255 Tasting Notes

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Smooth and mellow flavor which maintains a bit of the classic briskness of the Assam. Unlike the other assams I drink on a regular basis, this one has a light and flowery flavor which is what I’ll note as the French accent in this particular tea. Not my favorite assam but one worth keeping in the tea cabinet.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Fruity, floral, creamy all rolled into one sip – a light cinnamon-caramel flavor with a tart apple-lemon accent. Nicely balanced. Not my usual type of early morning tea but an interesting cup nonetheless.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
IntegriTEA

Wow! This sounds yummy! I’m curious, do you add milk to these Dammann teas?

DigniTea

Yes, in this case, I did. I think the milk worked to make the different flavors bolder.

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Continuing with this one….
I’ve enjoyed this puer over the last four days. Each session relies upon the original 5g of tea for 3 steeps with 3-4oz of boiling water then each steep is dumped into a 12 oz travel mug to be enjoyed throughout the afternoon.

2nd day: Still sweet (but less so now); nice chestnut color.
3rd day: A certain amount of earthiness is now creeping in; no longer as rich and sweet.
4th day: Much lighter color even after 8 min steeps; mild yet pleasant woodsy flavor; enjoyable but not much left to give here.

I took the same leaves through 12 steeps and it held up quite well. I’ve been working off a sample and I think I have enough to do this again soon. As for the full cake, I think I’m going to age it for another year and let the deliciousness continue to grow. I’ll look forward to celebrating the beginning of 2015 with it. Highly recommend this Shou!

TeaExplorer

Mine has been enroute for a week. Waiting sucks, but I’m looking forward to comparing notes with others who have had this.

mrmopar

Its a good one for sure! TeaExplorer hope yours arrives soon. I think my last order has been in Chicago sort facility for 4 days now. I think it is the weather keeping it still.

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drank Golden Yunnan by thepuriTea
255 tasting notes

Just what I need on a cold, cold morning – honey, toasty warmth with a little peppery kick at the end of the swallow. Delicious. Regrettably I have only a small sample tin to enjoy and cannot reorder since thepuritea selections have disappeared with the close of the business. C’est la vie!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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96

The history and culture of tea is one of many reasons why I pursue this passion. I love to find teas with a special story – enhancing the mystery and beauty of the tea. This is such a tea – a tea that I would love even without a story but the story makes it even more special (and for me, even more enjoyable).

This is one of four teas in Menghai Dayi’s Centennial Memorial set – two shous and two shengs. The one I have is the Jiangshan Meiren (An Empire and the Beauties) ripe cake. This tea commemorates the Soong sisters who one hundred years ago followed and assisted Sun Yat-sen and devoted themselves to the Chinese Revolution. In order to commemorate the Soong sisters, finely selected tea leaves from both the Bada and Bulang organic tea gardens of the Menghai Tea Factory were used.

I approached my first session with this tea with great excitement and high expectations. Of course, I feared that it might let me down since my expectations were so high. The color of the leaf is chestnut red with gold traces throughout -many tea buds are seen throughout the cake. The aroma of the dry leaf is very smooth, almost sweet. Two short five second rinses. Dark chestnut colored liquid with a pleasant smooth aroma.

This tea is lovely! The tea broth has a very rich and balanced taste. It most certainly does not disappoint. I’ll rate and write more after several additional sessions with this wonderful tea.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
mrmopar

You will have to share the information about the other three. I may just look to get the others also. I love to read about these things.

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This is a dark flavorful shu – sweet and smooth even on the first steep. 5 grams, 15 second rinse, 5 second steep produced a delightful cup. When I go for a longer steep, the brew is thick and almost syrupy with an easy swallow and a spiciness that warms the throat.

I’ve been working on this over the past two days – I’m on steep #7 and it’s still very flavorful. I highly recommend this interesting, rich and delicious cake and I am very glad I purchased two when they were on sale earlier in the fall.

Preparation
Boiling

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91

First of all, a big shoutout to Bonnie for this idea!!

I had enjoyed several resteepings of Mr. Han’s new 2004 Shu Pu’er when I read a comment by Bonnie where she recommended combining this blend with other base teas. What a great idea! How would it be with a nice fresh shu?

I brewed six ounces of the Spa Blend and combined it with a six ounce brew of Mr. Han’s Shu and it was fantastic! This is the fourth day I’ve reused these same leaves and combined the brews into my Zojirushi travel mug to enjoy throughout the afternoon. Two delicious Verdant teas – what could be better?

I highly recommend this combination. Thank you, Bonnie!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

Glad you liked this…I did the same with another blend…haha!

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90
drank Gong Fu Black by Zhi Tea
255 tasting notes

This leaf produces a scrumptious comforting cup of tea. The dry leaves are twisted black (with a little gold thrown in) wires with a very pleasant dark-chocolate fruit aroma. The reddish brown liquid has a smooth sweetness that is caramelized with a hint of bittersweet chocolate and a very pleasant aftertaste. No tea bitterness and very little astringency. This tea is a winner.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Kasia Pastuszek

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drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
255 tasting notes

An enjoyable golden tea from China’s Yunnan province. A very smooth tea – rich and bold with a honey flavor and a light chocolate undertone. Not my favorite Yunnan by any means but definitely worth having on the tea shelf.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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Over the past week I have been sipping on two lovely “dark teas” (both are new to me) – this one and an 8685 Gong Ting Puer in Tangerine (22g).

A lovely scent while brewing which produces a thick and mellow taste with the sweetness of a floral honey. This is high quality leaf with the capability to maintain flavor through many resteeps – I stopped at 10. The first two steeps are a bit harsh and earthy but those following are more gentle and quite lovely.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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For me, tea is magical with its ability to transform by bringing one back to center and inspiring both peace and contentment.

Reformed coffee drinker. Switched to tea as part of my goal to work on living a healthier, more balanced life — haven’t looked back since. I enjoy most tea types but I cannot handle jasmine or other florals and I’m not particularly fond of bergamot. Moved quickly into unflavored blacks and puerhs and seldom drink anything else. Now most of my purchases are puerh cakes for aging.

I no longer assign numerical ratings to teas because our enjoyment of tea is very subjective. Reactions to a particular tea vary from person to person and within the same person across different tasting sessions. My tea notes are now simply comments reflecting my impression at that specific point in time. They are useful to me and if they happen to be helpful to someone else that is good.

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