248 Tasting Notes
Overall I find this a fairly sweet and rounded edged ripe puerh that is overall light in its feel and taste. Overall a good light puerh but I do not think it is worth a few cents short of $30 for a 450g brick, so I am very glad that this is a free sample that I’m drinking.
I only had a small sample of this tea which is less than I normally use for brewing ripe puerh so my review might be a little off. Even with longer brews than normal in a partially filled gaiwan I was not able to experience the thickness described by the vendor but I can say it has a slight hint of silkiness. Although I can say that it is a mellow and sweet as described, but it does have a clean richness to it overall.
I am not sure if this is typical for a wild grown and sun dried puerh as this is anything but bitter, harsh or smoky for its very young age for a sheng puerh. In many ways it reminds me more of a green tea or a green oolong in how it is light, fresh and surprisingly smooth in its taste. This tea also has the strongest energy (or Qi as some call it) that I have ever encountered in a tea to date. So this is not a tea to be drinking at work if you value the ability to think straight and focus as it gives a bit of an airy feel to one’s head after drinking a small amount of it.
I received a single bag of this tea tossed in as a free sample with an order from a health food company. Overall it is not the best green tea but a lot better than I expected as the mandarin orange flavor is very natural tasting but very overpowering of the light green tea. Overall good enough to finish the cup I brewed but not good enough for me to actually buy more with my own money so from my perspective it is understandable why this tea was discontinued.
A wonderful example of nugget puerh at its finest. If a strong mellow taste and a very silky creamy texture sounds good to you than this is a puerh that you will love. If nugget puerh was not so hard to track down in large amounts and expensive from the high demand I would drink this as my everyday tea.
If you like strong puerh than it is important to break up these mini blocks into thinner layers before brewing otherwise one will get weaker infusions. This puerh is on the lighter end of ripe puerh and has a nice smooth taste that is worthy of Puerh Shop’s American Hao label as it good quality that is truly premium tea.
I brewed and drank this tea out of my large gaiwan Chinese “glass brewing style”. Overall a fairly typical silver needle white tea with a very light and sweet flavor that to some can be summed up as being “sweet water”. Rishi Silver Needle Premium stands out with a slightly fruity taste to the sweet water which is likely from it being a blend of silver needle from different parts of China.
I brewed and drank this tea out of my large gaiwan Chinese “glass brewing style”. The first sip of this tea surprised me at how smooth, mellow and sweet, with a very strong sense of freshness. The leaves floating around the gaiwan stand out as being an unusually bright green as if they were freshly plucked from the plant even though I know that they are not. This is not a tea to really go deep into and try to find flavor notes as it is just a fresh and mellow summer tea.
I brewed and drank this tea out of my large gaiwan Chinese “glass brewing style”. This new style Pi Lo Chun is a lot more interesting in my opinion as it has a enjoyable sweet fruity taste to it which is neither too floral nor too grassy. While the tea does have some subtle smoke under notes to it, the smoke is light enough that it should not be a problem for anybody that likes fruity but not smoky greens.
I brewed and drank this tea out of my large gaiwan Chinese “glass brewing style”. In my opinion this tea can be summed up with the word balance. If one likes strong grassy or floral green teas this is not a tea for you but if you would like something in the middle between the two. On the surface level you have a naturally sweet tasting green tea with a nice middle between grassy and floral but if one gets extra critical they can likely pick up flavor notes from both sides of the spectrum and a little hint of bamboo.