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70
drank Assam Blend by The Pleasures of Tea
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This is a nice blend of assam teas. However it is not spectacular, just above average. It tastes good. Only bought a one ounce sample of it a couple of weeks back. It’s somewhat malty and there is a little hint of sourness, just a hint.

I brewed this one time in a Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 minutes.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Bought an ounce of this tea from the store while I was there last week. The leaves look for all the world like shou puerh. I have never seen sheng leaves that look like this. These leaves look fermented. My initial thought is that she was sold an aged shou puerh and her source told her it was an aged sheng. If it was a shou puerh it has cleared completely. I will attach the Instagram photos so others can give their opinions about this tea. She only sells it in store and not on her website. Also, I don’t doubt that 99% of her customers have a lot less experience with puerh than I do. This tastes for all the world to me like an aged ripe. It just doesn’t taste like a sheng to me. In the end I just don’t know. As to the tea itself. There was no fermentation taste to this so I suppose she could be right. It was fairly bitter throughout most of the eight steeps I gave it. In color I couldn’t tell if it was an aged sheng or an aged shou. Whatever it is it just isn’t that good.

I steeped this eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 7g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec.
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Preparation
Boiling 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
curlygc

If it walks like a duck…

AllanK

curlygc, I called the woman who sold me this and told her it was shou. She continued to insist it was sheng. It still looks like shou to me, albeit an aged shou because it had no fermentation flavor at all.

mrmopar

The leaves look a little too black and carbonized to me for a sheng. Could you pick out any whole leaves from the brew to see if you could open them up?

AllanK

Mr Mopar. already threw the leaves out. Too late to pick out leaves and I am in no rush to drink this again. It wasn’t very good in truth. The dry leaves look like shou too. There is a subtly difference between the leaves of an aged sheng and a shou before you brew them and these look like shou. The woman who sold me this tea insisted they were sheng though. She could be lying, she could just not know what she is talking about.

Cwyn

Back in those days puerh often was mixed raw with shou. The thinking was that no one wanted to drink raw puerh, so it was made more palatable by adding shou. I’m sure this practice is still going on, just not to the same extent. I have a sheng/shou tea brick from the early 2000s.

AllanK

I did consider that possibility. But I was not sure from the taste.

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This tea has a malty note and unfortunately a sour note. It’s not so sour as to be undrinkable but it’s not that great.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This is pretty good, but not as good as the chocolate puers I have had from some other vendors. The chocolate does a fair job of covering up the earthy taste of the puer. The chocolate taste is not as strong as I’d like. Overall it is good.

Brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 30 seconds after giving it a 10 second rinse.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This tea is not as good as the other breakfast blends I got from The Pleasures of Tea. It is malty and it is a little sour. Not so sour as to be undrinkable but it is not that great. Can’t give this one a high rating.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min. I think this one would be better with lower temperature water.

Flavors: Malt, Sour

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70

This tea is smooth and not malty as you expect a breakfast blend to be. It’s got a bit of a subdued fruity note in the background. That’s not real strong either. This is a blend of Assam and Yunnan teas and it’s pretty decent. It reminds me a little of something like Lipton in a way because it doesn’t seem to have any strong flavors. This is not to say it is without flavor, they are all just subdued. I do find I like this tea.

I brewed this once in a 12oz tea mug with 2 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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78

This tea is good. It is malty. It is a little fruity in flavor, not sure what fruit. It is a little bitter, it is a little astringent. It is a nice breakfast tea. Only bought a one ounce sample of this.

Brewed this one time in a 12oz infuser mug with 2 tsp leaf and boiling water for approx 4 minutes.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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69

This tea is not bad and not great, it is somewhere in between. It has a strong flavor of raspberries. They also taste somewhat artificial even though I think they are not artificial. I don’t specifically recommend this tea but I recommend anyone local go to the Infuse Tea Bar and the Pleasures of Tea. It is a great store.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.

