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Extra Notes – I’ve been trying to log this one for a while. Steepster wouldn’t let me add it for some reason and the picture (using the website’s) doesn’t seem to load either, I had to change the name in order to get it here in the site is ‘2009 Feng Qing…’

About the Tea
I won’t make extensive notes about this one. I’ll just say this is my extremely cheap to-go Puerh. Scott described it as having stronger chocolate notes, but the sample Amy Oh sent me from Mandala is way more chocolaty than this one. However, this tea is amazing, especially for the price. It has some roasty note to it that gives it the (chocolate hint). But to me, this tastes a lot like dates/raisins. Its fruitier and aromatic, like a dried fruit. I have it in a ceramic pot that with lid designed to let it ‘breath’ the scent is more concentrated there but in a good way.

This tea does NOT compare to more expensive Ripes but deserves a really high rating because for the price you are getting something nicer that you’d expect. I drink it at work at every chance.

Preparation
Boiling
Bonnie

very nice review.I like that you put it in context of why you rated it as you have.

JC

I felt like I had to. I love this one. I feel that for the price range its amazing. Sometimes it’s hard to convey that just with the score, also a bit unfair because I don’t want ratings to be based on price ranges only :P

sansnipple

It’s strange, I don’t taste chocolate or fruit in this, to me it has a very strong and sweet molasses sort of flavor/aroma. It’s funny how different people can interpret tastes so differently even though I’m sure we’re describing the same thing. And I agree, while it’s not a high grade tea, it is an absolute steal.

JC

Its not strange at all. We each recognize/relate tastes profiles to whatever is the closest match in our memory. And I would agree with you Molasses is a good description, the fruit I was talking about is a dried fruit that tend to have that molasses like taste. If I were to give it another shot I would say dried Persimmon.

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Bonnie

very nice review.I like that you put it in context of why you rated it as you have.

JC

I felt like I had to. I love this one. I feel that for the price range its amazing. Sometimes it’s hard to convey that just with the score, also a bit unfair because I don’t want ratings to be based on price ranges only :P

sansnipple

It’s strange, I don’t taste chocolate or fruit in this, to me it has a very strong and sweet molasses sort of flavor/aroma. It’s funny how different people can interpret tastes so differently even though I’m sure we’re describing the same thing. And I agree, while it’s not a high grade tea, it is an absolute steal.

JC

Its not strange at all. We each recognize/relate tastes profiles to whatever is the closest match in our memory. And I would agree with you Molasses is a good description, the fruit I was talking about is a dried fruit that tend to have that molasses like taste. If I were to give it another shot I would say dried Persimmon.

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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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