449 Tasting Notes

It’s a sample from my recent order fr Angelina’s Tea. This company has top service. They were out of stock of some tea so they refunded the money and gave me lotsa free samples.
This mini tuo is so cute . Doesn’t have a strong smell of rosé which is a plus for me. Very strong floral teas make me sick. It is there on a background complements nicely strong prune and leather notes. I really like Haiwan recipe. Recently I read on tea chat that mini tuo are all gross. The best thing you can do is to flush it down the drain. Politely disagree. Some are very nice and super convenient on the go

Flavors: Leather, Stonefruits

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 OZ / 150 ML
Stephanie

Heh sounds kinda snobby on tea chat lol ;)

mrmopar

What is he under on Tea chat?

TheTeaFairy

I love my mini tuo cha!! What an obnoxious and disrespectful thing to say :-(

boychik

mrmopar he is jayinhk
Here it is: mini guide by jayinhk on how properly brew puerh mini tuo cha
http://www.teachat.com/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=18098#p234717

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Last night i got a very thoughtful gift – scale. Now I’m not going to guess how much tea should I put. it will make my tea journey a little easier. ( i want to be a tea nerd, haha)
This tea i had several times and i dont know why i never logged it.
5g 150ml 185F
rinse 10/15/30/30/45/1min etc
this tea is so complex. every steep doesnt look like previous one.
Started with faint fresh peach or apricot, some nuts. the following steeps were more intense introducing muscatel flavors. yes at some point it was like Darjeeling. By fifth steep some citrus notes emerged maybe like lemon myrtle(?)
During my session i never noticed any bitterness, i think its because of short steeps (my fave method of brewing Chinese and Taiwanese teas)
This is not an everyday tea , its a special treat.

Flavors: Grapes, Nuts, Peach

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
K S

boychik since only 10% of tea is loose, and you used the words complex, notes, and muscatel in the same paragragh, the scale was note required to become a tea nerd. It is just further proof, its like having a periodic table app on your phone. Wear the label proudly! :)

boychik

I’m proud of it ;-)

mrmopar

Second the scale. Especially for puerh. !10 grams of sheng will 20 grams of shou. The main reason I got my scale.

ifjuly

haha, K S is right. be proud in your tea nerdery!

i keep considering getting a scale and not quite biting the bullet. i think eventually i will. i’ll be curious to hear over time whether you think it makes a big difference in your tea experience. and yeah, i think if i decide i really love pu erh (still not sure how that’s going to play out!) it’ll make a lot of sense.

boychik

Remember my note abt Haiwan Peacock Quest. I totally overdid it. What about those curly long twisty leaves mainly Taiwanese? They don’t even fit in tablespoon.

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drank Gong Fu Black by Zhi Tea
449 tasting notes

Generous sample came from CharlotteZero – thank you
It is nice cup of tea filled with chocolate notes. Perfect for breakfast. There is some slight sour bread notes I pick up. Like at the end of the sip. I still prefer Teavivre Bailin and Joseph Wesley

Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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it is truly Spring in a cup. pale green, sweet nutty and so refreshing. like sugar peas
165F 1tsp 8oz could be brewed many times. Steeped only for 1min. As cools doesnt get bitter.
i’m not green tea person but I love it.

Flavors: Nuts, Peas

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
ifjuly

sounds wonderful. i love bi luo chun, and to me it represents warm weather for sure. so many fond memories of drinking it all summer last year, yum.

Stephanie

Yum greeny

DeliriumsFrogs

That sounds soooo good.

SimpliciTEA

This is a good one. I will have to write a review soon. I found the first steep to be very flavorful (180F at ~1 min.) but the 2nd and third to be not so flavorful)

sherapop

I am ordering this on your recommendation! (You were right about Scott. ;-))

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I got it yesterday from YS US site. It took only 4 days. I’m still awaiting my order fr China which I placed a month ago. Sigh
Anyway this tea is awesome. Never thought, just gave it a shot. The brew is deep red. Wet leaves smell of prunes. The brew tastes like prunes and some leather. It’s smooth and creamy. Yum. I think I should get more of it.
2 rinses 5/10/15/30 etc

Flavors: Cream, Leather, Stonefruits

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML
sansnipple

Ha, I got another bag of these this week too (have had them before), love how mellow and smooth they are, with (for me at least) a very relaxing almost narcotic qi.

YS also has a 250g brick made of these same nuggets ( http://www.yunnansourcing.us/store/product.php?id_product=36 ) but the brick’s price has gone way too high. I wonder if their younger cha tou bricks are made from similarly excellent material.

sansnipple

haha, I see you actually got 3 of the same things I did! You’re going to LOVE the Mao Feng!

boychik

sansnipple, i have to admit its not a coincidence. I kinda “borrowed” some ideas of your order. And I’m happy i did. Haha, I hope you don’t mind;)

Doug F

I’ll have to include this with my upcoming YS order of Imperial Mojiang

boychik

You should if you like sweet stone fruit notes. No earthiness . I only recommend to drink it at night. Fell asleep like a baby;)

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This is a sample I got some time ago. Never opened. Jasmine just not my thing. I wanted to try to prove myself I’m wrong. The leaves are gorgeous silvery green long and unruly. Brewed in gaiwan 1 tbsp 180 ml 175F. Maybe 5 sec steeps. It is sweet, jasmine is nice and not overdone. While i appreciate the quality of this tea, it is not for me

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 180 ML
Stephanie

I love a good jasmine! This one is superb :)

boychik

It’s yours then;)

ifjuly

wow, we ARE twins. i feel the same way about jasmine, just not into it, and felt the same about this tea when i tried it last spring—i could see how it was a great tea if you like jasmine, but i just don’t.

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Day2. i love this tea. I realized i mistreated it by overleafing. its very nice strong and smooth. The brew is clear. it is leather and some sweet aftertaste.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
mrmopar

Yum! Got to try mine soon.

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drank The Black Lotus by Butiki Teas
449 tasting notes

excellent. just right for drizzly gloomy morning. Resteeps beautifully.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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My recent purchase. I don’t know what to think of this. It has very strong leather flavor. So strong it’s like I made a brew out of new leather boots. It has sweetish aftertaste but very faint. Maybe its supposed to be this way. Wasn’t able to find any review

Flavors: Leather

mrmopar

Yeah a new one I think. I have it but have not tasted it yet.

boychik

I think I overleaf it. I took maybe 1 tsp of wet leaves out of pot. It’s strong clean and nice. Another discovery for me today: I added a tiny splash of milk and 1 tsp of maple syrup. I read that ifjuly made a latte with Mandala’s Special Dark. It turned out delicious . The only thing now I have to get smoked bourbon sugar fr H&S. I gave it to my hubby to try and he happily finished the cup;-)

mrmopar

Yeah I actually bought a small scale to measure the tea. I find it hard to judge weight or i did find it so till I bought the scale. I found the shou weighs more with a lesser amount than sheng seems to.

ifjuly

oh, i’m glad you like milk and sugar sometimes with intensely dark sweet pu erhs too boychik! makes me feel a little less like a heathen, haha.

i love the leather element in some pu erh, so i should check this one out!

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