252 Tasting Notes

This matcha is a bit lighter and sweeter with a more grassy fresh taste to it compared to the other Ito En grocery store matcha.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C

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drank Teas' Tea Matcha by Ito En
252 tasting notes

This is the first matcha that I have had so I do not have any basis to compare it with other matchas. The matcha comes off to me as a strong green tea that is surprisingly smooth. I am only able to whip up much of a froth in the bowl but I am not sure if it has to do with the quality or my lack of experience in making matcha.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C

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97

Gongfu brewed in a shiboridashi. This is a lighter shou puerh which is smooth with forest notes. As in it is nowhere close to what most people would call earthy but has just enough to give it a subtle complexity.

Preparation
Boiling

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95

Gongfu brewed this tea is very unique as it is the first chocolate puerh which I can honestly say is really good. The light bodied puerh base blends nicely with the raw Cocoa Nibs with a smooth chocolate flavor that matches the “gongfu curve” of the puerh nicely. Along with the puerh stuffed mandarin oranges, this is the only other flavored puerh that I find good enough to reorder.

Preparation
Boiling

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80

This is a surprisingly light herbal tea considering that it is turmeric, ginger and black pepper. So a gentle double dose turmeric with black pepper which is said to help its absorption rate and ginger which are both herbs that are said to be very beneficial. While a little weak on its own, I can see it having potential for brewing with a black or green teabag.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Pure Mind blend by Buddha Teas
252 tasting notes

Pure Mind Blend has a nice flavor of blended herbs that is difficult to really explain, beyond that it is gentle. Overall a peaceful blend of herbs that have a calming and centering nature. Personally I would consider this a good blend for settling down for prayer and or meditation.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100

Finally after having this tea around for a few weeks and a cold that I could not fully shake I am recovered, so it is safe to open up the really good stuff. I’m brewing this tea gongfu in my small dark Tieguanyin yixing pot in the manner that works for my teaware and water.

The first thing that sands out to me about this tea is smoothness of the dark roast with a bit of lingering sweetness. While I personally would no call it as being like cocoa or caramel, I can also reasonably see where they are coming from. Beyond that I am not sure what else there is to say as I am one that generally tries to focus upon enjoying the tea as compared to trying to analyze it which in my opinion takes away some of the enjoyment in the moment. My final verdict on this tea is clearly a very good quality dark roast Tieguanyin, which are sadly becoming more rare as time goes on.

Preparation
Boiling

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92

Heads up to anyone that goes for mainly strong shou puerh as this is a very light and delicate shou puerh. When using the vendors recommending gongfu brewging specs (and even with extra leaf) the puerh comes out as very light and delicate. The two main things about this tea that stand out to me is that is is both sweet and smooth. This tea also has a bit more complex flavor profile than most of the shou puerh. To me the “flavor notes” if you want to go there are more of of a little fruity and a little forest like which I think is what the vendor was talking about with the moss. The 3rd infusion does indeed have a bit of cocoa notes which to be quite honest I was quite skeptical of the claim in s shou puerh. Upon the 5th infusion I would say the tea had died and had produced “colored water” so one must really enjoy really really light tea to be able to get all 6 infusions out of this tea. Regardless I have to admit this is clearly a really high quality shou puerh even through it is much lighter than what I generally go for.

TeaExplorer

Your assessment seems spot on. I’m still evaluating this one and am not yet ready to write a tasting note. Being primarily a fan of medium to heavy shou I found this to be quite light on my palate, but it did have some tasty flavor notes.

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92

I will start by saying if you like stronger shou puerh than this is not a good tea for you. When using the vendors recommending gongfu brewging spects (and even with extra leaf) the puerh comes out as very light and delicate. The two main things about this tea that stand out to me is that is is both sweet and smooth. This tea also has a bit more complex flavor profile than most of the shou puerh. To me the “flavor notes” if you want to go there are more of of a little fruity and a little forest like which I think is what the vendor was talking about with the moss. The 3rd infusion does indeed have a bit of cocoa notes which to be quite honest I was quite skeptical of the claim in s shou puerh. Upon the 5th infusion I would say the tea had died and had produced “colored water” so one must really enjoy really really light tea to be able to get all 6 infusions out of this tea. Regardless I have to admit this is clearly a really high quality shou puerh even through it is much lighter than what I generally go for.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Glad you enjoyed this! I’d recommend grabbing a cake or cake sample of this one. Compression greatly increases infusability in shou, and this one is SUPER strong and much longer lasting in the cake. :-)

John Grebe

Opps, I just realized that I write this under the wrong heading as I was drinking the cake version of this tea when I wrote up the review. You are my first introduction to the more delicate puerh teas or at least ones that I could get into and I come from a background of a lot of HK wet storage style shou puerh so my definition of a shou dying is likely not the same as yours or at least at the moment.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Ahhh gotcha! Yeah the puerh I press is definitely dry-stored and more delicate fermentation than the majority of stuff out there :-)

John Grebe

You are having a good influence on me and will enjoy the next reviews I write up soon … Ontario 1357 is now one of my favorite teas.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

:D It’s my comfort shou. I’ve got a lot more shou cakes in my lineup coming out over the next couple years too :)

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98

I brewed this one gongfu using the spects recommended by the vendor. I am impressed as this is the first time that I was able to call gongfu brewing a black tea a success. The first sip of this tea brings a surprising mix of smoothness and sweetness. The flavor notes do indeed have a bit of cocoa and molasses as described by the vendor. As the infusions the flavor of the tea increased as the light sweet smoothness faded away.

Preparation
Boiling

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