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82

Brews a golden brown. Definitely a strong flavor, citrus and smoke in perfect proportion. Very high quality leaves. Some good bitterness, a little huigan, but I keep tasting a pronounced sourness which to me is a flaw. It is a pretty good tea, but I personally didn’t like it as much as the other reviewers.

AllanK

I have seen that one online, looks interesting. I have yet to put in an order with them.

Rich

Tea Urchin is a top notch outfit. This tea is definitely high quality, as are most of their house teas.

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Got a sample of this at the urging of one of our fellow sheng peers here on Steepster. It is a great choice if you are looking for a safe to drink young sheng. Kind of like YS Wu Liang. Very floral, kind of tasted like honey and pollen. I know, you are saying to yourself ’he’s never tasted pollen’ but it probably tastes like this. Sweet with no bitterness. The first couple infusions had a nice huigan, but that faded quickly. Pretty high kick factor if that is something you desire in your sheng. Also very reasonably priced at $34 currently.

Terri HarpLady

I’ve tasted pollen :)
There are definitely teas out there that taste like pollen to me!
I placed a YS order today, & this one almost made it into my basket, coincidentally.

mrmopar

It’s pretty good Terri.

Rich

What made the cut?

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81

This tea holds a special place in my heart, it was the first pu erh cake I ever bought, going back a couple of years. I was looking for an organic ripe, and this was practically the only one i could find. I drank the entire contents over a period of months, western style at the time. I noticed YS had a couple cakes in stock last week, seemingly from nowhere, as I was making my last order during the recent sale. I was curious how I’d like it now that I am an experienced ripe pu drinker.

The tea is pretty good now that i try it again. Not great, but good. It is pretty smooth, though there is still some bitterness and harshness. But it lasts through many infusions. Kind of a clean lighter taste, with hints of coffee. If you insist on an organic tea, though it’s not clear what that really means in China, this is a pretty good one.

AllanK

I bought this cake from Tuocha tea a whhile ago. They have it for an excellent price.

mrmopar

I may have to talk you out of a sample of this one day. BTW found the Mengsong from the Puershop I will add it in.

AllanK

No problem.

Rich

Some will be coming your way soon, John.

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drank 2006 Nannuo Bama by Life In Teacup
85 tasting notes

Got this with a sampler from Life in Teacup. It has strong notes of fruit, with some woody mushroom flavors, and a slick mouthfeel. I steeped this rather heavily and found it thick. I agree with JC that it tastes a bit of humid storage, but not overly so. I found it pleasant.

JC

You had more luck than I did then lol. Mine tasted like mushrooms… dried Shiitake when you are re-hydrating them.

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85

I’d say this is a pretty good ripe. It is deep and earthy, has a nice caffeine kick, and lasts through a number of thick and hearty infusions. It has some chocolate notes. But it is not very smooth, with noticeable bitterness. Not bad at all, and I love that it is possibly organic.

Cwyn

Sounds like this might be lightly fermented as opposed to medium fermentation. It will get better with aging, and have more depth than a medium would

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80

A perfectly fine ripe Dayi, though not as smooth and flavorful as their top products in my book.

mrmopar

Stronger than most other Dayi.

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82

A good example of a puerhshop ripe everyday drinker. I find that it has no distinguishing features, but has a fine flavor, a bit acidic, deep and earthy, and a pretty good caffeine kick. A solid performer for the price, though nothing special.

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