263 Tasting Notes

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“2004 Yang Ping Hao”

I have had this since the first Puerbertea (?) Group Buy that LP had hosted. I had a session shortly after getting the tea, but hid this away for some time now. I am on my second day session with this, but it’s lightening up now. Throughout the session, there have been some pretty nice earth notes that remain throughout; which I quite like a lot. My wife thought that I was drinking something that reminded her of my parents basement, but to me, I had noted “deep earth after a rainy day.” This tea brews long and hard; I’m currently going at boiling water for 3-4 minutes. I think it’s time to quit shortly and find something else to be had before going to bed.

89/100

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“Island Green Tea” Mauna Kea

Clean, crisp, & aquatic/seaweed aroma/flavor. Very nice throughout the session. Never better or mouth-drying.

70/100

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85

I was drinking this tea yesterday evening while having a live session on Instagram. I thought that I needed a ‘special tea’ for the occasion; which this one definitely had been.

The tea started with a sweet apricot flavor, with a bit of honey sweetness; following (after 5 steeps in) a leather-y flavor. As it progressed, it became more mouth-drying, which had ceased this morning. I definitely found that with each steep, this tea had changed, so no steep was the same; making for a wonderful session.

MrQuackers

I know someone else who complains that tea is mouthdrying. I haven’t found too many examples. Toothpaste can be really bad, though.

S.G. Sanders

It was brief. Didn’t last long. I still enjoyed it immensely.

Crimson Lotus Tea

Mouth drying is a thing. Teas can be astringent which causes a tightening in the mouth and a dry sensation. Some teas exhibit it more. It also can depend slightly on the individual or even the brewing device. It’s not something that we generally look for in a tea. For example in Mengsong today we had 3 teas that were super astringent and even made it feel like our mouth was dry even between our teeth. We didn’t buy those teas.

S.G. Sanders

As I had mentioned, it only lasted a few moments. Might’ve been a mishap with my brewing methods. Once I kept flash steeping, it was fine. I have a tendency to let sheng sit for a bit long when I pre-occupied.

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75

Sample from Angel Thank you!

I had gongfu’d this on Sunday and finished the session before work yesterday morning. I first noted that the tea was bitter; however, after realizing that my water temperature was still at 195 F after the sheng I had brewed, I switched the temperature to 165 F. After a couple of steeps with the new temp, the leaf had managed to change. There were grassy & buttery notes, with a touch of astringency. I got to about 9-10 steeps before giving up. At that point, I was pushing the tea, but it was pretty much hot water with a touch of flavor. I had enjoyed this once I realized the mistake with the water temperature.

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90

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I had decided to grandpa style this at work last night. I was in need of caffeine and decided that shou might’ve been the best choice. This is definitely a great tea to be had grandpa’d simply due to the thick, creamy, and very smooth body. Overall, the sample had lasted much longer than normal—as all samples that are good do.

PS. I’m trying to get everything from previous sessions together since I have a lot of catching up to do! I tend to record every session on my phone, as well as write notes. Now that I’m running out of space on my phone and the notes are piling up, I figured it is time to start putting them up on Steepster. :P

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This tea is smoooooth. I’m really enjoying the sweet notes (honey, fruit) that surround the tea itself. It starts out light, but increases—only when you push it with temp/time—which allows the tea to brew quite nicely. I’ve been enjoying this on and off today inside and outside of the house. I had decided to drop a quick note here on Steepster before grandpa-ing the rest of the leaf and play video games online with my brother.

Cheers, everyone! Happy Saturday! :)

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85

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This is probably the most clean sheng I’ve had so far in my journey. I shared this with a friend who is hit or miss with most puerh (he’s more of an avid black/green tea guy), but I kept chugging away as he moved on to something else.

What I like about this tea: It lasts a long while and keeps ‘progressing’ as it goes. Toward the beginning of the session, there is a slight bitterness, which dissipates after steep # 3 (I will note here that I usually brew at a lighter temp (195 F) with sheng puerh). This tea has a nice smooth, grassy, leathery, and floral note throughout; however, with each steep, one flavor trumps over the other. Strange, yes, but good. I’m really happy to have had the chance to 1. drink this; 2. finish the sample with a friend (for the most part).

mrmopar

I got this last year. Still aging and I need to pull it out soon.

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85

“Tonight’s energy brought to you by…”

I needed a cup of coffee tonight, but didn’t want to grab any while working, so I grabbed my Kamjove and brewed this instead. It was very nice to have tea for once at work. I rarely have the time do make tea or even move from my desk. They take the whole, “Look busy” thing seriously. However, I figured to heck with it, I need tea; otherwise, you’ll have an angry worker who was already anxious for the day to end.

Notes; Chocolate, nutty, and oranges(?). Drank this for nearly two hours. Better than coffee.

Daylon R Thomas

I’ve always wanted to try that one. I’ve had the Earl Grey Version and was fairly impressed with it.

S.G. Sanders

It’s very good. Definitely made me want to get a few more blends to try.

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“Old Reliable” from W2T

I had tried pulling the tea up on Steepster, but there seemed to be a glitch which didn’t allow me to review the tea directly, so I’m creating a note this way.

I will mention that when purchasing this online, my expectations weren’t high, but I had definitely wanted to get something ‘reasonably’ priced due to the fact that I was on a budget (tis the life of being a tea addict who has to ‘be an adult’ by paying the necessary bills (i.e. rent, school loans, etc.) and wanting to get something now and then). I digress. :P

However, this tea was a good price, so I picked a cake up. I will be honest, though. This tea was ‘meh,’ as the cool kids say. It definitely received its name well, by being adequate for my needs (cost, flavor, etc.), but that’s all it shall remain. I like it, but, it’s not the greatest of ripe puerh. It is good, but not great. What else can I say?

Notes: Thick body, earthy, & mineral-y. No huge changes throughout the session other than it becoming weaker in body and flavor; which is pretty much everything to be said about this tea.

70/100

MrQuackers

I usually try googling the tea company / tea name with steepster. The search here is problematic.

mrmopar

I am in the budget shortfall as well. It really means someone saw the statement other than I.

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Quick Review

I had only noted, “Beer/hops. Slightly weird aftertaste that reminds me of that moment when you wake up and haven’t brushed your teeth yet. Otherwise, pretty dang good.”

70/100

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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).

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

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