235 Tasting Notes

Looking through the cupboard while at a loss for a tea I particularly wished to drink, I put my hand into a pie and pulled out a plum. Well, actually I pulled this tea at random out of my pu samples tin, but that is a less vivid image so let’s ignore it.

The dry leaf in the sample was loose and chunky with an earthy smell. The liquor was thick and black, almost like coffee and the mouthfeel was the same, being full-bodied, smooth and thick. Taste-wise, it is earthy with a slight iron tang, some plum notes and a hint of honey. It is a no-nonsense enjoyable tea that feels nicely cooling and has a relaxing, friendly cha qi. For the price I think it is really good value, and I shall probably add a couple of beengs to my next Yunnan Sourcing order.

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95

Drinking this with my wife while watching polar bears eat whales. A splendid combination for the start of the new year. It’s the end of this packet of tea though.

Happy New Year to you all. I hope this year brings you all you need. :)

Bonnie

Well let’s see…the equivalent here would be watching the new legal pot smokers eat ALL the snack food in Colorado today. Should be epic! First State to legalize pot for recreational use.
Happy New Year!

Roughage

Doesn’t sound quite as interesting as the polar bear programme though! Happy New Year. :)

CharlotteZero

Happy New Year! What a nice tea to start the new year with, too!

Roughage

It was a brilliant tea to start the year with, although it makes me sad that I have no more. Perhaps it is time to try sneaking another tea order through the door. I could do with a few more high quality Darjeelings in the cupboard.

Bonnie

This is something that is harder to get in the US but not impossible. I remember you sending some to me and it was really good.

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95

I found a small packet of this lurking at the back of the cupboard after the recent cataloguing exercise. It makes me wonder what other teas I missed. My previous tasting note still stands. This is an excellent tea, clean and smooth and absolutely what I want from a white Darjeeling.

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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.

My favourite teas are Darjeelings, sheng puerhs and Anji Bai Cha. I return to these every time, after whatever flirtation with other teas I have been involved with.

I no longer rate the teas I drink because keeping ratings consistent proved to be rather hard work while not really giving me anything in return.

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