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drank Bai Hao by Dobra Tea
24 tasting notes

Very smooth oolong, almost tastes like a mild black tea. Some buttery taste. Tastes great, I might have to buy some loose leaf from the store.

Flavors: Butter, Milk, Smooth

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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90

This tea is quite earthy and flavorful. This tea allows for about 3 infusions. The bound tea leaves open up to very rich and full leaves.

Flavors: Earth, Smooth

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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The flavor was wonderful and slightly chocolatey. The leaves are big so you have to add a bit more due to the size versus the teasoon’ limited capacity. Honestly I would weigh this tea over a volumetric measurement if I could. I got three brews from this tea.!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

Got this at the local Dobra, really yummy! I could get used to this!

Flavors: Cocoa, Honey

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML

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85
drank Plum by Dobra Tea
972 tasting notes

This sample came from Hapatite. She included several sizable samples with my purchases from her stash sale a few weeks ago. The black tea leaves in this blend actually look like they’re higher quality than I generally see in flavored teas. There are also pieces of what I assume is dried plum? Doesn’t say on the website or in the Steepster description, so who knows? Smells sweetly fruity and there’s something nutty too, but that may be scent contamination from another tea. I steeped it for 3 minutes at 200 degrees.

The aroma is mostly black tea with a vague fruity smell. I added some sugar to mine, as I am wont to do with flavored teas. I’m actually pleasantly surprised by this one! I haven’t been loving most flavored teas lately, and some of them even make me feel nauseous… The flavor in this does remind me of a very ripe and sweet plum, and there’s a teensy bit of tartness that makes it seem even more believable. I don’t really have much to say about the base tea besides that it’s mellow and it doesn’t interfere heavily with the flavor. This tea leaves a pleasantly tart fruity aftertaste in the back of my mouth, yums. :D

Flavors: Fruity, Plums, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Wulong Cha by Dobra Tea
447 tasting notes

This oolong was delicious! It tasted nutty and rich. I got two or three steepings out of the serving in the gaiwan. I could also taste burnt chocolate and earth. I think it leans more toward the “black” than “green” side of oolong-dom, but that works for me! Highly recommend.

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drank Meng Ding Huang Ya by Dobra Tea
447 tasting notes

I let this one go stale, unfortunately… I overleafed to compensate, but I didn’t really get much flavor until it cooled considerably. It’s not a super flavorful and complex tea to begin with, so I guess it doesn’t bother me too much that it’s past its prime. It’s earthy and familiar and vegetal, light and beautiful to watch steep. Chinese teas have a mysterious, quiet, artistic presence. Tea with a purpose other than to caffeinate the drinker. They evoke and awaken certain feelings.

Drinking this particular one makes me sad, although I am 100% certain that that wasn’t the intent of the blendmaster.

I got it on my very last weekend in college, so just opening the bag and inhaling the dry leaf transported me right back to that day, the sadness, fear, and also strange exhilaration of graduating looming over my head as I made the purchase. Maybe that’s why I went so long without drinking it— I didn’t want to be reminded of the cozy little tearoom where I bought it, or of the friend I was with, whom I haven’t seen for a while.

I think my memories associated with this tea flavored my cup today more than the leaves themselves.

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drank Meng Ding Huang Ya by Dobra Tea
447 tasting notes

Made a cup of this in the gaiwan this morning. I haven’t had it in a while. I’d forgotten how flavorful it is, despite its deceptively pale color. I may have made it a bit strong, but I got bitter cocoa notes, asparagus, and the same sort of umami quality that you can taste while eating turkey.

A very unique and dynamic cup.

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drank Meng Ding Huang Ya by Dobra Tea
447 tasting notes

My new gaiwan arrived in the mail yesterday (the glass one, inevitably, shattered). This one is just plain white porcelain, is much sturdier, has a good lid for pouring, and it’s beautiful. I chose the perfect tea to try it out with, too, because this particular tea is known for its leaves that “dance” in the water. Seeing these tea leaves steeping in this gaiwan filled me with a sense of beauty and calm. This tea is very fragrant while it steeps, releasing a floral, springy scent.

