191 Tasting Notes
The first words that come to mind for this one are light, sweet and mellow. Pretty much a light easy drinking ripe puerh with a nice clean taste.
This sample comes off to me as a very good young sheng puerh to be drinking now and coming from a person who generally avoids sheng. Overall the taste is smooth and sweet without any traces of harshness or smoke. While the tea has a floral taste to it, the floral taste is not overwhelming nor is the other strong “puerh” taste overwhelming either so the description of it having both strength and depth is a pretty good way of putting it. The tea holds out very well and consistently for more infusions than I could drink and did not result in any stomach issues for me which says a lot to one that is more sensitive to too much young sheng puerh.
Wow this has to be the best Chai tea that I have ever had. Personally I’ve never really liked Masala styel Chai as it always seemed too spicy to me. This Thai Chai has a much lighter and smoother taste to it which is wonderful plain. The lemongrass and coconut adds enough sweetness and creamy smoothness to make the tea able to stand on its own which I find to be quite rare among flavored teas to which generally demand sugar to be added in order for the flavor to taste right. For the second half of the cup I did an experiment and added some of the rock sugar sample that I had to the tea and I think the added sugar actually hindered more than improved the taste of the tea as it dulled the edges of the spices that were in the tea a bit too much to the point that I don’t even want to find out what a splash of milk would do to the tea.
Not too much to be overly impressed by in this Dayi ripe puerh brick. A typical ripe puerh with a slightly malty taste to it. Well suited as a cheaper everyday casual drinking ripe puerh, that falls into the good upper middle range but falls short of the exceptional upper end ripe puerh.
I’ll admit that going into this that I had a slight bias against the cake as my experience with Rongzhen has been mixed. Sure their ripe puerh cakes were not bad but they were not really that good compared to others that I had either, just a safe midrange cake. The brew of this one was different as it is the best Rongzhen puerh that I’ve had yet. It has a sweet mellow taste as one would expect from a Menghai area ripe puerh. Yet what impresses me the most with this sample is that despite being under a year old for a ripe puerh there is not even a trace of any off factory odors or flavors. I just looked up the price for a whole cake and it was $12.98 which makes it a rare gem among the cheaper ripe puerh cakes in my opinion.
Another single brew sized sample which makes it harder to review with a single try in a gaiwan. This one has a smooth mellow and certain richness that can one can expect to find in a good gongting ripe puerh. Not a casual brewing ripe puerh as this is one of the ones that it is possible to overbrew.
Hopefully my brewing came out all right as this was a free sample which contained a little less leaf than I would use to brew it in my gaiwan. Overall a nice light and sweet tasting ripe puerh with a smooth finish. If anything if somebody had a complaint about this tea is would be of it being a bit on the plain side as the other way of putting the light, sweet and no off taste. Either way it is an easy drinking casual ripe puerh that if I did not already have so much puerh on hand I might consider buying as an everyday puerh.
A box of Dragon Well teabags came as a free gift thrown in with my last order of Ten Ren loose teas. Like before Ten Ren teabags hold up to being a lot better than one would expect for a teabag to the point of beating some cheap loose tea. The Dragon Well has a nice sweet medium green tea taste without any signs of bitterness or smoke. While I do not see myself paying money for this, it is good enough that I will probably drink it as a travel tea instead of giving it away.
A very nice clean tasting puerh without any off tastes that comes off as both slightly malty and sweet with a bit of smoothness at the same time. It would indeed make a nice everyday tea as it is both well balanced and simple enough to make it a good easy drinking puerh that mixes well with multitasking at one’s desk.
Orange puerh is one of the few flavored teas that I still drink where I break up the orange peel that it was packed into and brew it with the tea leaves. The result is a sweet ripe puerh with heavy citrus flavor, which results in a very enjoyable casual drinking ripe puerh.