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75
drank MOONLIGHT BEAUTY 2009 by Cha Le
434 tasting notes

Had this “grandpa style” in my glass travel mug, left to stew without removing the leaves. Good two teaspoons (ish; big leaves). Not even a hint of bitterness, just a thick, dark, sweet honey liquor. Just sorta permeates all through your sinuses.

I was sipping it while working on a teatra.de post, and before I knew it I was out.

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75
drank IRON GODDESS OF MERCY by Cha Le
434 tasting notes

Well, Steepster just magically lost my very long tasting note for this one. The first full-length one I’ve wrITTEN IN A WHILE, THANKS, STEEPSTER. To recap:

I’m starting my seventh steep now. First four were 10 seconds long, after that, 15. Brewed proper in my little koi gaiwan this time, 80°c. Leaves smell vegetal, but the liquor is sweet, like magnolia. Strongest infusion was probably the third, and each led with flowery notes, with a vegetal, broccoli or asparagus body; magnolia, maybe a vanilla-like orchid, sorta trails and lingers in the aftertaste. It’s a pretty even balance of the two; didn’t get anything particularly buttery, although the floral sensation tends to coat the mouth.

Around the sixth steep I started eating my dinner, but it was still going strong. Once the leaves fully opened (around the fifth steep), I found a good mix of broken and full leaves. Mostly broken, but still a few whole leaves.

Flavors: Floral, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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75
drank IRON GODDESS OF MERCY by Cha Le
434 tasting notes

Sipping this today, just a few grams in my clunky shiboridashi pot for something like half a minute. You get grass in the forefront, not anything too strongly vegetal. Floral in more the trail of each sip, but not the honey or fruity notes the tin boasts.

On a different note, I was shared some of Cultivate’s tieguanyin and adored it; I have to remember to pick some up myself at some point.

Did another steep with boiling water, and it brought out more vegetal notes, and almost masked anything floral. There is a bit more sweetness though; like a very green fruit.

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