19 Tasting Notes
Been tasting the 1990, 2000 and 2005 version of this basket, shu that is. Quite a discovery, it’s close to pu erh, but has its own character. It has a smooth woodsy fragrance, although, the 2005 still has a green touch. Quality is good, as it steeps easily 10 times and still has that nice no-nonsense flavor. As it is less popular than pu erh, prices are quite modest.
Flavors: Malt, Wood
Rough and tough, this sample, that came to me by Royal Mail. Thanks Roughage! It has character written all over. First time I smelled it, it made me think of that hospital odor, in my home town, long time ago, definitely, not the way to go nowadays. Second tasting was way better and I started to appreciate this robust, no nonsense Pu-erh. I can even understand, you drink it with salted yak butter, the tastes are strong enough to cope with it. Conclusion….not sure, some reminiscing will do…now, it’s time to go back to my Tibetan mushroom.
Powerful stuff, very earthy, nice texture, no subtleties wasted, straightforward and robust (feels like I’m praising myself, haha). This shu has it all, you want to go for a walk in the woods, after a heavy rain, without moving, drink this, it will take you places.
Got this sample of the 2004 Yue Guang Bai aka Moonlight White, from the tea shop, and, when the moon hits my eye, like a big pizza pie, it’s gaiwan time.
First impression, beautiful mix of green and white leaves. Second impression, nice color, very fruity and sweet, strong ‘hui tian’. The package says mysterious infusion, but I miss out on that one, the sweetness makes it a rather easy and in-your-face drink. On the other hand, quite amazing, one would say they’ve really put some sweet stuff in it. This diversity makes me love tea so much. Next!
Still young, but very generous, the astringency is mild, smokey, still some herbal notes, a bit of sweetness, a bit of wet musk; it has character written all over it. No surprise, when you know, the leaves are coming from wild, and not so young, trees…makes you dream of Old Man Willow.
Very nicely aged sheng; dark and beatiful leaves; strong, positive feel. Tasted it quite some time now and, in general, it really has a strong effect on people, as in laughing kicks, yawning, singing etc. Thus, the name is well chosen, happiness, but watch out, it’s a warm gun :)