386 Tasting Notes

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Sweet sweet sweet sip down. What can I say that hasn’t been said? This Yunnan black is almost like a rich chocolate cake full of surprises (small clusters of brown sugar crunching in your mouth, a sudden zing of a really good coffee, a hint of citrus, and a recollection of that great baked sweet potato that you had for lunch). I’m very sorry that I’m out :(

NofarS

Forgot to mention that I got this tea as a sample from Verdant Tea. Another reason to buy tea from Verdant (as if you needed one…)

Terri HarpLady

I love this tea. Btw, I really had a sweet potato for lunch :)

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93

This is becoming an office favourite (in place of my F&M Keemun, that has run out and I haven’t had time to replace), with a fruity sparkly presence that reminds me of a bubbly, bouncy young woman. This tea can actually stand milk, but it really mutes it down, and that’s a shame. Not a tea for relaxing, but a tea for getting up and hugging people and doing great good things in the world.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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92

Got the guys in the office to try white tea for the first time. Win! This is a rather strong flavoured Bai Mu Dan, with a pronounced cucumber taste that is very refreshing and makes me want to cold brew it. It brews a light golden green, and is a great introduction to white teas. Naturally sweet and requires no sweetener (and milk will absolutely kill it). Yum

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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91

A new tea lover has joined my team at work, and we shared a cuppa this today. This tea has a slightly smokey scent, and a depth of flavour that makes for a perfect afternoon kick in the rear. Looking to become an office favourite, which is kind of a pity, since I’m almost out.

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drank Wild Black Yunnan by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea wins the “prettiest package” awards without even trying. I was instantly attracted to it in the F&M store, and even though it was expensive and I was over-budget, I bought it. Was it worth it? It’s a very good afternoon tea, well behaved (as a gentleman should be), and yet unique enough to make me want to spend more time with it before I rate it. It will be somewhere in the 80-90s, I just haven’t nailed it yet. But if you are looking for a Christmas gift for your favourite tea-drinker, then look no further. This is bound to impress and delight.

KittyLovesTea

Ooohh this sounds interesting!

NofarS

I wish that I had an old silver teapot to brew it in :)

TeaBrat

Ah if only we had F&M stores in the US!

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drank Wild Black Yunnan by DAVIDsTEA
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I bought 50g of this tea when I was in Boston in August. First time at a David’s Tea house (and so far my only time). It was a nice experience, although a little generic (replace tea with anything else and you wouldn’t feel the difference). This is a very good Yunnan, albeit a bit on the shy size. Err on the side of over-steeping, or add more leaves than you normally would. Chocolate, honey, maple combined together to make a sweet and oily tea with a lingering sweet aftertaste. Like all Yunnans, this is not a strong black tea. I have tasted better Yunnans (F&M, for example), but this is a cheaper, more accessible (for US buyers) option, and is slightly better than “good enough”.

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drank Nilgiri by Whittard of Chelsea
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This tea smells of dried fruit when dry, and is smooth and sweet and silky when brewed – but with a slight astringency that makes it not entirely docile. A good afternoon tea, that can easily be brewed and rebrewed.

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94

A good, juicy, fruity (stone fruit) tea with a light body (no milk people, you’ll kill it) that is a good mid-morning choice to drink and brighten up your workday. Recommended!

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drank golden tip assam by Postcard Teas
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Had this for breakfast. A fantastically smooth Assam that plays very well with tea. Lots of golden buds. A must for Assam lovers

Terri HarpLady

that would be me, lol
I still haven’t tried Postcard Teas, yet!

NofarS

They are turning out to be a fantastic company. Do you want me to send you some samples?

Terri HarpLady

I would love that!
I can reciprocate with samples as well :)

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An Israeli computer programmer with a passion for tea (mostly bought in yearly shopping sprees in the UK), particularly black, oolong and white. I don’t generally enjoy flavoured teas or herbal infusions, but if a tea sounds interesting and smells nice I’ll most definitely try it. I drink several cups of tea a day, usually one or two in the morning, another one after lunch and one or two in the evening. My favourite tea so far is Lao Cong Zi Ya from Norbu Tea, but I’m constantly trying new teas. Only in the past year have I branched into Pu’erh and non-roasted oolongs. Finding good tea in Israel is difficult, so I import most of my teas from yearly visits to London, or from online retailers. If you see something in my cupboard that sparks your interest and you would like to swap with me, then please message me. I’m almost always up for a swap.

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