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86

Tropical, floral and robust, very nice flavors. Just whatIi look for in young raw. For the price their selling it for, its a steal.

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80

Very nice old tree tropical fruit thing that i LOVE in puer. But not robust enough for it to be taken to the next for me.

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51

This is the one thats really 05 maocha pressed in 2015, there is some nice storage on it. But ithas a heavy Mugwort taste, if you’ve never had Mugwort, its very barnyard like. This is not a flavor i like in my puer so this one is undrinkable for me

Ginkosan

Yeah you gotta be weary of aged mao cha sometimes… I feel similarly about the W2T Repave (though I like that one) and the YS Bu Lang Shan Yun.

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I guess I’m the first review on this one. I had a friend mention it in a blog and another had it in their cupboard and another post on how good this shop was. I agree.
I got 10 grams out and gave a quick rinse. I did 3 steepings and put them in a big western mug. I read the sellers description and started sipping.
The brew is light golden in the cup. First sip gave a touch of bitterness that faded quickly a wisp of smoke and the closest note I can find is cotton candy on the taste buds. It gives a bit of tingle on the tongue as well. The 3-6 steeps were as far as I got today but the bitterness is increasing in the later steeps.
This is a very interesting tea for sure.

Flavors: Bitter, Cotton Candy, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Cwyn

I’ve made a promise to myself to drink this up over the summer while it is fresh.

yssah

ah…will it not taste good better later on?

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90

A co-worker of my husband’s gave us half a kilo of this tea (at least, I’m pretty sure it’s this tea…) and it was amazing. It only needed to be steeped for maybe a minute or two and the flavor was already very strong. It was chocolate-y, and even after five steepings, the flavor was still quite strong with milk and sugar added. Looking forward to enjoying this tea for a long time!

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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83

Vanilla and camphor play together in this tasty and gorgeous offering. Leaves the mouth full of the camphor “shuang”… and vanilla. Smells great. Has some bitterness in the later infusions and very slight smoke in the first couple. It’ll give you at least 10 infusions and once it gets going only takes about five seconds. It’s a drinkable cookie, with the bitter tweak that characterizes most raw pu’er.

Flavors: Camphor, Smoke, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 140 ML
Asaf Mazar

One of the best puers I have had so far is the 2005 jinnoushan red sun drum that I got at yunann sourcing for just $35. Its it out of stock. strong apricot jam aroma. right now I am left with the broken leaf material from the center of the cake which is more bitten tobbacco not apricot.

Yang-chu

Yepper. This one in quite popular. I have another of their cakes, which is considerably less tasty and packed considerably tighter. I’m letting it sit, maybe it will shine, but I have my doubts.

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85

Dry – Bittersweet, slightly earthy, vanilla, cocoa beans rich bitter notes.
Wet – Bittersweet and sweet, dates, starch, cocoa bean bitterness, thick and dark fruits. Some fruity notes develops with some steeps.
Liquor – Red amber to very deep burgundy.

Initial steeps start sweet, quickly transitioning to bittersweet notes with good complex middle that wears vanilla, cocoa bean and dark fruit notes with a thick body and a pleasant smoothness as it washes down, it feels like it goes from a creamy thickness to a more silky (maybe lightly oily) mouth-feel. It has a good sweetness at the end with fruit notes and a slight camphor. Steeps 2-3 got more camphor at the end, not overwhelming just present and refreshing at the end.

Mid steeps (4-6 maybe 7) Are Bittersweet on the front that transitions to sweeter notes that resemble vanilla, molasses and warm sugar before giving hints of the cocoa bean notes, dried dark and red fruits with a thick middle body and maintaining that transition to a smoother, almost slippery sensation when going down. A refreshing sensation of camphor lingers with fruity sweetness.

Final steeps (7-9, some instances up to 10) The tea starts collapsing by the 6th steeps and sometimes by the 7th, requiring bigger time adjustments and giving you a watery steep in the middle of this transition. Once you adjust the tea recovers many of its characteristics including the bittersweet to sweet transition and a vague thickness sensation, but remains mostly smooth with sweeter notes of vanilla and dried dark and red fruits. At this point there’s a starchy note and sensation that can come from the small buds starting to fall apart a bit.

Final Notes
VERY good tea, it does have as much ‘chocolate’ or ‘cocoa’ as I initially expected, but it does have more complexity that most ripes, even some well outside its price range. I would drink as it is, but I can see this being really good if you store it in a container to ‘harvest’ some of those complex notes.

