5 Tasting Notes


I decided to pick this tea up on a whim while I was in the store last week. They had this prepared as a sample, and I was really delighted by the sample. Honestly as much as I enjoyed the sample I had no idea how fun this tea would be to prepare at home. I put about 4g of tea in my gaiwan and for this particular tasting I used a lower temp water around 175 degrees. For the first steep I went with 20 seconds and added about 10 seconds per subsequent infusion. The first few infusions the smoky flavor was the most obvious note, but later infusions were more mild and surprisingly sweet. There was even an almost floral purfumey taste coming out that almost reminds me of an oolong. I’m currently on the eighth infusion and I could definitely get a few more. I’m really glad I decided to pick this up!

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec

Thank you for writing up your thoughts on this tea, my friend! I just secured this years crop of the same mao cha from the same farm. I’m excited about that. Also… you may be interested sometime in trying out the pu’er that I had pressed from this very same leaf, the Wild Monk cake. While the mao cha is great for 4 or 5 years, the pu’er will keep getting more flavor over the years.

I’m so glad that you stopped into the shop last week. Thank you!

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5 tasting notes

The workhorse, the essential, if I had were to own only one piece of teaware, this would be that item. From short steeps of Chinese tea, to brewing up herbals and rooibos. If someone was new to tea and didn’t know what to buy this is what I would recommend.

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I love this blend! I never expected such an odd combination to be so delicious. The mango and chocolate go perfect together and the bled of black and rooibos is brilliant. A yummy dessert tea, but great any time.

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Really refreshing, this tea would probably be great on a hot summer day. Tasty on its own and does not need to be sweetened.

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A really tasty iced tea, not too peachy.

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I’ve loved tea for as long as I can remember, but I discovered loose leaf tea about six years ago while in college. I get a little weak in the knees over greener oolongs and Japanese greens, and recently I’ve really started to understand what people are talking about when they say they love pu’er!


Rochester, Minnesota, United States

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