757 Tasting Notes

I just don’t think pu is for me… Everyone is raving about this tea and what I smell and taste is menthol, mold and wet sofa. :( I did just off boiling, 5 grams, 150 ml water, rinse, 5 seconds, 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 40 seconds, 1 minute. I will say that it wasn’t bitter at all and had a lovely color. But tastewise, I’m trying but I just don’t get it I’m afraid.

boychik

Keep trying , don’t give up

AllanK

I haven’t tried this one but some sheng this age has unpleasant notes to it, no avoiding it no matter how much puerh you drink. They don’t all age well.

AllanK

I’m wrong I did try this one and forgot about it.

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Not sure I could tell you this is a Dian Hong, but it’s a pretty decent, strong black tea. No bitterness even though one little tuo cha was far too large for the pot I had it in. :) Got several pots full out of it and could have done more. Might be an interesting way to travel with tea for full sized pots to share. :) I wouldn’t go out of the way to replace them but if I order more of the lovely narcissus oolong pillows, I’d throw these in there.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BCWade_rqi5/

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This has a pleasant apricot color. The scent of the liquor is mineral and rock though. The taste is like a white tea, but not a great white tea. It’s kind of drying and I mainly get rock and some mild grassiness. Subsequent steeps didn’t really reveal any new flavor notes. S’okay but nothing I need again. Glad to have tried it, thanks to James for sending a share of the Sheng Olympics my way. :)

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drank Valentine's Blend by Harney & Sons
757 tasting notes

I normally don’t do the seasonal blends and tea that is supposed to be chocolate I especially don’t do. I went to pick up something from one of the tea festival vendors and she had this as her featured seasonal blend. I was offered a cup of something and it seemed polite to go with the feature. :)

As far as chocolate teas go, this isn’t bad. It’s still primarily scratch-n-sniff chocolate – mildly sweet cocoa with a papery taste. I don’t notice rose at all. The tea base is fine and I will finish the to-go cup of it, but I wouldn’t stock this for my cupboard. Maybe I should have taken my vendor up on her offer of a sweetened latte form. :) Curious as to whether or not the rose might have been noticeable in that form.

tea-sipper

I almost had this one the other day too.

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mtchyg shared this with me in a swap. It is very citrusy, mostly lemon I think? Little bit of floral. It does have that dusty taste that citrus teas have for me. Happy to have been able to try it! I can see it pairing nicely with a sweets course for a tea party.

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Again, probably something that I am just not oolong familiar enough to comment on the tea. It smells great though I didn’t smell much bergamot. It seems to be a fairly light oolong with a light peach. Nice enough for a cup. Thanks to mtchyg

mtchyg

The bergamont in this really came alive for me in the wet leaf. Much more so than when the leaf is dry.

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drank Oolong spa by Liquid Proust Teas
757 tasting notes

This is definitely spa. Tons of lavender. The taste of vanilla seems to mellow the large amount of lavender. Almost like an herbal made with lavender as I couldn’t pick out the tea, but that may very well be due solely to my lack of oolong palate. :) It was a pleasant cup. Thanks for the swap, mtchyg

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
757 tasting notes

Malty and cocoa-y. I do overleaf my teas so this done in a pretty small teapot still used a full 5 grams/1 teaspoon. About a minute for the first, 2 minutes for the second pot. Om nom nom.

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drank Khumbu by Nepali Tea Traders
757 tasting notes

Moderate to high maltiness, higher as it cools. Sour but not bitter notes in the finishing tastes, maybe a bit of tobacco but not smoke. Astringency is moderate. A good, bright tea. I don’t know if I’ll replace when it is gone, but if it were on sale or had no shipping… I’d seriously consider it.

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Hm. This is no longer on the BTTC site. I know I got it in one of the rounds of Kickstarter rewards. Anyway, it’s a nice, smooth, light oolong. Not really vegetal, just a nice, light, mellow flavor. Little bit of floral, tiny bit of mineral. Tried to use some gong fu techniques I’ve been learning. But all the steeps were very consistent for me.

And I’ve given up and gotten on Instagram. Dunno how much I’ll be active, but…

https://www.instagram.com/p/BBLc-bNLquq/?taken-by=nicoleburriss

boychik

Glad you finally did it ;)

Nicole

There were just too many pretty pictures to not. :)

TeaExplorer

Your cats are adorable! :D

Nicole

Thanks! Your huge kitty is so pretty! :)

TeaExplorer

Thanks! He is the best lap cat, draping over you like a blanket. He’s gone on to his adoptive home now and is sorely missed (the downside of fostering).

Nicole

Aw… I could never foster for that very reason

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