386 Tasting Notes

87

Back logging a cup from yesterday. Great morning brew

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84

I received this as a free sample from T-oolongtea in my first order from them. It’s a very unique and complex black tea – one that makes you sit up and pay attention. It’s very light and fragrant, and reminds me more of oolongs than of black teas, but it lacks the vegetal or mineral taste of oolongs. There are pronounced honey notes and a lingering very felt dryness in the tea that is not unpleasant. A tea for thinking with, and a conversation starter that is good for multiple infusions.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec

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96

Morning brew. Eying the new teas at Verdant, but I know that I’m going to splurge on teas while in London, so I’m not sure if it’s worth buying now or waiting a month or two…

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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96

Had a cup of this after lunch today, while reading a book. This is one of my mother’s favourite teas and I can see why. A brisk, happy cup that goes well with anything – straight, with lemon/sugar/milk/mint etc. Very easy to brew and right for every occasion

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100

Backlogging a cup sipped with a friend after a hard and rather bland week. He usually drinks cheap Wissozky tea bags, and so having his pick of about a dozen or so black teas was a new experience for him. He picked this one based on its lovely caddy, and we both enjoyed it very much. Tea is such fun to share!

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97

An evening with a very good friend catching up on each other’s lives.
Rain plashing on the windows and roof.
And two hot cups of goodness.

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100
drank Lao Cong Zi Ya by Norbu Tea
386 tasting notes

Finally figured out the best setup for drinking this tea. My best yixing teapot (which is also my largest, and so the huge huge leaves have plenty of room to spread out in), a large thermos (to save my lazy self from having to go and heat up more water), and 20-40 second steeps (starting from 20 and progressing onwards). I made 9 (!) steeps out of about a tablespoon of leaves, and the leaves were still not running flat. Their lovely fruity flavour just makes my day every time, and so I rushed off today and bought out all of Norbu’s stock. :) Beautiful tea, and undoubtedly my favourite so far.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

Smart! Buy what you love when you can! Tea gives so much back!

NofarS

I made the mistake once of relying on a tea that I loved to always be there when I wanted it, only to find out that it was sold out when I had run out of it. Never again, if I can help it:)

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100
drank Keemun by Fortnum & Mason
386 tasting notes

A delicate and naturally sweet tea – made a perfect pre-lunch drink

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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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