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92
drank Pai Mu Tan by Unknown
159 tasting notes

Ah Pai Mu Tan
You understand me and support me,
Encourage and exhort me to better things
On soft orange yellow wings of taste, aroma and style
Salty and sweet and complete

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Pai Mu Tan by Unknown
159 tasting notes

I am specifically reviewing a cup that is a long way down the chain.
Yesterday, I made a Pai Mu Tan for myself and my better half at about 3pm. Nice
I did a second small steep on the spot.
Just before dinner at about 7pm I had another. Thean around 8:15 had another.
So, now we come to this one. It’s the next wmorning, just before seven. This tea has produced 5 cups from 4 steepings prior to this; and we come to number 6 or 5 depending on your point of view.
It’s a little insipid.
I was asking too much of it. To be fair, it has no bitterness, no staleness, nothing wrong at all – just a little underflavoured.
It would be unfair for me to change the rating. This tea has done very well.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Pai Mu Tan by Unknown
159 tasting notes

So, this is my favourite tea? And it’s a white? And it’s not Indian? Hard to believe. two months ago I would have laughed at the idea!
I think that the fact that I start the day with this tea means it is the most likely to get logged – I had about 7 cups of various teas yesterday that weren’t. I just don’t get the time.
But still I love it.
I’ve had a bad night, woke up with a migraine aboround 5:30, took some Disprin Forté and awoke at 7am with the taste of salicylates and opiates in my mouth.
Uggghhh!
Restore me please, oh wonderful tea!
This is a perfectly balanced cup, even though it’s about 450ml.
The liquor firstly cleaned my tongue, before the second sip started stripping the furry feeling from the back of the roof of my mouth.
Third sip and there’s the tea in all its glory. Its slight dry mouthfeel is not quite what I need, but I’ll just have some more.

Now a third of the way down, and I am truly refreshed.
It’s Australia Day, so I have the day off, a wonderful sunny Adelaide Day, it’s 7:20, time to head to the deck, enjoy the early morning breeze, contemplate the leg of lamb that has been marinating for two days, and think about how truly rich my life is.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
sophistre

Sorry to hear you’re not feeling well…but the prospect of a leg of lamb on a deck on a nice day seems like enough to make almost anything better!

Robert Godden

And tea! Lots and lots. I have already laid them out, an Assam for mid-morning. Moroccan mint in the heat of the day, Quince Rooibos mid arvo, and an Aussie Daintree with the lamb at dinner time.
And I’m clearly feeling better!

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92
drank Pai Mu Tan by Unknown
159 tasting notes

OK, I decided to experiment. How far can I go?
First steep – it’s 2pm. We are preparing to go grocery shopping, just a little tea before we go. It’s a warm day.
The Pai Mu Dan helps us get into a calm place before the shopping storm. This first infusion is velvety and sparkly – I’m drinking mine unsweetened. It has some mossy, foresty undertones and a solid white/green tea taste with no bitterness whatsoever.
TIME TRAVEL
It’s now 10:10 at night, and my better half has a headache, whereas I’m thirsty. Time for that second infusion.
The tea is doing the trick for both of us. This time, it’s woodier. The small amount of sugar I’ve added gives it almost a honey finish.
TIME TRAVEL
It’s now 6am, and I’m up an about, and in severe need of some refreshment. I steep the leaves in almost half a litre of water. Again a small amount of sugar.
A great start to the day. really cleans the palate.
While drinking it, I’m editing a video about it. So I know fancy another cup.
LITTLE BIT OF TIME TRAVEL
It’s 7am, and the Pai Mu Tan has run out of legs. I’ve used 2 grams, infused more than 1600ml of water through it over two days, and it’s very pale.
The taste is like a supermarket green teas bag, though without the bitterness.
It’s time for these leaves to be returned to the earth. They have given much.
Farewell, sweet tea!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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92
drank Pai Mu Tan by Unknown
159 tasting notes

Second steep on my last tasting note, about 1.5 hours later,
Enjoying this tea with a peach straight from the tree.
The peach changes the character of the tea, brings out almost an almondy taste. Either that or someone is poisoning me with cyanide. Quite a nice way to go, though.

