912 Tasting Notes

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Oh my gosh, YUM! Thank you Tealizzy for the sample!

This is really nice assam. It is sweet and malty like a Yunnan black. Medium bodied, and not TOO bold. Just right! I would definitely consider ordering this one in the future. Good stuff!

Tealizzy

Glad you enjoyed it! Yay for swaps! :)

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OoooOoooooh! This tea tastes FANCY!

Very feminine and floral, but not overly perfumey in a bad way or anything like that. The coconut and vanilla and hint of citrus make me think of some kind of tropical cocktail. It is positively ethereal.

Stacy has a real way with these flavored whites. I can’t imagine anyone else pulling off something so complex and especially with the floral elements and all!

I have to say I would have liked more coconut, but that is just because I am a coconut junkie, and not because there is anything wrong with the tea :)

I do taste the coconut though!

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83

Thanks so much Cameron B for the sample!

This is a very cute tea and tasty too! I like it very much but it isn’t blowing me away like it has some of the other reviewers, perhaps because I’ve had quite a few other equally tasty Yunnan blacks :)

Good stuff though! Definitely my kind of thing. Glad I got to try it.

Cameron B.

I haven’t had this one in a while, so who knows if I still love it. :P You’re probably right about it being similar to other golden bud Yunnans.

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82

What? No one has reviewed this one yet?? OK, I’ll give it a shot :)

I just steeped up a cup. It smells SO plummy! I can taste plum and the brandy too, and some creamy something or other that my brain is trying to make cheesecake. I’m drinking this unsweetened so I’m sure sweetening it would boost the dessert-like factor, but I like it plenty well unsweetened!

I feel the base is perfectly matched here, and plum is such an unusual flavor to find in tea. Quite interesting and unique!

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85

What a unique and delicious young sheng!

It reminds me of sencha, oddly enough. It is very sweet and sort of vegetal. It has a pleasant and delicate huigan, and is light on the cha qi scale. This might be good for people who are unsure about puerh but really love green tea!

I’m glad I got to try it :)

Cameron B.

Do tell… What exactly is huigan?

Stephanie

It’s that sort of aftertaste that some shengs leave in the back of your throat/tongue http://articles.bannacha.com/index.php?article23/describing-pu-erh-tea

apt

returning sweetness. I get huigan from good Taiwanese Oolongs, especially the slightly more processed ones.

Stephanie

Yeah, I get real nice huigan from Phoenix Dancong sometimes :D

apt

I just get sweetness from start to finish with Dancongs. Where have you gotten Dancongs from in the past?

Stephanie

The one I have right now is from Verdant tea. It is really good. I like a long steep

apt

I like the Dancong from Jing Tea Shop, especially Mi Lan. I also need to try Tea Habitat, that’s essentially all they do, Dancong.

Amariel

Did you steep the whole packet or part of it? I can’t find instructions on how much to use anywhere. I’m doing the whole thing with a shorter steep, so I hope I have not killed my sample.

Stephanie

Whole 10g packet for how many ounces of water?

Amariel

12 oz. I was wrong….very wrong. It was too much.

Stephanie

Ugh, bummer. You can sometimes salvage by diluting with water…

Amariel

Yeah, I did a little. It’s my fault…I don’t know what I was thinking.

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drank Pure Buds Black by Mandala Tea
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Mmmmm! Thank you Cameron B. for the sample :)

I had a feeling I would love this one. It’s a very good black indeed. Nice and complex. My kind of tea!

Cameron B.

Its picture on Steepster doesn’t do it justice, either! :)

Stephanie

Agreed. It is a very CUTE tea!

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drank Hong Yun Black by Butiki Teas
912 tasting notes

I shared a mini gongfu session of this with my husband over the weekend. It was reaaaallly tasty. My husband liked it so much I actually let him drink most of it, haha!

All I can tell you for now is the list of flavors that people have noted on this tea is pretty accurate. Good times :D

Cameron B.

I like this one a lot. Thanks for the sample! :D

boychik

Get him addicted. I’m working baby steps with my hubby. Yesterday I shared some DHP . He said he liked it.

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Thanks Cameron B for letting me try the non-rooibos version of this tea.

I actually drank this one yesterday but was too lazy to log it at the time. SO MUCH BETTER WITHOUT THE ROOIBOS! Very yummy actually :D

I sometimes sweeten teas when I’m at home, so I tried it that way. Very s’mores a licious. heh. I actually quite enjoyed the smokey element.

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I’m glad I only had one sample packet of this. It is drinkable, but not my favorite shu ever.

First steep was a little musty…subsequent steeps are a little more open, with a sweetness and nuttiness. Not bad, but not something I’d purchase :)

boychik

I guess we are just spoiled;)

Stephanie

Yeah, I partially blame you, LOL! You have sent me SO many delicious shu puerh samples :D

boychik

Any time;)

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