Flavors: Camphor, Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Dried Fruit, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 6 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

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i got a sample recently and decided to try last night.
This tea is really good. it has no storage smell or taste. at all. just aged ripe shou, extremely clean but i wouldnt say its flat . its rich,creamy, fruity( more like red fruits),some malt and super clean. its a pure pleasure to drink 2002 tea without any mustiness or fermentation flavors. if only Chawang shipping wasnt that tricky.

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Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Indigobloom

Sounds delish. How many infusions?

boychik

I lost count. Had sessions over 2 days. 15? Maybe. I use almost 8g for 100ml and I tend to have very short steeps. So it lasts longer I think

Indigobloom

Oh wow. I always worry about the leaves going bad after keeping them out for more than a few hours. In my tea class they said it shouldn’t stay out more than 8 as that was when the bacteria levels spike. But nothing was said about the leaves, just the tea!!

boychik

Ok, I do save leaves all the time. Never had any going bad. Now that it’s hot and humid I take it out on a saucer and spread and let it dry. In winter months I was leaving it in Gaiwan or Yixing. My winter temps never higher than 66-68F. I don’t like to put steeped leaves in a fridge. It doesn’t taste good after. I always hit with boil water so no problem.

Indigobloom

Yeah I’ve tried the fridge thing too. Awful haha

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70

Sheng/Shou TTB
A very smooth drinker with a mild taste of astringency. Kinda tastes like a green tea and has some sweet buttery notes. Also has a mild apple taste, but the skin taste lingers, like on a red delicious apple – that’s where the astringency kicks in. Overall, it’s a pretty nice tea.

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69

This is the huang pian cake in the 2012 Chawangshop Yiwu line of cakes. I purchased it in 2014 for $12, it is now $14 in 2015. Read the vendor description carefully so you know what you are getting because the cake name is a little misleading. The tea is supposedly 1/2 Yiwu leaves, and all the leaf is supposed to have been picked prior to April 8. Leaf quality is thin and papery.

I packed a lot of leaves into my gaiwan, expecting this to be on the lighter side, which it is. The first two steeps confirm the smattering of Yiwu leaves but I notice on steep 1 that boiling water kills the tea and flattens the flavor. 190-200 is more ballpark for this. On steep 3 and subsequent steeps the other “half” of the leaves emerge with a rather ordinary plantation apricot flavor. The little Yiwu sister is chased away by her bigger and badder brother.

Not much body here, in steep 5 I’m swishing the leaves to add a little steep time. And nothing offensive in the tea, very light overall but I’m disappointed at the rather ordinary taste. I wish this had kept the Yiwu leaf throughout or even some Laotian leaf for that other half. But then the low price speaks for itself. Given the amount of leaf I used, I can probably use up this 200 g cake quickly.

Flavors: Apricot, Floral, Hot hay

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 13 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
JC

Sounds a bit disappointing, I had their 2010 Dian Yi Hao Naka Raw Puerh Brick and wasn’t impressed at all, but to be fair I have yet to get another young Naka to compare it to, because all the Naka I’ve had is older stuff.

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I think this was the tea Stephanie so generously sent me a sample of! It was really interesting at first. During the rinses, frothy bubbles, like from champagne, were in the liquor. It bothered me a bit because I’ve never seen that before, so I rinsed it a few more times and that went away, leaving a nice clear golden liquor. Phew! The taste was absolutely delicious…fruity sweet and smooth like butter. It actually had a buttery mouthfeel, which became more pronounced in later infusions. I again, lost count of the infusions. That happens to me a lot when I am enjoying a sheng!

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I’m not certain this is the right tea. It is the tea that I ordered, but I received a sample envelope with “2011” written on it instead of “2008”. I think the error may be in the envelope, since 1) CWS doesn’t sell a 2011 version, and 2) the tea seems to have more than 4 years age.

The aroma is straw with some smoke. Fairly rich taste makes me think that 2008 may be the correct year for this. Good, somewhat earthy finish. It makes an attempt at good texture, but is too astringent at the finish to carry it off. 3rd and 4th steeps were too astringent to enjoy, so I shortened my steeps. The astringency went away and I was left with a pleasant straw flavor with a bit of wood underneath: not exciting, but enjoyable.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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70

Dry – Tart fruits, honeyed and faintly greenwood notes (bitterness).
Wet – Sweet (honeyed), fruity, stonefruit?, orange peel, plummy, mineral and bitter floral-fruit notes. This later evolves into a more invasive Zhu (Bamboo scented) perfumy note, maybe even sandal wood.
Liquor – Dull Gold(no clear liquor) and have a spice? scent to it.

