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293 Tasting Notes

reviewed Brewing Basket by Finum
293 tasting notes

This is a very convenient way to brew. When I am not using my Yixing or Gaiwan or Tetsubin there is nothing better. An absolute pleasure to use.

charab

Indeed it is. One of my favorites as well.

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First of all I want to thank Nicholas for this generous offering. Secondly please accept my apology for being so late in reviewing it. This is the autumn selection of the 2012 Yiwu. And I again I apologize for adding it on here. Quite frankly, if you blindfolded me and told me it was the spring harvest I would agree. The dried leaves are beautiful and I can see this is a superior tea. My first steeping yields a beautiful, fruity nectar with a wonderful mouthfeel. The next steeping I allow it more time to in Yixing to see where it goes. I still have the fruitiness but with an intensity that goes to my brow and chest. I am going to stop here because it is the afternoon here and I can see this tea ruining my day in a very wonderful way. I will let it ruin my night when I am able to sit and ponder life and all its beauty….

TheTeaFairy

I also like the way you think Charles :-)

Doug F

Your recent reviews have persuaded me to go on a Sheng binge. I just placed an order with Tea Urchin and I’m very excited for it to arrive. I’m sure I’ll be drunk on $200 Sheng samples for the next few weeks.

Charles Thomas Draper

HEHE Rox…. Doug, you are in for some fun with Sheng.

Misty Peak Teas

I would ask Charles for advice on Sheng Pu’er, he seems to really know quality and has a good pallet for Sheng.

mrmopar

Oh this is really good tea!

Charles Thomas Draper

I was more than happy with it and I have had some very fine ones lately. And mrmopar I know you know quality too!

Doug F

I’ve been drinking and loving sheng for a while, but it looks like some of the selections from Tea Urchin are on another level altogether.

Charles Thomas Draper

Yes Doug. I have done a lot of homework to see where the real deal is. I really enjoy this Misty Peaky too!!

Doug F

Good to know. I’ll check them out.

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Quite frankly my dear friends I should not be drinking something I cannot afford. My love of sheng know no bounds and I had to at least try it. I probably used around 5 grams and the resulting liquor was pale and sweet very light. Do not let this tea fool you. After one tiny cup I went outside and tended to a tiny Korean Fir bonsai that has not been doing well. I was with it for maybe 30 minutes when I realized it was as if time was standing still. This tea was very mild in terms of flavor but it was knocking me to the ground in chaqi department. The body becomes very relaxed. When I returned to the tea I knew to go slow and really enjoy this incredible gem. The pale liquor was now a brilliant yellow-gold and the sweetness intensified. This tea truly creeps up on you in flavor and in its intensity. I started this session yesterday and I am drinking this as I write. Words cannot do it justice. At nearly 300 USD for a cake its by far the most expensive I have ever had. It is truly a magnificen tea. I love the way it makes me feel. I can only imagine buying this and aging it.

mrmopar

Sometimes we have to splurge! Life is too short to not have some of these simple pleasures around.

Doug F

That’s the great thing about samples! The tea sounds great.

Charles Thomas Draper

I agree with both of you….

Asaf Mazar

having just consumed three inexpensive samples of theoretically good pu erh, I am back to the conclusion that the most affordable teas are often the expensive ones that you actually want to drink a second time :) I believe that 99% of the time good pu erh is expensive pu erh, probably because the folks that try it before we do will hoard or raise the price of anything that is good enough to stirr demand. seems like the market is flooded with cakes that are weak in both flavor and qi. It appears that $15 per 100 grams is the bare minimum for anythign decent. BTW check out this new one said to be 600 year old tree: http://www.jkteashop.com/spring-600-years-old-single-old-tree-raw-pu-er-duo-yi-village-nannuo-mountain-p-848.html

Charles Thomas Draper

Asaf, I only wish I had bought some before the prices rose dramatically. I 600 year old tree you mentioned may be the same company that I was looking at on Ebay.

mrmopar

I thought I was the only Ebay shopper….

