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backlog fr yesterday
i got my new chawan and tin of new Classic Chinese recently. MzPriss inspired me to use the new chawan.
Its not only beautiful to look at but such a pleasure to hold in hand and sip tea. The thickness is just right.
I tried the new version before but its been a while. i had to refresh my memory.
the tea is delicious. Its not strong kick ass as original. in fact it tastes like a different tea. it is the same but different grade. Leaves are very thin like silk thread and delicate. i thought that 195F would be appropriate. usually i steep Chinese blacks at 205F.
its very smooth, not earthy, kinda nutty with slight tint of longan in the background. i think its perfect as afternoon tea.
brewed western 3g 5oz 2min
im sure that Taiwanese black teas lovers would like this tea. it has some taiwanese flair of fruits and nuttiness.

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 5 OZ / 147 ML
MzPriss

You inspired me to GET the chawan – and I agree I love it, feels so nice and it’s so pretty. Typical Joseph Wesley level of class.

boychik

Thank you MzPriss. Im glad you are happy with it. I agree that everything I’ve tried fr JW is classy. Great customer service. They started selling tickets for the NYC Coffee and Tea Fest . Do you want to come ? ;-)

MzPriss

I really, really, really want to come. Sadly, that is during my busiest time of work and I get less than zero time off :( but I’m GOING to the one after that. And we shall have tea together

boychik

We should ;)

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last night session
last time i had this tea i probably didnt use enough. it was ok but nothing special.
this time i decided to increase the amount to 8g. it made a huge difference. this tea is rich smooth and creamy. i’m happy to have it in my cupboard.

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Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
jschergen

That’s a favorite of mine. I think its a clear cut above most of the rest of Menghai’s ripes.

I have maybe one more session with my mini-cake. Wishing I stocked up more!

Red Fennekin

The photos are amazing! The liquor in the final shot looks divine… :D

boychik

thank you Red Fennekin. the brew is thick strong and creamy. i dont think its very caffeinated. i had 4 steeps around midnight and fell asleep immediately ;)

TeaBrat

this is a winner….

jschergen

Thanks! Is that where you bought it from?

It may just be the cynic in me, but their price is beneath the Chinese market which has left me concerned about it being a potential fake. I’d feel a lot more confident knowing someone has gotten the tea and it was pretty alright.

Cheers!

boychik

i bought it at Mandala. but i placed couple orders with them. its not fake what i received. You can ask mrmopar and Dignitea. they ordered fr them as well. Look at Tuocha Tea, their prices are low too
i got fr Angelina’s 2006 Haiwan * Peacock Quest * Ripe
2008 Menghai “Hong Yun” Ripe Pu-erh Mini and something else i dont remember. All authentic

TeaBrat

Mandala doesn’t carry these anymore but I definitely trust them, don’t know much about Angelina’s tea however. I got my 2009 from Jas-e tea but they’re also out.

DigniTea

James – I have purchased several things from Angelinas and I have been happy with each one. I picked up one of these Zi Yuns but it is my second so I’ve not yet tried it. Today I am enjoying a 2005 6FTM MengSong purchased at Angelinas last year. It’s a good one.

TeaBrat

@DigniTea – great, now I want one :P

Terri HarpLady

I almost drank this one today :)

boychik

Terri, the day is not over yet. You can still make it cause its awesome! Unless you have other plans ;)

mrmopar

The “Dayi Hong” is good and similar to this.

jschergen

@DigniTea @boychick Thanks for the notes on Angelinas! At less than $10, the risk is certainly not enormous.

Rich

Indeed, I have been looking for this for a while. If it is the real deal I will definitely stock up! If anyone can verify that Angelina’s is carrying this same cake, it would be very much appreciated!

Rich

Oh, I see, Angelina’s has the 2008 version, not 2009. I am wondering how they compare.

boychik

Rich, I got one 2008 Dayi Hong fr Mandala and one fr Angelina. They are absolutely the same.

Rich

Oh, thanks for checking! So the wrapper from the Angelina’s cake says 2009?

boychik

I misunderstood you Rich. I bought this tea fr Mandala. I also bought 2008 Red Rhyme fr Mandala and 2008 Red Rhyme fr Angelina. Those cakes are the same. But last night I ordered Zi Yun fr Angelinas. Hopefully next week I will tell you if they are the same. They ship pretty fast.

mrmopar

I think the one from Angelina’s is actually from 2009. It looks legit though.

boychik

Ok. Got it. Very impressed. Placed an order on Wed , got it Sat . Don’t forget that it was Thanksgiving week. It is 2008. Looks exactly like 2009. Box, menghai sticker. Looks good to me.

