7 Tasting Notes

94

I prepared this wonderful oolong “gong fu cha” style. Its taste is soothingly mellow and bittersweet floral, and the really standout quality is the lingering sweet spice aftertaste. The “hui gan” is long lasting. On the fourth steep, the overtones became less pronounced but the sweet finish remained clear.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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98

This tea is delicious and smooth. It possesses the honey orchid & woody flavors of (Norbu Tea’s) Mi Lan Dan Cong (it’s the same varietal) without the more bitter components, and also with a lighter astringency. Calling the mouthfeel oily hits the mark. This is an extremely pleasant tea to drink.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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96

This tea is exceptionally fruity and sweet, and these flavors are not very subtle but are rather immediately apparent. The leaves are also quite large, beautiful, and twisted. The finish is pleasingly astringent. I hope this tea is available for a long time!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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96

This tea has a very nice aroma. The initial taste is something like toast, then some grass flavors, and a very satisfying sweet finish that lingers for a long time. I tried it gong fu style initially, but I enjoy this tea more ‘western style.’ The first and second steeps (165ish degrees, 3 min) were both wonderful. I’m on the third steep, and the toasty overtones are less pronounced, but the lingering aftertaste is still very present. Definitely a great value!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Purple Bamboo by Rishi Tea
7 tasting notes

This tea is wonderful. Very complex. I honestly can’t describe all the subtleties and flavors going, but there is a lot of goodness going on. This tea can do lots of steeps. I’m going to keep drinking this one and refine my understanding of the tastes for a while.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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83
drank Golden Assam by Rishi Tea
7 tasting notes

I originally tried brewing this tea just under five minutes (following Rishi’s suggestions), but it was too astringent and a bit bitter. After reading some about assam teas, I now steep it just under 3 minutes, and it brews strong, has a sweetness to it (raisin/date), and an acceptable amount of astringency. I enjoy this tea a great deal.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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