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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…

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    Tea Setter Iron Goddess Medium Grade

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 15 seconds Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: pale gold The first thing that I noticed about this tea was the sweet, floral aroma. On more than one occasion I found myself sticking my nose into the gaiwan and inhaling deeply. The floral aroma was echoed in the taste along with a pleasantly vegetal finish. The mouth-feel was very smooth and it did not have any astringency. +Tea Setter‘s description says that some people liken this tea reminds them of lilac and I can definitely see that. The strong floral notes lingered in my mouth…

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    Tea Setter Wild Arbor Oriental Beauty Oolong

    Photo: Tea Setter Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: large, dark and twisted Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: amber There is just something about a wild grown tea that speaks to me when I drink it. This one in particular was complex and incredibly aromatic. It was earthy with rich notes of peaches, honey and citrus. A hint of underlying spice rounded out the flavor profile. Isn’t it amazing how an unflavored tea can taste exactly like a juicy piece of fruit? Even three infusions in, I still found myself wanting more. I am astounded at how budget friendly this tea is.…

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    Tea Setter Sweet Fragrance Pu-erh

    Photo: Tea Setter Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: small, dark Ingredients: puerh tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: deep amber This tea was wonderfully earthy and robust yet sweet and mild. It was more garden after spring rain than the forest floor taste that is usually associated with this type of tea. The sweet fragrance promised in the name came through as a lingering sweetness in the aftertaste. +Tea Setter‘s description likened it to sugar cane and I would say that is pretty accurate. There was no bitterness or astringency to speak of. I did three consecutive infusions with my gaiwan but the leaves…