146 Tasting Notes

62

I have a fairly low opinion of Nilgiri tea, and this didn’t do anything to change that opinion. I was pleasantly surprised by the initial taste, which was clean and bright, but the flavor descended into a tannic, bitter finish. Each sip seemed to turn bitter a little bit faster. I added sweetener, but that didn’t help much.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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87

Spicy grass aroma and taste. Rich mouth-feel. Good finish.

I think I’m getting burned out on the TTB. I should write more, but to be honest, this is just a nice quality oolong, with middle-of-the-road flavors. Well-made, but doesn’t stand out in a crowd.

Thanks to *Stacy at Butiki Tea* for putting this box together. It’s been a wonderful experience, and I’ve still got a lot of teas to drink. I’m finding it difficult to follow my original plan of tasting all the pu-erh, then all the green, etc. Instead, I’m finding it better to to a couple of a given style, then jump to something else.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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82

Soft aroma has malt and a hint of fruit. The taste is rich with only a bit of tannin. Not terribly complex, but really good.
Thanks to *Stacy at Butiki Tea* for putting this box together

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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82
drank Dong Ding #1 by Educational TTB 2
146 tasting notes

Strong spice aroma and taste. Rich and dark with a hint of molasses. Good but straightforward.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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81
drank Pu-Erh #6 by Educational TTB 2
146 tasting notes

“Discarded 20 s rinse.
First steep : I meant to only do 3 oz for 1.5 grams, but my usual pour is 6 and I was on autopilot this morning. I then tried to make up for it by doing a 45 s steep; totally confusing. This means the tea is probaby weak by Pu-Erh standards. The nose is light and earthy with a hint of fruit. Not sure how to describe the taste; leather isn’t right but it’s as close as I can come. THere is definitely a tarry taste at the finish, which is long but not very powerful.
2nd steep: 3 oz, 70 sec. This is much more powerful. The nose is earthy and herbal. Taste is black pepper.
3rd (3 oz, 1 min, 200 deg): Nose similar to 2nd. Taste is lighter and more fruity.
4th (3 oz, 1 min, 200 deg): Soft, fruity nose with hint of spice. Tastes of tar.
This was very interesting, but the flavors don’t appeal to me. Seems like more trouble than it was worth.”

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 1 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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78

Powerful aroma of veggies. Taste is powerful, with grassy/veggie flavors. Good finish is a bit too astringent for my taste. This seems like a good tea, but I’m not really into the veggie flavor.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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77

It may have been a mistake to start the day with a green tea. I’m finding it difficult to find much flavor in this cup. The nose had hints of veggies and grass. The taste is clean, with straw and grass flavors. The finish is a bit more astringent than I like, but otherwise OK.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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80
drank Jin Si Luo by Educational TTB 2
146 tasting notes

The dry tea has a clever spiral-wrapped shape. The disadvantage of this style is that it takes a long time to unwind. I gave it 2 extra minutes to steep from my usual 3 minutes. Weak nose. Rich straw/grass flavor. Some spice appears in the finish, which is long but not very powerful. Nice, but unspectacular. To be honest, the only distinguishing character is how it looks.
Thanks to *Stacy at Butiki Tea* for putting this box together

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 g 6 OZ / 177 ML
Lala

Was this tea named after you? :)

Dr Jim

Oh no: it’s a Freudian slip (or bad typing). It should have been JIN.

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92

Soft grassy/spicy taste. Rich, buttery taste, magnificent finish.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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83

I need a break from the Pu-Erh, so decided to start in on the green tea. This has a nice soft nose: straw with a hint of veggies. The taste is clean and simple: mostly grass and straw. Good mouth-feel. Good finish. This is my favorite style of green tea; a perfect break from the pu-erh.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Retired engineer/physicist.
My ratings will usually be based on multiple tastings. Oolong teas are generally 3 grams of tea in 6 oz water for 1 minute. Black teas are 1.5 grams of tea in 6 oz water for 3-4 minutes. Pu-erh is 3 grams in 3 oz, generally 20, 20, 30, 40, 60 sec.

My numerical ratings are all based on how much enjoyment I took from the tea. Since I prefer blacks and oolongs, they will receive higher scores. I also give a couple of extra points to decafs, just because I can drink them in the evening without staying up half the night. I don’t dislike flavored teas, but find that they lack the complexity of finer teas.

90-100 = superior, worth a high price
80-89 = Excellent. Will buy again
70-79 = Good tea, but probably won’t buy
60-69 = Nothing really wrong, but…
Below 60 = Wouldn’t drink again

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