584 Tasting Notes

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drank Rummy Pu by Liquid Proust Teas
584 tasting notes

I am not a big fan of shu anymore. Funny thing is I started drinking shu before sheng. I liked shu just fine but sheng turned out to be my favourite. Yet, I was excited to try out this tea by LP because I love rum.

Wow! This tea is amazing! Rum & earthy! This is a slight sour note to it too. I don’t know if that’s coming from the rum or the pu-erh but it really comes together well. I am really amazed with some of the teas from LP. This tea is certainly a winner.

It probably isn’t the best tea for the morning since I have to be on the road soon. Will I get stopped by the cops with alcohol on my breath? lol I will save the rest of those leaves for the afternoon.

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Off my special diet today and enjoying some other teas I haven’t had in a whole month.. I have been having only 1 green tea a day. This tea was a bit of a disappointment for my first sheng in a month. It was very mineral, straw, and light apricot.

I like raw pu-erh teas that are closer to green teas. This one is okay but I prefer more fruity notes.

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90

Tonight I am drinking a tea brewed from a peppermint plant I bought to put in my herb garden. It was called Strawberry Peppermint and when I tasted the leaves I could taste strawberry along with the peppermint!

I dried a few leaves and am just having them now. It’s got a lighter peppermint flavour than plain peppermint teas and a light strawberry finish. Love it! I hope my plant grows really big so I can harvest lots of leaves for tea.

Flavors: Peppermint, Strawberry

ashmanra

That sounds so awesome. I used to grow pineapple sage. I wonder if I could make a good tisane from that? I had better hurry to the seed store!

Ubacat

There are some decent teas to be made from the herbs. I also have Chocolate Peppermint plant. It’s really tiny right now so will have to wait until it’s a bit bigger.

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88

2016 Sheng Olympics

I got 3 steeps into this tea today and hit my caffeine level. I can’t take much caffeine these days (another reason why I hardly have any black teas).

It was a really good sheng. I didn’t take any notes but each steep was honey sweet with woodsy notes. A bit of apricot too and a thick creamy mouth feel to it. Steeped at 90C , 10 sec or less each steep and no bitterness at all. I really enjoyed this one.

Flavors: Apricot, Creamy, Honey, Wood

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95

My tea from yesterday.

This tea is a masterpiece. Not quite as floral as some oolongs I’ve had but it’s the way the floral blends into the whole picture. There’s so much in the floral aroma and taste. My taste buds are not as sensitive as some so I couldn’t name all the floral notes but osmanthus was definitely there. There was a sweet osmanthus finish with each sip. The tea was smooth and oh so sweet and buttery. I reminded me of a Tie Guan Yin but not a cheap one —a very fine Tie Guan Yin.

Really an amazing tea. A must try tea.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Osmanthus

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Rasseru

so many good scores for this one.

Doug F

I don’t drink much Oolong but I might have to give this a try.

Ubacat

It really is the most amazing one from this company so far.

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88

One of my new Spring 2016 teas from Tealyra. I thought when I bought some spring teas I would probably buy from Yunnan Sourcing ; but I needed some herbal teas and couldn’t resist a few of the new spring teas!

This doesn’t have a pleasant smell from the bag. I can’t explain exactly what it smelled like dry but it’s not exactly a pleasant smell.

Brewed up, it’s entirely different. Sweet with hay and cucumber notes. A fruity floral aroma and a bit of apricot in the flavour too. Delicious!

Flavors: Apricot, Cucumber, Hay

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95
drank Wenshan Baochong Oolong by Tea Ave
584 tasting notes

I reviewed this year over a year ago but I still dug up an extra unopened sample a few days ago when going through my teas. Today I have finished off the last speck of this tea. Over a year old and it’s still outstanding. Floral with a creaminess to it.

Still…. I am glad to cross another one off my tea list even though I loved this one. Down to 160 teas. At one time I though around 120-130 was reasonable. Then it ballooned up to about 190 around Christmas. I want to try to keep all my teas under 100 (maybe even 80) but if I can get down to 130 I will be happy!

Ubacat

Well, crap. so much for getting my tea list down. I just saw 20% off at Tealyra and placed an order for some herbal teas I needed plus some I didn’t need just to get the free shipping.

Evol Ving Ness

This is the problem of having your finger on the pulse of the tea world: you find out about sales and then it’s all over. I filled up my shopping cart at Tealyra and walked away. I need to do far more shopping in my home stash which overfloweth.

Evol Ving Ness

How long I can stay strong is another question altogether.

Ubacat

I’ve been good from Jan to March. April I broke down and placed a tiny order at Grand Tea to get some new 2016 white teas. I could feel it building up after so long of hardly any tea shopping.

Evol Ving Ness

Oh, I’ve been breaking down regularly from the new year onwards.

Ubacat

I don’t feel so bad now. ;-)

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85

This is my tea from yesterday.

I really enjoyed this one. Found it very buttery with a bit of fruity taste. Could also pick up faint notes of vanilla. It was very smooth and silky on the tongue. Early steeps didn’t have any bitterness at all but steeps after No3 seemed to have a bit of bitterness creeping in. I wonder if that was because I put too much leaf in the gaiwan? I tend to like my teas on the lighter side and when it comes to sheng I always seem to get a little too much leaf for my liking.

Anyway, if this tea was still available , I would probably order a cake since it was that good.

Flavors: Butter, Fruity, Vanilla

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85

Having this one this morning. I just brewed in my mug, 30 sec, 80C. It’s very nutty & buttery. I was expecting deep green taste and even though it’s there , the nutty/buttery flavour is what I noticed first. I also pick up vanilla. I wonder if the nutty/buttery flavour is coming from the jackseeds? Overall a pretty good tea. Seemed perfect brewing only for 30 sec.

Flavors: Butter, Nutty, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

2016 Sheng Olympics

Are Dexter and I the only ones to try this tea yet? It looks like it.

I picked this tea yesterday because it was a silver needle puerh. I love the white tea pureh cakes. I didn’t see the age of the tea right away… Then I smelled the dry and it smelled faintly of that darned cow dung again. I figured “oh well, it’s pretty faint this time. Give it a chance.”

I gave it 3 rinses just to be sure and did a quick infusion after that. What a surprise! It was like floral fruit. I know that really doesn’t make sense but I kept thinking floral even though I wasn’t getting a floral aroma. We think of floral as a scent and fruit as a taste. At least I do but this was just like floral fruit to me. Next couple of infusions were the same. I took a break from the tea drinking and went back to it later. Somehow it wasn’t quite the same after sitting even though I did a quick rinse.

This was a pretty amazing tea and if I didn’t have too much tea already, I would buy a cake.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity

R.F. Hill

Looks like I’ll give it a try this weekend!

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Green teas are my favourite teas but I also enjoy: white, some herbal,rooibos, raw pu’erh, light oolongs, a little bit of black , and a little bit of ripe pu’erh. I have moved away from artificial flavourings and there’s hardly anything left in my cabinet with artificial flavouring or colours. It is mostly straight teas or tea blends.

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