187 Tasting Notes

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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90

The dry leaves are big, attractive silver needle buds. The aroma is oceanic, pine, and just slightly floral.

The first brew is very mellow and soft. Slight honey and pine notes with a floral background. Slightly earthy and dank like wet leaves and rich soil. This is a very mild tea, I attempted to overbrew it and bring out bitterness and found that I could not.

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Honey, Pine, Wet Earth

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

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90

A nice a floral medium-light roasted oolong. The orchid note is predominant, but theres also a butteryness like shortbread cookies and a fruity note of peach. Sweetness is moderate but not overpowering.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Green Wood, Mineral, Orchid, Stonefruits

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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82

Small, wiry, dark green leaves. Primarily vegetal with spinach and green bean notes, but also nutty and roasty with a peach-like fruit sweetness. Not my favorite green tea from Teavivre, but nice nonetheless. I think this would be a good tea to drink with a meal.

Flavors: Green Beans, Nutty, Peach, Roasted, Spinach

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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82

From the Pu TTB

A delicate sheng that’s reminiscent of a good green tea. Somewhat vegetal/umami with notes of green wood, honey, and fresh tobacco. Very infusable, very attractive whole leaves. Later steeps have a mango fruityness alongside sugarcane and vegetal notes. Lacking in the punch that I expect from young sheng. Almost definitely a “drink now” puerh.

Overall a very friendly sheng that would serve as a good introduction for someone looking for low bitterness or coming from green teas.

Flavors: Green Wood, Honey, Mango, Sugarcane, Umami, Vegetal

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

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95

From the Pu TTB

This is my first tea from Crimson Lotus. The tightly rolled tea takes a few steeps to fully open up. Nice floral and honey notes on the first steep. Moderately bitter and lightly mineral and fruity. HONEY! The honeyed taste only seems to become more prominent with further steeps. A very nice sheng that I would consider buying, though a bit pricey for me at $6/planet.

I made my first order with Crimson Lotus a couple of days ago; a little black jian shui pot! Did anyone pick one up from them last year? I look forward to trying it out and comparing to yixing

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Mineral

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
KiwiDelight

I bought one of the black Shi Pao pots last year, 100ml. I adore it. I use it for young sheng and it makes the soup so smooth. Congrats on your pot! I’m sure you’ll really like. I’m eyeing one of the red Bian Xishi pots…

tperez

Glad you like it! Mine is a 90ml bian xishi, the smallest pot I’ve ever had, but hopefully not too small

KiwiDelight

It shouldn’t be. CLT also sells 60ml pots.

tperez

I saw that! Personally I’m more comfortable with the 100-150ml range, but I did have a gaiwan about 90ml that I liked

KiwiDelight

I like different sizes for different teas. Larger gaiwan for rolled oolongs, for instance. I seem to be preferring smaller and smaller pots these past couple years. I don’t want to drink from too much leaf, keeping the same water:leaf ratio, especially when I’m sampling (samples are what my stash consists of 75% of the time).

Every time I hold my pots, I’m still surprised at how small they are!

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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 unabashed nerd.

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

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Clearwater, FL

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