183 Tasting Notes

90

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85

Reading some of the comments, I decided to try steeping it a bit longer. I also added just a bit of amber sugar. It’s like a completely different cup of tea. The plum comes through a bit more, so the hibiscus takes a backseat. It now tastes more like a juicy plum than just the tart skin. Still not getting a real strong sense of the tea base, but it’s a nice fruity cup nonetheless.

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195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Jaime

It amazes me how different a tea can be with different steeping times! This sounds yummy.

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85

Super-fruity smell on the dry leaves, brews up to a nice pinkish gold color. A bit tart, and maybe a little heavy on the hibiscus, but still wonderful. I’ve never been big on hot hibiscus teas, but I love them iced. I’ll have to try it with this one sometime.

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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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70

My second Pu-Erh, and I’m starting to pick up on those… not so nice descriptions of the smell. Specifically, fish food.

Luckily, that description doesn’t translate to the taste (not that I’ve tasted fish food, mind you) but I’m still not overly excited by this one. After reading some of the reviews suggesting a longer steep time, I tried it again, but not much had changed. There’s nothing bad about it, exactly… just nothing I find particularly interesting.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Jaime

For the strong pu-erhs, I’ve found that doing a 10 second “flush” with boiling water, and then using 180-195 degree water to steep seems to yield a milder, non-fishy cup for me. I experiment a lot with my pu-erhs!

cody

I’ll have to try that. Thanks.

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80
drank Organic Pu-Erh Tea by Arbor Teas
183 tasting notes

My first Pu-Erh… apparently this is the month of trying new things. Once again I had no idea what to expect.

The leaves have a nice, earthy smell. I was a little wary at first, as I’ve heard the scent of some Pu-Erhs described in… less than pleasant terms. It seems to be brewing somewhat dark, but I rarely use a white or clear cup. Perhaps I should change that…

The taste is very smooth and mellow. For some reason the word ‘silky’ comes to mind. It’s a bit smoky, which is usually a turn-off for me, but it’s a different kind of smoky than I’m used to. The smoky teas that I don’t care for usually remind me of bacon or BBQ… whereas this one, if anything, reminds me of burning sage. (What can I say? This hippie vegetarian prefers the latter.)

I’ve got a few more Pu-Erh samples from Arbor Teas, and I’m looking forward to trying those as well.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
wombatgirl

You know, I’m thinking of doing the same thing (switching to a white or clear cup) – the color range of these teas is just amazing, and loosing it in colored mugs seems like a shame. Or maybe a white or clear teapot.

cody

I’ve actually been looking everywhere for one I like for a few weeks now, but I just can’t find anything that’s my style. I’ve been using a ceramic bowl/cup without a handle, and the strainer from my teapot fits perfectly inside it. Only problem is that it’s dark brown…

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80
drank Organic Pu-Erh Tea by Arbor Teas
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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Nepal First Flush by Adagio Teas
183 tasting notes

Over-steeped this to a nearly unpalatable degree this morning. Sometimes I get too distracted while getting ready for work…

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95
drank Assam Harmony by Adagio Teas
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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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90

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180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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90

Brewed it a bit stronger today. The malty, sugary notes that I’m used to are really coming out this time. The aftertaste of Assam reminds me so much of a honey taffy my mom used to make… Seriously crave-worthy. Bumping up the rating a few points.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
cody

…usually brew in my favorite brown teacup, but just poured a bit into a clear glass out of curiosity. Gorgeous color.

Meghann M

You make this sound amazing…“honey-taffy” Yum…hope to order soon!

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20-something. Semi-professional baker. Loves black teas and rooibos. Discovering new loves all the time.

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I’m a habitually high-rater. Maybe I’m easily-impressed.

90-100 – A – I love these teas, and want to keep them in rotation.

80-89 – B – These teas are good, and I would never turn them down.

70-79 – C – These teas are sort of middle of the road. Drinkable, but would never be my first choice.

60-69 – D – I don’t like these teas, but they are palatable under certain conditions.

0-59 – E – Do. Not. Want.

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