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drank Rummy Pu by Liquid Proust Teas
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More Yunnan, which is always a good thing as far as I’m concerned. I said most of this in my last tasting note, but I love the chocolate/pecan/brown sugar combination showcased by this tea. I also love it for its depth, and layers, of flavour – it’s more complex than it first appears (and so very fittingly named.) I’m sad that LP doesn’t blend any more…he’s put some good stuff my way.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp
Evol Ving Ness

Indeed, he has produced some stellar blends. And he has always been most kind and generous in our tea world.

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Finally getting around to trying this one (it’s been a long time!) I like that the base is a combination of Yunnan and Sun Moon Lake, because those are two of my favourites where black teas are concerned. Any tea with either of those as a base is most likely going to be a winner with me. This one’s no exception, although it’s got a lot more going on than just the base.

I’m still stuck on the base for the moment, though. It’s rich and malty, with heavy, thick cocoa notes that are almost drying – it comes across as a little brisk initially, but that fades as it cools. There’s a really nice dark chocolate vibe straight off. The mid-sip brings more of the other flavours into play, beginning with a prominent nuttiness. That’s no surprise, as there was a huge whole pecan in my scoop of leaf. More unexpected was the fruitiness, which is reminiscent of a thick red-fruit/berry syrup. It’s an interesting in combination with the chocolate and pecan – very dessert-like. Further cooling brings out more of a smooth sweetness – caramel, vanilla, a hint of cream. It’s a great way to round off.

I brewed 1.5 tsp of leaf for 4 minutes in boiling water, and added a splash of milk. I might perhaps try it with a touch of sugar next time – I think that would make it more truly a dessert tea right from the get-go, and perhaps smooth out the initial roughness a little. I like this one, though. It’s my kind of tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Liquid Proust

I loved working on this one. One of the unique things here is that the Sun Moon Lake black tea in this was processed like an oolong and completely oxidized. I had a few people ask where I found rolled/balled Sun Moon tea and I said ‘Taiwan’ :p

Glad it’s still enjoyable : )

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I wasn’t sure what I was thinking when drinking this late tonight…..I wanted to play Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for an hour or two, while drinking tea, and I ended up getting enough energy to play for nearly 3.5 hours…. (o_o)

I happened to drink a few teas while playing video games, too, so in between slaying dragons and whatnot, I managed to make a few notes along the way…..I didn’t want to concentrate on gong fu cha with this tea, so I went ahead and brewed in Western-style in a big pot (there was about 8-9 grams left, made in a 200 ml pot)…..

Notes:

1st Steep: 2 minutes, 195 F. Light roasted notes, slight coffee taste, and a bit of a sweet nutty (almonds? pecans?) note.

2nd Steep: 3 minutes, 200 F. More coffee notes (similar to smelling a tin of coffee), thick mouthfeel, and more pecans and/or almonds.

3rd Steep: 6 minutes, 200 F. A lot of coffee flavors & roasted pecans. A bit mouth-drying, but not too terrible.

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As this is my first HK humid stored tea I don’t have anything to compare it to, once I have tried others I may edit my note. This is a good learning experience.

The aroma of the dry and wet leaves was musty.

The tea soup reminded me of wet bark after a rain, petrichor but with Yiwu sweetness.

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I got a grabbie of Liquid Proust teas when LPT closed and this is one of them. (I really appreciate that awesome deal I got.) It’s an interesting one because it has the natural sweetness of amancha that I’m not sure why other tea places don’t use to sweeten their tea. It’s definitely sweet and a ton better than things like splenda! I can notice only a little bit of amancha within the dancong, but a little goes a long way. I’m not sure where the peachy flavor is coming from, the dancong or the amancha but it’s a nice note. Sweetness and peach. I don’t usually go for this kind of oolong but I like this one. It also doesn’t get overbrewed.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons // rinse // few minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // few minutes after boiling // 3 min

Flavors: Peach, Sweet

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I was drinking this on Saturday evening before bed, but with the result of it being a black tea, my bedtime came later. Ha-ha. I oftentimes will have a sample of oolong, shou, or green tea prior to bed, but I’ve been in the “drinking down my samples” mood. I’ve acquired more tea through swaps with friends, rather than the actual tea that I own, so it is my goal to have everything finished by next summer. Ha-ha. I think that this one here is the last of the LP tea blends. I may be wrong, but I’ll find out after digging down to the bottom of the tea sample boxes…..

Notes: Creamy vanilla; almost reminds me of pancakes.

