251 Tasting Notes

92

A nice ripe puerh which I think the description of balanced is right on. A little on the earthy or maybe woody side in a good way would likely be its most unique taste factor. Gave lots of fairly consistent infusions with good holding power for a ripe puerh and overall a good everyday puerh with a more unique taste.

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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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drank Milky Oolong by Ten Ren
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Name pretty much describes it right as a milky oolong with a smooth creamy taste. Works out well with short gaiwan infusions but it has more limited brews than most green oolongs as it takes a turn for the bad once the milk flavoring is gone.

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195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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89

Brewed gongfu in a gaiwan. Smooth and mellow ripe puerh but with a tad of earthiness in it even after a double rinse. Quality wise is hard to say as while it is better than the vast majority of cheap bricks and cakes out there it falls short of the premium quality mini-cake that it seems to imitate put out by Menghai.

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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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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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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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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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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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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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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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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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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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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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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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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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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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