813 Tasting Notes
I finally got around to this tea tonight. Love the packaging and how it wraps up neatly with the paper pushed into the inside of the tuo. It looks really compressed but actually breaks apart quite easily. I used almost 8g in my Jian Shui pot from Crimson Lotus Tea. I LOVE my pot, btw.
It brews up a pretty nice reddish brown…more red than other shou I’ve had. I noticed smoke right off the bat in the aroma, and then in the taste. It’s lapsang-like smoke. Interesting! I’ve never had a shou that was smoky!
The smoke is not as dominant as it is in lapsang, but it’s fairly prominent, overshadowing any potential mustiness from being an older shou. Or maybe this doesn’t have mustiness and that 2000 CNNP I had was the exception. Who knows! It has a clean taste, with some sweetness too. There’s a refreshing aftertaste along with the smoke, like minty jerky. Ha!
I like it! It’s so unique! I wonder why this is only being made available to monthly club subscribers. Guess I’ll have to savor the rest of this tuo!
I had this at breakfast and this tea never disappoints! I love it! I’m also realizing that I have way too few teas like this in my cupboard. This one is a smoky chocolate black tea, and I usually have a few others like it, like keemun, but my cupboard has been overtaken by potato black teas! This must be remedied! I must have both! Okay, so the question is, where to place my order? ;)
I got this in the mail today and couldn’t wait to try it! The cake was definitely darker in color than the usual Sheng, and it was pretty loosely compressed. Most of Jalam’s raw puerhs are loosely compressed and I appreciate that…makes it easier to break apart.
This tea brews up to a nice yellow color. I brewed 7g in my little Jian Shui pot, and I think maybe it could have used more leaf. In the early steeps, it had a nice thickness to it. The texture was also buttery. Taste-wise, it was more savory in the beginning and then changed to a delicious sweetness later. I also detected a dried berry note. I really enjoyed it and will definitely enjoy the rest of this cake!
From the Sheng and Shou TTB.
I’ve been wanting to try this for awhile, so jumped on the last little bit in the box. I enjoyed a few infusions last night and then returned to it this morning because the leaf was still not fully opened. It was smooth, sweet, and I think I got some date flavor at the beginning. Definitely a good one and I wish I had more to play with.
This is the tea that convinced me to go in on the group order. My husband and I always get mango sticky rice when we go out for Thai, which is usually at least once a week. We Love it! So, when I saw there was a tea that tasted like it, I couldn’t resist checking it out!
We just got back from Thai for lunch, and guess what we ate? ;) So let’s see how this compares! I love genmaicha, so this should be good. It smells amazing. Actually, the aroma of the steeped tea is exactly like mango sticky rice! Sweet, creamy coconut, mango, rice…it’s all there! Unfortunately, the flavor doesn’t pop in your mouth. It’s kinda blah. I noticed I was tasting it more after I drank it all, like it lingered in my mouth, but you really gotta inhale the aroma as you are sipping to really get the flavor.
From the Sheng and Shou TTB.
Only 4g of this tea was left in the TTB when it got to me, but I’ve been wanting to try this one so bad, so I grabbed it!
Caramel shou…that’s all you really need to know. Smooth, delicious, caramel shou. Cocoa notes appeared in later steepings. Man, I wish I had more! On the wishlist it goes…wait, it’s already on there! ;)
Thanks so much to boychik for this sample!
So, 10 years old, huh? Interesting! I love my new Jian Shui pot, so all 8g went into the pot. It brews up a nice orange color and smells like dried fruit, like those dried fruit bars from Trader Joe’s my mom used to get…it’s like a more natural kind of fruit roll-up. Turns out, it tastes like them too! Like dried apricot and berries! Yum! A couple steeps in I also noticed some floral and tobacco notes. This is very nice, and mid to low range on the price-scale. I think this one is going on the wishlist.