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265 Tasting Notes

75

Sweet and soft but with plenty of jasmine in both scent and taste. I haven’t found a better jasmine tea than this one.

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75

This tea was on my mind all afternoon, so it was my evening tea tonight. What a hardship. Wonderful tea.

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drank Gyokoro by The Tea Centre
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I haven’t had this particular gyokuro before. I used my usual method for brewing gyokuro – two teaspoons of leaves steeped for one and a half minutes in water at 55C – but it didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped. Quite good, rich and flavoursome as gyokuro should be, but a little more astringent than I like. I left the second steeping for only one minute but it was significantly more astringent than the first. I’ll have another try at getting this one right before deciding to go back to my usual organic gyokuro from teas.com.au.

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93
drank Wenshan Baozhong by Lupicia
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A first class Taiwan oolong. Steeped for two minutes in water at 90C. Great tea.

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drank Pai Mutan by The Tea Centre
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Gah, got hit by a migraine this morning, so having some of this to take the edge off the headache. Two teaspoons of leaves, steeping in water at 85C for three minutes or so, produces a smooth and smoky-tasting cup of tea. An old favourite.

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drank Glorious Seed by Lupicia
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Just a nice, easy-drinking Chinese oolong. Dark gold brew with a slightly malty taste.

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Interesting looking twisty leaves that produce a pale yellow liquor. First steeping was as directed, two minutes at 70C, but I was a bit underwhelmed by the result. I expected this tea to be delicate, and it is, but I also found it a bit dull and lacking in flavour. I left the second steeping half a minute longer and this allowed a bit more flavour to come through, along with a very slight astringent note, which also helped. Not bad, but it misses the mark with me. I find that a premium grade dragonwell delivers a lot more when I’m in the mood for a good Chinese green.

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87

Nice aroma, not bad sweet-ish, creamy flavour. Went really well with a Tim Tam, but I don’t think I’ll attempt the Tim Tam Suck with this tea. g

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82

Brewed at 77C instead of 70C this time – because I wasn’t thinking about which tea I was making – and there’s a bit more astringency than I like. Still a good cup of tea, but not as good as it should be.

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75

Had this last night and again today. One of the more expensive teas in my cupboard, but totally worth it. The perfect oolong, imho.

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