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Sharp, tropical nose on the washed leaf with a bit of smokiness as well. Reminds me a lot of the smell of dried mango slices. I let the first infusion go a little longer than usual – probably 10-15 seconds – and it is a real delight. The smokiness comes through just enough in the flavor without covering up any of the fruitiness. Incredibly delicate and complex flavor profile that I suspect has benefitted tremendously from aging. On the second infusion, I notice more classic sheng camphor and minerality come through in the flavor. The leaves take on a new, sweet, berry aroma in contrast to the sharper mango scent before. The “throat feel” of the tea is extremely smooth and warming. These camphor, mineral and berry flavors take up more space in infusions 3 and 4, after which the leaf aroma is strongly camphorous.

Remarkable, dynamic sheng pu’erh. Strongly recommend!

Flavors: Berry, Camphor, Fruity, Mango, Metallic, Mineral, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 tsp 120 OZ / 3548 ML

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drank 2005 Wild xiaguan by Liquid Proust
200 tasting notes

From the Puerh+ TTB box. This may be one of the first legitimately aged shengs I’ve had and … it tastes a lot like a shou. Fancy that. It’s not bad, but not particularly amazing. Nice and smooth. Definitely fun to try as I don’t get an opportunity to try tea this old!

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drank 2005 Wild xiaguan by Liquid Proust
106 tasting notes

I started this tea by heating the yixing and breaking apart a 5g piece of the tea. Giving it a quick rinse with 205 water, I got a very clear pale liquor with a slight smokey scent. Pouring the rinse over the pot I started on the infusions.

First infusion was still pretty light as the tea is fairly compressed and is going to need a bit to open up, a second wash might be in order, but this tea was smelling so good, I decided to head right into drinking it. Smoke, wood, vague sense of spice, medicinal, stonefruits, and a very tiny bit of bitter tang on the end.

Wow.. seriously.. this is one of the best aged tea I have had yet. Im sure IM missing some of the flavors on this, its really complex and hard to put my finger on.
THis is the kind of tea that needs your full attention, sitting down with a quiet moment…or doing a small tea ceremony.
I highly recommend anyone on the puerh plus box try this tea, you will not be disapointed!
Ps I wrote this one up a little different because I dont know if this tea is available from other sources.

Flavors: Bitter, Medicinal, Smoke, Spices, Stonefruits, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 80 OZ / 2365 ML
Liquid Proust

This actually wasn’t stored in optimal conditions which is why I can share it; much much cheaper than Bana Tea’s version which would make this seem boring. Xiaguan is just everywhere and storage is the factor that changes a lot of how it is experienced. I am trying to play with reviving teas :)

Ken

Ahh that makes sense, I noticed the JK tea version is much cheaper than Bana. Im guessing its something like that, that the storage makes a big difference. Was this dry stored?

Liquid Proust

It was stored in California and I cannot really verify the years and style… I do know it’s authentic though. I have the original box and all.

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drank Autumn Warmth by Liquid Proust
2356 tasting notes

Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #31
This blend sounded magical: White tea, apricot, cinnamon and a bit of cream. I can see the apricot pieces but wish it tasted more like apricot. Otherwise, the cinnamon makes this taste like snickerdoodle cookies. It’s a sweet cinnamon. The cinnamon overpowers the delicate white tea, but the overall flavor is delicious. Boiling water doesn’t burn the leaves. A great idea for a blend and a tasty sweet tea! Finished the last serving of 52Teas Roasted Chestnut too, as I had seen it in the teabox before. Some cold weather teas were sipped!
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a full mug// 20 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep

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drank For the Brave by Liquid Proust
2356 tasting notes

Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #8
Another from Liquid Proust! The name of this one made me a little wary, but it wasn’t anything too bad. The smokiness was more woodsiness to me, so that wasn’t a problem. But any tea with hibiscus MIGHT be a problem for me. It wasn’t too overpowering here but it was an odd combination! Smoky hibiscus…. and then there was supposed to be marshmallow root but that was a little indistinguishable. At least LP’s going for some pretty unique blends. Plenty left to try in the teabox!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 16 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep

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drank Autumn Warmth by Liquid Proust
331 tasting notes

Thanks to Daylon R Thomas for this tea!
Westren tonight as I’m feeling lazy. 2tsp, 180F
I like that this tea is nicely balanced. The cinnamon doesn’t build like mint and get overwhelming. Fruity, cinnamony, sort of warmth. Not spicy, just warming. Fruity cinnamon reminds me of pie somehow. Okay, now I want pie.
White base came through in mouthfeel more than anything.

I got three solid and consistent steeps out of the tea.
Probably not something I’d order myself, but I was glad to try it.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity, Thick

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Sipdown! I’ve enjoyed this one – it’s minty and chocolatey with a malty black base and the creamiest vanilla I’ve come across in a while. There might be many chocolate-mint-vanilla black teas out there, but this is one of the really good ones.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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I first tried this one on Saturday in my Timolino, but it didn’t make too much of an impression for reasons I don’t quite understand. It smells amazing! Rich chocolate, mint, and vanilla. Made in a cup, it also tastes great. This is the second time I’ve said it recently, but I think I’m getting to the stage with my Timolinos where they just need to be replaced.

