15 Tasting Notes

drank Hu-Kwa by Mark T. Wendell
15 tasting notes

So, so, so delicious. Perfect degree of smokiness as well as smoothness. I like Lapsangs a lot, but I feel like I never have to try a new one again, (except maybe Upton’s Black Dragon Lapsang), because it’s going to take something beyond exceptional to beat this one. I could drink it everyday, and in fact, I think I just might.

Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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Messed up my timer, so my steep time may have been off. I’ve had this a few times, and have yet to be wowed by it, but have also yet to be disappointed by it. This time seems a bit understeeped, but I’ve definitely oversteeped this tea in the past. I’d say more experimentation is necessary with this one.


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I think this is my favorite blend of black tea: malty, sweet, smooth, and absolutely delicious. I bet this would pair exceptionally with some sort of pastry.

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Tasted very similar to Peet’s Ti-Kwan-Yin. I think I prefer this, though that might just be because it came in a fancy box in the mail. Nevertheless, definitely a delicious and calming cup, one of my favorites.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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Great summer tea for watching the sunset and reading a good book. There’s something about this tea that I find very relaxing, and I can feel waves of warmth washing over me and putting me at ease whilst I drink it. I’m not sure if it will earn a place as a staple in my cupboard as I develop my budding palate, but it’s gotten me very interested in oolong teas. Pairs great with a touch of fresh lemon.

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I’m on leave from college because making superficial relationships with hyper-competitive wunderkinds wasn’t exciting my passion. Instead, I drink tea. I like all types, but oolongs tend to be my favorites, and I’ll smack you upside the head if you put anything but lemon in my tea. My palate isn’t super experienced yet, and I don’t know exactly what I like and do not like yet, but that’s the whole fun in it right? The mystery steaming from each cup?


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