390 Tasting Notes

100

when i smell the leaves dry, they smell sweet like sweet grass.

when i smell the leaves wet, they smell sweet like sweet grass with hints of chestnut.

when i smell the brewed tea, it smells lightly of sweet grass and more of a chest nut smell

when i taste the brewed tea, it tastes sweet like sweet grass with heavy chestnut flavor.

many thanks to scott wilson and yunnan sourcing for this lovely tea!

Flavors: Chestnut, Grass, Nuts, Nutty, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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100

a really good tisane,

1st steep 20s: tasted sweet, toasty and nutty

2nd steep 40s: really sweet, toasty and nutty.

3rd (best/final) steep 1min: the best of the best of all three steeps strong flavors too.

when I smell the wheat dry , it smells slightly nutty

when I smell the wheat wet it smells nutty and toasty

I tried eating the wheat after but bleh too bland

Flavors: Nutty, Roasted, Roasted nuts, Sweet, Toasty

Preparation
Boiling 5 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

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50

this was an ok tea, not the best though

1st steep 20s: some sweetness needs longer steep (wasn’t sure if I needed to rinse it first)

2nd steep (best) 40s: tangy and sweet similar to really old puehr

3rd (final) steep 1 min: same as steep 2

when I smell the leaves dry they smell musty

when I smell the leaves wet they smell like the forest floor

I will find this tea a new home someday as I have too much to mail out atm

Flavors: Forest Floor, Sweet, Tangy

Preparation
Boiling 5 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

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50

i think this gongfu is quite fun! :D

gong fu method using a gaiwan

1st steep 20s: it tastes chocolaty and peppery

2nd steep (Best) 40s: it tastes the same as above but with some bitter-sweetness this time.

3rd (Final) steep 1 min: all of the above

when i smell the tea leaves dry, i smell pepper

when i smell the tea leaves wet, i smell pepper and chocolate

overall this is an ok tea, however i think it could use a new home: anyone willing to swap?

Flavors: Bitter, Chocolate, Pepper, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

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so i ordered more of this, it still tastes yummy and peppery :D

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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100

when i smell the dry powder, i smell sweetness and yack butter.

when i smell the brewed tea, i smell sweetness, yack butter and kang black tea.

when i taste it i taste the above notes and it is really sweet and lovely!

Flavors: Butter, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 OZ / 250 ML

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100

so i got my new gongfu set today. as well as the rest of my order and all is well with it.

gong fu style:

first steep 10s: the tea was very smooth and sweet with smokeyness and honey tasting.

second steep 20s: the tea was very sweet with sugarcane notes as well as honey and mild smokeyness.

third (final) steep 30s: this was the best steep with all of the above notes.

the lingering taste was of sweet hay like taste

VERY TASTY :D

new score
Score 85 —> 100

Flavors: Honey, Smoke, Sugarcane, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

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80

so I had some banana bread with butter so I cannot exactly taste specific flavors. but since this tea was in the kitchen near cooking fumes I thought this tea would taste bad. but it tastes really good, just don’t over steep this tea

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 27 OZ / 800 ML

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90

time for a full review:

when i smell the leaves dry, they smell like strong pineapple and other fruits

when i smell the leaves wet, they smell a little like pineapple

when i smell the brewed tea, it smells a little like pineapple and peppery

when i taste the brewed tea, it smells sweet with pineapple and pepper

many thanks to christina for letting me help with the tea party setup and for giving me this tea

i wonder if there is a tea that tastes peppery more than this.

new score, 100 —> 90

off to take a relaxing hot shower

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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