293 Tasting Notes

96

I was in the mood for this. It really is a luxury. It makes me wonder what will be coming our way after the spring harvest. What new treasures in our world of tea? This tea is so aromatic and full of a flavor that tastes like sunshine and is so relaxing. What a beautiful tea….

TeaBrat

Asha told me they are updating their website soon – I’m excited!

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99

This is my morning-noon tea. Firstly it is the spring version. In my humble opinion it is one of the best black teas I have had the pleasure to sip. I still have a decent amount left thankfully. The aroma is heavenly and the flavor is so sweet and complex. Truly a treat for any lover of fine black tea….

Kashyap

I’ve shared this with so many people who are blown away when the discover this is a black tea. The creamy, chocolate, nutty flavors amaze

Charles Thomas Draper

I do find it to be very different from the fall harvest.

Spoonvonstup

Agreed. I found some spring harvest a while back, and I was amazed by how much it reminded me of chocolate silk pie.

Charles Thomas Draper

It is amazing how a season can change things….

erichbenoit

I share similar feelings about this tea. I did have a Korean Dan-Cha just recently which comes close to my love for this tea. While exchanging emails with the vendor over it, the word ‘velvet’ was mentioned by him in reference to the tea. I have to say it was a very proper descriptor.

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84

I am starting to crave Sheng. This is my fix today. I love that energy I get from these luscious teas. One cup and my mind is clear and focused. These are special teas. They seem to have an effect on harmony. And that is a good thing. I have a ton of samples to sip and ponder before I buy some cakes. I have to up the score on this one.

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84

I posted the wrong tea a minute ago. I was I drinking this and I guess the tea was getting to my head. This is dark and earthy with a nice purple-brown liquor. I truly heats the body. This is a very affordable aged Shu that I recommend.

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89

I was looking for a pick me up and I forgot how relaxing this tea made me last time. It has a nice mouthfeel and is numbing. I am sure it is numbing my senses as well. I am enjoying the heady aroma. I am almost finished the first cup and I feel that easy feeling coming on. I love the way that this Sheng makes me feel. So peaceful and at ease.

Kashyap

I think I recall you doing tai chi…do you do yoga or qi gong? I found the impressions of the effect of pu erhs on energy interesting enough that I’ve asked a martail training buddy of mine who does lots of ‘internal’ martial arts to act as my 3rd party litmus test. Should be interesting.

Charles Thomas Draper

I have done martial arts in the past but I never mentioned it here.

Kashyap

must have been another thread with a fellow tea nerd….sorry for the miss-assignment

Charles Thomas Draper

Sounds like Jim Marks

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92

2 reviews this morning made me desire this. Brewed basket style with generous leaf: This tea after 3 minutes of steeping is all sweet honey with spicy cinnamon cream. Hints of soft cocoa. I will be enjoying this rest of the day. I have to increase the score….

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92

I cold brewed this for maybe 48 hours. The cucumber flavor is dominant. It is a very refreshing brew. The delicate yellow liquor is quite cooling and also truly reminds me of summer veggies that you would eat raw like cucumbers and green bell peppers. It is very enjoyable but I would suggest to myself to only brew it for 24 hours or less. It is very invigorating on this rainy day. On a day when I will probably drink a Shu or something along those lines this has provided a bit of sunshine.

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95

It is getting to the point where I must have Sheng everyday now. They seem to provide some vital unseen energy. Brewed in the Yixing for maybe a minute or so. It is already satisfying my yearning for this mystical buzz. The flavor is presently strong and complex. My body is warming and I feel it’s time to ramble on. I can type no more….

Asaf Mazar

Yes there is something about sheng that you describe well here that makes it the tea that I most often feel like drinking for its physical and mental effects.however I stay away from young shengs because of the cold energy on the stomach. since you are fine with this You might want to try jk tea shops old tree young tree tasting pack from what I recall the Qi is super potent in these leaves.

Charles Thomas Draper

Some people like myself really enjoy the the green rawness and that young vitality that emerges from a young sheng…

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89

This is another sample from Upton. I brewed it basket-style with a teaspoon of leaf for maybe 4 minutes maybe longer. It has a nice aroma and a light flavor. Unfortunately I have had some other China blacks recently that really impressed me. This is a nice tea at a good price. A fantastick “Empty Cup Aroma” of fresh evergreen which you know I love.

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70

I used up the rest of this sample in the Gaiwan. I was very generous with the amount of leaf and I had an extended steep time. It is a very light tea. It also appeared the leaves may have been on the older side of green tea. One note I must make is that I thought it made me feel very nice. I personally know this tea from having a pound of it fresh from China because my GF is from Anhui the home of Mao Feng.

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