2422 Tasting Notes

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
2422 tasting notes

This is not as good as I remember it somehow. perhaps it needs some pu-erh in it… lol

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When my boyfriend went to New York 6 months ago I was very new to the world of puerhs and how to brew any tea but Western style tea. I had a few shu puerhs though and really liked them.

So he picked this up for me as a gift and we were both pretty excited to try it out, but when we brewed it up (typical Western style) it became the most foul and bitter tasting concoction I had ever experienced. I almost threw it away but kept it in my cupboard.

This afternoon I dragged it out. I have no idea if it’s a shu or a sheng. When I used a small leaf to water ratio and a lower water temp this is actually kind of pleasant. It’s definitely on the fruitier side a little bit of smoke and some cinnamon-esque spice. I detect a lot of camphor here, that’s not my favorite flavor in tea but at least I found a way to brew this to make it actually drinkable. I’m glad I didn’t toss it after all! ;-)

Maybe if I keep experimenting the rating will go up!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Interesting tea…it’s about time Harney finally gets a Pu-erh cake. I think it’s the same one you have. How many grams is it?…..Do you know?? I really like Harney Teas, but I have a couple issues with them. Not enough specific tea brewing info, and not enough selections in certain areas (ie Darjeelings, Assams). They claim to choose teas from the best gardens. OK, I’ll give them that, but I usually want more choice, even if I order teas and miss the mark once in a while.

Charles Thomas Draper

Maybe it’s only at the store. It’s not on the website

ScottTeaMan

Charles, how do you feel about Harney’s selections?. For being tea experts, they sure do not offer enuff specific tea info.

Charles Thomas Draper

Well lets put it this way, They have very good tea. I personally will not order from them. When I ordered someone used my credit card number to try to purchase something. This purchase was almost the same time that I had ordered from Harney. Was it them? I would say no. When I emailed them about this they never got back to me. This is very bad customer relations. You can ask Verdant how much tea I buy. It’s Harneys loss not mine. Sorry I rambled. Plus there are too many other vendors out there with superb selections….

TeaBrat

I could not find this puerh on the website. We have a few things from Harney but I don’t go ga-ga over them like some people seem to.

Charles Thomas Draper

The Hao Ya A is very good. Shame I will not get it again from them….

TeaBrat

They are two smaller cakes packaged together in a 4 oz tin

ScottTeaMan

Yes….superb selections & customer service. I’ve never had a problem w H & S customer service. Personally, I shop alot at Upton Tea. I dig their Customer Service & selection, Man! CS is great! I will be purchasing from other vendors next year because of reviews on Steepster. I really want to try Pu-erh cakes next year. Any recommendations Charles?? Amy?? Anyone else?? Which companies, etc?

Amy…I’m not really a huge Harney fan either.

Charles Thomas Draper

Verdant has some awesome cakes. Get a sampler and see what you like. Read the reviews. I personally love Pu’er….

ScottTeaMan

Me too…I can’t wait to try some Green & White Puerh cakes too. :))

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89

Definitely this was an impulse buy at the Imperial Tea Court where I went to have some superior yellow gold oolong but that’s another story…

Here’s my first green pu-erh tea cake! Am I fully addicted to tea? I almost got a brick too but decided to save that for next time.

I steeped this in boiled water for around 3 minutes but I also noticed the website says 180F so I’ll need to modify this in the future.

I don’t know if I can really describe this with my regular words. It smells a tiny bit like an orange pekoe which has me kind of intrigued. It’s a bit sandalwoody and a bit fruity with a hint of smoke but not overwhelmingly so. I am picking up a lot of tannins here. My tastebuds are tingling with excitement and curiosity. It has a slight effervescent quality. It is definitely a green tea but not like any other green tea I’ve tried before. Mysterious.

I did manage to steep this 3 times before I gave up and decided I’ve had too much caffeine for the day already. By the third infusion it is definitely getting a lot lighter but I suspect if I had used less hot water from the very beginning this would not be the case.

I believe this is only my second green pu-erh, they are growing on me a bit. They are a little gentler than the black pu-erhs but not as sweet and light as the white ones. I did notice ITC had a 2010 green cake for $20 so I am wondering if I should go back and purchase that one and lock it in a vault for 10 years. :)

I am definitely happy with this purchase and it will be great to see how this evolves, I expect it will get better with a few years of aging but I like it pretty well now… I wonder if I can wait long enough for it to age before I drink it all!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Charles Thomas Draper

Mysterious. Very

Spoonvonstup

By green pu’er cake does it mean sheng / raw / uncooked?

TeaBrat

Yes – it seems like the brown ones are all shu but I could be wrong

Spoonvonstup

Ok, that makes sense. Brown is usually shu, but all shengs will eventually turn brown over a few decades or so. Shu was originally “invented” in order to mimic what happens to traditionally aged shengs, without having to wait so long. As a result, many folks find shu pu’er easier to drink, especially since sheng (like this one, it seems) are often fill of astringency for the first four to ten years.
Glad to see you getting into all this! It’s a slippery slope, my friend. I mean, just look at what’s happening to Mr. Geoffrey and Dan Congs! Hope you can fid some bricks to put away. It’s fun to just try them and check up once or twice a year to see how they’re changing.

For reference, the Artisan Revival you tried a little while ago is also a sheng / green pu’er- it’s just not so green anymore. The Xingyangs, on the other hand, were shu.

