409 Tasting Notes

77

A fairly good shu – dark reddish, smoky, earthy and strong with some sweet notes. Endless rebrews, not complex or subtle, but a good honest tea for a very good price and conviently packed

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drank Earl Grey (loose leaf) by Twinings
409 tasting notes

I went to our local farmer’s market this morning, and chatted to a few of the regular famers there as I was shopping for fruit and vegetables. They’re all very worried at the moment, as two swarms of locusts have crossed the Sinai desert from Egypt and landed in the Israeli south, with its fields of produce and lush hothouses. The beasts are a menace, destroying whole fields in minutes, and getting rid of them won’t be an easy task. Right now everyone’s watching the wind, to see if it will carry more locusts across the border or not.
I just remembered it now, while sipping this tea – the fragility of crops, the hardship that farmers face, the pride that they take in their produce, and how we miss so much of that aspect of food growing when we buy a shrink wrapped tin in a supermarket. That’s part of why I appreciate sites like Verdant Tea, who highlight and expose some of that hidden aspect of consuming.

ashmanra

I understand. Today as I was driving home I was suddenly haunted by the taste of a Ti Kuan Yin I had last night. I wanted more so badly! And it made me reflect on all the hard working hands that were necessary to bring that experience to me. I am thankful and humbled.

yssah - Love is Tea (LIT)

the produce of the land are truly G-d’s gift! i admire those who can make things grow and eat them.

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drank Earl Grey (loose leaf) by Twinings
409 tasting notes

Drinking this while setting up my new iPad mini, and working on my thesis. A “comfort” blend that doesn’t require much thought

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98

This tea brews surprisingly light (almost white tea light), so I was worried at first that it would be light on the flavour side too. Thankfully, I had nothing to worry about.
The tea is floral – but mellow. It isn’t a perfumy floral that assaults your senses. It’s a delicate, sweet floral, that still has great depth and a never-ending malty aftertaste. When I first smelled the dry leaves I thought that there was something of the milk oolong in their scent. This note remains in the surprisingly thick and creamy texture of this tea.
There’s also an elusive, more full-bodied flavour that’s lurking in the background, giving this tea more body. Perhaps wheat? straw?
2nd brew – floral notes are still there, but they are even more toned down. Other flavours emerge. Some tanginess, some pepper, some olive oil – this tea requires too much concentration to define in one sitting. Decided to quietly drink it, and leave reviews for later. A wonderful tea

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100

This is a delicious tea that I really recommend brewing gongfu style. There’s a definite olive like taste to it, particularly in later brewings. It’s sweet, not at all astringent, and a few grams make many great brews. The only thing off-putting about this tea is the steep price tag. I think that it’s worth it, but I can understand if people prefer to buy other Yunnan teas.

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Kashyap

wild craft and personal connections are deeply important for the preservation of the biodiversity and tea culture of Yunnan and to all of China…the price offers freedom to the farmers to live a reasonable and healthy life and with tea demand going up world wide we in the west need to learn how to adjust instead of driving markets into subjugating and exploiting land and cultures to support our habits

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100

I don’t have time for a proper review of this tea, but I will mention some flavours – olive, fruity, sweet, careful not to overbrew – can grow bitter very quickly. But a very special and delicious tea.

Kashyap

I’ve not gotten any bitterness out of it…but I’m probably doing it gung fu style and that’s handling much of the ‘bitters’

NofarS

I brewed it western style and list track of time the first time I drank it. It’s happened to me before with other Yunnan teas. I haven’t tried it gongfu yet – I have a feeling that it will be much better to drink it that way.

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100

Last tea of the day – a great way to unwind

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91

Backlogging a morning cup with milk and sugar from Thursday morning. I’ve still not had enough time with this tea to properly rate it. It’s strong, malty, smooth and takes milk and sugar very well. I’ve yet to drink it plain – once I will, I’ll probably rate it. I have a friend at work that loves Assam, and he adores this tea. I’ll try to dedicate more time to it this week, to see if it’s worth restocking or not.

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100
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
409 tasting notes

Backlogging two mornings with this tea – creamy, sweet, chocolatey morning goodness. This tea has enough kick in it to make it a good morning companion, particularly after a brisk run in the morning mists.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
409 tasting notes

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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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