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Mark T. Wendell

Recent Tasting Notes

82

Very light aroma of some kind of floral and…maybe…Pine?? Not sure. It’s pleasant tho.

Another really good medium to medium-strong black tea to have in your stash! Lovely!

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87

Clear, Bright Amber color…yes.
Robust – yes…especially for an oolong! YAY!
LOVE the twisty leaves!

The taste has a lot of character but it’s hard to describe. It’s certainly yummy. It’s Juicy but not really sweet but’s it’s not grassy, woodsy, or bitter. It’s smooth but has some kick to it. But it’s not peppery. I don’t really think it’s floral tasting either.

It’s almost like that guy in high school that was trying to be a rebel but deep down inside he was a big softy. The ‘good girls’ liked him and so did the ’not-so-good girls" and the guys wanted to BE him!?

WHOA. I have no idea where that came from…lol…

Must be the magic of tea again.

Certainly worth a try and I will definitely be drinking more of this!

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75

next to the last cup. I must be the only one with this on Steepster. Maybe I ought to save the last bit for a Traveling Tea Box. Is it acceptible to only have a 1 (generous) serving sample?
Did you know if you put things between less-than and greater-than signs, they don’t show up in the notes? I had a note about a picture of my tea shelf at work and if you could see it, you’d wonder how I get anything done, what with having to make a decision about what tea to drink in the morning. We need to get the next TTB moving along.

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75

I had this(again)! almost out…down to 2 or three servings left.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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95

The earthy flavor makes this one of my favorite Yunnans. Sipping it conjures up images of my British grandmother in her beige cardigan, serving me afternoon tea with cucumber sandwiches.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80

Good quality, good tasting cup. The faintest hint of smokiness. A great everyday tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Hu Kwa by Mark T. Wendell
197 tasting notes

My favorite of the Lapsangs’s because the base tea is so good and it is very nicely balanced Simply the best of them all.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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100

to me this is very similar to PGTips

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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84

I found this to be less smoky than the various Lapsang Souchong I get in Chinatown

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75

This is going to be my “morning brew” for awhile…I inherited a 1/2 lb of it from a friend who thought it was too mild. I’ll not bother to post more on it…save everyone the boredom.

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drank Hu Kwa by Mark T. Wendell
61 tasting notes

The smokiness is something you learn to love or hate, but this tea is smoother with more balanced briskness than other lapsang souchongs. Join an online tasting of this tea: http://walkerteareview.com/?p=2373

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75

Ok, I think I’ve figured this one out. You have to use a bit extra dry tea to develop body with this tea. 1 1/2 heaping teaspoons (again, the silverware, not the measuring spoon) at a minimum for a 12oz cup of tea. I’m using drinkably Hot water and a full 4 minutes of steeping. The resulting tea is very mild and not astringent at all. A very tame cup of tea.

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75

Used a bit extra (1 1/2 teaspoons) dry tea this time, as the tea is in large fragments (~1 – 1.5cm). Hot water from the coffee brewer and 4 minutes steep yielded a light rust/brown tea that is very mild in flavor. Not grassy in flavor…I can’t quite nail it down.

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75

Very strong— good for an afternoon boost.

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75
drank China Jasmine by Mark T. Wendell
14 tasting notes

Good for when I want something a little different.

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53

Strong, as expected. Has a mellow, earthy taste. I did not find it particularly remarkable, rather a plain, middle of the road, strong tea. Bet it would make a good iced tea and a good tea for water of questionable quality (water with its own taste)

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84

Found a stash of this that I didn’t know I had. Its old and a bit off (can tea be tired and musty?).

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76
drank Mountain Kenya by Mark T. Wendell
239 tasting notes

2nd steeping…still good.

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Kenyan Mountain Tea is (in my opinion) the best tea offered by Mark Wendell.
Outstanding aroma, flavor, and color. A true masterpiece if you like a strong tea.

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drank Mountain Kenya by Mark T. Wendell
239 tasting notes

A strong tea with a lot of body. This tea has an earthy, loamy flavor. Very easy to overbrew. The tea has a different appearance from other “leaf” teas. It is very fine, almost like gunpowder teas and needs to be measured when brewing…its soooo easy to get a lot more than you think! Re-steeps well (for me).

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75

Tried this one again. Full teaspoon (not the tsp) with Hot (200f) water for about 5 minutes. Lightly colored. Good flavor with a bit of body. Very mild tannin only at the aftertaste. I think the key is HOT! water.

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75

got some of this from a friend. Steeped 5 minutes to get some color…Very light, not astringent, mild mild mild, even after 5 minutes of steeping. Knowing that tea IS flavored water, this is just flavored water….
I’ll try this one again in the future just to make sure it wasn’t a bad day.

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84

This is my daily cup of morning tea. This is not Lipton’s (for the Americans)…this is something in a class all its own. Brewed lightly, it is a peaceful, sipping tea. It has the character to be brewed dark and makes a wonderful iced tea. It is possible to over brew this tea, in which case you will get an astringent, biting flavor that is not too pleasant…but takes to watering down (as in iced tea) to save it.

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