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echanting tea with hints of caramel and chocalate in the background.

Will be my standard stock tea. Good, any time of the day.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Fruity, Muscatel, Nuts

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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100

Arya Diamond Limited Edition Darjeeling tea.

Rare topgrade tea from controlled organic cultivation, from India. It is harvested only in very limited quantity.
A Limited Edition Second Flush Darjeeling organic tea from the renowned Arya Tea Estate.

The Arya Tea Estate was founded by Buddhist monks when he settled in Darjeeling, mid eighteenth century. They cultivated a variant of the Chinese tea plant as well as other seeds and plants necessary for practicing Ayurvedic medicine. The Arya Estate is located in the heart of Darjeeling spread over 300 acres. Located at an altitude of up to 1820m and 1500m on average, with slopes of up to 60 degrees, it is one of the highest and steepest tea gardens in Darjeeling.
The Arya Estate preserves the legacy of the monks with respect for the environment and commitment to sustainability. They have their own hydro -power system and are certified Organic by IMO Switzerland. Above Arya produces beautiful artisan tea.

Brewing guide: 2g per cup and 10 g per pot (about 1 liter ), 90 degrees water , steep 3 to 5 minutes .

A real gem this is. I am biased, since I love love darjeeling, but this is simply the best you can get. A treat, a rare, and wonderful tea. (and you don’t have to be a darjeeling lover to love this tea. !)

A perfect balance: not too sweet, nor too fruity, or an too overpowering taste of muscatel. Magnificent.

One of my favourite teas, ever. A gem !

Flavors: Chocolate, Fruity, Muscatel, Nutty

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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72
1 tuo/5gr. 500ml. 85-95C. steep for approx. 1 min.

Easy shu pu ehr with thick sweet taste.

No complexity , and was a tad disappointed at how quick I had to brew longer to get a good cup. Got 5 steeps out of 1 tuo, had participated more…

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 5 g 500 OZ / 14786 ML

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96

oh la la… an early First Flush from the Rohine Estate India.
Pluck Feb. 14, 2015.

Very green, very nutty, and no bitter notes.

This is a superb FF! One of the best FF I have tasted in years.

Flavors: Muscatel

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 200 OZ / 5914 ML

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95

yum! received this generous sample from Hotsoup.
I normally love/drink green/light& medium roasted oolongs, and have not tried a coal -fired oolong before. This one is from 2001 and has been fried each year over and over again…

Initially, it smells like b-b-q. deep smoke with hints of wet woodland and mushrooms. Deep black, roasted nuggests.

liqour: black, almost like a black coffee.

Teapot: my Kamjove teapot, 200ml. 1 min. steeping time

Notes: very thick mouthfeel, cherries, plumps, chocolate, raisins…… it is SWEET. Huhh, that comes as a surprise….
No hints of smoke whatever…. just pure sweetness….

WOW this is complex …. I love it.
Absolutely great. Can be steeped 20 times plus at least.

Will def. look for more examples of aged/deep roasted oolongs!

Flavors: Almond, Apricot, Brown Sugar, Honey, Plums, Raisins, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 200 OZ / 5914 ML

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85

this is my first try at pu ehr, and I am pleasantly surprised….
it smells like a barnyard, which I try to ignore…

1 tbl spoon, my kamjove 200ml. steeping time 1 min.

red coloured tea, very smooth & warming.
Hints of cacoa. sweet. woodsy…

since this is my first try at pu ehr ripe , I will keep this short, and add more later after

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 200 OZ / 5914 ML
Cheri

It took me quite a while to be brave enough to try shou as well. I wasn’t sure, I kept saying, I didn’t want to risk not liking it. So then I got talked into trying just a little. Wow. I loved it.

Sandra Vdplaats

me too, though the smell is will always be an issue….however, since I signed up for the White2Tea teaclub (love oolongs and sheng pu) I decided to have a go at shou. Was ready to pass it on to a friend who loves it… but i fear she will end up with nothing this time. :)

mrmopar

Sandra glad you are enjoying shou!

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94

I love this tea, it’s like the comfort food of teas. A little goes a long way and can be used multiple times. However, it should not be steeped too long or it becomes bitter. In my opinion it is best when you can just pick up a hint of flavour.

Flavors: Cream, Rice Pudding

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

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94

The best Jasmin tea I know! Should not be brewed for too long, one or two pearls is enough for a big cup of tea. Smells and tastes delicious.

Flavors: Jasmine

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Assam Lattakojan by Hotsoup.nl
1392 tasting notes

Thank you Rogier for the sample!!
I love this tea. It was just what I needed this morning. Very comforting and mellow with the perfect amount of maltiness. Overall though, I find it is on the mild side.
I love love loooove malty Assams, especially with milk and a touch of sugar. It is my tea weakness and what I fall back on as my standby.
There are times when I enjoy a cuppa without any additives, but made ala milk n sugar, that is my ritual treat. Sadly though, the last few years I’ve had bad luck finding an Assam which hit the bullseye. Sure I found teas I greatly enjoyed, but they always hit a spot just slightly out of my swoon zone… and then my luck changed! In the last month I found two of them! (this being one)
I need to put in an order, and SOON!!

Fjellrev

Hell yeah, Assam is my weakness and trusty fallback too!

OMGsrsly

Mmm, Assam teas… :)

Indigobloom

Fjellrev, glad to hear I’m not the only one!! It’s the one silver lining to winter… getting to enjoy the warmth of tea again :)

TeaBrat

I love assams :)

Indigobloom

TeaBrat, there is nothing better! :D

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81

What a lovely oolong!
Light and fragrant with a smooth floral honey note throughout and a mild grassy/hay background. Now, I don’t mean hay like you might find in a Yunnan or Puerh tea. This is more like… fresh hay that still has some grassy moisture in it. Quite enjoyable.
I wonder what the second infusion will bring.
Thank you so much for the sample Roger!

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water 80C-95C
steep time ca. 2 min.
1.5 gr per cup, 8 gr. for pot

The tea has a very, almost woody, and strong smell.
small black curly tea with golden tips.

1. steep : odd taste, like porridge. Not at all what I expected. Not sure if i am going to like this. Malty taste lingers for minutes. mmm, odd….

2. steep: malty taste still there, but not as strong as in 1st steep, replaced by nutty, sweet taste. plums, raisins and honey.
3. steep: still going strong, mellow taste stays, woody and chocolate more prominent.

I could easily get more steeps, but decided not to. Still amazed by the complexity of the tea.

extraordinary black tea with a malty, nutty and mellow taste.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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