TeaBrat

that is so funny, I ended up ordering one too. Just have to go to the post office to pick it up next week. :))

boychik

Sorry for being enabler, TeaBrat ;)

awilsondc

Based on this thread I placed an order with Angelina’s to get that Zi Yun. It is legit, and tastes just like the one I got from Mandala. However… I bought an Adorned in Red cake and a couple loose leaf teas that were HORRIBLE! Tastes like they were stored in a fragrant environment and the odors soaked into the tea making it pretty much undrinkable. I might be able to air it out over a couple months and save it, but I was not pleased. The Zi Yun comes in a box in addition to the wrapper which may have saved it from succumbing to the same fate as the open cake and loose leaf tea. Buyer beware.

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I had to review this tea again. Apparently my hubby is trying to fatten me up. I don’t know what’s his actual plan but he started bringing desserts 3 rd day in a row.
Today he went to some Italian bakery and got lobster tails, cannolly, apple strudel and rum soaked ( I don’t even know what the actual name) BOMB.
Omg it’s delicious but too much. I was cutting tiny pieces.
Back to the tea. Since I got 100g( the min in a shop) I have to use it. This tea was perfect with pastries. The citrus in tea really complimented these rich sweet pastries.
Everybody enjoyed it including me. Now back to make sure everybody finished their homework.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nicole

Wow! That all sounds delicious! :)

mrmopar

He got it cause he loves you.

boychik

Nicole, it’s just proved that tea needs second and third chance.

mrmopar, I suspect he is getting sweets because he wants them ;-)

yyz

Well at least he’s bringing them back to share. :-)

boychik

yyz, sure he doesn’t want to gain weight alone, haha. But I forgive him because it was delicious. You know this type of bakery probably like 30-40 yrs in business far from main streets but there is always few people in line. Very reasonable prices.

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Ok i dont want to whine, but seriously. i couldnt not open the tin. Period.
As much as i appreciate tight covers on the tins this is too much. No wonder i havent open it since the end of June. Who has time to struggle in the morning ?!

back to the tea. I really like it. bready, chocolaty, rich, strong ,nice, sweet but not overly. lovely. Made it Western. 3g 8oz 205F 3min. resteep @7min.

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Stephanie

Maybe time to re-home the tea in an easier container :)

boychik

Steph, you are right as usual. I got plenty of empty tins. But I had to open it at least first time :p

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Its not a first time try. I wonder why i didnt log it. I thought i did.
Anyways, since its not a new tea i made it in my Yixing. i decided to use more than usual because i think my Yixing “steals” some flavors.
its great tasting shou and its really hit the spot.

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Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 4 OZ / 130 ML
Kirkoneill1988

Awesome picture :)

boychik

Thank you Kirkoneill1988

JC

I like this one! The Yixing will steal at first, but eventually should give back (round some rough edges in ‘Bad Boy’ Puerhs) :P

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Today i got my Aliexpress order which i placed on 11/08. super fast. the tea is pretty good. I’m not sure whats the real name of it because it doesnt look like traditional DHP. Leaves are thin, medium long, golden tips. i quiet enjoyed a gongfu session of it this afternoon
6g 100ml gaiwan 195F
rinse/ 3/5/5/7/10/10 sec etc
the dry leaves smell incredibly like dark rye bread. there are some chocolate, rye bread, raw nuts noticed. Slight tobacco and sweet potato shows up in later steeps . this tea and Laoshan Black are seem to be related. i wonder whats the real cultivar name of it.
i purchased it thru this seller
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the leaves on a picture are different from the actual one. thats alright, i dont mind, because the tea is delicious

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
yyz

Yum, it sounds quite different then the one I have from them. The one I have is quite floral as I remember it.

AllanK

It looks like the price on that is cheap, only $6.78 for 150g. Can’t go wrong with that if it is decent tea.

boychik

Allan it was a sale. It back to $11. I can send you a sample if you want. I got another DHP fr the same seller. It’s ok but not great

AllanK

Looking closer at the website they raised the price but it is still cheap. I may have to buy some.

yyz

Allan if you don’t need it right away. Wish list it, they often have sales, also look for their other promotional offers. They often have further deals combining other items.

Yang-chu

beautiful colour.

