1758 Tasting Notes

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drank Moonlight Snooze by Simpson & Vail
1758 tasting notes

I have insomnia again so I’m trying this tea. Made it differently. Put about seven teaspoons of tea in a glass teapot/kettle and added about 4 tsp valerian. But I didn’t steep it, I boiled it fore ten minutes. Tastes even worse. Didn’t know if that’s possible. Hopefully I extracted the valerian.

Teatotaler

Have you ever tried melatonin, Allan? It worked wonders for me.

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drank Honey Almond by ESP Emporium
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I picked this out of the Decaf and Herbal Tea TTB because there was so much of it. It is an interesting fruit blend. I added sugar to it which improved it dramatically. I’m not really sure what I taste, apple and almond I suppose. I don’t think I would buy this but it is nice to try when it is too late for me to have what I really want, a gongfu session with some nice ripe puerh. It is way too late for caffeine so this will do.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 5 minutes.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70
drank Decaf Assam by Simpson & Vail
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As errands cost me time to drink some puerh before it was too late for me to have caffeine I thought I’d drink this. This is a fairly tasty black tea. I do not know how it compares to other assams of the non decaf nature. This one is good overall. It has little in the way of bitterness, astringency, or malt. It has a bit of a fruity flavor to it, I’m not sure which fruit I would identify it with. On a bad point it has a bit, just a bit of a sour note to it. Not enough to bother me though. As tomorrow is my first day at a new job I didn’t want to have anything with caffeine after four o clock as I need to sleep tonight and I already have insomnia. Simpson and Vail has done well with the decaf teas of theirs I have tried. Most have been good. They don’t noticeably lower the quality rung to get a decaf. I know some decaf are just horrible but this one is alright, good for an afternoon like this. I usually cold brew their decaf teas which works well too.

I brewed this one time with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper for 3 min.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Teatotaler

I really love Assam but, like you, I need to avoid caffeine at times in the evening. Think I just might have to order this one!

OMGsrsly

Hope your first day goes well! :)

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I have my doubts about this tea, about it’s age. As far as the fermentation flavor goes there was a lot of it. And it was somewhat unpleasant. It tasted more like a 2015 fermented tea. It had not cleared at all. The fermentation flavor was thick and lasted for about four or five steeps. It began to improve dramatically around the sixth steep. If you can get past the initial fermentation taste this is a good tea. A nice sweet note developed in the later steeps. I wasn’t really paying attention to the specifics to tell you about notes of chocolate but something of a fruity flavor did emerge.

I steeped this tea ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with 10g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 10 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
janchi

I’ve heard a few people mention fermentation flavour, but I don’t really know what it is – what does it taste like?

AllanK

It stems from the process of pile fermentation that ripe puerh undergoes. Initially it is quite unpleasant. It is described as earthy. The best way to understand fermentation flavor is to go online and buy a 2015 ripe puerh. It will have fermentation flavor as it’s first flavor. This tea was supposed to be from 2003, it shouldn’t have had so much of it.

janchi

Thanks Allan, much appreciated. I’ll get a 2015 sample or two.

mrmopar

I get licorice in the newer stuff. That keys me to the young stuff.

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85
drank Moonlight Snooze by Simpson & Vail
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Drinking this for my insomnia. Sometimes it helps sometimes it doesn’t. It taste worse than any other tea I’ve had. This tea gets a 0 for taste. I steeped 6 tsp of leaf in 16oz of boiling water for 10 min. Lets see if it helps.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
OMGsrsly

Mmm, valerian. ;) I went hiking when it was blooming once, and the smell of the blossoms in the sun near knocked me out. So nasty.

cookies

Octavia has a ‘Serene Dream’ valerian blend that isn’t too bad. I find I can only stomach valerian when it’s blended with mint. Nothing else covers up the funkiness.

Evol Ving Ness

DT’s Mother’s Little Helper and Big Chill are both ok. The valerian is present but not as bitter as it would be without the other additions.

