777 Tasting Notes
Thank You Mr Mopar for this sample. This was one tasty sheng. There was only a little bitterness to it but not a pronounced strong bitterness. There was a sweetness, somewhat fruity, from the beginning. Not sure if I can pin this note down specifically. This was a very mild sheng. I didn’t find myself adding sugar to it as I probably would have a year ago. I get a bit of a spicy aftertaste to it along with a sweet aftertaste. I can taste this one when I am done drinking it. While I get no major effect from this tea it is quite relaxing after a long day. I steeped this twelve times in my 60ml gaiwan and would have continued but for my insomnia. It’s time to stop drinking tea. But since I only used a small amount of tea for my little gaiwan I can have another session with this. I really have to order from Tea Urchin one of these days. That is if I figure out where to put it. I am running out of space to store new puerh.
I steeped this twelve times in a 60ml gaiwan with 4.1g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. 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.
Flavors: Bitter, Sweet
This is a fairly tasty ripe with a fair amount of fermentation flavor to it. I didn’t get any fishy taste but then again I am not too susceptible to that. It brewed up dark and rich you could say. It was pretty much black in the early steeps but I used a lot of tea. It was also somewhat bitter. This slowly went away and I was left with something sweet. There was, however, a negative note to this tea, it was slightly sour early on. This went away too. Overall, over the course of eleven steeps in my Yixing I really liked this. It was cheap and inexpensive, only $8 for 100g of loose tea. When I went to put it in the catalog I noticed,however that they are out of stock. This is not of the quality level of a Mandala loose ripe but it was enjoyable. I give it an overall decent score.
I steeped this tea eleven times in a 85ml Yixing teapot with 8g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. 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.
Flavors: Bitter, Earth, Sour, Sweet
This is perhaps the most unusual tea I have ever reviewed. It is Fuzhuan otherwise known as fungus tea. The brick was loosely compressed. There was a potent and musty smell to the dry leaf. The color of the initial steeping was dark brown. There was a note of astringency to this tea and a note that I can only describe as sour lemons. I know this is an odd description but I have yet to come up with a better one. Like most unpleasant notes in tea this too largely went away after a few steepings. I’d say it was largely gone by the fifth steeping. The astringent note remained however. Strangely this reminds me a little of drinking Lipton tea before I discovered real tea. I so want to give this a high rating but I think it has to get a lower rating. This is one I regret buying the whole thing but Chawangshop didn’t actually sell sample sizes of this Fuzhuan. Perhaps this tea will improve with age.
Flavors: Lemon, Sour
Decided to give this tea the proper gongfu treatment today. Last time I had not quite given it the gongfu treatment.This tea has pretty much cleared. There wasn’t much fermentation taste left, maybe a little. This tea was sweet. Gave this eight steeps today.
Steeped this eight times in a 85ml Yixing Teapot with 7g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec. 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec.
This tea is about the worst tasting tea in my collection, end of statement. It’s full of sour and unpleasant notes. It, however, contains ingredients that I am hoping will help me sleep. I added extra valerian root to this. My regular medication has failed me tonight so I am turning to this. On nights where it helps me sleep it’s worth an 85 rating.
This is an inexpensive and tasty mini ripe puerh from Chawangshop. It is quite good. It has a fair amount of fermentation flavor. This was noticeable through the fourth steep. There was little bitterness to this tea. It was sweet.
I steeped this eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 8.9g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec.
Flavors: Earth, Sweet
This is a nice tea with an aged taste. The first thing I noticed was the color of the tea, a dark amber color. Not quite brown but not the yellow of a young sheng. It started out with what I can only call an aged taste. It did not have any wet storage taste. I presume this was dry stored. This was strong flavored in the beginning. I gave this tea ten steeps. It did develop a sweet flavor in later steeps but not an apricoty sweetness. I don’t know exactly how to describe it. Judging by the color of the tea in steep ten I think this would have gone fifteen steeps had I the desire to continue. This is an excellent priced tea for a semi aged sheng. If you can handle the strong aged taste it is an excellent tea.
I steeped this tea ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with 8.3g leaf and 200 degree water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 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.
This is a very tasty tea for a bargain price, around $10 for 100g or so. It has notes of malt and chocolate and has a nice sweetness to it. This may be the best of my three black teas from Dragon Tea House. This is a highly enjoyable tea.
I brewed this one time in a Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.
Flavors: Chocolate, Malt
This is an excellent ripe. It’s got a fair amount of fermentation left of course because it is only a 2015 tea. It is however sweet with little bitterness. I am not in the frame of mind right now to notice the specifics but it is good.
I steeped this twelve times in a 85ml Yixing Teapot with 7.1g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. 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.
Flavors: Earth, Sweet
This tea is fairly tasty but not by any means incredible. It’s got a note of malt and a sweet note behind the malt that I have failed to identify. It is getting better as it cools a bit. The price for this tea was right, under $15 for 100g. It was neither incredibly cheap or overly expensive. As usual, Dragon Tea House has sold a good quality product but not something incredible. I had hoped for something even better than this.
I steeped this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 min.
Flavors: Malt, Sweet