393 Tasting Notes

This is a very affordable (currently $17.50 for a 357g cake) flavorful everyday ripe puerh. Moderately compressed cake making it quite easy to pick off leaves to brew. Chocolate brown leaf interspersed with many golden tea buds. Good woody flavor with decent energy. The dark tea soup presents a low level of sweetness with definite cocoa and berry undertones. No real bitterness. Enjoyed six dark infusions and I think I could have probably used the leaves a few more times

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

Oh hey I am drinking this today too! :D

DigniTea

Good thinking – I found it to be surprisingly delicious!

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A whimsical add-on item that has really paid off. This little 100g cake was quite a surprise – nice flavor, promising chaqi, and good potential for resteeps. The cake is fairly easy to pick apart; the leaf looks beautiful and whole; the tea soup seems clear although not the brightest gold I’ve seen. There is definitely smoke in both the scent of the wet leaves and the flavor of the sips but it is not too heavy and feels more like an underlying rather than dominant theme. The liquor tastes quite fresh and sweet with a bit of astringency but this is quite pleasant and a nice complement to the subtle fruity sweetness. I’ve been through five infusions today and will likely try more tomorrow. The tea is a bit reminiscent of the White Whale and a bargain at $5. I went back to pick up two more to hold onto for two years before I pick off leaves again.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 90 ML
Stephanie

Sounds good! I get to taste the fabled white whale soon, YAY!

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This Yi Bang is a very nice tea! When I first started the session, I was not very impressed but by the fourth infusion the leaves had become magical. Beautiful whole leaves and the resulting clear bright liquor has a warm, smooth mouthfeel with soft, sweet notes. I’ve been through 12 infusions and the leaves continue to produce. I also prefer it in 200 degree water rather than boiling.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Stephanie

I tend to do my young shengs at 200 as well :)

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Duplicate entry because there are two listings for this product and I am a big fan…….
I have been using the 12oz Zojirushi stainless steel travel mug for about 18 months – I use it daily and I absolutely love it. I tried the ever-popular Timolino (several models actually) and I was not really satisfied / not impressed. The Zojirushi beats them hands down IMHO. I love them so much, I bought a 16oz and I just picked up another 12oz recently.

They keep things hot all day long and do not “contaminate” the flavor at all. Fill it and drink out of it for hours knowing my tea’s temperature is just as I like it and then I brew and refill it again. If I want to drink out of a small cup, I use it as a teapot because I do not enjoy drinking lukewarm tea. Highly recommend to all.

looseTman

Which Zo model # do you have: SM-KHE48AG or SM-KB48TM?

DigniTea

The travel mug do not know have the number in front of me now.

DigniTea

My specifics:
I started with the Zojirushi SM-KHE48NL (16 oz size. Still have it and use it. Paid $25 on Amazon.
Tried the 12 oz size a few months later and I find that I use this smaller one more frequently (SM-KHE36A6 and SM-KB36TM). Paid $23 for these; 1st 12 months ago and the 2nd about a month ago.

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I have been using the 12oz Zojirushi stainless steel travel mug for about 18 months – I use it daily and I absolutely love it. I tried the ever-popular Timolino (several models actually) and I was not really satisfied / not impressed. The Zojirushi beats them hands down IMHO. I love them so much, I bought a 16oz and I just picked up another 12oz recently.

They keep things hot all day long and do not “contaminate” the flavor at all. Fill it and drink out of it for hours knowing my tea’s temperature is just as I like it and then I brew and refill it again. If I want to drink out of a small cup, I use it as a teapot because I do not enjoy drinking lukewarm tea. Highly recommend to all.

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How could I resist a cake with a blend of good quality NanNuo, BuLang and BaDa tea leaves and a bit of age on it? I could not and I am delighted that I made the purchase!

Nice clean cake with moderate compression and whole leaves. Pleasant scent from the dry leaf and easy to pick apart. Clear light yellow tea soup with a sweet aroma. Smooth sip from the first cup with a nice mouthfeel. Very, very light astringency in the first two cups but not in an unpleasant way and this was gone by the third. Nicely pleasant blend from the three sets of leaves which provide a bit of complexity.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 125 ML
Cwyn

Wow, the cake shows a real good mix of leaves. Sounds like this one is still only 9 years yellow soup young and will get even better over the years. This seems like a good buy and will be hard to find before long.

DigniTea

Agreed. I think it’s already pretty difficult to find. Now that I’ve tried it, I’m feeling pretty fortunate to have stumbled upon it.

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The cake is quite nice to look at – lightly compressed and nice full leaves with several lighter yellow-tan leaves mixed in. A few twigs and stems discovered when cake is picked apart. A little creamy with sweet mushroom flavor which I rather enjoy. Pleasantly smooth and silky mouthfeel. A fairly light puerh which I wanted today and rather enjoy. Nice leaves. Dark yellow brew – a golden. Nice huigan. The tiniest bit of mintiness creeps out from behind the more dominant flavors. Enough chaqi to warm and tingle the body a bit. A good cake to own!

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

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Reformed 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.

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 unflavored blacks and puerhs. 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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