1460 Tasting Notes

78

This tea is good, but this tea is smoky. The dry leaves smelled smokier than anything I can remember. The brewed tea was incredibly smoky. So much so that I had to put unflavored non dairy creamer in it to mitigate the smokiness. With this addition it was quite a tasty tea. This tea was as smoky as any Chinese Lapsang Souchong and then some. If you like insanely smoky tea this one would be a good one for you. It is only with great rarity that I put any sort of milk in my tea as generally I feel it ruins the flavor of the tea. This tea however was too much for me.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 minutes.

Flavors: Smoked

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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91

I guess I just have a thing for bricks or bings that are 1kg or larger. I have bought both 2kg bricks sold by Yunnan Soourcing and another off Taobao. So when I saw an expensive 1 kg bing from Shuangjiang Mengku on King Tea I bought it, only to be told by John that he was out of stock of that bing. John offered a substitution for that bing and it was another 1 kg brick from Shuangjiang Mengku, a more expensive one. The one I had paid for was around $150, this one, the substitution was $259 so taking it was a no brainer. As to the tea. This is a very nice ripe tea. It had a fair amount of fermentation taste to it, about what you would expect from a 2009 tea. The fermentation was only a factor for four or five steeps. It was slightly bittersweet in the first few steepings and there was a bit of a sour note in the first two steepings. After this it was a nice semi sweet ripe tea. I think I could say there had been some chocolate notes earlier in the mix and it would not be too far a stretch to say it developed a bit of a fruity flavor in latter steeps although I couldn’t pin down a specific fruit. Overall this was very good tea.

I steeped this tea eleven times in a 195ml silver teapot with 14.2g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, and 1.5 min. I could have gotten a couple more steeps out of the leaves but eleven steeps with a 195ml teapot is a lot of tea. Despite the fact this was good tea I really didn’t want to continue.

Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 14 g 7 OZ / 195 ML

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87

This is the second sheng I have drank from Farmerleaf. I like this tea. It started out very smooth and with no bitterness. But the leaves had yet to open up. It was a very densely packed cake. When the leaves opened up around steep three the bitterness too over. This was not the sort of bitterness I call an abiding bitterness but it was the dominant flavor for a few steeps. I would say the bitterness persisted until about steep seven. After this a smooth note took over that was not quite apricots but almost. It was definitely a sweet note of a young sheng, one peculiar to young sheng that I am not really certain what is the best description for. There was also a mild amount of astringency to this tea. Judging from the sample, this is a good one to buy if you want to drink it now. I have no way to know how it might age. As they are a new company they don’t yet sell anything aged to my knowledge.

I steeped this teat twelve times in a 150ml gaiwan with 8g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min. The tea would have gone past twelve steeps it was not yet watery but I was at my caffeine limit.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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80

Bought this a while ago from Yunomi and am just getting around to drinking it now. It is tasty with a sweet and sour flavor going on. Not really an unpleasant sour taste. Overall it is quite good. They are now sold out of this but I suppose they will get it in again. I forget what I paid for this but I don’t think it was too much.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 minutes.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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91

This is a very tasty ripe puerh from CHen Sheng Hao. They are probably the only big company whose ripe I think is superior to Dayi. This one started out with a fair amount of fermentation flavor and virtually no bitterness. The fermentation taste was not of the unpleasant sort and certainly not fishy. I would say it lasted about four or five steeps before it was gone. There was a nice sweet note to this tea throughout all twelve steeps I gave it. Not sure if I would say chocolate notes or fruity flavor but a very nice, sweet flavor. This was not a cheap tea going for around $75 a bing. But I have generally had good luck with King Tea on Aliexpress so I took a chance. King Tea is an excellent seller of puerh and he has by far the largest selection of puerh available online at something like 4000 different cakes listed. However, he doesn’t stock these, he orders from his suppliers when you put in an order. That is why it takes him about five days to ship out his tea. As to qi, I think this tea retains some. I am feeling an invigorating qi of moderate strength although no tea drunk sensation. This is an excellent tea. I definitely encourage any puerh drinkers out there to buy a few things from King Tea. He is in my opinion the best seller of tea on Aliexpress.

Steeped this twelve times in a 150ml gaiwan with 10.4g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min. I could have gotten a few more steeps out of these leaves. The color of the tea was still fairly dark. I think it would have gone sixteen steeps if I wanted to continue.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 10 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Rui A.

No exitation in seconding your opinion about King Tea.

Chen Sheng Hao factory teas are in general pretty good and have such a wide offering of tea cakes that suit most pockets. I have bought some of their sheng tea cakes.

AllanK

@Rui A. I think that I have tried one of their raw cakes but only bought their ripe which are quite good. I have a tong of one of their special productions. The 2013 Snake’s Year Memorial Ripe.

curlygc

I just bought their Naka cake from YS during the sale. I sampled it and IMO it was fantastic. Ordered a sample of the Nannuo as well, and some samples of other cakes from CSH off of taobao.

mrmopar

@curlygc, the Nannuo is a nice one too. I grabbed a cake of that one too.

tea123

Anyone got a link to this tea?

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80

While I wouldn’t call this one phenomenal, it is a good solid tea and quite tasty. It has a strong note of malt and a weaker note of chocolate in the background. At the price just over $15 it is a good deal. So far I have liked the teas I have gotten from this company. This tea was better than expected.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 4 cones and 200 degree water for 3 minutes.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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68

This tea was very cheap. So I wasn’t expecting very much from it. This is my second time drinking it. While it is no way spectacular it really isn’t bad. There is a prominent note of malt. A slightly lesser note of chocolate. And there is a bit, very minor, of a negative note, not sure how to describe it. Regardless, it’s good enough to drink when I need a quick cup in the morning.

I brewed this one time in a Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 minutes.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85

This is overall a very nice tea. There was only a little bitterness to this tea and it was very smooth. There was something of a sweet note from the start although I would not characterize it as apricots of young sheng. Not entirely sure how to describe it. This is the first of my Farmerleaf samples I am trying and I do like it. Not getting much qi off this one despite that it is said to be gushu, maybe a little. Overall a good tea and I don’t think the price was that unreasonable.

I steeped this twelve times in a 150ml gaiwan with 8.1g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min. The color of this tea was the yellow of a young sheng. It had not aged much in the five years since it was produced. I suspect it was dry stored.

Preparation
Boiling 8 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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85

Overall this is a very nice tea. It started out bittersweet with a fair amount of fermentation flavor. It’s hard to say exactly but the fermentation lasted about four or five steeps and the bitterness perhaps a little longer. The fermentation flavor was what I would call clean, no unpleasant taste or fishy taste there. The tea gradually transformed into a nice sweet ripe puerh. I really failed to pin down the exact nature of the sweet note. This tea is also supposed to be organic. I always feel it is best to take organic claims from China with as they say a grain of salt. On the other hand, this is from Yunnan Sourcing and I trust them so I believe it to be organic. You can never be sure however.

I steeped this in a 180ml Jian Shui Tea Pot witih 13.5g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min.

Preparation
Boiling 13 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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80

Bought this as part of the Aliexpress 11/11 sale. It was pretty cheap so I wasn’t expecting much. But I am happy to report it is better than expected. There is little bitterness to this tea. It has notes of malt and chocolate in there. It will definitely get finished and I would definitely buy it again.

I brewed 4 balls of tea in a 26oz teapot with 200 degree water for 3 minutes.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 26 OZ / 768 ML
Ubacat

That company has some really good teas at great prices. I tried out a different tea vendor (with only one tea) during the sale but was extremely disappointed. It was so bad I threw it all out.

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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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