316 Tasting Notes

From the Here’s Hoping TTB

I’m not usually a fan of green tea, largely because I’m not a fan of vegetables in my tea, so I won’t give a numerical rating. Having said that, I really enjoyed this tea. Both the aroma and taste have strong grassy component with just a hint of veggies underneath. The tea had a good feel in the mouth: full with a hint of acid toward the end. Good, fairly long finish.

One re-steep was nearly as good as the first pot. I didn’t try more because, heck, I’ve got a travelling tea box sitting in my study, and there are a whole lot of other teas to drink.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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94

From the S&S TTB #2

Thanks to Rich for the generous addition to the TTB.

This tea is the reason I love sheng. The tea is rich and complex, with every one of at least 10 steeps showing a subtly different character.

The first steep (some would call this the rinse) was light but delicious with floral highlights. 2nd and 3rd were rich, complex, and powerful. Middle steeps (3,4,5) were woody and tannic, presumably suggesting an ability to age. After the 5th steep, the steeps became soft and round and sweet. The combination of the flavor and the cha qi leaves me sitting on the sofa with a smile on my lips.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C
looseTman

Sounds tea-rific!

Rich

That was my gift to you for organizing the TTB! Glad you enjoyed it.

Rich

Unfortunately, I placed and received my w2t order just a couple weeks before the sale. So no cool free teas for me! But I did get the last mushroom…

Cwyn

Nice to hear something about this tea, not many people have tried it and written anything.

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90
drank Bali by Dammann Freres
316 tasting notes

From the Here’s Hoping TTB

I keep reading about Damman Freres teas, but this is my first. Now I see what the excitement is about.

From the name, I expected tropical fruit, but the dominant flavor is more spice than fruit. It does seem like there is a bit of fruit hiding under the spice. This is a very rich and complex tea. Very subtle, with different flavors coming to the fore at different times as I sip. Long finish. I can see what all the excitement is about.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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From the Sheng and Shou TTB #2

I’m feeling guilty. I realized that until this week it had been 3 months since I posted comments. I’ve been mostly just drinking and have been concerned about how accurate my reviews of puerh have been since I’m relatively new to the type.

This tea is a good example. It didn’t hit me at first: a bit of off flavor in the first steep. After that, every steep just seemed to get better, through about the 5th steep. I’m now at the 8th steep, and there is still a lot of flavor. Mostly wood flavors, but fairly complex. A hint of bitterness and acid around the 3rd steep, but has since mellowed out. I wound up liking it a lot.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C
DigniTea

I enjoy this one as well.

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91
drank Qi Lan by Nannuoshan
316 tasting notes

From the Here’s Hoping TTB:

(60s): Beautiful floral/citrus bouquet. Magnificant rich flavor mixes honey with the aroma components and an undercurrent of sweetness. Long, luscious finish. I love this tea. For some reason the tea got less interesting later in the cup. Still good but no longer great. I started thinking of a score like 97 but wound up with 91. I’m feeling a buzz from cha qi. A first for oolong. I tried gong-fu (30s, 3 oz) and a normal second steep. In both cases the aroma was great but the taste was “just” very good. Still feeling the qi.
Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Imperial Kuding by EnjoyingTea.com
316 tasting notes

From the Here’s Hoping TTB.

This looked interesting: the tea comes as a single leaf, which is twisted into a cylinder. Here was an opportunity to try it.

Big mistake. The taste is really horrible and bitter. After the fact, I looked on-line and discovered that it is supposed to be medicinal (probably based on the theory that something that tastes bad must be good for you). I have to admit that I finished the cup, since it’s supposed to be good for blood pressure, and I got a little bit used to it.

Haveteawilltravel

Blend it with lemon juice and it kills the bitterness… They don’t call it Bitter Nail tea for nothing… hahah xD

Dr Jim

The question is, why bother?

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From the Sheng&Shou TTB2:

This tea was an interesting journey. It started out with medium body; rich with depth of flavor. Not much aroma. Not sure how to describe the flavor. By the third, steep it was still rich and smooth with different flavor: wood, tobacco, and a little straw. Still very nice. 4th (30s): Rich and sweet and fruity. good texture in the mouth. Bumped my rating up a couple of notches. 5th (40s): Still full: tobacco and wood. Never had much in the way of nose: the one drawback. 5th (60s): Woody and slightly bitter. no longer special.

I’m now at the 7th steep and there is a bit of tar entering the flavor. At its best this was a very enjoyable tea. It was always pleasant and I liked the different faces it showed me as I steeped it. I"m not giving a rating, partly because I have a hard time rating puerh and partly because it was very good at its best, but only average for several steeps.

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From the Here’s Hoping TTB

I wanted to like this tea. The initial introduction was a whiff of molasses in the aroma. The taste had highlights of sweet potato and perhaps a hint of chocolate. The flavor was big and full, with a long, strong finish.

So, what went wrong? The main flavor is very dark and just this side of bitter. Not sure how to describe it, but tar might be close. It just doesn’t appeal to me. If you like this kind of dark flavor, you might really like this tea, since it seems well-made and is fairly complex. Just not for me.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

From Here’s Hoping TTB

The dry tea Smelled like French toast, but the tea really didn’t taste like much other than a very nice Dianhong. I wish I hadn’t added sugar (I usually sweeten flavored teas, and figured French Toast should be sweet. It may also have been a mistake breaking the ball. It was 3 grams and I usually only use 1.5 grams per cup. Perhaps the flavor is all in the other half?

Resteep without sugar: Just a good Dianhong Yunnan.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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After 2 rinses, there was still significant fermentation taste in the first pot but it was pretty much gone by the second. The taste started out a mix of fruit and earthiness, but the fruit gradually dominated. Good complexity and finish. I’m not usually a shou drinker but I enjoyed this one.

Thanks to Wymm Teas for the sample. Sorry the review took this long.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 g 2 OZ / 59 ML

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Retired engineer/physicist.
My ratings will usually be based on multiple tastings. Oolong teas are generally 3 grams of tea in 6 oz water for 1 minute. Black teas are 1.5 grams of tea in 6 oz water for 3-4 minutes. Pu-erh is 3 grams in 2.5 oz, generally 10, 10, 20, 30, 60 sec. Since I use less tea, 6 sessions is equivalent to twice that many for people who use 7 grams of tea.

My numerical ratings are all based on how much enjoyment I took from the tea. Since I prefer blacks and oolongs, they will receive higher scores. I also give a couple of extra points to decafs, just because I can drink them in the evening without staying up half the night. I don’t dislike flavored teas, but find that they lack the complexity of finer teas.

90-100 = superior, worth a high price
80-89 = Excellent. Will buy again
70-79 = Good tea, but probably won’t buy
60-69 = Nothing really wrong, but…
Below 60 = Wouldn’t drink again. Probably didn’t finish

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