Dream About Tea

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89

Prep: gongfu cha (gaiwan)
If you are new to oolong teas, I think this is a great introduction. Nice floral aromas, smooth finish with every steep increasing in flavor until around steep #4 where the flavor is packed with intensity.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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99

A welcome addition to my short list of favorite oolongs on the malty, strong side. I have gradually learned to use my sense of smell and sight to judge if the tea has steeped according to my liking. I have stopped using time. This is a good recommendation by owner at tea shop. Good till 2nd steeping. The third cup already tastes bland.

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100

This is one of the best tasting taiwan oolongs i have had and the best price also. It is similar to a good monkey picked with no astringent taste i brew gung fu method in yixing pots for many steeps. Highly recomend and the latest shipment fall 2011 ha sbeen one of the best.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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89

Ending my Monday with a few cups of Hairy Crab Oolong…heeheehee…I suppose the name turns some people off, but it makes me giggle :) The tea: a finely crafted product with a delicate flavor. Yum!

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79

Still yummy, I actually think a bit of age improves it.

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87

A lovely tea and like many higher quality green teas the right temperature is crucial.
This is so that the flavour can be fully appreciated.
I find that the best temoerature to do this is 70 degrees Centigrade. The first infusion gives a floral taste along with a hint of nuttiness no vegetal taste like other green teas.
The second and third infusions I would brew at 80 degrees C as this brings out greater flavour and what flavours the floral notes are much more vivid and the taste of the floral notes linger.
The steeping times range from 3 minutes to 5 minutes for further infusions.
I would say this is a lovely tea and is deserving of attention to details such as temperature and steeping times to enjoy.

Preparation
4 min, 15 sec

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79

This most recent batch is a bit more roasted than others, but the peachy quality emerges quite nicely after the first couple of steeps. Delicious.

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93

This is better than I remember. Slightly earthier, but still sweet and smooth. Wonderful

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74

My first pu-erh! Made it in a gaiwan with a quarter of a cake, I’ve done 4 infusions so far and it’s still going strong.
It was just as I’ve always heard pu-erh- earthy. Though not as rich as I expected- it tasted lighter than many blacks I’ve had. Maybe I’ll try steeping it longer next time.
Regardless, deliciously unique. Not an everyday tea for me, but every once and a while, sure. I can’t wait to taste my green pu-erh from Dream About Tea!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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99

love the reactions i get when saying the name to others. really really like the taste. love the fact that if i forget about it the flavor does not seem to ruin even if it get alot stronger >_< and i can reuse the leaf several times without it tasting just like plain hot water :)

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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91

The Final Sipdown: Day 15.4

Drat. I was hoping to do a proper Showdown, until I compared steep two of Specifically Tea’s Lung Ching and was met by astringency. It’s very light, mind you, but it’s there. Glancing over Jillian’s logs, I see that I should have, perhaps, gone for the third steep, but there ain’t nothing that can be done because I’ve thrown the leaves out already to make way for this guy. Showdown fail.

But we must move on, because this tea deserves a proper send off.

Dragonwell has been a historically light tea for me, and this one is no exception. Light doesn’t mean without complexity, thankfully, and so I find myself having to pull away from distraction and concentrate on what’s happening in this cup.

This tea has managed to retain its flavor even though it’s been about a year since I drank it. One of those teas I was holding off on finishing because it was so tasty, but didn’t get purchased for reason x, y, or 72.

Drinking this, even warm, is simply refreshing. The flavors seep into my tongue in a breezy, carefree manner. A saltiness rounded off by a complimentary leafy sugary flavor almost reminiscent of a particularly sweet bite of iceberg lettuce. A flavor that softly hints at roasted pine nuts adds warmth and depth to what would be approaching a crystalline flavor profile. The aftertaste, almost tasteless but with just a touch of flavor to remind you that something was there, feels clean.

These two dragonwells are so similar, yet when given the amount of attention they demand present enough differences to make them both worthy of a space in the cupboard. I’m going to have to remedy the near absence of delicious dragonwells in my stash. And soon.

In the meantime, I will simply be grateful for the fact that I was kindly introduced to two different varieties of this lovely tea by Steepsterites. In the interest of marking their brief presence in my tea drinking experience, and also inspired by the onset of holiday goodness in our house, I leave you with a picture.

http://flic.kr/p/8WGW5L

Teas Downed: 28

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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84

D’une fraîcheur remarquablement désaltérante, ce thé vert du Jiangxi possède de belles feuilles éparses composées de nombreux bourgeons. Légèrement végétal, il possède un sucre naturel rappelant les pois verts tendres ou l’asperge fraîche ainsi qu’un aspect grillé réconfortant pouvant évoquer les marrons chauds ou le maïs rôti. Charmant, avec une belle persistance délicate, il comblera les amateurs de thés verts équilibrés.
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84

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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Golden Silk by Dream About Tea
197 tasting notes

This year’s Golden Silk is superb. Dry it smells so good, your mouth starts watering. it is a smooooooth woodsy, honey floral mix that is wonderful!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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58
drank Shou Mei by Dream About Tea
35 tasting notes

Shou Mei is an above average white tea with a bit of a nutty flavor. But, a pleasant afternoon tea. I may try a hotter, shorter steep next time.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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75

This is my evening tonic, brewed up with a bit of chrysanthemum. It is a medicinal dose, really, and I recommend multiple short steeps because it is so bitter, but damn…I do feel better when I drink this stuff regularly.

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78

Awesome on ice. Great way to start my morning. This stuff was MADE for cold brewing.

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