Flavors: Raspberry

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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90

This tea is slightly good. It is slightly malty with notes of raisins and baked bread, I think, hard to be sure if I am describing it right. It is a tasty straight black with a high proportion of buds in the mix. There is a certain subtle sweetness to the tea. I can tell this even though I added sugar for real sweetness.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Raisins

Preparation
3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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83

I am drinking decaf tonight as it is another week of frightfully early days. I bought this one from The Pleasures of Tea the other day. Compared to other decaf it is pretty good. Compared to regular tea it is decent but not great. I will attempt to compare it to other decaf. It is fairly sweet tasting although I added sugar and am unsure how much sweetness is behind the sugar in the tea. The flavor of the pomegranate is nice and fruity. The background tea has a slight bitterness but not much, not enough to make this an unenjoyable tea.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min. I would recommend this but only in comparison to other decafs, when compared to a non decaf it is one step down.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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85

This tea is fairly complex with some sweet notes. It is also slightly bitter, just slightly. There are some smokey notes as well. This is a relatively good tea but not one I would probably buy again. I will have to gongfu it to see if it improves.

I brewed this once ini an 18oz teapot with 4 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Smoke, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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80
drank Peach Oolong by The Pleasures of Tea
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I brewed this again today, radically different from last time. This time I used 160 degree water and gave it much less time. It is noticeably improved. It is still not incredible though as peach oolong should be. The peach flavor is improved steeped like this. There is no longer any bitterness. There is still a touch of sourness, but no longer so much that I wouldn’t want to drink this tea. At least I didn’t waste my money as I thought.

I brewed this one time in an 18oz teapot with 160 degree water and 2.5 tsp leaf for 1 min 15 sec.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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80
drank Peach Oolong by The Pleasures of Tea
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Drinking this one again today, decided not to give up on it. I did change the brewing parameters. I lowered the temperature significantly and lessened the steep time. The sour notes are now mostly gone, thank god. The peach flavor is slightly tart but is not bad. Still this is not a tea I would buy again.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 160 degree water for 2 min.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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80
drank Peach Oolong by The Pleasures of Tea
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This tea is not bad and not great. It is slightly bitter and slightly sour. I falls into the category of “I wish I hadn’t bought four ounces” tea. The peach flavor is not bad, just a little off.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 190 degree water and 3 tsp leaf for 3 min.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
TeaBrat

I know the feeling… :)

AllanK

As I bought 4 ounces I will try brewing this at 175 degrees and see how it is.

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90

This tea is good. While it may be called Brandy Oolong the notes I am getting are pure red wine. They are strong and sweet. There is no bitterness to this tea and no astringency or malt flavor.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 190 degree water and 3 tsp leaf for 3 min.

Flavors: Red Wine

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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87

This is an excellent tea. It is somewhat sweet with almost no bitterness. It is good. It doesn’t taste quite as good as when they brewed it at the Pleasures of Tea Infuse Tea Bar.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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87

This is a tasty sweet (not meaning sugar) oolong with almost no bitterness. It was brewed for me today at the Infuse Tea Bar at the Pleasures of Tea, a store/tea bar in West Sayville, NY. I got a variety of notes and a little sugar brought out an unusually sweet plum or berry note, not sure which. This was a good tea. I bought about four oolongs from the Pleasures of Tea today. I hope they are all as good as this one. This had sweet notes and it was brewed western style. I shall soon gongfu it and see what I get.

This was brewed four times in a 10oz tea pot. I am guessing the leaf quantity was about 3 tsp. The water was around 190 degrees and the steep times were around 3 min each.

Flavors: Plums

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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82

This tea is a reasonably good Chrysanthemum Puerh mini tuo cha. I gave the tea two rinses as I did not break it up first. The first steep was light and tasty. The second steep I forgot to give less time to. It was over brewed and the earthy flavor of the puerh was a little too powerful. I lowered the time on the third steep and it was improved. This tea goes into the category of teas I will probably finish but probably not buy again. It is good but a fairly average quality tuo cha.

I brewed this 4 times in a 220ml gaiwan with boiling water and one tuo cha, about 6.8g leaf. I gave it two rinses and brewed it for 15 sec, 15 sec, 10 sec, and 15 sec.

Flavors: Earth

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 tsp 7 OZ / 220 ML

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68

This is a very chocolaty rooibos. I chose this onew tonight because I am avoiding caffeine. I really wanted to brew up some shou in my new teapot but that will have to wait. I’m letting it soak in the tea water overnight to finish seasoning anyway.

