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80 Tasting Notes

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Starting the week out right with some shou pu (deja vu).

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I’m really enjoying this cup. I didn’t used to think very highly of this tea, but it’s tasting really good today. Very toasty, sort of like a hojicha with an obviously high amount of oxidation. Used 4 level tsp in my 14oz Yixing pot. Water just off boiling, went for 2 1/2, and I’ll try again for around 3 minutes.

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I stole some of this out of Dale’s desk to compare with the Keemun Special Grade I drank a few days ago. Tastes very similar to me, I guess I just don’t have the refined palette that Dale does. Or maybe he’s full of crap.

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Nice sheng, slightly astringent but not overpowering. A tiny bit smoky in the first infusions, but it mellows out. Keeping the steeps relatively short. Used 6g of leaf in a 6oz Yixing pot. One 10s rinse followed by a minute rest and went 15s, 10s, and up from there.

My only complaint is that the tuo cha is so tightly compressed. I decimated most of the leaves trying to pry them off.

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drank Formosa Pouchong by SpecialTeas
80 tasting notes

Certainly the best Formosa Oolong I’ve had (although I do have a Tung Ting Jade here still yet to try). This one’s very lightly oxidized, almost like a green tea but still with the floral Oolong character. I used 3 heaping tsp in my 14 oz. Yixing pot, and I’m on the first steep of hopefully 3 at around 2, 2:30, 3:00 and water at 195ish. Can’t wait for the next infusions.

I was actually disappointed by the second and third steep – neither of them had very much character at all. Mostly like Oolong scented water. I may not have used enough leaf.

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75

Love the Keemun, good first cup of the day.

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75

Starting the week out right with some shou pu.

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This is probably the best oolong I’ve had (although I’ve admittedly only had a few). I got 3 good steeps at like 2:30, 2:45, 3:00 minutes with 195 degree water. Tastes a lot like a ti kuan yin but a bit lighter and even a bit sweeter.

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Just got this in an order from SpecialTeas and I’m really enjoying it. I taste a little chocolate, some maltiness and very slight smokiness. Great for my first cup of the day.

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