57 Tasting Notes

93

Bought this on a recent trip to Edinburgh. Nice strong cup of tea, pairs perfect with milk. Bold and satisfying.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70

This was one of the Darjeeling samples I got to determine which Darjeeling I preferred. It had a light brown coloured brew. Relatively balanced, slightly astringent with muscatel tones. I tried it without milk, but I think it was strong enough that I’d drink it with milk the next time to balance out the astringency. It was okay, but not something I would restock.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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77

A fruity tea with a sweetness that lingers, reddish brown colour in the cup. Has some strength to it. Drank it black. Curious to see if it holds up to some milk. I think it’s an average tea though—not one I would stock as I’ve got so many others I prefer.

Flavors: Muscatel, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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97

A beautiful tea. Brews a pale green/yellow. Creamy with a strong floral scent and taste. In addition to the creamy milky taste, I also sense vanilla and the floral scent and taste is like orchids. I made this in the gaiwan with a short rinse first but I don’t think it needed it. Subsequent drinkable steeps were from 40s gradually increasing.

Flavors: Floral, Milk, Orchids, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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92

This was a sample sent with my order. I think this is the one, as it’s a darker oolong than I’ve had. The leaves are a lovely dark colour. The taste was roasted and nutty with some sweetness. The floral tones was noticeable when I let it cool a bit. I made this in the gaiwan with a 15s rinse followed by two 40s drinkable steeps. Quite enjoyable.

Flavors: Floral, Malt, Nutty, Roasted

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 177 ML
Garret

Yep! That’s the one. I’m really happy that you enjoyed it. I’d say about 80% the coffeehouses, restaurants and delis we sell to offer this tea. It simply works so well almost any way that it is brewed. Thanks for writing up your experience! Grateful, Garret

TheArchivist

And grateful to you Garret for including this as a sample. I’ve had a big red robe from somewhere else before and didn’t think it was anything special, so I wouldn’t have chosen to try this tea if you hadn’t included it as a sample.

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87

I liked the strong bold flavour of this one. After the 15s rinse, so far I’ve had several drinkable steeps at 20s and 30s. I can taste vegetal, astringency and wet hay. Unfortunately I don’t taste the apple peel or corn tastes, or milkiness that others noted.

Flavors: Hay, Vegetal

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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96

This was great. After the rinse I did a short steep of 20sec in the gaiwan. It was lighter than other Shou Puerh I’ve had, bright, not so heavy and earthy. So I steeped it 45 sec for the second drnkable steep. Lovely, more complex than other Puerh I’ve had and still smooth. I’d like to say that there is also a slight fruit taste, perhaps plum or prune but I don’t know that that’s really what it is that I’m tasting. Definitely wish I had more of this.

Flavors: Earth

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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82

After a short rinse (15sec), I’ve so far had 2 drinkable steeps of 20 sec. I was pleasantly surprised that it was smooth and not astringent. There’s a smokiness and slight sweetness with a hint of peach at the end. I’ve been having a lot of oolongs, so it was nice to get back to a sheng Puerh. Really enjoyed this.

Flavors: Peach, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 6 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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84

This was my second time with this tea, this time I brewed it western style with one steep of two minutes or so. Seemed to have quite different flavours than when I brewed it n a gaiwan. This time around I tasted more fruity or floral and something that I would call vanilla. Very smooth. Definitely preferred it brewed this way. Drank it straight with no milk.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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71

I wasn’t originally interested n trying this one…untilI heard it had been discontinued. I was lucky to find one location that still had some left. Made it in a gaiwan. After a 15 sec rinse, so far I’ve had two 40 sec steeps. It brewed a pale green-yellow colour. The taste was closer to a green tea. It was mildly floral and vegetal. Very light though. No overpowering flavours or scents. I’m curious to see how this taste may evolve with subsequent steeps. I may also increase steep time though I like the lightness.

Flavors: Floral, Grass, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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