80 Tasting Notes

75

Actually mixed some of the broken remains of this tuocha with some 2007 Organic Menghai Banzhang Old Tree Pu-erh leftovers from breaking off pieces of the beeng. Doing it gongfu style here and using very short steeps (this is pretty strong). It has a slight smokiness that’s nice and not overpowering.

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75

Actually drank this one yesterday afternoon. Steeped it twice, both at around 180-185; the first for 2 minutes, the second for 3 minutes. Used about 4 level tsp in a 14 oz pot. Very good China green, I’ve been unimpressed by the last few I’ve had. This one’s very slightly vegetal and actually reminds me of a white tea (kind of like Drum Mountain White Cloud).

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75

Didn’t have any tea this weekend, and I’m rather enjoying this shou this morning.

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75

Nice Darjeeling, light orange/amber in color and floral tasting.

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75

I like this Keemun a lot. Very chocolaty, especially when drunk with a banana.

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75

This was very good prepared gongfu as usual. I’m enjoying all the steeps despite being on sort of a shou overload. I’ll try something different tomorrow at any rate.

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75

For being dirt cheap, it doesn’t taste too much like dirt. A decent shu really for the price. Prepared gongfu 6g in a 6oz Yixing pot. One 10s rinse and rest, short steeps around 10, 15, etc.

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75

Very good shu, prepared gongfu in a 6 oz. Yixing pot. Used 6g of leaf and rinsed once for about 10s with about a minute rest. Used short steeps at around 15s increasing the time slightly after the second infusion.

These Dayi shu cakes are really good, and I don’t even see the need to let this one age for a year or two like the description says. It brews up clear and tastes clean and malty with some caramel and pipe tobacco notes.

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75

I’m no sheng expert, but this one’s good. Slightly off yellow toward orange, so it definitely has matured a bit in 4 years. It definitely doesn’t have quite the bite of the few younger sheng I’ve drank.

Prepared gongfu style – about 6g of leaf in a 5.75 oz Yixing pot. One 10s rinse and rest, then steeps at around 15s for the first few and gradually increased.

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75
drank Sencha by Yamamotoyama
80 tasting notes

Got 2 infusions 1 1/2 and 2 minutes at about 180. Sort of bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. Very vegetal and slightly grassy. Nice sencha for the price.

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