Anyway, the tea. I used 1 tsp of leaf, and left it for 4 minutes in boiling water. I added a splash of milk, just because it’s first thing and it brewed up pretty dark. I can actually see tiny black vanilla seeds on the surface of the tea, and the flavour of the vanilla is very prominent in the initial sip. It’s so creamy and rich, it’s actually reminding me of very high-end vanilla ice cream, or maybe even creme anglaise. So intense.

The chocolate is largely a flavour contributed by the Fujian black base, as far as I can discern. It’s a very cocoa-like chocolate, a little on the dry side, but not at all artificial. It’s also quite gentle, but it pairs well with the vanilla to create a very decadent, dessert-like effect. The mint is also very subtle, but it’s identifiable as a fresh, cooling sweetness in the background.

Chocolate, vanilla and mint are flavours that work well together, and I don’t think that can be disputed. Most of the debate comes down to whether the tea in question balances them well, and I think here it’s a definite yes. It’s pretty heavy on the vanilla, so it’d definitely help if you like your tea rich and creamy, but it certainly makes for a delicious cup! Another win from Liquid Proust.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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I could have sworn there were more reviews for this tea. Well, looks like I’m the second one on here.

Andrew did a pretty nice job with this one, and like the previous review said, all of the flavors were nicely balanced out. The light crisp body remains throughout while bouncing with the cinnamon and the apricot. I could get several solid brews out of it, and it more or less stayed the same. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I didn’t drink it on the summer solstice. If only my everyday decisions were so brilliant.

I’m also biased to his other teas like the Watermelon Baozhong and the French Toast Dianhong. With that said, the white tea used for the base did please me.

This tea also reminded me of how much tea I have. Lord.

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drank Autumn Warmth by Liquid Proust
48 tasting notes

Several flavors blend nicely in this tea. I would describe it as subtle and light. No single flavor dominates or even really stands out. Instead it all comes together as one pleasant whole. It withstood several steepings with the flavor remaining full.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank For the Brave by Liquid Proust
342 tasting notes

Holidays TTB #1: This may be a weird one to start with, but it just stood out so much. I really love lapsang souchong, and the thought of these other flavors mixed with it was really interesting.

The smokiness seemed to be covered up by the other flavors. The hibiscus was also mellowed out and not really tart at all. Maybe the marshmallow root just calmed everything else down? I wasn’t super into the flavor of this, but I’m happy I tried it.

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drank For the Brave by Liquid Proust
244 tasting notes

Holidays TTB
I’m going to guess that this was a donation to the box by Liquid Proust, so thank you!
I’m not going to rate it, because I actually hate lapsang souchong and don’t want to give a bad impression to those who enjoy it, but I feel it’s necessary to take notes on this one.

The lapsang is much less prominent than others I’ve had in the past, still smoky & campfirey, but it’s blended really really nicely. The hibiscus cuts the smoke really well and it tastes a bit citrus-y, also something I don’t enjoy typically, but this one is really good in my opinion, all things considered. I could actually grow to enjoy this one. It tastes like summertime in New York City.

Flavors: Campfire, Citrus, Hibiscus, Smoke, Summer

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drank Peppermint Nom Nom by Liquid Proust
133 tasting notes

This my third LP tea of the day, and I’m still as excited about this one as I was about the first one. Strong the vanilla is, in this one (Yoda voice).

This is nice and smooth. Very calming. The cocoa notes remind me of the 2014 puerh by WP I drank yesterday and today. The peppermint is definitely there but not overpowering. The black tea base is very good too.

I added a teaspoon of cacao nibs to the second steep, but they didn’t really do much.

Overall, this is a good tea. I liked the cocoa vanilla taste and the refreshing peppermint.

I was just texting my friend and told her I got more tea today and she replied ,“Om nom nom nom. I’m turning into a tea maniac! You’re converting me :p.”

Peppermint Nom Nom everybody (stands. closes eyes. raises glass. sits down.).

Flavors: Cocoa, Mint, Vanilla

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drank Peppermint Nom Nom by Liquid Proust
133 tasting notes

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I got more of the Fujian leaves in my tumbler with the mint, and wow, this is so well balanced. I’m all about that base.

A lot of mint teas are overwhelmingly mint. Sometimes they can be overwhelmingly fake chocolate if they are supposed to be like a peppermint patty. This one is pretty nice since the black tea is distinctly a black tea, but a smooth one that is close enough to the chocolaty profile. At least for me. But I’d still recommend this if you’re looking for a solid mint tea that doesn’t over steep easily.

I personally prefer to stop it at 3-4 minutes. If I go longer, it has to be closer to seven or eight. That’s just me: please don’t follow my weird word. I thought about getting myself some more, and I just might. So many teas to try though, so much to budget…

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Really pleasant and minty. The Fujian Black Tea is the best part of this, which is no surprise considering how much I liked it in Nostalgia. I should have used more Fujian leaves in this cup because I wanted more for it. The vanilla smoothens it out and makes it a little chocolaty. Peppermint is a smidgen too strong for me, but good. It really settles my stomach and the vanilla comes out in the later steeps very nicely. Thank you, Andrew for letting me try it!

Flavors: Cocoa, Grass, Peppermint, Smooth, Vanilla

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Liquid Proust

For next year: would you say it’s your preference or the actual amount of peppermint that make it a bit offputting?

Daylon R Thomas

Not off putting, just a preference for a little bit more black tea leaves to balance out the peppermint.

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