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55 Tasting Notes

81

Great roasted tieguanyin. It is quite smooth and even a bit creamy in the first cup. Others have noted the smell of incense on the wet leaves, which I detected. I don’t think it carries over into the flavor. There is a slight cooling sensation in the aftertaste. Since this was called a traditional tieguanyin I think expected something a bit toastier. I for a roasted tieguanyin I prefer Rishi Tea’s version.

Flavors: Roasted Barley, Stonefruits

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g

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87

This tea has a very similar flavor profile to Laoshan black with an upfront chocolate taste. Yu Lu Yan Cha is a bit mellower. The wet leaves have a flowery aroma underneath the malt and chocolate, but it doesn’t come out much in the taste.

Flavors: Chocolate, Flowers

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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62

Nothing special. Just decent Assam.

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91

Great balance of flavors with a little smokiness. The description of tobacco is accurate to the wet leaf aroma. I’ve enjoyed this tea more and more over time.

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92

Brewed this one gong fu style.

Except for its name and the appearance of the leaves, this tea doesn’t have what I consider a typical “Yunnan” flavor. It seems to be in a class all its own. The body of the tea is light. It reminds me of a really awesome second flush Darjeeling, but more complex. It has those characteristic grapey and flowery flavors. I also get a subtle olive oil flavor.

Compared with Zhu Rong and Golden Fleece this tea is lighter, with less of a malty/chocolatey flavor. It also has less of the maple and pepper flavors that I associate with Yunnan teas. Still, an awesome tea!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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58
drank Plantation Mint by Bigelow
55 tasting notes

I gotta give this tea some respect. It’s starting to grow on me. I really like spearmint and this is the only readily-available blend with tea leaves and spearmint.

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84

I don’t normally like shu pu-er, but this is the absolute best shu I’ve tasted. Very light and without the overwhelming earthiness of lower-end pu-ers. I agree with the description that it does have a slight pastry-like quality.

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91
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
55 tasting notes

I’m really starting to prefer it brewed Western Style to gongfu. More of the chocolate flavor seems to come out at a longer steep time.

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97

I’m starting to realize that I might like this better than Golden Fleece.

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97

I love this tea. Velvety texture, with prominent chocolate and honey flavors. This tea gives Golden Fleece a run for its money. It’s a shame that Verdant is out of stock.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C

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