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    Tea Setter Old Capital Pu-erh Tea

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark, tightly compressed Ingredients: puerh tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: dark reddish amber The taste of this tea was mellow and sweet with just the right dose of earthy. Think fresh, moist potting soil rather than moldy forest floor. Although it was on the mild side, it stayed consistent throughout several infusions. I only had 4g of leaf to play with but a normal sized gaiwan still worked well. Just as I’ve experienced with other puerhs from +Tea Setter, this is a fantastic beginner tea because it takes away the scary factor. +Matt Kitchen does a great job of seaking…

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    Tea Setter Ethical Agriculture’s Wild Grown Puerh Tea

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark, small Ingredients: puerh tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: reddish brown I’m a stalwart raw puerh drinker but the cooked stuff isn’t usually my thing. This one was a whole other creature though. It is from 2010 so it has had a chance to mellow out a bit. It was earthy, sweet and surprisingly mild. Rather than fishy or compost flavors, it came off as woodsy with an interesting herbaceous quality that reminded me of sage. After a few infusions an unusual fruity quality appeared in the finish. I couldn’t believe how sweet and lingering it was. +Natasha…

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    Tea Setter Iron Goddess High Grade Oolong

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark green, tightly rolled Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: pale greenish gold A few months ago I reviewed and enjoyed the Iron Goddess Medium Grade from +Tea Setter so I was really looking forward to this one. The main difference that I found between the two was that the high grade was not as heavy on aroma. Instead, all of the typical floral and vegetal notes were very present in the taste. The mouth-feel was quite think and buttery. I did at least six consecutive infusions and they were all equally as delicious. The later infusions had a…