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15 Tasting Notes

87

A beautifully delicate white tea. A slightly sweet aroma is hidden at first, but when immersed in hot water the aromas come out full bodied and honey like. Very light and crisp, but naturally sweet. This tea is relaxing and reminds me of a forest after a late spring frost. I can only appreciate that comparison having grown up around the woods. Overall a very nice white tea. I will be adding more to my collection.

takgoti

This is currently holding court as my favorite white tea, though it’s difficult to decide between it and Downy Sprout on some days.

Katie Alberry

So true! That one is also fantastic. I need to get some more white tea. I just ran out! Any other favorites? I am a creature of habit and tend to gravitate towards my favorites, but I love to try something new.

takgoti

Hah, the white teas that I like mainly come from Samovar. I’ve been drinking a lot more of their Bai Mudan lately. I really liked Harney and Sons’ Winter White Earl Grey and I have faith in Rishi, though the one white tea I have of theirs [Plum Berry] was kinda weird. Other companies haven’t been able to run with the big dogs, I’m afraid. Either their flavoring drowns out the tea, or their base teas don’t have enough depth of flavor for me to recommend them.

Katie Alberry

Have you tried Teas Etc. Bai Ho Silver Needle? That one is pretty decent, but I agree with you on Samovar! My friend works there and when I was in last he brewed me a special mint tea with these amazing rose buds in it. That wasn’t the best transition from talking about white tea, rather on the topic of Samovar. Love that place to pieces.

takgoti

You know, I have it, but apparently I never logged it and it’s been quite some time since I drank it. Thanks for reminding me inadvertently! This is when having so much tea can become problematic. Not that I’m complaining, really! I mean, let’s be honest, I love my collection. Anyhow, I’ll need to drink it soon and give it a log.

I see that you’re in San Francisco, and I sooo envy you being able to go to their lounges. I walked down there nearly every morning when I was visiting my brother [he lives in the Haight]. But hopefully I’ll be living out there once I’m done with school, so I won’t need to be jealous anymore! I’m drooling over all their new teas, so I’ve got plans to push a ridiculous order through this week.

Whoa. This is a long comment. Anyhow, HEART SAMOVAR [and San Francisco] SO MUCH!

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84
drank Menghai Puer by Lupicia
15 tasting notes

You only need a small amount of this pu-erh for each cup, and it only needs to brew for 45 seconds to 1 minute. I like mine much stronger, however, so I let it steep a little bit longer. This tea, like most pu-erh teas, requires boiling water. You should be able to steep this one quite a few times to enjoy the different subtle flavors. I didn’t find this one to last quite as long as some others I’ve had, but still a very rich and eartyh pu-erh.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Pu'erh Tuo-Cha by Teas Etc
15 tasting notes

Beautiful little nest individually wrapped makes for an excellent presentation. Smells like a pu-erh should with very earthy tones. About to try it in just a moment!

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec
Micah

What did you think of this? I’m just about out of my puerh tuocha and thinking of ordering some more. The stuff I had tastes VERY much like earth. Very strong and complex. How is Teas Etc?

Katie Alberry

I really like Teas Etc. They have a nice selection and the quality is really great, especially for the price. Not only are the teas nice, the service is great as well! They send your order with three free samples of your choice, and the shipping is prompt. The last time I ordered they even wrote me thanking me for a tea I reviewed on Steepster! I would recommend trying some of their teas if not the Puer Tuo-Cha. I just ordered more of it!

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81

A great beginner’s pu-erh tea. It is dark, smooth, and hearty with strong earthy notes.

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84

A full bodied green tea with a very sweet, warming aroma with strong chestnut overtones. A naturally sweet, smooth tea. It reminds me of the holidays.

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