2018 Smoove Cocoa

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Dust, Earth, Malt, Oats, Paper, Cocoa, Nuts
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 oz / 125 ml

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  • “Smell (dry leaf) – old books, antique store. 2 rinses… 1 steep- honestly not a lot here, smooth mellow back drop. The tea is probably still opening up. Very smooth nothing off about it. Used...” Read full tasting note
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  • “7g/100ml Dry leaf appeaance – shiny, leathery slickness; slightly bigger, well-defined leaves Dry smell – earthy, spring forest, cocoa, packed brown sugar, cookie butter, brownie batter Wet leaf...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This has become a favourite daily drinker for me. It is not very complex but has a lovely nutty cocoa flavour with a touch of sweetness to it. It is forgiving and can be steeped longer or done...” Read full tasting note
    85
  • “Reliably pleasant. Not the most exciting tea in the world, but then it’s hardly intended to be. It’s just a nice, smooth, lightly nutty, mildly sweet, pleasurably dark cup of always-easy-to-drink...” Read full tasting note
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From White2Tea

One of our favorite blends of ripe Puer for 2018, Smoove Cocoa is suitable for any style of brewing. An engaging and balanced tea with a complex flavor profile and a silky smoove body. An ideal shou for both new and veteran Puer drinkers alike. Drink immediately or age as you please.

Each cake is 200 grams.

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22 tasting notes

Smell (dry leaf) – old books, antique store.

2 rinses…

1 steep- honestly not a lot here, smooth mellow back drop. The tea is probably still opening up. Very smooth nothing off about it. Used approximately (2) – 5 gram pieces.

2nd- brews a beautiful ruby red. Oats, raw oats, dusty, some black tea notes. But very subdued and approachable. Easy drinking. Round.

3-6… much like the 2nd steep. Some malty notes showing up. However it has stayed much the same. The tea plateaus, slowly, more, and more, but becoming more round and just and enjoyable, non-offending drinker.

All in all, solid tea. Nothing I’d go after again just too vanilla, a great first venture into ripes, plenty of steeping, but never developed much. So quantity, over quality.

Flavors: Dust, Earth, Malt, Oats, Paper

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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7g/100ml

Dry leaf appeaance – shiny, leathery slickness; slightly bigger, well-defined leaves

Dry smell – earthy, spring forest, cocoa, packed brown sugar, cookie butter, brownie batter

Wet leaf smell – dark chocolate, forest floor, dark caramel, hazelnut truffles, pumpernickel bread, double chocolate cookie dough

Liquor – dark, blood orange, almost burgundy brandy colour; quite opaque but minimal cloudiness

Texture – velvety smooth, quite thick, coats the mouth and throat nicely

Taste – sweet and light, dark chocolate/hazelnut spread over typical earthy shou taste; a tiny bit of a bitter bite at the end that adds a nice balance

Empty cup – light maple syrup

Mouth finish – when the chocolatey sweetness ends and the slight note of bitterness kicks in, the mouth coating sort of explodes and produces a lubricating salivation. A light hint of maple syrup at the back of the throat just like the empty cup smells

Wet leaves – nice, full leaves; a tiny twig or two per mini cake, but it is quite a negligible amount

Body feel – heavy in the head, but it does spread downwards throughout the whole body ending with a nice tingle in the feet. It has a nice, relaxing qi that is nice for kicking back with a good book.

This is probably my favourite Shou that I’ve had so far in my gong fu journey. It has basically everything I could hope for, from the lack of wet-pile taste, to the sweet, well-balanced flavour and velvety texture. Smoove Cocoa has something to offer all the senses, so it’s a great tea to enjoy in a mindful session. I typically like to drink shous when I don’t have much investment in the session itself and just want something nice to sip on, but this is a clear exception.

Kittenna

Forgive me if this has been discussed before but – do you smell the empty cup post-drinking (e.g. “Empty cup – light maple syrup”) or post-pouring-tea-between-vessels? At one point, I noticed that with some teas, after pouring them into my travel mug, the original mug would have an absolutely enchanting aroma, often deliciously sweet, even when the tea itself wasn’t particularly sweet. The smell was kind of addicting, actually. Doesn’t happen for all teas, and is most noticeable with straight blacks/oolongs. Also, only noticeable when I pour a piping hot tea out of one mug into another (maybe something to do with evaporation?)

Anyways, sorry for the ramble; I just don’t recall ever seeing anyone mention that before!

BrewWhatThouWilt

I usually give the empty cup a bit of time to settle after drinking before I smell it, but if I don’t get enough of a scent from that, I try the empty pitcher, which is a good deal wider and deeper. You’ve made me really curious though, so I’m going to try doing it in between pours with the Golden Monkey I’m drinking right now. Thank you!

And no worries at all! I’m always up for tea discussion :) I’m still quite new at this and I don’t have any tea friends offline, so it’s nice to connect with people like this. Happy sipping!

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This has become a favourite daily drinker for me. It is not very complex but has a lovely nutty cocoa flavour with a touch of sweetness to it. It is forgiving and can be steeped longer or done grandpa style and still be quite delicious. The only reason I didn’t score it higher is the lack of complexity, otherwise I love this tea.

Flavors: Cocoa, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Reliably pleasant. Not the most exciting tea in the world, but then it’s hardly intended to be. It’s just a nice, smooth, lightly nutty, mildly sweet, pleasurably dark cup of always-easy-to-drink pu erh. I like it.

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Like the name says this tea is quite smooth. It’s also a bit nutty with a bit of a roasted finish. A very simple tea but most enjoyable to sip.

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89 tasting notes

suprisingly sweet and a great tingle on the tongue in the first infusions
Later a lovely roasted choco coffee taste

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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