293 Tasting Notes

88

I did this in the Gaiwan again and I have just enough leaf left for a cold brewing. This time I used less leaf than the previous tasting. I did steep it for two minutes. It’s the same flavor profile as before with the extra steeping time. I must admit with the first sip one thing stood out. It was not the color or the flavor or the aroma. It was this immediate tea buzz. That nice little something-something that courses through your body and lets you know the tea is busy at work. Nice empty cup aroma too. Great color. This is a very nice tea….

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85

Once again, on a rainy day, a Lapsang Souchong is the tea of choice. I am now using 2 tsps and the result is glorious. I think I may be limited to one cup. It is warming. It is glowing. There is an energy here. I am not one for flavored tea but for some reason I do enjoy a smoked tea. I have to up the score on this one….

Kashyap

I love to marinate scallops and shrimp in a brine made from this…

Charles Thomas Draper

I would assume it’s delicious

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97

I had a touch left of my sample so I cold brewed it in a Mason Jar that was half full. I let it steep for 2 days. I am getting this citrus-burnt- orange- cinnamon- wood flavor that is really wild. Very refreshing and very exotic.

TeaBrat

I might need to try it… :)

Charles Thomas Draper

I like it. It’s better hot. My curiosity made me cold brew it.

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drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
293 tasting notes

This is todays noon brew. Brewed one cup basket style. This seems to be the winning brewing style with me for blacks. I used 2 tsps and the result is fantastick as always only better with the increased leaf amount. It is a great first cup of tea. It really gets you prepared to tackle whatever the day has in store. We know the flavor profile. It’s a winner. Did someone believe this was the same as the Bailin Gongfu? My second steep is so rich and smooth. Truly a black tea lovers paradise….

looseTman

Charles, Thanks for mentioning increasing the leaf to 2 tsps./cup. Is that 6 or 8 oz.?

Charles Thomas Draper

It was an 8oz cup :)

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99

This was yesterdays noon tea. I brewed it basket one cup style with the whole pouch. Needless to say I was on the go. The flavor and aroma are top flight. Truly on of the worlds finest teas in my opinion. Warm and sweet with a cocoa-caramel flavor with a hint of a dark honey. There is a reason why people on Steepster have been raving. This is the real deal. I literally was buzzing the rest of the day. I did not need anymore tea. I love this….

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91
I cold brewed this overnight and the results are wonderful. So fresh and full of flavor. The pale liquid is deceiving. The flavor is intense….

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97

This tea has me mystified. The first steeping was very delicate. I followed the directions for a 1-2 minute steep and let it go for 2 minutes. I used the whole sample bag. The tea is visually stunning and very fresh as it seems all of Teavivre products are. I somehow expected this tea to weaken after 2 or 3 steeps. It did not. It got better. It got to the point where I was leaving it to steep in the Gaiwan for 5 or more minutes. Each different timing yielded a cup of wonder and enjoyment. My experience with white tea is limited. What I do know is what I love. I loved this. I love the delicate flavor and the way that this tea made me feel. This was tonights late night tea. I wonder how it would be in the afternoon? Also I noticed on the expiration it says “permanent preservation”. Interesting. This is another tea that I will be purchasing.

Jim Marks

Silver needle and “peony” white teas are just fantastic for providing long series of steeps.

Charles Thomas Draper

I was never of fan of white tea until I tried this….

Jim Marks

The trouble I find is that so much white tea gets used for flavors and blends. But if you can find unadulterated needles, or peony (bai mudan), they have a lot to offer.

I prefer peony to needles, myself, but both have their place.

Charles Thomas Draper

It would be a sin to flavor this tea…

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90

This morning I am enjoying this Precious Eyebrow. This is my first time with this tea so I followed the instructions of a 30 second steep. The first steeping yielded a mild cup with a light aroma. The second steeping has picked up in intensity. I am getting the smoky, chestnut flavors others have spoke of. As always, more experimenting is required for teas that I am not accustomed to. Overall from my first experience it’s a very good tea….

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99

I have had many Dragon Wells before and this one is at the top. When I opened the bag I was so impressed that this was very fresh. I brewed it in my Gaiwan with about 2 tsp for 2 minutes. When I removed the lid the aroma was so beautiful. I knew that I was about to have a special tea. The best Dragon Wells are described as “an exceptionally light, clear liquor with a complex, expansive aroma that rises off of the cup, at once both distantly sweet and faintly herbaceous, and a delicate , yet lingering, haunting flavor. It is tea at its most refined, an ethereal brew for contemplation, and one of the worlds great teas.” There is a reason that Angel has the confidence to bestow these upon us. This tea is a treasure….

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91

This is a delicious Pu-erh! I brewed this up in the Yixing and the result after 1 minute was a glorious dark purple brew. The rose flavor was so delicate. This will be purchased from Teavivre. I know my Pu-erhs and I love this one….

TeaBrat

did you get the rose one or the plain one?

K S

If this is the rose toucha it is my favorite of the handful of shu I have tried. The rose takes the sharp edges off the sip I find in the plain one. The plain is really good too just like the rose better. Have you puerh folk tried the chrysanthimum (sp?) version? How does it compare?

Charles Thomas Draper

Rose. No I have not tried the mum version….

TeaBrat

I think the rose version of this tea has its’ own listing, I don’t know why I care but I just thought I’d let you know. :)

KS – I tried the mum and thought it was ok but did not love it

Jim Marks

Yea, you’ve got this tasting under the wrong listing :-/

Jim Marks

I did that with a bunch of the TeaVivre stuff, as well owing to several of the names being quite similar.

Charles Thomas Draper

Thank you for mentioning it….

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