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Tea Sourcing – batch N.240 Pu Erh Teas – Golden Needle Ripe Pu-Erh Yong De 2016

Classification: Golden Needle Ripe Pu-Erh Yong De 2016 - Shu “ripe/matured” dark tea/aged teaCultivar: Yunnan Da YeOrigin: China, Yunnan, Lincang, Yong De countyGrade: Great qualityLeaf: Small, lightly twisted leaves composed mainly of golden buds. Aroma of wet hay, forest floor and herbs.Infused leaf: Infused leaves are deep chocolate colour with more persistent aroma of decaying wood, herbs and dingy cellar.Liquor: Cup is reddish-brown colour, brilliant and thick yet it is lighter than most Pu Erh teas. Aroma is sweet, floral with a bit of moss. The mouth-feel is full-bodied with leather, stew and geranium notes and hints of bitter chocolate. After-taste is velvety with sweet persistence of burnt sugar. There is no acidity in the cup and no astringency. The...

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Tea sourcing batch N.240 - 7 years aged PU ERH grade 3 - Shu “Ripe/matured”

Classification: 7 Years aged Pu Erh Grade 3 - Shu “ripe/matured” dark tea/aged teaCultivar: Yunnan Da YeOrigin: China, Yunnan, Bu Lang, Ba Da, Nanuo, XishuangbannaGrade: Great qualityLeaf: Small, freely twisted leaves of dark & light chocolate colour leaves with dust like appearance. Fragrance carries intense notes of musk, wet forest earth, fermented compost and leather.Infused leaf: Infused leaves are darker brown in colour with more persistent aroma of decaying wood, damp and dingy cellar.Liquor: Cup is reddish-brown colour, brilliant and thick yet it is lighter than most Pu Erh teas. Aroma is sweet, cherry wood like with a bit of moss. The mouth-feel is full-bodied with leather, dried fruit and decaying wood notes and hints of bitter chocolate. After-taste is...

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Tea sourcing batch n.239 - Teas from Japan - Kabusecha Gounpou, Kyoto Prefecture

We always source teas very carefully! No matter what kind of tea it is or for who it is. With our ruthless eyes, sinister noses and intense taste buds we take our job seriously. We take NO excuses, No political sides, No influence from previously excellent plantations or batches, No influence from famous legends, famous locations or even price in consideration. Our minds are clear as the sky (not Scottish!) and our tasting sheets are empty..... awaiting the verdicts. We briefly scan the dried leaves first and smell the fragrance, yet we know not to conclude all our hopes, wishes and scores at this point as appearance is not all that important (it is but even ugly tea can taste...

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Tea sourcing batch n.239 - Teas from Japan - Gyokuro Yame

We always source teas very carefully! No matter what kind of tea it is or for who it is. With our ruthless eyes, sinister noses and intense taste buds we take our job seriously. We take NO excuses, No political sides, No influence from previously excellent plantations or batches, No influence from famous legends, famous locations or even price in consideration. Our minds are clear as the sky (not Scottish!) and our tasting sheets are empty..... awaiting the verdicts. We briefly scan the dried leaves first and smell the fragrance, yet we know not to conclude all our hopes, wishes and scores at this point as appearance is not all that important (it is but even ugly tea can taste...

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Tea sourcing batch n.239 - Teas from Japan - Sencha from Kagoshima prefecture

We always source teas very carefully! No matter what kind of tea it is or for who it is. With our ruthless eyes, sinister noses and intense taste buds we take our job seriously. We take NO excuses, No political sides, No influence from previously excellent plantations or batches, No influence from famous legends, famous locations or even price in consideration. Our minds are clear as the sky (not Scottish!) and our tasting sheets are empty..... awaiting the verdicts. We briefly scan the dried leaves first and smell the fragrance, yet we know not to conclude all our hopes, wishes and scores at this point as appearance is not all that important (it is but even ugly tea can taste...

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