6406 Tasting Notes

really? no notes on this one yet? I opted for something darker since i spent the day with dexters moonlight teas. It’s almost time to wrap up tea drinking and move to water or alcohol for the evening lol. I figured i might as well finish off the last of this to help with my sipdowns. 116 this morning and i’m trying to get to 100 for month end. I don’t see it happening but hey, girl has got to have something to work towards lol

I have enjoyed this one, and for me that’s a good thing as for a while, all verdant’s shous were tasting the same to me. this is smooth and dark and rich. over time it grows into a stronger brew with a slight sweetness to it while still holding that dark and delicious depth i love in shou’s. mmmmm

Final Count: 111

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Last one from Dexter today, though not the last tea i’ve had. Dry this smelled like absolutely nothing to me. wet, there was a horses sort of smell to me. Initial sips of this one had a strange sour taste to them….then it was more like hay…and then there was a slight bitterness to it. Overall, this was a weird sort of taste. Some echos of honey were in there as well… interesting. thanks again dexter!

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Another from my moonlight trip courtesy of dexter I won’t finish getting through all of them today but i made a nice dent, and if i can try the other two tomorrow, maybe i’ll still remember enough for comparison’s sake.

The initial smell of the dry leaf on this one is sweet hay. Nothing but hay. :) Wet, there was a weird smell that this took on – not of wet hay but i swear it was almost like sausages? smoked sausages? yeah don’t ask me..no one was cooking in my area lol. brewed this one has almost a little smoke to it, or at least the memory of smoke. there’s a tanginess here that is relatively interesting to me as well. I think this one has been the most interesting of the bunch so far :)

Dexter

I love this!!! That was probably my least favorite of the bunch. This is why I share all of them not just the “best” :))

Sil

it was weird getting “sausages” lol

Fjellrev

Craaaaazy (regarding the sausages note). Damn!

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Another one from dexter (there will be a few more if i get time to sit with the teas today). This one has a sweeter smell than the first, and it’swas a little more grassy like. While the initial sips were sweet, later sips had that slight bitterness that i sometimes find with raw puerh. Overall, not a bad experience but not one i need to repeat. Thanks dex!

Dexter

I liked the Dragon Tea House cake and the Streetshop88 loose better than the two you tried today. DTH did really well with boiling flash steeps.
The best is still the one OMGsrsly got in Vancouver. :)

Sil

oh there are more to come… i think i’ll get through 4 of the 6 you sent me :)

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dexter sent me some moonlight samples to try out and i figured i really ought to get to them asap. I’m still a shou lover but i’m always open to experiments and trying things out, especially when friends are also trying them (terri i miss the BBB!)

This one has an initial sweet smell, though after brewing it for a number of steeps and trying it with both a lower temp and hotter with flash steeps – i remain unconvinced that this is a puerh for me. It was, for me, a rather boring and uneventful brew. Closer to water than anything else though there was none of that bitterness that i sometimes find with raw puerh. Not a bad experience but nothing to convince me that it’s for me :) thanks dexter!

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drank American Breakfast by Mariage Frères
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sometimes you just need a good cup of delicious. This was it for me today. :)

Dexter

Thst thought is exactly how I’m feeling, you just articulated it really well. Happy you found the right tea!!!!

OMGsrsly

Yes. I’ve actually had THREE teas today and I am so pleased.

Dustin

What temp and time have you found best for this? I’m at the beginning of my learning curve on this one! It seemed on the weak side today.

Sil

mmm with the french teas, it’s usually just under boiling and 3-4 mins

Dustin

Thanks! I tried it at under boiling for 3m, so I’ll have to try 4 next time!

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drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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drank Yu Lu Yan Chai by Verdant Tea (Special)
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this was pretty tasty today. A little splash of honey and it was just what i wanted.

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drank Xiao Zhong by Camellia Sinensis
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tasty cup from waaaaay earlier today. We did a 2 hours ride in the hot sun (yes we’re dumb) and then a short walk afterwards… it’s good because it let me burn off the several pieces of “strawberry cheesecake ice cream pie” that i made and ate today. This tea? it’s not too shabby. I prefer other versions of this tea over this one, but it won’t be a struggle to finish this one off.

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So no real clue what to write about myself here. A friend got me into drinking loose tea and it’s something I thoroughly enjoy though I have nowhere near the experience that many folks on the boards seem to have.

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