88 Tasting Notes

85

This is a luscious Assam, full of juicy golden tips. The liquor is thus sweet and succulent, with a long finish. Another winning Assam from Capital Tea.

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

Second infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 5:00 min.

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

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

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80

A very well-made tea that brews up into a quite pleasant cup. It is similar in its characteristics to a Darjeeling First Flush, though less robustly so. Would make a good tea, I think, for those those like their Darjeelings on the lighter side.

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

Second infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 6:30 min.

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

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

Possibly the best shu that I have yet tasted: sweetly-smooth leather with distinctly-pleasant overtones of the sea (cod-fish?). The soup is a delightful sludge in the middle infusions. Prepared this western-style, as gong fu infusions are too weak.

First infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz water, boiling, 2:00 min.

Second infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz water, boiling, 2:00 min.

Third infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz water, boiling, 3:00 min.

Fourth infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz water, boiling, 3:00 min.

Fifth infusion — 5 g. per 8 oz water, boiling, 5:00 min.

Sixth infusion — 5 g. per 8 oz water, boiling, 10:00+ min.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Jiāng Luo

eyeballing this for my next order, will probably just get a sample though

sherubtse

You have no choice re the sample, as TwoDog is all out of cakes of this shu.

Best wishes,
sherubtse

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80

My first autumnal Darjeeling in some time. Pity, as this is a very pleasant tea. Although initially rather brisk and full-bodied, subsequent infusions produce a liqour that is less distinctive but still tasty.

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

Second infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 5:00 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

This tea hits all the right notes for an Assam (malty, yeasty, sweet & tannic), with none predominating. A nicely-balanced Assam, which would be a good daily-drinker.

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

Second infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 5:00 min.

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

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

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80

A very straight-forward Ceylon black, with definite broad hints of cacao. Muted tannins and an almost non-existent sweetness bring this tea to the brink of being non-descript. A nice daily drinker, for all that however.

First infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz water, 90 deg., 3:00 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
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

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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75

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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