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I bought this sample with my last order to Yunnan as part of my effort to maximise the amount of tea for the postal charge. It’s all done by weight so I spend ages sitting there with the shopping cart trying not to tip over into the next charging bracket. Hours of fun!

Anyway, I started on this sample yesterday, brewing it in my ben shan pot, and it is still going strong after a dozen or more steepings. The sample was basically a chunk of a cake and is quite compact. It has that slightly smoky, floral hay smell that I like. The brewed tea is a light orange colour. It has a fairly strong flavour with a pleasing astringency to it and an enduring aftertaste that leads my wife to say to me “You’ve got pu breath!” I can taste it as I breathe in and out. It’s a bit like honey with some floral notes; sweet, enduring and really jolly good. A beeng or two of this will be going on my wish list.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Bonnie

So, smoky…floral…honey…hay smelling ‘po breath’ is jolly good? I think it sounds Jolly Good too! (come to think of if I believe someone may have sent me a sample of this that I’m waiting to try!)

Roughage

Could be worse! Could be Yak pu breath!! ;)

Jim Marks

None of the camphorous notes many sheng have?

Bonnie

Yak pu breath are grounds for divorce!

Roughage

@Jim: I guess some of what I was trying to describe could be called camphorous, now that I think about it. The associations I have with the aroma from the shengs I have tried do not immediately bring that sort of description to mind, but it works. Similarly, there are elements that some might call tobacco too. It’s just that those are not my first thoughts. I really need to learn the vocabulary of pu and employ it for clarity of communication! :)

@Bonnie: Please don’t tell Karen that. She has not objected to my Yak pu yet.

Jim Marks

I claim to represent nothing normative in terms of pu language. :-)

I’ve described sheng in the past as the smell that a cabin in the woods in the sun which hasn’t been disturbed for some years smells like. It is something that, if you’ve smelled it, you’d know exactly what I mean, and if you haven’t, will have no clue at all.

I find that if I brew sheng with a lot of leaf, these biting, camphor like notes come out, but if I brew with scant leaf, they don’t.

Roughage

Is there a pu norm? Yikes, I hope the pu police don’t come for me! :-D

I’ve noticed that a lot of people seem to talk about pu in terms of tobacco and camphor. I’m still drinking this one (8g of leaf in a 170ml pot. No idea what that is in old money but it seems to be going on forever) and your mention of camphor makes me think of it when tasting the tea. There are definite camphor and tobacco notes, but they are the same notes that I would have described as being like the warmth and wecloming aroma of the stableyard! I guess it’s all down to the associations we have with particular things. :)

Love your description of the cabin in the woods. It all goes to show how personal tea tasting is.

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Bonnie

So, smoky…floral…honey…hay smelling ‘po breath’ is jolly good? I think it sounds Jolly Good too! (come to think of if I believe someone may have sent me a sample of this that I’m waiting to try!)

Roughage

Could be worse! Could be Yak pu breath!! ;)

Jim Marks

None of the camphorous notes many sheng have?

Bonnie

Yak pu breath are grounds for divorce!

Roughage

@Jim: I guess some of what I was trying to describe could be called camphorous, now that I think about it. The associations I have with the aroma from the shengs I have tried do not immediately bring that sort of description to mind, but it works. Similarly, there are elements that some might call tobacco too. It’s just that those are not my first thoughts. I really need to learn the vocabulary of pu and employ it for clarity of communication! :)

@Bonnie: Please don’t tell Karen that. She has not objected to my Yak pu yet.

Jim Marks

I claim to represent nothing normative in terms of pu language. :-)

I’ve described sheng in the past as the smell that a cabin in the woods in the sun which hasn’t been disturbed for some years smells like. It is something that, if you’ve smelled it, you’d know exactly what I mean, and if you haven’t, will have no clue at all.

I find that if I brew sheng with a lot of leaf, these biting, camphor like notes come out, but if I brew with scant leaf, they don’t.

Roughage

Is there a pu norm? Yikes, I hope the pu police don’t come for me! :-D

I’ve noticed that a lot of people seem to talk about pu in terms of tobacco and camphor. I’m still drinking this one (8g of leaf in a 170ml pot. No idea what that is in old money but it seems to be going on forever) and your mention of camphor makes me think of it when tasting the tea. There are definite camphor and tobacco notes, but they are the same notes that I would have described as being like the warmth and wecloming aroma of the stableyard! I guess it’s all down to the associations we have with particular things. :)

Love your description of the cabin in the woods. It all goes to show how personal tea tasting is.

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I am a historical consultant, Vikingologist and tea enthusiast! To be honest, I have always liked decent tea, but in 2011 I started working at learning what good tea really is. I continue to expand my horizons and discover new teas with the aid of my chums on Steepster, much to the chagrin of my wife, who despairs of my enthusiasm.

My favourite teas are Darjeelings, sheng puerhs and Anji Bai Cha. I return to these every time, after whatever flirtation with other teas I have been involved with.

I no longer rate the teas I drink because keeping ratings consistent proved to be rather hard work while not really giving me anything in return.

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