191 Tasting Notes

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drank Amber Oolong by Mountain Tea
191 tasting notes

This tea makes me happy. Not because it’s the “best” or “highest quality” tea, but because it’s exactly what I want in a roasted oolong. Good complexity with fruity, spice, grain, and resiny notes with just the right amount of roast to compliment but not overpower. Overall it just “fits” my pallet right, like the worlds most comfortable pair of underwear. I’ve been drinking this a lot lately, whenever I’m not craving anything in particular, and I’ll definitely have to stock up on a lot the next time I order from Mountain Tea.

Flavors: Fruity, Resin, Roasted, Spices

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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86

From the Pu TTB Round 5

Brews up a light amber color. Tastes of tobacco, peat, slightly smoky with mineral and warming spice notes. Slightly musky incense-like aroma. Not much green left, but moderate in bitterness and light sweetness. In short: tastes like Xiaguan. A good daily drink semi-aged sheng and I might need to pick up a tuo or two.

Completely unrelated and unusually blog-ish for me: Several years ago I fell in love with the sounds of North Indian/Hindustani music. I saved up a pile of money and bought myself a beautiful sitar. I started off really into it, but a major bout of depression caused me to lose interest and it ended up living in my closet.

I’m managing my depression much better now, and the other weekend I went to I really inspirational sitar concert by Ustad Shujat Kahn, son of Vilayat Kahn. I decided to open back up the sitar case and completely restrung it (takes hours) and I’ve been practicing from a book and DVDs daily. I knew from experience that I would need a teacher if I really wanted to learn, so I contacted the shop that sold my the sitar and asked for recommendations.

Last weekend I had my first skype lesson (good sitar teachers are few and far between) with the owner of the shop, and by his recommendation I’m going to take lessons from his teacher, Indrajit Banerjee, in the future. I’m really excited! Unfortunately I’ve been drinking less gong fu tea and doing more big pot brewing (hadn’t done that in a long time) haha.

Anyways, I’m really exited and feeling much more motivated in day to day life

Flavors: Mineral, Peat, Spices, Tobacco

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

Congratulations on being in a better place with depression. I admire you for pursuing learning a musical instrument – what a great way to celebrate life and beauty.

tperez

Thanks Zennenn!

Cathy Baratheon

The sitar is a beautiful instrument. So glad to read that you feel better.

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96
drank 2016 Tyler by White 2 Tea
191 tasting notes

From the Pu TTB round 5

Brews a light yellow. Super nice and thick, oily mouthfeel. Mineral, spice, green wood, slight floral and mushroom notes make a complex brew. “Yiwu-ish” profile by my experience. Low-medium bitterness and a little bit of sweetness. The brewed leaves are very nice. Thick stems, olive green color.

Thinking about this tea, I realize how hard it is to put into words what differentiates a tea that’s “good” or “ok” from one that’s great. I may not have the words, but this one definitely falls in the “great” category for me, at least for near-term drinking.

Flavors: Floral, Green Wood, Mineral, Mushrooms, Spices

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

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82

From the Pu TTB Round 5

Brews a light yellow. Fairly thick with green and mushroom flavors, slight smoke and tobacco. Pretty damn good for the price!

Flavors: Green, Mushrooms, Smoke, Tobacco

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

Yep, I think it was $25.00 or so when I got mine. Excellent bang for the buck.

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88
drank 2015 Ta Go Raw Pu Erh by JalamTeas
191 tasting notes

From the Pu TTB round 5
Grassy and buttery with a thick, oily mouthfeel. Moderate bitterness. Slight honey sweetness and a hint of fruit in the later steeps

Flavors: Butter, Grass, Honey

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

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80
drank 2016 Daily Drinker by White 2 Tea
191 tasting notes

From the Pu TTB round 5

Brews up a light yellow with notes of fresh grass and citrus. Slight mineral and incense sort of tastes and slightly dank side of wet dog. Bitterness and astringency are low, mouthfeel is fairly average. While this is a perfectly fine tea, nothing particularly stands out. I would be quicker to reach for the Milk, Cream, and Alcohol as a daily drinker.

Flavors: Citrus, Grass, Mineral, Wet Moss

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

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drank Rummy Pu by Liquid Proust Teas
191 tasting notes

First tea out of the TTB round 5! I was really hoping to like this one as I do enjoy the occasional rum-laden beverage, however this tea is definitely not for me. Thanks LP for including it in the box though as I really wanted to try it.

Flavors: Alcohol, Mushrooms

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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90

Today feel as though I’ve been let in on a juicy secret that wasn’t meant for my ears. I say this because I’m enjoying a White 2 Tea tea club tea, a tea from a club I’m not part of. I just got my order from the sale a few weeks back, and 2Dog included this and a few other past tea club teas as freebees.

This is a fairly tippy, cute little mini cake. Flavorwise it’s very green tea-like. Notes of green peas, grass, wet moss, white grape, and apricot. The mouthfeel is thick and oily, as I’ve noticed White 2 Tea sheng tends to be. There’s some light astringency, but not much bitterness. Overall its a pretty light and fruity tea. Much more notable than the taste is the strength of tea drunk that I’m experiencing. This tea has me feeling very light and calm and floaty.

Flavors: Apricot, Grass, Peas, Peppercorn, Seaweed, Wet Moss, White Grapes

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

I’ve yet to try this one. I wanted to air it a bit, it should be ready for this weekend but I’m also fighting the ridiculous heat wave this week.

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70
drank English Breakfast by Tea Forte
191 tasting notes

Staying at a hotel for a few days and they have these cool looking Tea Forte tea bags in the club room. This is a strong and malty black with a pretty generic Assam taste, maybe a little bit of Yunnan in it. It’s not bad, one of the better English Breakfast teabags that I’ve had. That said it seems that packaging is their “forte,” not the tea.

Flavors: Bitter, Malt, Sweet Potatoes

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90

Another sample from Grand Tea

This brews up a similar dark color to the Simao 1999. This one however is much more enjoyable for me. There is little storage taste and and ever so slight bitterness. The flavor is primarily earthy with slight camphor, cinnamon, and old book notes and a mild brown sugar sweetness. It’s very easy drinking and reminds me of shou but with a cleaner and more mineral taste and mouthfeel.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Camphor, Cinnamon, Mineral, Wet Earth

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 90 ML
Yat-Fung Yeung

I am glad you like it:)

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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.

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