1805 Tasting Notes

Despite the time of night, dinner was heavier than I usually eat, and I was craving some pu’erh upon my return home. Of all the pu’erh currently sitting on my countertop (inventory and organization time!), this one jumped out at me, since the description sounded a bit dessert-like.
This will not be a full review, just a record of happy stomach, happy Spencer, and happy tea.

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Jonesing so hard for a nice cup of shou, realizing I had none in my desk at work, remembering that a new Chinese tea shop had opened down the street, walking there, finding that they were not open, then returning to work.

Such was the saga that lead to me drinking this at my desk at work. It is a fair imitation of a decent pu’erh, and it is highly inexpensive.

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drank Jasmine Oolong by Tea Ave
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After having started the day, late (unfortunately unavoidable), with a triple lungo on the way to work, followed by three hours of documentation, code, and translating developer-speak into laymans terms for customers…tea was needed, desperately.

In all fairness to this tea, I did not treat it right. It got a rinse, but then it was brewed in a twelve ounce mug, when it was deserving of a gaiwan. Still delicious, all the same. The jasmine is really soothing, calming one’s busy mind.

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drank Lounge Chair Lapsang by Adagio Teas
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Mmmmmmmmmmmm, this is great. It not only hits the spot for a lapsang craving, but the dimensions of the tea are succulent. (Can that word be used, here?)

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Another cup at the office. I do quite appreciate them stocking this, as the blast of bergamot is great.

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“…the pale yellow liquor contains some grassy flavors, which remind me of a pleasant green tea mixed with a sheng.”

“In my third cup, which resulted from another thirty-second steep, I note that the sheng flavors have come forward. Those green, aromatic, almost-pungent (in a good way) tones that so often fill sheng pu’erh have reared their heads and now lurk in the body and aftertaste. Steep number four (another thirty seconds) reveals those flavors to an even greater degree. The dark vegetation aroma is warm and soft, yet seems full of vigor. Much as I am also enjoying them, these cups are being consumed quickly.”

“…with this tea, I could see it becoming a regular in my cup. On my personal enjoyment scale, I would rate this tea a 95/100.”

Read the full review on Built from Ink and Tea, here: http://www.createwritedrink.com/2015/04/tea-review-tuesday-review-of-wymm-teas.html

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drank Earl Grey Moonlight by Adagio Teas
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Tasty morning cuppa of cream Earl Grey.

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Not bad, very mate. Not really tasting the clove.

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drank Coconut Red by Vital Tea Leaf
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Noooo! This is the end of my bag of Coconut Red. It shall go on the shopping list, immediately.

That said, it is making for a nice, mid-morning cup!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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“The body of the tea is strong and creamy, not overly bold and in-your-face, but maintaining strong, consistent flavors throughout. The slight fruity sweetness softens any edges, and there is little to no astringency of which to speak. In the center of the body of the tea lies a bit of smokiness, which pleasantly lingers on the tongue.”

Full review, here: http://www.createwritedrink.com/2015/03/tea-review-tuesday-review-of-verdant.html

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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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