471 Tasting Notes
Ahh last 3g . hoarded for too long. It was a time to let go.
made it in my 60ml shiboridashi i love for tiny tastings
Leaves are thin and long like spider legs and so aromatic even though i have it for a couple years already.
The aroma of the brew is intoxicating. its like fruit bomb. Ive got pineapple, lychee and cinnamon. Spice is quite nice complements the fruit notes and make it more complex and interesting
Im not a huge fan of Dancong. Most of the time its floral (not my fav) and finicky too. its hard to nail the right temp and length of steeps. and it will vary even if its the same tea.
This tea is the solution for me. being processed as hongcha/black tea it is not as sensitive as regular dancong. it takes higher temps and longer steeps quite well without getting astringent or bitter.
Time to restock!
Ok people. my Liu Bao affair continues. I have Liu Bao almost every night.
I really like this one. it is non smoky. it tastes clean even though its young in Liu bao age. the color is lovely orange. it is sweet and spicy. nothing overpowering or off putting. very safe introduction to Liu bao i think. it is pretty complex and qi is noticeable.
Very nice night drink
i brew it as i would do sheng
5g/80ml yixing 212F
rinse/ very short steeps increasing to my liking
this is a generous sample I got from my teafriend – thanks so much
I’ve got a lot of shou. I love it. while drinking a lot of it i developed some preferences. im more picky than before, just clean taste is not not enough.
i really liked this Brown Sugar. It is so rich, dark, bittersweet. The fermentation flavor was present in the first 2-3 steeps maybe ( i rinse my shou once only) and then faded away. it went thru many steeps. later steeps had some creaminess.
Very enjoyable cup. thank you teafriend for sharing. i should definitely get this brick with my next order
this is a sample i got from AllanK to compare to the same tea i got from Aliexpress seller couple years ago.
this tea also goes under different name of 2008 Menghai Dayi Song of Chi Tse
first couple steeps had the fermentation flavor that quickly gone.
The tea is rich, sweet and clean. i did enjoyed the same as i currently own. i havent noticed any difference, maybe only if i would do side by side. but i wasnt in the mood to drink a lot of shou today.
one thing i realized while its perfectly fine nice shou i didnt care much for it. it was …boring. My preference now is for large leaf shou. it lasts much longer and is generally more complex. Thats for today. My tastes keep changing.
Thank you so much AllanK for sharing ;)
This is the sample came thru AllanK – thanks so much for sharing!
i was very excited to try it. The leaf material is good, long twisted leaves. Dry they smell of Fujian teas, that unforgettable rye bread, caraway seed, touch of chocolate .
6g/80ml Yixing pot 205F
rinse/short steeps 3/5/5/7/7/10sec etc
The soup is thick yellow color and very aromatic.
the tea is complex, changing with every steep. I’d say its a cross of Jin Jan Mei and medium roasted Yancha. some mineral notes emerged. some florals but not strong.
If you lower the temp you may avoid this and spicyness too i believe but i will stick with off boil. Long lingering aftertaste. Yum, very enjoyable,very interesting.
Im so glad i was able to try it. Thanks Allan ;)
And thank you YS for sourcing it
I tried this today because of other people reporting it fishy and undrinkable.
For the record my mandarin pu came not thru Dark Matter group buy but thru W2T club or Black friday, i dont recall exactly. i just know i have it since November-December 2015.
Took 10g for 140ml Jian Shui pot. double rinse (i usually do once,but because of “fishy” reports i decided to rinse it twice)
212F and short steeps
This pu has fermentation flavor as any young shou does. i couldnt find anything fishy or off putting. around 3rd-4th steep it became spicy. i believe its mandarin peel. it wasnt unpleasant, peppery-cinnamon y spice. creamy, some minty cool notes,not strong. I think its Bulang shou but i might be wrong.
This tea is perfectly drinkable if you drink young shou.
my only guess it might be different batch.
next Liu bao from my Yunnan Sourcing order
This one is very young. i got 50g to try.
i didnt expect such a young Liu Bao tastes so good. i havent detected any fermentation flavor. it tastes very clean. somewhat chocolaty. dont know how betel nut tastes (Scott mentions it in a description) ive noticed some steel cut oatmeal creaminess ( i have weird associations ;)
i wish this tea be a touch thicker. maybe i will use more leaf next time. maybe thickness will come with age. that i dont know.
I have to mention this tea didnt have strong qi as 2002 “803” .
i feel like getting the whole box and store it away and see what happens.
Does anyone know what the best storage for liu bao? please let me know. id love to age some.
212F 6g/80ml yixing
1 rinse 3/5/7/10 sec
i was bitten by Liu Bao bug so now i have to try every Liu Bao I see. Got a small order from Yunnan Sourcing of Liu bao last night.
I had to try it right away. normally i give some time to rest for cakes. but i thought since its loose and in ziplock and didnt travel for too long (only 10 days from China, super fast. actually out of 1o days it spent 3 days in SF mail jail ;((
Ok, the dry leaf is beautiful. long, some twisted. occasional sticks but not too many
2 rinses 6g/80ml yixing 212F
short steeps of 3/5/7 sec
i love humidly stored cakes. so i havent noticed anything off putting. this tea tastes clean to me. no fishiness or other stinkiness. it is dark rich, somewhat spicy. Also it has some quite powerful qi. i was teadrunk and it made me very warm. it was welcoming since we have a chilly weather.
I highly recommend pu lovers to check this Liu bao out
i got 25g with my last order. leaves are mix of long and some broken and stems.
The tea is very aromatic and tasty. its not loud but delicious nevertheless. Chocolaty, fruity, some mild spicyness, i would say cinnamon and some dried fruits. The tea is light and would be perfect for the warm season. i dont drink green teas. Some black teas are malty and just too heavy in summer. this one is perfect
5g 100g glazed pot 200F
This is a sample for review.
i really like the Tea Yuan yancha offerings are high roasted. its not common, most of the places are offering medium roast. high roast if done right is much more complex and enjoyable in my opinion
This Rou Gui is high roasted. The roast is nicely done, doesnt mask the fruitiness of this tea. the color is dark and pretty. it doesnt have that strong cinnamon flavor associated with Rou Gui, but its been awhile since i had one with noticable cassia(cinnamon) flavor. When i pushed for longer steeps it didnt get bitter or unpleasant.
It was very enjoyable, thank you Tea Yuan for the chance to try it!
4.5g 70 ml shiboridashi 212F