115 Tasting Notes

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Based on the sample I had previously I finally ordered a canister of this from GM. It just arrived last night. Being anxious to try it this morning before heading off to work I didn’t have time to analyze the tea as thoroughly as I would have liked for this report.

The leaf is really beautiful. It’s long and kinky with black and gold tip coloring. This tea brews up a dark color. I steeped mine for 2:30 to 3:00 minutes (I shut the timer off and failed to remove the leaf so I’m not exactly use where in that time frame it landed.)

The flavor is bold but I wouldn’t say strong. For me it is a rich, complex flavor with multiple notes including malty and fruity. I find it a very enjoyable and terrific taste. I was looking forward to getting more of this after the sample and I am not disappointed. For those who like a malty rich tippy assam, this is a winner!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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95
drank Numalighur Assam by The Tea Zone
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I’ve been very impressed with this assam. I think this is just a special batch since I’ve had assam teas from this source before and was not particularly impressed. But this one is excellent each time I have it. The malty and caramel flavoring is really nice, it’s smooth and bold but no astringency with a 2 min. steep. I’m enjoying it immensely this afternoon!

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

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82

Starting my week with this bold tea from the higher elevations of India, which lends to a less astringent variety of tea. I’m drinking it black with sweetener the way I like most all my black teas. It’s a great variation on the Indian teas.

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

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90

Enjoyed this excellent assam with my breakfast today. It’s leaf is nice a tippy, it’s brew a dark amber. It has a nice malty flavor that is smooth and bold but not too strong. Yummm!

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

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83

At the end of the week, you need a bold tea to keep you going. This tea has partially broken leaf, mostly all black (not much if any tippy leaf.) The nice malty flavoring of this assam is plenty strong to stand up to dairy (if desired) however I prefer mine black with some sweetener. Another great tea from TeaSource.com.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Black Bud by TeaSource
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This morning’s work tea is this nice golden tea from Hunan province of China. It’s slightly twisted leaf is on the longer side and is colored mustard yellow, dark green and black. It is like a golden yunnan tea, and has the hint of smokiness in the aroma of the dry leaf and in the taste of the brew. The malty caramel-ish brew is very good. This is highly recommended for those liking this variety of tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Jingmai White by The Tao of Tea
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I like to drink the less caffeinated teas in the evening to minimize sleep interference. I selected this one from the cupboard. It’s a light “fluffy” tea (as I refer to them since they are feather light for their volume.) The leaf has a fine fuzzy feel to it and olive green in color. The curl of the leaf tips is lengthwise from the out edges (right and left) inwards resulting in a folded look. It’s a beautiful shape. The brew comes out a pale yellow. I didn’t add any sweetener so as to not drown out the already subtle taste. The flavor is smooth and slightly nutty, sweet and very pleasant. There is no vegetal or “grassy” flavoring to this tea. It’s just a really great tea to mellow out on.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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87

When someone mentions an Assam tea you think dark bold black tea with a malty rich brew and an astringent afterbite if you steeped it beyond 2-3 minutes. So this one will surprise you. It’s like a golden Yunnan tea. The leaf is long and twisted shades of yellow and black. The aroma has that light smokey flavor as does the brew. But don’t think Lapsang Souchong smokey. Like the golden yunnans it’s a suble nice flavoring along with the malty and spicey notes. This is a great tea. I highly recommend it as I enjoy my large mug this afternoon.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I like Yunnans so when I saw this tea from this supplier, based on the photo and the description it sounded like a winner. Having tried it a few times now I am finding that it’s a bit disappointing.
The leaf is beautiful, with yellow and black twisted long leaves. The color of the brew at 3 minutes is dark. The flavor is lacking. Yes it has some maltiness but the flavor is not what I’d expect of a standard Yunnan nor a golden Yunnan tea. For me it’s just a kind of an “eehhh” flavor, nothing exciting or noteworthy. I can’t say (based on recent cuppings) that I’d re-order this one.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Numalighur Assam by The Tea Zone
115 tasting notes

I have tried assam teas from this source before and never found any that lit my fire. But this year’s supply of this estate tea is a winner! The leaf is small and twisted, not broken. It is described as tippy tippy and malty sweet. I have to agree, that with a bit of sweetner and my usual short steep this brews up a fantastic cup of tea. The brew is dark amber, the aroma is sweet and wonderful. I don’t add dairy, preferring to enjoy the full malty strong brew. I highly recommend this assam for assam fans.

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

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I love loose leaf tea! While I gravitate towards black teas, I’m getting more into oolongs, greens and whites. I’m always looking for great fresh new teas to try. This tends to lead to the problem of ordering more even though I already have way too much.

My collection of tea has kind of gotten out of hand. After taking over several kitchen cupboards, it has spilled into the back hallway now with containers of tea stacked up there. I think I need more hours in the day to drink it all.

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