786 Tasting Notes

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drank Cinnamon Fig by Art of Tea
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Sipdown! I can’t remember who sent this to me but thank you. When steeped it has a very strong cinnamon aroma but surprisingly the cinnamon is not as present in the flavor as I thought it was going to be. It’s light but it’s still good. It has soft apple and fig flavors. Definitely more of a dried apple kind of taste.

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Sipdown!! Woot! Have another sample off my hands. I enjoyed this blend. It was a nice combination of rooibos and fruit flavors.

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drank Caramel by Kusmi Tea
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I have completely forgotten about my swap samples…. So… I’m going to drink this one I got from the lovely Shmiracles.
The aroma of the dry leaf is sweet and full of caramel goodness. The flavor is nice. It’s not too heavy on the caramel and you can taste the black base. It’s a very smooth black tea. Nice combination :] Thanks again!

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100

Had a big pot of this! Soooooo good.

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93

Made this strong and poured it over ice. It’s pretty fantastic!

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drank Dragonwell by DAVIDsTEA
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Drinking a rather large pot of this at the moment. I’m trying to get rid of some of my tea before my other orders get here so I’m adding an extra cup or two to the pot! I do enjoy this tea. It’s a nice green tea that everyone likes. It’s warm, nutty, slight hints of butter, and it’s toasty. A nice green if you can’t decide on what to drink next.

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drank Ball & Chain by Indie Tea
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Received this tea for my birthday and decided I’d have it with breakfast. The aroma of the dry leaf is very sweet. The flavor is nice. The oolong in this blend is nutty and dark. It has a bit of a roasted flavor. The dates lend a bit of sweetness. I really like this one.

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100

Backlogging! I had this yesterday morning with breakfast. And… mixed with white chocolate matcha. I used mostly strawberry with just a touch of the white chocolate and it was awesome! Creamy, fruity, and just a touch of chocolate.

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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So…. I’ve completely neglected my matcha collection… and I feel sad about it so that’s what is going to be tonight’s tea of choice.
The aroma of this one is so nice after today.. Sweet, creamy, and caramel-y. Just like fresh warm caramel! Mmmmm…. The flavor is super nice. The caramel kind of hides behind the matcha but that’s ok. It’s still flavorful :]

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So I tried making this in my gaiwan last night and apparently failed miserably. I followed steeping instructions on the website but no matter how I tried steeping it it had a horrible bitter chemical flavor. Does anyone know why? I’m completely puzzled…. :(

TeaVivre

Hello KallieBoo,

Our this raw pu-erh tea cake is made by the tea buds and leaves from Yunnan large-leaf tea trees. The process of making this kind of raw puerh cake is totally manually and without any chemical material.
http://www.teavivre.com/info/puerh-cake-tea-process/

The bitter taste of tea is caused by the component of catechin in tea leaves. The catechin in large-leaf tea trees is usually more than other tea tress. The tea cakes made by the material which contains more tea buds will be bitter than other teas because of the high containing of catechin.

The bitterness often can be divided into several situations.
1. You feel bitterness once the tea liquor into your mouth, but a quick enjoyable aftertaste sweetness will come to your tongue and even throat. This is a good sign for high quality raw pu-erh teas.
2. You feel bitterness from the beginning of the drink to the end without any aftertaste sweetness or astringency. This kind of tea will be a little poor quality that the fist situation.
3. The bad one is for the feeling of bitterness with astringency

For the bitter chemical flavor you mentioned, I think it may because you are not accustomed to the natural bitterness of the raw pu-erh tea which then you mistaken as chemical flavor. If this kind of bitterness is not quite acceptable by you at the beginning. I suggest you shorten the brewing time, at the first few infusions you can quickly pour out the tea liquor in a few seconds after you pour the boiling water to the tea. In this quick brewing way the bitterness may be a little decreased.

The bitterness of raw pu-erh tea may be not quite acceptable for the raw pu-erh beginners. However, many pu-erh tea lovers love this kind of bitterness and sweet aftertaste after some time of adjustment period.
After more than 7 years of natural oxidation, the sweetness aftertaste of this pu-erh tea is quite obvious. I believe you will also love this kind of pu-erh tea once you are used to it.

Here are also some other tea lovers reviews for this teas:
http://steepster.com/teas/teavivre/23804-fengqing-raw-pu-erh-cake-tea-2006-paddy-flavor
http://half-dipper.blogspot.com/2012/03/2006-fengqing-daohuaxiang.html

KallieBoo!

Thank you for helping me Angel!! I’ll have to try it again.

TeaVivre

You are welcome, please contact us if you have any questions about tea:D

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My journey with tea started about a year and a half ago. Since then I’ve learned a lot and that my favorites include oolongs, pu-erhs, and silver needle. I love a good dessert tea but I have found recently that I’m craving pure teas more and more! I look forward to learning a lot more from my fellow Steepsters :]

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