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293 Tasting Notes

99

I brewed this up basket style with more leaf than I have ever used for this tea. Even though it steeped for who knows how long it was simply fantastick. When you smell this brewing it really has to be one of the best tea scents that I have ever encountered in my journey with this beverage. The flavor matches the aroma perfectly. I am getting a scent and flavor that I would say is similar to a fine bakery. Fresh baked brown bread with a hint of cocoa. An awesome tea….

Kashyap

gave my last bit away to a freind for ‘year of the dragon’ and can’t wait to see what she thinks…

Charles Thomas Draper

You know what she will think….

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97

I bought this tea after watching James Norwood Pratt sit down with Samovar owner Jesse Jacobs and drink this on youtube. The piece is called " Brewing Enlightenment ". They were loving the tea and I figured I could not go wrong. They were right. Called " Clouds and Mist" in China. This is a superb offering. Crisp, clean and very flavorful. I feel you can taste the green of the mountains….

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97

I brewed this in the Gaiwan. It is all that I would look for in a Sheng and more. I received this as a part of a sampler. For whatever reason I had only tasted this once before. This tea is about as good as it gets. I have tasted many Sheng lately and none compare with the exception of the ’93 Red Blossom. I would dare say that given the same amount of aging this would be mind blowing. This is the real deal….

Charles Thomas Draper

Unfortunately it’s not on Verdants website.

Nathaniel Gruber

yeah, given it’s age this one is truly unmatched. my favorite. once it has a cool 20 years under its belt, it will be almost unthinkable as to what this one will be like.

Charles Thomas Draper

Is there any for sale??

Spoonvonstup

It is sold out right now! I am so happy my husband snagged me one of the last bricks. I’m sure David will be on the lookout for more of this, but it’s hard to say if any more exists.

Charles Thomas Draper

Thanks. Maybe I will contact David….

Jim Marks

This stone pressed was a replacement of sorts for a previous stone pressed which also sold out. Given that both were so popular, I am sure he will be looking for a third. But it may take some time.

Spoonvonstup

Hm? Actually, this one was the original stone-pressed. The banzhang was the replacement (also a 2006, from banzhang instead of Hekai..oo, I really need to write my review of that one of these days). I also hope there’s another!

Jim Marks

Ah yes, I have it backwards. Upshot being, a third option will be some time in coming, I suspect. (Sadly)

Charles Thomas Draper

He does not have it but he offered a Hekai 2006 Artisan Revival and a Banzhang 2006 Artisan Revival. Jim, after reading your review yesterday that may be the clear choice.

Jim Marks

I found the notion of “wild arbor” too enchanting to resist.

The later steepings did settle down a fair bit.

Charles Thomas Draper

I am boiling the water now. I have a bit left….

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99

I brewed this in the Gaiwan with the whole sample pack. I love it! Someone please tell me is this what you would consider to be the proper amount of leaf. I know we have rules of thumb. This was so much better this time so I am assuming that for me it was the right amount. It was sooo so good. Black tea heaven. Tea heaven period…. Angel, your thoughts?

TeaVivre

A sample pack is about 5 gram. For me, I usually put the whole into the Gaiwan, and it is really tasted so good.

TheTeaFairy

I also received this one as a free sample from Angel…I Just can’t review it yet, as I am still in awe! I think I will do full review only when I get a very large bag of it in my next order. Hope I will manage to survive without it until then…

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100
This tea is unlike any Sheng or any other tea that I have had. This tea humbles me. It brews up dark and mysterious and the taste is truly sublime. It is complex and sweet and utterly intoxicating. This Sheng has the ancient flavor yet it is mellowed by this flowery sweetness. I think I am going to drink this for my second interview { if I get one }. I know I will walk in with a twinkle in my eye and a smile from ear to ear. This tea definitely deserves to score a 100. In my opinion, this and the 1998 Xingyang from Verdant are by far the best teas I have had. Each has their own distinct quality. Maybe I will the drink the Xingyang before the interview. " When the going gets weird the weird turn professional."
TeaBrat

I think this one is great too – of course you know that! ;-)

Charles Thomas Draper

And thank you for buying and trying and spreading the good word….

erichbenoit

good to know about this one as I had been browsing it online recently. and, I hope you get that second interview… :)

ScottTeaMan

Here’s to a second interview! :))

Charles Thomas Draper

Thank you again. Actually I have another interview tomorrow with a better opportunity. Stay tuned

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97

See my previous notes. This tea is a winner. I love the way it makes me feel….

