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drank 2011 Bai Hao by Dobra Tea
108 tasting notes

This year’s Bai Hao is fantastic. the always sweet and robust infusion fills the mouth with a warm glow of flavor. i taste a little bit of cedar and a little bit of vanilla. the leaves are sprinkled with silvery tips that our little buggy friends have created. can’t wait to drink this on a Cha Xi

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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86

This brew has that freshly opened package taste without the sharpness that often comes with a newly harvested crop. the sweetness is matched by a tippy nuttiness that reminds me of lightly buttered green beans.

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

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88
drank Tie Guan Yin by Dobra Tea
108 tasting notes

While Tie Guan Yin is always a pleasure, this infusion was just impressive enough for me to write about it. I won’t add infusion details because the first cup was made for me at the tearoom.

Floral and soothing, the bright green wet leaves seemed to have just been harvested, even though I know this is a fall Oolong from 2011. When I’ve tasted this batch previously I think I may not have used enough leaves to get this fullness of aroma.

The scent actually reminded me of walking around the streets of Maokong in Taiwan, which I guess makes sense since this cultivar is grown there as well. Dobra’s offer, however, is a Fujian tea, which I don’t usually associate with such intense floral aromas.

Much of the soothing character of this infusion was probably a very good roasting. There was still plenty of green and rich, but the hint of smoke and caramel that is indicative of a skilled oolong roaster. I will definitely have to experiment with this tea further.

On a side note, I’ve finally learned the tones of this tea’s name (pinyin: tie3 guan1 yin1) which is very pleasing. There’s so many teas that I still don’t know how to properly pronounce, although I guess knowing the names at all is pretty good for most Westerners.

Ben Youngbaer

after I rinsed them leaves, minute 5 seconds with 95 degree water

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88
drank Tie Guan Yin by Dobra Tea
108 tasting notes

Bright and bold but charming and sweet at the same time. The leaves are toasted just to the crispness of a winter day.

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88
drank Tie Guan Yin by Dobra Tea
108 tasting notes

Crisp and toasty with a sweetness gently delivered through the aroma. The first infusion offers a floral bouquet and a creaminess reminicent of high mountain Taiwanese oolongs. Further infusions are more subdued, more dry, and lacking the sweet touch, yet still soothe the spirit.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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84

Definitely feeling the euphoria. Not too astringent, a light lovely green.

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78
drank Da Hong Pao by Dobra Tea
14 tasting notes

I chanced upon Dobra tea while visiting Asheville. I was surprised by their really decent selection. This was the only tea I tried and was again impressed by its quaility. The staff was great and was very tolerant of my two year old son running all over the teahouse and playing in the fountains. I will definitly be back next time i’m in asheville.

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82
drank Puerla Tea Nest by Dobra Tea
3 tasting notes

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0 min, 30 sec

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93
drank Feng Huang Dan Cong by Dobra Tea
23 tasting notes

Smooth oolong… I tend to brew a lot of this in my 21oz personaliTEA pot by Adagio, maybe about 2 minutes. Typically oolongs don’t like really hot water but I use boiling water for this one, and rinse the pot first. 2 minutes. Not particularly good for a second infusion but I’ve done it occasionally since it’s a bit on the expensive side. Similar to Da Hong Pao (same source) but I think Da Hong Pao is a bit deeper of a flavour and, to me, better.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Zhu Cha by Dobra Tea
7 tasting notes

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86

This is one smooth brew! sweet and well-rounded, this puer is a velvet elixir in my mouth and in my cup. can withstand 20+ brews (although I need help from others if I try to make it past 15 on my own) there are hints of fall leaves and root veggies all topped of with a brief caramel undertone. I look forward to this tea keeping me warm through the long winter.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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81
drank Che Xanh by Dobra Tea
108 tasting notes

Full bodied and bold with a hint of sharpness that isn’t found in similarly made Chinese greens, still never quite reaching astringency. Flavors of baked carrots and potatoes.

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Ben Youngbaer

underrated tea for sure

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90

Beautiful—wonderful complexity in nose, flavor and aftertaste. Very fresh taste with hints of nuts Quite surprising in such a light tea. A favorite!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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92

A green tea for a gray sky.

The brilliant color and aroma of a wet summer forest prepare the mind for the nutty, crisp, and mouth-filling flavor of the first cup. The mind is soothed, the body is warmed. This season’s tea (2011) is really representative of a classic Long Jing with no astringency and just the slightest hint of dryness in the aftertaste.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Tung Ting by Dobra Tea
45 tasting notes

Fresh Green Oolong. Good. Two steeps will do. I added a slice of ginger. Looking forward to my next cup.

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91
drank Da Hong Pao by Dobra Tea
108 tasting notes

Greatly comforting. Soothes the digestion on a hot and humid day just as well as it warms the body in the winter. Roasted to a sweetness that lingers on the tongue until dissolving into a hundred patches of dry warmth. Dark red in the cup (true to its name). The musty aroma of the wet leaves has a high note of a damp autumn day. Just the thing to prepare for a coming adventure.

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90
drank Chi Tse Bing Cha by Dobra Tea
108 tasting notes

Earthy and comforting as always. No deep flavors here, but an almost limitless number of infusions and the magical stomach-soothing effect of a shou puer is exactly what I want after a heavy meal.

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

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90
drank Chi Tse Bing Cha by Dobra Tea
108 tasting notes

Dark and soothing. Earthy without being overpowering. An excellent tea after a large evening meal. I also find that Shou puerhs do not keep me up at night like a pot of green tea. I received four infusions now, and I’m sure there’s another 10 in these leaves.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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67

Well, this tea is certainly past its normal time frame, so I was pleasantly surprised by its bold sea-green flavor. The tea was vacuum-sealed until recently and is still sealed with a desiccant package, so I’m certain that helped. A gentle taste of salt water and nori seaweed mixed with the taste of fresh cut grass after a rain. There’s no aroma to speak of, wet or dry, and its prior rich body is long gone, but still a pleasant cup for a spring afternoon.

Preparation
145 °F / 62 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Matthew Magnuson

I still have some old Nagatani Gyokuro from last year. I have been eyeing it the last couple of days. Think it’s time to drink it. Or, gasp, make a chilled tea with it!

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85
drank Bai Hao by Dobra Tea
45 tasting notes

Very close to black tea, but has that Oolong flavor as a foundation. I was impressed how the flavor came thru into the 3rd infusion. Very nice, would go well with chow mein. An easy to drink oolong on the oxidized side…with smoother energy than black tea.

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95
drank Da Hong Pao by Dobra Tea
2 tasting notes

One of the first teas ive ever had..Delicious!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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