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92
drank Pai Mu Tan by Unknown
159 tasting notes

Bless me Cyril, for I have sinned. It is eight hours since my last cup of tea.
OK, so I’ve been asleep for six of those, but that’s hardly an excuse.
I’ve decided intellectually that I do not need to sweeten this tea, even the first infusion. So Let’s see if my tastebuds agree.\… they do !
The first sip or two filled the night-dried cracks inside my mouth but soon the sweet, juicy taste and delicate fragrance filled my senses.
I love the way the flavour of this tea fills your whole mouth.
I’ll start steeping the second before I finish the first. All is as it should be.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 45 sec

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92
drank Pai Mu Tan by Unknown
159 tasting notes

Had to have another infusion. Just had to!
I wonder why I need to sweeten the first cup, but not thereafter?
Is it that the tea is sweeter every infusion?
Or am I sweeter for having consumed it?
Big questions indeed. perhaps another cuppa to help me think….

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 15 sec

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92
drank Pai Mu Tan by Unknown
159 tasting notes

Didn’t have this yesterday. It’s been a while since I went a day without.
Nice long steep in a one person pot, then decant all of the liquor into a mug.
The aroma is so delicate that the anticipation of this tea is not in the smell, it’s in the memory. i know how good it’s going to be.
Even though it’s summer, this tea always tastes like spring. It’s like the smell of fresh pine needles after a rain; it’s a mood elevator.
Currently my laptop is playing up, and my tea is behaving. I think the answer is to enjoy the tea and worry about the work later.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 15 sec

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92
drank Pai Mu Tan by Unknown
159 tasting notes

At this point, according to my tea log, which probably gets half my tea activity, this is my favourite. I doubt that at any time in the past my top tea would be a white or green.
This morning, it’s 6:30 and it is my first cup of the day. I haven’t eaten for two days, apart from the mildly controversial jelly regular readers have commented on.
So, it’s a pai mu tan.
I haven’t used some delicate 120ml teacup, here I have a mug the size of a handbasin. I’ve made up one Cyril’s worth – about 500ml – and I’m not afraid to re-steep.
The first sip of this, while it’s still a little hot, cools itself by burning my tongue and then slips across a very dry throat. It’s like bringing life back to the Sahara.
Never mind letting it cool, it’s into sip 2.
It’s warm and woody today. There’s a real melon taste to this brew. (In fact. I think I’ll nip out and get some rockmelon for breakfast)
After about 50ml, vitality is flowing again.
My mother is on EPO – you know the stuff athletes cheat with. In her case, she’s in her 60’s and has kidney disease. She describes the feeling immediately after she has her fortnightly injection as ‘making her want to go and jump over a house".
This feels the same. I wonder if they’ll ban it for runners?

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 45 sec

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92
drank Pai Mu Tan by Unknown
159 tasting notes

Pure Morning Bliss. 2 infusions.
I was about to shoot more on Assam but have gone off on a tangent with this.
I suffered a massive gall bladder attack last night, and rose several hours late, some what aspirin and codeine addled.
The was my saviour.
The whiteness is not exactly sweet, but yet not savoury. Like it exists outside of the normal rules.
3rd infusion highly likely!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 15 sec

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92
drank Pai Mu Tan by Unknown
159 tasting notes

OK, so this tea is my current obsession – I’m on my way to drop some change off to my son who is minding a small store today.
I’ve packed two japanese tea cups and a cute purple pot, plus my ever-dwindling Pai Mu Tan
We’ll be taking the water at 97% from the espresso machine, but I think the tea is unsuited to an infuser.
I’ll be commented as this Odyssey unfolds!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec
Robert Godden

First brew from the pot, smooth, strong. Liked by all. Earthy, green woody, bitterness is in the background.

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92
drank Pai Mu Tan by Unknown
159 tasting notes

As foreshadowed in my last post, it’s now 6:31 and I’ve just added 250ml of boiling water to the 2grams of Pai Mu Tan that I brewed at 9 last night, and then re-steeped around 6:10.
6:33 – Leaves are sooo unfurled, just floating around. Swish the pot and they look like sea creatures drifting.
6:35 – Wisps of ginger coloured liquor are spiralling from the buds
6:37 – just went out to my veggie garden and inhaled the scent of growing tomatoes, capsicum and zucchini. Comparing the scent to the tea, but it’s not really the same.
6:49 – Has the scent of a rainforest. And it’s time.
It sparkled like a mountain stream as I poured it. And taste is delicate – like teak and oak and blueberries.
Might be my tea experience of the day!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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92
drank Pai Mu Tan by Unknown
159 tasting notes

