60 Tasting Notes

75

I totally botched brewing this at first because I tried to brew it using my newly acquired gaiwan. Note to self: practice using the gaiwan with cold water before using it with boiling water. I have used the gaiwan a couple of times fine with boiling water, but I found myself fumbling it when having to deal with the short steep times.
It’s quite a few steeps in and a few times I had a mouthful of nastiness for the above reasons. The last 40 sec. one resulted in a light honey infused brew with no astringency and a lingering sweetness. These relatively young green puerh can be very touchy, but give them some time and attention then they turn out to be just fine.

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This is probably a 2008 Darjeeling. It’s not on offer at SpecialTeas this year, and came in a sample collection that is a pretty good value.
Light and floral with a bright lemon grassy taste. It’s good, and I’m pleased with it. I’m not rating this since I’d recommend a more seasonal Darjeeling to anyone, but it’s not bad at all.
A well stored Darjeeling in sealed packaging can sometimes be excellent even when faded, and a bargain when it’s discounted to make room the new seasons harvest.

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75

This has that typical velvety Keemun smoke and chocolate, but this has stronger perfumy floral notes than other Keemun I’ve tried.

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75

This is an absolutely delicious oolong. Very sweet and aromatic.

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75

Everybody likes a little Golden Monkey.

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After drinking a lot of green or raw puerh, I’m turning back to the fermented or cooked puerh I have. It seems that the lighter hand at steeping I’ve developed with the greens also improves the cooked immensely. Rather than being a curious taste experience, this tastes good.

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Pleasant and mild. The flavors evolve and it actually becomes sweeter after multiple steeps. Not a lot of character though.

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75

This tea benefits from low initial steep times (~15 sec. +- 5). It has that strange back of mouth perfume thing going on. Something’s right with this.

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75

When I got up I put a teaspoon of the pearls in a tea thermos. I just kept refilling and drinking from the thermos until midday. Very nice.

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75

I’m using the suggested steep times and really enjoying it.

Gongfu style: Full boil, 1g per 30ml, 20s rinse, stand after rinsing for 60s, 1st steep 20s, 2nd steep 15s, 3rd steep 15s … increase the seconds incrementally.

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