225 Tasting Notes

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I wanted to really like this tea. In fact, I had higher expectations for it, on the account that a lot of Bitterleaf teas are splendid. Unfortunately, this wasn’t as great as I had hoped. I will admit though, that this was a sample that had basically the little bits left over. There was some of the “chunk,” but it literally was a lot of smaller bits. That could make for a bad time with sheng, so maybe that is why I had a lot of bitter notes throughout the entire session; however, it could be the tea too. I wouldn’t know. I could order another sample the next time that I order from BLT, but that may be a while and they may not have more of this to sample (I’d cake it, but the price is a bit high for me).

Overall, I’m assuming that this tea could be too new to really gain some age to it—therefore, it may remain extremely bitter/astringent until it settles for a while. I wouldn’t know, though.

PS. I’m basically at the point where I’ll only review a tea when I get near to finishing it or sipping it down. I drink tea quite frequently, and in my chaotic mind, I cannot write a review every time I have tea. But I’ll still be reviewing all of your content on an almost daily basis. :)

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter

Matu

Unacceptable. MORE REVIEWS!!!

S.G. Sanders

Honestly, I’m digging into the sample box, in hopes of sipping a nice chunk of my teas down. So, I’m sure there’ll be more to come! :P

Matu

Hehe that’s kinda what I’m doing atm as well – trying to whittle down my non-pu collection mostly.

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“Pear Mountain Oolong” (Mountain Pear Oolong?)

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This sample came from LP long ago when my tea journey was fresh and new. I apparently sampled quite a bit and never reviewed this; however, I’ve finally finished the last of the tea tonight and wanted to get a review out there while I had the chance to write.

This was some seriously delicious tea though. Very fruity, floral, and easy going. I’d say that this is an oolong to be had when you’re craving something that isn’t rough on the stomach nor keeps you awake….

Speaking of staying awake, I’m too tired to keep typing. xD

90/100

Rasseru

Da Yu Ling ‘pear mountain’ in Taiwan which is becoming more and more a conservation area.

Its the highest peak I think,or maybe the highest still allowed to be used for tea?

S.G. Sanders

Well, it’s a solid tea. I like it. Thank you for the info, Rasseru :)

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This is a nice ripe to have on a rainy day before work. I’m learning that there are ripe puerh teas that I’ve grown fond of in the past that have become “basic” throughout the course of my tea journey. This is a nice ripe overall though; however, it’s nothing that I’d get more of only due to the fact that I’ve learned to like either older or more specific types of ripe puerh. This is definitely a good tea for beginners.

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I was slightly skeptical about this when I saw this in the bag with the other teas. I had to try it though. Honestly, I liked it for what it was. I didn’t get a lot of puerh notes, but the chocolate jumped out quite a bit. It reminded me of a milk chocolate bar; which was surprising. I think this may have been one of the better bagged teas in the group.

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Great spice, but I didn’t like the black tea base. Slightly bitter and astringent.

Daylon R Thomas

Oddly enough, I preferred their green chai, though that was a long time ago and it was bagged.

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The wife was kind enough to pick some tea out for me at the store the other day. I’ve been wanting to drink tea at work, but with the setup that I have, I can only afford to drink tea, within the space given, either grandpa style or bagged teas. Now, I like drinking grandpa style, but there are few teas that I own that I truly enjoy doing that with; therefore, my other option is to have bagged tea that’s not Lipton.
I am grateful to have a wife who will cautiously purchase something that I may like without sugar. She knows the profile of [bagged] tea that I prefer, but also knows that anything is better than Lipton. ;)
I gave this a try first since I was in the mood for something sweet, but didn’t want to get a candy bar from the vending machine—all on the account that I need to cut out the sweets at work.
Notes: Sweet & consistent strawberry. Slightly astringent and a little sour.

Overall, it was a good tea for what it was.

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I had apparently had this before and gave it a much lower rating than it had deserved. I think what happened was that I was new to tea and had no previous experience. I probably thought, “Tastes too much like mud, it’s not for me.” However, as my tastes change constantly, I find this quite enjoyable now. I’m starting to develop a liking toward the “old basement/moist woods” types of tea; especially shou. I like drinking something that reminds me of the most desired places for me (the woods) and the sense of belonging outside. I really have come to enjoy the teas that take me to the woods, where I can simply dwell without noise or passing hours cooped up inside an office. I tell my wife that I’d rather live in the middle of the woods or the country, without the noises that often hinder our abilities to enjoy the gift of nature. After drinking this today, I want to pack a few essentials, get my tent, and hike until the stars appear, as I watch from a burning flame and nothing but the nature to allow me to focus on this ultimate gift. This tea is beautiful, but it also allows me to reflect more on the beauty of the outside world—beyond everything else.

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75

Western-styled. 3 minutes @ 195 F. Smooth black tea with zero astringency. Not the best, but not too bad either.

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Go to sleep, go to sleep, go to sleep….

Seriously, insomnia is at full throttle tonight. GM is the best thing to keep one from going insane. Thick, creamy, earthy, mineral-y, smooth, & rich.

Mmmm mmmm mmmmm mmmm.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-GMDMnep3E

Shae

Me too!! I hope you finally made it to sleep.

S.G. Sanders

I had around 3 A.M., but the early sunrise is calling for nice brisk walk before work today. Might as well take a stroll since the temperature will drop a significant amount over the weekend.

Evol Ving Ness

Video is unavailable in this country. :(

I feel ya with the sleep pain.

S.G. Sanders

Evol Ving Ness the video is “Asleep” by the Smiths.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you. I will look it up.

Evol Ving Ness

Beautiful. Thank you.

S.G. Sanders

No problem! :)

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While getting ready for work, I’m brewing this up as I get ready…

Notes: Tastes like a lumberyard smells; smells like an old wet basement (mildew?).

I like it though.

CrowKettle

Sounds like the good kind of basement mildew! XD

S.G. Sanders

It is the good kind of basement mildew. ;)

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I’ve been drinking quality teas for a couple of years. It all began in college when an old roommate introduced me to loose leaf teas.

I figured that it’s time to have a place to go to, where I can share my thoughts and opinions with others on teas; while expanding my palate and learn about new teas from others.

As C.S. Lewis once said, “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

A little bit about me: I’m a writer, an avid hiker, a poet, a teacher, a tea drinker, and I like collecting books. I enjoy the journey in the woods—the calm of the river and/or creek as it carries itself along the woods. I love people, and I enjoy conversations and meeting others to talk about books, tea, etc.

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0-69 is below average (never try/buy again)

70-85 is average (glad I tried it, but will never buy it).

86-100 is beyond average (I want more).

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PS. I really like oolong (Dancong, Alishan, Bug Bitten, etc), Sheng, & shou puerh.

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