8 Tasting Notes

75

Grassy and vegetal, with a more savoury acidic, almost salty flavour I can’t put my finger on. Not quite my thing, but tastes good. Yellow liquor.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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73

The sweet, roasted flavour of the puffed rice dominates the taste of this tea. Not bad, but some more tea leaves or less rice would have made for a more even flavour. Pale yellow liquor.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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79

Dark, malty, and sweet, although not as malty or flavourful as higher grades of Keemun. Still, very pleasant for an everyday Chinese black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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77

I don’t taste the darjeeling flavours myself, but there’s definitely some maltiness. Other than that, it has the body of an Indian or Ceylon black, with a bit more sweetness. Tasty, for what it is, but I was expecting more flavour given the tea’s grade.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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35

Poor grade of pu erh. Some earthy flavours, but they’re overshadowed by a strong fishy stench. Distinctly Tea doesn’t seem to have a good selection of pu erh teas, and after trying this one, I think I’ll try a store that has a wider range for pu erh.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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76

Honey, roasted grain, and roasted nut flavours. Yellow to orange liquor, depending on steep time. This tea can take relatively long steep times for an oolong, developing more body with a bit of bitterness. Doesn’t have the flavour complexity one would get from a higher grade of ti kuan yin, but still quite pleasant.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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84

A tasty, flavourful lightly oxidized oolong. Sweet, with a strong floral aroma and some honey and nut flavours. Pale yellow liquor.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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