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69 Tasting Notes

74

Gung hay fa choi! This was a hit at Chinese New Year. Intense jasmine aroma. Naturally sweet jasmine, melon taste. One big pot stood up to three steepings, though the third was pushing it. Leaving the leaves in the pot it got a little bitter, but not bad. Stood up well to haphazard temperature and steep times.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

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73

The tea brews up a dark amber color. The smell of the tea is strong bergamot and honey (and maybe black pepper?). The taste is much more subdued than the aroma. A gentle citrusy sweetness with a touch of bitterness and very little astringency.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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83
drank China Breakfast by Rishi Tea
69 tasting notes

A surprisingly brisk Yunnan. Bold taste. Cocoa and a hint of pine. Aroma of leather. Liquor is a deep reddish brown.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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85

This tea reminds me of clean, high desert air. The moderate astringency is drying but not bitter. The expected maltiness is there but subtle with a back of the mouth caramel sweet finish. Liquor is a beautiful amber red. The smell is mildly floral and mineral.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Maghreb Mint by Rishi Tea
69 tasting notes

Whoa! Smells savory but tastes sweet and complex. Good balance of mint and licorice flavors with a bit of a spicy kick. The taste of green tea is obscured by the other stronger flavors, but the blend of flavors is well executed.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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67

A smooth, minty, caffeinated beverage. I was hoping for more tea flavor with pu-erh in the mix, but the mint really dominates. The vanilla is just a hint. Dark, dark liquor is very appealing. It looks like it would pack a punch, but the flavor doesn’t match the appearance.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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88

The smell is earthy with a hint of currants. Taste is solid Yunnan, minerally with a gentle honey sweetness. A hint of astringency at 4 minute steep.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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55
drank Ambrosia by Zhi Tea
69 tasting notes

Fruity aroma. Mild, tangy taste with a subtle coconut finish.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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40
drank Coconut Assam by Zhi Tea
69 tasting notes

Dry leaves have strong coconut aroma that fades when brewed. Brewed flavor is malty and roasted, reminiscent of a whole grain breakfast cereal. A robust, uncomplicated taste with a cutting astringency .

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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