334 Tasting Notes

94

I like smoky teas. But last time I brewed it western method it was too much for me. I could not get rid of smoky flavor for long time after I finished my cup.
Today I decided to brew in gaiwan. 5oz+1tsp+1/1/1. i combined all steeps in one cup.
This way smokiness was minimal and tea was so sweet

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205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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95

Here we go. As always I start with shortest steeps possible like 5 sec and slowly increase the time.
This shu is amazing. Clear amber color, leather smell but not strong. Very easy to drink. I do feel sparkling. My palate is not trained yet to recognize all the notes. All I can say I really enjoyed it.

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caile

Is that your cup? : )

boychik

Thanks. I didn’t write a note yet. Playing with my phone. I think it’s fun to add pics. Shu has so many shades. I’m obsessed …

boychik

Yes. My cup and my glass gongfu pot;). Review will come soon. You inspired me to drink this tea and wanted to take a pic. Thanks caile;)

caile

haha, OK

mrmopar

+1 on the shou obsession. Almost for got, need to stand up for this. Speech is as follows “Hi I am mrmopar and I have a problem with shou puer, I guess I am a shou addict”.

mrmopar

Anyone with a severe shou addiction, to lessen your temptation for shou please box it all up and ship to ….. just kidding!

boychik

Ha-ha, mrmopar if my hubby could see your comment he would packed secretly and send it overnight

pyarkaaloo

woww what a gorgeous color!!

boychik

thank you

caile

That’s great you enjoyed it! I will have to try mine again after some time and see if I like it any better. :-)

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Free sample w/purchase – thank you. I wasn’t into sheng but wanted to try. It’s nice, some astringent but pleasant. After I had 3 cups there is a tingling sensation in my mouth, kinda cool and minty.
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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
mrmopar

I have heard that Mangfei is pretty strong and bitter. I would think even more so in a young sheng.

boychik

Not bitter but hoppity. I feel like it bites my tongue even though I had it some time ago. Kinda seltzer sensation. But it’s not unpleasant to me. Maybe with longer steeps bitterness would come, but I play it safe with shortest possible and under oiling temp
Nice experience for sure

mrmopar

Yeah I have always wondered about Mangfei now I may have to get some! Blasted tea reviews!! :)

Terri HarpLady

(no comment) :)

boychik

Wow now I’m reading rave reviews of this tea on Puerhshop .com

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91

Thank you TeaExplorer for your generous sample. This tea is sweet, bold, cocoa and stone fruit notes. I like it. I was drinking it side by side Yunnan Dian Hong Golden tip by Teavivre. I find these teas similar but Teavivre’s has honey notes more pronaunced.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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88

short steeps 5/5/10/10/15 produced light yellow green broth, no bitterness, very smooth. enjoyed it a lot. Thank you TeaExplorer for your generous sample. on my shopping list

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec
JC

I’ve been meaning to try this one for a while. Would you describe it as a gentler Xiaguan or does it still kick a bit?

boychik

Surprisingly pretty mild. Tell you the truth I was afraid to try it but was curious at the same time. If it would be unbearable I would just dump it. I used small chunk( no scale yet). Brewed in glass gongfu pot not filled to the top, 200F and 5 sec steeps. I steeped it today started yesterday. Increased time to 1 min. Still very pleasant. Some peppery smoky notes, but nothing extreme. I noticed I was kind of sleepy last night after it which is a plus for night drinking

JC

That sounds good. I will put it in my wish list for next time.

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97

Thank you so much TeaExplorer for sharing this fabulous tea with me. Your notes are great and I can only add that I love it. It’s clear red sweet and not boring. I’m on 7th steep. Only short steeps like 15/15/30 sec. My 10 yr old daughter came to me asking " whatcha drinking" and finished my cup and asked for more. On my shopping list 100%

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__Morgana__

Sounds wonderful!

Stephanie

Added to my try someday list :D

boychik

Stephanie, when I’ll finalize my shopping list for Puerhshop and order ill be happy to share

Stephanie

:-O! YAY! I’d love to swap samples sometime!

mrmopar

Start them young! Yay!

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