240 Tasting Notes

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I decided to drink this to celebrate my last class of the semester. From here until the 15th, all I have to do is study like crazy for exams.

Anyway, I kinda forgot about the tea for a bit while watching a friend play a game, and the resulting tea was actually pretty bitter. To be fair, it’s still way less bitter than the 2011 sheng samples I have from Douji, but it still had a lot more flavors than usual. Hopefully I won’t flub the next infusion.

EDIT – Yep, didn’t mess up the next infusion, and the bitterness is gone! See my previous notes for more info.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
unfeasible

Tomorrow is my last final. Good luck on yours!

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Just a quick cup before class this morning. I don’t have time to write anything now, but I’ll probably update this note after lunch, when I have a few hours of peace.

EDIT -

I got a good five infusions out of these leaves, which is why it’s my go-to black tea. You just can’t go wrong with it. I particularly like how sweet it got near the end, as I had been generous with the amount of leaves I used, and had brewed it extra strong, and I was probably due for something sweeter by that point…

Anyway, run-on sentences aside, I’m gonna be a bit infrequent with logging my teas until the 16th, when my finals are done. Such is the life of a university student. Best of luck to the rest of you!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I’m backlogging this as I woke up this morning, and found out that 8 hours of work I did yesterday all went down the drain due to a freak accident involving how SAS saves files. Needless to say, the past 6 hours have been full of frantic programming, colorful cursing, and tons of tea. I think I got five steeps out of these leaves, but don’t quote me on that. Anyway, check out my first note about this tea for more detailed information.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Spoonvonstup

Best of luck!

Bonnie

Sympathy…really!

Joshua Smith

Meh, it all turned out okay. I could remember what I did, so it went a bit faster this time, but thanks for the encouragement! The moral of this story is check what you saved before quitting!

Bonnie

He lives again! You need champagne tea!

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It’s been a while since I had this tea, and as I decided to work my way through my remaining samples, I picked this one. It’s pretty good, and it’s certainly a lot better than most Jasmine teas that I get at restaurants, but it’s not great. It’s sweeter than some jasmine, but I still prefer my Japanese greens.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 45 sec
TeaBrat

Me TOO! :)

Joshua Smith

It seems to be a trend that the Chinese invent something, and the Japanese refine it. They did it with green tea, bonsai, single-edged swords, ikebana (Japanese art of flower arrangement), and probably a few more that I can’t think of off the top of my head.

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91

Backlogging this from yesterday. See previous notes for more info.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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It was still raining today. And it was cold. REALLY COLD. And it was windy, so my umbrella was pretty much worthless. I desperately needed something bold and warn to help recover from my brief trip through the elements, and this tea fit the bill.

I was generous with the amount of leaves I used (As much a one can be when using a tea ball), and I let it sit for a good five minutes for the first infusion. the result is a deep red, bordering on black, and with a taste that was a nice creamy, yet strong, malt. Anyway, I’m sitting here writing, this, and it’s already starting to warm me up, so it looks like this was the right decision.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Great choice! This is some good tea for a cold day!

Joshua Smith

I might be drinking this a lot this week. The weather decided that the high 60’s are the temperature this coming week.

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Still working on stat (Linear regression can be really time consuming, especially when you keep getting distracted by stuff…), but my other tea gave up the ghost, so I threw some of this in a cup, and proceeded to to brew it grandpa style. See previous notes for details.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Orchid Oolong by Art of Tea
240 tasting notes

I’m busy with statistics today, so see my previous notes for more information about this tea. I felt like I needed something light and sweet today, given that it’s cold and rainy outside, and this fits the bill perfectly.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
240 tasting notes

Yesterday I started the weekend with decadence, today I went with something a bit simpler. That, and I need to use up my green tea before it’s shelf life ends. As usual, I used water that was putting off steam, but only just, which usually results in a very pleasant sweet tea. Today was no exception, with the first infusion being a perfect sweet grass and vegetables. Hopefully the next infusion will be just as good.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I am a university student, studying Computer Science, who found that I really enjoy a nice cup of tea. I finally got into loose-leaf tea in August of 2011. I am currently in the process of expanding my horizons, and have found that I have a particular fondness for Oolongs in general, and Wuyi Yanchas in particular. The unique mineral taste is very appealing to me, as well as a nice Sencha. More recently, I’ve developed a taste for Sheng puerh, white tea, and black teas. The only things I’ve tried that I didn’t like was Shu puerh, but that might have been because it was quite young. Regardless, I’ve been slowly expanding my horizons, so if you have any recommendations, please feel free to send me a PM.

Just for the heck of it, my other interests include classical musics (Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Verdi, Debussy, Shostakovitch, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, and Wagner, to name a few composers). I also have a fondness for a bit more modern music, like The Beatles, all Jazz (by all, I really do mean all), Gorillaz (I love Demon Days), and a couple of Indie artists you will never run across unless you play a lot of semi obscure Indie games. Also, I love cats.

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