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24 Tasting Notes

84

From a sample – quite a lovely golden color, with a flavor that has mellowed over time. It tastes a hint minty and earthy at the same time. Drinking quite well in early 2013.

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Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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92
drank Silver Needle by PekoeTea
24 tasting notes

A lovely tea, pale, flavorful, excellent. Has hints of what they call melon, but I’d call cucumber, slightly tangy, and an overall really excellent tea enjoyed by my whole family.

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175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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94

My wife and I really like this tea for its beautiful color, deep strong taste, its depth of flavor, and overall enjoyment…and it supposedly lowers one’s blood pressure. We liked it so much that we requested that our local natural food store carry it. It is currently a real favorite at my house.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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87

Wow, this has changed a bit over the last 3 months. Still a bit astringent, it has integrated its flavors nicely and now has a nice floral note to go with its green flavors. It is beginning to develop some depth. Good stuff.

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Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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89

I would echo the description of this tea stated in its intro. It is a mellow, full flavored, earthy tea that is quite harmonious. Color is quite attractive, deep red-orange, with an earthy aroma. I like it, and it is available for a reasonable price. My tea was from a sample provided by YunnanSourcing.

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87

I just made a small pot of the cream Earl Gray and it was excellent. I have tended to shy away from Earl Gray because there are quite a few that I have found heavy handed with the bergamot, but this tea was flavorful, a touch creamy, well balanced and subtle. My 93 year old mom and I both enjoyed it together.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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89

This is a very young raw pu-erh cake with good potential for aging. This note was done on 12/25/2011 and I echo the comments made by Yunnan Sourcing about the orchid fragrance. It has a well balanced taste which has changed over the steepings done in my yixing teapot, and it does have a penetrating taste/aroma. I bought a sample of this tea from which this pot is derived, and will purchase a cake for medium to long term aging.

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Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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92
drank Original Masala Chai by Yogic Chai
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Fantastic masala chai. The flavors were very clean and precise. My 93 year old mother enjoyed it, my wife enjoyed it, and I enjoyed it as well. I prepared it per instructions on their website (added the tea to boiling water, steeped 2 minutes, added about 1/4 milk, and some sweetener) and voila, wonderful and enjoyable tea. Delicious, delightful, and I ordered more.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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87

This is a very young raw (sheng) pu-erh which is quite astringent now (12/2011). It has a strong and vibrant flavor, green with a stony, earthy quality, and with a savory note that bodes well for aging in my view. I’m going to bury this cake deep in my stack and come back to it in four or five years. Very good potential.

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Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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53

I purchased this tea on e-bay after being unable to find more of the 2009 version of this ripe pu-erh tea. (See review of that tea). What a difference a year can make! This 2010 version did not have the depth of flavor or smoothness of the previous version. I’m not sure if additional aging will strengthen it but tasting the teas side by side reveals a depth of rich, mellow earthiness in the 2009 version that is not present in this 2010 version which seems thinner and less rich. The packaging is somewhat different, so I cannot tell if this is exactly the same tea version, but they were both sold under the name Yunnan Moon from the same tea manufacturer. I am disappointed in this tea after liking the previous version as much as I did.

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Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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