11 Tasting Notes

93

This tea is very pleasant. Super smooth, with sweetness that reminds of nectar or fruit. But also with a satisfying richness . . . I would buy this tea again, it is unique and delightful!

Flavors: Grain, Nectar, Red Fruits

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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98

This tea is very enjoyable… smooth and round, fills the mouth no astringency or bitterness at all. The dried fruit sweetness is unmistakeable and yummy. I also detected a woody flavor, or maybe grassiness, but in a bright and lively way that only served to compliment the dark fruit flavor.

I drank this tea while doing computer stuff in a rather distracted state of mind… I was pleasantly surprised and excited to find that even when subjected to very long steep times (captain space cadet here), the tea was still incredibly sweet and very consistent. Steeped around 9 times (for varying lengths of time) and the tea was nice at every stage.

Sweet, pleasant and highly drinkable!

Flavors: Cherry Wood, Fruity, Plums, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec 4 g 60 OZ / 1774 ML

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96

These dragon balls are awesome. They are like cute fuzzy tea creatures that roll around in a gaiwan like a beach ball in the water… poked at it with my chopstick in an attempt to break it up, but they are so incredibly dense I just ended letting it sit there and do its thing for a while. It looks like a wild wooly sea monster unfurling in the water. In fact I transferred it into glass rather than my ceramic gaiwan so I could observe the process. Now with regards to flavor . . .
I could just smell this tea all day and be happy. The taste is equally enjoyable. There is hardly any bitterness or astringency that I’ve experienced, and perhaps shorter steeps make sure of this. It is very sweet, and bright, but with a fullness and depth to the flavor that keeps it savorable and interesting . Smooth and soft feel. Its really amazing how much tea is in one of these little dragon balls. Even after many steepings there were leaves at the center that seemed basically untouched… once again, I went investigating with a chopstick. Highly recommended. Lovely tea to begin with, and the shape adds another dimension to the drinking experience that I find quite enjoyable.

Flavors: Floral, Malt, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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97

I drank this tea the other night and rather unexpectedly the poet/romantic in me went nuts over it . . . It smells so sweet and enticing, like plums and night. There is something mysterious and sensual about this tea. Dark and wild, with a lingering fruit aftertaste. Slight bitterness at beginning of sip goes away instantly and goes away completely after a couple of infusions. The leaves are black in color when dry, then turn red and brown with some green when steeped. I would call this tea heady. Maybe this is the mysterious cha qi I hear whisperings of . . . anyhow, if you cannot already tell I enjoyed this tea very much.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Plums, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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96

I found this tea to be very rich and floral. Sweet and highly drinkable. Smooth from the beginning, but becoming ever smoother and more mellow with later infusions. And it does do well with many infusions— the first few were much more robust, and then it tapers off and other flavors become more apparent. Brewed gong fu cha style, ten second wash then over ten infusions starting with 10 seconds and the longest being about 40 . . Yum!

Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Spices, Thick

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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94

This one took me a minute to wrap my head around . . . as a relatively new tea drinker, there were no obvious flavors that I could put a finger on. However, the complexity of the flavor is what made it enjoyable and intriguing. I found shorter steeps to be better . . . There is a hint of smokiness, it is very warming and almost feels filling due to the rich flavors. Brewed gong fu cha style, I don’t think I steeped it more than 20 seconds at any point. It evolves a lot over multiple infusions. There is quite a bit of savory-sweetness lurking in this tea!

Flavors: Round , Smoke, Spices, Thick

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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97

Very enjoyable tea. So like oolongs that I have tried in ways, but with a variety of other flavors that must come from the green tea. I’m no tea expert, but I thought this tea was fresh and sweet, with grassy and nutty notes. Very slight and good bitterness. The sweet potato flavor is quite present and pleasant as well. Different and lovely!

Flavors: Grass, Nutty, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes, Thick

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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94

This tea is lovely. Sweet, smooth and very fragrant. Floral, with some butteriness as well. The cinnamon spice aroma is there, but incredibly subtle. The leaves are gorgeous, and the little dragon balls are a joy to behold. I fared better with shorter infusions, I don’t think I went over 20 or 25 seconds even towards the end (Gong Fu Cha style). I shared this tea with my mother, who is quite picky, and she enjoyed it too! It was an added bonus.

Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Earth, Floral, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

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92

This tea is rich and smokey. Sweet for a second then pleasantly bitter, with an astringency that coats the mouth without feeling to dry. It tasted earthy, damp and woody. Very smooth. It is a lovely autumn orange color when brewed. Brewed gong fu style, 5 grams in a 60ml gaiwan. Ten second wash, 1st infusion 20 seconds, 2nd infusion 35-30 seconds, etc. Lost track of how many infusions I did because the flavor continued to intrigue me after many steepings!

Flavors: Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Decayed wood, Moss, Mushrooms, Smooth, Sweet, Wet Earth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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