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6 Tasting Notes

88

At $5 for 2oz, this is really cheap! But it is cheap for a reason — not that good for my taste. I tried to cold brew it, and it’s a winner! Makes very good iced tea.

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99

I am new to puerh and this is just the 3rd one I have ever tried. So far, this is best puerh I have ever tasted. The first 2 that I have tried are too fishy. I tried to simulate some “rinsing” as in the gaiwan, and it took me about 4 or 5 “rinses” to remove that fishiness. But with this one from Arbor Teas, I really didn’t have to. And yes, it gets better after every infusion! What a revelation! No astringency. I have experimented to cold brew the spent leaves in the refrigerator for my own iced tea (that makes about the 5th infusion). What a wonderful tea! In the iced tea, by the way, I have recently infused it along with some hisbiscus petals. The possibilities are endless!

Preparation
0 min, 45 sec

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72

Fragrant, floral tea. My very first infusion turned out bitter because I oversteeped it. I have learned that you need not wait for the leaves to completely unfurl to know that it’s ready. I enjoy it till about the 4th infusion — just when it totally unfurls.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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99

I thought I was being ripped off for paying $30 for this little tin. But I enjoyed every cup of milk tea I made with this. When I used up the whole tin, I decided to find cheaper alternatives so I bought a few ounces from a local coffee-and-tea shop. It was a mistake! What a horrifying experience! Now I use it for baking instead. I have learned that you really get what you pay for in terms of matcha.

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99

This is the first oolong I fell in love with. I have then discovered that I prefer roasted oolongs. I haven’t found this anywhere else but in Adagio.

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99

A welcome addition to my short list of favorite oolongs on the malty, strong side. I have gradually learned to use my sense of smell and sight to judge if the tea has steeped according to my liking. I have stopped using time. This is a good recommendation by owner at tea shop. Good till 2nd steeping. The third cup already tastes bland.

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