1780 Tasting Notes

68
drank Jasmine Pearl by Octavia Tea
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83
drank Ginseng Oolong by Vital Tea Leaf
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Mmm, this is definitely what I needed this morning. Slightly sweet and definitely invigorating.

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92
drank Zealong Pure by Tula Teas
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I am quite sad this is the last of this tea that I have with me, and thus the last I shall be able to drink for several months until after I return to the United States.

teawing

I missed it, where are you???

Spencer

In Germany for three months, with only a fraction of my tea collection and a small travel gaiwan.

teawing

Oh my, well here’s hoping you find some unexpected tea treasures and that you enjoy your time in Gross Deutschland. I am envious. :)

Spencer

Indeed! Quite luckily, there is a TeaGschwendner shop in the town in which I live…the downside being that TeaGschwendner has a disappointing selection of pu’erh, in my opinion.

teawing

Perhaps an opportunity to expand your tastes?
October in Germany, I think I might take a tea break and indulge in some good German beer. Can’t do that at work though…Where are you in Germany?

Spencer

Oh, I most certainly have expanded tastes and tried more than a few varieties and brands of German beer. Some good, others not so much.
Here in Germany, the culture is such that you can in fact enjoy a beer at work or at school (or on the bus or in public or any number of places).
I am living about an hour outside of Frankfurt…so western half of the country.

teawing

Outstanding. Best wishes on your stay and if you find some good teas, keep us posted.

Spencer

Thank you. I shall indeed.

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91
drank Four Seasons by Tula Teas
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87

Descriptions of this pu’erh say it is to be sweet and mellow. The dry cake is very spicy and sweet with a touch of smokiness. Flaking off several pieces of the larger cake into a gaiwan and prepared to rinse the leaves. The now-wet leaves carry less of a smoky smell than before. My first steeping is for thirty seconds. This infusion is sweet, spicy, and only carries the slightest of smoke-tinged aroma. My first taste is mellow, bold, and has only the slightest of rough edges. The slight smokiness does not in any way detract from the flavour. That same flavour is not overly vegetal. This cooked pu’erh really has mellowed in the twelve years since it was harvested.

The second 30-second infusion is no less smooth and mellow. This pu’erh has been a pure joy to drink so far. The second infusion tastes just like the first, except the aftertaste is a bit woodier. Not a rough woodiness, but the woody flavour is just a bit more intense.

As the infusions continue, the flavours do become more bold as the water puts the tea through its paces. This tea is faintly reminiscent of a lapsang souchong at times, because of the smokiness. After a total of six infusions, the steepings starts to weaken. I am a big fan of this tea and give it an 87/100 on my personal enjoyment scale.

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68
drank Jasmine Pearl by Octavia Tea
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Doing a bit of mixing…this plus an earl grey black tea.

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58
drank Earl Grey by St. James Teas
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Thrown in, grandpa-style, on top of the Twining’s Darjeeling leaves. Grandpa-style seems to be the most efficient and enjoyable way to drink this nowadays, based on the lack of teaware I have here.

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“I love trading tea and trying new teas. My favourites are oolong (mainly Chinese) and pu’erh.
Will gladly talk all day about tea.”

The above was my bio when I joined five years ago, and I felt it needed to be updated. I still love pu’erh, though I have begun to take preference toward cooked, shou. Oolongs are certainly still a go-to tea for me, but I have expanded my horizons to begin including greens and blacks based upon the weather and how I am feeling.

Still more than glad to talk about tea – anytime, anywhere, anyplace.
Additionally, if fountain pens, books, music, or computers are on the discussion list…

My ratings, this “personal enjoyment scale” about which I talk, are just that – based on how much I enjoyed the tea. I might have enjoyed it immensely, yet do not keep it stocked for various reasons. On the flip side, I have a few teas that are “good” but not “great,” which I keep stocked for various reasons.

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