2784 Tasting Notes

drank Ginger Ale Bai Mu Dan by 52teas
2784 tasting notes

Thanks to LiberTeas for sending me this, I’ve been wanting to try it. I love ginger and white tea so my hopes were high….

I read over some of the other tasting notes and was thinking “oh no, bergamot!” I don’t like a lot of bergamot especially Earl Grey type of teas.

I actually liked this, a lot! It’s very gingery and definitely reminds me of a cocktail. There’s a bit of bergamot in here but it’s slight. It’s difficult to taste any white tea in here but I was kind of expecting that… Definitely is hitting the spot as my after lunch tea. I bet this would be an amazing iced tea as well…. and no calories!

I’m buying some today! =)

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I really think I might buy one of these cakes after trying the sample. It’s nice to find a sheng that is mild like this and has a nice sweet aftertaste instead of bitter. I upped the rating a few points today.

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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! :)

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drank Ceylon #1 by thepuriTea
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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! :)

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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….


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

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drank Peach Blossom by Rishi Tea
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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.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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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…

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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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.

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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!


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


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.


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


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


Thanks Mercury. :))

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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.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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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.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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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.

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty


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