Chicago Tea Garden

Recent Tasting Notes

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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 tsp
Additives: none
Water: 6 ounces boiling
Tool: Mesh basket strainer in cup
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: leafy, muddy

Steep Time: a little over 30 seconds
Steeped Tea Smell: leaves
Flavor: muddy
Body: Medium
Liquor: translucent orange brown

Tossed, I guess this counts as the rinse

Steep Time: a little over 30 seconds
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, leaves
Flavor: muddy, sweet, silky
Body: Medium
Liquor: translucent orange brown

Steep Time: a little over 45 seconds
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, leaves
Flavor: muddy, sweet, silky
Body: Medium
Liquor: translucent brown with an orange hint

Steep Time: a little over 45 seconds
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, leaves
Flavor: muddy, sweet, silky, bitter
Body: Medium
Liquor: translucent light orange-brown

Since it got bitter I stopped.

I think next time I may try 2 tsp / 6 ounces. Perhaps this will raise the rating?

I am very new to pu-erh so I’m finding may way through. I may end up not liking it. So I am not sure if I do or do not like pu-erh in general, or even if I prepared these leaves correctly.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/03/chicago-tea-garden-loose-leaf-pu-erh.html

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec
RMC

For someone who was new to pu-erhs, you chose one that wasn’t for beginners. I respectfully disagree with the rating you gave this tea. This tea isn’t for everybody and requires a very refined palette or some experience with the gamut of ripe and raw pu-erhs. Peace.

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93

Prepared with the recommended short steeps—1 min., 1 min., 1.5 min., 1.5 min., etc. Very fresh, creamy, definite sweet, vanilla notes. About the 3rd steep, a toasty nuttiness emerges. Tea remains smooth throughout—a very good anytime cup.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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88

This was an unusual find but I actually quite liked it. It was smooth and mellow with just a hint of a citrus aftertaste. My boyfriend even liked it and he sweetens everything he drinks :p

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec
LissaMarie

Just tried this the other day. I really enjoyed it and I usually don’t ‘love’ pu-erhs, but maybe I just haven’t tried the right pu-erhs.

Cofftea

LissaMarie, what kind have you tried? Cooked? Raw? Amber?

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96

I followed the steeping/resteeping suggestions: 1 tsp./6oz. 1. 1 min.—very pale greeny-yellow tea. Sweet aroma with undernote of something more toasty, almost roasted spice. Light flavor with starchy finish. Wet leaves smelled like almond cookies. 2. 1 min—something in the aroma I can’t quite identify, cardamom-like maybe. Not overly vegetal but in a good way. 3. 1 1/2 min.—very light flavor with a glaze of sweet spice. 4. 1 3/4 min.—floral aroma!! Starchy with a hint of sweetness.

Overall, I found this one of the most interesting, complex green teas I have tried. I liked the spicy surprises and the fact that the vegetal notes were there but subdued to allow other elements to come forward. I want more of this tea!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Earth & Water Tea Lounge

Thanks for posting the brewing recommendation you received – they helped me capture the subtleties and overall delicious flavor I knew this tea must have.

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79

Amazing! I am not a Pu-erh person, as this is only my third try. I really liked this – very smooth, very pleasant, with a nice bit of orange. Earthy like the good clean dirt of a forest fllor. May be a hint of pine.

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Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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74

Fresh, rich, and creamy. Quite yummy and a standout amongst Yunnan golds.

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100

Ok, yeah, I am friends with the owners of Chicago Tea Garden. I am also a Tie Guan Yin FIEND. And this is the best I’ve tasted. One of the best teas I’ve ever tasted. Oh my stars! Tastes like a pristine meadow on the first spring morning when the tiniest flowers, still covered with dew, first bloom.

Excuse me. I need some time alone now.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Little Yellow Teapot

My sample just arrived. Am very excited to try. Hope you enjoyed your “tea moment.”

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94

Having not found a black tea that I could drink everyday, finding this tea was a great thing. This tea if brewed correctly will need no cream or sweetener. I brewed 3g of it in my Gaiwan for 1minute. It lasted for many steepings, but started loosing its flavor around steeping 8.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
Lainie Petersen

3 oz or 3 gr ? :-)

Tony Gebely

Nice catch! 3g — thanks!

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