It tastes like asparagus and something else that I can’t quite identify. It’s like a light perfume. Lovely, calming tea.

Flavors: Asparagus

Preparation
1 tsp
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More luck with this new one I hope :-)

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drank Meng Ding Huang Ya by Dobra Tea
447 tasting notes

Got a 3 oz bag of this tea on my last trip to Dobra as a college student…

It’s lovely. Very light and refreshing. I haven’t had much experience with yellow teas, so this was an adventure. It’s vegetal and subtle, like most white teas. I’m trying to get more into them because they’re the least processed.

I get a sweet, almost floral finish. Very nice!

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Flavors: Baked Bread, Flowers

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Flavors: Earth

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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drank 2002 Mengma Sheng by Dobra Tea
108 tasting notes

The rich aroma of peat and mushrooms, followed by a taste of sweet earth makes this a really special tea. The umami mouth-feel lasts for ages after a sip. This puer is one of the best examples of why an older Sheng can be similar to, but much deeper than, a Shou.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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drank 2002 Mengma Sheng by Dobra Tea
108 tasting notes

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drank Hojicha Kyoto by Dobra Tea
108 tasting notes

What a treat in the cold depths of winter. I’ve come to realize that despite the appearances of a “twig tea” there are indeed different quality grades of Hojicha. I’ve had many a Hojicha that tasted burnt, watery, or old. I have to say, without any bias, that Dobra’s Hojicha is one of the best I’ve found. It’s a touch sweet, plenty roasted and mouth-filling, without any off-notes. I tend to get about 3 infusions from a pot at around 2 minutes apiece, which is respectable as well. I’m not always in the mood for it, certainly, but when I am it’s just the right body-warmer and mind-clearer.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Mandarin Puer by Dobra Tea
108 tasting notes

Warm with an inviting aroma. Good for a frozen day. Occasionally when I have this tea the mandarin peel is too strong and creates a citrus-bitterness that I dislike; today, however, it’s just the right balance of sweet Shu puer and tart mandarin.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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drank Xiang Wei Tuo Cha by Dobra Tea
108 tasting notes

Just what today called for. A taste like sweet bread and wood chips or toasted almonds.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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90
drank Huang Jin Gui by Dobra Tea
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drank Huang Shan Mao Feng by Dobra Tea
447 tasting notes

Mmmmmm…. I’m glad I have a lot of this, even though it’s old. It’s light, it’s full of umami, and it’s soothing to my sore throat. Ideal for the first day of spring. :)

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drank Huang Shan Mao Feng by Dobra Tea
447 tasting notes

Steeping this differently. Ooooo, I smell raisins and burnt chocolate! This is a whole new experience!

Mmmm now it’s transitioning into its usual springtime-y bready umami fullness.

Wow. What a difference your steeping method can make!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate, Green Beans, Metallic, Raisins

Preparation
2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Huang Shan Mao Feng by Dobra Tea
447 tasting notes

Have 3 oz of this and need to use it up because it is very very old! I made a pot of it yesterday and chilled it overnight.

Upon first sip, it almost tastes like pickle brine! Uh-oh. There is also something soapy about it that I really don’t remember while drinking it hot. I thought maybe it was the container I was storing it in, so I tried a sip from a different container, and nope! Still soapy.

The aftertaste is yummy- floral and light.

This makes me sad. I know that this is high-quality tea, but I can’t seem to get this right.

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drank Huang Shan Mao Feng by Dobra Tea
447 tasting notes

I steeped some of this tea in a glass jar with a bag of Celestial Seasoning’s Peppermint. It’s the only plain green tea I have, and I didn’t think peppermint would mix well with plain black tea.

I knew going into this endeavor that it was probably not going to work out too well, and I was mostly right- the Huang Shan Mao Feng is too light of a green tea, and I’ve had it for a long time, so it’s not fresh. Plus, the peppermint is a very dominating flavor. So mostly what I taste is the peppermint. Don’t get me wrong- it tastes good- Celestial Seasoning’s is my favorite peppermint blend. But this combo isn’t that great for what I originally wanted, which was a stronger green tea flavor.

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