2784 Tasting Notes

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R.I.P. Steven Smith…

I just noticed this in my cupboard again and thought I should try it. I’ve had it for a couple of years and it’s a tea I rarely crave due to the strong licorice and mint combo. Somehow it seemed appropriate today because the weather we are having is gray and dreary here in San Francisco. Maybe I will get around to finishing this off sometime in the current decade, lol. Reminds me of Candy Cane Lane but really on the STRONG side. Only recommended if you like the combination of licorice and minty…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Hmm, this sounds like something I would like but somehow I am not loving this particular tea. It is flavorful but also on the tobacco/bitter side of things, at least when you steep it for 2 minutes. So maybe the answer is to gong fu it. I hope I find some way to enjoy it as I now have 50g. Not leaving a rating for now…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
boychik

i gongfu it only. and maybe 200F is better. thinner more delicate leaves i brew at lower temp ;)

TeaBrat

Thanks, I will try that :))

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drank Da Hong Pao by The Tao of Tea
2784 tasting notes

Sipdown! I am finally done with this one, have probably had it for 3 years now. This is impossible to mess up, it’s good when you gong fu it and today I steeped it Western style. I don’t think will get bitter no matter what you do. Just a really pleasant, roasted fruity flavor and very earthy. This is not the best DHP I have ever had but it is certainly nice this afternoon.

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90

Today was a super stressful day and when I left the office I was practically ready to explode, oh the things we have to do just to get a paycheck! Anyway I got this with my last Tao Tea Leaf order and really just wanted to try it… I love the aroma when I put my nose in the bag. Just like roasted coconut! I’ve had a few coconut oolongs in the past and have enjoyed them. This one is good too, what a yummy flavored bao zhong.

The coconut flavor is on the fresh and natural side, not fakey like the coconut oolong from David’s Tea. It’s lightly vegetal and buttery also. Overall a very enjoyable oolong and one I’m glad I ordered. I only hope it doesn’t keep me awake tonight…. 8:30 pm is a bit late for me to be drinking tea but it was such an exhausting day, hopefully I pop right into bed.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kirkoneill1988

i shall try this someday

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80

A good everyday tea and tuos are nice for the office, although I haven’t had these in a few years it seems. I don’t think Red Blossom even sells these anymore.

I steeped it for around 1 minute at 190f or so water. These are pretty mellow, not that bitter. Have an apple flavor with some woodsy and vegetal notes. It yields a fairly pleasant cuppa that isn’t too fussy or aggressive. Good to see that these are aging well.

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My after lunch tea here… not like I don’t have enough teas from home to try, but I didn’t get out of the house early enough to even wash my hair, much less think about what teas to bring in to my temp job.

Most cherry teas are disappointing because they taste so medicinal. That’s sad to me especially as cherries are one of my favorite fruits! (I like frozen cherries on my oatmeal or just as a dessert). This has a very authentic, natural cherry aroma.

As for the flavor, well… it’s very nice. The Taiwanese green tea is light and vegetal and reminds me of a Chinese green tea. Overall the cherry flavor is present but subtle and there is a bit of a flowery component as well. This was much better than I thought it would be, but I’m not sure I love it. The Moroccan Mint from the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is outstanding though. This is nice for an afternoon cuppa but wouldn’t go on a list of my favorites. I think the best way to desribe this is “nice” but not outstanding.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Have you had Cherry Blossom Green from Harney? I thought the cherry flavor was light when I first tried, but as my palate grew a bit I found that I enjoyed it a lot. The downside is that I want loose leaf, and you have to buy a pound to get it loose.

TeaBrat

I don’t think I have, will have to check it out someday!

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I hope I am not making a mistake by trying to drink this tea so late in the day. It’s almost 5 pm and that is pretty late for me and sheng but I really wanted to try it. I have 2 other mini bricks from Douji that are around 100g but this is a 250g brick I purchased from China Cha Do for $34.99.

Definitely a nice sheng puerh, very light on the bitterness if that is not your thing. I’m doing short steeps of around 15 seconds in the yixing and getting a deep yellow tea liquor. The tea is smooth and thick and is mostly on the woodsy/sweeter side with notes of citrus. I am getting lemon, orange and anise. The bitterness snuck up on me a little bit after I had about 4 steeps. There is no smoke in this tea either. I do like smoky young shengs sometimes but it’s nice to have some that aren’t.

I played around with the water temp on this and found that steeping it at 190f or so yielded good results for me and brought out the sweet, fruity flavor. If you’ve never had Douji and you like raw puerh I would recommend giving this a try. The mildness of this has made it a really good afternoon tea. It is delicious. I would definitely like to try more Doujis in the future!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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drank Milk Oolong by Mandala Tea
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Afternoon sipdown for me. I am not feeling too productive today though I did manage to get my taxes done. Finishing off this nice oolong after waking up from a nap. It is so creamy and light. Very refreshing on a sunny day like the one we are having. I’m not sure I will be buying this again soon because I have a few other green oolongs to get through right now but I really enjoyed trying it… quite delicious like most things that come from Mandala tea. :)

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Finally getting to try this Wymm tea sample today. I don’t want to try new teas unless I have time to really sit and savor them properly, and since I’ve been office working the past 2 weeks that hasn’t been really possible!

Thanks to Wymm tea for sending me a sample of this to try. For a young sheng, it is definitely on the sweeter side and less bitter than most. There is a bit of bitterness in the finish but that is kept at bay by doing some nice short steeps.

This sheng has a lot of really lovely flavors. It is more reminiscent of a green tea than many shengs I’ve tried. There is a definite vegetal note with some sweet peas and floral. I am also getting the custard-y and buttery notes up front but it’s the bitterness that lingers a bit in the back of your throat. It has a lot of relaxing energy as opposed to a kick-your-butt kind of experience.

By the third steep I decided to use slightly cooler water which brought out more of the buttery notes in this tea. It has a very enjoyable flavor, but sadly is quite out of my price range at the moment.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec
WYMMTEA|惟餘莽莽

Thanks for the review TeaBrat! We appreciate your feedback :D

TeaBrat

I definitely enjoyed it!

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Backlog – I didn’t like this too much when I tried it yesterday out of the store. I think this tea needs to be prepared gong fu or at least with short steeps to really appreciate the flavor. I could pick up some of the classic Phoenix flavor but mostly it got bitter and muddy after it was steeped for around 3 minutes. So I can’t really rate this either, but I feel bad for anyone whose only experience of a Phoenix Mountain oolong is trying it this way.

Dustin

What is the classic Phoenix flavor?

TeaBrat

the flavor of a phoenix mountain oolong…

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