2624 Tasting Notes

78

Eh, it’s okay. I brewed a few short infusions of this up in the xi ying teapot. It smells very sweet and floral and tastes buttery but grassy and also I am getting the slightly bitter aftertaste. Perhaps this would be better after a meal. Definitely not one of my favorites from the sampler pack.

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92

Time for some shu this morning…. :)

I gave these leaves a quick rinse and am using about 1 tsp. of leaf in the gaiwan. I tossed out the first infusion, a lot of times I don’t drink those.

2nd infusion: This tea has a very intense woodsy aroma, almost smoky like. Very assertive, a bit too strong. Steeped for 30 seconds.

3rd infusion: steeped for 10 seconds. This tea is a beautiful dark orange/brown. Color is like burnt sienna. I am picking up on so many complex flavors. Woodsy, smoky, but also with a tiny hint of plum. Smelling a bit of the camphor here.

4th infusion: 20 seconds – getting a bit more mellow. Smoke is leaning into mustiness. Some chestnut and caramel notes are starting to surface here and the camphor is retreating. This may be my favorite infusion so far. This tea is very meditative, almost spiritual.

5th infusion: 30 seconds. Here I am starting to pick up on the lychee flavor. This is turning into a delicate mouthfeel.

Wow, this really is a great tea! I think I would have rated it a little bit higher if not for all the camphor but it is really an intense and wonderful tasting experience. I do recommend checking it out! It is quite fun!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec
ScottTeaMan

I just checked their website and thought this was really expensive, but with multiple steeps, and being aged, it is rather economical.

ScottTeaMan

Amy, do you measure the pu-erh, or do you guesstimate the amount?

ScottTeaMan

Like I mentioned before, MANY Darjeelings are more expensive, because they are not suitable for multiple infusions, like Pu-erhs and Oolongs.

TeaBrat

I guesstimate everything.

ScottTeaMan

That’s what I do too.

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97

I am so excited – I ordered a raw pu-erh sampler and a cooked pu-erh sampler from the Bana Tea Company and picked them up at the post office today!

These are really very nicely packaged. Each tea comes in a glassine envelope with a label and then they are stored together in a sheer organza bag. Also included are little brochures about the company and the tea. You know I will have fun drinking these! :)

I first picked this one to try. For a sheng of this age I was very surprised at how mellow it was. Steeped in the gaiwian – first infusion for two minutes and subsequent infusions for 30 seconds.

First infusion is very intense – leaves have a honey like aroma after being brewed. It is a sweet, mellow taste with hints of peach and a bit of maltiness. You get that pu-erh aged flavor on the back of your tongue.

Second and third infusions – the leaves are smelling a bit like a clean mountain lake. Fruitiness is giving way to a mineral like quality which tingles on the back of my tongue.

Fourth infusion – I believe I am picking up on the flavor that others have described as adzuki bean. A bit sweet and caramely.

Overall this has been a really great raw pu-erh experience with lots of flavors and tastes. I am getting a relaxing buzz from this. It is very sweet and soulful. I wonder how it will get different with age? Might have to consider picking up the entire cake but will wait until I try the others! Very yummmy.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 15 sec
LiberTEAS

I love it when tea is waiting for me at the post office!

Charles Thomas Draper

From what I saw on here their tea looks nice. I have to check the website

Charles Thomas Draper

I bookmarked it….

TeaBrat

Yes I have high hopes… will let you know. ;-)

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92

I came home to my tea collection today and made some of this. Oh sweet peachy, roasty nutty honey goodness!

Ellyn

I love coming home and steeping a cup!

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64
drank Tangerine Ginger by Rishi Tea
2624 tasting notes

It’s a herbal tea kind of afternoon here, rainy outside…

This came in a gift basket and I was pretty leery of it. Anything with hibiscus in it is not going to be a favorite of mine. I like the ginger and the orange flavor but it is definitely on the tart side. I do not think I would buy this for myself but I did not hate it quite as much as some of the other reviewers.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Hibiscus tends to be overdone in blends…….so I’m not a fan of it either.

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62

Are my taste buds off? Even though I prepared this myself it still tastes like it was steeped in a dirty sock. There is no water kettle where I am staying so I’ve been heating my water up in the microwave like everyone else. I can only assume this is putting a damper on my experience. :-?

ScottTeaMan

I think it is. I refuse to use microwave (unless it’s my only option of course). Either that, or your tastebuds are off due to drinking teabagged tea! Speaking of socks, I ordered a Danish tea sock many years ago. I never used it because I didn’t like the idea of my tea leaves being in a sock. I also thought it would be impossible to clean due to the tea stains, and thoughts of inadequete leaf expansion came to mind-so I never used it.

TeaBrat

weird, I’ve never even heard of a tea sock before.

K S

I am finding that if I hold the heated water up high and pour into the steeping pot or pour through a strainer it aerates (sp?) the water and tends to help.

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62
drank Chocolate Puerh by Numi Organic Tea
2624 tasting notes

This pretty much fell into the “meh” category – I actually love pu-erhs in all their odd, stinky, earthy, woodsy and dark glory. It’s hard to actually taste any pu-erh in here! This reminds me of a spicy chocolate milk, especially after I added soymilk to it. It isn’t terrible but definitely not what I was hoping for. I will have to try adding two teabags next time around because this was a little weak. Might be an ok dessert drink?

I’ll be glad to get back to my regular tea collection next week. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Charles Thomas Draper

Amy, I think you are right about Red Blossom. I just drank what I thought was the 1993 Sheng and it is definitely a Shou. My description of the Shou fit your description of the Sheng. An error on their part without a doubt.

TeaBrat

Uh-oh. Maybe they put the wrong label on the tea?! :-/

Charles Thomas Draper

How could they possibly screw that up?

TeaBrat

Sorry!!!!

Charles Thomas Draper

No reason for you to be sorry.

TeaBrat

I’m just trying to sympathize…. :-)

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34

It’s difficult for me to to say anything redeeming about this – difficult to taste the green tea and then the hibiscus and rose hips are making it very tart. bluh, I am not a fan…

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec
ScottTeaMan

I’ll try just about any tea, but I’m not a fan of hibiscus. Usually it is overdone and makes the tea too tart, or overpowers the base tea.

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82

This was the best I could find at the suburban grocery store, and indeed, it is a teabag. In spite of that I am enjoying it. Maybe because I just finished reading “My Man Jeeves” by P.G. Wodehouse, I can imagine Jeeves giving Wooster a cup of tea like this in bed along with a morning cigarette.

It is supposedly a blend of chinese black tea, I believe I can taste some yunnan in here along with something else. A keemun, perhaps? But it is not smoky, just very smooth and rich, nice and mild. I could imagine buying this in the loose leaf tin and keeping it around the house for a day when I just want to wake up and have a nice black tea of goodness. It is very delicious with some soymilk. Good for you, Twinings, you’ve managed to turn a suburban teabag into something quite drinkable… :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Orchid Oolong by Mighty Leaf Tea
2624 tasting notes

I was totally addicted to this stuff for the longest time. Lately I’ve been gravitating away from flavored tea but I still like it. Lots of coconut and just a little bit floral. Creamy and lush….

KeenTeaThyme

This sounds really good! I enjoyed Shanghai Orchid from Teavana; I’m adding this one to my list.

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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

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