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Mark T. Wendell

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I have Geoffrey Norman to thank for sending me this tea. Thanks!

This tea confuses me! The appearance of the dry leaves remind me of a Formosa Oolong, and even the brewed liquor smells like a Formosa Oolong. And it tastes more like an Oolong to me than a typical Keemun.

Nevertheless, I am liking it! It has a warm taste to it – not just temperature, but a subtle spicy undertone – and a pleasant smoothness. No bitter taste and very little (as in practically no) astringency. A very pleasant cup.

I think I want to try this one again before I start rating it.

Geoffrey Norman

Agreed, it has a more Formosan oolong feel to it.

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drank Cloud & Mist by Mark T. Wendell
4221 tasting notes

This tea brews to such a lovely, pale yellowish-green color. The aroma is vegetative, but the flavor is not quite as vegetative as I thought it would be. It does have a vegetable like taste to it (which is more like vegetable than grassy), and a hint of buttery sweetness to it too. This is an incredibly tasty cuppa!

I like this one!

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Full review’s now up:

http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/1671/tea-review-mark-t-wendell-victorian-afternoon-3/

…though it’s not one of my better ones, writing-stylewise; it has come to my attention that I’ve used the “pork rinds” metaphor to describe lapsang souchong perhaps one too many times. Mike was kind to post the review anyway. In the meantime, I’ll work on honing my adjectival vocabulary.

KeenTeaThyme

I find it smells like the zoo, personally. ;)

The DJBooth

The Zoo?….Really? However reading the full review I may have to try that.

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drank Hu Kwa by Mark T. Wendell
6770 tasting notes

Randomly chose this one from my stash…it’s a goodie! YUM! I think I will move on to Matchas, whites, and flavored greens, and rooisbos(eseseses) – Rooibos-EYE??? LOL

now.

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86

SIPDOWN!!!!! Great for mid-mornings!

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I could geekily nitpick that it can’t be a Keemun unless it’s actually produced in Qimen County, but I’m not in a purist mood this morning. The fact that it was a Formosa-borne black tea was merit enough for sipping. Unlike Chinese Keemun, it doesn’t possess the bitter foretaste. In fact, none of its flavor characteristics match up with Keemun. There’s no sweetness and no “orchid”-like comparison. What it does offer is an aged pu-erh’s earthiness coupled with a Formosa oolong’s nutty and pinecone-like flavor. It’s no Keemun Gongfu or Mao Feng, but it still does pretty well.

Full Review: http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/1985/tea-review-mark-t-wendell-formosa-keemun/

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

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drank Hu Kwa by Mark T. Wendell
1624 tasting notes

Picked up a pouch for future review at www.itsallabouttheleaf.com. I am not a lapsang fan by any means, but this one taught me that not all lapsang souchong blends taste like burnt bacon, either. Nice substitute for a crackling fireplace on a cloudy afternoon with the remains of a blizzard on the ground.

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Backlogging a cup from earlier see previous notes…

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84

Fresh batch 1/27/11. So nice to have this back on the shelf. After a year of trying other teas, I’m back to where I started. I read the other reviews that have accumlated and I can agree with all of them. To me, this tea is a middle of the road, average everything fine tea. “But it has nothing special”, you say. “Right!”, I say. Its not a light tea, its not a heavy tea, its not smokey, its not floral, its not earthy, malty, musty, grassy, sweet, or sour. It can be weak or strong depending on how you brew it…but in the end, its just a really good, plain black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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The Breville One-Touch Tea Maker arrived today, so I gave this tea a whirl to see if I liked it better prepared in a different way…

Boy, am I glad I did! I really enjoyed this. Steeped it at 185 for three minutes. (Well, probably more like 3.25 or so as I messed it up at first and had to restart the cycle.) It tasted like a different tea. I could taste a slight, mellow hint of floral… something. It tasted a bit woodsy at first, then developed into more of an almost mossy taste. Doesn’t sound as nice written down, but I did enjoy it. I didn’t get to steep a second time, unfortunately, but will try again soon. Really nice and light tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Hu Kwa by Mark T. Wendell
5 tasting notes

The scents of smoke and pine are perfectly balanced, but still allow the flavour of the tea leaves themselves to come through. The leaves are large for a relatively mass-produced tea; even fairly coarse filters will prevent sediment from passing into your cup. The tea will not go bitter no matter how badly you overbrew it. Overall, an excellent cup. Keeps well; order in bulk.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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86

Gentle-smoke and slight chewiness…on top…a strong black tea! Yippeee!

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85

Backlogging…one cup hot and one cup iced last night! Both VERY good! I think I like this one a bit more iced than I thought I would! Increasing rating a tad…

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86

5 grams to 12 oz. boiling water, 4 minute steep.

A great choice for those who like malty British-style teas for drinking with milk and sugar. Pungent but not bitter. One of my favorite CTC blends.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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the smell of dry leaves have a peppery undertone, which becomes more evident when contrasted with Wendell’s China Keemun – which happened to be sitting side by side with MTB at the time.

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perhaps the best way to define this would be “comfort tea” – snuggly, not overpowering or jittery, a good round-the-clock tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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drank Autumn Cranberry by Mark T. Wendell
236 tasting notes

This tea isn’t playing, it has cranberry! I tasted a touch of licorice. Very rich and strong in fall flavors and cranberry! I drank it iced, and it was so pleasing! I love teas with fruit flavors that are so juicy. This is it, my friend! If I could only find one like this with black current, I would be in tea heaven!

Thank you LiberTea for a yummy taste of this tea! This is truly a tasty cup!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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95

I still really like this…even hot…Mandarin is the key! Any other orange wouldn’t be the same…for this specific one!

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85

The cranberry really IS exceptional in this…the spice is JUST RIGHT for my spice threshold! :) YUM!

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