254 Tasting Notes

90

Broad, course leaves loosely compressed. Strongly mineral and earthy taste with raisin, cocoa, and petrichor notes. No noticeable fermentation flavor left. The taste is thin and clean, not a thick and creamy sort of shou. Slight sweet/tart ginseng/dried cherry note. A really nice pu for the price!

Flavors: Cherry, Cocoa, Mineral, petrichor, Raisins

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
94
drank Amber Oolong by Mountain Tea
254 tasting notes

Tightly rolled medium brown leaves. Brews and amber color. Has a fruity pineapple note as well as hints of roasted barley, pistachio, brown sugar, cannabis, cream, and cinnamon. A nice medium roasted oolong.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cannabis, Cinnamon, Cream, Nuts, Pineapple, Roasted Barley

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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88

Creamy texture. Buttery, sweet, wet earth. Indistinct fruityness, brown sugar and wood. Very slightly smoky finish

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butter, Creamy, Dark Wood, Wet Earth

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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87

A classic dry stored cake, brews yellow-orange. Still slightly bitter with notes of kale, honey, and coriander. Slightly floral and citric.

Flavors: Coriander, Floral, Herbaceous, Honey, Kale, Lemon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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86

Brewing in my new Crimson Lotus Jian Shui pot!
http://imgur.com/a/OofIm
Spicy and bittersweet , notes of green wood, honey, tobacco, wet earth, and a unique cocoa powder note. It’s not cocoa in a “chocolate” sort of way, but it reminds me distinctly of baking with my mom. Not as green as you would expect for a 2013 tea. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but I like the strong bitter character and the uniqueness of the flavor.

Flavors: Cocoa, Floral, Green Wood, Honey, petrichor, Tobacco

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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92

A very light and clean shou. Prominent camphor-spice note with a mineral, pecan, and cocoa background. Very soft and velvety mouthfeel. Slight pencil shaving note.

Flavors: Camphor, Cocoa, Mineral, Pecan, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
AllanK

I believe Yunnan Sourcing used to sell this as well. They called it the Haiwan Peerless I think.

tperez

I think so!

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50

This one is pretty disappointing. I expected some bitterness and Bulang punch, but all I got was some grass and corn with a little sweetness.

Flavors: Corn Husk, Grass

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Kirkoneill1988

never tasted corn in a puerh

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90

I have to admit, I’ve had this tea about three times now, and for the first two I wasn’t impressed. It was somewhat bland, and got bitter when pushed.

This time, however, it’s turning out much better! Brews an attractive amber color. Honey, apricot, date, mint, and mulling spice notes with a slight floral background. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, matching it’s sweet taste.

Flavors: Apricot, Cinnamon, Clove, Dates, Mint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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86

Brews up a medium yellow, mildly bitter and astringent. This tea has flavors of green beans, whiskey, petrichor, herbs, and a fruity bitterness like white grape skins. Nice lingering sweetness and aroma in the mouth. The mouthfeel is a little bit thin, but overall it’s pretty nice and a bargain at it’s current price.

Flavors: Green Beans, Herbs, petrichor, Whiskey, White Grapes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Kirkoneill1988

what is petrichor?

tperez

The smell after it rains

Kirkoneill1988

I do recall hearing that before. Must have escaped my memory

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82

A smooth and mellow shou with little fermentation flavor. Woody with a slight almond note and what I would describe as doughy or yeasty taste. Not terribly complex, but a solid/unoffensive daily drinker at a bargain price.

Flavors: Almond, Smooth, Wood, Yeasty

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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My name is Thomas,

I’m a long time coffee and tea lover, but only started my journey into the world of loose leaf and high quality teas about six years ago.

My favorites are pu’erhs, Yunnan blacks, and roasted oolongs, but really enjoy greens when they’re fresh. I’m not much into flavored teas or jasmine/florals, but I love a good cup of chai or adding a spice or two to my teas sometimes.

Currently working on a degree in nursing.

Other than tea I’m a nature lover, guitar picker, and unabashed nerd.

My Rating Scale:
95-100 Wowza!
90-94 Pretty darn good
80-89 Nice
70-79 Decent
50-69 Potable
0-50: Blech.

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Clearwater, FL

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