Sounds like you may be overbrewing it upfront.

People are going nuts over this one and we had one woman order 40 of these through us to keep here in our vault to ship a little with each of her orders! We were immediately in love with this one and I have a stash of it, myself. But… just because so many like it doesn’t mean it’s your cup of tea :) Too bad we can’t sit down together and let me brew some up for you. Wouldn’t that be fun? Joy to each of you on this thread. Thanks, Charles!

Grateful,
Garret

Dexter

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Thanks Garret – I’m not disagreeing with you about over steeping up front – but I couldn’t find the right balance. I actually drank it all day in two different sessions. I’m not the hard and fast rule type and I steep more by instinct than by the clock. Shug – so it could be user error, but in my world when it’s about that color it’s done. Something like 4g/170ml flash rinse twice then I probably started at like 10 seconds. I just found that when it got to that color it was too strong for me and if you didn’t let it come to that color then it was too mild. There just didn’t seem to be a happy medium for me.
Who knows – maybe the pu’erh gods weren’t smiling on me, maybe I wasn’t in the right mood. It could be anything, but for my tastes – this one didn’t make me happy. There are so many of your shou pu’erhs that I would rather drink.
Then again, I would LOVE for you to make tea and share a cup (or several). Really should be looking at a Minneapolis and area long weekend – it’s really not that far from here. :))

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Received this one from Sil – thank you so much.

I cold steeped most of this sample overnight and it is a pretty nice fruity tea. I think the bamboo is a little distracting – would prefer it without. I’m not sure that strawberry is the correct word for this, it’s fruity and maybe a bit berry ish, but it doesn’t scream strawberry.

I hot steeped the last of the sample tonight and it again doesn’t scream strawberry to me, it’s a little citrus and some weirdness that I’m calling bamboo. I actually like it better hot than cold, but it’s not something that I just have to have more of.
Thanks Sil for the opportunity to try it.

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Dinking a shou coin from O5Tea that I picked up in Vancouver.

Disclaimer – it poured rain the day I bought this and spent the day walking around getting soaked. That included these coins. They got “blow dried” back in that hotel room. The wrapper was not stained so I’m not thinking it wasn’t too badly damaged, but who knows.

The first couple of steeps were really mild, flat, not much going on. I significantly upped the steep time and found some astringency. By steep four it’s better but still not wowing me. It’s good, it tastes like shou – I would drink it again, but I won’t be buying more at that price. I don’t mind paying good money for good tea. This is pretty expensive to be just OK tea.
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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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