364 Tasting Notes

This is a very nice sheng. At $17/ for a 250g cake, it is fairly priced for wild arbor YiWu leaf. Quite young for a sheng but amazingly smooth and sweet.

The cake has light compression making it very easy to pick off the dark dry leaf. A fairly high number of stem pieces found. The tea soup is a very light gold color and appears very clear in the cup. Sweet fruit aroma from the wet leaf. The taste is smooth with only the slightest bite of astringency. There is definitely the sweetness of raisins and stone fruit. Smooth mouth feel and a nice Qi. In later steeps there are the beginning notes of tobacco.

Frankly, if I had tasted this one blind, I would assume that it was at least five years old (not two). I’ll drink this cake now and I picked up another one for aging because I am really curious to try it in 5-7 years. I’m a big fan!!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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Quite pleased with this tea. The leaf brews a smooth soup and returns a thick mouth-feel with a quick sweet, earthy aftertaste. Overall, this tea offers a tasty, sweet, dark brew with a little spiciness and is a solid choice for everyday enjoyment.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 125 ML
awilsondc

I’m a big fan of this one as well!

DigniTea

Yes I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Not sure what I was expecting but I found it to be a very tasty shou!

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Beautiful leaf from 100+ year YiWu tea trees so I was anxious to try this one. First few steeps were very subtle – pleasant enough but little depth or complexity. For a moment I wondered if I should just move on to another tea but I decided to keep working with this Yiwu. After the fourth steep there was stronger flavor but certainly not overwhelming – sweet taste, coats the mouth and throat and lingers; enough subtle bitterness slips in to balance nicely. In general this is an easy to drink tea with beautiful high quality leaf. It won’t knock you over with its flavor but a good tea to keep on hand. I used 6.5 grams with a 5s rinse and a 30s idle followed by 10s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 30s, 40s steeps. Not my favorite YiWu but definitely worth owning. Note: fairly priced at $35 for a 357g cake.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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This Boyou ripe is smooth to the taste with all the sweet, earthy notes one would expect from a good cooked puerh. Brewing the leaves produces a bright brown, ruby red liquor with a creamy, sweet taste. I was able to detect special and intense aromas of spicy dried fruits with a lingering finish. I’ve worked through six steeps and it has more to offer. Found this one at royalpuer.com and I am glad I picked it up.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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I am fond of the teas from Big Snow Mountain (Da Xue Shan in Lincang) and have picked up a few different cakes over the past six months. My interest actually developed through the Mengku side of the mountain but this particular cake is made using Yong De leaf – dark almost black leaf with just a few brown buds mixed in. Very light and clear tea soup with an enticing aroma – a light flowery aroma. The mouth-feel is strong and fills and stimulates the mouth long after it has been drunk. The taste is very welcoming – smooth, a little green tea like, only the lightest touch of bitterness, just on the edge of sweetness, a nice lingering aftertaste. Bottom line: the tea offers a very nice fragrance with a smooth sip and solid Qi. This one is a keeper for sure and I’ve just ordered a cake since YS has a 15% off sale today.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 125 ML
DigniTea

MzPriss – if you ordered this one today, I think you’ll really enjoy it.

MzPriss

I did. I got a sample, but now I’m thinking with that sale I need a cake. Do they have a Betty Ford Center for tea people?

Terri HarpLady

Did somebody say “sale”?

mrmopar

I did the same. I ordered a sample a while back and ordered a cake yesterday.

DigniTea

Terri, you’ve found the sale, right. 15% off all items YS USA site only. Ends tonight I think.

MzPriss

I am ordering it AS WE SPEAK

MzPriss

uh, TYPE!

Terri HarpLady

I’m really trying to be good, you guys!
I’ve got a few hours to think about it…lol

MzPriss

And it’s coming!

MzPriss

You will almost certainly be better than me. I got a yixing.

Terri HarpLady

LOL, I already have 3…

MzPriss

Sadly, so did I. I have a problem.

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Former coffee drinker. Switched to tea as part of my goal to work on living a healthier, more balanced life — haven’t looked back since. Surprised to learn what a passion I have developed for all things tea related.

Steepster has been a big help – I’ve been reading daily to learn as much as I can. Thanks to Steepster reviews, I’ve been able to find good tea (and sellers) – a few misses for me but lots of hits!

At the moment, I enjoy most tea types but I cannot handle jasmine or other florals and I’m not particularly fond of bergamot. Started with flavored teas but moved quickly into high quality blacks, greens, oolongs and puerhs — drinking hot flavored teas less and less. Now most of my purchases are puerh cakes for aging. My cold brews for iced tea tend to be a fruity green, white or rooibos but every once in awhile I’ll chill an oolong or puerh.

Note: In an effort to keep track of all the teas I’ve tried, my cupboard includes any tea I’ve ever owned (including things I’ve sipped down or given away and no longer have in my tea cupboard). In addition, many of the teas listed are unopened waiting to age or work their way into the rotation.

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