232 Tasting Notes

95

I really question how weak or how small of a cup somebody must be using to be able to steep it 10 to 20 seconds so I did a minute on my first infusion. The tea was lighter than I normally brew my puerh but it still had a decent amount of depth. I brewed a second mug with the same tea bag for a long brew and it was about the same as the first brew or maybe a little lighter. Personally I think it would be best to just brew it for a single long infusion to get a decent strength cup of puerh. Regardless I can say that this is indeed a premium puerh teabag at a level that likely rivals a lot of cheap bricks and cakes with these one is not forced to choose between bad teabag puerh or no puerh when traveling.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 15 sec

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93

The thing that struck me the most about this tea upon brewing it for the first time was that the color of Goodnight Grape Sleepytime is no different than normal Sleepytime which is a refreshingly natural chance in a society obsessed with food coloring, especially in food marketed for kids, so I was expecting this tea to come out purple. The tea has a light but sweet grape flavor that overpowers most of the other herbs so it is the first and the main thing that you taste. A bit much on the sweeteners in my opinion but I am glad that they used Stevia and not chemicals or sugar to sweeten it. Personally I think a little less sweetness would do the kids good as I do not think it is a good thing to train kids that everything is supposed to be unnaturally sweet as it is just setting them up to have weight control issues when they get older. Regardless I’d say this tea has value as a midnight snack desert tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Lychee Oolong by Ten Ren
232 tasting notes

This is a very light oolong with light lychee flavor which is a bit of a surprise from how strong of a lychee aroma the dry leaf has. Overall a decent tea but I’m glad that I only got the small sample, instead of the small bag as this is a tea that I will not be buying again.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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90

I brewed this one for 10 minutes as the upper end suggested as one that likes strong tea. Yerba Mate is hard to describe as it has both a mellow smoothness to it which is a bit like puerh but a light freshness to it which is a bit like green tea. Nice for something different and could be a possible tea alternative but not something that I plan on drinking too often.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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94
drank Pu Erh Pearls by Adagio Teas
232 tasting notes

I brewed this one in my gaiwan with a quick rinse which loosened up the pearl enough that it started to break apart when I poured in the water for the second round. The brew was a darker mellow smooth brew with a bit of earthiness in a good way with reasonable refusability when it comes to ripe puerh.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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79

The first infusion of this tea in a mug infuser yields a basic light and sweet green tea. The tea pearl is still partially intact but is more unraveled than not at this point. I tried a second infusion with the same conditions as the previous one and like most green tea it was really bad so I dumped it after a few sips.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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54

For a novelty packaged puerh tea from an American company designed to look like an upper end chocolate bar, my expectations were not that high. While they say that it can be brewed 4 times, I would recommend dumping the first brew as it almost made me give up on the tea. The second brew is where things got more interesting as it does indeed have some chocolate flavor notes mixed in with the earthy smoothness that I must admit I was skeptical of upon seeing it in other reviews as that is not common when it comes to puerh in my experience. Overall this is not the greatest puerh but at the same time likely represents a potentially good entry level one for somebody that wants to try one they can pick up locally.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
ElaineMHG

If you had done a “wake up” brew as recommended, you may not have needed to dump a whole steeped pot.

John Grebe

By first brew I mean the first brew after a quick rinse or wake up brew as you call it. I brew my puerh in a smaller gaiwan and this is a tea that I would advice rinsing twice compared to most that I only rinse once. Also think you for the article that is the best intro to brewing puerh that I’ve seen yet which I bookmarked to be able to share with people that are new to puerh.

ElaineMHG

Oh, gotcha. And, you’re welcome :-)

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72
drank Green Needle by Adagio Teas
232 tasting notes

A very light green tea that is sweet with a bit of a light floral nature that is not overwhelming. Easy to drink but a flatter tea that one can become easily bored with so I do not see this one making a good regular tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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88

A light and sweet green tea with a good balance of peppermint and spearmint with a splash of lemon. If you like Tazo Zen this is a similar tea but with a mix of peppermint and spearmint instead of just spearmint.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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87

A very good green tea. Sweet with a bit of floral notes but not overwhelming. While this tea claims to be a blend it comes off as a Japanese Sencha to me, so if you do not like Sencha this is not a tea for you.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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