2802 Tasting Notes
I really enjoyed this one, sometimes flavored green teas can be iffy because the flavoring has a tendency to overpower the tea. I’m pretty sure this is a Chinese green tea of some type, lovely sweet flowery aroma. The flavor is very delicate and reminds me a little bit of pears and honeydew melon, although the description on the website says watermelon, kiwi and peach. A bit of sweetness in the finish but not nauseatingly so. Uplifting in a gentle sort of way. I don’t tend to keep a lot of flavored green teas around and I would certainly consider this one, but it would take me forever to go through a 100g bag of this.
Now that I’m feeling a bit energized I need to get of the house for a while before I go stir crazy!
A sample I purchased, I love the aroma of the wet leaves after brewing – wood smoke and lemon. Very nice!
Overall, I think PuerhShop has done a good job of describing this one. It does seem to be aging nicely and shedding off bitterness. It does have a bit of smoke present in the flavor. I am finding it slightly tart, a bit of apple cider notes. Some definite astringency is hitting me on the back end. I might have to spend some more time with this one but for me, personally I’m not sure it’s a keeper. Would I buy a whole cake? No. It’s 8 years old now and I’d say it still has a way to go and I’m not one of those people that collects pu-erhs for the purpose of aging them. I prefer some of their milder shengs I’ve sampled recently but I suppose it depends on what you are looking for.
3rd and 4th infusions are starting to mellow out a bit and are getting sweeter and fruitier, but I am still on the fence a bit about this tea.
Prepared gong fu style
Thanks to ScottTeaMan for sending me a generous sample of this (the 2010 version)
So my cold has now moved into a chest cold (ugh), I think my taste buds are back but I may come back and revisit this one soon when I am a bit healthier. I steeped it at around 190 F for 3 minutes, I am guessing. I’m getting some light spicy notes in addition to very fruity ones. I am getting sweet grape, for sure, not muscatel per se but perhaps some white grape. I know this is supposed to be a green tea but it the color, when brewed, really just reminds me of a first flush darjeeling, it’s a light amber.
I always worry about excessive astringency with the darjeeling region teas but this one seems more on the mellow side which I am enjoying this morning. I think I would also like to try cold brewing this to see what happens. Thanks again for the great sample Scott…
wow, this is delicious. It says it’s a fermented white tea so what does that mean, no wonder people are confused because all black tea is fermented as far as I know. I think it means this is a plant that is normally used for white tea only but here it’s been fermented?
Anyhoo, this tea is actually a light red. I steeped mine at around 180 F for two minutes and I found it to be very delicious – definitely light bodied but very full and sweet in the aftertaste, not a trace of bitterness to be found. The tangerine is present but not overpowering here. I would for sure order this again, it’s really a treat and nothing like I’ve experienced so far in my tea drinking journey. I have been very impressed with all of the samples I got from Shang from their clean, sweet and delicate nature.
This Pi Lo Chun is nice this morning, I needed a mild and somewhat gentle green tea to get me going today. Overall, Chinese green teas don’t seem as flavorful to me as Japanese green teas but sencha can really make me nauseated. Thanks again for the sample, TV.
This tea came in my Le Palais de Thes sample pack so I’m trying it this morning. Steeped in regular teapot method.
It is nice – a slightly sweet tea with calendula and a bit of bergamot. Sometimes bergamot can overwhelm me but it isn’t too much in this blend. I’m guessing the base for this is a ceylon? It definitely seems like a light bodied tea. It’s nice plain but it also takes a bit of soymilk well. Overall, fairly good but I can’t picture myself buying a full tin of it.
Here you have it folks. My own custom herbal blend which includes plain honeybush (purchased in bulk from herb store), ginger root (cut open from a teabag), and a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper and nutmeg. Add soymilk (or whatever you prefer) and serve. Might be good with a bit of cinnamon too. It’s really so easy to make your own flavored herbal tea.
I had never heard of Liu Bao tea until I found it on the PuerhShop.com website… and since this is my first Liu Bao I don’t know if it is good or bad compared to other ones.
I found this little article on Red Circle tea about how Liu Bao is made incase you’re interested: http://www.redcircletea.com/blog/?p=183
Anyway, onto the tea, this comes in a paper bag, excellent, no plastic always a bonus! I guess this tea is good when it’s aged as well, which means it’s probably better to store it in paper so it has a chance to breathe. The dry leaf does look a bit like a loose leaf pu-erh and I did pick up on some camphor notes just from smelling this in the bag.
I am steeping this gong fu style and I am really just loving it! There’s a slight hint of camphor here and the tea has some interesting notes similar to pu-erh, like woodsy and earthy but is much lighter, with excellent sweetness and a round mouthfeel. A bit of fruitiness is lingering there in the background. And I wish I wasn’t still a bit congested because I’m sure there are some things present here which I can’t even pick up on yet.
I will definitely be re-ordering this, very nice!