23 Tasting Notes

85

Very nice and toasty, with grilled peach undertones as described. Very well-behaved tea with a lot of body. This would probably be great for blending with a more astringent first flush darjeeling that needs a little balance. I still have a bunch of Vahdam Teas, so I will try this blend idea out with the Giddahapar first flush.

Flavors: Peach, Toasty

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

Wow. Haven’t found an earl grey that I really like until now. This is excellent. Received a few sample bags with my Harney orders over time and finally tried this one.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

A light oolong with hints of watermelon, caramel, spearmint, and a buttery mouth feel. Very nice tea.

https://www.aprtea.com/chinese-zhang-ping-shui-xian-oolong-tea-fragrant-orchid-grade-one-250g/

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Melon, Spearmint

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 7 g 29 OZ / 857 ML

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70

Light on taste with standard Keemun notes – I couldn’t find much more than that going on with this one. My Hao Ya “B” from Harney and Sons outshines this one by a kilolumen, at a lower price point and easier shipping options. I am grateful for the opportunity to try this one out for free, but I will not be ordering this anytime soon. There are plenty of more interesting teas at AprTea, though.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

Very nice leathery mouth feel and honey flavor. Pretty straightforward and simple over all. Flavor lingers for a good while. Other notes are very much in the background, but still can be discerned, such as eucalyptus, orchid, mineral, and guava.

https://www.aprtea.com/chinese-fenghuang-dancong-oolong-tea-honey-rhyme-mellow-grade-one/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

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Flavors: Apricot, Eucalyptus, Guava, Honey, Leather, Mineral, Orchid

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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100

Magnificent. I love Gopaldhara teas. The 2018 first flush was a favorite of mine, and now so is the second flush. This one drinks like a dark red wine with prominent notes of mature dark grapes, which combines with a woody autumn leaf quality reminiscent of a nice Dian Hong black tea.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Dark Wood, Grapes, Leather, Metallic, Mineral, Pepper, Red Wine, Round

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

Syrupy and buttery and sweet, this is nice. I am still recovering from a cold, so I think it was a mistake to try this one out. My tastebuds and sense of smell are shot. This one brews up clean and is definitely enjoyable, but I can’t really describe any nuances beyond that right now. Accidentally brewed this with too much water, and I still felt it was noticeably thick – so I guess that says something.

https://www.aprtea.com/chinese-anxi-tieguanyin-oolong-tea-luzhou-flavour-type-charcoal-baking-grade-one-250g/

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80

Described as having “clean notes of charred greens, burnt wood, and tobacco” – I won’t argue with that, but I also find hints of tropical fruit and smoke. There is a grape leaf aroma.

Flavors: Smoke, Tropical

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85

Very nice. Burnt sugar and caramel flavors predominantly, with hints of peach, walnut, and maybe a touch of saltiness. This tea is pretty mellow, but the slight touch of campfire/smoke lends it a bit of excitement. I did not find much astringency after a 3 minute steep, and no bitterness. In fact, if I had some more, I would give it a shot at 4 or 5 minutes. The campfire is mostly in the aroma, and it doesn’t really translate strongly into the cup. It is not anything like a smoky lapsang souchong.

Tea was received as a free sample from AprTea Mall, in exchange for my writing a review. It was nice to find 8 different tea samples, about 50 grams total, in my mail yesterday. This is the first one I have sampled, and my first ever Dahongpao-style tea.

https://www.aprtea.com/chinese-wuyi-dahongpao-rock-tea-middle-fire-grade-one-250g/

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Campfire, Caramel, Honey, Peach, Salt, Walnut

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 7 g 29 OZ / 857 ML

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