140 Tasting Notes
Very easily one of my favorite everyday drinker, type of black tea. This tea has tons of sweet honey and simmered yams likeness – both to the dry leaves and the brewed liquid. It does a good job warming the chest and arms, after a couple cups. After the 3rd steeping, you should expect a slightly aged sheng puerh – just enough edge, mixed with returning sweetness and producing salivation. Very good tea, even better than price reflects.
Flavors: Graham Cracker, Honey, Oats, Sweet, Sweet, warm grass, Yams
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
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
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
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
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
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
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