260 Tasting Notes

75

This is one of those fruity herbal teas that I sometimes think about as juice alternatives. If you are approaching this expecting a strong watermelon flavor you will be disappointed. One of the other reviewers refereed to it as being more of a Jolly Rancher style flavor, which I think is accurate to describe this tea as a calorie free liquid alternative to hard candy.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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77

While this is an acceptable mint tea I would not call it great. The mint is good, but the other herbs are too strong relative to the strength of the mint.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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96

After hearing so much about jingmai puerh and seeing this cake for a LOT less than most Jngmai I could not resist buying it. This is amazing as it stands out as both unusually sweet and mild when it comes to most sheng puerhs. If this cheap Jingmai cake is so good, I can only imagine how good the premium quality ones will be that I now plan on ordering next.

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100

Gongfu brewed in my shiboridashi. Lord of the Lakes produces a very smooth blend that has a fair amount of sweetness to it. Another really good shou from Whispering Pines that deserves your full attention as this is not a casual drinking tea.

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100

Gongfu brewed in my shiboridashi. The Huron Te Ji in cake form is stronger than the loose leaf variety. I would say it has more of the medium range of how shou goes. The tea yields a rich mellow brew with a clean mineral taste to it. Highly recommended as this is the type of shou that deserves to be set aside for the times when you can relax and focus upon the tea and only the tea.

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95

Gongfu brewed in my shiboridashi. Without a doubt Jim has done it again when it comes to producing private label puerh cakes that break expectations for their price range. A darker level fermentation compared to must lighter shous today. A smooth brew with a malty taste that while neither bitter nor sweet is leaning slightly to the sweet side.

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85

This one is interesting as your brewing method determines if it comes off more as a green tea or young sheng puerh. Brewed in either a mug infuser or grandpa style in a chawan, it comes off as a decent green tea. Brewed gongfu style in a shiboridashi and it comes off as a more mild young sheng puerh.

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81

Overall a decent green puerh. Can easily get on the harsh side if brewed gongfu style if you are not careful. If you are sensitive to sheng puerh I recommend brewing it grandpa style which leads to a more enjoyable experience in my opinion.

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87

Brewed with short influsions in my shiboridashi. I do not drink many shengs as I am sensitive to their harshness, but this one is very safe on the stomach. The tea comes out in the middle between bitter and sweet. Overall the tea comes out light and mild. It also has a nice relaxing qi to it.

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98

I think the best way to describe Old Reliable is that it is a “generic shou puerh” in the best possible sense. Basically a good quality everyday puerh that I think is summed up in its name of Old Reliable house blend. A simple puerh for when you just want a decent plain puerh to enjoy.

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