230 Tasting Notes

84

One of my mystery teas.

I know this is a 2009 sheng fro Phoenix Mountain. I don’t know the name of the factory or company who produced the cake.

Anyways, it’s quite good. Apricoty, of course. Low smoke, but with a pronounced bitter hit on the end. It smooths out over later steeps. I think this one will age very nicely!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
TheTeaFairy

Happy it’s decent, after all your troubles!!!

Sarsonator

Interestingly, it gets sweeter and less bitter as it cools. I normally find the opposite to be true!

boychik

Today I had sheng that acted exactly the same. Bitter in the beginning as cooled was very sweet. I thought I imagined it

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100

I haven’t been logging teas much, and I’ve been missing Steepster. How is everyone? I hope all is well!

This tea really works wonders on my mood. Things have been a little wonky lately, but this gave me a nice reset and I’m feeling happy again!

Have I ever mentioned how much I love tea???? Hooray for tea!!!!!

Tealizzy

Yay for tea!! :)

Sarsonator

Love it! Especially fungus tea!!!!

Terri HarpLady

Yay Hurray!

Sarsonator

I’ve been enjoying all your reviews, Terri. You’re on a roll!!!

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86

Very interesting. This had some earthiness at the start, but I’m on steeps 4-5-6 and that’s gone. It’s has a smidge of sweetness on the finish, but just a touch. This one reminds me more of a coffee. It’s pretty bold. There are some other flavors that I can’t quite pick out, perhaps because I’m exhausted.

It’s good, fo sho!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
AllanK

I have this tea. I liked it but it was not an incredible tea. It was good though. I bought it before I was on steepster.

Sarsonator

I’m a fan. This may be the oldest shou I have tried!

TheTeaFairy

sounds yum :-)

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87

Another yum tea from Mandala. This is smooth and yummy. It’s less sweet, but has some nice leathery and almost coffee notes.

I don’t know why I didn’t try this sooner. I did two rinses, and then it was ready to rumble. I’m on the 5th steep and still going strong!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
boychik

I knew you gonna love good shou !

Sarsonator

Indeed! I am drinking more shou than sheng, lately! LOL

boychik

I start doing what Cwyn does. After sheng session I have to have some shou. Otherwise I get stomach ache. This happens only with young sheng.

Sarsonator

I haven’t had that issue, but I at least know what to do if I have a negative effect on thw future!

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I’m leaving a note without a rating because I need to come back to this one.

It’s a lovely cake, loosely compressed. I measured out 5 grams, put it in my teapot and took a sniff. WHAT is that scent? Pause. Sniff. PICKLES!!!

But yeah, it smells like kosher dills. Before any of you smartasses suggest that I may be preggers, I assure you that I am not. :p

I brewed it up in spite of my nervousness, and the taste… also pickley. I admit to feeling a little run down, so it’s possible that I am getting sick and my sniffer may be off. I’m not congested this AM, but I feel like something is going on here. It’s a bit of a mystery.

If I try this again and get the same scents, I am going to send a few samples off to friends to see if it’s just me…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
TheTeaFairy

Lol, wonder who could help you elucidate this mystery!!

AllanK

I think you are not used to the taste of the chrysanthemum, its a different sort of earthy than puerh.

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

I have had snow chrysanthemum loose and on its own and I thought it had a bit of a pickle-y dill aroma and taste, but it was pretty tasty and had other complex notes. I do admit I am curious to try this cake :P

Sarsonator

TTF – You’ll be getting some of this soon… don’t worry.
Allan – I would agree that I am not used to it, but pickles? LOL
Amanda – I am going to give it another chance for sure. It was just so unexpected and not what I was looking for in a morning tea! Maybe a snack tea would be better!!!

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Hehe good for sipping while nibbling on chips!

Ubacat

I had this tea too but in a slightly larger cake (100g). I know I didn’t like it that much either but can’t find my review on it.

Sarsonator

Yeah, this is a 100g cake. Maybe Steepster ate your note… seems to happen to lots of peeps lately!

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Hey, my first Random Steepings note!

I received two samples from a friend and know little about their origin. Both are ripe pu’erhs and both were delicious. I am leaving a note more for myself.