I had a lovely cup of this exquisite white at 9pm. Drained the leaves, left them overnight and added boiling water at 6am when I arose.
Delightful. Smooth and soft, still has that characteristic gentle woody, fruity palate.
As soon as I finish, I’ll have another go. Think of the antioxidants!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Pai Mu Tan by Unknown
159 tasting notes

Had six cups of this over the last two days. Rapidly becoming a favourite!
Nice slow steep brings out a mellow flavour. No bitterness.
Frangrant from about 5min steeping. Absolutely recommended to drain the pot as you drink and then resteep about 4 times over the day.
Aftertaste is a gentle lingering sweetness

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Oolong by Unknown
1705 tasting notes

Never have been able to source this one, but the price is still right at the Fox Farm bulk bin at a whopping 31 cents an ounce. It’s my husband’s favorite summer iced tea. Some oolongs get bitter when you sun-tea or cold steep them; this one has a roasted, nutty personality that takes abuse nicely.

It’s been my favorite kind of “get-to” day…been busy puttering (manufacturing a “fingerprint recognition sensor” for 9-year-olds with a ziplock bag of aloe vera gel) and shopping (buy 2, get 1 free used books at Vintage Stock). Believe I’ll pour me a big glass of this, put my feet up and rest from my exertions.

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78
drank Oolong by Unknown
1705 tasting notes

I may be able to source this one later; a work friend brought it to me and said she’d snap a phone picture of the box. She was disappointed because, and I quote, “I paid $15 for it and it smells like fish and paint thinner.”

(No, it doesn’t.)

Steeped, it has that characteristic, upper-end, fruity oolong fragrance. Nice yellow-orange color. Silky texture. Flavor is on the toasty end of the spectrum. Lick-lippy astringency.

MsWhatsit

I find it astonishing sometimes how much people’s tastes can differ.

gmathis

I’ve mentioned it before—-two people can drink the same tea and come up with (accurate, at least to their tastebuds) descriptions as different as cheese and powdered mouse tails :)

gmathis

Maybe that wasn’t the greatest analogy. Screamer workday has obviously fried my poor frazzled brain.

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78
drank Oolong by Unknown
1705 tasting notes

This anonymous family favorite is launching my first excursion into cooking with tea. We found a lookalike recipe for P.F. Chang’s oolong marinated sea bass online and it’s soaking in the fridge right now. Well, cod instead of sea bass…availability and frugality caused that substitution. (The beauty is the fact we haven’t tasted the original yet, so we won’t know if it’s way off the mark!)

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78
drank Oolong by Unknown
1705 tasting notes

I’m thinking the store may have switched up—or mixed—the leaves in my favorite cheapie bulk bin oolong. This batch wasn’t as large and stemmy as I usually expect, but still a nice green-and-brown blend. Yard mulch. Steeped up light and nutty for a morning-long writing session yesterday; the rest wasn’t bad chilled. And still 31 cents an ounce, bless the store. Can’t beat that.

Azzrian

Good Lord 31 cents an ounce!? WHAT store? LOL

gmathis

Fox Farm Foods … a little independently-owned health-food & specialty grocery store here in my hometown. A lot of their bulk teas come from San Francisco Herb & Spice, but this one I think is direct from overseas; I see the big dog-food sized bags they use to fill the bin.

ashmanra

The thought of a big bin of tea makes me tremble a little bit. I have a problem.

gmathis

…Makes you just want to stick your hands in it and sniff, huh? :)

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78
drank Oolong by Unknown
1705 tasting notes

This was one of the first things I picked up on my first re-stock the pantry run to Fox Farm (local health food and goodie store). Price hasn’t changed for months. Just a good, tawny, tasty oolong. And I still haven’t remembered to ask what the brand was…

Ellyn

Sometimes the best teas end up being the onces we have the least amount of information about!

potatowedges

True that.

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78
drank Oolong by Unknown
1705 tasting notes

This still continues to be my favorite cheap-keep-the-canister-filled-at-all-times tea; someday I shall ask to see the bag so I can actually see the brand. (Yeah, I’m sure the store clerk will enjoy toting a 50-pound feed sack off the top shelf just to entertain the customer…)

In the meantime, I played a bit this morning and did 2 parts shaved unsweetened coconut chips to 1 part of these oolong leaves. I believe I’ve found a new favorite blend-in. Coconut and …. any suggestions?

