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5 Tasting Notes


Method: Gongfucha with 4 grams of tea to 100 ml of water with a quick rinse.

Upon opening the bag, you are overwhelmed by the strong scent of smoke, like you’re sitting right beside a campfire. The dry leaves are completely black and of a good size.

First Steep (10 seconds): The Color of the first infusion is a nice red-orange. The liquor Smells like a blend between Assam and campfire smoke. The Taste is smokey, with just a hint of fruit in the background. And the Aftertaste is simply like a clean black tea layered with a bit of smoke.

Second Steep (15 seconds): The Color becomes an even deeper shade of red-orange. The Smell has become a little more smokey, but hasn’t changed too much. The Taste is, again, a little more smokey. The Aftertaste hasn’t noticeably changed.

Third Steep (20 seconds): The Color is still that deep shade of red-orange, but the Smell has become completely made of smoke. The Taste has let go of some of the smoke for a more balanced blend of smoke of crisp black tea. The Aftertaste now tastes just like how pine resin smells.

Fourth Steep (25 seconds): The Color hasn’t changed at all, and the Smell is beginning to thin out, but is still has that nice smokey aroma. The Taste has taken on a slightly creamy citrus note in addition to its smokey flavor, and the Aftertaste still tastes like the scent of pine resin.

Fifth Steep (30 seconds): The Color has become noticeably more orange, with just a hint of red. The Smell is still that crisp blend of black tea and smoke. The Taste has let go of the citrus, and has become an interesting “creamy smoke” flavor. The Aftertaste is like the smoldering embers of a campfire.

Summary: This tea is definitely not for someone who doesn’t like smoke. The tea tastes and smells like smoke (to be expected), but has enough other flavors to make it interesting. I like this tea, but I can see why some people would be averse to it.

205 °F / 96 °C

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Method: Gongfucha with 4 grams of tea to 100 ml of water with a quick rinse.

Looking into the bag, you seed countless little grey-green pearls with streaks of white. The dry leaves smell of Jasmine, but it’s a bit strong.

First Steep (10 seconds): The Color is a golden shade of yellow. The liquor Smells like I’m inhaling Jasmine flowers whole. The Taste is more gentle the the scent, the light taste of a green tea with a light layer of Jasmine on top. There isn’t much of an Aftertaste, which is a bit disappointing.

Second Steep (15 seconds): The Color has changed into a sort of burnt-yellow. The Smell hasn’t changed much, still smells like I’m being suffocated by a Jasmine plant. The Taste also hasn’t changed too much, maybe a little more Jasmine, but I’m not really sure. The Aftertaste has shown itself, kind of a weakly lingering Jasmine.

Third Steep (20 seconds): The Color still has that burnt-yellow shade, and magically, the Scent has gotten more overpowering. I don’t know if this is how all Jasmine teas are like, or if I just don’t like Jasmine. The Taste has remained virtually unchanged, but the Aftertaste has picked up a strong Jasmine presence in the back of my mouth.

Fourth Steep (25 seconds): Color’s the same, Scent on the liquor is letting up a bit, but I’m getting a headache from smelling this tea. The Tastehas turned a bit bitter(?) with a sickly Jasmine overtone. I don’t even know how to describe the gross aftertaste.

I’m not even steeping this a Fifth time. It’s just nasty.

Summary: The leaves themselves are of relatively fair quality (Better than how most Numi teas look after being steeped). It is, however, a horriblyt insipid concoction. I can’t imagine myself ever enjoying this tea at any time.

180 °F / 82 °C

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drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
5 tasting notes

Method: Gongfucha with 4 grams of tea to 100 ml of water with a quick rinse.

Upon opening the bag there is the scent of warm honey lifting off of the leaves. The leaves are very nicely shaped, indicating good quality leaves.

1st Steep (10 seconds): The Color is a light orange-red and the liquor Smells brisk with a dash of honey. The Taste is light, similar to weak brewed Ceylonese black teas, but with an undertone of honey. The Aftertaste has a stronger honey quality to it, and keeps it for a long time.

