242 Tasting Notes

92

I love samples from tea friends!

This is very smooth for a sheng that’s from 2011. I guess the material could be older. I didn’t check. In any event, it’s got low bitterness. It leaves a nice aftertaste and is making me salivate like crazy!

I am really enjoying this one. Since it’s not super old, maybe I could get a cake at a reasonable price. I’ll check around. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 tsp 2 OZ / 73 ML
boychik

Steepster friends are the best!

Sarsonator

They are! I love this place!!!!

Cheri

I love Steepster friends. :)

Sarsonator

Right? Where else on the internet is there such a vast collection of truly lovely and generous people? No where I’ve seen!!!

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92

What a week! Work sucked, house stuff sucked (electrical issues) and well… SUCK!

So today I have been taking time to try some new teas. This one is a winner fo sho. Very mildly earthy, like clean moss. Some coffee and chocolate notes. A lightly sweet finish and nice aftertaste. It’s a little leathery perhaps also. Just little hints here and there.

It’s a loose shou, nice and easy, no prying. Thumbs up!

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

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100
drank 2005 Naka by White 2 Tea
242 tasting notes

Woo woo woo

This tea is something else. It’s yummy, but I’m decidedly woozy and will have to wax eloquent on THAT later. I wanted to get an initial note down quick. This leaves me with a very distinct sinking feeling. It’s like you’re on vacay in a swank-ass hotel and you collapse back onto an ultra soft and fluffy bed, sinking away into a cloud. I’ve also had a similar feeling in savasana after a long ashtanga yoga session.

To sum up: Tea=good=happy=super feelings=wooooooooooo

This one isn’t cheap, but I believe samples are available, so get one. NOWZ.

Edit: I’m currently sitting on my couch, reading text message fails, and laughing like a hyena. Tears are, quite literally, streaming down my face. This stuff is the real deal. If I could, I’d buy it all.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 2 OZ / 73 ML
DarkStar

Thanks so much for the notes on this one Sarsonator. I almost bought a cake of this a year ago. It was choice between this one and The Tao Cha Ju LBZ. I got the LBZ but always think “what if?”. Guess I need to get a sample before it’s all gone:)

Sarsonator

Have you ever seen a woman get her ass kicked by a tea? Because that’s me like RIGHT now. :p

AllanK

The only tea that ever did that to me was the Serenity Liu Bao by Fang Gourmet Tea.

Stephanie

Oh wow!!!

Cwyn

Amen to this one, pure tea drugs. I have two cakes of it and would buy it all if I could. As I noted on my review, the much-less expensive 2007 bamboo Naka from Chawangshop has a similar but lighter effect. Not the same full-on buzz, but a bit of it for less money.

Sarsonator

I’m still thinking about it today! I had the giggles like crazy! So fun!

Cwyn

Lol my son has to listen to me babble when I drink it.

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87

This tea is interesting because it tastes like a thick coffee, with hints of chocolate and also some bitterness here and there. It definitely gains some harshness as it cools, but while it’s still hot, it has an excellent flavor and really lovely aftertaste.

I think that this would give any die-hard coffee drinker whip lash. I wish I knew a few because I’d love to try to turn their heads by brewing some up for them. Alas, the only really dedicated coffee connoisseur I know was my ex-boyfriend, who moved to Alaska after we broke up.

Oh well. More shou for me! :p

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

Love the look of the wrapper on this one, and also the other ones you have reviewed. Really interested in getting a few samples, but where can you buy it from?? I looked up the company name and all I got was this site: http://www.dc-tea.net/index.php
I’m assuming this is the company, but don’t have a clue how to order lol. I suppose I could just contact them and ask…

Sarsonator

OK, the easiest way is to contact O5Tea and get their puerh list emailed to you. The teas aren’t on their website, but I purchased them via email. JK Teas also has a few selections, with samples available, but the prices are steep.

And I haven’t tried it yet, but DC Teas has a Taobao page. If you’re interested in that option, I can send you a link. :)

DarkStar

Hey Sarsonator. I managed to find their Taobao page and they have a quite a lot of stuff, some at decent prices and some very expensive. Not too sure how I would purchase on Taobao as I think you need an agent if I am not mistaken. Will perhaps contact OSTea and ask for a puerh list.

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88

Too lazy to look at the ingredients, but I can see/smell rose, pepper, tea buds, some berries and maybe some jasmine. There is a very nice peppery flavor to this tea. I was hoping that a nice cuppa would improve my headache, but alas, no. This tea is delicious though!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Hmmm… not sure about this one. I got this sample from a friend and brewed it my usual way, but I had to get rid of several initial steeps because they just taste a little musty. That’s probably not even the right word. They just taste not so great.