This tea falls short of what a really great rooibos should taste like. So far I am only 50/50 with my teas bought from The Pleasures of Tea. They did sell me an incredible gaiwan though. I can’t describe what it is I don’t like about this tea, I just don’t think that much of it. Its not bad enough to throw out, I just would not buy it again. There is somoething slightly off putting about the taste, don’t know what.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with boiling water and 3 tsp leaf for 5 min.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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62

I bought this tea because it smells incredible. That aroma does not translate into taste however. The tea liquid brewed cloudy for a start. The chocolate flavor is there, but it seems as if it is stale or something. I don’t recommend this tea. It is not bad enough for me to throw out but I’m glad I only bought 2 ounces.

I brewed this in an 18oz teapot with 185 degree water and 3 tsp leaf for 3 min.

Flavors: White Chocolate

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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87

This is without a doubt the most unusual puerh I have ever drank. They call it witches brew puerh because it is sold in puerh bundles that look like a witches broom. It doesn’t taste like one though. It was pretty good. It had an aged taste in the first infusion. This quickly mellowed out and smoothed out. By the third infusion this unpleasant aged taste was gone and the brew got smoother. By the fifth infusion it was very smooth.

I brewed this six times in my new green gaiwan. The gaiwan is great, the handle portion doesn’t get hot. It is an easy gaiwan style so there’s no propping the top on the gaiwan to pour. I bought the tea and the gaiwan at The Pleasures of Tea in West Sayville, New York today.

I brewed this six times in a 150ml gaiwan. I used 4.5g leaf and 200 degree water. I steeped it for 15 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, and 1 min.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
boychik

Love the setup. Sheng looks unusual and fun;)

mj

Allan, you’re going to have to build a wing onto your house for all your teaware! What are great problem to have :)

AllanK

I keep having to find creative ways to store it. It takes up two kitchen cabinets, one coffee table with a big tea table, a small tea table and the space underneath the coffee table.

This was a fun sheng, most unusual. I just couldn’t resist it. I might not have bought it had I not been right there.

The gaiwan is great. The upper portion doesn’t get hot. It is easy to pour.

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81

This is another tea from the Pleasures of Tea. It is a mildly bitter, mildly astringent, decaf black tea. It has strong berry flavor and an aroma to die for. It is the best decaf tea I have purchased in a long while.

I brewed this one time in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.

Flavors: Raspberry

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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85
drank Hei Cha by The Pleasures of Tea
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This was tasty tea. I can’t give you the exact brewing parameters of this tea because it was brewed for me at the Infuse Tea Bar in West Sayville, NY. She steeped this four times for me western style, several minutes on each steep. The result was a delightful, sweet brew that only needed a tiny about of sugar (about 1/4 tsp) to cut the fermentation flavor. It will be even better when I brew this Gongfu style. If you live anywhere on the south shore of Long Island or even the North Shore you should visit this place. They have a sit down tea bar where they prepare any tea for you hot or cold. It was a rare experience for one used to making my own tea, not at all like having the staff at Teavana make you a cup of tea. They also have 300 teas that they sell including real Yellow tea and everything else. They have a very nice selection of teaware too.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
boychik

that sounds wonderful;) glad you had a great experience

AllanK

This was a really good tea, a liu bao I think even though she classed it a puerh. She called it hei cha and puerh is not usually considered hei cha. I bought 2 ounces and plan to gongfu it later in the week. Tomorrow I will brew the Puerh Cake I bought a 2011 Shou. I was able to get the name and tea factory from Teachat and Instagram respectively. She did not know a name or factory and it wasn’t written in english.

Clipper Ship Tea Company is supposed to be getting in Puerh cakes as well.

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I am not going to give this one a numerical rating because I don’t have anything to compare it to, having drank yellow tea only once before. It was not bad for a first attempt. It was not bitter or astringent. It was slightly floral. It had just a bit of a sour note that I did not like. Overall, the tea was decent. If I get a chance to try some yellow tea that is recommended by others I will then give this a number in comparison.

I brewed this once in a 18oz teapot with 175 degree water and 3 tsp leaf for 3 min.

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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