237 Tasting Notes

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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85

Buttery? Yes. Light? Yes. Tasty? Yes. I also thought it smelt and tasted of peaches. I found it light and refreshing and very pleasant to drink. Definitely a good tea and one that I shall happily drink again. It has lasted well through half a dozen infusions and its taste is only improved by it being a free sample I received from Berylleb. Bonus!

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205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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95

Just got this one as a free sample along with my latest order and I am very pleased that I did. Upon opening the packet I was hit by a smell reminiscent of wet, mossy woodland. The leaf is a lovely bluish green colour and is so inviting. I put a tablespoon of leaf into my small glass teapot and added water. The liquor started greenish almost immediately, finally brewing to a yellowish green colour. Upon beginning to pour the tea, I was instantly hit by a grapefruity, honey smell with strong woodland flower elements that knocked me flat. It was gorgeous and intense. Then I tasted the tea. Wow! Grapefruit, honeysuckle, other floral notes that I cannot identify. It’s delicious and I am already regretting that I only have a 10g sample. This one is going straight onto the buying list.

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195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Mi Lan Dan Cong by Canton Tea Co
237 tasting notes

Very nice. It’s sweet and I can taste the lychee flavour. The first sip was wonderful and it had an enduring aftertaste that made me want more. My first pot did not re-steep well, so I tried again with more leaf and this time it has worked much better. It does not go on and on like some of my other teas, but I can still get three or four good mugs of tea out of one portion of leaf. I may have to try it in the gaiwan with lots of leaf and short steeps next to see how that works out, but I am very satisfied with this purchase as it is.

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195 °F / 90 °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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