139 Tasting Notes

79

This autumn version is an entirely different experience than it’s spring counter-part (as advertised). It has the taste profile of a sheng that is transitioning into a more mature, aged tea. It has seemed to have lost its greener, more smoky with floral sweetness, as other teas I’ve tried in this area. It is definitely more wild and robust, with hints of dried mushrooms and seasoned pine kindling, freshly lit. There seems to be a prevalent tobacco-likeness, midway through the sip, which transitions into a mouth drying astringency.

I’m pretty certain this is a good one for someone that likes good shou puerh and has been discouraged by typical young sheng teas and their characteristics, as this is closer to aged puerh than a sheng that is normally reflected at this age. Overall, not bad at all.

Flavors: Astringent, Campfire, Drying, Mushrooms, Pine, Tobacco

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 8 OZ / 250 ML
boychik

need to try ;)

Kirkoneill1988

this is an awesome tea! i have a 400g cake on the way

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86

You can definitely taste a slightly more wetter storage to this tea, however it is good. Brews a golden liquor and has no strong amount astringency or bitterness. Overall, a nice cup to grab during the colder months, as it does help warm the body.

Flavors: Wet wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 250 OZ / 7393 ML

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95

No earthiness here, just sweetness and shows great maturity for this sheng. Raisins and brown sugar are the dominate notes. Very lovely tea.

Flavors: Apple Skins, Brown Sugar, Hot hay, Raisins

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 200 OZ / 5914 ML
Tealizzy

Yum! Where did you get it?

Pureleaf

Tealizzy, I got a sample of this from http://www.jas-etea.com/ I’m not sure if they still have it available on their website, however you might contact them and double check to see if they are willing to release some personal stash? I do recommend this tea. Very, very nice. I’m gonna be looking out for a cake of it, for myself:)

Tealizzy

Looks like they have a 2003 version…wonder if it’s as good. It’s 80 bucks for the cake, but they have a sample size for $13.

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93

Really nice sheng. It has some good punch to it and the dry, sweet astringency, lingers inside the mouth. Taste like a cross of a Bada & Yiwu mountains. Very very pleasant.

Flavors: Floral, Mineral, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 250 OZ / 7393 ML
boychik

the question is did you get any cha qi from it ? i had one from Chawang and was drunk for 2 days

Pureleaf

Yes sir, I sure did (and am continuing!) Seductively stimulating and invigorates the mind/body.

boychik

im madam, but thats ok ;) I know my name is misleading. im asking cause i wanted to order it. just wanted to confirm ;)

Pureleaf

boychik I’m so gratefully sorry for that. My apologizes. you should, without question in my mind. I got it through their tea club. I haven’t found 1 tea sent that I didn’t like.

boychik

really, don’t apologize haha. i had a reason for choosing this name. you are not the first one to call me a man. just wanted to come out !

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86

Nice Li Shan high Mountain Oolong! Citrusy, buttery and full in the mouth. I really like the lingering sweet tartness to the soft palate. This tea is refreshing and mouth watering.

Flavors: Berries, Butter, Citrusy, Creamy, Fruit Tree Flowers, Mineral, Tangy

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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100
drank Milk Oolong by Mandala Tea
139 tasting notes

This is one of those teas that you must stock in a lager quantity, because quite frankly, there are days that nothing else will do! I love the lingering qualities of this tea, with it’s sweetness and warming of the face, upper chest and down the arms. Such a treat and extremely delicious. I personally can’t imagine anything that I want to add to this tea. It delivers an absolutely perfect cup.

BTW: I have an yixing that is dedicated to strictly milk oolongs, and this tea is my favorite to brew from this pot.

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Dried Fruit, Green Apple, Milk, Mineral, Sugarcane, Sweet, warm grass, Tart, Vanilla

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 8 OZ / 225 ML
Kirkoneill1988

awesome review! however i don’t like milk oolongs

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91

Nice oak aroma with very nice young muscadine contrasting astringency and sweetness. There seems to be plenty of immediate numbing to the back of the tounge and warmness to the lower jaw and upper chest. This one has good strength and and the liquor is full in the mouth.

Flavors: Astringent, Fruity, Muscatel, Oak wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 11 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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93

This one is the 2014 release.

This tea is invigorating and remarkably refreshing! It’s fragrance is delightful – like a freshly cut field after a spring rain. The taste is no less remarkable and the leaves are good for many steepings. There is smoothness to the sip, yet there is complexity to the texture and a medium fullness in the mouth. I’d say there are hints of stewed butter beans in its brew, with lingering taste of sweetness afterwards. What a special tea and one of a kind!

Flavors: Cut grass, Lima Beans, Rainforest, Summer, Sweet, Sweet, warm grass, Vegetable Broth, Vegetal

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec 12 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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90

It’s been awhile since my last tasting of this tea and based on the subtle changes, the rating must go up. There are some definite yabao-likeness as it has mellowed out in the smokiness and turned more camphor in its brew. Very nice thickness and calming impact on the body. I’m really, really surprised and love what this has evolved into. Good stuff!

Flavors: Campfire, Cedar, Pine, Smoked

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 12 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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87

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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