TeaBrat

I might need to get a sample of this…

Charles Thomas Draper

As you can see I recommend it. Xi-Zhi Hao has a sampler

Charles Thomas Draper

Amy, When is the Asha deal over??

TeaBrat

I am not sure…

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93

After reading Geoffreys response to Amy about the amount of tea one should use in a Gaiwan I figured I would take his advice. So I used more leaf than I normally do and the result was intoxicating. So intoxicating that I only got through 2 steepings. I fell asleep quickly. The flavor was so much more pronounced. So rich and full. I always appreciate when someone gives me advice or someone else so we can all further our experiences with our beloved tea….

TeaBrat

yeah I surely need to try it

ScottTeaMan

sO, HOW MUCH TEA SHOULD YOU USE IN A GAIWAN??

Charles Thomas Draper

Read Geoffreys comment to Amy regarding the Huang Zhi Xiang Phoenix MT. Dangcong.

Geoffrey

Hi Charles. Happy to hear this worked well for you! Just a quick additional note, the suggestion I made on Amy’s post for leaf quantity in a gaiwan is what I typically do for strip-style oolongs in particular (such as Wuyi oolongs and Fenghuang oolongs, because they are so bulky and lightweight). I certainly would not use the same quantity of leaf for a ball-rolled oolong like Teiguanyin, or say a tightly curled tea like the ones from Laoshan. The weight to volume ratio for each style of tea can be dramatically different. Like for budset teas (Silver Needle, Golden Buds, or Yabao), which are also bulky and lightweight, I would use the same suggestion I made for strip-oolongs. But for Tieguanyin, or Laoshan teas I put in less, like around 2 heaping teaspoons max. These are really just my preferences though. Hope your enjoyment continues, Charles!

Best wishes with the job prospect!

Off to finish my lunch break now.

Jim Marks

It is hysterical what happens if you put too much Tieguanyin into a gaiwan after about 3 steepings.

Charles Thomas Draper

It was not Tieguanyin….

Jim Marks

nod I got that. I was responding to Geoffery’s clarification about not using large amounts with teas like a Tieguanyin — the reason being there will soon be no room in the vessel left for water. =)

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89

This is todays late morning-afternoon tea. It is not making me as relaxed as the 2 previous tastings. I guess ones mood has some input on what a tea will do. My first reaction was to write that it posessed a Calm Energy. I am trying to assemble a list of Sheng to be purchased in Beeng form. My samples are dwinding and my respect for these teas is growing….

K S

Still learning – what is Beeng form?

Charles Thomas Draper

Beeng is the whole cake

K S

Gotcha. Makes sense.

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72

The last of my sample from Upton was cold brewed for 48 hours. It was fruity and delicious. I have to venture into Indian teas. Any suggestions? PS, I upped the score….

TeaBrat

Rare Tea Republic – the temis are terrific

Charles Thomas Draper

sounds delicious

Kashyap

akuressa Ceylon lowland black (tao of tea) and Ceylon silver tips (tao of tea)…Assam Molkarbari (staufs), I would suggest Assam Mangalam but the estate’s profile has shift over that last couple years and is harder to find

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100

I have to admit last nights affair with this tea produced such a wonderful experience. Maybe because I was in a better mood because my employment prospects are good. Either way, this tea made me laugh and I felt soooo good. It was brewed in the Gaiwan.

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