258 Tasting Notes
After hearing so much about jingmai puerh and seeing this cake for a LOT less than most Jngmai I could not resist buying it. This is amazing as it stands out as both unusually sweet and mild when it comes to most sheng puerhs. If this cheap Jingmai cake is so good, I can only imagine how good the premium quality ones will be that I now plan on ordering next.
Gongfu brewed in my shiboridashi. The Huron Te Ji in cake form is stronger than the loose leaf variety. I would say it has more of the medium range of how shou goes. The tea yields a rich mellow brew with a clean mineral taste to it. Highly recommended as this is the type of shou that deserves to be set aside for the times when you can relax and focus upon the tea and only the tea.
Gongfu brewed in my shiboridashi. Without a doubt Jim has done it again when it comes to producing private label puerh cakes that break expectations for their price range. A darker level fermentation compared to must lighter shous today. A smooth brew with a malty taste that while neither bitter nor sweet is leaning slightly to the sweet side.
This one is interesting as your brewing method determines if it comes off more as a green tea or young sheng puerh. Brewed in either a mug infuser or grandpa style in a chawan, it comes off as a decent green tea. Brewed gongfu style in a shiboridashi and it comes off as a more mild young sheng puerh.
Shiboridashi brewed gongfu style. The main things that stand out is that it is smooth enough to have a thicker feel in your mouth. The tea is also on the sweet side (for a shou) that goes along nicely with the texture. This is not a casual brewing tea. If you use more casual style brewing it does not come off as that impressive. So your care in brewing is literally the make or break factor for this tea.
I bought this tea more out of curiosity about Irish tea for two main reasons. First because I am part Irish and second because I know that as a nation the Irish consume even more tea than the British. Bary’s Tea was not kidding when they said that they used only teas from the top few CTC tea factories as this was the fist time that I found a CTC tea that was enjoyable and not on the bitter side when drank straight, and this is coming from guy that drinks almost exclusively whole leaf loose Chinese teas. This tea is strong but smooth and stops short of bitter. This tea literally changed my mind about CTC processing as I now realize that better quality teas are possible, especially when mixed with skillful blending. I have a feeling this will not be the last box that I buy of Barry’s teabags