196 Tasting Notes

Quick rinse in boiling water and steeped 7 minutes in an 8 ounce mug.

Brewed color is coffee-like, and smells earthy with the light scent of cooked rice – very fragrant.
Tastes rich and earthy with a hint of sweetness that again would be similar to boiled rice.

Very nice, and I drank it with milk added which increased the sweet taste and added an extra smooth creaminess.
I think this would be an excellent and convenient option to take with you when not at home and craving a nice cup of pu-erh without any fuss.

Thank you to Angel at TeaVivre for sending this sample!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
boychik

Sounds so nice !

caile

It is! I’m still sipping it actually – it’s nice with the milk as a evening treat. :)

Stephanie

I’m going to get some on Friday :D

caile

Yay! I am looking forward to Friday too – so many teas I need!

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drank Apple Custard by DAVIDsTEA
196 tasting notes

This is a tasty blend and probably the best new thing I’ve tried from davidstea recently, although I really haven’t had a lot from them lately.

Smells custardy and sweet and tastes the same with the addition of apple. It is reminiscent of davidstea forever nuts in a way, but with creamy custard. I’m happy to have tried it and enjoyed the sample I had, even more so when I added it to half a cup of brewed black tea I was also drinking, as that just seemed to soften out the flavours and make it even more to my liking.

A tasty and sweet herbal blend, and am glad I picked up this sample to try.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
196 tasting notes

Autumn 2014 version

Upon opening the bag, this batch didn’t have quite the same intense initial chocolaty scent as my last batch seemed to (still noticeable but not quite as much).

Brewed taste is pretty similar though, but I would say more toasted cereal notes and less cherry than the last. Still chocolate and sweet malt, and so enjoyable.
Always a delicious favorite!

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I love this type of tea and this one is really delicious. Beautiful honey-like aroma and tastes of cocoa, sweet potato and bread-like pastry. A hint peppery and so sweet, delicate and smooth. Re-steeped well. Yum!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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First cup was much lighter in color than the second; maybe because the leaf rested in between.
Tastes smooth, sweet and like slightly leathery/earthy caramel, with aroma to match. There is a very gentle tart-like juiciness that lingers after drinking. Mellow and lovely.

Will save the leaves to steep again later.
I say this every time, but think this is my favorite ripe mandala pu’er sample so far – so gentle. :)

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
boychik

i had mini tuo couple days ago. So good. nice leaves, not chopped. i liked it even more than loose Temple Stairs

caile

They look so cute too. :)
How many grams are those?

caile

Ah, just saw your review! Same amount

boychik

5g. i just reviewed with pics;)

caile

Thank you!
By the way, do you ever use your goldfish gaiwan for puerh? I wanted to ask you if it is 150 ml to the top of the rim where the strainer holes are or to the very top.

caile

Oh wait, I just looked at it again on ebay and the description below the top picture says 130 mls. :)

mrmopar

I think allowing the leaf to re-hydrate helps in the brew.

caile

mrmopar, I was thinking that since this is loose already it wouldn’t make much difference. It did a bit though, so you are right that the leaves must have plumped up after sitting. I noticed more in the color than taste but that is likely because I am not so familiar with the tastes yet. :)

mrmopar

yeah I try to let any puerh sit for 20 mins or so ater the wash. I think it brings a bit more to the table, er I mean cup in the end. Glad you liked this one! You are now on a journey..

caile

Thanks! ;)

mrmopar

No need to thank me I learned this one from a friend a while back. Always happy to share.

boychik

@calie, it is 130cc but I measure out 100. I love this gaiwan. So sturdy. If I ever find it in 100cc wouldn’t think even a sec. I like to use it when I’m sampling. My Yixing is still young and stealing flavors. So porcelain is pretty neutral . If I’m just drinking not sampling I use Yixing . I do see the difference.

caile

Thank you, boychik. I am thinking of getting that one – it looks nice and is a good size for me I think. I just realized that my favorite cup holds just over 4 ounces which is about the same size.. all along I thought it was holding 8 ounces lol

boychik

caile, all I can say is I constantly using this gaiwan . It has good feeling when you hold it. There are others w/diff designs on ebay or Aliexpress. Try to get the same shape. Some if them have different sides where you grip it and not very comfortable and leaves get stuck inside. I got it fr rebeccali . Good seller.

caile

Sounds good! This will be the one I’ll get. :)

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Found a sample packet and finished the last of these lovely pearls. Sweet dusty cocoa and malt with a hint of leather.

A perfect cup, and so delicious!

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Fragrant, very tasty and smooth. The spice blend is lovely with the tea base, but I would say that the most prominent spice note in scent and taste would be cloves, which is nice although a wee touch heavy. Delicious with milk, as is my preference.

Sil

i pick out a few of the cloves when i make this…works well to balance things out a little for me

caile

I’m going to try that next time I make it. :)

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drank Blue Mountain Twirl by DAVIDsTEA
196 tasting notes

I picked up a bit of this to try when passing by the store the other day, as noticed that it was from India and I have not had a green tea from there before.

Dry scent is mild and a bit grassy.

Brews a clear strong yellow color.

Brewed scent is unusually floral and wine-like.

Taste is also floral and fruity like some sort of white wine without the alcohol. Very different from other green teas I have had, and there is not much in the way of vegetal or savory notes that I can detect. This somehow seems like it should be a black tea in a way, or a cross between black and green.

It is interesting and different, and definitely unlike anything I have had before, but also not a tea I would prefer… Chinese greens are my preference.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
196 tasting notes

So, I had a teaspoon or so left in my tin and decided to have it tonight as my pre-order of the new batch should be arriving the end of the week I hope…it seems to be taking awhile.

I got distracted and left the cup brewing probably over 20 minutes. (This tea is great for those times as it never seems to get bitter when over-brewed). Anyway, I put it in the microwave for 10 seconds to heat up and added a good dash of milk. And it tastes amazing!! Just like black forest cake with cherries and chocolate and whipped cream – so sweet and good!!

Now, I hope my order gets here quickly so I can have more. :)

carol who

Yummmmm!

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Love loose-leaf tea. My favorite right now is black, both straight and some flavoured. I mostly drink black teas with a small dash of milk or cream but sometimes just clear.

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

Recently I discovered that I enjoy green teas so am exploring those a bit also.

Likes: cacao/chocolate, coconut,
Dislikes: rooibos, bergamot, seaweed, licorice

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