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The Essence of Tea

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drank 2011 Mansai by The Essence of Tea
4224 tasting notes

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this Puerh.

This has a smoky flavor to it which melds nicely with the earthy notes. Notes of wood, and a bitterness that contrasts with the sweetness… I don’t usually taste bitterness in a Puerh, and this isn’t a distasteful kind of bitterness, but a savory one which adds to the richness and complexity of the overall cup. As I continue to sip, the sweetness seems to increase as the bitterness becomes smoother.

Enjoyable.

Bonnie

Lucky you!

ScottTeaMan

I really like Puerh teas, and have never had one with any bitterness. I’ve recently decided that for me, a really good Puerh is tasty anytime! I have been reaching for other teas in the hotter weather. The Bana Denong Wild 2010 was really good!

LiberTEAS

With this tea, the bitterness starts out as a savory bitter taste, and evolves toward a more sour note. It’s actually quite interesting, how this tea develops.

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81

Having a cup of this while sending some to LiberTeas and DaisyChubb! A remarkable LS!

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this Tie Guan Yin. It’s lovely!

This is quite different from other Tie Guan Yin Oolongs that I’ve tried. The floral notes are prominent, with very little vegetal quality. There is a slight toasted, nutty flavor to this cup and this complements the honey-esque sweetness of the cup.

Pleasant, silky mouthfeel, and an overall pleasing cup of tea. Very spring-like!

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I really enjoyed this one. It probably has (for me) the best price/quality ratio from teas I’ve tried from EoT. Its energy is very good, the tea tastes nice and complex. I could not find any weakness. More notes at: http://jakubtomek.blogspot.com/2012/03/1980s-bamboo-wrapped-tuocha.html

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A fine aged tea, nicely priced. It has still remains of youth in it, a lot of strength. More notes at: http://jakubtomek.blogspot.com/2012/02/1997-hen-li-chang-bulang.html

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I steeped this tea over the course of two consecutive days. I started yesterday morning, but found myself running late to work, and needing to abandon the session much to my dismay. I actually found it hard to pull myself away from the tea, and admittedly, had a bit of a sulk while getting ready.

While there was a decidedly humid aroma and flavor with the initial steepings, it quickly dissipated by the third steeping. The tea at all points of the session was remarkably clean however, never muddy.

The liquor was thick and coating well into the latter part of the second day. It presented an exceptional level of vaporous camphor, vaguely reminiscent of a blue basil which I planted this past summer in my yard.

The sweetness of the broth grew in intensity throughout the two sessions until the leaves were thoroughly spent.

One of the last, and for some reason most memorable, notes I detected was musty rose.

The tea was incredibly calming. I remained in a languorous state for some time following the second session this morning. I think I could possibly still taste the broth if I coaxed my memory hard enough to recall it some 5 hours on…

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This is an excellent example of an aged pu-erh tea. The taste is very true to the description: complex, very smooth, and without a hint of astringency. The notes I find in the flavor are decaying leaves, wood, earth, dates and leather. Quite earthy in fact. The tea has a wonderfully rich amber-brown color even on the first steeping. The whole experience of drinking this tea is like walking through a deciduous forest after a heavy rainfall.

There is a lot of energy in this tea as my head seems to be in the clouds now after a couple of infusions.

Overall this is an excellent tea and a good place to start exploring aged pu-erhs.

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I found some of this tea in my cupboard. I remember ordering a small package of this tea at summer, appareantly I’ve tasted it once before. I feel bad of drinking this now, as this isn’t clearly anymore at its prime.

Taste is interesting. Slightly nutty, with strong oily taste and texture, with some burnt notes. Has definantly been an interesting tea, now tasting slightly weird, little off. Leaves do look ok, although not as nice as one would expect of Shifeng Mingqian… Hard to say as I don’t remember taste of this fresh, now I tend to think that this isn’t probably what its claiming to be. Nevertheless, tastes good, longjingish and looks beautiful in a glass.

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This tea is coursing through my veins at the moment which frankly may become an issue as I need to cycle to work in a bit. The coating in my mouth is generous, and appears to not have any immediate plans to dissipate. My temperature is elevated, my palms are sweaty, my head is… well, it’s really rather blissed out at the moment. I want to stay with this tea all day right now. My furry drinking companion is looking at me in the oddest fashion. She may be wondering why I look so oddly contented. :) Happy.

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I posted on this tea at greater length on the EoT website, but wanted to make mention of it here as well. Oolongs were my intro to the culture of teas some years ago and will always have a special place in my heart because of that, however of recent I noted that my desire for them had begun to wane in favor of red or puerh. This tea however, changed this dramatically. I once again find myself looking for oolongs to steep.

While the aroma and taste of this tea are exceptionally complex (notes of roasted sugar cane, wood, earth…), it really is the effect of the cha qi that lingers with you at considerable length. During my first session with this tea, it sunk deep into my chest before radiating out into my limbs. It was so beautifully calming that I struggle to remember another time in my life that mirrors it. A truly outstanding tea that deserves attention.

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90

Many of you have seen – on occasion – me posting “For the rest of the day I will be drinking” posts…well…today is one of those days!

For the rest of today…I will be drinking an assortment of Green Teas.

Sometimes the body just needs certain things and my body is saying drink more green tea today! So that is what I am going to do :)

I have also been considering a detox – just trying to figure out which one is right for me, I suppose.

So…here is the first of my green teas for today. It’s so cold I can’t seem to keep my tea warm today. Oh well. Anyhow…This is very velvety and a clean green tea. It’s a little sweet but also a little vegetal and a little floral. YUMMY. I have had this one before and added a short tasting note regarding my first experience if you want to check that out as well :)

In the words of Jason Hawes from Ghost Hunters…On to the next :)

K S

I thought you were going to say… “What the hell was that?” ;^)

TeaEqualsBliss

LMAO! Niiice! :) That’s awesome!

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88

This tea is just incredibly pure even the leaves look it. Very smooth and lite mushroomy citrus tastes a faint pleasant bitterness. A very delicate nuanced young sheng.

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Excellent The best young pu-erh by Nada That I have had the priviledge of tasting and up their on listmy best young pu-erhs I have ever tasted.

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SIPDOWN! A very naturally sweet black! Delish! See other notes :)

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good value everyday drinking puerh… no it isn’t as complex as a cake from the 80s would be and it is a fraction of the price! very refreshing, with real energy and a gentle bite

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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85

Real Lapsang – it is absolutely glorious and well well worth the cost… best brewed gongfu rahter than western

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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81

A nice even oolong. Slightly sweet and slightly floral. Not overly intense in anyway. More woodsy as it cools! Even a little brothy. Nice cuppa!

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backlogging a cup from earlier today…it’s been a crazy one!

I’ll be sad to see this one go from my stash! It’s a goodie! Upping the rating! :)

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90

Dry this smells like Zucchini
Post infusion it just smells FRESH!

It’s incredibly clean and slightly nutty.

Two Thumbs Up! YUM!

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87

even sweetness and medium strength! 2 cups for today! See previous notes :)

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87

Upon opening this bag of pu-erh it smelled gently sweet AND sour. As for the 1st infusion I found it to be mellower that I anticipated which was a nice surprise. The post-infused color was that of a white tea, almost. The texture was slightly buttery on the tongue and was a sweet-wood type taste. The after taste was also pleasant. I did notice the cooler it got at room temp the sweet it got. I will be doing multiple infusions for this one to compare but first impressions are good ones :)

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