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18 Tasting Notes

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I pulled a single mini Tou Cha from my Pu Erh stash, which I think is this tea, judging by the labels on the wrap. I washed it well, and made the first steeping at about 40sec. It was dark in color, this tea seems to be a one that keeps on giving. Rich and earthy, it has some bitter notes, but they seem to decapitate with the later steeping. Its quite silky and mouth watering, but a bit flavorless. I add some sugar for sweetness.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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96

Sip sip, happy happy!
Super Assam, rich, flavorful and the aroma is wonderful! It lingers with raisins, cherries and plums, dipped in honey and sprinkled with nuts. Love it! A perfect morning tea, or mid day re-energizer. I’m definitely ordering more of this one soon.

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92
drank Oriental Beauty by Butiki Teas
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This one reminds me of The Black Lotus, the differences I can clearly taste are: Black Lotus has strong Assam influence, it has more raisin in it while this one is more pure honey, its seems less complex to me. Lovely tea though, very enjoyable.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank The Black Lotus by Butiki Teas
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Oh boy, I think this is getting added to the list of all time Faves! It is delicious. I love Assam teas and this one has a strong influence of it, but the blend offers a sweeter, richer aroma. I had to do a double take the first time I smelled it. Wow, it smells like honey, raisins, melted sugar, gosh if melted gold had a smell this is what it would smell like, hah. If I inhale deeper I can separate the smell of Assam and the hints of Jasmine, and something sweet. So I steeped it strong (how I usually like my black teas) and on the second steeping added some rock sugar, it is delicious. It really seems to be a high quality blend, with lovely large, dark leaves and produces a dark golden, color of honey liquor. Awesome experience, like drinking pure honey, mind blown! Love it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
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What a lovely creation! Such a pleasant scent, creamy, delicate flavor, I’m really loving this one. I don’t think I have ever had a tea that smells like this before. Its really unique and a definite must try.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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86

I usually don’t like flavored teas, they taste perfumey to me.
That being said, I actually really enjoy this one! It a very pleasant, natural, nutty, fruity, cinnamon aroma. It almost reminds me of a spiced apple cider or cinnamon buns. Yumm!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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91

I’m really enjoying this one. I got it as a sample with my order from Mandala, thank you for that. It has a lovely balance to it and a nice silky mouthfeel, that was probably the first thing I noticed. It is smooth and savory not too strong and very pleasant. I was actually drinking it quite fast, I gulped 5 cups in like and hour… lol. Nutty, creamy, mushroomy and earthy, with a fantastic mouthfeel.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec

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75

Rainy day today. Sipping on some pu erh in the morning somehow makes it all better. Its quite smooth, light and crisp, dark amber liquor but lacks in flavor and aroma. I taste some creamy notes there but still I was expecting a bit more.

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0 min, 45 sec

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92

Really enjoying this one! Very savory, delicate, flavor. Its buttery and nutty, maybe even hints of corn… so good, I’m eating cherry pecan chocolate with it, Yumm! Definitely ordering more.

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0 min, 45 sec
Garret

This is one of my very favorite greens. When I was at the farm last April, I was so excited. I got to taste this tea after it had been processed just the day before. Super-clean growing area, clean air… so good. A long hike to get there, but well worth it.

What you were writing about is the crop from the 2013 spring harvest. I’m really happy that you enjoy it!

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58

Sipping on this tea this lovely morning. Its a quite interesting blend. Sticky rice flavored Pu Erh, that got me interested. I washed it well and prepared the first steeping at about 40sec. It was a light in color, very earthy, woody, with a strong taste of rice and mushroom, then just slightly bitter in the aftertaste. The second steeping (40sec) was richer, darker in color yet smoother. Usually steeping 3-8 with Puerh are the best, and this one did not disappoint. The third steeping, produced a sweeter, smoother liquor with a well balanced aroma. Definitely smells like sticky rice:) I added a bit of rock sugar for some sweetens and it was quite a pleasant experience.

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0 min, 45 sec

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