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28 Tasting Notes

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I really wanted to like this tea. First this I noticed was that it had a solid foundation with a little bit of Iron Goddess character on the nose. 3 minutes in the yixing pot brewed a very pale creamy liquor. First brew was weak. Not much flavor at all. I resteeped it, and the second brew yields nothing. I experimented with different amounts of tea, different temps, and different times. Nothing could fix it. And that’s the biggest problem, a quality TiKuanYin shouldn’t take this much effort. One look at the steeped leaves and I could see part of the problem. They look terrible. Broken up and really torn up on the edges. They have no tensile strength and seemed to come apart just from picking them up. No nose on the steeped leaves, lack of flavor, no complexity and unappealing leaves make my :/ grade the only option I had.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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91
drank Ten Li (Tianli) by Ten Ren
28 tasting notes

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91
drank Ten Li (Tianli) by Ten Ren
28 tasting notes

Excellent. Smooth, crisp, vegetal, sweet, and a bit chocolaty. The infused leaves have a bit of a musky smell, but retain their green nose in the infusion. Transforms steep after steep.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Dragon Pearl by Premium Steap
28 tasting notes

Okay this deserves another tasting note. First things first, this tea has incredible patience. I’ve never had a Dragon Pearl that can steep this many times. Incredibly well made, the leaves still haven’t fully unfurled after 4 steeps. It’s very good, and as I’ve said before, very clean tasting. The real kicker here is that it really opens up after the 3rd steep. More vegetal, and leafy than the first 2, this tea MUST be resteeped. Great job Premium Steap!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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88

See TeaEqualsBliss’ review. Spot on ;)

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89
drank Silver Needle by PekoeTea
28 tasting notes

Very good. It’s gentle, brews a pale yellowish liquor. Very clean, buttery, a bit of cucumber and some citrus.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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98
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
28 tasting notes

Everyone MUST try it. There’s no hype around this tea. Bold, sweet, milky. By far one of the best black teas I have ever had. Put down whatever you’re drinking right now. Order this and sit at your front door. You won’t be disappointed.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Matcha by Premium Steap
28 tasting notes

Really fantastic matcha. One of the best I’ve ever had. Expensive, but worth every penny

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 8 min or more

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95
drank Hawaii-Grown Oolong by Samovar
28 tasting notes

Excellent tea. High quality, gorgeous leaves. Delicate, and sweet. Tastes fruity and slightly grassy. Mouth feel of a white but clear fruit flavors. Delicious over and over again. Steep as many times as possible.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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