85 Tasting Notes

74

A Very nice roobios. Rounded, mellow, very finely chopped. Don’t try and steep this in your old tea filter with 1/16" holes – it’ll go right thru. Steeps a medium reddish-brown.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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68

Medium Dark, a Little Tannin, general-purpose Assam. Nothing too special.
Fairly fine cut, a mix of dark and golden tea leaves.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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74
drank Bee's Knees by Harney & Sons
85 tasting notes

Definitely not a black tea – little tea flavor. Strong lemon and some honey, fairly smooth, is good for a break from the stronger teas. Sort of a shock when you’re used to “regular” tea a few times a day, this is like a unsweet Sprite in comparison. Different…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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82

This tastes a lot like the Keemun Snail I got from a couple other tea distributors. Earthy, smooth, well rounded. Not tannic. But at the price, I think it’s not that much better than the other brands! it’s like $20/oz…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

I bought a full tin of this based on a sample, and it’s not quite as good as the sample was. Still more mellow and smooth than non-pu-erh black teas in general, but the other pu-erh I rated I thought was a bit smoother. All the pu-erhs I’ve sampled seem more rich than regular black teas.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

A very nice oolong, combination of oolong and earthy, smooth, I like it.
Smallish whole-leaf tea, a little nutty.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70
drank Raspberry Black by Mark T. Wendell
85 tasting notes

cut leaf black, fairly smooth. Raspberry always seems to sound better than it delivers. It foes have raspberry overtones, but it’s nothing like a fresh red raspberry, unfortunately. Not bad for a flavorful change, but not a daily tea either (at least for me). Again, I steep light and no cream or sugar.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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83

A full leaf, very dark tea, very smooth. Bought based on the recommendations of their website, and it does not disappoint. Seems like the last 5 new teas I’ve tried have all been disappointing, this one restored my faith. I forgot while steeping, and instead of my normal <2 minutes, let this one go 20 minutes, and it’s still not bitter; strong but very flavorful and drinkable. Full leaf teas are always so much fun to try and get out of a container, or into a tea ball, but are often worth the effort in being a smoother tea, for some reason. Fewer broken leaves = less tannins?

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70

This is not as “creamy” smooth a Pu-erh as I have had in other places, but it’s nice. It does have much more smoothness than a normal black tea; Pretty nice but not exceptional.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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