Initial steeps 1-2 (maybe 3rd) Plenty floral honey notes with a muted sweetness that follows it. The mouth feel is thick, but in a ‘waxy’ spectrum of thickness, almost like getting chap-stick in your tongue. The middle develops a savory notes as it goes down that linger a bit into the finish, but develops a floral bitterness after it washes away. The second and third steep have more fruity notes up front with a similar finish.

Middle steeps 4-5 Initial notes are floral bittersweet and floral honey with the same muted honey sweet, but once it starts to develop the fruity notes it also develops this green wood note combined with a bamboo frangrance/sandal wood perfumy note; it is still sort of pleasant, but definitelly more invasive than the previous notes. The finish stays fairly similar with some of tha perfumy/wood note. The thickness is still in there, the savory note however is playful and only apparent sometimes since it is mostly taken over by the wood and floral notes.

Final steeps 5-6+ Although I was starting to disagree with it during the 4-5th steeps, I could still enjoy most of it, but now the Floral bitterness is most of the notes with some honey that it is immediately followed by the perfumy note that still reminds me of a young Zhu/bamboo stored Sheng that has that Sandal wood perfume/incense character to it.

Final Notes
This notes hold the possibility of developing into really pleasant notes 10-15 years, but I don’t think I have the dedication to wait for this one, I’d rather focus on others. I’ll keep this brick around to see if it improves, but I’ll gladly ‘lose it’ if I need more space.

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Flavors: Floral, Green Wood, Honey, Perfume

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 130 ML
bellmont

Did you get any cooling/cold sensations from this brick?

JC

I did get a bit of cooling, but It may have been that normal sensation you get after you drink something hot in a cold place. I’ll drink it again this week and confirm it.

JC

Bellmont, I tried it again over the weekend. There is a slight cooling sensation on the chest, very faint but it is there. I still dont like the actual notes yet, I’ll probably try to age it for two-three years in a humid environment to see what happens.

bellmont

Nice, sounds like a plan (aging). Thanks for touching base on the cooling.

JC

Yeah. My experience with Naka is very limited and all on the mid aged side, so I’m not sure what to expect on the younger side of it. So I’m hoping this now ‘weird’ notes will turn into what I like about the mid-aged examples.

I would like to find another example of Young Naka, so if you stumble into something let me know!

JC

Thanks for this! I’ll check that out for sure. I want to know what it is supposed to taste like when young, since this one I have from CWS tastes very ‘particular’ :P

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Drinking this now and I dare to say that I am really enjoying it! Jinggu is an area for tea leaves with which I am not terribly experienced or familiar. The main thing I know is that the Jinggu area has many mountains and villages producing high quality teas (many from older tea trees). The aroma of the dry leaves is clearly aged – mostly whole (rather large) leaves with a few stems mixed in. The tea soup is dark orange, with a hint of savory brown in its color. The texture is thick – smooth on the lips and filling the mouth with vibrancy on the tongue. Overall, there is an enjoyable mild bitterness but it is also quite sweet to the point of being nicely balanced; active in the mouth and throat; nice warming effect; lingering pleasant aftertaste.

Update: Three days later and still working with these same leaves. On the 12th infusion and steeping for 25 seconds. The leaves still have more to give.

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

This is a good age point to buy into right now, in my opinion. Not as pricey as the 1990s tea floating around.

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71

HGTTB

I started the morning off with this one and am thus far, not in love. I don’t hate it, but it’s nothing to write home about. there’s a bit of a smoky, sweetness to this and the after taste on my tongue is weird lol

mrmopar

Send it to mrmo for some proper storage..

Sil

haha i wish! this was a sample so no more in my cupboard but if you think it’s worth another shot i’ll try it out again in the future!

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87

This is a nice somewhat aged pu erh. The first few steps were kind of mushroomy, but later steeps were a bit fruity. It had a nice Amber color. The tea held up to many infusions, so I’d say the leaf quality was high. Not much astringency, for better or worse. It’s kind of expensive, $142 for 400g, I only bought a sample.

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68

I once thought that Sheng was feminine in comparison to its counterpart Shu; I stand corrected. This is a powerful brew! I opened the wrapper to reveal a dull green and jade Tou Cha. With pick in hand, I began separating a generous amount. A small and faint aroma of grass and shale emitted from the bird’s nest. I brewed in my yixing with boiling water. The wet leaves emit the scent of smoke, bitter greens and a sweet undertone. I washed the leaves. By the second steeping I was drunk. This brew has an intense overwhelming menthol flavor. It dominated with sharp and bitter with slight astringency. I could only hint at the sweet undertone after drinking and allowing my mouth to relax. I thought maybe that the sharp would die down and the flavor would plateau, but I was wrong. The intensity of this never died down. I assumed it to be slightly deepened, considering its twelve years old. I also came to expect a slightly lower quality considering price. I’m not sure if this Sheng is good or not, I couldn’t muster the strength to steep after round seven. If you enjoy an incredibly powerful sheng then this is for you. Also, as a last note, I do enjoy the box it comes in. I think it would come in handy for storage.

