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88

Woah, this is great tea. Rich, sweet, floral, drying but not astringent, slightly sour on the tail end, just, phenomenol. Orchids, grapes, Neroli, even notes of Tuberose. A tea that makes you sad to finish the cup because you just want more.

Flavors: Apricot, Fruity, Honey, Muscatel, Orange Blossom, Orchids

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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81
drank Tung Ting by MEM Tea Imports
18 tasting notes

Wonderful toasted smells come off the tea even when dry. Toasted rice, spent grains from brewing, along with a background of subtle higher notes on the nose (ylang, narcissus, floral but not sweet if that makes sense.) Brews a wonderful first cup, roughly 185f for 30-45s, although I’ve also grandpa’d it and that works fine too. Toasty, flavorful, plenty of mouthfeel. Highly drinkable. 2nd and 3rd pours stay that way, rich, roasted flavors coming off but not overwhelming, plenty of background high notes to let you know this is Oolong. By the 4th and 5th pours though, it turns a bit ‘brothy’ in a way that I actually quite enjoy. Almost a vegetable broth flavor, but for some odd reason gives me a headache. Odd. I only usually get that from oversteeped tea, not from late sesh pours. So I stop this one at pour #4 and call it a day.

Not sure about the roast profile, has a good charcoal smell to it but it could be electronic roaster as far as I know. Not too strong, but definitely the highlight of the tea.

Flavors: Broth, Floral, Narcissus, Plums, Roasted Barley, Toasted Rice, Umami

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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89

I’m new to tea in general and this is my first Ceylon, so I don’t have anything to compare it to but considering what I’ve read about single estate Ceylon, this seems like a well balanced, fruity but not cloying, sweet but in a rich tasting way tea. beautiful nose of stone fruit, spent grain, muscatel flavors right off the bat. Slightly astringent but not overly drying. Coating in the best possible way. Smooth flavors, no real off notes. Classic EB Ceylon Aroma but not stereotypicaly fruity. Richer, deeper flavor, more nuanced than any EB you’ll encounter. Fair amount of twig is evident once re-hydrated. Brews a gorgeous, clear amber red liquor. A beautiful tasting tea

Flavors: Apricot, Caramel, Corn Husk, Dried Fruit, Grain, Muscatel, Raisins, Sugarcane

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78
drank Pu-Erh Mao Cha by MEM Tea Imports
18 tasting notes

Nice, full leaves with minimal breakage; signs of decent storage and transport for a longer leaf pu erh. Liquor smells and tastes of gourds, wet wood, limes, with a back end of floral sweetness way at the rear of the palette. A thin bodied tea but with plenty of character, young but promising, smooth with a minimal but pleasant dryness. Flavors expand through middle rounds, neither waning nor growing, just changing. Late steepings get interesting, complex ‘green’ flavors.

Flavors: Earth, Green Wood, Hay, Moss, Resin, Sambuca, Yeast

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88

Beautiful amber rolled Oolong. Steeps sweet and floral initially then fading to a subtle but pleasant roast flavor by the 4th pour and got a buttery flavor later on. Not overly Jade-y or tasting of toasted tea leaf, a complex aroma that lasted pour after pour. Brewed it almost all day, a beautiful, highly drinkable tea. Leaves were top 2-3, some stems intact, plenty of mixed oxidation.

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Floral, Roasted

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87

My 1st aged white tea, so bare with me. Sweet smelling leaf even before brewing, beautiful darkened, condensed leaves with a smattering of silver tips. Beautiful smell while brewing, a dark sweetness like Oriental Beauty but without the oxidization. Tastes/smells of honey, medium caramel malt, but floral too, true to its roots as it were. Good for 2-4 infusions depending on the session, can get a bit astringent after 3rd. Great tea to unwind from the day or introduce someone to tea.

Flavors: Apricot, Corn Husk, Floral, Honey, Malt

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I was playing tourist today with some visitors and came across a really cool vegan/vegetarian, organic cafe. The people there seemed a tad snobby about it, but the food was delicious nonetheless. I also ordered this tea and was pleasantly surprised that it was served in a cast iron teapot with a cute, earthy-looking mug. This oolong was very roasty and had a smokiness about it that I don’t usually taste as strongly in oolongs. It was a bit oversteeped by the time it got to my table, but not very bitter. I really did enjoy it, so I asked about the company, and looked it up when I got home. Unfortunately, it looks like they only sell by the pound online? Yikes. I guess I’ll just have to go back to the cafe soon!

Courtney

The pound? Yikes is right.

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100

This is one of my favorite Earl Greys. It’s perfect with fresh cream and has a wonderful smooth taste. The fragrance is wonderful and slightly musky. I discovered it at my local cafe, CafeNation, in Brighton, Massachusetts.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Linden Flower by MEM Tea Imports
8 tasting notes

Love this tea. Very delicate, very relaxing. Tastes a bit like honeysuckle, but that isn’t a bad thing at all. I like mixing it with MEM’s chamomile sometimes.

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26
drank Green Dragon by MEM Tea Imports
33 tasting notes

Tried this at Blue Bottle’s siphon bar and was quite shocked. It brewed more like a white than a green and the fact that he only steeped it for four minutes (as the label recommends all baristas do) was sort of odd. I guess when ordering tea at a highly coveted coffee siphon, you get what you pay for.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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91

This is the first Earl Grey I have ever tried and it is my favorite. My local Coffee Shop (Rao’s in Amherst) serves this tea and they always give you way more than a tsp per cup. I might have to try this with my other teas as this one tastes phenominal and never bitters. The bergamont is perfect, and the flavor has just the punch that other Earl Greys seem to be lacking. Perhaps I will need to try to use more tea for the others. I wouldn’t say it’s as smooth as others, but it taste so good!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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89

To prepare as you’d receive at a shop, this tea should be brewed at double-strength, steeped a bit on the long side. Sweetener is mixed in, and cream dropped on top. When brewed this way, it’s quite tasty, with the bitter notes of the spice balanced by the sweetness and body of the rooibos.

When brewed in a more traditional black tea style, and served without sugar or cream, the flavor is light and bright, but quite different. Very nice.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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96
drank Jade Oolong by MEM Tea Imports
15 tasting notes

Unbelievable striking taste. Notes of fresh cut grass, floral, and bright. A hint of astringency (nothing to worry about), but mostly mellow. Perfect balance to be a sipping tea, not too strong, but not subtle. I bring this tea with me for the whole day in the black sealed airtight bag that MEM tea sells its tea in. Very calming and perfect at just under 185 degrees. It was an expensive tea, but so worth it! Jade Oolong is to Chinese teas what Gyokuro is to Japanese teas: far superior to most other greens and oolongs.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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