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Dao Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

90

Parameters are approximate, and your mileage may vary. I don’t remember the exact temps – I think it was started at around 160 and brought down in later sessions. The infused aroma was light, airy, and very welcoming – almost citrus. The flavour was crisp, very very slightly vegetal, slight citrus, and nice and mellow, with a sweet aftertaste. Tea presented with a calm and warming Qi predominantly in the face and neck. Overall, it was very enjoyable and will be purchasing it again once the new harvest is available.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C

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83

This is an expensive, touchy, hard to work with tea. And it’s amazing.

Pro tip: Normally I’m not a stickler for making sure your water doesn’t boil before brewing (I let it boil then cool pretty regularly), but for this it really makes a difference. Boiling cuts back on the brightness of the cup exponentially.

Tried the leaves over vanilla ice cream. Not really my cup of tea, but it was relatively tasty.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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70

This tea is advertised as a Green Pu’Er. As my knowledge of Pu’Er is pretty poor and this being a Korean Pu’Er my knowledge is even poorer. Being described as mellow is very precise. There is only a faint smell of sweet from the brewed leaves and even less taste from the tea. I will have to try multiple steeps to really get a handle on the flavor, if there is any.

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec
Tea Love and Care

what a puer review ^_-

CMT 雲 山 茶

puerly punned

Tea Love and Care

….well….you’re a puer!

ok fine, you won that tea battle.

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89

While I cant say how this Tea tastes with sesame seeds and Korean Chilli paste, I will say that steeped without condiments it is very nice indeed. While I don’t usually drink black(Yellow) teas this tea is something I would start drinking regularly. Pedro’s description of the teas taste as a mix of wood and raisins is very approximate. I would liken it to a Pu-ur lite. Smokey and warm. Yummy.

Matt has a more in depth review of this tea: http://mattchasblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/2009-daotea-kim-shin-ho-hwagae-valley.html

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80

This is a mild and very pleasant Green tea from Korea. It has a slightly toasted taste mixed with a classic smooth green tea flavor. Pedro over at Dao Tea was kind enough to send me a sample box of some of the finer Korean Teas of Tea Master Kin Jong Yeol.

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