Flavors: Bitter, Menthol, Smoke, Sweet, warm grass

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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80

Was not the best. Maybe because it was not what I expected and I read too much into the other posts and reviews and expected too much. Thanks though!

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Highly aromatic brick. I have found Manzhuan to be a reliable place for me to find products of great enjoyment to my taste. Man Zhuan is a higher mountain area in the Yi Wu mountains. It is another one of the six famous tea mountains of ancient times located in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan province. Trees of 100 years and older grow organically on Man Zhuan mountain surrounded by natural forest. This brick is a little dark beauty.
The aroma of the dry leaves is pleasingly sweet and offers the characteristic floral scent of Yiwu teas. Began in my usual manner – two quick rinses and then let the wet leaves sit for at least 30m before I prepare the first steeping for tasting. The clear deep gold colored tea soup presents full and thick flavor with a salivation inducing effect. Sweet and buttery hay or grass overtones with a slight stone fruit accent are detected in the early sips. Active on the tongue and throughout the mouth. Produces a nice chaqi. I’m four steepings in and I’ll continue working with the leaves tomorrow.
In summary, this is a smooth tea, not overly aggressive or strong. Deep honey colored tea liquor which yields a thick soup with a smooth, rounded mouthfeel. Nice huigan which leaves a persistent sweetness in the throat. Thick, buttery mouthfeel, with the perfect blend of honey sweetness and bitterness. A comforting and enjoyable puerh brick and a solid tea for the price ($4.10 for a 50g 6+ year old brick).

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
Stephanie

Sounds great :)

DigniTea

Yes, seems nice to me.

Cwyn

Agreed on Manzhuan, have had several and I can reliably expect to like.

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Ai Lao Mountain is in the Zhenyuan area of Simao. The brick is composed of small spring leaves (mix of whole and pieces) which have become dark brown over almost thirteen years of aging. Produces a pure liquor with a deep golden yellow hue indicating the richness and intensity of the flavor. Rich scents come forth. First sips – straw-like and a little tart; pleasant mouth sensation but not terribly full. The following steepings produce a richer, sweeter tea liquor. The flavors of grain and mushrooms emerge during steepings four through seven. Overall, clean and rounded, smooth, thick mouthfeel without astringency, aftertaste is sweet. A decent, fairly priced small brick ($15 for 90g brick) with nice age made from decent raw material.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 90 ML
tea123

I’m reading that this tea is aged in plastic film, which is something I’ve not come across before.

DigniTea

Mine came wrapped in rice paper. To clarify for others who might read your comment:
“(The) Fu Cha Ju (Tea Co.) wraps puerh products in plastic film (they named it “high-density organic bag”). Mr. Zhang who is the boss of Fu Cha Ju TF said this is very good way to balance maturation without the influence from external environment.

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Youleshan is one of the original six famous tea mountains and it has easily become one of my favorite areas. This cake is made of spring tea leaves harvested from ancient trees on Youle mountain – the whole leaves have aged into a rich, dark brown, with some copper-tinted tips and put forth a gentle sweetness the level of which you don’t often find in a puerh. Typical Youle puerh attributes found in this brick: deep honey golden color and very clean aromatic tea liquor; sweet, mellow and full in the mouth; smooth with a very nice aftertaste and a solid cooling sensation in the throat. A heavy fruitiness is clearly found in the scent that is most satisfying. The sweetness grips hold of the tongue and holds throughout the session. That fruitiness is the type that fills the front of the mouth immediately and makes it instantly appealing while an undercurrent of other tea flavors gather underneath to make themselves known in the throat. Overall, this is a pleasant combination of savory and fruity. An interesting blend of characteristics that settles into a constantly enjoyable tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
tea123

Interesting review.

DigniTea

For my preferences, this is a nice tea. Easy to write about.

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82

This tea is my first naka but I am at least somewhat fimailar with sheng puerh.
The effects from this tea were unique. Sedative and calming.

I found the taste to be excellent. It was very smooth even with boiling water 2 liters into the session.
This sheng was sweet and rounded with an overall clean and refreshing mouthfeel.
Hands down one of my new favorites. Thanks boychik for the sample.

Flavors: Sweet, warm grass

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 5 OZ / 147 ML
Stephanie

I can’t wait to try Naka someday!

Marcus reed

Next order I place with ChaWang shop I plan to buy one or two logs. :-)

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