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85
drank Purple Rain by Hatvala
12 tasting notes

One of my favourite green/purple tea so far. Leaves are rough but more than makes up for it with it’s smell and vegetal notes. A recommended Vietnamese green tea that deserves some mention beside the well known Thai Nguyen.

Brew it quickly – 5g – 100ml – 10 seconds; add 5s to each extra steep.

Smells amazing!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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90
drank Floating Cloud by Hatvala
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Amazing white tea from my limited spectrum of experiences with white tea but definitely my favourite. The sweet and cinnamon notes are delicious and smells amazing. Wouldn’t hesitate to buy again.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Honey

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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drank Red Buffalo by Hatvala
1098 tasting notes

Drank the 2015 today at work…. still one of the best teas that gets reproduced each year. Solid stuff.

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82
drank Red Buffalo by Hatvala
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A sweet bakery type tea with signs of malt and chocolate. I can see why it’s popular with a lot of westerners with the sweet tooth palate. I enjoy drinking this tea but it’s unusal oolong flavour is reminiscent of sweeter black teas like golden monkey. Definitely something to try. An eccentric oolong.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Honey, Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 15 sec 3 g 5 OZ / 140 ML

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88
drank Mountain Mist by Hatvala
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I’ve been drinking this tea for up to 4 hours now and it appears the steeps keep coming – 9th steep! The strange thing is that even with the lower temps (you’re looking at 50c) the flavours are still being extracted by the water relatively fast.

The flavours are still there – a sharp and delicate tone of bitter melon and hot cross buns still permeate the leaves. I’ve drank it for 2 weeks now and I can’t put a finger on this tea but drinking it gongfu is definitely the way!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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88
drank Mountain Mist by Hatvala
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I am tasting bitter melon notes when steeped longer than 1 minute in the 3rd or 4th steep using gong fu method. The aftertaste is sweet lingering wheatgrass sugarcane. I love the smell of this gingerly tea! This is a tea that definitely demands attention and if forgotten will leave a strong astringent sweet bite but if steeped gently and quickly will feel creamy and light. What an unusual tea…

For gong fu method this tea should not be steeped any longer than 25s/100ml

Flavors: Bitter Melon, Grass

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88
drank Mountain Mist by Hatvala
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A very delicate tea and left oversteeped will leave a deep astringent taste that will transition to a honey dew like note on your palate. Definitely grassy, smells amazing. The best smelling leaves I’ve encountered in my past 4 years of drinking loose leaf tea. Smell wise them reminds me of hot cross buns during easter or even a cinnamon type bread. I think all white tea drinkers should give MM a chance and with enough interaction and play with water, leaves and heat would produce a delicately complex smokey sugared tea.

Leaves are picked on time as they are absolutely beautiful to behold. It appears to my amateur eyes that they are up there with the highest grade white tea. Would definitely buy again and have in my shelf on a rainy day or when I need a clean tasting tea.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Grass, Honey, Nutty, Smoked, Sugarcane

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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88
drank Red Buffalo by Hatvala
5 tasting notes

The initial rinse produced a faint marshmallow/sugar flavor while the 1st 30 second steeping brought forth the roast of the tea which offered a generous mouth feel. The wet leaves smelled of sugar and very subtle fresh coconut. No bitterness or astringcy at all. The second steeping produced a roasted sweet potatoe/yam flavor with subtle nutmeg and vanilla spices., followed by honey and floral notes. I was left with a strong heavenly honey stick aftertaste. Sweet & Fragrent.

Flavors: Flowers, Honey, Nutmeg, Sweet Potatoes, Yams

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 2 OZ / 70 ML

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88
drank Red Buffalo by Hatvala
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Flavors: Flowers, Honey, Marshmallow, Yams

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