1672 Tasting Notes

85

This is another nice tea from Vahdam Teas. It is first flush so a lot of green leaves miced in with some black leaves. It has a very light taste. I am not getting notes of Muscatel grapes in this one however but something resembling apricots. It is good in any case.

I steeped this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 minutes.

Flavors: Apricot

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

This is a relatively nice tea with wet storage notes for the first two steeps and fermentation flavoe for about the first five or six steeps. There was a slight bitterness to this tea but not enough to bother me. The unusual thing about this tea is it comes compressed into a cylinder shape. It was loosely compressed. After a few steeps a nice sweet note emerged and developed over the course of twelve steeps. By the twelfth steep you might call it a fruity note with a little bit of bamboo too.

I steeped this tea twelve times in a 160ml solid silver teapot with 13.8g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 minutes. There were still a few steeps in the leaves but I simply had had enough tea and don’t have the patience for the longer steeps.

Flavors: Bitter, Earth, Fruity, Sweet, Wet Wood

Preparation
Boiling 13 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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80
drank Green Tea Bitaco by Bitaco Tea Co.
1672 tasting notes

This is a nice green tea with a vegetal note and a mild fruity note. Got it with the group buy I put together for Bitaco. Their teas are an incredible value but you have to order 6 kg so a group order was the only way to try these teas.

I brewed this tea one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 2 minutes.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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78
drank Cacao Kisses by Bitaco Tea Co.
1672 tasting notes

This tea is fairly good. I would like it better if the taste of chocolate were stronger. While you can taste the cocoa husks and cacao nibs the flavor of them is not real strong. Still it is interesting to taste teas from other parts of the world.

I steeped this one time with 200 degree water in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf for three minutes.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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82

This was a very nice ripe puerh tea from Puerhshop with little bitterness and a semi sweet note from the start. This semi sweet note slowly turned into a fruity note, dates come to mind but this is just an interpretation. Someone else might call it something else.

I steeped this twelve times in a 130ml teapot with 10.1g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 minutes. Judging by the color of the tea I would say there were another two or three steeps left to this tea.

Flavors: Dates, Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 10 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

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91

This is a very nice tasting tea with just a little fermentation flavor left, barely noticeable in the first three steeps or so. There was no fishy taste or dirty taste but a clean fermentation taste to this one. And it was mostly sweet but just a little bittersweet in the first steeping. As the fermentation faded another sweet note emerged. Kind of like a dried fruit note I would say. This is very good tea and worth a sample if you are ordering from Yunnan Sourcing.

I steeped this twelve times in a 160ml solid silver teapot with 13.8g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 minutes. There were maybe two more steeps in the leaves had I wanted to continue.

Preparation
Boiling 13 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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78
drank Andean Princess by Bitaco Tea Co.
1672 tasting notes

Drinking this hot this time. I think it may be better hot than iced. The raspberry flavor is a little stronger. This is quite a tea when you consider it cost $5 for 100g. If we do another group buy next year I definitely recommend others join in. It is good stuff.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 minutes.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85

Bought this recently from Puerhshop. It was quite inexpensive. It has what I would call the typical Dayi flavor profile. A sweet fermentation taste with little bitterness and no fishy or unpleasant notes. After the fermentation taste is gone the sweet note changes into something else, also sweet. This note has a bit of a light fruitiness but not real strong with this one. It is a good puerh. It doesn’t qualify as spectacular but you do get Dayi’s quality with it. Even their cheaper blends like this one that quality comes across.

I steeped this ten times in a 180ml gaiwan with 14g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec. 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 minute.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 14 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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90

This is a very nice tea. It is light in flavor, not strong. It has that classic Darjeeling muscatel note. This stuff is good.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 minutes.

Flavors: Muscatel

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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83

Puerh Tea TTB. This was a very nice ripe. I didn’t notice any bitterness although there was a fair amount of fermentation flavor that lasted four or five steeps. There was a sweet note to the fermentation. It evolved into a different sweet note once the fermentation was history. Overall this was a very good brick.

I steeped this twelve times with 10.4g leaf in a 150ml gaiwan with boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 minutes. There were definitely a few more steeps in the leaves.

Preparation
Boiling 10 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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I am Allan. I live and work in Long Island, New York. I have been amassing a tea collection for nearly two years and have spent way too much money. I now try to buy mostly Puerh as I like it most and it lasts nearly forever. Black tea has a habit of going bad. If anyone is interested in tea swaps I am open to ideas and have quite a cupboard.

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