1777 Tasting Notes

78

Found that the hot water from the local market is better than that water I got from the cafe last week. Will definitely be remembering this.

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78

Another cup that would be better without the work.

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85
drank Yu Lan Dan Cong by Canton Tea Co
1777 tasting notes

Just as good as last night, but by now the leaves have lost most their floweriness, leaving just a slight fruity taste and the smooth oolong flavour.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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85
drank Yu Lan Dan Cong by Canton Tea Co
1777 tasting notes

First impressions of this tea upon opening the package: It smells old, and it smells like lemon. Not a bad old, but just…aged. There was also a bit of honey in the smell.
When I poured the water over the leaves, there was a really strong smell of flowers, but not an overwhelming smell.
Steeped according to the directions on the website: 1 tbs of leaves per cup of water for about two minutes.
After a couple minutes, I started to notice a deeper oolong smell to the steeping tea. Deep and rich, it smelled wonderful.
My first of this tea was delightful. I felt like my mouth was filled with flowers but not in a bad way at all. Delicious and smooth, I enjoyed how light it felt on my tongue. Then I swallowed the tea and encountered a whole different side. The aftertaste was completely oolong, no more flowers. The oolong flavour was rich and deep, and perhaps even a tad rough (something I am sure that will smooth out after a few steepings).
I had to force myself to drink the first steeping slowly. It was so tasty that I wanted to keep on drinking it.
The second steeping tasted much like the first, but sooo much smoother. There was a definite developed sweetness to the tea as well.
This is a great tea for people who want to start drinking oolongs, but are used to the light sweetness of floral green and white teas. I was a little disappointed that this tea did not live up to much of the hype I have heard surrounding Dan Cong oolongs. Regardless of this, I really enjoyed the experience of drinking this tea and give it a 85/100 on my personal enjoyment scale.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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73
drank Organic Hojicha by Gemini Tea Co.
1777 tasting notes

Great roasted flavour with a bowl of shoyu ramen.

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78

Water quality really does make a lot of difference in how good your tea tastes. This tea tastes terribly mediocre, with almost a hint of coffee, all because I made it with some hot water from a local cafe instead of my own purified water. Thank goodness this tea is so quality, otherwise this cuppa would taste horrid. As it is…it could be better.

coral23

totally agree. my water filter started to give out 2 weeks ago, but i didn’t want to change the filter so close to the end of school. at least if i drink flavored teas, i can’t tell the difference.

Spencer

With the hard water that comes from the tap in the area where I live, you can definitely tell the difference when you make tea with it, versus having filtered it (or used bottled water, which admittedly is not very earth-friendly, especially with how much tea we all drink).
The exception, of course, is making a very strong flavoured tea, though even those, sometimes, have their flavours changed a bit by un-filtered water.

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75
drank Momoko Moon by Lindsay's Teas
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Preparation
Boiling

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