279 Tasting Notes

Wet leaf reminds me of an old abandoned, falling down barn with perfectly clean sun-bleached wood.
Taste is very sweet and smooth with a dark forest woodiness. So nice!!!

Thank you dear teafriend for sharing this sample!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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Autumn 2015 harvest
Tastes of sweet potato, honey and malt, spice and floral. A hearty and satisfying cup when brewed strong, which also brings out some tannins in the cup.

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 g

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drank Black Gold by Mandala Tea
279 tasting notes

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Leaves are fragrant of sweet hay, honey and spice. Brews a clear golden yellow – amber.
Tastes smooth, mild, sweet and slightly spicy floral. Pleasant soft/slippery mouthfeel.
Very enjoyable and easy to drink. Re-steeps many times.
5g, 110ml, 185F, 60 sec
Thank you for sending this, Angel!

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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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Spring 2016
Dry leaf has the scent of sweet and salty dry-roasted green peas which carries over into the wet leaf and brewed tea. Leaf is moss green and fluffy.
Brewed tea color is yellow. Taste is salty, vegetal and slightly nutty. Extremely tasty and flavorful, although it isn’t my favorite.

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

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Vegetal, floral bitterness and some fruity earthiness; tingly astringency with lingering sweetness. Later steeps become creamy sweet throughout.

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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Lovely leather, tobacco and mineral notes. Best with ample leaf and cooler temp.

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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Beautiful. Sweet notes of dried fruit/raisin, chocolate/malt/rye bread with the very tiniest hint of floral earthiness. Smooth and flavorful.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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Brews a pale yellow. Taste is surprisingly roasty although I brewed it quite strong. The second steeping was better I thought with more of a puffed wheat taste without the extra roast (although I am not sure that this is actually roasted).
I saw after on teavivre’s website that the recommended brewing instructions were less than what I used so would use their parameters next time.
A nice non-caffeine drink!
Sample from Angel at Teavivre – thank you!

Kirkoneill1988

whole Embryo?

caile

Their description explains the process better, but it is the inner nutritious part of the buckwheat that is called the embryo as far as I know.

Kirkoneill1988

ok, i thought it was a mistransalation

caile

haha, I don’t think so..

Mikumofu

Tartary buckwheat is one of my favorite non-caffeinated drinks while in China, and it’s nice to see I can get it online too! It comes in two styles and the “whole embryo” is the less processed (and tastier) one.

caile

Less processed is good. :) And it is tasty!

Kirkoneill1988

i’ve ordered some from yunnan sourcing. it was ok

caile

I forgot I have some of the yunnan sourcing buckwheat as well. I really liked it. Not sure if they are the same but will have to have it again. I think it will be good cold too but haven’t tried that yet.

Kirkoneill1988

i really don’t know how to make iced tea :(

caile

Often I put the leaf I have already brewed in a jar, add cold water, and leave in fridge overnight. This way I get more out of the leaf and have a nice cold drink.
If I am just using tea leaves for iced tea, I brew it as usual, let it cool a bit, then put it in the fridge. If planning to add ice, then brew it stronger so the tea isn’t too weak as the ice melts. Or just brew strong tea and pour it over a glass of ice, and drink.
Another method people use is cold brewing which is just putting the tea leaf in water in the fridge for a day or so and it brews like that – very easy.
Give it a try. :))

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Love of tea.
Black tea is probably my favorite.

I also like both raw and ripe puerh and exploring those more. I enjoy Chinese green teas once in awhile, and also some oolongs.

Enjoying finding favorites and what I like to keep in my cupboard.

Likes: cacao/chocolate, coconut, caramel, bitter
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