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86
drank Rose Oolong by PekoeTea
541 tasting notes

Drank this tea gaiwan-style at the Pekoe Tea tea shop. The oolong and rose flavours were very nicely complimented with each other. I remember thinking that even if I was someone who didn’t like rose tea, I would still enjoy this one.

donkeytiara

I’m heading to Edinburgh in a few months…can’t wait to hear your report on the tea shops there! PM me with ones I shouldn’t miss! :)

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83

This is a special tea for me because it is the first raw pu erh that I tried. I was in Edinburgh in February 2013 (just last year at the time of writing) and found there were a few tea shops selling what I would regard as not your average teas. I found a tea shop called ‘PekoeTea’ to be a considerable walk, but judging by the list of teas on their website, I had to go there. This tea was recommended to me by a regular of the shop and I was intrigued by how different this tea was from any other I had tried. I recall there being a pungent flavour about it that didn’t appear to fit. Anyway, I recently bought some of it and here is my review.
It’s been one year since I found raw pu erh tea (I actually found cooked pu erh sometime earlier). I’ll raise a cup to all you pu erh fans. I’m currently drinking 2002 YONG PIN HAORED YI WU ZHENG SHAN” by Yunnan Sourcing, which has gone up in price for 25grams from $17.50 to $24…

Dry leaf: Loose leaves; colourful, ranging from white to dark green. The aroma is dry, fruity and dusty.
Wet leaf: Fruit; floral.

Summary: Sharp bitterness dominates sweetness to provide a stimulating, mouth-watering experience.

5s – Very well balanced. The bitterness is contrasted by sweetness.
10s – This has a nice bite, not just of bitterness, but of tarty, citrus fruit bitterness that makes the mouth water. Underneath this is a pleasant sweet fruitiness that balances out, but never quite does; the bitterness provides a more bitter than sweet finish. Stimulating stuff.
15s – Sharp, citrus bitterness with some sourness against some plummy sweetness. Great stuff. Resfreshing; stimulating; a joy to drink.
20s – Lemony bitterness.
~60s – This steep worked quite well as a palette cleanser to ease the ammonia taste after having some Camembert.

Preparation
4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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93
drank Moonlight White Tea by PekoeTea
541 tasting notes

Apricot. Fruity, punchy sweetness. Good mouthfeel.

Flavors: Apricot

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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82

This was a really beautiful Oolong. It had a lovely gardenia like aroma that had a slight buttery undertone. Complex nice big leaves that were rolled perfectly.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Silver Needle by PekoeTea
295 tasting notes

So far, to me, this doesn’t have a lot of flavor. I’ll let it cool more and see if anything comes out. Right now it just tastes generic-white to me, nothing special or distinct.

As it cools it doesn’t get much more depth to it. Maybe a very, very, barely there hint of melon.

It’s not bad and I’ll finish the pot, but I’d not buy it.

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

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drank Rose Buds by PekoeTea
18 tasting notes

Not quite what I was expecting… couldn’t get over the ‘plant-like’ taste. I realise it is a herbal infusion not a tea as such but it might take some getting used to if I’m going to finish the bag. Perhaps I’ll blend it with some green tea.

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drank Silver Needle by PekoeTea
123 tasting notes

I am definitely getting a melon/cucumber flavor as well as a sweet grass taste. White teas are never my favorite and I usually group them in “drink when desperate” category. That being said it isn’t terrible and it is nice and relaxing. So many white teas are infused or stuffed or packed full of other fruit flavors that you forget what pure white tea tastes like, which isn’t much. After drinking a whole cup it does remind me of a bath and body works lotion and sadly is just as appetizing, no fault of the tea or the company just my own bias against white teas.

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81
drank Silver Needle by PekoeTea
174 tasting notes

Backlogging from yesterday since the site was buggered, good to see it’s back up and running well.

It looks like any other Silver Needle tea, long fuzzy buds. These ones turn green the instant you pour hot water on them. Dry you get the slightly sweet hay smell, wet the buds have an additional cucumber note to them.

Taste is sweet hay with cucumber and juicy melon. The juicy melon is more of a texture than a taste and lasts into the aftertaste with a hint of mint feeling. I brewed it up gaiwan style first and the hay notes were very prominent. Then I brewed up more traditional style and I get a much better taste and blend of the notes. I find it so fascinating the difference in taste of the same tea depending on how it’s brewed.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Bonnie

Buggered is the right word!

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94
drank Silver Needle by PekoeTea
4825 tasting notes

This Silver Needle is really quite lovely. One of the finest I think I’ve yet to encounter. Delicate, yes, but also intensely flavored … surprisingly so. Notes of cucumber and hay, as well as a very subtle young asparagus stalk that has been steamed and lightly buttered. As I continue to sip, a mineral-like taste seems to come into play. There are some delightful fruit notes to this tea as well, and I like the way they transition – starting out with a delicate apple-pear kind of flavor, and as I continue to sip, the flavor becomes more of a honeydew melon. It has a refreshing quality to it, and is one of the most complex silver needle teas I’ve yet to taste.

ScottTeaMan

This one looks really delicious. There’s something about white teas-they just make my mouth water.

LiberTEAS

I agree!

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46
drank Orange Blossom Oolong by PekoeTea
149 tasting notes

One can tell that orange essence oil is used to flavour this oolong in that a thick oily taste is all I can detect!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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89
drank Silver Needle by PekoeTea
28 tasting notes

Very good. It’s gentle, brews a pale yellowish liquor. Very clean, buttery, a bit of cucumber and some citrus.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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100

For an Assam, this tea is incredibly light and fragrant. It has a warm, malty, almost caramelly flavour to it and very little tannin, making it ideal to drink without milk.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Leigh Hamilton

This is one I shall have to try! Must drop into Pekoe next time I’m in Edinburgh; there are no decent loose tea shops in Glasgow, disappointingly.

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100
drank Silver Needle by PekoeTea
14 tasting notes

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100
drank Silver Needle by PekoeTea
14 tasting notes

Fruity, soft and fresh. Definite notes of melon and something like pear. Plus you can see all the little downy bits suspended in the water, it’s really fun.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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92
drank Silver Needle by PekoeTea
38 tasting notes

A lovely tea, pale, flavorful, excellent. Has hints of what they call melon, but I’d call cucumber, slightly tangy, and an overall really excellent tea enjoyed by my whole family.

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

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75
drank Pai Mu Dan by PekoeTea
2 tasting notes

A lovely white tea with a wonderful earthy aroma, sweet aftertaste and a hint of astringency.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Chai Rooibos by PekoeTea
1 tasting notes

i usually steep for ~6mins with tons of Sugar to add to teh sweetness of the tea already. W/o the sugar you can already taste the cinnamon. it keeps me pretty relaxed throughout the day. (i usually have my tea around 12:30-1pm)

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
theKENnection

I love the rooibos teas, dude. Haven’t tried a chai rooibos I don’t think, so I’ll have to hunt one down! Unless that one I tried at Starbucks was a chai rooibos…

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91
drank Silver Needle by PekoeTea
76 tasting notes

Silver Needle – one of the best teas you can buy :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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75

A fruity alternative to regular Oolong. Great in the morning.

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75
drank Chai Rooibos by PekoeTea
18 tasting notes

I added a full cube of brown sugar, much more tasty :)

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75
drank Chai Rooibos by PekoeTea
18 tasting notes

Much better with boiling water and approx. 6 min brewing time!

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