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215 Tasting Notes

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When I first got this tea a few years ago it had a strange mix of being a bit mellow like a ripe puerh but with a harsh edge like young green puerh which was too much for me to be able to handle. Now around 6 years later those harsh edges have left and the resulting tea resemble the samples of aged dry storage puerh but in a lot less time. So it looks like the “half cooked puerh” theory worked out as the tea was able to age much faster than green puerh. Worthwhile to pick up a cake of if you get the chance but if you prefer wet storage puerh like I do chances are you will not be drinking too much of it over the long term either.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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83
drank Lung Ching by Golden Dragon
215 tasting notes

A light and sweet Dragonwell green tea. No signs of bitterness, grass tasting or other off flavors, so more of a simple easy drinking green tea but one that I could easily see becoming boring if one drinks it too often.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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98
drank Pu-Erh Tea by Golden Dragon
215 tasting notes

Gaiwan brewed this one. This is a lighter puerh that is slightly earthy and mellow. Very good unless you like your puerh very strong in which case I’d advice you to search elsewhere.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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75
drank Vanilla by Adagio Teas
215 tasting notes

Light black tea with a smooth vanilla flavor to it, but a bit of bitterness too.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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78

Gaiwan brewed this one. I am not sure if I got a bad batch if all of the Chrysanthemum flowers had settled to the bottom of the tin but this Chrysanthemum Puerh had a complete lack of Chrysanthemum. Regardless it was still a good base puerh that is earthy but not too earthy.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 100 OZ / 2957 ML

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98

Gaiwan brewed this tea which is a puerh with a badly translated name. Overall pretty good a traditional style that is in the light earthy range of flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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94
drank Woo Loong by Kwong Sang
215 tasting notes

Gaiwan brewed this one with excellent results. This is a medium roasted oolong that is leaning slightly to the dark side. Not much else to say beyond that it proves once again that Chinese grocery stores prove themselves again and again to be reliable sources for cheap and decent oolongs.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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97
drank Keemun by Kwong Sang
215 tasting notes

Wow this is really good considering what it is. This has the typical slightly earthy Keemun flavor without any traces of bitterness nor smoke. If you like Keemun tea and good cheap tea than this is worth the price if you can find it in a Chinese market.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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drank Tit Koon Yum by Kwong Sang
215 tasting notes

This tea is a bit interesting. I would call it as being in the light and sweet group of green teas but it has some extra depth that is hard to really describe. Decent but personally I think I will be using the rest for ice tea and will not be buying it again.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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Gaiwan brewed this one and found it to be pretty impressive. A light Ti Kuan Yin that is not overly floral and a little on the buttery side from how they go. Light TKY is not a favorite of mine but I can see this one making a good ice tea. Regardless at $3.65 a tin Golden Dragon brand tea is nice for trying things out without much risk.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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