Edit: This was not from a swap, but the “sipdown” stuff will get thrown into those boxes as well. ;P

Flavors: Creamy, Vanilla

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So I had bought this cake as a potential candidate for the next Pubertea buy… but ended up going on different paths to where this is now a tea I stock for the shop. I sent a few people the tea as tea ‘A’ in a sequence of three older raw puerhs and this just stood out to me as very enjoyable. Realizing I was able to obtain a bit, trying not to bias, at 35 cents a gram… it’s a solid tea that I enjoy very much myself.

I’ve been waiting to hear from more people, but regardless…

Yiwu raw puerh stored in Hong Kong for over 10 years, I won’t disclose the real age : P
Going into this as a mystery is probably more fun for everyone than it is for me because I know! The tea has aged for sure and the HK environment did it well. Aired out decently at my place and the tea is going quite well. Almost a silk like texture to it coming through the nice viscous soup.

This is what dank tea taste like when it starts to get its stuff together… really looking forward to seeing how others enjoy it.

Possibly breaking up all I have for the next Sheng Olympaid as a solid candidate to understand humid stored tea that is drinkable.

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drank Nostalgia by Liquid Proust Teas
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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Another sipdown for this morning. I really like this blend, and I would be happy to find another little sample hidden away in one of my tea stashes. I may or may not have some, I can’t say. I’m counting it as a sipdown, though, because I think this is the last of it.

The base of Earthy, but has notes of chocolate and malt. I can taste desserty flavours of cocoa, marshmallow, vanilla, and cake. It is very decadent, and would have made a nice latte. It is also a great cup hot, so no complaints here.

Flavors: Cake, Chocolate, Cocoa, Earth, Malt, Marshmallow, Vanilla

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Another hot tea this evening.

A nice base with delicious (but subtle) undertones of dates, candied pecans, honey, something floral in the base is detectable. The sweetness is very subtle, but it is there for the tasting. I was hoping the flavours would be a little bit more noticeable, though.

Flavors: Dates, Floral, Honey, Pecan, Smooth, Tannin

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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And another one from the puerh plus box, this thing is keeping me mucho busy!

I brewed this up in my gaiwan and I actually skipped the rinse on this, the tea was so clean and light, i didnt feel it needed it. Also with all the herbs in this I didnt want to throw away their flavor.

First thing I notice is that I get a strong strawberry and citrus flavor. Im having a bit of trouble placing all the flavors here, but I do get a little bit of hay and Im guessing that is the base puerh leaves.

This is an interesting tea, another one I probably wouldnt have tried on my own if it hadnt been in the box, its really good light and refreshing, excellent for a summer tea. I wonder how this would be as an ice tea.

Recommended.

Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Hay, Honey, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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drank Rummy Pu by Liquid Proust Teas
107 tasting notes

Okay this is a tea I normally wouldnt have tried, Im not the biggest fan of flavored tea. But the teabox is to allow us to taste tea we normally wouldnt get the chance to do so otherwise.

Im glad I decided to take a chance, using a gaiwan and a very short quick rinse.

The first couple infusions were very very rummy… surprisingly so… the aroma was incredibly intense and so was the flavor, I kept thinking I was actually drinking something alcoholic. The liquor was a dark medium brown, the color of Rum or Cola..

After the first two infusions , the strong rum flavor started to mellow and more of the puerh flavors started to come out. I got the wet wood and peat flavor, and the interesting thing is, unlike most flavored puerh, the rum actually complemented the ripe flavor instead of clashing with it.

Very glad I tried this.

Recommended!

Flavors: Alcohol, Peat, Plums, Rum, Wet Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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drank Nostalgia by Liquid Proust Teas
331 tasting notes

Backlog 20May17-
Vanilla, woody, cocoa, 6g at 200F
3 min – vanilla, wood, smooth, comforting especially on this cold and rainy day.
3 and 4 min – vanilla staying power.
A nice comforting cup of tea during unseasonable weather.

Flavors: Cocoa, Smooth, Vanilla, Wood

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drank Swann's Way by Liquid Proust Teas
1905 tasting notes

This tea had a vividly fruity scent while it was brewing with distinct apricot notes. There’s are hint of the fruitiness in the flavour as well as cocoa notes with a hint of nuttiness. It’s quite a smooth tea with only a little bit of astringency present. The tea acquires a sweetness as it cool, much like and oolong would. In fact if I didn’t know this was a black tea I would probably think it was a dark Formosa oolong.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Rummy Pu by Liquid Proust Teas
33 tasting notes

