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81 Tasting Notes

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Ever since trying Pu-Erh I never thought it I would get hooked to it! Here I’am some years later writing about it and find it so lovely! Now, this Pu-Erh came with my sample of Yunnan Black (another wonderful tea), it did not came in pressed chunks but broken down to every leaf. The leaves are finely aged to shades of brown, it has a nice earthy,woody,wet leathery, almost irony smell accented with slight smokiness that alludes to a Lapsang. The brew in succession of 4 steeps all gave a slightly astringent and sharp taste that kinda bites(in a good way) on the tongue. It has an almost starchy component almost like eating raw noodles, and it mellows out at the last steep to a plummy taste that hits the back end of the palate to give it smoothness to the minerally and earthy flavor. Throughout the the steepings there are some subtle spice notes mainly ginger and some pepper with a brown sugar like aroma. Quite a tea and Cheers!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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Backlogging: I really enjoyed this tea very much so and would love to give a little bit of time as my last tasting note was quite rushed. ironically, I am short on time and would like to point out what I left out in the previous notes. I have noticed a grape like flavor and aroma when first brewed and dry leaf smell, the linen sort of smell of laundered clothes came out during steeping and at the palate. though at first I thought it was sorta like fruity canvas (if that made any sense)or to describe a sort of earthy taste and leathery feel accented with fruits. A delightful tea and highly recommended to everyone. Do buy more of this good stuff! Cheers!

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drank Gyokuro by Adagio Teas
81 tasting notes

Back Logging: Okay i guess I was too harsh to judge this and saying that I’m about to part ways with the last teaspoon!:( I loved the Gyokuro and its finest aspects what it can offer a sushi and fishy like aroma and taste. I guess my taste buds has been off lately since a friend of mine told otherwise how well its damn good! It does have an umami like character that gives off a brothy and rich tea, wonderful quality and quite a tea with some astringency. Just loved it!

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This tea is certainly a must for tea lovers all over steepster (especially three lucky friends)!The sample I opened up has leaves that are wonderfully shriveled and needle-like, the teas composes of mature leaves with buds that gives a wonderful youthful color and age along aromas that can entangle the senses. Its rather like tripping out and thinking you were ironing using starch spray, or gardening and smelling soil, going through an orchid smelling of fruits! I really love how it all comes together and brings a complexity that follows through in harmony, Brewing this baby had me going, the first infusion at 15 seconds smelled of lightness and youth, starch and plant starchiness with a lighter fruity tone. The liquor was awesome combination of plums and/or grapes, a Keemun likeness with a hint of smokiness that gives this tea depth of age. The second infusion at 30-40 seconds gave a similar aroma yet with a stronger starchiness of rice being cooked and taste, hints of linen starch and a slight but gradual fruity tone that seems to be combined. The last steep at a minute plus has the most starchy aroma being the most prominent, with a sweet potato like taste, hints of plum and some fruitiness. An excellent tea overall! Youth and Age goes hand in hand without a fight and contradiction, like any life’s stories there are hints of sweetness and maturity that seems to indicative of this tea.

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Back logging and finding this tea more praise from such humble traditions of being a “common” black tea! I find it more to be of sipping tea than drowning in a ocean of similiar teas that is waay to astringent and brisk…in other words a great tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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I love a traditional cuppa! whenever I want a more robust coffee like drink I tend to have Assam but in the afternoons I prefer a variety. I found this particular Ceylon tea quite crisp, not really astringent and a bit sweet and well rounded black tea. There is a bit of a fruity accents along with its traditional bold leafy taste, goes well plain and with cream and sugar! Good in the mornings and afternoons.
Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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My first Wuyi Oolong and quite a tea for its smoky camp fire without the over powering essence like Lapsang. Its quite akin to roasted nuts maybe close to a Dragonwell but without its sweetness of chestnuts…alomost like roasted banana leaves. A light tea, not too savory, a bit like Chinese greens, certainly a tea for the late afternoon and even at night. A perfect tea to go with a delectable Phillipino/Malay dessert called “Suman” or roasted coconut sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves! Certainly a must have tea!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Another arrived this its Blood Orange on to take the pulpit or the chopping block…honestly its quite on the chopping block:( I really expected a much fuller and vibrant flavor, the tartness of fruits, smell of citrus and roses that can rival Teavana’s herbal blends. Its quite to mute, near to a gummy vitamins than kid’s aspirin , I can notice a chalkiness yet still be able to drink quite well provided it has cooled a little. Despite its shortcomings, I can say with a bit of ingenuity like an addition of a little fruit juice or some sugar can make this blend quite drinkable. I say enjoy this tea but certainly it needs a bit of work to rough out the edges!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Yunnan Gold by Adagio Teas
81 tasting notes
Another tea that comes to symbolize Yunnan and importantly comes close to Pu-Erh in the boldness and richness factor! Anyone can really smell the rich soily, minerally, a tad bit medicinal spicy , and when brewed imparts a wonderful complex mixture with a prominent leathery aroma. The brew itself is a rich composition of clay-like, minerally, peppery, with a dash of honey that is fairly noticeable. Its quite a tea almost similar to Teavana’s “Temple Peaks” yunnan equivalent, but without astringency, bitterness, and fully smooth medium bodied tea.
Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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I’m a tea lover and a traveler. I believe in delving into cultures and cuisines. In so doing, I have found tea to be the most exciting and adventurous beverage in the world that has played a role in history and in the lives of many. Now that’s a shrub isn’t it!
Note: I may be a purist at times where some teas needs to be enjoyed naturally, yet I do enjoy many other teas that find its way into my palate!

Favorite Teas: Yunnan teas, the staple Assam and some Darjeeling, love Japanese greens, and “indie” teas either home grown or unfamiliar regions i.e. Turkey, Georgia, love Tisanes, Oolongs, some white teas, and my favorite staple: Chai teas.

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