454 Tasting Notes

88

While listen to Amon Amarth, I decided to have some of this one. It has that dark, earthy scent I like about ripened pu-erh, and a bit of nut. The flavour is nicely on the sweet side. I get some hints of molasses. So far, I prefer ripened pu-erh.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec

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87

I think this is the first raw pu-erh I’ve ever had. It smells earthy, but lighter. The flavour is a bit on the sweet side, and rather mild. Interesting, will have to try again in a few months.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec
Dustin

Oooooo! I don’t think I have ever had raw puerh either! Do you know what makes it raw verses not? I’m not sure what the difference is.

Dustin

Awesome link, thanks!

Stephanie

I love raw puerh so much!

Lariel of Lórien

I liked it, but I’m so used to having ripened pu-erh.

Stephanie

Yeah, they are totally different animals

boychik

i like them both. i didnt like sheng(raw) until i tried some very good ones;)

Sarsonator

Sheng FTW!!!!

For realz tho. I’m trying really hard to like shus. I even ordered some from YS.

Lariel of Lórien

I have another package of this one I’m ageing. How long should I wait?

boychik

they need airflow to age. they usually age them in clay pots, or carton boxes.

Lariel of Lórien

So it’s not so much ‘ageing’ as waiting in the package. (Fail?)

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94

Cameron B sent me so I could try some Whispering Pines teas. After I brewed it, I got a scent of sweet potatoes, and a some baked bread. The flavour made think of raisin bread, except a bit dark, and maybe molasses.

This is very nice blended with the Fujian black tea.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Molasses, Raisins, Sweet Potatoes

Cameron B.

I’m so glad you like it. :) But then again, all of Whispering Pines’s teas are good, which you will soon learn. I now wish I had brought this one with me on my trip. :P

Lariel of Lórien

I added this to a sampler I ordered. Because… tea reasons.

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84

My very first tea of yesterday. When I went to open the package, I did so without looking, then wondered why it smelt like oolong. I’d of course grabbed the wrong package, since I’d just woken up. Once I got the correct one, I was really wanting some tea. It didn’t really smell like the flowers while still in the toucha. After brewing, I got some floral scents. The brew was a dark, it looks close to some sort of cola. For the flavour, I mostly get the deep earthy notes, and bit of floral sweetness.

Flavors: Earth, Floral

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88

This is my ‘free’ sample. It smells nicely earthy. There is a bit of a sweet, floral flavour, though a little on the darker side. Different, but really good.

Flavors: Earth, Floral, Orchid, Sweet

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89

My first Verdant tea. When I opened the package, I got a scent of honeysuckle. It comes out more brewed. The flavour is nicely sweet and floral. There is a bit more of a vanilla or cream flavour as it cools.

Flavors: Honeysuckle

Stephanie

Wow, you are just now trying Verdant? I’m shocked!

Lariel of Lórien

I was waiting for the 5 for 5 sampler to come back.

Stephanie

Good call

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89

No notes yet. Add one?

Flavors: Honeysuckle, Whiskey

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71

My free sample from a Lupicia visit. It does smell somewhat like cherries, and another fruit I can’t really place. The flavour is bit oddly sweet. Could call it interesting, I guess, but I prefer rose petal black teas.

Flavors: Cherry, Fruity

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87

The last of my samples, another Green Terrace chose for me. It smells nicely floral (maybe orchids). The flavour is light, buttery, and green. Teas like this are trying to make me prefer green oolongs (which I do like, but usually after lunch.)

Flavors: Butter, Green

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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This smells nicely like cinnamon and blueberries. There is too much hibiscus flavour though. Might be better cold.

Flavors: Hibiscus

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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After many years of drinking coffee, I’ve recently become a tea convert.

Faves- Black Tea (Preferably Chinese- Most Gold/Golden), Assam, Nilgiri, Oolong
Likes- Pu-Erh (Shou), Green (Chinese or Japanese), Interesting Tisanes, Dessert Blends/ Flavoured Teas, Masala Chai, Honeybush/ Rooibos, Ceylon
Dislikes- Smokey Teas, Hibiscus, Licorice Root, Chicory
Exploring- Sheng Pu’erh, White Tea, Sticky Rice Mini Tuocha
Fruity Flavours- Lychee, Muscat, White Peach, Fig, Apple

Ratings-
95- 100: By Yavanna, it’s amazing!
89- 94: my favourite
85- 88: it’s fantastic
81- 84: really like
75- 80: like
70- 74: it’s okay
69 and below: meh
unrated: still unsure

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Sandia Mountains, New Mexico

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