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    Sticky: The last unknown sample is another batch of...

    The last unknown sample is another batch of maocha with bud-two-leaves complexes, requiring the same slow fit into the pot as yesterday. The first brew quickly reveals a Northern sensibility and not...
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    Sticky: Sample two has maocha with large leaves and...

    Sample two has maocha with large leaves and two-leaf-bud complexes. This made it difficult to fit in my pot and I had to wet some of it before putting the rest in. The first brew had a generic...
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    Sticky: (/me goes back to high school cafeterias,...

    (/me goes back to high school cafeterias, chanting Fight, Fight, Fight)

    Alright, I did sample one today. The dry leaves were pretty bulky and fresh sheng in aroma. The first brew has a generic...
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    Sticky: I blended the remains of 2000 Fuhai zhuancha,...

    I blended the remains of 2000 Fuhai zhuancha, 2.5g with 2012 Xiaguan Jinseyunxiang, 4.1g. The tea was alright, if very smoky. Had a penetrating bitterness, especially since it was all fannings,...
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    Sticky: 2006 Second Memorial Southeast Puerh Fair. Very...

    2006 Second Memorial Southeast Puerh Fair. Very good. Sort of frustrating in the sense that it's better than much more expensive modern cakes. For example, while the TU LBZ has a broad, loud, and...
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    Sticky: A couple of days ago, I finished off the Mengdai...

    A couple of days ago, I finished off the Mengdai Bingdao '10 in a porcelain gaiwan. The gaiwan does seem to preserve the delicate flavors better than the pot does. Didn't seem to be as thick, but...
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    Sticky: Finished off the remaining 7.5g of the recent...

    Finished off the remaining 7.5g of the recent Bingdao sample that didn't fare so well first time around. It did much better on this round, mostly in having a consistent nongeneric base taste that...
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    Sticky: Yesterday was not a particularly good session...

    Yesterday was not a particularly good session with the TeaUrchin LBZ.

    Today, I finished off the last 6g of the Xigui. Not as citric, and thus very pleasant. Much less active aftertaste like yuns...
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    Sticky: Anon 2013 "Bingdao". As you might can guess,...

    Anon 2013 "Bingdao". As you might can guess, disappointingly normal, and comparable to the Shuangjiang Mengku Certified Organic cake from 2007. With less bitterness, astringency, and faster...
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    Sticky: '13 Xigui maocha collected for teashop... ...

    '13 Xigui maocha collected for teashop...

    There seems to be a diversity of leaf-type in the maocha, and it's not quite pretty. The tea session itself has the singular major flaw that it is very...
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    Sticky: '12 Pudi Manxiu from SampleTea. This was very...

    '12 Pudi Manxiu from SampleTea. This was very pleasant with reasonable thickness, texture, and a solid fruity flavor. The back end even had a bit of qi.

    Cymbidium orchids are blooming in the...
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    Sticky: One thing that really doesn't get enough...

    One thing that really doesn't get enough discussion is the quality of the qi or something to that effect. Drank some An Xiang sheng, and like the other times I've done so, it tends to seriously...
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    Sticky: It's the feeling that it's explored and settled...

    It's the feeling that it's explored and settled territory.

    The quality of the cakes have been doing two things. We're getting fewer and fewer cakes that can be seen as reasonably authentic, as...
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    Sticky: EoT Pesticide tea. Worst thing about it, is that...

    EoT Pesticide tea. Worst thing about it, is that like my first session, the first brew is clearly the best, because it will give a fruity yun. But that's the brew you really sorta have to dump. I...
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    Sticky: Did a few more late brews of Xikong today. It's...

    Did a few more late brews of Xikong today. It's a good tea, but now and forevermore, firmly capped in how good it can be. Very nice texture and body.

    One of the small Taiwanese forums had a...
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    Sticky: YS Fall '10 Xikong. Definitely hongchapu now,...

    YS Fall '10 Xikong. Definitely hongchapu now, with the typical aftertaste style as well. Nice texture, a little thickness. Does have decent qi. Great aroma for the first brew, sugar, pastries,...
  17. Thread: Breville tea pot

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    Just in case: I have two broken tops, the...

    Just in case:

    I have two broken tops, the parts that hold the water. One of them has the old flaw where the screw at the bottom of the handle shears off. The other's heating element stopped...
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    Sticky: Yesterday and today, I was doing a review and...

    Yesterday and today, I was doing a review and comparison of EoT Mannuo and Nannuo

    Mannuo advantages:

    Strong, relatively complex aroma. Good texture that's slightly sticky and juicy. Very...
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    The Breville One Touch that I think we're talking...

    The Breville One Touch that I think we're talking about *will* make better tea than the cheaper teapot. Having to make do with a cheaper teapot because my Breville broke makes that clear. It will...
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    Sticky: Almost finished with the EoT 2008 Bulang. The...

    Almost finished with the EoT 2008 Bulang. The taste is a little narrow, which makes me think it might just be well cared for plantation. Aroma is humid, suggesting wet leaves, wood, mushrooms. ...
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    Sticky: A sample of Best Tea House Aged Dry/Wet Blend. ...

