108 Tasting Notes

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Somewhat brisk and drying for a green, the liqueur has a notable sweet undertone likely from wok-firing. Not a long taste and without a lot of unique character. I’ve tried infusing this in many ways, and the best I’ve been able to find is a quick infusion with moderate temperature water.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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It’s such an experience drinking a tea that’s so old. The aroma of the wet leaves was like a delicious piece of fresh toast. The first infusion was somewhat flowery and fruity, but a little light; I think that it just needed a longer time as I had only infused it for 1.5 minutes. The second cup, though, (at 2 minutes) was outstanding: floral and sweet, but with deep roasted tones. It reminded me of a full-bodied peach. The sweetness did not linger, but was replaced by a not-unpleasant chalky texture on the front of the tongue that lasted for some time. The third infusion had a little more sweetness and a little less body, and the roasted undertone became more subdued. By the fourth, the interesting chalky texture had gone and the flavor really began to remind me of a pleasant unroasted Tung Ting or a Tie Guan Yin. A fascinating tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Huang Shan Mao Feng by Dobra Tea
108 tasting notes

Liqueur is sweet with a light but smooth body. A flavor of steamed broccoli and lightly grilled sweet leeks or Brussels sprouts. Aftertaste is a little creamy with a hint of cashew nut. Wet leaves have the aroma of spring rain on grass and asparagus. Wet leaves after second infusion smell of candy and sweet peaches. The liqueur, in contrast, becomes more rounded and asparagus-like. The third infusion departs from the sweet and leaves a simpler light vegetal flavor with a hint of dryness in the aftertaste.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Bai Hao by Dobra Tea
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Buttery and somewhat flowery liqueur with a nutty aroma reminiscent of freshly shelled walnuts. A little blunt in the mouth but the high notes are worth it if you stop to appreciate them.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey by St. Dalfour
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Probably my favorite Earl Grey, the St. Dalfour has a fruity, flowery taste that I find incredibly comforting. Those jam-makers know how to flavor a black tea. It’s much lighter than other Earls, and not as harsh on the palette. The bergamot is a summer breeze in the cup: not nearly as strong as I usually prefer my bergamot flavor, but somehow just as pleasant. Note that the subtle nuances of this tea seem to dissipate quickly in storage. Best to consume quickly.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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79

Just the right tea for a quiet foggy morning. Light enough not to disrupt the calm or fill your mouth with flavors like Bai Mu Dan might, Yin Zhen’s calming influence comes more from the aroma in the mouth than from the flavor on the tongue.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec
Mel

Loving your Dobra reviews! Just got into them…they are quite an amazing tea shop.

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90
drank Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong by Dobra Tea
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The most amazing smoky aroma, but what has never ceased to amaze me is the smooth and actually not smoky taste. This is really good for settling the stomach after a big meal. My friends often brew this stronger, but I like an almost gong-fu style infusion for its lightness.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Mao Jian by Dobra Tea
108 tasting notes

Creamy and light, in a very comforting and calming way. I really sense fresh strawberries in the taste.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Meng Ding Huang Ya by Dobra Tea
108 tasting notes

A comforting infusion with a characteristic taste of freshly steamed asparagus. The wet leaves really strongly represent this aroma, while the infusion itself contains it as a light touch. Also a little creamy, this cup will enliven the senses like a Japanese green, but with a very different vegetal taste.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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A tea geek (and also general geek) in Burlington, Vermont.

I’m drawn to the beauty of a steaming cup with snow falling outside. When I see a tea leaf, I see the long road and hundreds of hands that have brought it from the sun and soil to my pot.

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