TeaBrat

Thanks for the info – yeah it does seem like kind of a slippery slope…. expensive tea! lol

Charles Thomas Draper

Well said Spoon….

ScottTeaMan

When you have a tea vault to store tea, you know you’re addicted! I didn’t say it was a problem now did I? :))

ScottTeaMan

I love Dan Congs….now there’s a tea…well I probably wouldn’t sell an organ…but one really never knows for sure! :))

TeaBrat

I don’t know if I’ve ever had a Dan Cong, I see Seven Cups has some at 25% off for their end of year sale. Might need to get one. :P

ScottTeaMan

I’ll send you some. I have some new …in a box…in the basement….that will be another tea I send you, along with brewing instructions. Now I’m storing tea in the basement.

ScottTeaMan

Amy, do u want me to send you some?

ScottTeaMan

My first Dan Cong came from Tea Spring. Totally deicious…they have some really great teas and reasonable shipping.

http://www.teaspring.com/Feng-Huang-Dan-Cong.asp

The DC I have now is from Upton Tea, but it’s sold out now.

ScottTeaMan

You are so lucky …ITC is right in SF…….LUCKY DOG!

TeaBrat

There are a lot of nice places in San Francisco For Chinese tea…

Thomas Edward(Toad)

Amy,Thank you for sending me some of this one, i liked it :)

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I’m slowly coming to the end of my Arbor tea samples overall this is a pretty good tea – very nutty, vegetal, and rich smelling, I’m getting some nice seaweed type flavors. This definitely lingers in the mouth for a while. The flavor is quite good but I am getting the slight bitterness with the finish so I don’t know if I will be ordering this again, although I did enjoy it. I am a bit biased because senchas have been known to give me heartburn. I only steeped it for 60 seconds so I do not think the problem was oversteeping or water temp. I am a bit ambivalent. I definitely prefer the gyokuro but this one has a lot of flavor, sencha fans should try it!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Aged Oolong Tea by Tea from Taiwan
2422 tasting notes

hmm, I was very excited to try this because I am a fan of the darker aged oolong teas. I’m amused by the other notes here, what fun to read and what an in-depth probing analysis!

Ok, I actually think this tea is fabulous. It really does smell like a mix of coffee and puerh when you brew the leaves but this does not bother me at all. I brewed this in an infuser mug for 90 seconds (guesstimate) with 180 F water.

I am picking up a lot of interesting flavors here. Cinnamon is the first thing that comes to mind. Also, a little mushroomy in the aroma like you would expect from a pu-er. I am getting stone fruit like plums in the finish and yes, chestnuts.

Second steep: the flavor here is really opening up, it is rich and full with a bit of sharp tang. Reminiscent of a puerh and a big red robe. If you like those styles of tea you might want to check it out. Roasty cinnamony spicey goodness. Okay, this may be an acquired taste, it is definitely an unusual flavor but I dig it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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Thanks so much to Indigobloom for sending me a generous sample of this tea.

I like cinnamon and almonds so I was pretty sure I’d like this too. It smells incredibly like a cookie! It’s sweet and nutty and even a little bit fruity, not sure where that’s coming from but I like it. I’m having this as my after lunch treat with a bit of soymilk and it’s yummy for a dessert tea. It looks like this was discontinued, too bad it is kinda tasty. Like I need more tea! Well of course I do!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

hehehehe….More tea is always nice. Computer’s been slow….pages not even loading sometimes. Might post my Zhen Qu review later….after my Steelers wipe the Browns! :))

Indigobloom

hehe I’m so glad you like it! and that it found a good home :P
funny, I thought it was a bit fruity too!!! but I thought I was imagining that…

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93
drank Sencha "Chiran" by Lupicia
2422 tasting notes

I am drinking this again today. I’m so glad I finally found a sencha which I really enjoy. I’ve almost finished the bag already! I upped the rating a wee bit too.

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Thank you Charles for sending me a sample of this tea. I wanted to comment on it this morning while I was drinking it but my computer at home is acting funny.

I don’t believe I’ve had a Kemmun before. I brewed this in the tetsubin which I am using for mostly black tea these days. I think I erred a little too much on the side of caution and did not add enough leaf. I liked this though. It was a light brown, woody and smooth tea with some smoke in the aftertaste. I’m not a huge fan of smoke but I didn’t mind it here it seemed very unobtrusive. I tried adding soymilk and that was not a good idea, I preferred the taste of it plain.

Charles Thomas Draper

Thank you too. Add more leaf and steep it for 6 minutes

TeaBrat

sadly I don’t have much more left so maybe i’ll try the lil’ elf teapot…

ScottTeaMan

Info on website recommends a steep time of 5 to 8 minutes.

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97
drank Hand Picked Bao Zhong by Samovar
2422 tasting notes

I steeped some of this in my tiny little xiying teapot which seems like it was made for an elf. It is adorable. I hope it is seasoned well enough. I am drinking this tea out of a shotglass… ha ha

I think I can taste the clay a bit which is giving the tea an extra dimension. It still seems as delicious as I remember it.

ScottTeaMan

REALLY!…..A shot glass? Just how small is that teapot? Lay off the bourbon! :))

TeaBrat

Most of my glass teacups are mugs. this seemed like better size somehow. :)

ScottTeaMan

hahahahaha

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79
drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
2422 tasting notes

I made this as a cold brew tea and I liked it this way… very refreshing. I upped the rating some today

ScottTeaMan

I’m not a fan of Red Rooibos either. Can drink it, but choose not too.

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