92 Tasting Notes

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drank Yu Lu Yan Cha Black by Verdant Tea
92 tasting notes

At the moment, this might be the black tea that I like the most. Topping even Golden Fleece and Yunnan fenqqing.

Its well rounded body and warming qualities are second to none. I don’t think it resteeps as well as some of the other teas, but first maybe 4 cups are absolutely great.

(the note is about original batch)

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97

The smoothest jasmine tea I ever tried. It is amazing that I even like it because I absolutely hate jasmine usually! So sad tehre is so little of this :(

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87

Much better than the usual Yabao from Verdant. This one I actually like.

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drank Yu Lu Yan Cha Black by Verdant Tea
92 tasting notes

A very smooth black and resteeps quite well. I didn’t particularly like the results from gaiwan, but brewing it with more water in a cup produced much different result. I think I like it.

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90

Interesting. Dry leaves smell almost identically to the tea I remember being sold in the Soviet Union as just “Indian tea”. Admittedly, the quality was so-so, but the smell was incredible (to make me remember it after 20 years). Master Han’s smells almost similar to that. Even the taste starts similarly, but next moment you are just blown away by the amount of different notes and nuances of the liquid… the tea from 20 yrs ago could not even compare…

The only problem with this tea, I think, is the lack of pronounced aftertaste which is sad, otherwise it’d be perfect.

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The only tea I received from MF that I’d be willing to give a second chance. While I ususally don’t like bergamot at all, I was not as much offed here.

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42

It doesn’t smell like tea. It smells like a candy shop >_< TOO sweet. This is even worse that Vanille des lles – it’s disturbingly sweet and lacks any tea flavor at all… I doubt I will ever touch this again…

There really is a world of difference between naturally sweet honey-nectarish Huang Zhi Xiang dancong and this… abomination

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Ysaurella

surprising, generally people find this tea strong as it’s a robust assam. This assam tea base is detectable immediately even if for sure it’s a caramel & chocolate tea.

Zeks

I can’t feel anything behind the absurd amount of flavoring :(

Ysaurella

let it steep for more than 2 minutes and a half and for sure you’ll feel it (on the bad sense !)

Zeks

I was steeping it for any amount of time between 15 seconds and 5 minutes. The result was more or less the same…

Ysaurella

really, you didn’t get an absolutely awful bitterness after 2 minutes ? I cannot even drink it after 2 minutes steeping :S it becomes sooooo bitter I had to throw it

Zeks

2 minutes was the final attempt I stopped trying. I always try from 10 secs and work up or down from that. This tea was not acceptable on all of the intervals I tried

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drank Vanille des Iles by Mariage Frères
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Interesting but not more that that. I like vanilla, but not when it’s the entire point of the tea. And I mean it – I couldn’t even really taste much of the base tea itself. Satisfied my curiosity, now in need to pass this to some friend…

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82

I can’t call this remarkable, but this is certainly a very good black. Just that my favourites are better.

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92

Verrrry interesting :) Basically – it’s a black tea made out of Dancong which is very obvious when you open the package – the fragrant smell of dancong tea is really strong. It is, however, veiled by roast notes which leaves you wondering “Is it a dancong tea, is it a black tea?”

First steep is more like a typical sweet dancong. Black’s notes are just that – notes. The more you steep however, the more flavour shifts towards black tea so I udnerstand why it’s listed as such.

One notable thing about this one – strong mouthfeel stays after you gulp it down. The one reminding of when you place the leaves in slightly wet gaiwain and the first smell is released. It’s probably the first tea that I can say has a fragrant mouthfeel. :)

Also, resteeps quite well. maybe 7-8 times before starting to become watery

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