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Gong Fu Tea Shop

Recent Tasting Notes

83

I had a pot of this on Friday while in Gong Fu Tea. It was good but I think the staff steeped it a bit too long – 5 minutes. It was strong and not harsh but the maltiness was missing. It has a heavy malty smell when dry.

I got some to take home just the same (wishing that they would offer smaller amounts than 2 ounces) and tried steeping for what I would consider a normal time.

Yes. This time I get maltiness, though not as much as some others and a deeper flavor profile. I wouldn’t keep this in the cupboard over other favorites, but it is quite nice.

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

All you really need to do is find friends who like black tea who will swap .5 ounce of tea with you for onto nether random tea you haven’t tried. Haha Terri and I do that occasionally – she buys x dollars worth and then I buy the same, plot them in half and then mail them to each other :) twice the tea for the same price and no one"s stuck with 1-2ounces all to themselves :)

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76

I am enjoying this tea more having prepared it in a gaiwan. The higher ratio of leaves to water and the shorter steeping times allow the flavors to express themselves more succinctly. In my tea explorations I have tried several highly oxidized oolongs, but this the first strip-style Wu Yi Shan Da Hong Pao I have tried. This definitely qualifies as highly oxidized, being about 80%. The neat thing about tea is the you can have teas fairly close on the oxidation spectrum, but their flavors and characteristics can differ so much.
The tea’s aroma is that of an earthy broth; whereas the flavor is all peatiness and scotchiness. The after taste is distinctively reminiscent of the slightly smoky bite of scotch. I assuredly enjoy this tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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83

I drank all of my last order from Upton without adding a single tasting note. I will try to do a beutter job with this set of teas from Gong Fu.

This was a fine Keemun. The dry leaf has a pleasant sweet smoky smell. The liquor has a pleasing aroma as well and the flavor includes the burgundy notes you would expect in a fine Keemun. Very enjoyable! This tea delivers what you expect from it, which is a flavorful cup of a Chinese classic.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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We both liked this one, though it was fairly plain. Will probably buy some.

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We both liked this one. Sweet. Definitely will purchase.

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99

This is an extremely flavorful oolong. It has strong notes of clove and cinnamon. It’s the perfect tea for a fall day.

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Sarah – really excellent. Want to buy. Rating: 95

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65

This is a nice simple green. It’s not especially note worthy, but it also has no unpleasant qualities.

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drank Mao Feng by Gong Fu Tea Shop
84 tasting notes

This tea starts nice, but the aftertaste has a bit of a smoky note that I don’t find pleasant. It is similar to gunpowder, but more mellow and a more pleasant start.

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Sarah – drinkable, but odd. Rating: 70

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Brad – one of my favorites. Rating: 95

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drank Jin Xuan by Gong Fu Tea Shop
84 tasting notes

Sarah – didn’t like. Would not re-buy. Rating: 0

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drank Jin Xuan by Gong Fu Tea Shop
84 tasting notes

Brad – terrible. Do not buy this one again. Rating: 0

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Sarah – didn’t like. Rating: 65

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Brad – good for a rooibos. Rating: 85

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Sarah – terrible. Smells like a lumberyard and tastes like a cigarette steeped in warm water. Rating: 0

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Brad – terrible. Tastes like tobacco. Rating: 0

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Brad – good but too intense and would be good to blend. Rating: 85

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Sarah – this is one of my very favorite teas. Steeping too long gives too strong of a cherry flavor. I really love this tea. Rating: 100

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Sarah – liked this one. Not remotely bong-water-esque. Rating: 80

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Brad – hated this one. Tasted like bong water. Rating: 0

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Sarah – liked this one. Rating: 80

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Brad – really like. Rating: 90

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Sarah – really liked. Rating: 90

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