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94
drank Bai Hao Oolong by TeaVert
6770 tasting notes

LOVE this…but sending the rest to Susan :)

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89

Backlog and Sip Down! This one will be missed!

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86
drank Yunnan Black Gold by TeaVert
6770 tasting notes

Backlogging and sipdown…a few cups…see other notes :)

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89

Had 2 cups earlier today…see other notes…

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84
drank Mao Feng Green by TeaVert
4231 tasting notes

A lovely Mao Feng – grassy, yes, a little, but, while it once was off-putting for me, I find it quite nice now. This is sweet and delicious, with a lovely nutty tone in the background, and a hint of fruit flavor in the foreground.

Very pleasant. Very enjoyable.

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending this one my way.

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89

backlogging several cups from last week! A great tea, indeed! See previous notes :)

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89

This was my 2nd and 3rd cups this morning and it woke me up much better! Ahhhh! A nice sturdy black tea!! YAY

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86
drank Yunnan Black Gold by TeaVert
6770 tasting notes

Backlogging from yesterday…lovely.

Bold!
See other notes…

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68
drank Vithanakande OP1 by TeaVert
13 tasting notes

Smooth, is the first word that came to my mind. The leaves were a silverish grey, with a little bit of a lustre. This tea was unusual in that I can give it a mouthfeel; a creamy texture, likely a derivative of the smooth taste. If I didn’t brew the tea myself, i’d have sworn that someone had put some milk into the tea. This is a tea I will return to again and again.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Kashyap

I appreciated your comments on the ‘teavana’ thread….I agree also that WWII played a key role in eroding tea culture by adding a stigma to the influence of growing Asian cultural influence to the tea practice…the dominance of ‘European/English’ tea culture is still a predominate feature and it also created limitations to our understanding of tea…but I do agree, history is an important element in any tea understanding and without it we lose out on many levels of awareness in our appreciation

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90
drank Yunnan Black Gold by TeaVert
4231 tasting notes

Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.

This is an excellent Yunnan Gold. It has a lovely complexity to it. It has a sweet tone that is quite honey-like, as well as some very intriguing smoky and spice notes, and an interesting cocoa note that weaves its way through the sip. It finishes with a somewhat strong, dry astringency and there is very little aftertaste. A very nice cuppa, indeed.

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drank Bai Hao Oolong by TeaVert
6770 tasting notes

Oh! This is terrific! VERY wonderful Bai Hao Oolong! I really REALLY like it! YUM!
It smells slightly fruity but it tastes very clean and crisp and it’s mouthwatering and has near-like honey (almost type homey) notes underneath!

REALLY Wonderful!
Homey (or Homie) LOVES it!

Infusin_Susan

Sounds great! I like Oriental Beauty teas that have that honey note; it’s such a lovely flavor.

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89

Lovely! Rich! Bold! Excellent Standby! Had two cups already today! Thanks LiberTEAs!

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90
drank Bai Hao Oolong by TeaVert
4231 tasting notes

sigh what a lovely Oolong. I agree with Geoffrey, this tastes a lot like a Formosa Oolong.

Such a smooth, rich flavor. Wonderful sweetness. Nice peach tones in the background.

I’m off to write a review of this beauty!

Shinobi_cha

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I’ve been meaning to ask someone who knows for a while…how does one type italics? (I figure it is similar to bold, which I accidentally figured out)

LiberTEAS

Use underscore _ before and after the word you want in italics. :)

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68
drank Mao Feng Green by TeaVert
344 tasting notes

Mao Fengs are a love-it/hate-it steep affair, but I mostly find them “okay”. They were the quintessential green tea that I use as a barometer for others – smack dab in the middle. This is a middle-of-the-road green tea. It has a good smell and taste, but it doesn’t really stand out from the crowd. Slightly vegetal, partially creamy, and all around “eh, it’s there.”

Full Review: http://www.teaviews.com/2011/02/14/review-teavert-mao-feng-green-organic/

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Yunnan Black Gold by TeaVert
6770 tasting notes

Had a cup of this earlier…pretty smooth for a Yunnan but I think that is what makes this one unique! I like it! See my other note on this one…

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92

Today I steeped it for just 3 minutes and it’s perfect. Rich, smooth and delicious. One of the maltiest Assam teas that I’ve encountered! Delightful!

There is a delightful caramel undertone to this that is crave-worthy, and a really toothsome character as well. Lovely! Yummmmmmmm!

I’m off to write a full-length review for the SororiTea Sisters blog!

PS: increasing my numeric rating too, now that I’ve found the right parameters!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85

This was more unusual than the typical Ceylons I’ve tried. The character of it was robust, malty…but in contrast to that also had a smooth, floral delivery. I attribute the oddities to the fact that it’s a low-grown, whole leaf varietal. If the initial aroma doesn’t grab you, nothing will – like chocolate-covered cherries dipped in brandy.

Full Review: http://www.teaviews.com/2011/02/04/review-teavert-vithanakande-op1-2/

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Mao Feng Green by TeaVert
6770 tasting notes

Mellow-sweet
Slightly buttery vegetable-esque
subtle grassiness
grassy/dried apricot aftertaste
Darn good Green!
Full Review coming soon to SororiTEA Sisters!

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86
drank Yunnan Black Gold by TeaVert
6770 tasting notes

This is semi-smokey yet fairly rich and malty. It smells more like honey than that other Yunnan’s I have tried thus far. It’s a pretty strong one, too! The smokey and peppery notes are wonderful. As it cools I can pick up on a a chewier and sweeter taste than before while drinking the hotter version. This is a goodie!

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92

What a lovely Assam! It has a rich, delicious taste with a nice malty character. I steeped it according to package directions, which suggested a 4 – 5 minute steep time, and next time I think I am going to reduce that to 3 minutes. While this is good, I do detect a bit of bitterness to it that may be reduced when steeped for less time.

After adding some milk to the cup, the bitterness goes away, and I have a delicious, creamy cuppa! YUM YUM YUM!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Bai Hao Oolong by TeaVert
344 tasting notes

The vendor site claims this is a tea from Fujian Province, but “Bai Hao” (or White Hair) Oolong actually stems from Taiwan. And on taste, I’m more apt to believe this is a Formosan oolong. It brews a bright gold liquor with a first flush pekoe-ish nose. The taste is definitely more reminiscent of Taiwanese oolongs I’ve had, reminding me quite a bit of Superior Taifu with its grape-like notes and crisp foretaste. An enjoyable cup…wherever the heck its from.

Full Review: http://www.teaviews.com/2011/02/07/review-teavert-bai-hao-oolong/

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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