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This is a good but not in any way spectacular shou. It has no fermentation taste. It has a moderate amount of wet storage or wet wood taste. This was noticeable for the first four steeps and present to some degree in all eight steeps I gave this tea. This is a tea I will store for six months then try again. I suspect the wet storage taste will dissipate with six months of New York dry storage. This is exactly what happened with my 1998 White Tuo. The first time I drank it I got wet storage taste. Six months later virtually none.

I steeped this tea eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 11.3g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec.

Flavors: Wet Wood

Preparation
Boiling 11 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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70

This tea is strong and somewhat bitter. It was quite tasty though. It stayed bitter throughout the first four or five steeps and then a sweet note emerged. This is an excellent tea for the price. At $18.50 it’s not a big risk in a tea. I think it’s got a lot of potential. If only my pumidor wasn’t full. I will have to dry store this one and see what happens. I’m not really sure how to describe the sweet note that emerged. There was still a bitter aftertaste even with this sweet note.

I brewed this tea eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 9.3g leaf and 190 degree water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 9 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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93

Today my insomnia is acting up on me and me medicine is not working. So I thought I would makle some rooibos in hopes of relaxing. This tea is nice. It’s got both a sweet and a savory character. Added some raw honey to this so it tastes really sweet.

Brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 5 min.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
BigDaddy

Valerian tea works for me sometimes mixed in with some chamomile especially on those days when I have a bit too much pu erh.

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90
drank 2015 Smooch by White 2 Tea
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This is an excellent tea. There was very little bitterness to this, just a little. While I won’t say it wasn’t sweet, the sweetness was subtle. It didn’t rush at you like some apricoty sheng. This is a tea I was supposed to get for free with my black Friday order. It was left out of that order along with a gaiwan. Paul sent the missing items and gave me three of this tea instead of one. It seems to have some qi, but not tea drunk kind of qi. This is a tea I wish I had picked up more of with my last order with White2Tea which is still inbound from China. This is the second rolled puer I have tried. And I have to say I like it as much or more than the Misty Peaks version. It is hard to say which is better from one session, but this is good. This has a strong, slightly bitter aftertaste.

I brewed this ten times in a 100ml gaiwan with one puer ball or 8g leaf and 200 degree water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. Didn’t give this one a rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
tea123

Very little bitterness and subtle sweetness – that leaves sourness, saltiness and umami.
Thanks very kind of Paul.
Better than Misty Peaks hey ;)

AllanK

That was my initial reaction. That I liked it more than Misty Peaks. Hard to say if I will feel that way the next time I drink it. And it was nice of Paul to send me three. He only owed me one. There was no sourness to it and I don’t think saltiness. Not sure if I know what umami tastes like to know about that.

AllanK

These are a better value than Misty Peaks, I think he charges $1.99 whereas Misty Peaks is something like $12.99 for two.

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I wish I could say this was an incredible tea. It was not. While there was a lot of improvement over ten steeps and I enjoyed the last couple of steeps, it had a bad start. The fermentation taste was initially strong and unpleasant. This taste lasted for about the average as far as the fermentation goes, about four or five steeps. However, an unpleasant taste persisted for several more steeps. I would say it had gone away by the ninth steep. This is from a small 125g cake. Berylleb has the option to buy a five pack. I am glad I only bought one. It’s not even that this was the worst puerh tea ever, it just wasn’t that good. As far as notes of things like chocolate go there was too much of an unpleasant taste to notice good things. Judged by the tenth steep it wasn’t that bad. But considering the first eight steeps were not that great I don’t think I’ll be buying another.

I steeped this ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with 10.3g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min.

Flavors: Earth

Preparation
Boiling 10 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
tea123

Interesting. Judging by your disagreeable review, I’d estimate this at 45/100.

AllanK

I will try the tea again in six months and see if there is any improvement. Maybe the tea just need more time to rest after shipping.

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I am Allan. I live and work in Long Island, New York. I have been amassing a tea collection for nearly two years and have spent way too much money. I now try to buy mostly Puerh as I like it most and it lasts nearly forever. Black tea has a habit of going bad. If anyone is interested in tea swaps I am open to ideas and have quite a cupboard.

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