14 Tasting Notes

90
drank Sichuan Gongfu by TeaSpring
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Sichuan Gongfu is excellent, my favorite Black Tea from TeaSpring so far (I have not tried them all).

A compelling taste, not too much tannin, not too little, just right.

Definitely on the order again list.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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85
drank Lu An Gua Pian by TeaSpring
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Like TeaSpring says, this is a pleasant, smooth Chinese Green.

Notes of Asparagus and succulent greens.

The leaf is large and beautiful.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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85
drank Zhu Hai Jin Ming by TeaSpring
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I like this one. Has some of the maltiness and high-tannin content of an Indian Tea. Also notes of smokiness. Would order again.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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85
drank Bai Lin Jin Zhen by TeaSpring
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Tippy and peppery, but not in the same league a good Golden Yunnan. Bit of a medicine-ish taste.

[Update] I tried this again with a bit more leaf and for 5 minutes, came out much better- bolder and more interesting taste. Upped the rating to 85/100.

Note, I am brewing this Western Style, I will have to do another review for Gong Fu.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Tan Yang Te Ji by TeaSpring
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A sophisticated, complex and subtle black tea. A bit Keemun-ish but less bold. Smooth, not powerfully malty like Assam or Yunnan. I had to brew it a full 5 minutes Western-style, 4-4.5 was not strong enough with my usual 1 stp per 6 oz water leaf ratio.

Notes of sweet shellfish-crab, fruit-plum, autumn leave scent.

It is interesting, not my usual style but I would give it 80/100

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90

A fine example of Golden Yunnan. Malty notes of chocolate and leather (in a good way! the word “tannin” actually comes from the leather tanning process).

While this batch is not 100% golden buds like some rare Yunnan Golds I have seen, it contains a high enough proportion of those precious soft downy golden tips to produce the prized succulent notes of premium gold tippy Yunnan.
http://www.theteastop.com/china-yunnan-royal-golden.html

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
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85

This is an excellent tea for a packaged store-stocked product, at least the batches I’ve tried have been. Has that slightly nutty extremely mouthwatering savory taste that makes you compulsively sip a good Long Jing (Dragon Well) until it is gone.

Very impressed, for a store-bought packaged tea. It’s even better if you empty out the leaf and brew it like normal loose leaf ;)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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80

I love the Tea Stop, but this is not the best Dragon Well I have ever had. Maybe 80/100. A decent tea, but it does not quite have that mouthwatering savory nutty taste typical of the best Long Jings.

http://www.theteastop.com/china-dragons-well-organic.html

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Keemun Hao Ya A by The Tea Stop
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Continuing to add my favorite tea’s, here is an exemplar Keemun Hao Ya A from The Tea Stop. I have not found a source more representative of what Hao Ya A should be than this… Delicate, full bloom of balanced flavor, the proper hint of smokiness. Mouthwatering perfection, and I don’t use that word lightly! I am almost hesitant to continue posting these, because part of me has the urge to keep my hard-won, favorite sources secret so they don’t sell out quicker, but what the heck, good tea must be shared…
http://www.theteastop.com/china-keemun-hao-ya.html

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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85
drank Teas' Tea Matcha by Ito En
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For $9.50, this is a surprisingly good matcha. Not bitter, really no complaints at this price point, I would rate it 85 factoring in that it is such a bargain. I have had worse matcha’s that cost twice as much.

Good choice for a daily matcha.
https://www.itoen.com/loose-leaf-tea/japanese-tea/matcha-teas-tea-7-oz-can.html

(Again, for any matcha beginners, a bamboo whisk is required- you can use any wide ceramic or pyrex bowl in a pinch, but without the bamboo whisk it just is not going to dissolve or froth up, so it will not taste right)

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C

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Started drinking tea regularly in 2003 when I read that tea helped broken bones heal faster, because I had one.

Discovered high quality loose-leaf a year later and was soon hooked on Indian, Chinese, and Japanese tea.

Also amassed a small but happy collection of Japanese Teaware.

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