631 Tasting Notes

Drank this tea today and a lot of it. For about a year I have been aging this tea, three separate bings stored in different ways. One was stored in cardboard, one was stored in my pumidor loose, and one was stored in my pumidor wrapped in plastic. Overall this was a good tea. There was some bitterness in the early steeps that turned into a nice sweetness. I did not use any sugar in this tea experiment. I normally find myself adding sugar to tea. This one was good. There are four other people who have to input their opinions as samples were sent out. I will refrain from saying which of the three aging methods worked best for me here. I just wanted to review this tea. It was good. Unfortunately, I don’t think it is available any longer.

I brewed this tea in three identical gaiwans, 100ml each with approximately 8g leaf and boiling water. I steeped them for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. In my excitement to finally try these teas I forgot to let the leaves rest. I did give them each a 10 second rinse.

Preparation
Boiling 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Rich

Excellent! Will you all do a post about your findings? Many of us are, of course, very curious.

AllanK

I am waiting for two of my participants to post their results. Then I will post which tea was which. I sent samples to four people, two have not yet tried the teas.

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This tea was fairly tasty. It was both strong and bitter in the early steeps. Despite being a 2005 tea it had a fair amount of fermentation flavor in the early steeps. This was a tea however with a strong start and a weak finish. It was very strong for the first few steeps but was quickly played out. I gave it ten steeps of which the last four were weak. This was not from lack of tea. I used 10.5g in a 170ml teapot. Using this ratio I have gotten other teas to go ten strong steeps but not this one. It did eventually lose its fermentation flavor and its bitterness. It was also played out too fast.

I brewed this tea ten times in a 170ml teapot with 10.5g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and let it rest for ten minutes. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min.

Flavors: Bitter, Earth

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 6 OZ / 170 ML

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83

Ordered this a couple of months ago and managed to forget about it. It’s good. Very fruity in flavor, kind of a nutty note too. I don’t remember what is in this one but it’s good.

I brewed this once in a Teavana 16oz Glass Perfect Tea Maker with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This is a fairly tasty but bitter sheng puerh. It was quite bitter in thte early steeps. I would say it took at least four steeps to begin to lose its bitterness. It also developed that fairly typical sheng sweetness often described as apricots or stonefruits, but it took a while. This was not a tea that was noticeably sweet in the first few infusions. I would venture to say that this tea also developed a noticeable aftertaste, bittersweet in nature. As to the big question about this tea, is it real LBZ material for the price Puerhshop gets? I have been told that it cannot be but there is no proof that Puerhshop is lying about its origins. Alas, it is not possible to answer this question. The only real question I can answer is did I like this tea, overall, yes.

I steeped this tea ten times in a 140ml Ru Kiln Celadon teapot with 8.2g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and let the leaves rest for ten minutes. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. I should also note that the leaves on this tea were still somewhat green and the color of the tea soup a dark yellow. It definitely needs to age a bit.

Flavors: Apricot, Bitter

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 5 OZ / 140 ML

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87

This is a delicious ripe from Yunnan Sourcing. It has a fair amount of fermentation flavor left. The early steeps were thick with it. I’d say it had fermentation flavor until around the fifth steep or so. It had a nice natural sweetness to it and little bitterness, only a little in the first couple of steeps. To be honest I didn’t notice much bitterness at all. I’m not sure if I should describe it as having a dates flavor but it had a nice sweetness.

I brewed this ten times in a 140ml teapot with 8.2g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and let the leaves rest for ten minutes. Not sure if this is long enough for the leaves to open up but I didn’t feel like waiting. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. This was a fairly strong tea and it was not finished even though I was. I think the leaves would have gone anywhere from two to five more steeps.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 5 OZ / 140 ML

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Taken over ten steeps I really liked this tea. Just on the first couple of steeps I didn’t like it. The first few steeps had a strong aged bitterness to them and a slight but noticeable sour note. This was the character of the tea for the first four steeps. By steep five the sour note had disappeared completely and the bitterness mitigated. The tea developed a nice sweetness to it that was not like the apricots or stonefruits of a young sheng. It was also not sweet in the sense of sugar, I don’t mean that sweet. I am at a bit of a loss to describe the sweet notes specifically. The tea had a very nice color to it in the early steeps, almost but not quite orange in color. Judging by the color of the tenth steep I would say this tea has a few steeps left in it if I had not had enough tea.