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i got just one small mini brick with my recent order. it looks so cute. i had to brew the whole thing around 10g. it was hard to separate and i didnt want to break those gorgeous full long leaves.
To my surprise it wasnt heavy roasted at all. But it was pleasant despite that im not huge fan of floral notes. its very fragrant and sweet, not bitter at all.
I may get more of these. They all vacuum packed and i think it will be nicer with takeouts than green tea. Green tea i find finicky even though i have a variable kettle. they do get bitter no matter how careful I am.
You can steep this brick forever and it doesnt go bitter.

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Doug F

Pressed Oolong. Very cool!

JC

Ha! nice. I bought a Da Hong Pao Heavy Roasted cake and that killed my palate lol, I should have gone with this one.

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This is my 400th note. how ironic
last night i had a session 2007 Naka Qiao Mu Bamboo Raw Chawang Shop
I got it based on Cwyn review. yes, i got stoned. not immediately. after 5 steeps. i was very happy smiling then fell asleep and couldnt get up. I still feel drugged. Flavor wise its very pleasant, bittersweet stonefruits and spice. 6g for 100g gongfu glass teapot

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Stephanie

Sounds really neat :D

Cwyn

Omg you got the actual wrapper, and it is so cool with the people paintings on it. O.o mine was wrapped in just plain blank paper. Had to chuckle at your write-up here, sooo perfect! :)

boychik

@ Cwyn ok,now you gotta tell me what to drink to get back to normal, haha

Tea Pet

Oo! That one has been on my wishlist for a while!!

DigniTea

It is something special. We are indeed fortunate Cwyn recommended this one for I doubt that I would have purchased it on my own. And I’m delighted you are purchasing from Cha Wang – I’ve ordered many times and I really enjoy the items I’ve picked up there. Try one of their Chawangpu cakes sometime – low price for the quality of the tea leaf used.

Sil

Oh man. I really want to try this one now!

Doug F

That’s how I felt yesterday after the Gao Shan Zhai.

boychik

@ DigniTea, i only got few samples because my main purchase was Yixing. it has a crack and i believe it didnt happen during transit. everything was packed beautifully. Pot was in a very pretty plush padded box. no way it got damaged. now i need to send an email. Sigh…

DigniTea

Sorry, that’s unfortunate luck. Given the distance traveled and the way carriers pack small boxes into crates, bins, etc. You can understand how things crack or break during transit either to him or to you. He’s a good guy to work with so hopefully there will not be a problem. We all take a chance when we order online so the big question is how does the merchant handle the problem. I often take photos including the box/packing to attach to my tea seller’s email when there is a problem. Good luck correcting it.

TeaBrat

@boychik – I am hoping they just send you a new one, it’s not like they could sell the cracked pot to someone else….

Sil

so sorry to see your pot was cracked :( that’s sad… long wait, cracked pots pooooooh!

Kirkoneill1988

did you find any particular stone fruit taste? ie. peach

Cwyn

Aw sorry about the pot. At least a chance of replacement, I broke one during seasoning once, total loss. I do have one Chawangpu Yiwu cake, haven’t tried it yet though…dunno what to take to recover, usually I pass out and stay passed out, haha!

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bought it yesterday by accident. i was with my kids at American Museum of Natural History. We spent the whole day there. on a way to subway station my DD noticed this tiny shop. i wouldnt cause it was dark already. But she was like lets go inside.
The lady (she actually is a owner of these 2 shops) talked me into this tea. And i bought 4 oz without trying. Im ashamed. i dont need any more tea especially flavored one. Sigh….
Im trying it now. 3g 8oz 200F
Not bad, not great. just meh. Bergamot is barely there. Citrus is not strong either. it has some Kusmi similarity. But i prefer Anastasia. its strong and does the job.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Shaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame! :P

boychik

Yep, i have an excuse – i was tired, tea free for 8 hrs. at least its not Lipton ;)

Cameron B.

I forgive you. I may swap you for a sample of this sometime, it was one I was curious about from them. :)

boychik

Now Im thinking maybe because its Russian blend. but honestly we didnt drink anything like this in Russia. Mostly Indian and Ceylon.
Oh, sure. 4oz is a lot. i will send it to you;)

mrmopar

DD is that a “designated driver”? That was a great place for the kids to visit though.

boychik

lol, mrmopar, my middle daughter is always DD. even her name starts with D. She is special to me despite being a middle child ;)

Ag

Oh man, I love the AMNH. I could probably spend a week or more there and never get bored (then again, I did anthro/bio in undergrad, haha).

boychik

@ Ag, i really dont know how many times we’ve been there. we buy a membership every year. Every time we go something new discover. this time we explore Human Origins and Cultural Halls. Amazing. i used to be tax accountant btw in my previous life (boring!)

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