1235 Tasting Notes
A nice starter ripe pu’er! It had a nice clear tea with a comfort feel with flavors of malt and chocolate. The only thing I didn’t like about this one was I didn’t get that many infusions, it got light within 8 steeps for me.
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A smooth, caramel, molasses, thick, rich, smokey keemun! I enjoy the smooth texture and the caramel notes. The smoke and richness of this tea keeps you on your toes! I don’t mind a bit of smoke, so I found this the smoke level pleasant with the other flavor notes.
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I dunno how I got this tea. Figure I give it a shot as I have a bag of it and I’ve gone 2 days with like 4 hours of sleep. Taste? BLEEEEHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Tastes watery with a pinch of random herbalness, ramping up to a licorice and over stevia sweet nightmare. So much stevia! The weird sweetness stays for a few minutes, leaving a funky herbal flavor after that.
OMG why so much stevia? The aftertaste of this tea reminds me of that bland, unsatisfying minty, kinda sweet, gritty toothpaste the dentist uses to polish your teeth – including metallic dental tool flavor – but hella sweeter!
Tropical! This is a neat mango papaya ripe pu’er blend. The fruity flavors are quite upfront and natural tasting, and you can clear tell apart the papaya and mango. The puer base is earthy and kinda mushroomy.
My first cup was pretty papaya heavy, on the border of floral soap. My second cup was much more even.
BTW, this tea is best iced, omg, so good! Personally, I think Lupicia’s Chocolate Strawberry Puer is better, but Sunny Fruits Puer preforms better iced.
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ZSXZSW black tea was nicely sweet and smooth. Even though moderately smokey (bit of charcoal, pine, sandalwood incense), the tea is still smooth. There are also cedar notes early on. Later infusions ZSXZSW black tea smokey wanes and becomes chocolaty with a hint of floral in the background. A great tea to experience a gong fu journey with!
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Very good oolong with big honking leaves that’ll explode your gaiwan!
The flavor is flavorful and good – quite floral orchid and buttercup, with the early infusions kinda lemon creamy. The aftertaste is an awesome peachy floral. Later infusions the oolong is buttery. I got 7 infusions, with the last two being a little dry, but overall pretty good.
I found Teavivre’s gongfu instructions too long for me, making for the tea to be overly strong for my tastes and I ended up doing shorter infusions.
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From the January Simple Loose Leaf Tea coop.
Best tea out of the box this month. The assam malty base is a great match to the bergamot. The bergamot is a moderate level, with a bit of a brisk finish at the end.
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SPARKLE TO THE MAX
Now for this tea to glitter like mad, use a glass tea top without an infuser. Magic!
A very strong flavored, orchid sheng! He Kai also has a strong vegetal finish. I found this tea not that flexible – if you over steep it it is quite bitter (or maybe that flavor intensive vegetal). The after taste in this tea is really floral, more floral that drinking it!
I love the floral in this one, but I need to play with it more to minimize the punch it packs as I found He Kai too strong for me, even with 5 second infusions.
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90 for the tea. 100 for puerh wrapper art work!
Love this tea – it starts off like amber insence – amber and a bit of smoke with a super slick texture. Middle infusions got pretty dry, but smoothed out at the end with pear sweet, mineral, wet leaf notes, with a floral aftertaste. Final infusions (12th and 13th) where milky smooth.
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