273 Tasting Notes

87

This is really quite nice, and the price is amazing. This is part of my sample sipping Saturday. Yum!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
Dexter

I loved this one – so happy I bought a whole cake and I might need another one…. :))

boychik

i think this pu will be great in a year or two. Still has some funk and not clear brew. but it will be amazing !

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92

Dry leaf smells like raisins and maple candy
Wet leaf smells a bit smoky, which I did not expect. There’s also an interesting apricoty scent if I stuff my nose in the gaiwan for a big huff.

I’ve been interested in this one for awhile, and it didn’t disappoint. It feels very soft when sipped. Kind of hard to describe. It’s definitely better on short steeps, IMO.

Next time, I will try it with some maple syrup in there because it seems like it would fit.

If you want to make your house smell amazing, as well as drink great tea, just leave the bag of dried leaves and shrooms open. My whole nook smells like candy. CANDY NOOK!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec
boychik

oh sounds amazing

TheTeaFairy

Awww!! Candy nook!!! Xox

Tealizzy

OMG! Can’t wait to try this! Still not home yet. Aaaahhhh!

Sarsonator

Drink it! yumz!!!!

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85

This was a little sample from Madametj. Thanks, dearest!

I’m enjoying this one quite a bit. No funkiness, but it does taste a bit earthy, which is nice. This is a great winter sipper. It’s snowing and I’m chillin’ in the nook. Word up.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec
boychik

if you like this it will be yours.

Sarsonator

I do! Were you not a fan?

boychik

i tend to like a little diff profile. Dont forget I love 1990 HK and you dont ;) i like it sweeter, more dried fruits. i dont notice funk the way you do ;)

boychik

BTW i think 2002 Verdant shou will be yours too if you dont mind

Sarsonator

MIND? No. I definitely do not mind! YAY!!!!!!!!

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97

This tea is just sublime. I have been waiting for it to be back in stock for weeks and I finally mailed Verdant yesterday and was able to place my order. Thanks, Verdant!

One brick will be on it’s way soon. I plan to pet it gently and tell it how lovely it is. This tea is a thing of beauty, and Master Han is a genius. I plan to provide a very good home and to give it the attention that it truly deserves.

Since I don’t have to hoard the small sample I had any longer, I drank some last night! And since I only could do a few steeps before bed, this is my gorgeous breakfast tea also! I may write this tea a love song!

Tealizzy

Ode to Shou ;)

Sarsonator

Oh shou, how I love you..

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94

So I was having tea in the nook with the teaplets today, and we got to talking about the Mirk and I decided I wanted to drink some. I ran downstairs to the main tea area, but I COULD NOT FIND IT. I started to have a total cow, running around screaming, “Emergency, Emergency! Level 5 mirk alert! The mirk is MIA!!!”

I searched everywhere for the little brown mirk bag. I worked myself into a tizzy and then realized that the mirk was in a large WP bag, not a mini bag. So I found it, made the tea, and am now happily sipping. Tragedy averted!!!

Oh mirk, how I love thee. Warm and soupy on a freezing cold PA day.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec
MzPriss

Mirk Alert!

Sarsonator

CODE RED! WOOP WOOP WOOP! Need volunteers. Search and rescue mission for the Mirk. Some of you might not make it back. Be brave.

MzPriss

Little brown Mirk bag

Sarsonator

That makes me think of this – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_2_F_3ac48

And now I am like you, adding songs to tea :p

MzPriss

Heh! I thought of that one too. I don’t have a Mirk song yet

Sarsonator

I am gonna see how many steeps I can get out of this. I’m about to start 4-5-6.

TheTeaFairy

Lololol!!! Glad you found it but I was ready for the mission tho, like a good tea soldier!!

Sarsonator

Well, you guys were helping with moral support and suggestions on places to check ;p

Sarsonator

Ha! You’re hilarious, B! That was a good one :)

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87
drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
273 tasting notes

Got a sample from my darling MzPriss, which I am drinking in the nook for Saturday AM tea time!!!

This is good stuff. Pleasant and sweet. This is a great nook tea for a cold day. 9 degrees and I am not going anywhere today!!!!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec
MzPriss

This is a comfort tea for sure

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50

Note – this was originally posted in the wrong spot. Verdant had another version of a cornfields shou in a bird nest shape. I deleted that and moved it here, to the correct place.

I’m a little bummed. All the reviews on this are amazeballs, but I really didn’t care for it. I don’t know that I got the same thing as previous stock. The pic shows little bird nests, but mine are a flat disc and the wrapper is different. The little discs were very tightly compacted and had a pretty heavy fermentation flavor.

I did a rinse and rest to let the cake expand, and I used very short steeps. Oh well. You win some, you lose some.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 OZ / 88 ML

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Happy new year!

Maybe I used too much tea. I’m in my nook, so I wasn’t measuring. Also, I may need to let the water cool a bit more. This was pretty darn bitter, even with just 10 second steeps. I’ll try again soon. Switching to shou for now!

Brian

Yea. I’m noticing the more Sheng I experience, weight is key. No matter the flash brew time. Give it another try. (I’ve nvr had this tea btw). I wouldn’t change the temp. Puerh should be just off the boil as far as I have learned. Just drop the weight.
As I’m sure u know, the tighter the press on the cake, the more it will open up. ;)

Sarsonator

I normally use 200 degrees for all pu’erhs, but the kettle in my nook only boils, so I can’t set a temp. I’ll definitely try less tea next time :)

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86

Not bad at all, but I am kicking myself for not drinking the 2002 last. Sadly, nothing seems as good as that one. But this is quite lovely. No complaints! I can taste a hint of fermentyness. No astringency or bitterness. Definitely full of yums!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 3 OZ / 88 ML

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94

The wet leaves smell pretty freakin’ super. Fruity, smokey (very slight). A bit of leather maybe? Really good aromas!

This is so smooth. Been using that word a lot lately, but I’ve also been drinking teas that are a bit older. I hope I’m this smooth in 10 years!

I’m enjoying this in my tea nook with my TeaFFs on a cold Sunday AM. Bummed about going back to work tomorrow, but stoked that I am off Thursday and Friday next week! I’m almost done with 100 squares on my knit blanket and all the pups are snuggled on the bed with me. Abby is snoring!

So maybe I’m just in a really good mood, but yeah. This tea is super. It’s been aged well and just has a bit o’astringency on the end. Happy tea. Of happiness!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 3 OZ / 88 ML

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