I brewed this tea in a 140ml teapot with 8g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a ten minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. I would recommend this tea to anyone planning on giving it ten steeps and not recommend it to anyone who only steeps their tea two or three times.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 5 OZ / 140 ML
Cwyn

Sounds like some dry storage taste that had to steep out.

AllanK

That is possible. It had come to me stored in plastic. Don’t know if it was stored that way or just shipped that way.

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87

This tea is good. The only problem I had with this tea was I was using a new teapot that was supposed to be 100ml. The teapot turned out to be bigger, probably closer to 140ml. What would have been a good amount of tea for 100ml was not enough for 140ml. Still, the tea was good. It had a nice color to it. This was no yellow sheng but had a nice orange color to it. There was a fair amount of bitterness in the early steeps but not a young sheng bitterness if you know what I mean. It dramatically mellowed out over eight steeps. The next time I make this tea I will use more tea. The tea had a nice aged flavor to it, I’m not sure how to describe the specific notes but it was good. This is not a cheap tea. I think it goes for $30 for a tuo but it is worth the price.

I steeped this tea eight times in a 140ml teapot with 5g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and let the leaves rest for about ten minutes. I steeped the tea for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 30 sec, and 1 min. Had the teapot been the size listed in the description I think this would have worked out just about right.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 140 ML
mrmopar

You know when the orange starts the sheng is really getting good.

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Bought this quite a while ago and managed to forget about it without opening it. I am still trying to like green tea and I don’t always like it. I think this is a good quality tea. It is fresh tasting and vegetal in nature. It’s quite floral. Too floral for my tastes. I am not sure if I like sencha, I know many love it. I have always been more of a fan of black teas and do prefer puerh above all others.

I brewed this twice in a 12oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water. I steeped it for 1 min and 1.5 min.

Preparation
3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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88

This was a tasty tea and one of the rare mornings that I had time to brew gongfu style. I gave this teat four steeps in a 220ml gaiwan. I think it would have gone six or more. There was a fair amount of bitterness in the first two steeps. It largely went away by the third steep. It was gone by the fourth. There were a fair number of complex notes to this tea that I am not sure how to describe. A bit muscatel like a Darjeeling if I am making the right comparison. I may be off the mark here. There was a certain sweetness to this tea also, not a sugar sweetness mind you but a more subtle one. In any case it was tasty and good. I highly recommend this tea.

I brewed this tea four times in a 220ml gaiwan with 9g leaf and 190 degree water. I gave it a 5 second rinse and steeped it for 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, and 20 sec.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 7 OZ / 220 ML

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87

This is in my opinion another winner from Streetshop88 on EBay. It had a fair amount of fermentation flavor in the early steeps and a fair amount of bitterness. The bitterness was soon a memory and I was left with a delicious slightly sweet tea. This was a fairly strong tea but not incredibly so. I steeped it eight times and judging by the color of the eighth steep I’m sure it would have gone twelve or more. I don’t know if the words in the title “golden buds” means it has more buds than a usual puerh but it is tasty. I am not unhappy for having bought the bing. I did notice a very slight sour note in the first steep but I did not taste it again. It may have been my taste buds.

I steeped this tea eight times in a 170ml teapot with 10.4g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and let the leaves rest for 10 minutes. No time or patience for a longer rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec.

Flavors: Bitter, Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 6 OZ / 170 ML

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I am Allan. I live and work in Long Island, New York. I have been amassing a tea collection for nearly two years and have spent way too much money. I now try to buy mostly Puerh as I like it most and it lasts nearly forever. Black tea has a habit of going bad. If anyone is interested in tea swaps I am open to ideas and have quite a cupboard.

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