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6 Tasting Notes

97

Da bOmB diGGity of Da Hong POW! I can’t believe the sheer paucity of reviews of this great version of wuyi wonderful.

Whooo wee, that’s #1 Wuyi!

So precious, my precious, we keep this in a genuine tin.

I can drink a catty (or is it kettle?) of this for-EVAR.

Smoky complex chocolate hint of cinnabon-bons like tasting rich mahogany.

I do it in a bowl. I do it in a gaiwan. I do it in bed. =-)

It is a peace of Tao.

So when you’re pulling an all-nighter for those Confucian exams, reach for Beidouuuuuu!

Srsly, consistent flava breeds champions. We have a winnah.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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7
drank Ceylon Green Tea by Dilmah
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From the touching founder family story insert, photos of lush fields dotted with happy faced tea pickers to foil lined envelopes, Dilmah rules on tea marketing.

I inherited the emerald box from a friend on maternity leave and I gotta say I can’t wait until she due!

I feel bad like 100% ceylon single source bad. Slightly sour to almost taste-less, I’m not even sure if its tea in the bag or they grind up their green boxes into powder.

ouch.

But don’t take my word for it, its cheap enough to buy and try yourself.

Best serve this one cold with lots and lots of strawberry-kiwi Koolaid.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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36
drank Arcadian Apple by Teavana
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Can you say P-o-t-p-o-u-r-r-i? It’s like they threw everything but the kitchen sink in there or they let Willy Wonka design tea. We were puzzlingly picking out the bobbles of unknown spice/fruit like dumb apes wondering, tea? You can marinate poultry with this stuff.
Got as a gift. Left it in the purdy floral tin for a while, like erm, a year! So “colorful” it scared our parrot. Cuppa brews and we’re burping fruity.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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75

Brewed in gaiwan, straight, damn tasty. Someone was kind to share her souvenir from London. I can’t believe its Twinings. Now where can I get it in the Colonies!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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78

Amigo, how have I missed you! Its been 5 kilos since we met. Remember the times you revived me those many mornings with a calm smoky buzzed assurance. We drank all day. Its hard to believe those many pubmed articles on your PAH levels, but I really had to move onto tea for my health. My gourd is empty but your company will always be mi corazon.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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96

Dong Pian 2012 was a very good year and made my top 3. Sweet full bodied mouth feel, never bitter and brewed at 195F 45-90 seconds decanted from gaiwan imparts a golden cloudy liquor so damn intoxicating you can “smell” sweet candy cane 2 seats away. Really no marketing hyperbole from the company’s description. One of their truly great offerings worth every cent. I do short multiple steeps so as to extract every drop of goodness until the tasteless dregs. The only unfortunate thing is they have gone through 2 shipments and once the tin goes powder that’s all folks. Srsly, if you’re visiting them, just smell the lid and you’ll know what I mean.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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i used to drink only water, but now I add a few leaves here and there.