In Pursuit of Tea

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This tea is gorgeously flowery, with a lilac, almost orchid taste and smell to it.

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200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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Got this in my first Steepstar box. Really, really lovely, with a delicious aroma and smooth finish. After drinking it during an afternoon slump I felt rejuvenated.

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I had this one yesterday. It’s from my first month of steepster select:)
The color of the buds are so pretty! And the color of the liquor steeped is so beautiful! It’s this rich caramel color! But wow they weren’t kidding with the notes of tobacco! That’s a majority of the flavor the first 2 steeps. The later steeps definitely calm with the tabaco and take over with a creamy honey flavor:) I like it but it’s not my favorite golden yunnan. Definitely a quality tea! I’m just not a fan of the tabaco essence.

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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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89

The leaves on this one are light green to burnt auburn. Lots of aroma and nice uniform shape.

First Steep:

LOTS OF WINTERGREEN. wow. almost like a Life Saver. The liquor is a pale orange and the actual taste is light although the aroma/aftertaste is quite strong. A minty and floral punch. A drying astringency pervades after the aroma has faded. As with many first flushes, its not a very deep tea but a nice fresh cup of tea.

Second Steep:
Still pronounced mint, but with a bit more body. The floral notes are also more forward as well. A cedar-y note has appeared and a bit of leather. still very dry. Darjeeling first flush is as light a black tea as you can find. Always interesting…

Third Steep:

The sweetest of the 3 steeps. A bit of berry and a “bubble gummy” aroma. Body is much lighter but the aromas are still strong.

A great cup of tea! I have to admit, darjeeling is not my favorite tea but they are so artfully made and complex they are still so fun to drink.

recommended!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Mike

This sounds really interesting… you sold me :)

ZachMangan

Mike, you should try it…perfect tea to code with!

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Puttabong/Tukvar is one of the biggest tea estates in the Darjeeling area. They treat their workers well, and their teas are excellent. To rate their second flush tea however one needs to approach it on a yearly basis, as it will differ from year to year. I can say from personal experience however that their 1st flush, 2nd flush, 2nd flush tippy, and autumnal teas from 2012 were all exceptional. I found their green tea and hand rolled oolong to be lacking this year however.

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180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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91

This tea was incredibly aromatic and floral. It was smooth and buttery with no noticeable astringency. There were notes of orchid, lavender and vanilla with a fresh greenness in the background.

You can find the rest of the review here: http://www.teaformeplease.com/2011/06/in-pursuit-of-tea-nantou-si-ji-chun.html

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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100

Simply divine tea ! Lives up to its reputation ! Too bad I have just a little bit of it ! Must get more :-)

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89

Very mellow, and light-tasting with a slight smoky note.

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60

You can smell this tea from about 2-3 feet away. The scent isn’t as dark and spicy as other Keemun Mao Fengs I’ve had in the past. There’s instead a mild or medium smokey smell, and a fruit quality that I can’t quite name.

The flavor is pleasing. Not as smokey/spicy as I’d hope and like, but otherwise really good. It is nicely smokey, though, with a very faint, almost-not-there sweetness or fruit tone -again that I can’t place.

Over-all, I’m glad I picked up a 4oz bag of this. I’d run out of my Keemun Mao Feng from The Steeping Room and needed more, this is a nice replacement.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Dragon Eyes by In Pursuit of Tea
1692 tasting notes

This one keeps getting relegated to the back, back, back of the cabinet. My previous note wasn’t very complimentary, but either it has mellowed or I have over the past few months. Just a short steep came up with a sweet raisiny flavor this morning that isn’t half bad.

gmathis

…and surprisingly nice iced.

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100
drank Mao Jian by In Pursuit of Tea
18 tasting notes

Sweet, vegetal and refreshing.

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

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50

For the price, I’m not sure that this oolong is really worth it. Most oolong smooth out over time, and this one got bitter when I let it steep a bit longer than usual. Tasted a bit like Darjeeling with a touch of spices.

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really good black te. I’m not a black tea fan typically but this one had almost an oolong quality to it. “second flush” is a pretty funny name choice : 0

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200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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100

Probably one of the best teas I’ve ever had! Its good with a lot of tea ( like a heaping tablespoon for 6 oz steeps) and long steeps with low temp (170ish). Tastes like toasted pines needles and chocolate when steeped right!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Dragon Eyes by In Pursuit of Tea
1692 tasting notes

Bought this about a year ago and because I wasn’t enchanted with it, it got pushed to the back of a shelf. In Pursuit of Tea has evidently replaced this with a red lychee variety. But there’s still four ounces of it looking me in the face that needs to be consumed. It’s a black tea with a fruit scent and flavor that reminds me of peaches and pears when they get a little gamey in the summer. Not rotten fruit, just…uh…mature.

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It took me about 5 minutes just to break apart the cake – it felt like I was chiseling away at a rock. The dry leaf aroma is almost a lack thereof. What I can find is a subtle, earthy, almost sweet aroma.

I gave it a quick rinse and the water instantly turned a reddish brown. Then, I steeped the leaves for 30 seconds. The liquor is the color of black coffee – a very deep brown.

The aroma of the tea is very earthy. Kind of smells like wet dirt. It reminds me of walking around a campsite after all of the fires have gone out.

The taste is very, very strong. The first tiny sip took my breath away. It is very bitter and has a strong smoky, earthy taste. The after taste stays in the back of my throat for quite some time… and I’m not extremely pleased by that. I still have two other tiny cups to drink (they only hold 20ml each), but I am looking at them in spite… no thanks.

Not sure why I am doing this, but I am going to try a second steep. I tried to steep it for 30 seconds, but I got nervous and pulled it at 20 seconds. The liquor is still as dark as the first steep. There is still the same aroma, except I can detect some slight floral notes. (wait, what?!)

This time the taste didn’t kick me in the butt as much as the first. It is a nice, sweet, earthy taste in the beginning, but I can feel the bitterness on the back of my tongue and throat.

I made it through the first cup, onto the second… and now the third. Ok, this is drinkable, but I still have to brace myself before each sip. Those who love Irish Breakfast tea or take their coffee black would adore this stuff. As for myself, it’s an exotic experience, but I couldn’t do this everyday.

Here are some informal pictures of my tasting: http://www.flickr.com/photos/17428844@N07/sets/72157623321744964/

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

I had one the other day, but I didn’t break it to bits first. I wondered if I ought to but the shop where I bought it didn’t say anything about it, so I eventually just treated it like the tea that are rolled into little pearls and steeped it whole. I found it disintegrated pretty quickly although the smaller leaf size did surprise me a bit and it got a little oversteeped.

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Second steep.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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