Asaf Mazar jk tea shop sells on eBay. There is 5% discount coupon also on the main site. They have great prices on shipping and nice selection of Dan Cong teas. Their 2005 nano mountain sheng 15g sample is worth a try.
Charles Thomas Draper

mrmopar I have only shopped for Pu-erhs. I have not bought any. I have read about counterfeiting so I am leery. Asaf I am looking into jk now. mrmopar who do you suggest?

mrmopar

Hi charles, two ebay sellers for puerh are Berylleb and Idllu. Both have the “real” thing. I have another seller over there that will get items I can’t find on Ebay. There are a couple of good sellers on Aliexpress also. I would recommend Grandness tea shop and Dr Tea, both have had good things. If you need a link or intro to any of these let me know and I will get the “ice” broken with you. All of these he been great to deal with. Garett at Mandala tea has some good stuff stateside as wellas the Puerhshop and Yunnan sourcing us. I just wished Scott carried all the items stateside that they do on the China site. Let me know I would be glad to help you or anyone else out.

Charles Thomas Draper

Thank you. I already use YS. And yes, I wish they carried the the same products here in the USA. I have been very happy with them and Tea Urchin, Zhi Zheng, Bannacha in France and The Essence of Tea in England. Of course we are always on the look for more. The Chawang shop in Yunnan may get my business as well. They are very reasonably priced…

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This was the last tea I tried from my recent order from Bannacha. I somehow did not expect much from it. Man was I surprised! I brewed this and removed the gaiwan lid and I was blown away by the aroma. Just as beautiful as the aroma was the sweet liquor that brought a smile to my face. This is an absolutely gorgeous tea! I ordered samples of this and the Autumn 2012 Lao Man E, a 2012 Autumn Xiao Yang Chun, and a larger sample of the 2012 Gu Yun. These will all be purchased in cake form and I can recommend them all without hesitation.

Terri HarpLady

This sounds lovely! Another tea-site for me to peruse :)

Charles Thomas Draper

Yes Terri. William has some very nice Sheng..

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Hi everyone! Todays morning brew is an inexpensive offering from YS. I recently ordered from their China site in order to obtain some items that were only available there. Mainly to try the highly acclaimed 2010 Hai Lang Hao “Cha Wang”. For the price this Mang Fei is a bargain. I think its 30 dollars. The intial steepings were strong and smoky but as the session progressed the teas strength and potency revealed a beautiful flavor with a returning sweetness and a penetrating cha qi. This was a winner. I believe with aging this has the potential for greatness. For me, I really enjoy the intensity and raw energy of a young sheng.

Doug F

I’ve had some young shengs from yunnan sourcing that have given me the most amazing energy buzz. I’ll be interested to hear what you say about the Cha Wang. Is it still available?

TheTeaFairy

Hey you! I see that you’re still on your wonderful pu-erh journey :-) Sounds like a great find, enjoy!

Doug F

I just ordered some of the “Cha Wang.” I can’t wait to try it.

Charles Thomas Draper

Hi Rox!! Doug, I as far as I know it is…

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Quite frankly I knew I was in for a special tea. The dried leaves are the longest I have ever seen. The initial steepings presented an intense mouth feel and flavors that I can never describe. The later steepings became more subdued but still beyond interesting nonetheless. I have totally fallen for the world of Sheng. Beyond the flavor and aroma profiles you are dealing with teas which are mind blowing. Teas that take your mind and body to places you have never been before. To say I highly recommend this tea would be an understatement.

Asaf Mazar

Thanks for sharing! sorting out the phenomenal shengs from the mundane is something that is best done from recommendations such as this rather than from vendor descriptions. I look forwards to trying this one.

Charles Thomas Draper

Asaf, it is all that and more…

Terri HarpLady

Although still new in this area, I also find sheng quite alluring, not to mention mind-blowing, 3rd eye opening, etc.
It’s a tea that I have to reserve for its own time, & sometimes I look at all of the shengs out there, wanting to try a new one. Mostly I’m relying on reviews of others to make my selections, so thanks Charles! This one sounds interesting!