Cofftea

Coconut + green chai + lemongrass … and maybe just a tiny pinch of curry powder? Or Coconut + a peanut butter flavored tea + chai spices + curry

ashmanra

Oh my! That sounds delectable!

gmathis

MMM! I happen to have a nice little neglected canister of lemongrass that may need my attention!

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drank Oolong by Unknown
1705 tasting notes

Still haven’t unearthed the brand of this nice (and wonderfully inexpensive!) bulk tea from favorite local store, though I see big ol’ 25-pound bags on their shelves with characters I can’t deciper. It looks a little leafy and woody and stemmy dry, but is still a good pantry staple, especially on days when you want to be tugged awake instead of booted out the door.

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78
drank Oolong by Unknown
1705 tasting notes

We buy this in bulk…about 31 cents an ounce…at local health food store. Can’t beat it for the price! I’ll have to see if I can associate it with a brand. The leaves are big and loose and … well, leafy instead of tea-ey. It has a nice wet-earth sort of aroma and a hearty brown (as opposed to golden or black or chartreuse) flavor. Ices pretty well in the summer too.

laurenpressley

That sounds lovely! I wonder what brand it is… I have a few teas like this, too, where they’re good, but I’m not sure what company they come from.

gmathis

We literally scoop it out of a bin; I think I’ve seen some 20-pound feed-sack sized bags of the same on the shelf. (Can you imagine how long it would take to drink 20 pounds of tea?)

laurenpressley

That’s awesome! And I can’t even imagine with 20 pounds of tea looks like, let alone how long it would take to get through it! Fun stuff!

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87
drank Gen Mai Cha by Unknown
22 tasting notes

I need to get more of this. A small-leaf tea with roasted rice (some bits popped like popcorn) in it, I love this for relaxing. The smell is sweet and not very grassy, and the liquor is a pale gold. The taste is smooth and has a nutty undertaste that’s very subtle, almost like a cornsilk infusion.

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drank Oolong tea candy by Unknown
1269 tasting notes

I may be pushing the limits with this one. I debated whether or not it belonged on the board or in one of my own posts, but eventually I decided that since it’s made of primarily real tea and it’s built pretty much like my other posts so here it is.

Once upon a time I was in a travelling teabox, the very same that inspired the one I’m organising here (note! Sign up for the Travelling Teabox by emailing address and steepster username to me at [email protected] before dec 31st! Guidelines for participation can be found in this thread (http://steepster.com/discuss/102-travelling-teabox) on the board) and someone added these candies that I nabbed a couple of. Two red ginseng candies from Korea, containing sugar, maltose, red korean ginseng chunks, raw honey and peppermint, and two oolong tea candies from god knows where in Asia and containing oolong tea, maltose and sugar. (There were also a couple of maple candies which I’ve eaten long ago)

I’ve never had the guts to try either of these, but tonight I happened across them and I was feeling brave. It’s a sort of greenish dark grey colour and it smells vaguely of tea. It definitely does taste like a sweetened proper oolong tea, though. It’s like a dry cup of tea. It’s like…. sucking on the leaves after brewing. It tastes like the inside of the pot smells after a number of good steeps. I wish I could get my hands on more of these, because they’re really kinda yummy! One is definitely enough, but I could get addicted to these things.

(The ginseng ones didn’t actually have tea in them, smelled rather bad, and tasted worse… it was like sucking on a bit of dry toothpaste. The less said about those the better.)

Carolyn

I came across this today while looking at pu-erhs: http://www.puerhshop.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=105&products_id=725

They’re called pu-erh candies. I’m not certain whether they are actually candy or not. All I know is that they definitely have pu-erh in them.

Cofftea

Oolong and pu erh candies! WOW!!! I’ve only seen green tea ones before! I would agree w/ the “pushing the limits” (at least for current steepster usage, I’m praying we’ll some day be able to offically log tea food items/accessories/wares)- but this is just too cool! This is the very reason I want that idea implemented:)

Cofftea

@Carolyn, it isn’t actual candy. It’s brewed so I’m thinking they use the word candy instead of cake maybe?

takgoti

I can totally see myself becoming addicted to these.

Angrboda

Carolyn, those look awesome. Just right for travel sized. Although I can just see someone getting one and try to eat it. LOL! :D

Takgoti, I am blessed with not knowing how to get more. Really. If I knew, I might get myself in trouble.

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