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344 Tasting Notes

89

Their description was rather apt. Fans of Golden Yunnans WOULD love this. I happened to fall fairly squarely in that category. This was the second Golden Bi Luo I had ever tried, and they seem to echo the same characteristics as Yunnan Golds…only sharper. It was creamy when it had to be, malty to a point, and earthy with a dash of pepper. My only real complaint was that introduction was a little too sharp and tannic. That said, still an excellent cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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93

I felt like a Sikkim this morning. Heck, I always feel like a Sikkim. Sure, it’d been awhile since I had it, but it felt like a Temi sorta day. Just like the last two times I dipped into this, it brewed amber, had a Darjeeling-ish spicy note to it, but also possessed a fruity underpinning. Great way to start the morn.

My only regret is I never got to try a Temi 2nd Flush in 2011.

Original Review: http://www.teaviews.com/2012/01/28/review-rare-tea-republic-temi-sftgfop1-first-flush/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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97

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a Zhen Qu gold-tipped Yunnan. The last one I tried was – dare I say it? – a year ago. That one was sheer and utter perfection. This one was…almost perfect. With a liquor color like leather and a taste like honey and cream, how could it not be close to perfect? Hard to pinpoint what it was missing, but it wasn’t much. Truly an excellent Yunnan Gold.

Full Review: Pending on www.teaviews.com

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

I’ve bought Stash’s Zhen Qu, and really love it. It is one of my favorite China blacks. Looking forward to your review.

Geoffrey Norman

Yep, I remember you telling me about Stash’s Zhen Qu. I still have yet to try it.

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90

I’m a HUGE fan of Yunnan Golds as a rule. This one suffered from being too light compared to its other gold-tipped kin. That said, it still held quite a bit of what I loved about the type – honey-like, peppery, woody, and slightly creamy. I just wished it was a little burlier. However, to say it’s a slight disappointment compared to other Yunnan Golds is like saying, “You’re the less pretty High Elf in the court.” (I.e. It’s still excellent in its own right.)

Full Review: Pending on www.teaviews.com

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Scatterbrain

You should pick up some Golden Fleece from Verdant. It’s a bit light, but it’s great.

The Purrfect Cup

I’ve heard the Golden Fleece is good. Must resist urge to buy all the tea!

Geoffrey Norman

@Kwinter – I’ll keep that in mind when I actually have enough to justify a tea budget.

@The Purrfect Cup – You wants the precioussss.

The Purrfect Cup

@Geoffrey Yesss I do!

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100

I was not expecting much from this. It didn’t look like a Darjeeling; it didn’t smell like a Darjeeling. Heck, it didn’t even taste like a Darjeeling. But – oh my – what a taste it was! Fruit candy on the front, and a malt-’n-floral trail-off. It reminded me quite a bit of teas put out by the Oothu estate (also a biodynamic op). In a word, “Perfect.”

Full Review: Pending on www.teaviews.com

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

I don’t see the review yet on teareviews.

Geoffrey Norman

That’s because it hasn’t posted yet. When it does, I’ll update the review with the link accordingly.

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96

One of last Darjeeling 2011s in my stash. Gotta say it was a good year. Thankfully, it’s ending on a good note with this one. While not as strong on the spice-‘n-grape profile as others I’ve tried, this was a very even muscatel mouthfeel from start to finish. It is quintessentially Darjeeling with none of the weaknesses.

Full Review: Pending on www.teaviews.com

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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90

Tried this after a night of social drinking. Nothing like a “hair of the dog” tea to brighten your day. This stuff – unlike other flavored teas – actually doesn’t dilute very much after the initial dry whiff. The flavoring holds up after a good steep. As an added bonus, some of the natural floral characteristics of the Ceylon base also show through.

Full Review: Pending on www.teaviews.com

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Orange Pekoe by Gorreana
344 tasting notes

I had this sent to me by Gorreana after they caught wind of me whining about it on the SororiTEA Sisters page. What I didn’t expect was to receive so much of the stuff. In short, I adore this pekoe. It has a character quite like a Darjeeling OP but without the spicy overtones. That could be a good or bad thing, depending on your preference. I found it to be very balanced, sweet, and barely bitter.

Full Review: http://lazyliteratus.teatra.de/2012/05/23/orange-you-glad-i-broke-my-pekoe-in-portugal/

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
LiberTEAS

Feel free to whine on our page any time, if it earns you more tea!

Geoffrey Norman

I shall and I do. :-)

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93

I forgot I even had this when I was digging around for new teas to try. I thought I had passed on all my golden teas to my brother. Oh, glorious morning! This tastes just like a Yunnan gold-tipped Dian Hong only with a lighter mouthfeel. It’s sweet, earthy, partially creamy, medium-malty…and quite the waker-upper.

Full Review: Pending on www.teaviews.com

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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96

I purchased this after trying it at Phoenix’es “Teattle” shop. It was – without much exaggeration – one of the most unique teas I’ve come across. I’m still hard-pressed to define it, but I do my darnedest here…and explain how it makes me feel like a bit of a “tea hipster” – an old one at that: http://lazyliteratus.teatra.de/2012/05/08/youve-probably-never-heard-of-this-tea-before/

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

AS always, an interesting review.

Geoffrey Norman

Thanks. That’s what I aim for.

ScottTeaMan

Am I wrong or have you been posting sporadically lately?

Geoffrey Norman

I will confess, I’ve been incredibly sporadic.

ScottTeaMan

My sister lives in Eugene

Geoffrey Norman

I know it. There’s a nifty teashop called “J-Tea” out there that I have yet to venture to.

ScottTeaMan

Have you ever been to the Stash shop in Tigard?

Geoffrey Norman

All the time.

ScottTeaMan

My sisters has lived in OR 3 or is it 4 years and she has never been to Stash. What about Tao of Tea? I think that would be my first choice.

Geoffrey Norman

The good ol’ Tao of Tea was my first jaunt into loose leaf teas.

Charles Thomas Draper

I always enjoy your reviews….

Geoffrey Norman

Thank ya. I always get a kick outta yours as well.

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