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I have truly gone astray into the world of Sheng Puer a

fter erichbenoit was beyond generous in sending me samples of the tea worlds finest treasures. This one is intense. Intense in aroma. Intense in flavor. My mouth is wet with its beautiful flavor. A flavor that seems to linger endlessly. The energy I am feeling is beyond description. This is serious tea. Very serious. As you can see by my typing skills being totally impaired.
Bonnie

I’m chuckling imagining you tea drunk trying to make sense of your keypad.

Charles Thomas Draper

Bonnie the only thing that made sense was the tea.

charab

Being rendered into stumbling typing is sometimes highly recommended. Especially when tea is involved. It took its’ place righteously then, hehe.

Charles Thomas Draper

Thank you Paul. I am very grateful to have this humble leaf in my life.

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This is another tea I brought for the evacuation from Hurricane Sandy. I brought samples sizes to enjoy and to provide me with peace of mind during this difficult time. I now know that my neighborhood was spared. I live a block from Marven Gardens in Margate, New Jersey. It’s on the same island as Atlantic City. Sorry to ramble about the storm. This Dragon Well is absolutely delicious. Very green like evergreens in a cool mountaintop. As with all fine tea it has given me contentment. It’s very comforting to the soul. Content to deal with utter devastation in my native state. PS, Angel can I get an extension on the coupon code??

Bonnie

Are you with friends or at a center somewhere? When will you be allowed home? Poor you! Let us know if you need tea!

Charles Thomas Draper

I’m at a hotel offshore with my dogs. My stash is running low. There is an Asian market nearby. When can I go home? Who knows??

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I had to evacuate my home yesterday. One never knows what a hurricane may do. I decided to bring this along if things get bad. The center of the storm is coming soon and already there is flooding of historical proportions. The first few sips are tingling my tongue and throat. An immediate warmth is felt upon my whole body. After sipping, I sigh. What a lovely tea. My pores feel as if they are all open and breathing in this intense tea. My mouth is wet and the tea flavor continues to linger. There are moments in ones life when certain teas help one cope with certain situations. This is when one turns to Sheng.

Butiki Teas

Sorry to hear that you had to evacuate. I hope you stay safe.

TheTeaFairy

Oh my, so sorry to read that! must be so devastating having to leave your home behind, but one must stay safe, it’s the right thing to do….On CNN today, I’ve seen people from Long Island resisting and refusing to leave. I can’t judge cause I’ve never been confronted to a situation like that, but stuff is just stuff, no matter how important it may seem, it is never worth risking your life for…Having said that, hope you can go back soon with as little damage as possible…

Bonnie

All the best to you! Keep us posted on the What tea to drink during the hurricane thread discussion!

Geoffrey Norman

I heart this stuff. Such a resilient sheng.

Charles Thomas Draper

I returning home today!!

TeaBrat

glad to hear you are getting to go back!

Charles Thomas Draper

Thanks. I am home. No problems. A miracle

Butiki Teas

So good to hear that things are fine there. :)

TheTeaFairy

Yay! so happy for you :-)

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This is what I turned to after my very relaxing trip with the Mi Lan Black. This is the newer version of the Zhu Rong. The leaves are longer and much lighter in color than the earlier version. This when brewed reminds me of the Golden Fleece. There is this sudden rush of flavor with an intense mouth coating and a lingering flavor. The energy is perfect. Certain teas should be consumed at certain times for maximum pleasure. The Zhu Rongs are very high on my list of best black teas.

Geoffrey Norman

This stuff is a malt-monster. I.e. I loved it.

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I am an avid surfer, gardener, golfer and freespirit. I have been a tea drinker forever. Tea has provided me with contentment. I love White, Oolong, Green, Black and Pu’er. I do not care for flavored tea and nor will I comment on it.

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