    A sample of Best Tea House Aged Dry/Wet Blend. Found it after I had totally forgotten about it for a couple of years, I think. This is pretty much all wet, I think, as all the leaves are frosted...
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    Sticky: A 4g session of Mengdai Bingdao Yihao. Less of...

    A 4g session of Mengdai Bingdao Yihao. Less of that cold metal floral of teas like the 2003 SM. Has a broad sweet flavor. There's aroma, but it doesn't rise high and is indistinct. The soup is...
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    Sticky: Turned attention to 4g of TU LBZ. It wasn't very...

    Turned attention to 4g of TU LBZ. It wasn't very good. The nice complexity of top flavor wasn't there, and there was nothing in the way of aftertastes. Thickness of soup wasn't as before. The qi...
  24. Thread: Breville tea pot

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    Breville's one touch tea maker will generally...

    Breville's one touch tea maker will generally fail fairly soon after warrantee. Good luck, in general, finding a worthwhile tea kettle that will last more than a couple of years while looking nice...
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    Sticky: '09 XZH Jingmai, while work is done replacing the...

    '09 XZH Jingmai, while work is done replacing the furnace above my room. Definitely top 5 of any puerh I've tried in aroma terms. Doesn't rise high and isn't quite that dense, but extremely...
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    Sticky: Finished off XZH '06 Gaoshanzhai maocha. Very...

    Finished off XZH '06 Gaoshanzhai maocha. Very pretty leaves, fresh and finished. Starts out tart for the first few brews, but otherwise it's a relatively perfume-y gentle Yiwu. Has a broad taste,...
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    Sticky: Mostly finished off Teaurchin Xikong sample. ...

    Mostly finished off Teaurchin Xikong sample. Broad taste, well balanced taste and aroma. Ok thickness, and a persistent if light aftertaste, but not much qi if any. More durable session this time....
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    Sticky: finished off sample of 2008 Wisteria Lan Yin. It...

    finished off sample of 2008 Wisteria Lan Yin. It was decent enough, but in recent context, utterly overshadowed. Basically a dark-tasting tea that's roughly the caliber of good Dayi, and less good...
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    Sticky: Yesterday, some 8582, later brews were rather...

    Yesterday, some 8582, later brews were rather decent.

    Today, I did an evaluatory brew of '06 XZH brick, 4g. Thinner soup, doesn't have a deep or broad flavor register, and never really did,...
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    Sticky: 4g XZH Huangshanlin '07. Again, very thin soup...

    4g XZH Huangshanlin '07. Again, very thin soup for a premium tea, and thinner than Puzhen. Also somewhat tart at times, and bitter at others, the tartness goes away, and the bitterness resolves to...
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    Sticky: Finished brewing puzhen, about five more brews...

    Finished brewing puzhen, about five more brews until it was thick water, definitely an under 20 brews tea, and always had been. However, those five brews were like a pretty awesome white tea. ...
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    Sticky: Ooooh, always have wanted to try that, among the...

    Ooooh, always have wanted to try that, among the diminishing number of teas I feel like I need to try! Bourbon and oak is a new one on me for aged Yiwus...well, the bourbon part.

    Today, I started...
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    Sticky: 2002 Youle tuo, originally from Wisteria, and not...

    2002 Youle tuo, originally from Wisteria, and not listed. Pretty easy to see why. It's like the 2006 Youle tuo that I've since drunk up, only with more years and more humidity. Not very good...
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    Sticky: 2004 Taihe from Wisteria. Came in two hard...

    2004 Taihe from Wisteria. Came in two hard chunks, leaves look more fragmented than the '05 maocha, with little scent to them. The early brews are pretty camphor cake style, much like the 2007 EoT...
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    Sticky: 2005 Yongpinhao "Yiwu". Jiangchen tea, as one...

    2005 Yongpinhao "Yiwu". Jiangchen tea, as one might guess. Doesn't really taste good, but has strong mouth aroma, and some cooling in the back of the mouth. Could only be interested in seven brews...
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    Sticky: I rarely have the confidence to brew anything...

    I rarely have the confidence to brew anything other than black and pu. Yesterday, I did almost five year old Doke White Needles. At least white tea can be aged. It was okay and drinkable.
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    Sticky: '07 an xiang sheng. Taste is good, but far too...

    '07 an xiang sheng. Taste is good, but far too thin. Soup has decent thickness and good texture. A little bit of feeling stays in the mouth and throat. Not worth nearly the money asked for these...
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    Sticky: I'm drinking a sample of 2010 Changdahao...

    I'm drinking a sample of 2010 Changdahao originally from Puerhshop. Surprisingly drinkable, though it does have its pesticides. It also has some decent flavors for a cheap tea and a touch of...
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    Finished off the 2010 version of this tea: ...

    Finished off the 2010 version of this tea: http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z10.3.w4002-3867018466.88.aW2tl8&id=17799953524 Really good, with aromatic wood (mengku area shu?) and some qi.
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    Sticky: Pesticide free Bulang from EoT. Not a very good...

    Pesticide free Bulang from EoT. Not a very good session, probably had JakubT's review in mind, but also because I'm comparing with so many very recent and very superior teas. The taste is...
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