108 Tasting Notes

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drank Nok Cha by Dobra Tea
108 tasting notes

this delicate green is hard to explain to anyone who hasn’t had it before. it’s both steamed like a japanese green and pan fried like a chinese green. the resulting flavors are a hybrid of vegetal body with sweet and nutty notes making each infusion crisp on the end of your tongue. for me this tea is a special occasion or a once in a while tea. not an everyday staple like a dian lu or a da hong pao. it also makes each brewing more enjoyable and savorable. I’ve been drinking a lot of Mao Jian recently and that’s comparable flavor wise. Mao Jian is more buttery and sqaushy though. this style of curled greens is really nice this time of year

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Cui Yu by Camellia Sinensis
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This light and floral tea is a tightly rolled oolong that is durable like an ali shan but maybe even sweeter. the flavor held strong even after 8 infusions in a pot. this is my go to tea right now so hopefully i won’t go through it too quick.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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terrible. smells like hot, old fruit by the foot. looks like dogvomit, hence the picture. tastes like air. nothing is here but i can’t get past the smell. will not be drinking “tea” from this “company again”

TeaEqualsBliss

Tell us how you really feel! LOL
Seriously, tho, sorry you had a really bad experience!

Ben Youngbaer

I expected it to be a bad experience but I feel obligated to at least try things that people bring into the tearoom.

Kristin

is that actually its name? i assume it’s not. :)

Ben Youngbaer

no, it’s not.

Matthew Magnuson

Hahaha. I love this description Ben. I never feel obligated. Especially if it smells like “hot, old fruit by the foot”. hahahahahahaha.

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85
drank Bao Zhong by Dobra Tea
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This year’s Bao Zhong is exceptional! it has the sweetness almost to the level of an Ali Shan!. not cuite as complex or durable as Ali, but a good backup in case you don’t have time to appreciate every Infusion of a rolled oolong. it’s good that this is so good this year because the Tung Ting has been a little disappointing. normally the TT is the alternate for Ali but the flavor has been kinda flat. the subtle textures don’t linger like they should. In the Bao Zhong however, they do. a light candied aroma fills the air after I add my leaves to the warm teapot. the first sip is a quick and brisk. it tastes of the first snowfall after a thaw. crisp then warming the body to complete the journey from teapot to mouth.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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85
drank Bao Zhong by Dobra Tea
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86

I love puer and this is a great season for it. i prefer cooked puer for the most part, with the exception of my fav (lau shu) this tea is probably my second favorite cooked puer behind Zhao Li Qiao. it has a sweetness lingering amongst the earth. the infusions remain strong, with the best being 4-12

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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92

I know it’s not tea, but I drank it in my tea room using some tea room supplies and it was made by a fellow devotea @changeangeling. so warm and soothing, a treat as the snow falls outside. fall turning to winter my body warming from the inside to a fine toasty pleasance.

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82

A warming blend of Puerh and spices makes me wish I had some ready for me every time I came in from the cold. the earthyness of the puerh balanced with the kick of the spices makes for an excellent wintery beverage.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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85
drank Mandarin Puer by Dobra Tea
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wowza. this is an interesting one. it has some similarities to maybe a feng huang, slightly fruity but not overpowering citrus. it’s a smooth concoction that reminds me of a hot toddy to some extent…except this won’t help you get to sleep.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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79

Could be more minty but it’s just a subtle hint, which is nice. nothing in this is too powerful. not too strong tea wise, not too sweet, not too milky. is nice. i am warm.

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