After that, it smooths out and ends up tasting a bit coffeeish, but it never really tastes awesome to me. I don’t think, “oh yum yum yum” at any point. I have enough to try again, so I’ll do so soon. I’m trying to give teas I don’t love a second chance at a later time because I’ve been having some sinus and congestion issues.

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

can’t love em all

Terri HarpLady

Isnt the word vajra Sanskrit for a religious Phallic symbol?

Terri HarpLady

oops! Did I say that?
Must be the pain meds, hahaha

Cwyn

Lolz and I don’t have pain meds to excuse my Freudians.

Sarsonator

O.O

Oh my! I didn’t know it was going to be THAT kind of party!

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78

I got a lovely sample from a friend. This tea sure is pretty when brewed. It’s a very deep amber and quite clear. The steam seems to linger on the surface for a long while.

This one is smoothy and quite yummy for an after dinner sip. I don’t find it to be amazing, but it’s definitely good. It tastes a little like an earthy forest. I would have thought that with this number of years for age, it would be less earthy. I just did one rinse, but I think I may add a few more on the next session to see if any of the earthiness dissipates!

I’ll update after that. :)

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

I have this tea. I liked it in general.

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80

Tea party!!!!

We are starting with the 2010 fungus and moving to newer years later. I think I like this more when I drink it on it’s own, not intending to compare it to the others that I purchased. It’s lightly sweet and less astringent that I remember, though I do feel it has a slightly dry finish.

It gives a nice woozy feeling, which I always enjoy!

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML
Cwyn

I just ordered my first heicha, looking forward to trying it.

Sarsonator

Do tell! Which type did you get?

Ysaurella

love the cup !

Sarsonator

Thanks! It’s my absolute favorite cup!!!! :)

Cwyn

I got a Guangxi 2011 on EBay, seller lives in Florida and had 3 cakes. I offered 24.95, so $5 off what he was asking. I can’t find anyone else with that same brick, I can find cheaper 2008-9 like at Chawangshop but I’d pay more in shipping.

Sarsonator

Oh super. I will look for your review then. I haven’t tried that kind yet!

Cwyn

I’m betting it will need some airing out, at least to get rid of the storage. Sounds like you should get a brick of this Fu Zhuan. I’ve noticed that 2008-9 heicha is easy to come by, but other years start getting scarce and pricey.

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95

I’m finally busting into the shous from DC Tea. The shengs were great, and this first shou is also excellent.

It’s very silky, which is kind of a new feeling for me and tea. I’ve had teas with a creamy feel, but this is a little different and totally pleasant!

I brewed this gonfu style in my little golden shousy yixing, but I combined about 7 steeps into a stainless thermos and retired to my room to drink with Goldie. So basically, my result is blended.

But what a result! Silky chocolate, coffee, and fruit. I daresay I caught a hint of cherry! It brews very dark, so I would have thought it to be heavily fermented, yet it has very little fermentation flavor. I was surprised because it’s a very young tea. It’s a beauty and I’m looking forward to seeing how it gets even better with time!

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

ooooh… sounds so good!

Sarsonator

It is! I always get nervous with young shous because sometimes they taste kind of dirty. But not here!

Tealizzy

Wishlist! How did you order from them?

boychik

Need one. yum!!!

Sarsonator

Tealizzy – I got this through O5Tea in Canada. The cakes aren’t on their site. I had to email them and ask for the puerh list, then pay via invoice. But I’ve been happy with all the teas so far!
Boychik – You DO! Yum!

Terri HarpLady

I wish I’d brought some shou with me to Tony’s this weekend.

Sarsonator

Oh no!!! Travel without shou!!! :(

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94

Well hello, Sweetie!

This tea is really something special. I went through the 9 circles of hell, plus an extra one to get my hands on this. Having dealt with dishonest sellers who raised the price when I inquired and another seller who sent me incorrect teas when I purchased this, I finally was able to purchase and receive the cake from JK Tea Shop. (Fucking finally, yay!!!!!!)

I can say that it was worth the effort. This tea is sweet and mild and seems older than just 4 years. It’s a small cake with moderate compression. The leaves are intact and dark. When brewed, the leaves smell like apricots and grapes, smoked with a floral incense (instead of the usual campfire).

It’s insanely smooth and the sweetness is surprising. I’m on the 3rd steep and there’s no bitterness. Just a slightly dry finish and a really pleasant aftertaste.

I’m in tea bliss heaven! Wooooo floaty!

Edit: I’m on steep 12 I think? Still going strong. I am gonna have to save some til tomorrow!

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

This sounds tasty!

Sarsonator

It’s yummy indeed!

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