82 Tasting Notes

83

This is a fairly strong second flush black, with hints of cocao in the first brew. There is also a touch of sweetness in that brew. A very nice tea, but lacking somewhat in depth.

First infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz water, 90 deg., 1:30 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 7:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83

A lovely tea that surprises: sweeter than usual for a second flush, but also exhibiting a slight yet distinct bitterness. It is a bit stronger than I had expected from this garden, as well. Nevertheless, this is a very good tea.

First infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz water, 90 deg., 1:30 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 6:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

This is a very nice FF Darjeeling, though it seems to be a tad muted as compared to similiar first flush teas I have had. In addition, it doesn’t have quite the staying power across several infusions of those rivals. Still, a great tea.

First infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz water, 90 deg., 2:30 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 4:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

Although the infused leaves smell heavenly, the infused liquor leaves much to be desired. Too thin, and lacking in flavour, for my taste. This is a nice tea, but nothing special.

First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz water, 70 deg., 1:30 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 70 deg., 5:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 70 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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75

Although this is a gorgeous-looking tea, both dry and infused, it is typical of gaoshans in that its taste is rather thin and light. What it does have (taste & aroma) is very pleasant, mind you, but there is not much of it.

First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz water, 90 deg., 5:00 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 7:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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80

After a week’s worth of exposure to air, this shu produces a very pleasant soup tasting of fresh-cut green beans and sugar snap peas. There is the usual leathery taste as well, but it is very much in the background. A delightful surprise!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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60

Quite soft, sweet, and floral, as far as young shengs go. But it is still a sheng, and thus carries the seemingly-obligatory taste of dirty work pants. The best sheng I’ve had to date, but still awful.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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88

This is a lovely second-flush Darjeeling. It is full-bodied, smooth, deep, and pleasantly tannic, with that Darjeeling “tang” (at the end) that I have come to love about teas from this region. A fine tea indeed, but a tad pricey.

First infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz water, 90 deg., 1:30 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 6:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50

Although this has the seemingly-obligatory smell / taste of dirty work pants, it has less of it than other shengs I have tried. There is also a touch of the sweet and floral here. A definate improvement over previous shengs I have tasted, but still pretty bad.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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80

This is a solidly enjoyable, and enjoyably solid, no-nonsense SF Darjeeling. Nicely muscatel, with moderate tannins and astringency, and the usual Darjeeling fruit-like tartness.

First infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz water, 90 deg., 2:00 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 7:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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