248 Tasting Notes

88

I think Stash Chamomile is the best Chamomile that I have had to date. In terms of how chamomile teas go I would describe this one as being lighter smooth and sweet with a slightly less intense floral taste as others. It is amazing in how much of a difference there can be in dried chamomile flowers from one brand to another.

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96

I know a 2010 ripe puerh is a bit young to be drinking but I am greatly impressed at this quality and how it compares to a 2009 tuocha of the same label. This tea has no trace of any wo dui odor and off tastes in the brew and has a equally clean test to it. The only real notable difference from the 2009 version is that the smoothness is not as strong so I wonder if smoothness tends to develop more with age in ripe puerh. Anyway a great tea at half the price as the 2009 version which might be just as good as the 2009 version is now come 2012.

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97

A wonderful clean and smooth puerh with a bit of maltiness. I would say this one has a medium fermentation level that is darker than most ripe puerh in the growing trend of lighter fermentation levels. Just watch out and pay attention to your time and tea to water ratio as this is a ripe puerh that can be overbrewed with less than ideal results if you do not take care.

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96

A very smooth and slightly silky ripe puerh without any trace of undesirable off tastes or earthiness. Although once again the idea of a mini-cake that can easily be broken up into mini-bricks for brewing has less than desired results as the mini bricks are still too big to brew whole without breaking up first and the paper inner ticket is a pain to deal with when the brick is scored into mini blocks.

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91

While I never tried Sleepytime and Sleepytime Extra side-by-side the taste difference is minimal as it does not come off as any difference in the cup. But watch out as a single cup of Sleeptime Extra is much quicker acting than two cups of Sleeptime, so I would only recommend drinking this if you are ready to go to sleep very soon.

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77
drank Special Pouchong by Ten Ren
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Ten Ren’s Special Pouchong pretty much tastes like a darker green tea to me. Gets a bit better reinfusions than most green teas and is easier to brew as a very green oolong. Although it is enjoyable to drink I do not think I will be reordering more when I finish what I have.

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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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100
drank Special Ti Kuan Yin by Ten Ren
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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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