113 Tasting Notes

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drank Gyokuro by Ohio Tea Company
113 tasting notes

3/7/2017 Afternoon gaiwan 6g/160F/4oz/15-20 steeps

I combined the steeps on this one. It’s a pleasant green tea.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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I got a free sample of this along with my recent oolong order. The dry leaf has a really intriguing aroma, but I can’t get it into the cup. I can tell there’s a good tea in there somewhere, but I haven’t tasted it yet. I’ll rate it if I can ever get it right.

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3/6/2017 It just arrived!! 6g/3oz gaiwan/195F/10-15seconds

Delicious. Mineral-marble and floral/peach with a hint of toastiness. Again, one of my absolutely favorite teas.

Flavors: Floral, Mineral, Peach, Toasty

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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2/15/2017 morning gaiwan 8g/212F/4oz? 10-15 second steeps

Another sample from YS that has lived in my tea cabinet for over a year. 1 rinse was all it needed for the chunk to start loosening up, and it was a very clean rinse.

1 – placid sheng sharpness – mellow and non-descript
2 – Calling it mellow pissed it off — intensely bitter and resinous.
3 – lower temp water, 10 second steep – still very sharp. Resinous/herbal – the wet leaf smells of oregano. Suddenly astringent and mouth filling.
4 – full temp water, 5 second steep – less astringent. Tobacco and lemon balm.

Still drinking. Will add further notes later.

The astringency continues – behind it the taste lightened up, and became almost fruit – apricot and pine, and that wet pine forest floor aroma.

This is not a friendly tea, but one that begs exploration, and experimentation – I have to add a few cakes of this to my next YS order — I think it’s going to wicked good in a few more years.

Storage notes – 25g sample from YS, I got it in 2015, and it’s been stored in its loose sample packet in my tea cabinet. Lots of air circulation, drier rather than humid, warm room temperature.

I think it says something about this tea that it makes feel I need to make a note of the storage conditions.

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I am about to run out of this tea. This bums me out, because it has continued delicious since I purchased it in 2015.

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2/14/2017 Tea in the afternoon. 8g/ 4oz/ 212F/5-15 second steeps

A very nice shou for a winter afternoon. Warming and filling. Light pleasant ‘sheep building at the county fair’ aroma.

The tuo has been hanging out in my tea cupboard for a year so, just chilling out. I’m very happy with how well it’s adjusted to my house.

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1/1/2016 Evening cuppa. 12oz/212F/2min I didn’t measure the leaf, but I’d guess maybe 2 tsp. Someone gave me a little set of cute gift tins. I find that Ahmad teas always make a nice cuppa, and are great for builders tea. A little bergamot, a little brass, very nice sweetened.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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12/27-28/2015 10g, 10oz, 180-212F, times varying from 30 sec to 2 minutes

This tea was nothing special. Drinkable. I couldn’t find any of notes or character others have described. I will say it seems to drink forever. The block didn’t even start opening up up until the third brewing, and I gave up on it before it exhausted. The flavour – sort of mild basic ‘tea-y’ was consistent throughout. I won’t buy it again, and it has left me a bit cool on fu zhuans.

Preparation
10 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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12/23/2015 7g/20oz/212F 2 minutes

Just a nice basic black (keemun base I think?) with a touch of lychee. Nothing extraordinary, or particularly special, just a nice hot cuppa. Also nice iced in the summer.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 15 sec 7 g 20 OZ / 591 ML

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12/22/2015 10g/20oz/212F 2 min

An easy drinking tea, with a dark dark liquor, and gentle hay/very faint rose/lavender kind of thing going on. Predominantly smooth aged hay, with just this almost not there floral hint.
Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 10 g 20 OZ / 591 ML

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