81 Tasting Notes

85

There has been a lot of buzz about this tea and I finally got a chance to break into my brick tonight. Is it the best puerh that I’ve ever had? Of course not. Is it the best $15/100g puerh that I’ve ever had? Absolutely! The taste was thick and earthy with lots of camphor and even a bit of piney smokiness. In a way, I’m reminded of the rosin that I used to rub my violin bow with back in grade school. It’s been too long since I’ve been able to indulge in a halfway decent puerh and this one went straight to my head.

Flavors: Camphor, Resin, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec
DigniTea

I too was curious about this one because of all the chatter (but I am a big fan of Paul’s selections anyway). Just picked off my leaf for the first time last night and I am enjoying a session with this little guy right now. Initial reaction - I like it very much!

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90

Holy cow this stuff is awesome. I originally sampled it at Satemwa’s booth at World Tea Expo but it was towards the end of the last day and the leaves were just about done. Now that I was able to properly steep it I’m pretty blown away. The level of complexity is crazy, especially for a tea that is made entirely out of stems. I could drink this all night (in fact I think I will).

Flavors: Cream, Honey, Spices, Vanilla

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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80

This is last years tea but OMG, it’s still pretty darned amazing. It helps that my sample was vacuum sealed. The taste was incredibly light and sweet with crazy complexity. I’m getting fruits, florals and even a bit of creaminess.

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec
apt

I don’t believe they’re selling it this season. Shame, since I really like their other offerings.

I actually haven’t tried Da Yu Ling yet, most of the Taiwanese vendors I buy from don’t sell it, and when I did have an opportunity (Origin) I didn’t want to spend that much when I already dropped a ton of dough on other teas.

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70

Yeah, I’m drinking tea at 1am after a long week at work. I have a inexplicable soft spot for Darjeeling oolongs. This one was fairly mellow but very nice. It went nicely with the thunderstorm :)

Flavors: Earth, Floral, Fruity

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
apt

considering buying this at Silver Tips in NY

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100

I haven’t logged a tea here in a long time but I had to with this one. It is nothing short of amazing. Intensely aromatic and complex, I could not get enough of it. Compared to their other offerings it’s on the expensive side but it is seriously amaze-balls.

Flavors: Creamy, Cucumber, Floral, Melon, Nutty, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
MzPriss

Sounds delicious!

Charisma

I liked this one a lot too :)

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85
drank Black Tea by Shan Valley
81 tasting notes

This tea was earthy and sweet with nutty notes and a mild fruitiness. Smoky notes in the background rounded out the flavor profile, adding a nice balance. It had a bold astringency but did not become bitter when left to steep for too long the first time around (oops!).

http://www.teaformeplease.com/2013/10/shan-valley-black-tea.html

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85

I was really excited to try this tea because it was grown in Mynamar, otherwise known as Burma. What can I say, I’m a sucker for unusual terroirs. Although it was fairly astringent I did not find it unpleasant at all. Sometimes life calls for an easy sipping tea and that is exactly what this one was. An unobtrusive, warming cup of tea can often be just what the doctor ordered.

http://www.teaformeplease.com/2013/09/shan-valley-valley-green-tea.html

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

Similarly to the Valley Green, this tea was mellow and vegetal with a mild fruitiness. The smokiness that I had detected in the Valley Green was just barely present here. No sweeteners are necessary as there was very little astringency. Although this is their reserve tea it is really quite affordable.

http://www.teaformeplease.com/2014/01/shan-valley-first-flush-green-tea.html

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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94

The first thing that I noticed about this tea was the sweet, floral aroma. On more than one occasion I found myself sticking my nose into the gaiwan and inhaling deeply. The floral aroma was echoed in the taste along with a pleasantly vegetal finish.

http://www.teaformeplease.com/2013/11/tea-setter-iron-goddess-medium-grade.html

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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81

This tea was wonderfully earthy and robust yet sweet and mild. It is the puerh for people who think that they don’t like puerh. Another awesome one from Tea Setter.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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