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7 Tasting Notes

98

I like this tea. A lot. It’s a tea that has a lot going on, complex flavors but all intertwining. The flavors kind of pop in your mouth, just when you think you know what your tasting, some other flavor reveals itself.
There are not many teas of this type out there that has this kind of quality, it does have floral tones, a wee bit astringent, an almost nutty flavor and a sweet aftertaste.
I gave it a 50 s. steep time and used one teaspoon for every six ounces.
I have bought this tea twice and the next time I buy it, it will probably be a 2011 pick.
Norbu is a very attentive company and answers all questions quickly.
Enjoy!

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95

This is a very pleasant oolong. It has a faint floral note and is very smooth, velvety. It is full of flavor and has a pronounced lingering sweetness that is very satisfying. I don’t know how I missed ordering it before, it is inexpensive for the quality that you get. It is the kind of tea that an oolong drinker will want to have around because it is consistently good.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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81

This is a nice late in the day cup of oolong. The color is beautiful, the color of pale celery, lime and a touch of yellow. It is a very mild tea, doesn’t not burst with flavor like the diamond grade, but lingers ever so nicely. It is a sweet aftertaste to which I am partial.
I think the next time I drink it I will drink it iced, I think it will be a very good ice tea for summer.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Wen Shan Bao Zhong by Naivetea
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This is the tea that the earth got right. It said a tablespoon for 6 ounces and 2 minutes steep time. The tea is voluminous so when I put it in the pot I thought the tea might be very strong. I steeped at 1 minutes and 30 sec. and it was just perfect. It is a smooth and buttery tea with a sweet aftertaste. There are some hints of floral and shades of roasted
flavor. This makes for a gentle ride. I have been wanting to try this tea company and am glad that I did.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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94
drank Shaded Leaf by Mellow Monk
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Mellow Monk’s is a really great company, they are very attentive and are now giving part of their profits to help those in need for Japan. This is an after lunch tea for me. I make it a little on the strong side and it is buttery and almost syrupy. I steep it for 2 min. 30 seconds in about 170 degree temp. After I steep it I pour it in a travel cup and keep it on my desk and sip it. I would say it has a lilting flavor, nice clean veggie aroma and a sweetness that makes me pick my head up and enjoy.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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95

I like the way that Life In Teacup has steeping notes on their site for every tea. This tea packs a punch for flavor but is not overwhelming, for me the toast is mild and it is woodsy but settles into a sweetness at the end. A complex combination of flavors, very pleasant and will keep on the shelf. A nice late afternoon tea.

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100

To me this tea had a very smooth and subtle flavor, it is sweet and buttery. It’s nice in the morning because of its calming, clear taste. The lingering taste is strong in effect, sweet, but gentle in flavor. I can see why this tea is coveted. One more thing, Life in a Teacup will answer any tea questions you have, so ask away. She has been very helpful to me.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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I like a wide variety of teas and drink different types on a daily basis. I have many teapots I need to feed and to feel. Tea is tactile as well as aromatic. I think I drink matcha just to wrap my hands around a beautiful studio pottery cup.

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