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drank Zheng Hao by Zhong Hua
149 tasting notes

Another ‘I-will-probably-never-see-again’ tea. This tea I bought of the same small shop in Bangkok after mispronouncing several Chinese terms. After 20 minutes browsing teas and teawares the owner says something to his (daughter?) and she goes to the back and fetches a large sack that seemed to be a tea that had just arrived recently.

I open the sack… wow, the green and the silver color combined with the overwhelming scent! I didn’t ask myself “should I buy it?”, but rather “how much can I really bring with me with out being stopped at customs?”. Anyway the notes.

Gong Fu 7oz with 3-5gm (light and fluffy)
Dry Leaf – Slightly sweet with strong vegetal scent with a hint of smoky maybe? that is also floral.
Wet Leaf – Very vegetal like pan seared Kale and/or Parsley like scent and hints of sweetness and more floral.

1st Steep – Balanced savory and sweet scent with pale green/yellow color. The brew is clean and savory that turns slightly sweet with vegetal background. The aftertaste seems clean with slight hints of sweet and savory notes.

2nd Steep – Slightly less ‘clean’ cup, the vegetal notes are stronger but still feels balanced with the sweetness somehow. The steep wears a slight astringency before the vegetal and sweet aftertaste takes over.

3rd Steep – A little more vegetal still and more astringent than previous steeps, but it is still pleasant and slightly sweet. the Aftertaste is now int he back of the throat and seems to last longer than before mostly savory/vegetal.

The next steep was similar to the third steep but I’m not a fan of astringency and it keeps getting stronger with each steep. I loved the first two and liked the third. I will miss you when you are gone.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C

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Discovered tea a few years ago and I’ve been exploring ever since. I’m looking forward to keep learning and enjoy tea as I do. Keep learning, those who “know” stop learning and become irrelevant to the world.

I’m adding the scale because I noted that we all use the same system but it doesn’t mean the same to all.(I rate the tea not by how much I ‘like it’ only; there are flavors/scents I don’t like but they are quality and are how they are supposed to be and I rate them as such).

90 – 100: AMAZING. This the tea I feel you should drop whatever you are doing and just enjoy.

80-89: Great tea that I would recommend because they are above ‘average’ tea, they usually posses that ‘something’ extra that separates them from the rest.

70-79: An OK tea, still good quality, taste and smell. For me usually the tea that I have at work for everyday use but I can still appreciate and get me going through my day.

60-69: Average nothing special and quality is not high. The tea you make and don’t worry about the EXACT time of steep because you just want tea.

30-59: The tea you should probably avoid, the tea that you can mostly use for iced tea and ‘hide’ what you don’t like.

1-29: Caveat emptor! I feel sorry for my enemies when they drink this tea. :P

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