Second Steep (15 seconds): The Color has turned into a much darker shade of amber and the Scent has picked up a peppery quality. The Taste is a strange, but pleasant, mixture of honey and pepper. The Aftertaste is lingering, still with the enticing peppery taste to it.

Third Steep (20 seconds): The Color has become even darker, to a deep red. The pepper Smell has mostly overtaken the honey, but it remains a warm and enticing cup. The Taste, instead of becoming more peppery as expected, become brighter, but still with that nice mixture of pepper and honey. The Aftertaste is bright and simply lingers in the back of your mouth, very nice.

Fourth Steep (25 seconds): The Color of the liquor is still a deep shade of red, and the Smell has lost a bit of its brightness for more pepper. The Taste has become bright, with peppery overtones and light honey undertones. The Aftertaste is now completely the taste of sweet black pepper.

Fifth Steep (30 seconds): The Color has paled slightly and has become a blit more orange. The Scent has let up on the pepper for more honey, a little smokiness can be smelt there too. The taste is dropping the pepper for a kind of “smoked honey”, it’s still very nice. The Aftertaste is that of a bright honey, with a bit of pepper in the finish.

Summary: This tea is wonderful, it is inexpensive enough for an every day tea, but has the high quality so that it can be savored (I WILL be steeping this batch more than 5 times, it still has more to offer :) ). looking into my gaiwan, you can see that the leaves are whole, and made of buds and small leaves.

I managed to get 7 excellent infusions with an additional 3 nice infusions out of this tea

205 °F / 96 °C

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Method: Gongfucha with 4 grams of tea to 100 ml of water with a quick rinse.

Upon opening the bag there is the definite scent of a Shou Puerh, though it smells like a young Shou. The leaves are all fairly uniform, in both color and size.

1st Steep (20 secs): The Color is a deep brown with a Scent like several Shou Puerhs I’ve had before, lightly earthy. The Taste is interesting. There is definitely a malty taste, which blends with, but seems to slightly overpower the more earthy flavors of Puerh. The Aftertaste is a bit malty, but also sweetly earthy, with a thick consistency.

2nd Steep (20 secs): The Color is the same as the last steeping, and the scent has not changed. The Taste is thick, and more malty than it is earthy. I’m beginning to wonder if I should lighten the tea to water ratio. It tastes nice, but the flavors are a bit muddled. The Aftertaste is much the same, lingering, and thick on the tongue.

3rd Steep (25 secs): The Color has lightened up ever so slightly (I can see the bottom of the cup :) ) and the Scent has become heavier, with that deep earthiness that I love in Puerh. The malt has mellowed out, allowing the Taste to become what I expected of a Shou Puerh. The Aftertaste has begun to thin out (in a good way); I can now taste the earthiness lingering on the tongue.

4th Steep (30 secs): The Color has begun to take on a more reddish appearance, with the Scent still retaining that earthy goodness. Most of the malt has dropped out of the Taste, leaving only the taste of earth after a nice rain (that’s the only way I know how to describe it :) ). The Aftertaste is the same as the taste, but lingers for quite a while.

5th Steep (35 secs): The Color of the tea is still a nice, deep red color and the Scent still has that nice earthiness. The Taste is very similar to the last, with that same earthy depth. The Aftertaste has sweetened a bit, but is still great.

Summary: This is a very nice tea. I was a bit put off by the maltiness in earlier infusions, but after that faded away I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would recommend this tea for someone who is looking for a daily Puerh to drink (which is exactly what i bought it for ;) ), it isn’t as magnificent as some other Puerhs on the market, but it does hold its own in daily use. I bought this tea on Amazon for $44 USD for a pound (.45 Kilos) of it. For an Organic and Fair Labour tea, it is money well spent, and will last me for a long time.

205 °F / 96 °C

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I am going into my second year of college, majoring in Horticulture at The University of Georgia.

I have been described by friends and family as a tea-freak. I do love my tea. :)
I brew all of my teas in Gongfucha with 4 grams to 100 ml of water. I always have the first two steeps at 20 seconds, and add 5 seconds for every subsequent steep.

I hope to graduate from UGA with a Master’s Degree in Horticulture and take up a position at the Georgia State Botanical Gardens, drinking my tea all along the way.


Athens, Georgia, Untied States