240 Tasting Notes

90

I approached this tea with some trepidation. I have had Lapsang Souchong before and found the smokiness too pronounced for my tastes. Well, I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It is gorgeous, lightly smokey, fruity and it makes me think of camping in the mountains with the smell of pine logs burning on the fire. I am not getting the cocoa undertones that they say are there, but that is probably just my taste buds. I have really enjoyed this tea. I do think that it is a tea that I would only properly appreciate when in the right mood, but that is because it has a stronger flavour than the teas I generally drink a lot of. Spot on, Canton. Thank you.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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80

I received a healthy chunk of this as a sample from Yunnan Sourcing. It is very drinkable but does not blow me away. There is a slightly metallic taste to the tea that I cannot quite place. It is not unpleasant, just different. It also does not seem to have much longevity at the moment. I am brewing it in a 170ml Yixing pot with 8g of tea but the real flavour seems to go quite quickly. I am very tempted to get some of this for storage and see how it ages.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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99

I have been drinking more of this since it went on sale at Canton. What can I say? I am enjoying it even more now. The combination of a variable temperature kettle and filtered water has significantly improved my enjoyment of all my teas, but seems to have made managing this one better than before. The complex flavours are now there in every cup but it still remains light and refreshing. A real pleasure to drink.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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85

Mmm, tasty. I have been enjoying a pot of this all day. 8g of tea in my 170ml duan ni pot and short steeps. It is slightly smoky and smooth with just a touch of prickly astringency that stays on the tongue for ages afterwards. It has a lovely aftertaste and left me feeling all relaxed and mellow. I doubt I shall have the patience to age this one. Might be time to buy several more bricks of it, just in case! :)

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

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95

Still loving this one. Possibly even more than before! I’ve increased its rating now that I have sampled more teas, with which to compare it and have fiddled with my rating system a bit. I may have to go back and consider how I rate all the teas and reassess them on the basis of a more consistent rating system.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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70

Nutty on the first taste with a hint of cinnamon and cocoa. It tastes quite thick and the cocoa flavour comes through more as I drink it. The toasted oats flavour also comes through and makes me crave crannachan. To be honest, I had been wondering what the flavour was and only really made the connection upon reading the tasting notes. Anyway, I have enjoyed this and the aftertaste is still there, lingering nicely on my tongue even five minutes after. This is not my favourite tea, but I could happily drink it when the mood takes me. It is complex and really requires time to savour and enjoy the full depth of it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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72

Just got this today and could not wait to try it. It was smokey and slightly sweet. I am looking forward to trying it properly and shall write a more detailed not later but it was certainly drinkable.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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76

This is my go-to, everyday puerh. It has much to recommend it, not least the price! The tea is not overpowering while having woody notes and being quite full-bodied. I started brewing it for ten seconds for the first infusion but have started brewing it for longer initially now and each pot provides many infusions, providing for a full day’s tea-drinking in my case. My Yu Ru Yixing pot from Canton Tea loves this particular puerh, so the whole experience is enhanced beautifully.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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90

This tea is light, sweet and refreshing. I have found that I tend to overbrew oolongs and get a rather rubbery taste, but this one seems to be more forgiving. It has that honeysuckle sweetness that can replace cakes and puddings for me, while not being as strong and cloying as some of the sweeter teas can get. There is a decent level of depth to the flavour, although I am struggling to work out just what I am tasting. It’s floral and sweet and leaves a leaves a lovely honey sweetness in the mouth afterwards. Although it does not blow me away completely, this is a tea to return to whenever the mood takes.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I am a historical consultant, Vikingologist and tea enthusiast! To be honest, I have always liked decent tea, but in 2011 I started working at learning what good tea really is. I continue to expand my horizons and discover new teas with the aid of my chums on Steepster, much to the chagrin of my wife, who despairs of my enthusiasm.

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