232 Tasting Notes

87

I am not sure about if adding vanilla to Sleepytime improves it or not. It is still good but the vanilla smooths over the overall flavor which makes the rest of the herbs harder to taste, although it also adds a bit of sweetness into the mix.

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89

The tea is good but the packaging was not the best. At first glance a mini-brick that is scored to be easily broken down into 9 mini bricks for easy brewing sounds like a good idea. The problem was the inner ticket was a pain to get out but luckily was close to the surface that it wasn’t too bad. For the actual tea be sure to break up the mini brick a bit or at least into 3 thinner layers before brewing as it is too thick to break apart right on its own when brewing. The actual tea is good, especially for a generic factory that tries to copy off of Menghai. The brewed tea is clean with no earthy off tastes and has a lighter mellow brew. Overall this shu puerh is better than most but not good enough to be considered an upper end premium quality puerh.

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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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100
drank Special Ti Kuan Yin by Ten Ren
232 tasting notes

This has to be one of the best dark Ti Kuan Yin teas that I’ve had yet. A good mellow roast taste with a very smooth texture to the brew with a sweet finish. While I was initially hesitant to order this one from the “nice tin” and low price of only $15 for 300g I am glad that I did as this is rightly one of their most popular TKY products based upon its quality alone with its value and fancy packaging that makes it suitable for gift giving a nice bonus.

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Thomas Smith

Can’t dismiss a testimony like that (especially for a dark TGY, the oolong that first bit me). Will be making a Ten Ren order…

John Grebe

Glad you found it helpful. Also heads up when it comes to tea, especially oolongs I tend to focus upon cheaper ones that taste good, so that is the best dark TKY within the price range that I’m willign to pay.

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92
drank Tung Ting by Ten Ren
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This Tung Ting comes off to me as being wonderfully in the middle in how it is darker than any green oolong that I have had before but is still lighter than a dark oolong, with a darker golden yellow brew. When gaiwan brewed with short infusions the tea produces fairly consistent brews with a smooth sweet taste that has a pleasant lack of an overwhelmingly floral taste.

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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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91

A very nice blend of chamomile, spearmint and lemon grass that I find enjoyable and this is coming from a person who is not that fond of flavored teas. Personally I think it is the spearmint that sets it apart or at least for me as I heavily lean toward sweeter spearmint over its stronger peppermint counterpart. The chamomile is a nice herb to help unwind with closer to bed time and the lemon grass and spearmint add some nice flavor and extra sweetness as a sugar-free alternative to honey.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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100

This is a wonderful example of a dark higher postfermentation level ripe puerh which is becoming less common in the growing trend of lighter shu puerh. This one is very smooth with a light malty mellowness that makes it very enjoyable to drink.

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93

Be careful about brewing this one too strong because when it is brewed strong it comes out as a soso disappointment for a Dayi ripe puerh. When brewed lighter it produces a much better and enjoyable brew that has a light smooth mouth feel with a bit of maltiness in the mellow background. A good Dayi puerh overall but not the best, so keep in mind just because a puerh cake is a commemorative cake does not mean that it will be better quality than a standard one. It might just cost more because it is a special limited edition cake with a special wrapper around it.

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drank Gingerbread by Adagio Teas
232 tasting notes

Has a very faint taste of spices but overall it is a classic example of a tea that smells a lot better than it tastes. Like a lot of desert flavored teas to taste right you need to add a lot of sugar to it which is something that I do not like being forced to do. Although to its credit my grandmother really likes this one plain so it is a matter of taste among some.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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96

This has to be the most drinkable young sheng puerh that I have yet to have encountered. It brews up a pale brew with a slightly sweet taste with any traces of bitterness or smoke commonly associated with young sheng puerh. Future infusions grow slightly stronger and “puerh notes” begin to emerge yet the enjoyable light and sweet nature remains in this tea.

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76

Looking over the leaves of this tea alone I can tell that it is a higher quality tea as compared to the other cheaper Formosa Oolong offered by Adagio. It has a much lighter and smoother taste to it which includes some more floral flavor notes. Although to be quite honest I prefer the cheaper variety for its simple more earthy flavor.

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