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344 Tasting Notes

97

I could see what looked like flecks of Darjeeling second flush and plump, tippy leaves of Golden Yunnan. The smell was earthy and floral. On introduction, there was a bit of a citrus snap, followed by a slight tannic bite in the middle, then it snapped at the top note with a presence of peppers, allspice, honey and Keemun sweetness.

Full Review (If you can call it that) Here: http://lazyliteratus.teatra.de/2012/05/02/guan-yins-tigers-and-lords-oh-my/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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100

“I was randomly contacted through Steepster by a rep for Teavivre a couple of months back with a glowing opportunity – that being to try several of their wares. The dry leaves for this new batch were all twisty green-’n-gold excellence with a peppery sweet aroma. It reminded me of honey dipped in pyrite. Each and every time, the liquor turned out exactly as I hoped – deep gold-to-amber, reeking of honeynut-chocolate. On taste, it was as I expected, if not a little bit more.”

Full Review: http://www.teaviews.com/2012/01/27/review-teavivre-yunnan-dian-hong-black-tea-3/

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Good review Geoff, & glad you’re back. :))

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91

“Bai Lin Gong Fu – other than sounding like the name of a cheesy 70s martial arts flick – is a black tea hailing from Fujian province, China. Smelling it an experience, for I found it hard to pinpoint what to call the scent; I settled on “caramel musk” – even though that sounds like a male aftershave. This was different from the other two Bai Lins I’ve tried – which both exhibited more earthy, Yunnan-like tendencies – but I still favored its robust roundhouse kick of a taste.”

Full Review: http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Hark! by Handmade Tea
344 tasting notes

The founder of Handmade Tea had me at “whiskey oak-smoked” with this one. The yerba mate base is given that very treatment. Peppermint and cinnamon round out the rest. The introduction is smoky, while mint dominates the middle. The aftertaste reminded me a bit of Keemun. Even with my prejudice against peppermint, this was a heckuva holiday blend.

Full Review: http://lazyliteratus.teatra.de/2011/12/13/hark-i-herald-booze-blends/

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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94

True story: I tried this right after getting out of a showing of Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1. Even two beers couldn’t erase the badness of that movie. Perhaps tea could do what alcohol failed to do. Thankfully, it (mostly) did. This is the anti-sencha; the anti-Japanese pan-fried green tea. There was quite a bit of complexity going on with the flavor – equal parts citrus, tang, sweetness, seaweed and a tickle of vinegar. And the best part? It was a green tea I could boil the s**t out of with a lazy brew-up.

Full Review: http://lazyliteratus.teatra.de/2011/12/05/in-a-pickle/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
KeenTeaThyme

You’re brave to bother trying to see that movie in theaters! Even the book was terrible, IMO. The Vampire Diaries and True Blood (books and movies) are way better! :)

Geoffrey Norman

I am vampire’d out. Luckily I still have my zombies.

TeaBrat

sounds yummy

LiberTEAS

I’m a Harry Potter fan, myself. And I thought that Robert Pattinson made a better looking wizard than he does a vampire.

ScottTeaMan

Interesting….if I ever order from Norbu, I’ll give this one a try. :))

ScottTeaMan

Interesting Linked review too.

Geoffrey Norman

@LiberTEAS – If you only saw him in Harry Potter, you’d think the boy had talent. Especially for making a Hufflepuff seem cool.

@Amy – It is…if you’re a fan of weird.

@Scott – Thank ya.

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94

This was a different sort of Yunnan black. It was gold-tipped, so it was inevitable that I was going to like it. What I was NOT expecting was how burly it would be. Dare I say, this was a gold tea that could rival some dark Assams out there? It tasted of peppers, earth, smoke, and leather. Yes…leather. And it woke me up right quick to boot.

Full Review: http://beastsofbrewdom.teatra.de/2011/11/22/tea-like-leather/

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90

Pu-erh? What pu-erh? I don’t taste any pu-erh. In short, here’s what a drinker is getting into: It tastes like a Mao Jian green tea that’s been blended with lemongrass. If you like both of those things (which I do), you will most certainly love this. Is any bit of it reminiscent of a raw pu-erh? Not yet. Far too young to have that flavor profile yet. That said it is a perfect introduction for the uninitiated.

Full Review: http://lazyliteratus.teatra.de/2011/11/21/very-well-give-him-tea-cake/

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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98

Never before has a tea defeated me like this. I went a good seven or eight rounds with this pu-erh – the first five were gongfu-style, the last two were Western. Same leaves each time. It didn’t lapse in strength until steep seven, and even then it still had juice to jolt me. Odd spectrum of flavors, too – peat, oak, wilderness leaf, juniper, strawberries-’n-cream (yeah, you heard right) and earth. This was one tough sip. Totally worth it, though.

Full Review: http://lazyliteratus.teatra.de/2011/11/17/pwned-by-purple-pu-erh/

KeenTeaThyme

Love the “pwned by purple pu-reh” title. ;)

Geoffrey Norman

Ha! Thanks. :-) I was going for alliteration.

Charles Thomas Draper

This I have to buy….

Geoffrey Norman

Worth the price of admission.

Charles Thomas Draper

I just tried to buy it. I am using paypal and no where did it ask where my address is??

Geoffrey Norman

Get in touch with Stacy…I’m sure you can pass on the information that was missing from the order. Just use the contact form.

Charles Thomas Draper

I bought it. My address came up after I paid. I am sure this tea will be incredible. I trust your judgement….

TeaBrat

It sounds so good!

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94

I actually received this before the Purple Tea of Kenya but didn’t get around to it after. A travesty given my love of teas with the word “GOLD!” in them. This bears a lot of similarities to Yunnan Golds both in site, smell and taste. Where it differs is the subtlety of its character. It’s not as “thick” as a Yunnan gold on delivery, instead presenting its berry-sweet, honey-like presence in a fluttery sorta way. It can also take a brew-beating of five minutes far better than a Yunnan can. Approval was met with gusto.

Full Review: http://lazyliteratus.teatra.de/2011/11/10/running-for-kenyan-gold/

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

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91

I absolutely love notching a unique tea off my list. I’d been looking for Kenyan Purple Tea for over half a year, and Butiki was one of the ONLY suppliers of the stuff. It lives up to its experimental moniker; as in, it’s a hard one to classify. Part green tea, part oolong, and oddly tisane-ish on taste. I had a tough time coming up with a label. I tried three different temperatures to see which one I liked best. Boiling the ever-loving s**t out of it seemed to fit my palate the best. All in all, though, I really liked it and look forward to more like it in the future.

Full Review: http://lazyliteratus.teatra.de/2011/11/09/four-eyed-no-horned-flightless-purple-tea-drinker/

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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