251 Tasting Notes

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This is a fun departure from the fruity, floral or smoky flavors I generally find in teas. This brews up to a medium amber color with a nice weight in the mouth. I don’t find it to be sweet at all. Instead, it tastes very brothy. Like a nice warm veggie soup that’s perfect on a cold night.

I did steeps at 20 sec, 30 sec and 45 sec. Blended them all in one mug. I feel my throat getting scratchy and I worry that I may be coming down with something. This tea is very comforting!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Marzipan

Do you feel the GABA effect?

AllanK

I find Gaba to be hit or miss, sometimes you feel it, sometimes you don’t, even with the same Gaba tea.

Sarsonator

I felt relaxed after, but I was tired so I am not sure if I was getting an effect from the tea. I gotta try it when I’m stressed and see if there’s any difference.

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91

Tea friend samples yay!

This stuff is pretty damn super. No fermentation flavors, just a light, pleasant earthiness. It has an interesting astringent finish, but nothing unpleasant. I’m definitely enjoying this one. I’d buy some, but I’m trying to refrain… for now. LOL

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Received some samples from an awesome tea friend! All were lovely shous :)

Golden Memory – smooth and lovely. I would drink again.

Trinity Blend – oh boy. I wanted to love it… cool name. But the fermentation flavor was out of control LOL. I even did extra rinses and couldn’t get past it.

7572 – This is perfect for an after dinner sip. Very mild, no excessive earthiness, just pleasant and yum.

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90

This is another uniquely flavored tea, no apricots or smoke. It has no bitterness either, really. Some sweetness and a very mild, relaxing feel. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon. I lost count of how many steeps I got… at least 10. It’s unusual for me to drink that many consecutively without getting bored and switching to something else (even if I switch back later). Short attention span!

I admit that I went ahead and ordered a cake. It’s not expensive, tastes good, and made me happy.

It brews up to a lovely golden color. Goldie loved it and it has the Sarsonator Seal of Approval, too!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
boychik

Me too. I cannot drink the same tea for long. And sheng usually is very resilient. I had to let go one today after 5 days. I’m sure it wasn’t done

Sarsonator

I’ve had several go for days also! But I need variety, so sometimes I have to pause and go back :)

AllanK

I couldn’t sleep tonight so what did I do, I ordered from Puerhshop. I got a sample of this one.

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drank Cask Aged Ghorka AF by O5 Tea
251 tasting notes

Leaving a note just so I remember what I did wrong.

The first time I made this, I used very short steeps. The tea was weak and flavorless. So then I tried a 3 minute steep. And it was insanely bitter.

If I can get another sample, I’ll try a lower temp and maybe a 2 min steep. sigh I was really looking forward to this one. :(

AllanK

Is this a puerh?

Sarsonator

No, it’s listed as a black tea.

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85
drank Semi Wild Hong Cha by O5 Tea
251 tasting notes

Pretty yummy! I received this as a sample and found it to be quite lovely. It made a perfect tea to start my day! Sadly at the current price, I don’t think I would get more. But I’m definitely glad to have received a sample. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88

Now this is a really interesting tea. I am working through a set of samples from Puerhshop.com and I’ve been steeping through them. Some I have to go back to, but this one really turned my head.

I took the first sip and thought I must be drinking an oolong! This has a much different flavor profile from many young shengs. Instead of apricots and smoke, I got more floral notes. It didn’t just remind me of an oolong, it quite literally tastes oolongy.

If cakes of this remain when I order again, I’ll probably grab one. Good stuff!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 2 OZ / 73 ML
Ubacat

Ooooh, that sounds like one I gotta have. Added to my wishlist!

Cwyn

Somebody’s blog had an oolong tea cake recently, can’t remember where I saw it though.

TeaBrat

Red Blossom has a Shui Xian cake, I’ve never tried it though: http://www.redblossomtea.com/tea/oolong/shui-xian-cake-2012.html

Sarsonator

Thanks, y’all! I’ll be on the lookout for more like this. I wonder how well it will age and still retain the floral notes.

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81

Whoa. Smokey. This has a pretty strong smoke aroma.

The cake was really tightly compressed, but I managed to pry off some leaves. I have a bit of a headache, so I’m not feeling too poetic, but I can say that I like it. It’s good.

And now I am gonna finish watching Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil and then possibly chop my own head off if I can’t get rid of this headache.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 tsp 2 OZ / 73 ML
boychik

Hope you feel better!

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92

I love samples from tea friends!

This is very smooth for a sheng that’s from 2011. I guess the material could be older. I didn’t check. In any event, it’s got low bitterness. It leaves a nice aftertaste and is making me salivate like crazy!

I am really enjoying this one. Since it’s not super old, maybe I could get a cake at a reasonable price. I’ll check around. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 tsp 2 OZ / 73 ML
boychik

Steepster friends are the best!

Sarsonator

They are! I love this place!!!!

Cheri

I love Steepster friends. :)

Sarsonator

Right? Where else on the internet is there such a vast collection of truly lovely and generous people? No where I’ve seen!!!

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I live in PA and I enjoy tea. I also make and drink both wine and beer. Someday I want to be a tea farmer. I’m also a practical vegan. This means that I never eat meat, and I do my best with the rest.

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