2809 Tasting Notes

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This is not really a winner in my opinion. I was suckered in by the cute packaging and thinking these loose leaf puerh packets would be good for travel. I have been done a few short steeps (of around 10 seconds) in my yixing teapot. I am finding the fermentation flavor to be too strong in this. Yes the dreaded fishy flavor that we all hate in puerh, it smells funky too. After the third steep I decided to water it down some and that made it sort of palatable but it also seems bitter to me. It’s sad but life is too short to be drinking yucky tea. I will contact Dragon Tea house to see about getting a refund.

ashmanra

I had some icky pu like that and set it out partially unwrapped for a couple of days, even though I read to only leave it a few hours. It helped! Might make it drinkable, or at least it might better prepare it for more aging if they won’t issue a refund.

TeaBrat

I might have to try that…

TeaBrat

update: they agreed to issue me a refund for this item

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Purchased this tea with my last Dragon Tea House order that came in a few weeks ago, but am just getting around to reviewing it now. I’ve tried steeping it Western style and also in the gaiwan (this morning).

The only other bohea tea I’ve had is Upton’s version. This is a lot lighter in body than I remember the UT version being. It does have flavor notes similar to a dark roasted oolong like a wuyi. I’m getting roasty grain notes, along with a fruity flavor like plums and yes, a citrus. I can see why they liken this to bergamot but thankfully it doesn’t have the overpowering obnoxious smell of bergamot ;) Finish is sweet on the palette without a loot of bitterness.

I can really see drinking this as a late morning or early afternoon tea. This would be a decent one for the office too as it needs no cream or sugar. (I like simple when I am at work).

Overall I think this is “ok” but I’m not really thrilled by it. I feel like I have a lot of teas already that fit this flavor profile. I know this isn’t a puerh but maybe it will develop a bit more complexity with some age behind it? hmmm.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
ashmanra

I had one like this and later noticed that the package called for double leading. It was much better that way. My first Bohea was strong strong STRONG. And so good!

TeaBrat

Double leading? sorry to be dumb but I’ve never heard of that before!

Doug F

I’ve always liked Upton’s Boheas and I notice they have a new one on their site.

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75

sipdown
I wasn’t too impressed with this tea for the price but I have finished off the tin fairly quickly. Now I just need to bring to work the Trader Joe’s version I got for $3. I do like a cuppa peppermint tea in the evenings.

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drank Yunnan Fancy by Peet's Coffee & Tea
2809 tasting notes

Good morning Steepster. I have been drinking this as my morning tea this week and it’s a decent cuppa, it does have me pining for a really good yunnan black. I would say this is kind of average but it does have a nice malty heft this morning.

I was at Peet’s the other day and saw they are bringing back some of their tinned teas but with a Mighty Leaf label on them. I don’t know if they will relaunch the entire line; I only saw about 10 of them in the store and this wasn’t one.

What are your favorite yunnan blacks? Are there any I need to try? One of my recent favorites came from a hole in the wall shop in Oakland’s Chinatown. I do feel I need to do a significant number of sipdowns before buying a lot of new stuff, but maybe I can afford one or two really good ones ;)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Doug F

Jingmai mountain wild arbor black from YS is very tasty, as is their Da Hu Sai village wild arbor black.

TeaBrat

thanks! I was thinking a YS order would be a good idea :)

Teatotaler

Bamboo Temple from Carytown Tea is a marvelous Yunnan – Very deep and chocolaty. It works well as a breakfast tea – Rich and strong. Holds milk and sugar well. This gorgeous Yunnan is a perfect tea for autumn! Carytown Tea is closed until this coming Tuesday and I am not sure that it is even on their website yet, but it is in stock now. I have just begun swapping teas so let me know if you would like to try some! :)

Nicole

Cannot go wrong with YS and Mandala. YS Pure Bud Bi Luo Chun in particular is amazing. And their flowering black cones. And they have a sale on blacks through 9/7 IIRC. Black12 is the code. 12% off.

TeaBrat

thanks all!

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drank Iron Goddess King by Vital Tea Leaf
2809 tasting notes

I’m enjoying this tea that I got at the Vital Tea Leaf the other day. I stopped in to do a tea tasting with some tourists in Chinatown and tried a few things. I’m not usually the biggest fan of Iron Goddess oolongs but I found this to be well balanced and tasty. I bought 1/4 oz. This is not roasted as far as I can tell.

At home I’m drinking it out of the yixing teapot and got 4 steeps. It is vegetal and creamy in texture, with a slight butteriness in the 2nd and 3rd steep. By the 4th steep the buttery flavor had mostly gone. I could have gotten more steeps out of it but gave up after steep #4. It has a slight mineral quality that I notice in the Iron Goddess teas. The woman in the store told me this doesn’t have much caffeine in it, however I do notice it seems slightly energizing. A good everyday drinking tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Kirkoneill1988

iirc, ive had IG before and it was ok, i should buy some and review it

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drank Lishan Oolong by Tea Ave
2809 tasting notes

Picked this one up from Tea Ave recently. I’m finally getting to steep some tea in my gaiwan, which is something I haven’t had the chance to do much of lately.

I had a few steeps of this and it is very vegetal. It smells buttery but doesn’t taste too buttery to me. I’m picking up a bit of floral but to me, this has a bit of marine/seaweed/mineraly flavor that reminds me more of an Iron Goddess of Mercy than the LiShans I’ve tried in the past. I did three steeps, at around 30 seconds for the first two and then 10 seconds for the third. I wish I was getting more out of this, maybe I’ll need to try it soon as a cold brew? It’s ok but my least favorite of the Tea Ave’s so far I think.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 2 OZ / 59 ML
Kirkoneill1988

ive never tasted butter in any oolong…. weird :/

TeaBrat

Have you had any green taiwanese oolongs?

Kirkoneill1988

i don’t think so :(

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drank Jasmine Oolong by Tea Ave
2809 tasting notes

Good afternoon Steepster. It’s been unusually hot for San Francisco so I haven’t been drinking much tea or other warm beverages. Finally last night things started cooling off a bit.

I got this as a small sample with my last Tea Ave order. Brewing it Western style this afternoon in my new ‘For Life’ green infuser mug. When it comes to jasmine I am a fan of more subtlety so I’m enjoying this today. The base is an Alishan Jin Xuan and it has a sweet, buttercream sort of flavor. The jasmine is present but subtle, and the overall effect is quite relaxing. Of the 3 floral oolongs I’ve tried from Tea Ave, I think the Magnolia is my favorite but this is also quite good, and something I would consider ordering again. Tea Ave has a lot of nice options. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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A sipdown, finally…
I’ve had these for a couple of years now, they are very tasty little tous. Good for travel or to take to the office. These have a nice date flavor. I’ve written about them extensively before so check my previous tasting notes for the details. I would re-order these again if I was going to buy more tea from Seven Cups.

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My review is for the 2015 version of this tea. It definitely has a ruby color, almost orange in appearance. I don’t really wan to give this a numeric rating as I’m not a big fan of second flush darjeelings in general. I am much more partial to the first flush. This cuppa has a woody, slight citrusy flavor with a touch of muscatel in the finish. It’s a bit brisk. I’m happy for the opportunity to try this but still not a second flush convert ;)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Doug F

Wow! Look at you steppin up the reviews. I have to say, when I come across a great second flush, it’s a tough choice between that and a first.

TeaBrat

yeah. i’m picky like that. ;)

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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

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