228 Tasting Notes

5

After a double rinse and dumping the first 2 infusions in the hopes that the later ones would be better I gave up on this tea when the 3rd infusion was not any better. Way too smoky and reminds me a lot more of really bad green tea than raw puerh.

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100

Wuyi Amber stands out as a nice surprise of its pleasant flavor and quality as it is not only the cheapest Wuyi oolong that I’ve had to date it is also likely the best quality one as well. The brew has a pleasant burst of spicy flavor which while contains some traces of smoke is not that strong so don’t be cared away if you do not like smoky teas. The robust initial taste is hard to really describe but I think the vendor’s attempts of hints of chocolate and spicy does it justice and butter and caramel for the lighter and lingering sweeter after taste. Although without the suggested flavor profiles I would probably just say an initial robust spicy roast taste that fades away into a smoother sweeter aftertaste. A very wonderful wuyi that I plan on sticking to when it is time to reorder for as long as this one is around.

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87

Honestly I had very low expectations coming into this sample given a number of bad experiences with so called bargain cakes. Lacking an entire cake, I am not sure if this is a blended cake or a pure gongting cake as if it was blended with a cheaper grade of puerh it was done very well. As with the other gongting puerh that I’ve had before as it lacks any off tastes and has some smoothness to it but not enough that I would call it creamy or silky. I would say that this cake represents the quality mid-range ripe puerh well as it is a fairly good tea overall but lacks the extra quality that comes with the upper end premium cakes for an added price.

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39

Brewed from a free sample from the vendor which was unfortunately too small of an amount for my larger ripe puerh yixing so I brewed this one in a gaiwan. The sample also contained a lot of dust and crushed leaves which I am not sure is at the fault of the cake or the person who broke up the cake. Even though the vendor claimed that rinsing was not needed for this extra clean puerh I started out with a quick rinse anyway for consistency purposes. The first infusion was clean and very light with a slightly fresh minty taste to it; which I think I might have under brewed. The next infusion I brewed longer and it was still on the light side with some smoothness and a light taste that reminds me of being a bit like Liu Bao. Depending upon one’s overall preference Liu Bao either comes off a as a cleaner taste than most ripe puerh or as a more plain and boring taste. Personally I am not that fond of Liu Bao overall so unless you do or you are curious about it I would not recommend this cake to you. I’m guessing that it probably would have been possible to get 2-3 more infusions out of the leaves but I had no desire to drink more of it so there was no third infusion.

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97

This is probably one of the darkest rolled oolongs that I’ve been blessed to drink that was not overroasted to the point of having a burnt taste to it. This Premium Tieguanyin tea brings a wonderful sensational experience upon each sip in the range of flavors that roll upon my tongue. During the initial start of the sip I experience the initial roasted taste before it fades away into a sweet mellow smoothness that lingers in my mouth. The later infusions maintain the same shift, although it slowly becomes less subtle as the roasted taste slowly fades out and the sweeter mellowness becomes more predominate in the tea. In the end I lost count of how many infusions I was able to enjoy out of the leaves but I can safely say that it was over 5 which was really impressive for such a dark tea.

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94

This one brews up a very beautiful golden amber color brew with a very enjoyable fresh flavor without any smoke or strong bitterness commonly associated with young green puerh. The background has a very faint astringency but in a good way that adds complexity to the brew that is well balanced out by a sweet smoothness. At around 3.5 years old this is a very nice puerh that has the extra “puerh notes” that set it apart from the stronger green teas and greener oolongs. It is wonderful sheng puerh samples like these that make me lament my body not being able to tolerate too much sheng puerh but in the end I conceid and admit that it is better to abstain for the most part than have my stomach complain for indulging in them too frequently :(

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79

I wish I could have also tasted this tea when it was young to be able to understand how aging during the last 7 years has affected it. Like the other aged ripe puerh teas that I have gotten to sample it is not that impressive to me. While it lacks any off tastes of being overly musty, earthy or malty, it does not have that much else going for it. Overall the taste comes off to me as bland and washed out without much to be desired. Yet another example to support my view that beyond a year or so to let a new ripe puerh air out from any lingering off smells and tastes after postfermentation it does not make sense to age already artificially aged ripe puerh.

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87

I brewed this tea from a sample that came in a ziploc bag after sitting around the previous owner’s house untouched for a few years so lacking air to breathe this tea’s “real age” is probably younger than 4 years. The first thing that struck me was the mixed grades as while I can taste the sweet mellowness of the gongting puerh on the outer layer it is mixed with a stronger almost rubbery maltiness of the cheaper grade of puerh that made up the center of the cake. While this is normally a practice that I heavily frown upon as deceptive of hiding lower grade puerh in the center where it can not be seen till its broken up, this time, maybe because of the extra age it has rounded out with more complexity to the brewed tea than a pure gongting grade puerh. Maybe cakes like these just need a bit more age than the very short lifetime that puerh generally has around me.

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Gingko (manager of Life in Teacup)

“Hiding lower grade in the center” is a tradition of puerh making. Consistent inside out is more of a new fashion. But usually the manufacture will tell if the cake has same leaf materials from inside to outside.

John Grebe

Gingko, I know it is an established practice for a lot of factories. My bias is more from some of the cakes from the less than honest minor factories early on that had a thin layer of gongting puerh on the outside and very low quality puerh on the inside that rendered the entire brew to be almost too bad to drink. I have since learned when it comes to buying ripe puerh to stick to the better known factories and to avoid the so called “bargain cakes” from relatively unknown factories with deceptive names like “Menghai Gongting” which I was fooled into thinking was gongting grade puerh from the Menghai factory.

Gingko (manager of Life in Teacup)

Oh I see what you mean. That’s bugger! Especially when some producers use chopped low grade leaves in the center, it’s outrageous.

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88

My first high altitude grown ripe puerh but not much different as I picked up most on the lighter fermentation levels used in this tea. This one takes a bit more skill to brew with good results than most ripe puerh as it does best with very short infusions otherwise one will find it a bit disappointing for a premium product. It has a nice light taste to the brewed tea and is good for a lot of short infusions. Although in the end it is not a puerh that I would see myself buying again as while it is a good puerh it fell short of my personal preferences.

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100

A very enjoyable high quality ripe puerh cake with a more mellow and mild taste than the previous Mengku ripe puerh that I’ve had. The brew has a thick and smooth texture with an overall very mellow taste with wood flavor notes and maybe a touch of smoke, with a good balance of sweetness that is not overwhelming.

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