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55 Tasting Notes

84

This tea had a very unique flavor in the dry leaves. I couldn’t quite pin it down. Maybe a light apple aroma. I just tried the first steep brewing gongfu style (3 seconds on the first steep) and I was surprised by a pleasant vanilla flavor with a light caramel sweetness. It also tasted pleasantly grassy.

It has a medium to light body. Very unique for a green tea and certainly worth trying.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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76

I brewed my sample gong fu style. As the description states Peacock Village Shu has a much lighter body than most Shu’s and very little of the earthiness that I associate with them. I’m tasting sweetness and a vague nuttiness in my first few steeps. I’m not tasting the barley, oregano, and other flavors referred to in the description.

I prefer Sheng pu’er so this one isn’t my favorite. Still, it’s a step up from other Shu pu’ers that I’ve tried.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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88

I prepared this gongfu style. First infusion is super-smooth. It reminds me of a pi lo chun, along with the taste of a good sencha.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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88

The wet leaves smell a bit like coffee and charcoal. The liquor is very smooth and slightly creamy. There is also a charred nut taste in the first steeping along with coffee-like notes.

This reminds me of a dark charcoal roasted Tung Ting that I purchased last year, but the aftertaste of the TGY lasts longer.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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66
drank Tai Ping Hou Kui by Twinings
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I bought this tea in the Twinings London shop. It looked really fresh and the thin green leaf sheets looked interesting. The aroma was great, smelling of fresh grass and flowers. I think the brewing instructions on the bag were all wrong. I don’t think I added enough tea to the pot. On subsequent tries the tea was still pleasant, but very mild in flavor. It tasted vaguely of a Pi Lo Chun or Silver Needle. It was interesting to try, but this tea doesn’t really pack much of a punch. However, it would be great for mid afternoon relaxation or meditation.

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91
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I bought a sample of this tea because I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. This tea is awesome! The closest comparison I can make is eating a warm, buttery, chocolate croissant. It has a truly unique flavor for a black tea. I put it through 8 gongfu infusions and it still produces a flavorful cup. I’m definitely buying more of this.

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57
drank Golden Yunnan by Rishi Tea
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I had originally thought of this as a step up from Rishi’s China Breakfast. It looks like it has more golden tips so I was expecting a slightly sweeter tea with the the same vanilla and cocoa flavors that I enjoy in China breakfast. But I was disappointed. As another reviewer described it, this tea is flat and boring. I think I might actually prefer China Breakfast.

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62

I was interested in the idea of a Japanese black, but there didn’t seem to be anything special about this tea. Like another reviewer said it’s similar to a China black. It’s decent, but I don’t think I’ll be reordering.

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72

A decent Genmaicha. Nothing particularly special about it, just everything you’d expect this tea to be.

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79
drank China Breakfast by Rishi Tea
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I need to give this tea more credit. It was excellent cold-brewed as an iced tea. It a perfect go-to tea in the morning.

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