2000 Langhe Menghai Ripe – Total yums. No fermentation flavors. Very smooth and wow… SWEET.

2000 Lancang Ripe – Very similar. If all shous turn out like this, I will be a happy girl. The sweetness is so pronounced and lovely. This tastes like a sugar cave. There’s a whisper of earthiness under all the brown sugar. Lovely.

I’m hanging out with my pups and Chairman Meow, enjoying my tea happy!

P.S. Before I hit save, I did google to see if “sugar cave” was some sort of pervy term. Because doesn’t it seem like it would be?

http://instagram.com/p/tWBFT1vkTc/
Bunny tea pet loves this shou!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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69

I’m striking out on teas today. I got a sample in my order from puerhshop.com, and I was hoping for something nicely aged. This had an unpleasant bitterness and no really pleasant flavors to speak of. There was some earthiness. Not overwhelming, but not very good either. I’m really sad because I’ve been trying to Shou all day and I’m not getting anywhere LOL.

Maybe I should brew something I know I like and make sure my taster isn’t off!!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
Tealizzy

Bummer! You should definitely try drinking something you know you like. I had special dark yesterday and year of the dragon today…been in a shu mood!

Sarsonator

It worked! I switched to fungus tea and it was quite good!

AllanK

I was thinking about buying this with my last order but the cakes were expensive. If it only rates a 69 I’m glad I didn’t buy a cake.

Sarsonator

Maybe try a sample, A. It could just be me, but I wasn’t getting much. I’d send ya some, but I only had enough for one session.

AllanK

Perhaps I will buy a sample when I put in another order, in a couple of months. I have 12 puerh from puerhshop to review now, not counting their free samples.

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I didn’t make this according to directions, so I am not going to rate it right now. I did this gongfu style and it didn’t really work for me. It was very crumbly and got stuck in the teapot strainer holes, making it hard to pour. There seemed to be a lot of “dust”.

The flavor didn’t have much of the coffee or chestnut flavors that I saw other people mention. It tasted like green tea to me. I don’t care much for green tea, so I was a little bummed. I’ll try it western style maybe and see how that goes :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML

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89

I was going to make the 2008 Song of Chi Tse, but my Golden Shousy teapot isn’t done seasoning yet, so I thought I’d give one of these a try. They were given as a little tea gift from Berylleb.

This is a really interesting tea. I did two rinses, not because of flavor, but because it was hard to get the leaves to open. The wet leaves smell exactly like COFFEE.

It’s pretty amazing. I wasn’t expecting THAT! There are certainly other flavors here, but I can’t get past the coffee. It’s not just the scent. This tea tastes like coffee.

I know we are all tea lovers around here, but if you also dig coffee, then this is definitely for you!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
AllanK

Isn’t it great that Berylleb adds free samples to everything!

Sarsonator

Yeah, and the samples are really good!!!!

mrmopar

Told you guys, they are the best seller on Ebay.

Sarsonator

Totes! I am very happy with my order. :)

mrmopar

I have 2 packages enroute from them now. Did you use the link for them?

Sarsonator

I ordered before you told me about your connection. Is that what you mean? I will go the other route next time. :)

mrmopar

Yeah that is an Email for “direct connection” for them.

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I live in PA and I enjoy tea. I also make and drink both wine and beer. Someday I want to be completely self-sufficient.

I’m also a practical vegan. This means that I never eat meat, and do my very best to avoid products with animal ingredients, but I’m human and I not only make mistakes, but in some very occasional situations, I intentionally may consume something containing said ingredients. I make the best choice I can, when presented with all my options.

I like: Dr. Who, shengs, dark beer, dark teas, my three dogs, oolongs, springtime, barbecues, sunshine, industrial music, happy things, men with beards, science, and learning new things.

I dislike: politics, politicians, inequality, the Vegan Police, teas that are flavored with mint or melon, heavily cinnaBLARGH teas, and anti-intellectualism.

Rating Scale (Stolen from Cam B), effective 7/25/14:

90-100: Spectacular, a staple
80-89: Delicious, might buy again
70-79: Pretty good, won’t repurchase
60-69: Just “okay”
00-59: Undrinkable!

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