2809 Tasting Notes

drank Autumn Laoshan Green by Verdant Tea
2809 tasting notes

This is my after lunch treat. I have had so many boring green teas lately and this one is really full of flavor – see my previous notes. I had to up the score a little bit today. I’m looking forward to more Laoshan teas from Verdant in the future.

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Thanks again to Tommy the Toad for sending me this sample which is the ripe version of the one I tried earlier today.

This one also smells very good, like toasted rice or buttered popcorn. Yummy!

I think we both agree that the green ones are better but this is very dark and smooth with a nice chocolate-y flavor. I did a quick rinse and then steeped it in an infuser mug for around 2 minutes at 190 F.

With the second steep, the rice flavor seems to have dissipated but it’s still very tasty.

200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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Thanks so much to Tommy so sending a sample of these my way!

I’ve never had a rice scented pu-erh before, I really liked this! It smells terrific, much the same as when I have brown rice cooking in the kitchen. I could not resist putting the whole tuo cha in my gaiwan although breaking off 1/2 would have probably been sufficient.

I steeped the first round at around 60 seconds and then did two short ones after that at around 20 seconds each. It doesn’t need a lot of time since the sheng is lemony, a bit astringent and sour but the toasted rice is mellow so the combination is sort of like a genmaicha. It is very flavorful and brothy. I am going to order some of these for sure!

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec

Sounds fantastic! I want to try this one too!


I ordered some today. :)

Thomas Edward(Toad)

I’m glad you liked them i knew ya would they are some of my favs :)


Amy – this is what you sent me, right?


@Krystalen, I believe I sent you one of these and one of the shu puerh rice touchas from Mandala tea?


This is some good shhhtuff.

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I’ve been neglecting my pu-erh a bit lately but I had a big meal in Chinatown and a nice shu just seems like the perfect thing to have afterwards. This is the last of this sample, sadly. Earthy and smoky, see my previous tasting notes. I hope this one does not keep me awake too long tonight. I may have to stop after 2 or 3 steeps.

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I’m finishing off the last of this sample today, it seems very floral, slighty sweet and more buttery than I remember. Kind of sad to see it go! See my previous tasting notes…

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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I wanted something mild after lunch that I could drink, this is light and smooth with a slight nutty richness. I was hoping for a bit more flavor but I don’t know if this is a typical yellow tea or if they vary a lot in their flavor profile. This is my first and only yellow tea to date. See my previous tasting notes.

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drank Nepali Oolong by The Tao of Tea
2809 tasting notes

This is a really nice oolong, I’m enjoying the floral aroma and the fruitiness this morning – see my previous tasting notes if interested. Lately I’ve been loving Himalayan teas!

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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This tea is great for those mornings when you just can’t wake up and need a strong boost. But I haven’t been able to drink this yet without soymilk. It’s a great thing to have around the office though.

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Pao Blossom White Tea by Shang Tea
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Another tea in my Shang sampler, I did not really know what to expect from a Pao Blossom but am open to new things. :)

I felt the leaf, when dry, smelled very much like a grapefruit or some kind of citrus fruits but that seemed to be where the comparison ended. I do understand why folks may think this is like a jasmine tea since it has a very floral element but it seems less strong than a jasmine in my opinion. I am, however wishing for a tad less flowers…

I steeped my little 3g sample in the gaiwan and have enjoyed drinking this very much. I tried to keep the temperature of my water very low as well, around 170 – 180 F. This seems to be so much a very relaxing and meditative tea and has a very delicate flavor. I really just want to get more so I can keep experimenting with it, so that fact alone will give it a fairly high rating in my book… It resteeps very well without any loss of flavor but it is a very delicate creature and I’m trying to treat it as such.

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Hazelnut by Teeccino
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I do miss drinking coffee sometimes but not the acid reflux that always seemed to come with it. It doesn’t really taste like coffee but it’s dark and satisfying with a nice barley hazelnut and date flavor. I did add some soymilk and it’s a nice afternoon drink, I had some for dessert last night too. I liked it and will probably get more and try the other flavors. Although I guess it isn’t really a tea! ;-)

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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

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