22 Tasting Notes

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Birthday tea #2, this one from my son. The dark liquor is strong, robust and flavorful. A tad astringent, but nothing at all unpleasant. I can sense a vague hint of tropical something underneath. Not too complex of a flavor, but all in all a great morning cuppa.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85
drank China Rose Congou by TeaFountain
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I got this today for my birthday along with a few other teas. I’ll log the others in the coming days.

Normally, scented teas or ones mixed with other herbs don’t really do it for me, but I love this blend. The aroma that comes from the dry leaves and flower petals is amazing, just dripping with rose essence. The brew smells just as marvelous. The quality of the black tea itself is quite good, displaying not even the faintest of hint of any astringency or bitterness, while still being producing robust, full-flavored yet light-in-the-mouth liquor. Reddish amber in color, the brew has a natural sweetness bursting of roses. A good any-time tea, I would make this morning, noon, or night.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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82

Disregard steep time, the flower stayed in the pot. Pouring a cup out at around 7 revealed a pale golden yellow liquor that had a very light flavor. Absolutely no grassy or vegetal taste, only a light floral essence with a hint of honey-like natural sweetness. Maybe a whisper of melon, perhaps cantaloupe.

A bit later around 15 -20 minutes into the pot, the second cup tasted much like the first, but if anything somehow less flavorful. It still retains its honey-sweetness, but has lost some of the flowery bouquet. Odd, for having steeped about an extra 10 minutes.

3rd cup @ about 10 minutes longer of a steep time. Tastes about the same, as #2, but with just a tad bit of chalky astringency on the back of my tongue. Interesting how this doesn’t get really get stronger over time.

Again, 10 minutes later. Still honey-sweet, but now it has a light vegetal flavor of a good green tea, and the astringency has vanished. #5 is quite a different cup than the previous ones.

6th and final cup, 10 minutes later. Quite grassy and green now, almost a little too much. Not much sweetness left. Still decent.

Hehe and in case anyone is wondering if I’m running from pot to cup to little boys room, I’m using a small pot and a 2 oz cup.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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drank Gyokuro by Alice's Tea Cup
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Dark twisty leaves brew up a pale green liquor. Very slightly vegetal flavor, with hints of nuttiness and a good amount of natural sweetness. Light and crisp.

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

Which chapter was this at?

DavidT

Chapter? My house, I guess. A friend brought me 2 teas from Alice’s Tea Cup for sampling, this and a herbal chai.

Ricky

Woaps, sorry! I thought you drank it at the tea house. I forgot about purchasing tea from there :D

DavidT

That’s fine, no worries :). I’m in northern California, but my friend brought it back from a trip to the east coast. He said he got it in the shop off of Lexington maybe? West side Manhattan is as much as he can recall presently.

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drank Mountain Wūlóng by World Market
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Thin, dark and wiry leaves brew this tea to an almond golden colored liquor. The first taste on the palate is vegetal but soon fades away and is replaced by sweet, fruity/floral aspects. There isn’t much of an after taste, per se, but is more like breathing fresh springtime meadow air for the next 15 minutes.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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75

The dark twisty leaves of this tea unfurl to brew a very light golden liquor. A very light vegetal flavor blends with a slight nutty/earthy richness. There’s something almost ‘crisp’ about this brew, it would probably make a great iced tea. I didn’t feel it needed any sugar added due to it’s light nature and lack of any bitterness.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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82

I’m excited to try this tea. The dry leaves are a lovely chocolate brown color with many golden tips, and they emit a hickory smoke/earthy scent. I wonder if it will taste as it smells.

Just like the Rohini Estate, I’m left with a myriad of downy hairs floating on the surface of the green-gold liquor. The brew has a subtle sweet scent, with a tad of that smokiness still hinted at in the steam. Initial sips give off a vegetal, yet robust dark flavor. A tad bit of astringency accompanies the taste, but just like the Namring Estate, it’s not enough to make it bitter. So far no hints of the woodsmoke in the mix. Hints of flora. All in all, quite a good cuppa tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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78

The leaves of this tea brew a light coppery-green liquor. A sweet smell of steam rolls from the cup, and the brew itself has a thin light feel in the mouth. The muscatel flavor has a slight astringency to it, but not so much to make it bitter and unpleasant, while slight notes of vegetation fill out the flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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94

This wonderful Darjeeling brews up a very light pale green-yellow, and the leaves have enough downy hair covering them to leave some gently floating on the waters meniscus. The smell is rich and slightly malty, with a similar flavor. Vegetal and slight fruity notes round out this fine liquor.

Edit: Came back to bump up the rating. This tea is great, and changes flavor as it cools. So many shades of fruityness, flowers, berries, and fresh crisp vegitation. Second brew is almost as good as the first.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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