50 Tasting Notes

81

I haven’t bought anything from this store before so I thought I’d test their mini tuo cha. Steeped in gaiwan. Have had two drinkable infusions so far. Deep rich brown/red in the cup. Nice Puerh smell. Smooth, full in the mouth. I quite enjoyed this. Have not experienced any agitation as I have from mini tuo cha from another vendor. They’re individually wrapped. I only used one for my 5 oz gaiwan. 20 secs an infusion so far.

Flavors: Earth

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

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80

I found this to be bright and predominantly roasted tasting. There’s that hint of almond/cinnamon, but I wouldn’t call that strong. Prior to steeping, when I put the leaves in the warmed gaiwan it had a lovely roasted smell. I’m currently on the second drinkable steep and like it better when it’s cooled a little. I ordered this because I was intrigued by the description. I don’t know that this would be a regular tea for me, but it didn’t disappoint.

Flavors: Almond, Cinnamon, Roasted

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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81

I decided to make this in the gaiwan with short steeps. Smooth. Tried with and without milk. The milk did not add/improve n an way as it would with an Assam or other black tea. This tea is nice as is.

Flavors: Chocolate, Sweet, Tannin

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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86
drank Da Hong Pao by Tao Tea Leaf
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A really nice roasted taste, but also sweet. I had purchased a sample to see if I would like it and it’s really nice. A light brown/chestnut colour in the cup. I made this in the gaiwan with short steeps. Right now I’m on my third drinkable steep and enjoying the mouth feel. I was disappointed that it only allowed a few resteeps. With good quality tea I usually get quite a few short steeps. With this one the 4th steep was too light.

Flavors: Roasted Barley, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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89

A lovely floral, fresh tea. Light yellow green in the cup. I made this in a gaiwan and so far on the second drinkable steep and it is wonderful. There’s a bit of fruity as well, strikes me as apricot/peach tones.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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83

I was in the mood for shu (cooked) pu-erh and walked into the Tao tea leaf store. These are definitely shu as others have noted, and the retailer confirmed it. By the third drinkable infusion it really seemed to get deeper and richer in flavour, and it’s smooth, sweet, and full bodied. I really liked this but thought the leaves should have been bigger, not mulching and broken as they were as soon as they were steeped. After I tossed the first wash, I steeped for 30sec a few times, then 40, 50 and a minute. I’m on my 6th steep and it is as good if not better. There is a mouth feel and the taste lingers in a pleasant way, stimulates saliva so-to-speak. The only negative thing I’ve noticed is that after the first couple of steeps the effect it has on me is overly stimulating. I feel really buzzed in my head and some tightness in my chest, a bit of nervousness. I’ve not had this type of reaction to other puerhs. Don’t know if anyone else has found this with this tea.

Flavors: Sweet, Wet Earth

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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76
drank Oolong Supreme by DAVIDsTEA
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Decided to explore oolongs since I’ve never given it a chance before. This was one of the three I started with. I made it the traditional way in a gaiwan, pouring out the first quick steep and continuing from there. The first drinkable infusion at 30 sec had a nice nutty taste, golden in the cup. The second steep was a tad sweeter. I’m not sure how many steps I’ll have with this or what other flavours I’ll notice, but so far I’m intrigued.

Flavors: Nutty

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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70

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Flavors: Nutty, Tannin

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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83

This tea is now unavailable. I was lucky to get a sample. I didn’t think I’d like a fermented pu-erh, but this is nice. Earthy and smooth. I know there’s another flavour in there too, but my palate is not sophisticated enough to figure out what it is. I’m curious to see how the taste changes after a few steeps.

Flavors: Earth

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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77

I think I’m becoming addicted to this one. I’m not normally a fan of pu-ehr or green teas, but I like this one. Has a tang and brightness to it. Only a short steep is needed at first and can be resteeped up to 20 times. I think what I enjoy most about this tea is the ritual I’ve built around it by steeping using a traditional gaiwan.

Preparation
0 min, 15 sec 4 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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