162 Tasting Notes

88

Creamy texture. Buttery, sweet, wet earth. Indistinct fruityness, brown sugar and wood. Very slightly smoky finish

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butter, Creamy, Dark Wood, Wet Earth

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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88

A classic dry stored cake, brews yellow-orange. Still slightly bitter with notes of kale, honey, and coriander. Slightly floral and citric.

Flavors: Coriander, Floral, Herbaceous, Honey, Kale, Lemon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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86

Brewing in my new Crimson Lotus Jian Shui pot!
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Spicy and bittersweet , notes of green wood, honey, tobacco, wet earth, and a unique cocoa powder note. It’s not cocoa in a “chocolate” sort of way, but it reminds me distinctly of baking with my mom. Not as green as you would expect for a 2013 tea. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but I like the strong bitter character and the uniqueness of the flavor.

Flavors: Cocoa, Floral, Green Wood, Honey, petrichor, Tobacco

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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92

A very light and clean shou. Prominent camphor-spice note with a mineral, pecan, and cocoa background. Very soft and velvety mouthfeel. Slight pencil shaving note.

Flavors: Camphor, Cocoa, Mineral, Pecan, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
AllanK

I believe Yunnan Sourcing used to sell this as well. They called it the Haiwan Peerless I think.

tperez

I think so!

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50

This one is pretty disappointing. I expected some bitterness and Bulang punch, but all I got was some grass and corn with a little sweetness.

Flavors: Corn Husk, Grass

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Kirkoneill1988

never tasted corn in a puerh

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90

I have to admit, I’ve had this tea about three times now, and for the first two I wasn’t impressed. It was somewhat bland, and got bitter when pushed.

This time, however, it’s turning out much better! Brews an attractive amber color. Honey, apricot, date, mint, and mulling spice notes with a slight floral background. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, matching it’s sweet taste.

Flavors: Apricot, Cinnamon, Clove, Dates, Mint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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86

Brews up a medium yellow, mildly bitter and astringent. This tea has flavors of green beans, whiskey, petrichor, herbs, and a fruity bitterness like white grape skins. Nice lingering sweetness and aroma in the mouth. The mouthfeel is a little bit thin, but overall it’s pretty nice and a bargain at it’s current price.

Flavors: Green Beans, Herbs, petrichor, Whiskey, White Grapes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Kirkoneill1988

what is petrichor?

tperez

The smell after it rains

Kirkoneill1988

I do recall hearing that before. Must have escaped my memory

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82

A smooth and mellow shou with little fermentation flavor. Woody with a slight almond note and what I would describe as doughy or yeasty taste. Not terribly complex, but a solid/unoffensive daily drinker at a bargain price.

Flavors: Almond, Smooth, Wood, Yeasty

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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80

Brews a dark yellow-orange. It’s hard to believe that 2009 is now seven years ago! This tea has aged fairly gracefully in that time. Theres a strong citrus note accompanied by light acidity, some camphor and mint, and a smooth round flavor and mouthfeel like wild mushrooms. Light bitterness and even lighter astringency. Overall its a fairly nice tea, but a bit thin and one dimensional. If I had a cake I don’t know how often I’d be drinking it.

Flavors: Camphor, Citrus, Medicinal, Mint, Mushrooms

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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94

A free sample from Teavivre!

The dry leaves are a medium long and yellow-green. It’s a very clean and sweet and mineral brew. Notes of green bean, chestnut, and sugarcane with a slightly floral finish. As the leaves open up they become bright green and reveal nice budsets. A nice and refreshing green, mao fengs are my favorite.

Flavors: Chestnut, Floral, Green Beans, Mineral, Sugarcane

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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My name is Thomas,

I’ve loved tea and coffee since I was little, but only started getting into the world of high quality teas about four years ago.

My favorites are pu’erhs, Yunnan blacks, and oolongs. I’m not much into flavored teas or jasmine/florals, but I love a good cup of chai or adding a spice or two to my teas sometimes.

Currently working on a degree in environmental sciences.

Other than tea I’m a nature lover, guitar picker, and amateur in ceramics.

My Rating Scale:
95-100 Wowza!
90-94 Pretty darn good
80-89 Nice
70-79 Decent
50-69 Potable
0-50: Blech.

Location

Clearwater, FL

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