59 Tasting Notes

88

This is a lovely ripe pu-erh still available on Amazon.com and direct from bana teas in Feb. 2014. Tea brews a beautiful dark mahogany color with hints of orange, taste is extremely mellow/gentle with a touch of woodsy and earthy taste highlighted by citrus notes. I has an overall sense of balance and is what I would consider to be “lovely”. I just ordered a cake after tasting this sample.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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81

This tea is from a sample sent by Misty Peak Teas. This tea brewed in a 185 ml yixing teapot was a light orange colored soup, had some citrus hints and a touch of orchid aroma, and was fairly smooth, but felt closed in by astringency on the back of my tongue. Hard to evaluate this young, I enjoyed the orange citric flavor and smoothness, but found its ageworthiness difficult to evaluate because of its astringent youth. Judgement reserved.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Sammerz314

Hey Javan, how do you find this tea? I have been considering their cakes for a while.. but they are somewhat pricey.

Javan

Misty Peak made an offer on Steepster requesting $1.50 for a sample of their tea. I responded and they sent the tea. I like their philosophy but need another pot of this tea in a few years to really evaluate it for ageability.

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83

This young sheng has a nicely balanced demeanor, gives strong astringency and a tannic impression with aromas of oat straw, and chlorophyll. It has a strong character to my taste, one which says it will age well. I agree that it has slight smoky notes on its lengthy finish, but do not get the honey notes mentioned. It would be nice to see where this tea goes with time. Right now, I say not outstanding but good.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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88

This is a quiet, mellow tea to my taste buds with gentle flavors of tobacco, earth, and citrus. It really does go well after a meal as suggested by Bana Tea. I’ve enjoyed the tea through multiple steepings.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec

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93

This tea is elegant, fragrant, fresh, and easy to drink. Very enjoyable. The tea is tightly rolled in the beginning, and expands dramatically after several steepings to show rather lovely whole leaves. I like this tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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84

From a sample – quite a lovely golden color, with a flavor that has mellowed over time. It tastes a hint minty and earthy at the same time. Drinking quite well in early 2013.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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drank Silver Needle by PekoeTea
59 tasting notes

A lovely tea, pale, flavorful, excellent. Has hints of what they call melon, but I’d call cucumber, slightly tangy, and an overall really excellent tea enjoyed by my whole family.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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94

My wife and I really like this tea for its beautiful color, deep strong taste, its depth of flavor, and overall enjoyment…and it supposedly lowers one’s blood pressure. We liked it so much that we requested that our local natural food store carry it. It is currently a real favorite at my house.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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87

Wow, this has changed a bit over the last 3 months. Still a bit astringent, it has integrated its flavors nicely and now has a nice floral note to go with its green flavors. It is beginning to develop some depth. Good stuff.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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89

I would echo the description of this tea stated in its intro. It is a mellow, full flavored, earthy tea that is quite harmonious. Color is quite attractive, deep red-orange, with an earthy aroma. I like it, and it is available for a reasonable price. My tea was from a sample provided by YunnanSourcing.

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