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Chicago Tea Garden

Recent Tasting Notes


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!

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

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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.

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Little Yellow Teapot

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

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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.

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Lainie Petersen

3 oz or 3 gr ? :-)

Tony Gebely

Nice catch! 3g — thanks!

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