2722 Tasting Notes

96

I accidentally let this steep for too long, it went to 2 minutes or more. Now it is very strong! Reminds me a bit of coffee, dark, robust but still drinkable. Smells awesome and is very woodsy but a tad bit too strong for me here. Good lesson learned – do not oversteep pu-erh! :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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93
drank Ceylon #1 by thepuriTea
2722 tasting notes

Thanks to SimplyJenW for letting me try this one!

It used to be that I thought I didn’t like Ceylon teas but I think previously I’ve had the cheap-o ones either used in teabags or in breakfast blends. It came as somewhat of a revelation to me that I could really enjoy a Ceylon tea.

I steeped this for 4 minutes with boiling water. It is very dark, rich with some brown sugary and chocolate-y type notes. It has a tiny bit of briskness and a tad of pungency at the very end but very enjoyable. I was able to drink some of this plain (just to do a proper tasting) but then I added some soymilk to it and it’s very good both ways. This would be a great breakfast tea, or even an afternoon tea with some biscuits and jam. A solid YUM. I’m very glad I got to try it and I can see that more ceylons are in my future! :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Uniquity

Oh man, that sounds fabulous. I frequently am in the mood for a good black tea with chocolatey and sweet notes.. : )

Charles Thomas Draper

I have to explore some Ceylons….

TeaBrat

I also recommend the Sam Bodhi from Le Palais de Thes – it’s gooood!

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90
drank Peach Blossom by Rishi Tea
2722 tasting notes

I don’t have too many flavored white teas but I do like this one. Very peachy, with citrus and just a hint of flowers. I got 1/4 lb a few months ago and I need to finish it in the next few months since I don’t think white tea has a very long shelf life. This is a great iced tea, too.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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85

Something else I picked up at the tea festival… I think I got these because I liked the shape – lol. The squares come in a little box and of course, the tea, the paper and the box are all biodegradable which is right up my alley. No plastic – whoop! Pu-erh has a definite advantage in that regard.

I cut this square in half because I wasn’t sure I was up for a strong sheng experience. Then I steeped it for about 1 minute. This tea is very interesting because the top notes are light, sweet and woodsy with some green apple but the bottom notes are slightly sour and bitter. Steeping for shorter periods will definitely help to keep the bitterness under control.

After steeping you can see the leaves start to unfurl which is a definite sign these are not made with leftover crud from the factory floor. For a young sheng it’s nice but I would not recommend steeping this for more than 30 seconds. My second steep at 30 was a bit more palatable…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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83

I’m drinking the last one of these today – thanks again Tommy!

I’m making it a goal to see if I can drink two cups of pu-erh every day. My family has high cholesterol so I’m wondering if this will help mine to go down, in addition to a healthy diet. I can’t quite figure out if the supposed health benefits apply to sheng and shu as well.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I started eating 4 ounces of celery a day for one week of every month. This is recommended in Prevention magazine for blood pressure, but my cholesterol dropped a LOT! By the way, I used to HATE celery, so this was hard for me, but I actually kind of like it now!

TeaBrat

Really? wow. I actually hate celery too but perhaps I will need to try loving it as well…

Mercuryhime

Celery with natural peanut butter and raisin are an awesome snack! I’m going to buy some raisins and make some tonight. Thanks for reminding me!
Might actually go well with the rice pu-erh.

ScottTeaMan

Celery can be too stringy for me, but when tender it is usually sweet. I like celery when it is like that!

Mercuryhime

Scott, you should stick with the tender inner stalks for raw munching. Use the outer ones for soon. :)

ScottTeaMan

Thanks Mercury. :))

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80

As soon as I opened the little sample tube to smell this I thought “Oh, the holidays!”

So I steeped this for 4 minutes at around 205 F. When I inspected the wet leaf I could see bits of cloves and orange rind in it. I think there might be some cinnamon in this blend too. One of the other tasters remarked on not liking Le Palais des Thes black tea base, but this tea is so highly spiced that I’m having a hard time finding it!

Overall, I thought it was okay, if you don’t mind the taste of a spicy Christmas tea but I doubt I would go out of my way to find this. Then again, I am not usually craving orange spice tea either. I’m having mine with soymilk this morning and am finding it a wee bit strong, might cut back on the steeping time by one minute the next time I have this.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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88

I got only 1 oz. of this and it’s almost gone, I liked it a lot better than I thought I would – it is going on my list of things to reorder! see my previous notes.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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91

It’s a sipdown… after lunch treat.
I am definitely noticing the mustiness and mesquite aroma of this one today. I can’t remember how I steeped this last time but it seems stronger than I remember (today I did a few short infusions in the gaiwan). This really smells great and is taking the chill right out of my afternoon (it’s windy here). Farewell – 2005 Twin Elephants Shu…. see my previous notes for more details.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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70

I did try cold brewing this yesterday and I think I like it better this way, however the hibiscus just kills it for me. Another tea that tastes like fruit punch as well. If anyone would like to swap for this I’ll be more than happy to let you try it…..

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90

These folks were at the SF International Tea Fair yesterday so I knew I’d have to stop by. I got a very good introduction to their teas including stories and pictures of where my tea came from right now to the actual trees…

They were serving up samples of this shu so I decided to purchase a cake after trying it. ($33). I was told that “third grade” applies to the size of the leaf used and wasn’t meant to imply that this was a third rate tea.

We steeped some of it up this morning. I may have not been generous enough with the leaf. Since there were two of us I decided to steep this in a teapot and forgo my usual gaiwan method. The first steep we did for 60 seconds and the second for 2 minutes.

This yielded a clear, reddish brown brew that is not as dark as some I’ve tried. I am enjoying it. It’s clean with a nice savory/woodsy/mushroom aroma that is very soothing and somewhat mild. The flavor is very earthy with a bit of nutty flavor like butter pecans. It has a clean and sweet aftertaste I am enjoying so much. This is supposed to develop a date flavor as it ages but I don’t know if I will be able to let it age before I end up drinking it… lol

Overall, very good. If you’d like to try a lighter shu without any smoky, fishy or musty aromas I’d give this one a try for sure.

On other notes I’ve discovered I can use a cheese knife to pry apart my bricks and cakes so at least I won’t be needing to purchase a special puerh knife. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

But…but…but! The doodads are half the fun! LOL! This sounds delicious. I am going to be drooling over a lot of new companies thanks to your puerh reviews. So lucky you got to go! :)

TeaBrat

@ashmanra – lol. I’m kind of glad I did not get a new knife since that means I can spend more on tea. :) I’ve definitely been getting into the puerh thing lately. Once you get into more variety with your tastings it’s surprising how different they can be from each other.

Spoonvonstup

My pu’er pick is basically a flathead screwdriver with a pretty handle. I’ve also used a fork, which works in a pinch. Glad you found something that works! Hope you never get a brick so tightly compressed that you have to used the serrated edge of that blade. Glad you’re getting more into this! It’s an inexhaustible new frontier of flavor- always changing and challenging.

TeaBrat

It’s fun getting into it but also kind of expensive. :) I will remember the screwdriver if I’m ever in a pinch!

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