From smelling the tea in the cup although I thought that it would come across as extremely rummy because that it the overwhelming smell that came from the bag (not saying that that is a bad thing). The resulting brew however tasted nothing like any of the ripe puerhs that I have tried, granted I haven’t tried THAT many. It sips in with a quite strong taste of muscatel and grape and overall is actually quite fruity. This is probably one of my favorite ripe puerhs that I have had. It definitely tastes like rum but more in the same way that

Flavors: Alcohol, Earth, Muscatel, Rum

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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drank Swann's Way by Liquid Proust Teas
757 tasting notes

Oh wow, this tea is incredibly delicious. The black tea base is just exquisite.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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If someone was to ask me about how I felt about having silver foil in my tea before I had this I might have said something negative. But somehow having the silver flakes in the bottom of the cup invokes all the half remembered narnia magic of mirrors and pools of water. Do yourself a favor and don’t pour this through a fine meshed strainer.

Evol Ving Ness

This one sounds totally fun.

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I must admit this right away: I do not like Jasmine as much as I once had…

BUT….

I really like this tea. A LOT. Like, ever since I had some the other day when I was sick, I’ve not stopped drinking it since that time. It’ll probably be sipped down by Sunday for sure; which is why I’m reviewing it now while I have a spare moment to just rave about this tea.

Notes: Nice Jasmine & pine notes throughout the tea. I brewed this at 180 F, but had quickly learned that this tea can go for 195 F too. I actually prefer the 195 F temp moreso, due to the reasoning that more flavors burst forth at this temperature.

As Jim Carrey stated in Dumb and Dumber, “I like it a lot.” Which best describes my opinion on this tea.

Flavors: Jasmine, Pine

Daylon R Thomas

I should have bought that when I placed my order like I was going to. I’m still pretty damn happy about the Spa Oolong and the Oolong Sampler he’s sending out.

S.G. Sanders

I’ve not had Oolong Spa, but I’ll see if he has any left to try when I go visit next weekend. Also, if you’d like to try some, I can send it to you! Tea is for sharing and it’s quite nice! DM if you want some though. :)

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I’m currently grandpa styling this as I get ready for work today. I’m going to work my way through it as long as I can……It’s a very fine tea with so many layers to it. However, in the moment, I’ve been wanting to eat my weight in chocolate, but had decided to drink this instead. I’ll definitely miss this tea, but am happy that I’ve had the chance to enjoy it.

Notes: Chocolate, nutty (pecan), syrup, creamy, rich, & malty.

Evol Ving Ness

I’ve been wanting to eat my weight in chocolate too. And chocolate goes so nicely with tea, too.

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You know the scene in Stranger Things where the guy says “mornings are for coffee and contemplation”?

Well, snow days are for tea and library books. In those terms, the day was a success.

This tea has the tiny little balls like Irish/English Breakfast, so it diffuses quickly and makes a really rich, dark cup.

My first thought upon drinking was “BUTCH.” There’s a heaviness here, a smoky, leathery, manly richness.

It’s not the sort of thing I typically go for, but I enjoyed it fairly well.

I’ve also been enjoying watching Inception again. We own this movie, but we’re watching it on TV with commercials. This movie holds up, guys. I know that’s unrelated to the tea, but I thought I’d mention it.

mtchyg

Oh dude you just quoted Chief Hopper from Stranger Things. Win. Also, I need to watch Inception again. Saw it in theaters and loved it. Immediately after, had a bit of an experience that was the perfect capper to the movie. Movie let out around 11pm. Went to a cafe and had dessert and coffee on the outdoor patio and watched a storm roll in off on the horizon. One of the better lightening storms I’ve seen. Made that movie experience all the more memorable.

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Backlog. A dear friend sent me hers and she was not as much as a big fan as I was. I looked at this tea and hesitated on buying it worrying that I’d only get a general char tasting Yan Cha with a hint of apple, but I got a SOLID quality yancha with a sweet and savory apple aftertaste. Almost buttery for me. If I were to guess, the base was probably a Shui Xian, but closer to a Dahongpao overall because of the fruity roast. It might border on the chocolate note for some, but otherwise it was a nice warm roast overall. I personally tasted the cherry bark and loved it, but not everyone will notice it.

The first three steeps were solid gong fu starting with 30 seconds, 55 sec, and a minute and half, then the later three steeps took 4-6 minutes. Going with the recommendation of 120 sec or 2 minutes, you get a better rounded cup Western.

I always recommend Andrew’s teas, and I personally recommend this one if you want a solid tasting Yancha or something with Dahongpao qualities, hence someone with intermediate tea experience might prefer it. My main criticism is that it is not too long lasting, but I was delighted with the apple that I could actually taste.

Flavors: Apple, Butter, Cherry Wood, Mineral, Roasted, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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