Dream About Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

93

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

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93

Still sweet, still smooth, still lovely. Yum.

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93

My favorite black tea. Sweet, spicy, smooth, lovely.

Teaman

That’s a pretty strong endorsement. I’m a yunnan gold fan and so this peaks my interest. I’ve had a fair number of golden yunnans from various places and some are good, some not, and a few really good. Emporer’s Gold from Tao of Tea is my favorite by far. I’m wondering how it compares with this one. Have you compared this one with other sources?

Lainie Petersen

I have tried some other sources, Ineeka’s is really good, as is Narien’s. Both are different enough from this one such that I have a hard time saying one is “better”. I will say that I prefer this Yunnan Gold, though!

Teaman

Chicagoland sure has sources I’ve not heard of. May have to check them out sometime. Thanks for the recommends!

MKstuder

Nice, Lainie. I have a tiny sample of Yunnan from Teas Etc. that I haven’t tried yet. I’ll look for the qualities you mention.

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70

Rich floral flavors, creamy body. Yum.

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79

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

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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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79
Veri-Tea

Yes, I was thinking that about the name…

LENA

lol…the name certainly made me do a double take!

takgoti

HAHA! “Keep Hairy Crab cool and dry away from direct sun light and other spices.” HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I would laugh every time I saw this tea if I had it, I think.

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79

The more I drink this tea, the more I like it. Love the peach and floral notes. Rich, smooth liquor. Luxurious.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C

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79

Deliciously peachy flavored oolong (there is no peach flavor added, the tea just naturally taste of peaches). Better than I remember!

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71

A nice inexpensive cooked pu’erh: Very smooth with none of the “paint stripper” quality that some cheap cooked pu’erhs can have. Whiff of the barnyard, plus a bit of chocolate. Good stuff, and the little bricks are fun.

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74

A lovely floral oolong. Second steep even better than first, richer, fuller,etc. Wonderful big leaves. A definite keeper

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

2 min isn’t long for a 2nd steep…

Carolyn

Does it taste fishy (or crabby)?

Jillian

The name makes me think of a giant, furry crab climbing out of a pot of tea. XD

Marlena

No fishy, no crabby, no seaweed to hide in and no hairs! Great name, though

Carolyn

Interesting.

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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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